Two years ago today, Microsoft unleashed its most powerful Xbox yet. Now that we're getting comfortable with it in our living rooms, let's take a fond look back at the best downloadable games from its second year on the market.
I wanted to make this list so that only games that were brand new releases within the past year are included. In other words, if a game came out on another console before November 22, 2014 and was later ported to Xbox One then it doesn't qualify to be here. Anyway, I hope you have a good time reading through this list and discover some hidden gems while you do.
Whoever said video games can't be sports has clearly never played #IDARB. The insanely chaotic matches of seeing who can get the ball in the goal first are only more enjoyable when you factor in all of the nutty characters. If you find that there aren't enough characters to fulfill your insatiable thirst for variety then you could always make your own!
Some games mess with your head. In comes Kalimba which will constantly twist your mind as you try to make your simultaneously controlled characters match background colours while working your way through some tough platforming segments. No one said it would be easy, but it sure is satisfying once you master each challenging level.
8 Elite: Dangerous
If the concept of exploring the depths of space excites you then Elite: Dangerous is the game for you. It may get a little boring at times but working your way up the ranks to become the galaxy's richest and most respected citizen is quite a rewarding feat.
7 Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Lara Croft looks a lot different from an overhead perspective. This cooperative adventure allows you and a chum to discover long-lost treasures together, but more importantly; you can blow each other up with some perfectly timed explosives.
6 Ori and the Blind Forest
I know that putting Ori in sixth place is sure to annoy fans but I was actually a bit disappointed after completing this renowned Metroidvania title. That being said, I can't deny how great of a game it is when I think back on the memorable journey I had in its breathtakingly beautiful world. It's definitely a must-buy for any Xbox One owner. [Ori and the Blind Forest Review]
5 Toto Temple Deluxe
Local multiplayer games are all the rage and you can't get much better than Toto Temple Deluxe. With a crazy sense of humour and frantic battles that'll have you on the edge of your seat, how could you not boot this up at your next gaming get-together? You wouldn't think that trying to keep a goat on your head would be this much fun. [Toto Temple Deluxe Review]
4 Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Speaking of local multiplayer games, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a phenomenal cooperative journey for you and your special someone to enjoy together. Having to maintain communication while you man different stations of a spacecraft will either make you realise how well you work together or how you aren't star-crossed lovers after all. [Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime Review]
3 Extreme Exorcism
As one of the most underrated games in recent memory, I can't recommend Extreme Exorcism enough. You battle previous versions of yourself over and over again only to meet your eventual demise. It seems like a sloppy mess of a game at first, but it's difficult to shut off once you put some thought into developing an effective strategy. [Extreme Exorcism Review]
2 No Time To Explain
Strap on your jet pack and get ready for one hilarious physics-based platforming adventure. Although it was a substandard game when it first released on Steam, this redone effort really polished the concept into a shining example of frenzied gaming action. What are you waiting for? You need to play this now; there's no time to explain! [No Time To Explain Review]
1 Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
Geometry Wars has been around since it was a mini-game in 2003's Project Gotham Racing 2. It's incredible how they managed to build upon the simplistic nature of the initial title to continue to craft the best twin stick shooters on the market. This latest installment turns everything up to eleven so get your thumbs ready for some extremely satisfying shooting. [Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Review]