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The Best Single-Player Games on Xbox

These are the Best Single-Player Games on Xbox

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While Microsoft’s first-party line-up is admittedly more multiplayer-focused, those who enjoy a good single-player game are still well catered for whether they own an Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S.

In fact, Xbox’s family of consoles is home to many of the best single-player games available right now. Thanks to third-party support from the likes of Square Enix and Capcom, there are loads of games playable on both Xbox One and Xbox Series consoles that don’t require you to play with others. And thanks to Xbox Game Pass, you can gain access to quite a number of them with one affordable monthly payment. (Psst! Want to see more single-player games on Xbox that you can play via Game Pass? Check out our list here.)

With thousands of games now available on Xbox platforms, however, simply working out which ones offer a solid single-player experience is a task, let alone the best. So hopefully we can help. Here’s a list of the best single-player games on Xbox. One or two of them might have online features, or even a multiplayer mode. But first and foremost they offer a single-player campaign that’s worthy of your time.


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Psychonauts 2

Psychonauts 2

We just couldn’t have a list of the best single-player games on Xbox without including Psychonauts 2, could we? This first-party game from Xbox Studios is one of the best single-player adventure games in recent years. A follow-up to the original Psychonauts which released way back in 2005, Psychonauts 2 puts you back in the shoes of Raz, who’s now an intern at the Psychonauts agency. As a Psychonaut, you’ll be tasked with jumping into people’s heads, exploring their consciousness, and traversing some truly incredible environments in the process.

Kim said: “You might groan and grumble as Razputin messes up yet another jump, but as Psychonauts 2 progresses, unravelling yet another spectacular world for you to explore, you’ll likely forget about any frustrations. This is a brilliantly designed game, and it’s clear a huge amount of ingenuity has gone into its creation. Whether you’re battling hand-puppets, talking to a papercraft William Shakespeare or gambling inside a maternity ward (no, really), one thing is for sure: you’re going to have a lot of fun playing Psychonauts 2.”

Read our review of Psychonauts 2

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

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This game is enhanced for Xbox One X and optimised for Xbox Series X/S

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is probably the best game in the long-running series yet. It’s also one of the longest, with a bewildering number of things to do. If you’re after the best single-player games on Xbox and love exploring virtual countrysides, this is absolutely essential.

Kim said: “Cut from the very best cloth of open world games, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a pleasure from start to finish. Though overwhelming in its early hours, once you settle into Eivor’s shoes, exploring England is an exhilarating journey like no other. Try as you might to focus on the main missions, the lure of exploration is too strong, and you’ll find pleasure in every tiny discovery. Is this the best Assassin’s Creed game yet? That’s difficult to say – but it might just be. Especially if you enjoy the beauty of British countryside and the contrasting brutality of viking combat.”

Read our review of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

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The Gunk

The Gunk

This game is optimised for Xbox Series X/S

One of the newest games on this list, The Gunk took us by surprise when it released just before Christmas. Not that we didn’t expect it to be good; from the same developer that brought us Steamworld Dig, we expected great things. We just didn’t expect it to be quite so good. The first 3D game from Image & Form, The Gunk nails adventuring, set in a world that simply begs to be explored. This is undoubtedly one of the best single-player games you can play on Xbox consoles.

Kim said: “Short as it may be, my time with The Gunk has been wonderful. Image & Form’s move into the 3D realm has solidified it as a truly talented developer – and this may just be its best game yet. Beautiful, satisfying and engaging from start to finish, The Gunk is definitely worth getting stuck into.”

Read our review of The Gunk

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon

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This game is enhanced for Xbox One X and optimised for Xbox Series X/S

There are many Yakuza games available on Xbox, but Yakuza: Like a Dragon is undoubtedly one of the best. With its new protagonist it’s also a great entry point into the series. And like all Yakuza games, it’s a strict single-player affair outside of some optional minigames.

Richard said: “Despite all the changes that have been made, Yakuza: Like a Dragon feels very much like a Yakuza game. The combat may now be turn-based, and the scenery might be different, but this is still a game full of drama, thrilling battles, and a huge amount of side content, all smothered with an ample amount of humour. And I never thought I’d say this, but I didn’t miss Kazuma Kiryu one jot while playing it; Ichiban Kasuga is simply a more likeable fellow with more depth.”

