From Microsoft’s big exclusives to multiplatform hits, our best Xbox One games 2018 roundup features our hand-picked Xbox games for the Xbox gamer on your Christmas list.
Whether shopping for yourself or the gamer on your holiday list, Walmart Canada has you covered with the best games of the year. It’s a great time to play, and the Xbox platform offers many ways to jump into incredible gaming experiences. Here are our 12 favourites that released this calendar year:
Best Xbox One games 2018
- Forza Horizon 4
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Battlefield V
- Call of Duty Black Ops 4
- NHL 19
- Sea of Thieves
- State of Decay 2
- Hitman 2
- Monster Hunter World
- Far Cry 5
1 Forza Horizon 4 – Microsoft Studios [ESRB Rating: E]
Metacritic Score: 92 | Forza Horizon 4 Trailer
- My favourite part of the Horizon series is the ability to race across open fields, river beds, and through forests. The backdrop of Great Britain offers a ton of unique scenery, just be mindful of the sheep!
- The seasons dynamically change through summer, fall, winter, and spring, adding new challenges that keep the racing experience feeling fresh and new.
- You can race as Master Chief inside the iconic Warthog! As a huge Halo fan, this was quite the treat.
I’ve played all previous Forza Horizon games and this one is definitely my favourite in the series. Why you ask? Well, first of all, the dynamic seasons in this historic Great Britain open world are a real game-changer. The changing seasons keep the gameplay fresh as you constantly adapt to new weather conditions like rain, snow, and sunshine. The different seasons also alter the map in significant ways: during summer you may come across a beautiful lake, and in winter the water freezes and is drivable surface. A frozen lake makes a great spot for some incredible drifting!
What I found even more impressive is the online nature of this entry—it’s the first shared-world racing experience in Forza history. That means instead of having AI-controlled Drivatars sharing the road with you, all other vehicles you see are real human players. Add in the vehicle collection surpassing over 450 and it’s time to chase that horizon!
2 Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Square Enix – [ESRB Rating: M]
Metacritic Score: 82 | Shadow of the Tomb Raider Trailer
- A classic survival game that had me on the edge of my seat as I scaled steep cliffs and leapt across caverns.
- This entry doubled-down on underwater exploration, and I felt the tension as I tried to guide Lara through a watery maze as oxygen was running out.
- The new emphasis on stealth turned the jungle into a playground, allowing me to get the jump on enemies.
It was awesome to experience the final chapter of Lara Croft’s epic journey as she fulfills her destiny as the Tomb Raider. You witness her becoming a warrior as you fend off enemies in an unforgiving jungle while racing against time to prevent a supernatural, cataclysmic event.
What particularly impressed me was exploring tombs, daunting underwater environments, and seemingly endless tunnels that come alive with stunning detail. It felt satisfying to help Lara conquer dark forces working to bring about a Mayan apocalypse and become the hero the world needs.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is available along with a season pass that includes more challenge tombs, weapons, outfits, and skills.
3 Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rockstar Games – [ESRB Rating: M]
Metacritic Score: 97 | Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer
- As a veteran of every Rockstar title since 1998, I can say this is Rockstar’s most ambitious title yet, pushing the envelope with its superb acting, story, and environments.
- The world is teeming with rich, unique experiences—and there’s plenty of compelling side-stories in addition to an incredible main storyline.
- It’s fun to explore off the beaten path as you fish and hunt animals, or become a destructive scourge, terrorizing towns and leaving havoc in your wake.
Red Dead Redemption 2 lets you step into the boots of Arthur Morgan in this western themed open-world adventure that will test your loyalty, and trigger finger. It’s 1899, and the beautiful, yet brutal frontier beckons with stunning environments and unforgettable characters that will keep you captivated. As part of the Van der Linde gang, you will work together to survive by any means necessary including robbing and stealing—this is the wild west after all.
Developer Rockstar Games is known for creating incredible worlds, and exceptionally tight story-driven narratives. Red Dead Redemption 2 is no different, already being hailed by critics as a new benchmark gaming. The first Red Dead Redemption was one of the best games I have ever played, don’t sleep on this prequel, saddle up!
4 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Ubisoft [ESRB Rating: M]
Metacritic Score: 87 | Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Trailer
- New RPG elements allowed me to build a combat style suited to my play style.
- The highly addictive naval combat that defined Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag is back and better than ever.
