The holiday season is a great time for gamers. We have more time to spend playing games, and the weather is usually cold outside, 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 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. Some of them are heavily Christmas-themed, while some are not related to Christmas at all, yet they’re still good choices to play during this time of the year. So, if you have some free time, but (as usually) don’t know what to play during the winter holidays, keep reading this article.
Best Xbox One games to play this Christmas
1. Forza Horizon 3 Blizzard Mountain
Microsoft Studios released the new Blizzard Mountain expansion of Forza Horizon 3 just in time for the holidays. If take a look at online reviews, many pundits consider Forza Horizon 3 a great game to play during holidays. But the Blizzard Mountain expansion is actually the missing piece that makes this game a perfect car racing simulation to play for Christmas.
In Blizzard Mountain, the game keeps all its key elements and features, and puts them into a beautiful snow land. You’ll be able to race with your friends or opponents through beautiful snow-covered landscapes, and feel how it is to drive a rally on the ice. We know driving during the winter is not such a pleasant experience in real life, but with Blizzard Mountain, it’s a totally different story in the virtual world.
Forza Horizon 3 Blizzard Mountain is available in the Xbox Store for the price of $19.99. Owners of the Forza Horizon 3 season pass will receive this expansion for free.
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2. FIFA /NBA 2K20
FIFA , or NBA 2K, or basically any other sports simulation game of your choice is a perfect pick for the holidays. We usually play sport simulations when we’re around friends and family, so the answer why sport simulation games are good for Christmas answers itself.
There’s nothing better than beating your cousin with a weaker team in FIFA, or scoring the buzzer-beater in 2K20. Just gather your loved ones, prepare two gamepads, and the family tournament can begin.
Of course, you don’t need to stick to FIFA 20 or NBA 2K20. If you feel nostalgic during the holidays, you can relive memories by playing any of your favorite sport simulation games released in the past. These games have been around since 90’s, so the choice is pretty big.
If you want to test the new game versions of the two games, you can also play FIFA and NBA 2K.
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3. Jackbox Party Pack
If you’re planning to throw a chilling Christmas party for your family or friends, you need to prepare usual party games. But, you don’t need the good old games anymore, because Jackbox Party Pack combines them all together, in a huge party pack for Christmas, and other celebrations.
Jackbox Party contains five traditional party games. The game features a trivia game, a fill-in-the-blank game, a guess-the-lie game, and a drawing game. As all these games should look familiar to you, there should be no problems in getting around.
Perhaps the best game of the whole pack is a drawing game called Drawful. This game allows players to draw something on their mobile phones, and project it on the TV screen, so other can guess what it is. Jackbox Party is definitely a great mix of old social games, so don’t start planning the Christmas party without taking this game in consideration.
4. Gears of War 4
Gears of War 4 is one of the biggest titles that hit the Xbox One Store this year. So, if you haven’t got your hands on this game during the year, now’s the time to reconsider. Additionally, there will probably be some deals and discounts during the holidays, so wait no more.
Gears 4 takes place 25 years after the events of the previous title. The new hero, JD Fenix steps up instead of his father Marcus in his fight for the future of the mankind. The game has been improved and polished a lot since the last release, and general reviews are mainly positive. So, if you’re a fan of the franchise or the genre, now’s the great time to refresh your collection with this blockbuster title.
Gears of War 4 is available in the Xbox One Store, for the price of $59.99. You can also get it from Amazon.
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5. Assassin’s Creed IV: The Black Flag
You may ask: What does The Black Flag have to do with Christmas? Well, exactly that! If you’re tired of the cold weather, snow, wind, and other magical characteristics of winter, transferring yourself to a tropical paradise can be a relief.
You’ll hardly find a better, more-detailed game to roam the seas and tropical islands than The Black Flag. You play as Edward Kenway, a young aspiring pirate fighting against Templars and sea sharks. So, if you want to visit a pirate ship for the holidays, instead of Santa’s workshop, The Black Flag is perfect. When it comes to gameplay, it contains all the known AC elements, so if you’ve ever played a game from this franchise, you’ll have no problems getting around.
Assasin’s Creed IV: The Black Flag is available in the Xbox Store for the price of $29.99 or from Amazon.
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