Ori and the Blind Forest
Good games always incorporate the element of emotion into the story line and Ori and the Blind Forest is one of the best Xbox Live games you can play. After a powerful storm that sets a series of devastating events in motion,the forest of Nibel is dying.
The life of the whole ecosystem depends on an unlikely hero who must find courage and confront a dark nemesis to save his home. As a player, you control Ori, a white guardian spirit as he combats enemies or obstacles, jumps from platforms and solves puzzles trying to save the forest.
Ori and the Blind Forest is an impressive game not only through the story it tells, but also through its visually stunning environment, featuring hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, and a fully orchestrated score. Ori and the Blind Forest explores an emotional story we can all relate to: it’s about courage, love, sacrifice, and the hope that exists in us all.
Gears of War 4
Gears of War 4 was recently launched, and players are already crazy about this game. This is one of the most popular game franchises, and even if you’ve never played Gears of War before, you’ll quickly fall in love with this game.
After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his two best friends and brothers-in-arms, Kait and Del must now discover the source of the new monster attacks and eliminate it as soon as possible in order to save their loved ones.
You have various brutal weapons at your disposal, and you need to stay alert all the time because you never know when and where the next attack is going to come from. Learn to trust your friends and be prepared to face enormous hordes of ugly and evil creatures at any time.
Gears of War 4 offfers five game modes:
- Never Fight Alone: enroll in a two-player co-op campaign with friends. You can select either Kait or Del.
- Horde is Back: team up with four others and battle wave after wave of increasingly difficult enemies.
- Brutal New Weapons: use this incredible arsenal of new weapons that includes the Buzzkill and Dropshot to rain destruction from all angles.
- Explosive Versus Multiplayer: compete online in new and favorite game types, all at 60FPS on dedicated servers.
- Refined Cover Gameplay: new close-cover combat moves and combat-knife executions turn each piece of cover into an offensive opportunity.
You can purchase Gears of War 4 for $59.99 from the Windows Store.
Dead Rising 4
Dead Rising 4 is the perfect winter Holidays present for your gamer friends. Frank West returns in an all-new chapter of one of the most popular zombie game franchises of all time, driver by an even greater hunger for zombie killing. Use the huge array of weapons and vehicles you have at you disposal and fight against hordes of zombies.
Customize your character and his weapons and fight to survive in this merciless world. Explore a vast, open world sandbox filled with dangerous new zombies and a million ways to kill them as you seek to uncover the truth behind the outbreak – or at least die trying. Also, unlike previous versions of the game, Dead Rising 4 will not feature a timer system.
Dead Rising 4 is available this holiday on Xbox One and Windows 10. You can already pre-order the Dead Rising 4 Bundle for $59.99 from the Windows Store.
Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves is another impressive Xbox Live game expected to launch in 2017. Although not much information is available about this game, the gameplay images revealed so far confirm this game deserves a place on our list. This game is the right choice for you if you’re a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
With Sea of Thieves you can be the pirate you want to be and write your own legend on the high seas. This epic multi-player experience in a treacherous shared world will hook you for hours in from of your screen, as you fight to carve out your legend. The game supports up to 99 players in the Multiplayer Co-op Online mode.
To cut to the chase, check out the gameplay video below and see for yourself how much fun this game is:
Halo Wars 2
Halo Wars 2 is scheduled for release on February 21, 2017 and will take you straight into the middle of the fiercest intergalactic battles against a new enemy threatening mankind. The action is going to be fast, nasty, merciless and definitely not for the faint-hearted.
You’ll have the chance to lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy on the biggest Halo battlefield ever. The bird’s-eye view of the battlefield allows you to see everything that’s going on there.
There are two playable factions available in the game: mankind’s main military arm, the United Nations Space Command (UNSC), and a new alien faction known as the Banished. The campaign mode is composed of thirteen missions, and will support cooperative gameplay.
Take a look at these gameplay images and you’ll see why we included this game on our list:
You can already pre-order Halo Wars 2 for $59.99 from the Windows Store.
Yes, we love fantasy games and we couldn’t end this list without nominating Scalebound as one of the best Xbox Live games out there. Scalebound bestows a very important mission upon you, as you join forces with Thuban, the last dragon, and begin an unforgettable adventure, fighting to save the spellbinding realm of Draconis.
You play as Drew, and your dragon-friend Thuban will assist you throughout the game. You and Thuban are bonded together, and his death will cause Drew to die as well and vice versa. There are three types of dragons available, and each offer different capabilities. Of course, you can blend these capabilities into a single dragon, by customizing options and the dragon’s abilities, appearances and armor.
You can already pre-order Scalebound for $59.99 from the Windows Store. For the time being, no information is available concerning the game‘s exact release date, but rumors suggest it should be released next year.
We’ll end our list here. The games listed in this article are the best Xbox Live titles in terms of features, graphics, storyline, multiplayer support, customization options and more. You won’t regret buying any of them.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2016 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.