- For the first time in the series, you can pick between a male lead in Alexios or a female warrior in Kassandra. Both choices are excellent as the voice acting is top-notch.
The epic series has returned, this time taking you back to ancient Greece and the legendary era of Spartans. Choose between two main characters, Alexios or Kassandra, and forge your destiny in a world that reacts to your decisions. Unravel the secrets your family has hidden for generations as you navigate an ancient world on the verge of destruction.
Whether tracking your next assassination target, sailing the Aegean Sea, or launching large-scale battles, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has a variety of content to keep you entertained for hours.
5 Battlefield V – EA [ESRB Rating: M]
Metacritic Score: 79 | Battlefield V Trailer
- I love a great story-driven, single-player experience and Battlefield V delivers with War Stories. The tales are gripping and emotional; make sure to experience them for yourself.
- Developer DICE has always created some of the best looking and sounding games, and Battlefield V is their best effort yet.
- Battlefield V multiplayer delivers a ton of chaos and frantic action as threats from land and air bear down on your position, with up to 64 players in modes like Conquest, it’s all-out war.
The Battlefield series from Electronic Arts has gone back to its roots deploying you across multiple fronts of the Second World War. This new portrayal of WWII includes a single-player experience and all-out multiplayer chaos with new dynamic maps.
The War Stories single-player campaign brings you into unexpected scenarios such as skiing down Norwegian mountains battling for control of nuclear supply lines.
Multiplayer modes allow you to lead massive forces in Grand Operations, or play classics like Conquest. You can also team up with friends in cooperative battles with Combined Arms.
6 Call of Duty Black Ops 4 – Activision [ESRB Rating: M]
Metacritic Score: 88 | Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Trailer
- I’m a big fan of Call of Duty online, and this entry delivers the most extensive online experience ever including multiplayer modes, zombies, and the all-new battle royale mode, Blackout.
- Blackout features the biggest map for a Call of Duty game ever, and I love that the map integrates classic areas like Nuketown, and others, as an homage to the series.
- Specialists and manual healing change the dynamics on the battlefield, adding more tactical elements to the combat experience.
For the first time in series history, Call of Duty Black Ops 4 gives us an entirely multiplayer combat-based experience. While there’s no campaign, it does offer the most substantial online experience yet including traditional multiplayer, zombies, and the new, massive battle royale experience, Blackout.
Specialists make their return, offering unique traits and abilities on the battlefield and encouraging tactical-based teamwork. Zombies mode has you, and up to three friends defending against waves of the undead in new locations, like the Titanic!
The new Blackout mode features 88-player showdowns on Call of Duty’s biggest map ever. The map contains iconic settings inspired by Nuketown, Asylum, and Stronghold that will make CoD vets feel right at home.
7 NHL 19 – EA Sports [ESRB Rating: E10+]
Metacritic Score: 84 | NHL 19 Trailer
- NHL 19’s new Ones mode is pond hockey at its finest with 1v1v1 open-air chaos! No rules, no mercy! Also, no frostbite…
- For those that know me, they know I love to accessorize, and NHL 19 has me looking dapper with over 900 items to customize my on-ice look.
- The reworked physics system allows you to deliver bigger, more impactful hits so keep your head up out there!
This year NHL 19 returns to its roots with classic pond hockey action, bringing you a new way to experience the game across multiple modes.
Speaking of classic hockey, over 200 Alumni have been added including “The Great One” himself, Wayne Gretzky. All of these additions sit atop newly-developed skating technology, delivering a faster, more responsive hockey experience.
The World of Chel makes its debut and unifies many game modes. It also allows you to build and customize your player with a new rewards system. Over 900 new apparel items have been added to help you express your own unique style on the ice. NHL 19 has arrived, delivering one of the most comprehensive hockey experiences yet!
8 Sea of Thieves – Microsoft Studios [ESRB Rating: T]
Metacritic Score: 69 | Sea of Thieves Trailer
- My favourite part of Sea of Thieves is being the author of your own pirate tale. You can assemble a crew, hunt for treasure, sing pirate shanties and explore mysterious islands.
- Venture out to epic open sea battles against rival players, or monstrous creatures like the kraken and megalodon.
- It’s hilarious to throw your unruly friends in your ship’s brig and toss away the key. Side note: I’ve spent my fair share of time in the brig, and I have zero regrets.
