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Best Single Player Games on Xbox Series X/S

The best single player games on Xbox

Do you prefer playing alone than with others? You’re spoilt for choice: there are tonnes of excellent single player games on Xbox, and we’ve rounded up the best of them right here. We’re focusing on games specifically made for one player: typically, they’ll have strong campaigns, compelling narrative or gripping gameplay — often, all three.

Our list of the best single player games on Xbox has a little bit of something for everybody. There are open world adventure games, platformers, role-playing games and even a fighting game. Some of them might have online or multiplayer features, sure, but that doesn’t stop them from being utterly engrossing single-player experiences. So, sit back, scroll down the page, and maybe you’ll find your next game to play.

Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite
Image: Microsoft

All of the Halo games have been great, but if you own an Xbox Series X or S, Halo Infinite is the one you should be playing. Sure, story-wise it follows on from the previous titles, but it’s easy to quickly gather what’s happening. And besides, the real draw here is the gameplay.

As we emphasised in our Halo Infinite review, it all just feels wonderful to play, and with more open world elements, there’s a sense of freedom that the previous titles only hint of. As far as the best single-player games on Xbox go, this is a must-play. You’ll just be sad that it ends so soon.

Mortal Kombat 1

Mortal Kombat 1
Image: Netherrealm Studios

Fighting games tend to be very multiplayer-focused. And indeed, Mortal Kombat 1 does have lots of multiplayer options. As far as fighting games go, though, it’s also the best for those seeking single-player action on Xbox.

Sure, it may be a little more streamlined and cut-down than its predecessor, but as we said in our Mortal Kombat 1 review, “it’s the most fun we’ve had with a Mortal Kombat game to date”. Its gameplay is a huge step forward for the series, and performing combos has never felt so responsive and entertaining. With plenty more content still to come to the game, there’s a lot to look forward to for single-player fans.

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5
Image: Playground Games

While Forza Horizon 5 is a lot of fun with friends or total strangers, its epic campaign also makes it eligible for our list of the best single player games on Xbox. Explore a stunning take on Mexico as you race across numerous biomes, each with their own weather systems. And outside of races there’s a whole host of other activities, events and story missions to complete.

As we said in our review, Forza Horizon 5 is more than a racing game – it’s a vehicular playground. But more importantly, it’s phenomenal. Sure, it’s a little too similar to Forza Horizon 4 to be truly revolutionary, but when your blueprint is this much fun, you can’t really go wrong.

Elden Ring

Elden Ring is chill
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“Quite simply incredible” is how we described Elden Ring in our review. And that was before its recent DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, landed. Now, it’s even bigger and better than before. But even if you’re only just thinkin of jumping into the base game for the first time, you’re going to have one hell of a time.

You really should believe the hype: Elden one of the best single player games on Xbox — and, quite frankly, one of the best games ever made. You can play it online if you wish, playing with friends to take down its powerful bosses or combating those who invade your game. If you’re like us, though, you’ll play it from beginning to end on your own, making it truly your adventure. Just make sure you set aside 100 hours or so for this epic adventure.

Hi-Fi Rush

Hi-FI Rush
Image: Tango Gameworks

It really is a shame that Tango Gameworks is no more, because its final release, Hi-Fi Rush, really is something quite special. Forget the ghosts and horror that the developer was previously known for: Hi-Fi Rush is instead a hyper-colourful cartoon-styled game all about rhythm combat. “Sumptuous” is how we described it in our review.

You’ll take on the role of Chai, a wannabe rockstar who is on a mission to take down an evil robotics megacorp. You know, that old chestnut. As Chai, your actions will sync to the music of the world, and as you engage in combat, you’ll want to land your hits to the time of the beat. It’s ultra-stylish and over-the-top, but that just makes it even more entertaining to play.

Deathloop

Deathloop
Image: Arkane Studios

Ah yes, the old Groundhog Day-style timeloop quandary. Deathloop is essentially Groundhog Day, but with way more guns, more violence and a lot more death. So, not really like Groundhog Day at all, other than the fact that your protagonist, Colt Vahn, finds himself stuck in a never-ending time loop.

