10 Xbox One games to play this Christmas

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The holiday season is a great time for gamers. We have more time to spend playing games, and the weather is usually cold, which are the perfect conditions for playing our favorite games.

On top of that, there are tons of various deals during the holiday season, so we can afford to play even more games than during the rest of the year.

The same goes for absolutely every platform, be it Windows PC, Steam, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4. But as we’ve already presented you with our list of the best PC games to play this Christmas, it’s time for a treat for Xbox One gamers.

We’ve created a list of the best Xbox One games to play this Christmas, covering a wide range of gameplay styles, so make sure to check all of them out.


Best Xbox One games to play this Christmas

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FIFA 21

  • More than 700 teams
  • Amazingly realistic graphics
  • 30 official leagues to choose from
  • More than 17,000 players
  • Older PCs will have issues when playing online

FIFA has been at the top (or amongst the first games) suggested on almost any top list of games for a very good reason – it is one of the most popular games ever created.

This year, the FIFA series has a newly released version, called FIFA 21.

This amazing football simulation game has evolved gradually since its first version, and now has reached an incredible graphics level, some saying that it almost looks real.

Not only the graphics of the game evolved over time though, game testers and players observing very important improvements when it came to the way the players can be controlled, interacted with, and the naturality of their every move.

The customization tools that allow you to create a player of your own have also been improved tremendously, giving you access to a wide range of very realistic.


Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Releases November 10)

  • Lead raids against Saxon fortresses and troops
  • Can dual-wield weapons
  • Great graphics and epic story-line
  • Open-world exploration
  • Diverges a lot from the Assassin's Creed mythos

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the latest game in the epic series of the different assassin’s adventures.

No matter if you played the other games from this series or not, this game proves to be an incredible addition to the series, offering state of the art graphics and an incredibly realistic physics engine that is bound to have you feel like you’re one of the Vikings.

You get to explore a very big free world map with historically-exact places, go on a variety of quests, meet thousands of interesting characters, explore a variety of hidden areas, and also go through the main story of the character.

One very different element for this game compared with its predecessors from the series is the fact that you will have a home-base for your character. This will be your very own village, in which you control all the elements, including how the funds are spent, construction, and the happiness of the villagers.

You can always come back to your village and improve on it, or you can explore the vast virtual world at your convenience.

If you like open-world games, adventure, and you’re curious to see one of the best graphics engines on the market at work, then you have to look no further than Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.


NBA 2K21

  • Improved graphics and assists engine
  • A revolutionary aiming feature that uses the stick
  • A.I. off-ball team-mates are a lot better at opening spaces
  • Great player customization options
  • Lots of off-court pay-to-win microtransactions

NBA 2K21 is an exceptional basketball simulator game that we all ended up loving.

This last version of the game offers unparalleled graphic and physics engine improvements, but also revolutionizes the way you can aim, by using the shot-stick aiming feature.

This allows you to actually aim shots, and not rely on the automatic aiming process that we’ve been used to in the previous versions of the game. This gives it an even more competitive vibe and allows both experienced and non-experienced players to be challenged.

Player spacing has also been improved in the 2K21, allowing for a more realistic movement of the players without the ball, while in the online mode, A.I. team-mates are a lot better at opening the field up for passes.


Watch Dogs: Legion

  • Great graphics
  • An amazing story that explores the hardships of living in a dystopian future
  • Can recruit any NPC in DedSec
  • You can play with a variety of characters
  • A wide range of skills imply a wide number of possible outcomes
  • Some character recruitment missions tend to repeat

Explore the near-future city of London with this amazing immersive and versatile free-world game that takes your control over situations to the next level.

As opposed to the previous versions of this game, in Watch Dogs: Legion you don’t play as a single character, but as any character of your choosing that is part of the DedSec hacker group that fights against the tyrannical techno-fascist police state depicted in the game.

This, in turn, allows you to take advantage of a multitude of skills and character features, thus enabling you to take down your enemies in a variety of ways. 

The story presented in this game is sure to capture your attention and present you with a not so far-fetched potential future for humanity, controlled by evil corporations and affected by choosing comfort over privacy.

As in the past, the game features a wide range of political themes, focusing mostly on the loss of privacy and rights of the common citizen.

Make sure to explore this beautifully-rendered and challenging world this Christmas.


Mafia: Definitive Edition

  • Amazing story-line
  • Improved state-of-the-art graphics
  • Completely re-written dialog
  • Fresh soundtrack
  • Some open-world side missions would have been a great addition

This last rendition of the highly-acclaimed Mafia game, called Mafia: Definitive Edition is a long-waited refurbish of the original game.

Not only that the graphics and other engines have been improved, but the prohibition-era adventures we’ve all grown to love have a new and polished feel as well.

The story-line of this game is incredibly immersive, offering you a glimpse into the underlying structure of the fictional city of Lost Heaven, based on a real-life version of Chicago back in the day.

Even though the game is presented as an open-world type, the 20 missions it contains are all set in a linear mode, as we have been used by the previous release.


Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

  • Map levels that intertwine beautifully with the story
  • Hidden areas that offer help
  • A prosthetic arm that allows you to grapple to new heights
  • Improved stealth features
  • Ability to resurrect if killed in battle
  • The game can be paused at any time
  • The battle engine can be complicated to master

Sekiro: Shadows Dies Twice is an incredibly beautiful hack and slash game that doesn’t disappoint at all when it comes to graphics, story-line, and physics engine either.

The most iconic element of change for this game is the extremely interesting prosthetic arm that can be used as a grappling hook, weapon, and tools gadget.

This tool enables you to explore a wide range of iconic and mythical places, while also offering you a quick way of getting out of the way of enemies, and an increased overall feeling of freedom while exploring the map.


FAQ: Learn more about Xbox games

  • Which are the top Xbox games played today?

If you want to get the best games for your Xbox console, then check out our dedicated list featuring the latest and greatest entries.

  • Are Xbox games expensive?

It all depends on what game you are looking for, and how new it is. If you’re gaming on a budget, check out these top Xbox games under $10.

  • What games are great to play online on Xbox Live?

Playing with others is always fun, and here are some great games that you can play on Xbox Live.

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Editor's Note: This article was originally published in December 2017 and was revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.