Read our review of Yakuza: Like a Dragon

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Ghostrunner

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This game is Xbox One X enhanced and optimised for Xbox Series X/S

Ghostrunner is a hard game. You’ll die, die, and then die again as you try to complete its thrilling campaign, but you’ll keep on going back for more. Why? Because its gameplay is so stylish and rewarding – the sense of achievement you feel when you finally clear a room of enemies is unmatched. Undoubtedly one of the best single-player games available right now on Xbox, later this year it’s going to get a free update to optimise it for Xbox Series X/S, too.

Richard said: “As long as you know what you’re getting yourself into with Ghostrunner, it might just prove to be your favourite game of the year. It’s certainly the most action-packed and exciting. It absorbs you in a world that’s dripping with atmosphere thanks to its stellar visuals, and its pumping soundtrack makes you uncontrollably tap your feet. The gameplay, though, is what will ultimately make you love it. It might take a few attempts, but when you finally clear a room of enemies in one continuous motion as if it was choreographed for a blockbuster movie, you can’t help but feel a great sense of accomplishment and awe.”

Read our review of Ghostrunner

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Tell Me Why

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This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Available via Xbox Game Pass, Dontnod’s Tell Me Why offers a grounded story that is sure to keep you gripped from beginning to end. Not only is it one of the best single-player games on Xbox One, it’s one of the best games available on the format full stop.

Kim said: “I’ve no hesitation in saying that Tell Me Why is Dontnod Entertainment’s best game yet. Its narrative may be somewhat small in scope, but the subject matter it deals with packs a punch much greater than any tall tale of time manipulation ever could. Its characters are some of the most well-realised I’ve come across in a game yet, and their story is one that’s not going to leave me any time soon.”

Read our review of Tell Me Why

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A Plague Tale: Innocence

This game is Xbox One X enhanced and optimised for Xbox Series X/S

A single-player story-driven adventure packed with stealth and puzzles, A Plague Tale: Innocence tells the story of Amicia and her little brother Hugo as they battle to survive during the middle ages. It’s a game filled with heart, and its captivating story will keep you hooked from start to finish.

Kim said: “The occasional dumb-as-rocks AI is a small price to pay for what is otherwise a beautiful, harrowing and emotional journey. In the age of endless distractions, few games have kept me as engrossed as A Plague Tale: Innocence did, its 10-or-so hour runtime never outstaying its welcome. The narrative gets its hooks in you right from the start, forcing you to ask questions about Hugo’s illness, the rapid spreading of the rats, and the state of the world around you. You’ll get the answers you seek, with many dramatic twists and turns along the way – to say more would be to ruin part of what makes A Plague Tale so intoxicating.”

Read our review of A Plague Tale: Innocence

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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This game is enhanced for Xbox One X and optimised for Xbox Series X/S

If you’re after the best single-player games on Xbox One, you absolutely must play Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Complete Ori and the Blind Forest first though, which is also a single-player game and rather excellent.

Richard said:Ori and the Will of the Wisps is game that’s hard to not love. It made me want to scream and shout a few times – a certain chase scene that was truly demanding and a final area that relies heavily on trial and error included – but for every moment that frustrated me, there were ten that amazed me. The platforming is crisp, combat is engaging, and the world just begs to be explored. Mix in drop-dead gorgeous visuals, a score to die for and a story that will break your heart, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps will make you glad to be alive.”

Read our review of Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil 2

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

If you fondly remember the original Resident Evil games, this re-imagining of Resident Evil 2 is an absolute must. And there are no multiplayer elements whatsoever – just single-player Xbox One goodness. Get it bought.

Richard said: “As remakes go, Resident Evil 2 is masterful. It preserves the spirit of the original game and its gameplay, but enhances it by employing responsive and intuitive controls and introducing new features that make it feel fresh. If you’ve ever played the original Resident Evil 2, you’ll experience a fair bit of déjà vu and revel in moments that have been wonderfully recreated – but you’ll also be kept on your toes with the surprises that are in store. It’s not so much Resident Evil 2 remade, it’s Resident Evil 2 re-imagined. And lord, the graphics; Resident Evil 2 is one of the most beautiful looking games I’ve laid my eyes on.”

