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Letters from the Front

It has never been a better time to be an Xbox fan or to delve into the Xbox ecosystem. While, Microsoft may not be leading in sales, Microsoft has one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of gaming and in the history of comebacks. They have spent years innovating and doing a lot of interesting things with the Xbox ecosystem.

From Xbox Game Pass to blurring the lines between console gaming and PC gaming and backwards compatibility, the Xbox brand of Microsoft is at all time high. So whether you just brought the One X, the One S, the Series X or the Series S, here are the top 10 Xbox games of the Xbox One generation. Let’s get started.

10: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019

In 2007, Infinity Ward forever changed the course of the gaming landscape with the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare with its iconic take on 21st century warfare, a campaign so strong that it remains the best in the series and a multiplayer so legendary that it forever changed online gaming with its RPG inspired leveling system, upgradable weapons, the simple kill streak system, and the perks. Infinity Ward crafted an iconic game that it spawned two sequels that changed the course of history: Modern Warfare 2 changed the landscape with its take on CoD4’s iconic multiplayer formula and Modern Warfare 3 wrapped the trilogy up in a nice bow. So, when Infinity Ward announced they were going back to the roots of their success, I was quite surprised and excited at the same time.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 is a hard reboot of that iconic trilogy that graced our screens over a decade ago, replacing the Iraq War with the geopolitical conflicts of today alongside a shadow war being fought by the world’s most elite counterintelligence and military teams, Modern Warfare 2019 is a great successor to the iconic trilogy and a great stepping point for a new trilogy built for today’s gaming audience. While, the campaign isn’t as hard hitting as Infinity Ward would like for you to think and the multiplayer isn’t as strong as its predecessors, Modern Warfare 2019 is the return of the classic Call of Duty experience that has been missing since Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

9: Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil 2 is everything that a remake should be. Released last year, Resident Evil 2 is part reimagining and part remake and it’s not just prettier graphics. Resident Evil 2 is a complete rethinking of the 1998 PlayStation game that defined a generation and it does that original game justice and much more.

The developers behind the remake understand what makes Resident Evil Resident Evil and it’s all packaged here in all of its glory.

8: Mafia

Much like Resident Evil 2 above, Mafia is everything that a remake should be and much more. Mafia is part reimagining and part remake of a cult classic 2002 game that paid homage to the mythology of the American gangster. The original Mafia launched in 2002 on PC and later ported to the Xbox and Playstation 2 in 2004. When it released back then, it commanded heaps of praise for its gritty and realistic take on the formula provided by Grand Theft Auto III in 2001, which by contrast seemed a lot less serious.

Set at the height of the Great Depression and the closing days of Prohibition, Mafia is a homage to the 1930s American Gangster crime fiction. Back then, the criminals were Italians and the cops were Irish and the hooch was Canadian and as a first time player of this particular installment, I see why Mafia is revered as one of the best in its class. Mafia is absolute top tier; it’s gorgeous, captivating, reverent, and classic re-imagining of that 2002 grail of early 2000’s gaming. Much like Red Dead Redemption 2 did, Mafia brings to life Depression-era America with its sounds, atmosphere, characters, and weapons. Mafia isn’t one to miss out on.

7: Gears of War 5

Gears 5 is an amazing game from top to bottom, Gears 5 encompasses the best of the franchise and elevates it to new standards. It shows that the future of the franchise is in great hands with the Coalition. While the original 2005 game was very dudebro with strong macho men that looked like they’re ripped from WWE, the franchise grew into something much more that has placed itself into the annals of gaming history.

The campaign is a great step forward for the franchise. It begins right at the end of Gears of War 4 as the tensions begin to rise between the Swarm and the human population, while it begins traditionally, it opens up much later when you take control of Kait as she explores her lineage to the Swarm and her relationship to the now extinct Locust horde. Without heading into spoilers, the campaign is one of the best campaigns within the franchise.

6: DOOM: Eternal

DOOM: Eternal is everything that it should be. Nothing more.

No-one expected DOOM 2016 and no-one expected it to be the incredible game that it was. DOOM 2016 achieved a legendary status and the sequel has too: continuing the aesthetic from the mind of a 2000’s-era teenager who listens to metal all day long and as a result, the game is ultra spicy and impossibly extra. Just like 1994’s DOOM II, DOOM: Eternal sees your bro return from hell only to see Earth besieged by demons. DOOM is nothing more than what you expect out of DOOM, nothing but greatness and a nice return to the days of yesteryear. Simple and gory.

5: Battlefield 1

Before 2016, the historical military shooter genre had been on a decline and absolutely wiped from the planet with the introduction of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in 2007. After Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the genre went down that route and after that iconic piece of entertainment, mostly every game was now set in the present or in the future or exploring the roads of “what if” scenarios so when Battlefield 1 came about, it was a nice and refreshing experience to land feet first in the battles of a century ago for the first time ever in a triple A space.

Battlefield 1, for me, was an outstanding hit and a great game of the generation because of the setting and its absolute top tier attempts at recreating the battles of a century ago and attempting to suck you into this war. From the Somme to Verdun, Battlefield 1 brought to life the battles and weapons of a century ago into video game format. There was nothing quite like Battlefield 1 and never again will there be a game like Battlefield 1. An absolute masterpiece.

4: Forza Horizon 4

For years, Forza has transitioned between Motorsport and Horizon with Horizon being the more favorite out of the two franchises. Horizon has reached its peak with Forza Horizon 4; Horizon 4 is the best racing game on the generation and the best racing game since Burnout. You can’t go wrong with Forza Horizon 4.

3: Xbox Game Pass

The Xbox Game Pass is hands down one of the best deals in gaming. That is not a recommendation, it is an order. While, I do have a deep hatred for today’s subscription based world but I really love Game Pass, it’s the subscription that I recommend. Paying a mere $10 a month for 200 games is a steal. There is no better deal than Game Pass and that makes it one of the best games / services of the generation.

2: The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

When it comes to western RPGs, there haven’t been that many this generation and not many that have been memorable. The Witcher 3 is a rare find in a generation that was filled with all sorts of games and it single handily was the best game of 2015. CDPR raised storytelling to a new height in The Witcher 3, while, giving you things to do and things that actually mattered. It raised the bar for what RPGs should be in the new generation.

1: Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption II is Rockstar’s finest work yet and possibly their most iconic in a portfolio full of iconic games across two decades. While Rockstar is most remembered for the Grand Theft Auto set of games, their more unique games like L.A Noire or Manhunt offer a niche in the gaming landscape that Rockstar can only fulfill but its out of their set of more “niche” games that Red Dead Redemption that’s the most famous.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is set in a changing West, taking place in 1899, a time in American history which bought a lot of stability to those living in the Eastern seaboard, but, bringing a lot of change to those living in the West and uprooting their lives. Beforehand, the federal government chose not to intervene in the western territories but the need for expansion and a form of control, especially when states like Montana and Utah were admitted into the Union triggered an end to the now famous Wild West where outlaws and criminals alongside Indians, sheriffs, and cowboys once ruled the land. These are the times that Red Dead Redemption 2 is set in. It is a wonderful companion piece to the original 2010 game that expands the lore and history of that particular time and a story so epic that it rivals the greatest Western films and adds nicely onto the original game. Only Rockstar can develop such a game like this. An outstanding hit from top to bottom.

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And that concludes the top 10 games of the Xbox One generation. What games are your top 10 games of either the Xbox One or the Playstation 4? Comment down below!

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