Whether you’re excited for the new Xbox series X or series S, or even have one of the previous Xbox One models, there are a bunch of great games that came out in 2020. When it comes to this form of entertainment, it’s a pretty big year. That makes it hard to really pick out what’s the best of the best. Regardless, this article has you covered.
Read further to find out more about the 5 best Xbox One games in 2020 below.
2020’s Greatest Xbox One Releases
1) Ori and the Will of the Wisps
The Ori series is turning out to be one of the most popular and well-liked series available on Xbox One. As a sequel to the first game from 2015, Ori and the Blind Forest, this one takes things to a new level. Interestingly enough, the developer Moon Studios doesn’t actually have an actual office. The creativity of this developer really shines through this game.
Foundationally, it has a lot of inspiration from games such as Rayman and even Metroid. This makes it more of an adventure kind of game compared to something more traditional such as Mario platformers. The new game has various multilayered backgrounds with three-dimensional models compared to the previous release. It’s one of the best games released on any platform.
2) Planet Coaster
While this game recently came out for Windows back in 2016, this is the year that it finally comes to consoles. This release builds a lot on the foundation set by RollerCoaster Tycoon, a favorite with many people who play sim-type games. In fact, it was even created by Frontier Developments who actually made RollerCoaster Tycoon 3.
As you can probably tell, this involves setting up your own roller coaster theme park. There’s so much to customize, including the actual coasters, scenery, parks, and other aspects. While mods aren’t available on the Xbox version, it’s very easy to get into and have a lot of fun with what’s available. The various modes include a sim career mode and challenge mode.
3) Tell Me Why
This is an interesting narrative-based release from the creator of the highly acclaimed Life is Strange series, Dontnod Entertainment. It involves discovering the world of twins from Alaska who are part of an indigenous tribe in the region, the Tlingit culture. This includes various flashbacks that happen and further the story.
Without giving too much away, various events involve finding out more about the townspeople and dealing with major events. It’s a bit of a more serious game compared to others with a deep and rich story. Different flashbacks have different versions of what happened, and it’s up to you to decide what really happened. This impacts how the story will play out.
4) Doom Eternal
The “Doom Guy” once again returns from Mars and onto Earth, where the same trouble is now coming home. This is a highly anticipated sequel to the recent reboot to the Doom series back in 2016. With a much bigger world, there’s much more to deal with. A lot of the gameplay sticks to the same formula as the last game, which works out very well.
While the competitive arena multiplayer, once a staple in the series, is gone in this release, it more than makes up for it. There’s still a 2v1 player versus player setup called Battlemode if you’re interested, but the main focus is on the singleplayer. The Fortress of Doom is the main hub that you can use to upgrade and unlock gear between different missions.
5) Cyberpunk 2077
This is probably one of the most highly anticipated releases on any console of 2020, and it’s not surprising. This comes from one of the most cherished developers in the industry, CD Projekt Red. It’s a brand new entry from a developer known for making the fantasy-based series, The Witcher. Overall, there’s a lot of hype for this release among gamers.
To put the game in simple terms, it’s a blend of mostly Deus Ex games along with additions from The Witcher. There are many ways to play, even as a pacifist while trying to kill as few enemies as possible. Keep in mind that the Xbox series X/S version will have a lot of enhancements, the current release for Xbox is still great to play and re-play.
Those are the 5 best Xbox One games in 2020 that you absolutely need to play, especially if this is your main platform. If you’re looking to upgrade to next-gen, just every game on this list either has a version for that console. With Cyberpunk 2077, that release will come later in 2021. Some of them are even available with Xbox Game Pass, so there’s no reason not to check them out.