Read our review of Resident Evil 2

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Control

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This game is enhanced for Xbox One X and optimised for Xbox Series X/S

Has Remedy ever made a bad game? Control shows once again that Remedy is the master when it comes to story-driven third-person shooters.

Richard said: “Thanks to the ever-changing and otherworldly nature of The Oldest House, Control has a varied range of environments that somehow feel cohesive. And while it has the usual mix of gunplay and powers, they combine to create combat that’s faster-paced and more frenetic than ever before. This is Remedy at the height of its game. It’s just a shame that a couple of annoyances hold Control back from being flawless.”

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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This game is enhanced for Xbox One X and optimised for Xbox Series X/S

It’s the game Star Wars fans have been waiting for. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has some minor issues, but it’s an epic single-player adventure that you don’t want to miss. And if you have an Xbox One X it looks absolutely amazing.

Richard said: “The characters of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order are just as pivotal to your enjoyment of it as the actual gameplay. Your crew is a ragtag bunch, each with their own history that isn’t exactly squeaky clean. Together, however, they’re better. Stronger. It’s BD-1 that’s likely to steal your heart, though; not only because he’s been lovingly brought to life with wonderful animations and sound effects, but also because he’s a great guide through your adventure. Without him, you’d be lost. And of course, the villains are suitably villainous.”

Read our review of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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DOOM Eternal

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This game is Xbox One X enhanced and optimised for Xbox Series X/S

Okay, so DOOM Eternal does have multiplayer in the form of Battlemode, but its single-player campaign really is the reason to buy it. It’s huge, and there’s so much replayability. It’s easily one of the best single-player experiences available on Xbox One.

Richard said: “It isn’t perfect – one or two platforming sections can be a little frustrating, and encounter difficulty varies a lot – but to call DOOM Eternal anything other than phenomenal would be blasphemous. It makes DOOM 2016 feel like a trial run – a warm up to the main event, and that’s what a sequel should do.”

Read our review of DOOM Eternal

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The Outer Worlds

This game is enhanced for Xbox One X and optimised for Xbox Series X/S

With Fallout 76 being more than disappointing, drown your sorrows with The Outer Worlds. It scratches the same itch, and if you have an Xbox One X it looks glorious. This is undoubtedly one of the best single-player games on Xbox One.

Richard said: “Put the essence of the Fallout, Mass Effect and Borderlands series into a blender, and what you get is The Outer Worlds. It’s an open-world adventure that lets you visit run-down planets and face their hostilities. There are people to recruit, relationships to maintain and difficult decisions to be made. And it’s all wrapped in a lighthearted tone, although not at the expense of a strong story; The Outer Worlds really does have good dialogue.”

Read our review of The Outer Worlds

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

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This game is Xbox One X enhanced

If you’re a fan of classic Castlevania games, then you’re in for a treat with Bloodstained. The spiritual successor to Symphony of the Night, it’s a single-player side-scrolling adventure that’ll get you hooked from start to finish.

Richard said: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has had me hooked like no other game released this year. Koji Igarashi and those who have worked with him have proved that there’s still life in the old Metroidvania formula and delivered a modern-day classic. It perhaps loses a little something without the iconic Dracula as the big-bad, but the gameplay surpasses that of any previous Castlevania games created with the same mould. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night looks great, has a brilliant soundtrack and is overwhelmingly gratifying to play. If only it had a little more polish, then it’d be pretty much perfect.”

Read our review of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Taking the series back to its horror roots for the most part, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is brilliant. There’s no multiplayer gubbins either – just a great single-player experience. This is an essential purchase for those looking for great single-player games on Xbox One who also like a good scare.

Matt said: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a remarkable accomplishment and a truly triumphant return of a storied franchise. Masterfully executed on all fronts, this game will leave a lasting impression on you long after you’re done. Just please, do it justice. Play alone, with some headphones and really get into it. Trust me, it’s miles better that way. If you give it a chance, it’ll show you what horror games are capable of. It never fails to make you feel unsettled and it’ll creep you the hell out, but damn, it’s good. Capcom have restored Resident Evil to its former glory, and restored my faith in video games’ capacity to frighten me. Few scares in the game feel cheap, and I love that. It’s a petrifying whirlwind of paranoia; a masterclass of suspense; an awe inspiring triumph; a truly remarkable experience.”