Every time Colt dies, he wakes up in the same place. Cue figuring out a series of events that will allow him to break free. Combining action, adventure, exploration, stealth and combat, Deathloop is a riotous experience from start to finish and, even if you find yourself having to repeat yourself time and again until you’ve cracked a particular part of the game, we can’t recommend it highly enough if you’re looking for the best single-player games on Xbox.

Resident Evil 4 Remake

Resident Evil 4 Remake review header (1)
Image: Capcom

One of the best and most influential single player games of all time has been remade, and it doesn’t disappoint. This remake of Resident Evil 4 stays very faithful in a myriad of ways, but makes changes here and there not only to improve the gameplay, but also keep players on their feet. It’s “pretty much everything you’d expect from a modern day remake”, as we said in our review.

Its lengthy campaign will draw you back for multiple playthroughs thanks to a wealth of unlockables. And if you want a quick burst of action there’s Mercenaries mode. Is is the best Resident Evil game? For us it’s close between this and Resident Evil 2, which is another great single player game on Xbox.

Psychonauts 2

Psychonauts 2
Image: Microsoft Studios

A follow-up to 2005’s much-lauded Psychonauts, Psychonauts 2 is bigger and better in just about every way. It doesn’t really matter if you haven’t played the original, either: it works just fine as a standalone adventure.

A 3D platforming game that casts you as young psychic Raz, Psychonauts 2 has you exploring the far reaches of the Psychonauts HQ, hunting down a mole who has somehow managed to infiltrate. Not only will you be exploring the world around you, but you’ll also be diving into the minds of your friends and colleagues, heading on some real trippy adventures. Colourful and fun with surprises at every turn, this really is a joyous single-player adventure.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Image: Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla may not feel much like an Assassin’s Creed game, but it does let you be stealthy from time to time if you wish. Regardless, it’s on this list because it’s one hell of an action RPG, with a huge world to explore and a bucket load of things to see and do. Some of the scenery is absolutely breathtaking if you’re playing on Xbox Series X, too.

It’s the biggest Assassin’s Creed game to date, and if you’re not put off by its sheer scope, there’s well over 100 hours of engagement to enjoy here. Playing as Eivor, you’ll travel across England, taking down foes, building up your village and taking on endless amounts of quests and missions.

The Gunk

The Gunk
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Hands down one of our favourite single player games on Xbox, The Gunk is a colourful action-adventure that takes you to a mysterious and uncharted new planet. You play as Rani, one of a pair of space haulers on a mission to bring back as many valuable resources as their ship can carry. The planet they just so happen to have landed on might hold the jackpot they’ve been waiting for – but it’s also host to a toxic gunk that might just threaten to ruin everything.

And so, your time with the game will see you venture deep into the planet, uncovering the mystery of the titular gunk – and all sorts of other secrets that the planet holds. Honestly, though, as we said in our review of The Gunk, simply just the joy of cleaning up the titular gunk is joyous enough.

Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth

Like a dragon Infinite Wealth
Image: Sega

It may no longer carry the Yakuza name, but this is a Yakuza game through-and-through, combining classic Yakuza action with the newer gameplay first introduced in Yakuza: Like a Dragon. With dual protagonists, a gripping story and a heck of a lot of gameplay to enjoy, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth is undoubtedly one of the best single player games on Xbox.

In our Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth review, we called it “and engrossing crime-driven caper full of humour, violence, and some genuinely surprising twists”. That it certainly is. If you’re new to the Yakuza series, it might not be the best jumping-in point, but if you’re already familiar with Kazuma Kiryu and Ichiban Kasuga, you’ll have a whale of a time.

Ghostrunner

Ghostrunner

Ninjas are cool, but cyborg ninjas are even cooler. Luckily that’s what you are in Ghostrunner, a first person action game that is tough as nails but will keep you coming back for more. A cross between Hotline Miami and Mirror’s Edge is how we described it in our review. Tasked with ascending a tower in order to exact your revenge, you’ll need to wall-run, air dash and use other acrobatic abilities to negotiate hostile environments.

