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Best Xbox One games for December 2015: 7 essential titles for Microsoft’s console

Alphr logo Alphr 06-12-2015 Curtis Moldrich

So you’ve decided to get an Xbox One, and why not? It’s already one of the best consoles around, and following its Windows 10 update – as well as a host of new games on the horizon – Microsoft’s third gaming system is finally hitting its stride.

The Xbox One already benefits from a vast gaming library, but which ones should you buy? Here are some of the best Xbox games you can buy this December 2015, from Xbox One-exclusive blockbusters, to AAA multi-platform titles.

1. Fallout 4

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A strong contender for game of the year, Fallout 4 is one of the most immersive, rewarding titles out at the moment. Released by Bethesda, the latest Fallout title throws you into the aftermath of a devastating nuclear war. Your mission? Just to survive – and find your son. Along the way, you’ll forge new relationships, upgrade and tweak your gear and progress through the game’s exciting story. An essential purchase for anyone into RPGs.

2. Halo 5

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Halo was a killer app for Microsoft’s original Xbox, and the same could be said for Halo 5. The definitive FPS on Microsoft’s console, Halo 5 is the latest installment of the game that gave us Master Chief and Cortana. Like previous titles, Halo draws you in with an impressive, cinematic campaign mode that sheds even more light on its fascinating universe – but it’s the game’s frantic multiplayer modes you’ll stay for.

3. Forza 6

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Gran Turismo used to be the definitive console-racer, but that’s all changed since the arrival of Forza. Now into its sixth installment, Forza Motorsport 6 represents the best racing game on the Xbox One – and possibly all consoles. As you’d expect from a first-party title, the graphics are gorgeous, but it’s in the controls where Forza 6 really excels.

4. Destiny

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Designed by the original creators of Halo, Destiny is one of the most ambitious, expensive games ever made – and it shows. A hybrid of an RPG and FPS, Destiny combines two addictive gaming genres, and the result is unlike anything you’ve played before. Before you even consider DLCs, there’s hours of content, and with the game’s well balanced, addictive multiplayer, it’s worth checking out.

5. Sunset Overdrive

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Sunset Overdrive sets itself apart from other third-person shooters with surreal and stylised graphics, a great story, and self-aware gameplay. The premise is simple: the year is 2027, and thousands of people have been transformed into the OD – mutants addicted to energy drinks. What follows is one of the most charming, witty and, most importantly, enjoyable games available on the Microsoft system.  

6. Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Tomb Raider is arguably one of of the most important games to be released in the last twenty years. First launched in 1996, the series has gone on to spawn countless games and two films – and now Lara Croft arrives on the next-gen. Developed by Microsoft Studios and published by the legendary Square Enix, Rise of the Tomb Raider marks a return to form for the series. If you like adventure games, or an Indiana Jones-style voyage of discovery, Rise of the Tomb Raider is well worth checking out.

7. Star Wars Battlefront

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Take Battlefield, one of the most popular shooting games around and add StarWars, one of the most popular film franchises in history. The result? Star Wars Battlefront, one of the biggest games to be released this year. Featuring all the sights and sounds of the Star Wars universe accurately modelled in next-gen detail, Star Wars Battlefront is a must for any fans of the sci-fi series. Despite its lack of an offline campaign, Battlefront can still give you one of the most frantic, cinematic experiences on your Xbox One.

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