Read our review of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

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Red Dead Redemption 2

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Okay, so Red Dead Redemption 2 does have a multiplayer mode. Its main single-player campaign will last you 50 hours or more though, and that’s why it’s on this list. It’s also rather awesome. Many would consider it to be the best single-player game on Xbox One, in fact.

Richard said: “The years spent shaping Red Dead Redemption 2 into what it is has been worth it. Rockstar hasn’t just created a video game; it has created as close to a living, breathing digital world as can be. It’s not so much something that you play, it’s something that you visit and experience. Something you willingly get lost in. Red Dead Redemption 2 is the result of years of blood, sweat and tears. And it shows, making getting yourself absorbed in it feel all the more special. This is the new benchmark by which open world games will be measured, but none will be meeting its heady heights anytime soon.”

Read our review of Red Dead Redemption 2

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Hellblade

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Telling a haunting story, Hellblade doesn’t have any multiplayer features because it really doesn’t need them. It’s simply one of the best single-player games on Xbox One, and it looks amazing on Xbox One X.

Richard said: “Ninja Theory ought to be praised for what it’s achieved – an adult story that’s told like no other, combat that’s skilful and harrowing, unique environmental based puzzles, and light, scenic adventuring. It’s just a shame that some of Hellblade‘s gameplay components at times feel forced. Maybe it’s artistic vision that’s to blame; the will to make players feel like the journey is an uphill struggle, that the odds are stacked against them. The early warning that the game has a permadeath system, which doesn’t actually seem to ring true, certainly indicates so. But either way, even though Hellblade may be held back from being the absolute masterpiece it could have been by some unfortunate flaws, it’s so unique and special that it definitely deserves to be played.”

Read our review of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Devil May Cry 5

This game is Xbox One X enhanced (and has a Xbox Series X/S-specific version)

We might not have liked Devil May Cry 5 quite as much as DmC, but we still loved it. There’s a strange online feature in the game that allows you to see other players in the background, but it’s still an entirely single-player experience. If you’re a fan of action, then this should be a no-brainer. It’s just a shame that the Special Edition that makes better use of the power of Xbox Series consoles has to be bought separately.

Richard said: “It speaks volumes that despite Devil May Cry 5‘s obvious issues, it still impresses so much. It’s a game that looks better than anything else available at the moment, and yet somehow runs at a solid 60 frames per second. And its combat is undoubtedly the deepest of any action game, making its linear structure actually not that much of an issue. Devil May Cry 5isn’t perfect, but it’s a damn good Devil May Cry game. Honestly, I think Ninja Theory’s DmC was better, but in 2019 I’ll accept Devil May Cry 5 with open arms. And I really hope we don’t have to wait too long for the inevitable Devil May Cry 6.”

Read our review of Devil May Cry 5

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole

If crudeness and ridiculous escapades are your thing, you probably ought to pick up South Park: The Fractured But Whole. As the best single-player games on Xbox One go, it’s quite possibly the funniest available.

Richard said: “For avid fans of South ParkThe Fractured But Whole is an essential purchase, and even those who simply enjoyed The Stick of Truth are likely to be hooked until the game’s end. But while The Fractured But Whole is bigger than its predecessor and its combat more strategic, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly disappointed by it. The Stick of Truth was phenomenal, while The Fractured But Whole is simply great.”

Read our review of South Park: The Fractured But Whole

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Honestly, The Witcher 3 is probably the best single-player action-RPG available. If you haven’t played it yet, what are you waiting for? This game is a must if you have an Xbox One X.

Samuel said: “While the story is solid in and of itself, it doesn’t mesh very well with the open questing system. This in no way disparages the quality of the story, only the sporadic way it is experienced when playing the game. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an engaging adventure into a realm fractured by war and cultural disparity that shines a light on the dark corners of the human psyche – and after hours of play, it leaves you sweating and aching for more. A must play for any modern gamer.”

Read our review of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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