To make things worse, you’ll sometimes have to deal with enemies, too, finding ways to dispose of them with your sword without being hit. Succeed, and you’ll and you’ll truly feel like a badass. When you’re done with this, make sure you give Ghostrunner 2 a go, too.

A Plague Tale: Requiem

A Plague Tale Requiem

It’s probably best to play A Plague Tale: Innocence before jumping into its sequel, Requiem, but it’s undoubtedly a better game. Players are put in control of loving sister Amicia, who’ll stop at nothing to help her younger brother, stricken with a terrible power that gives him the power to summon rats.

As you travel from one area to another, seeking a solution for his ailment, you’ll have to employ stealth, solve puzzles, and even engage in combat at times. As the story reaches it climax, you’ll be on the edge of your seat, for sure.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

This one’s a real tearjerker. Following on from the brilliant Ori and the Blind Forest, which is another great single player game you can play on Xbox, Ori and the Will of the Wisps find little Ori in yet another spot of bother.

A metroidvania, you’ll explore a world, corrupted by darkness, trying to find your best friend. Along the way, there are plenty of challenging combat encounters, puzzles and chase sequences to overcome. Ultimately, though, you’ll remember this game for its story.

Control: Ultimate Edition

Control Ultimate Edition

Coming from the creators of Max Payne, Alan Wake and Quantum Break, we always knew that Control was going to be good. The truth is, it surpassed our expectations massively: we described it as “Remedy at the height of its game” in our review.

A third-person action adventure with metroidvania elements, Control is undoubtedly one of the best single player games on Xbox. Trapped inside the Oldest House, which you entered in order to find your brother, you must make effective use of your transforming weapon and mysterious powers if you wish to survive the Hiss.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Star Wars Jedi Survivor review

We loved Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and its sequel, Survivor, improves on it in numerous ways. It looks a hell of a lot better for one, with visuals designed to make use of the extra power afforded by Xbox Series X/S consoles. It has more of an open world format, too, with one planet in particular being made for you to explore.

Above everything, though, it has a brilliant story, brought to life with outstanding animation and voice acting. In our Star Wars Jedi: Survivor review, we called it a “must play” for Star Wars fans. It goes without saying, then, that it’s one of the best single player games you can play on Xbox.

DOOM Eternal

DOOM Eternal

Rip and tear. That’s what you’ll be doing if you play DOOM Eternal, the latest entry in the DOOM series that has a considerably meaty campaign for you to blast through. You can ignore the multiplayer features that this game has – they’re insignificant compared to all the single-player fun you can have, combating a varied horde of demons with a brilliant arsenal that includes shotguns, rifles and even a chainsaw.

Even once the campaign is over, there’s more fun to be had. First-person shooters don’t come more action-packed than this. “Epic” is the word we used to describe it in our DOOM Eternal review, and we stick by that, some four years later.

Gears 5

Gears 5

It might be a bit daunting, the idea of jumping into Gears 5 if you’ve not played Gears of War 1, 2, 3 or 4. Don’t worry though, as the story here is quite enjoyable in its own right. Besides, the main draw of any Gears game is its third person shooting action, which sometimes rewards you to go all-guns-blazing and other times expects you to make good use of cover.

Gears 5 introduces open-world elements as well, rewarding you for taking time to explore. And while it’s held in high regard for its multiplayer features, its campaign is still engrossing when played alone.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

Forget being just one of the best single player games on Xbox, Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best games of all time. Even though it wasn’t made to make use of the additional power of Xbox Series X/S consoles, Red Dead Redemption 2 still looks absolutely phenomenal.

But visuals aren’t the main draw of Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s also got one of, if not the most convincing open worlds we’ve ever seen in a game, with a fantastic narrative to boot. Just make sure you have plenty of time to spare if you’re thinking about playing it – it’ll take around 50 hours just to mainline the story.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3

It’s safe to say that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the game that really propelled The Witcher franchise to the next level. This open world fantasy adventure has gone from strength to strength, with numerous updates since launch ironing out flaws, improving the visuals and generally letting players better appreciate its brilliant writing and mission design.

This is a game you can truly get lost in, a single player adventure that embraces you in its arms and makes you never want to leave. If you have an Xbox console, make sure you play it.

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