It’s a pirate’s life for me! Team up with three other friends, or venture out solo and discover exotic islands, shipwrecks, and mysterious creatures in Sea of Thieves. There’s a wealth of hidden treasure waiting for you to find in this seafaring pirate adventure.
As you complete more voyages and quests, you gain reputation and build your pirate legacy in the process. The best part about the Sea of Thieves experience is that it’s ever-evolving, with content updates that continue to add a variety of challenges. Enjoy chasing that sunset, I’ll see you on the open sea!
9 State of Decay 2 – Microsoft Studios [ESRB Rating: M]
Metacritic Score: 67 | State of Decay 2 Trailer
- Lots of player choice—will you help other survivors and be the good guy, or betray them and loot their goods?
- Partying up with friends and clearing out zombie infestations is a great adrenaline rush, provided you can make it out alive.
- Always fun to hop in a vehicle and bash into the undead. Just be aware roaring engines also attract a lot of unwanted attention.
State of Decay 2 offers a massive, open world completely overrun by the undead. You can team up with three friends and build a community of survivors, or venture off as a lone wolf. The game offers RPG-style progression, letting you build your character’s abilities and prioritizing your play style.
The decisions you make can impact the game world in specific ways. For example, helping your neighbours may net you a few allies. Or, you could opt to loot their supplies and leave them for dead. State of Decay 2 leaves these game-altering choices up to you.
The zombie apocalypse awaits: now it’s time to decide which version of State of Decay 2 is best for you. The game is available in both standard and Ultimate editions, with the latter option adding a variety of content to your gameplay experience.
10 Hitman 2 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment [ESRB Rating: M]
Metacritic Score: 84 | Hitman 2 Trailer
- Agent 47 proves looks can kill, I love the ability to swap out outfits to surprise unsuspecting targets.
- I found environments denser and more dynamic than in prior games—you have more ways to take out your target than ever before.
- Great to see Warner Bros. supporting this game with post-launch content that will further test your skill against more difficult targets.
How could I resist stepping into the dapper shoes of Agent 47 and use my surroundings to eliminate high-value targets?
Hitman 2 features an all new campaign and free downloadable Elusive Targets missions that will test your wits and skill. A spy-thriller awaits as you must dismantle a shadowy organization that is deeply rooted all over the globe. Use stealth and sabotage in six brand new sandbox locations and execute the perfect assassination.
The Hitman 2: Gold Edition is available with added content including new locations, maps, missions, expansion pass and more.
11 Monster Hunter World – Capcom [ESRB Rating: T]
Metacritic Score: 90 | Monster Hunter: World Trailer
- Fun to hunt ferocious creatures in an unforgiving environment, upgrade weapons and gear with each successful battle.
- Enjoyed squading up with friends to combine our might to takedown bigger game.
- Cool to see monsters fighting each other. Sometimes hiding out and biding your time is a smart strategy, engage the enemy on your terms!
Capcom brings you the ultimate hunting experience as you battle massive monsters in exotic locales. You are tasked with taking down as many creatures as possible in order to upgrade your weapons and armour to pursue bigger game.
As a hunter, your mission is to discover as many creatures in the New World and uncover the mysterious phenomena around the Elder Crossing.
You don’t need take on this task alone: create hunting parties with up to three friends, then set out to take down the land’s most powerful monsters.
12 Far Cry 5 – Ubisoft [ESRB Rating: M]
Metacritic Score: 82 | Far Cry 5 Trailer
- Had a blast exploring this wild, open-world experience that lets you use vehicles like cars, monster trucks and old school warplanes to navigate Hope County.
- Teaming up with a 600-pound grizzly aka “Cheese Burger the Bear” was hilarious fun! He definitely will turn the tide of any firefights as he bulldozes enemies and vehicles that stand in his way.
- Enjoyed taking a break from all the chaos to take in the scenery, the game offers mini games like fishing—try to catch the big one.
Welcome to Hope County, Montana where things have taken a turn for the worse.
Joseph Seed has taken over the region with his doomsday cult, Project at Eden’s Gate. You play as a junior deputy looking to escape the grip of a madman and liberate the county. Work with resistance fighters in an open world setting that allows you to pick your own path to freedom in any order you choose.
You can call a friend to help in the game’s co-op experience, or employ Fangs For Hire, animals that will aid in your quest to dismantle the Seed family. Be the hero Hope County deserves and rise up against the tyrannical leader.
ESRB Rating System:
Content is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong
Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.