Sure, you could wait until the last minute to buy your holiday gifts this year, but why put so much stress on yourself? Get your shopping done early so you can kick back with a cup of cocoa while the rest of the shoppers pile on top of one another trying to get whatever’s left on the shelf. If someone on your list is an Xbox One fan, you might be wondering what to get them. We’ve already put up an Xbox One accessories gift guide, but if it’s games you’re after, we can help on that front, too. To that end, we’ve gathered some of the best Xbox One games from this year and years past and put them below.
And if you need more gift ideas for PC and console gamers, or for Anime fans, Star Wars fans, and Marvel fans, we have a whole lot of other great ideas in our Holiday Gift Guide hub.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games takes longer than most AAA studios to make its games, but when you fire one up, you can quickly see where that time went. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a sprawling western that’s filled with gorgeous details and enough things to do to keep you happy for dozens of hours–and that’s not even including Red Dead Online.
Forza Horizon 4
With jaw-dropping graphics and pitch-perfect racing controls, Forza Horizon 4 drops you in an open-world version of the UK and lets you go anywhere and do just about anything.
Gears of War 4
In a galaxy plagued by war, a new generation steps in to fight the alien oppressors in one of Microsoft’s most iconic shooters.
Halo 5: Guardians
The latest chapter in a story that began on the original Xbox back in 2001, Halo 5 continues the space-faring saga of Master Chief and Cortana. It has a meaty campaign and a series of endlessly re-playable multiplayer modes, held together by best-in-class precision controls.
Some games you play through once, while others you play indefinitely. Overwatch is the very definition of the latter. With all the tweaks, events, and additions Blizzard puts into Overwatch on a regular basis, don’t expect this hero shooter to go away anytime soon.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Even superlatives don’t really do The Witcher 3 justice. It finds everyone’s favorite monster-hunter-for-hire embarking on a truly epic adventure in a lovingly crafted action-RPG.
It may be a bleak and oppressive game, but the mysteries in this puzzle-platformer are so intriguing that you’ll have to see it through to its mind-bending conclusion.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Yes, that’s a goat being air-lifted by a balloon. Hideo Kojima’s final entry in the long-running Metal Gear series is an open-world delight, with fantastic stealth gameplay, an intriguing set of characters, and kooky things like floating goats.
There’s a reason this game has been a mainstay in the popular consciousness for nearly a decade now: It’s a world-sized sandbox that lets players be as creative as they want.