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Letters from the Front

In the years to come, the Xbox One generation will be remembered for the many mishaps that Microsoft did in the early years of the generation only to be remembered for its epic turnaround in the later years of the 2010s, from the One X to becoming the home of some of the greatest franchises to have graced gaming in the last 20 years. From the disaster at E3 2013 to the cautious first steps of an underdog, here is the top 5 games of this generation.

OverpoweredAF is proud to present the top 5 and top 10 games of the Xbox One generation, games that defined this groundbreaking era of gaming. Games that have shaped the way not just how we play, but the way we play them. Join me as I count to the number 5 game of the generation and make sure to come back tomorrow for PART II. Let’s get started!

1: Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)

Rockstar is most remembered for the Grand Theft Auto set of games, yet the original Red Dead Redemption was their finest moment in the last generation. Before 2010, Westerns weren’t even cool for years but Red Dead Redemption did just that and more so when the sequel was announced in 2016, it was the most anticipated game of the year. Like all great Westerns, the sequel is a tale of human drama about moral fibre and elemental forces set against a landscape so iconic and one of the richest and most rewarding to explore.

Red Dead Redemption II is a wonderful companion piece to the original game, set against the backdrop of a changing West in 1899 where law and order alongside civilization is making its way from faraway places like Boston and Philadelphia to settle in an untamed land where outlaws, sheriffs, cowboys and Indians roam the land. Arthur Morgan, much like John Marston, is a wonderful protagonist- deeply flawed and yet capable of being a good and decent man in a time of great indecency alongside a great cast of characters that expand the lore from the original game and a story so epic that it rivals the greatest Western films like Custer and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Only a talented studio like Rockstar can achieve this. Red Dead Redemption II is their finest work yet.

2: The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt (2015)

By 2015, CDPR already proved its mettle with the Witcher 2 but it was the Witcher 3 that put them on the map as one of the greatest studios to ever produce an RPG. Open world and mind-boggling expansive, The Witcher 3 was the epic conclusion to its largely niche set of games that was mainly PC centric, it dared you to explore and make choices that forever changed the course of Geralt’s life and his friends. It’s expansions are some of the greatest pieces of downloadable content ever made; from a Hearts of Stone to the final story in Geralt’s tale in Blood and Wine where Geralt finally decides to retire and live a life with two of his women ( depending on your choice in the main story.) , The Witcher 3 is hands down the greatest RPG of the Xbox One era.

3: XBOX GAME PASS

This is the kind of product that differentiates Xbox from its competitors.

Xbox Game Pass isn’t a game, it’s a service. Game Pass is the Netflix of gaming, it offers a ton of games for a reasonable price. For $9.99 a month, you get access to an ever-growing catalogue of Xbox games including legendary exclusives from upcoming developers. The service has been expanded to PC and now sports over 100 games to choose and pick from, alongside some of their most recent games and acquisitions like Bethesda. From Halo: The Master Chief Collection to Fallout 4, Game Pass is the greatest value in gaming since get one, get two free.

4: Forza Horizon 4 ( 2018.)

In years past, the Forza franchise alternates annually between the simulation-focused Motorsport series and the open-world Horizon series. While, the Motorsport series continues to serve its more simulation-focused fans, Horizon has come into its own with Horizon 4. Horizon 4 is the most most accessible, inventive and fun racing game for everybody since Burnout. Alongside its social settings, very English weather, and beautiful English countryside gives Horizon 4 the bump it needs. Horizon 4 is the best racing game of the entire Xbox One generation.

5: Battlefield 1 (2016.)

Back in 2008, DICE deviated from its multiplayer-only centric approach to Battlefield with Bad Company, but the sequel struck gold between its comedic approach to its campaign and its legendary multiplayer and capturing the lightning in a bottle feeling came again in 2011 with Battlefield 3 and wouldn’t be found again until Battlefield 1, the famous historical shooter that changed the landscape.

In a landscape filled with modern warfare, futuristic warfare, and all sorts of warfare Battlefield 1 was a nice and refreshing pace back to a more simpler time. When Battlefield 1 came about, historical shooters were already out of the picture for some time with 2008’s Call of Duty: World at War being the last historical arcade shooter on the home consoles. In 2016, the historical genre came back with a thunder with such games like Battalion 1944 and Days of War but Battlefield 1 tapped into a setting that was never done before on a triple A scale: The First World War.

Battles like the Somme, Verdun, and the Argonne Forest to name a few were all brought to life for the first time within Battlefield 1 alongside the weapons and vehicles that forever changed warfare in the 20th century. While, Battlefield 1 didn’t portray The First World War in a way that was accurate to the time period or at all accurate, it was fun and a learning experience at the same time. The Operations game mode was a fun and historical ride through the war’s greatest battles and Battlefield 1’s greatest mode. It’s five expansions brought some of the war’s greatest battles to life, exploring the Eastern Front, exploring the fight for oil in the Middle East, exploring some of the war’s legendary raids, and bringing to life the war’s most infamous fights like the Somme. Battlefield 1 isn’t a game, it’s an experience. It’s a shame that DICE decided not to dig deeper into the war.

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