Admittedly, the year 2019 was rather quiet in terms of AAA games and big surprises. It comes as no surprise when you consider that the very fresh generation of consoles is already within reach. The focus is already shifting conspicuously to the new Xbox Series Xwho wants to stir up the games market for Christmas 2020. This also means that you can be sure that most Xbox internal studios are already working full steam on games for the new console. Despite all of this, there were of course some great titles for Xbox One this year (buy now for € 56.75), Many will probably predict most, but let me tell you, a few surprises have made it onto the list.

Gears 5 (Developer: The Coalition, Publisher: Xbox Game Studios, Release: September 06, 2019)
A real cracker right at the start: Gears of War. With Halo and Forza, the third-person shooter series is one of the largest and most popular members of the Xbox family. We could Gears of War 4 2016 did not completely convince and left the feeling that developer The Coalition was trying to cobble together a non-round game under too much time pressure. Also memorable story moments, deeply interwoven in Gears' DNA, became less and less common and we were generally disappointed with the campaign, which was too short. With Gears 5, on the other hand, does The Coalition everything right! The story about protagonist Kait Diaz comes rolled out with a lot of epic and intensity and the fights also take a laudable step forward and even require tactical action. The three-player co-op mode and the escape mode fit well into the series and the open world sections also give the basic essence of the series a new and exciting spice. Absolute recommendation and one of the best that there was to offer on the Xbox in 2019.






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Xbox One: The Ten Best Games of 2019 – Video Special (11)

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The Outer Worlds (Developer: Obsidian Entertainment, Publisher: Private Division, Release: October 25, 2019)

Obsidian Entertainment has been an Xbox Game Studio since the end of 2018, but the fallout-like RPG The Outer Worlds was still released as a multi-platform title in 2019. And that's good! The Outer Worlds convinces with strongly written dialogues, a sympathetically sci-fi setting and lots of decision options. The only criticism is that The Outer Worlds makes it too easy in many ways. So you shouldn't expect big surprises in gameplay and many things have been seen in the RPG genre many times. There is – as you would expect from Obsidian – really great dialogues. It's just a lot of fun getting to know the different characters and listening to their stories. Humor is the be-all and end-all in The Outer Worlds. Snappy answer options, satirically exaggerated backdrops, great word games: Obsidian delivers a great role-playing game at the end of the year, with which you can pass the cold winter days.






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A Plague Tale: Innocence (Developer: Asobo Studio, Publisher: Focus Home Interactive, Release: May 14, 2019)
A Plague Tale: Innocence is one of the less well-known titles in this video, but by no means one of the less important ones. With A Plague Tale: Innocence, the French developer Asobo Studio tells a profound and emotional story about the siblings Amicia and Hugo, who tried to survive in war-torn France in 1348. Hugo suffers from an enigmatic illness and the siblings are hunted by the Inquisition, in addition, the plague and a plague of rats are raging in southern France. The action adventure, which focuses on stealth, does not impress with the gameplay, but with its great staged history and the dense atmosphere. If you haven't played it yet, we strongly advise you to catch up on this pearl!






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Xbox One: the ten best games of 2019 – video special (3)

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Control (developer: Remedy, publisher: 505 Games, release: August 27, 2019)
The Finnish developer studio Remedy Entertainment is known for some more or less epic video games: Alan Wake. Max Payne. Quantum break, With her latest work, Control, you trust again in good old mystery, this time paired with distinctive Metroidvania elements. Protagonist Jesse Faden is looking for the Federal Bureau of Control in New York. It's just stupid that the building is "hidden" in a supernatural way. At the beginning of the adventure, however, Jesse finally manages to track it down and enter. What about the company dedicated to the control and research of paranormal elements? The fights are a lot of fun and the atmosphere, the world and the history are fascinating. Lore fans have a lot of exciting things to research and read, and the side tasks score with real substance. We had a lot of fun with the action adventure and believe that you will feel the same.






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Xbox One: Ten Best Games of 2019 – Video Special (4)

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Developer: Respawn Entertainment, Publisher: Electronic Arts, Release: November 15, 2019)

Respawn Entertainment is clearly the candidate for the Studio of the Year. In addition to the popular Apex Legends the California studio released another hit: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Finally, fans around the world can look forward to a new single adventure in the Star Wars universe. The last solo adventure is over 9 years in the past. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is located between Episode 3 and the fall of the Jedi Order and Episode IV. We slip into the role of the Padawan Cal, who is one of the few Jedi survivors fleeing the Empire. At the start of the adventure, our cover flies open and we slide into sight of the Sith. Respawn creates a Star Wars action adventure, which results in an exciting mixture of Uncharted and Dark Souls. The story is staged in a bombastic manner and can captivate the screen with many interesting approaches. With the conclusion of the film saga, The Rise of Skywalker (here is our film review!), the perfect time to go fully into a distant galaxy …!






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Xbox One: Ten Best Games of 2019 – Video Special (5)

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Borderlands 3 (Developer: Gearbox, Publisher: 2K Games, Release: September 13, 2019)
Borderlands 3 took a lot of time, but was completely satisfied with the release. Fans had to wait a full 5 years to finally go back to Pandora, but that is just as exciting as it used to be. Even more than that. Pandora is bigger, better and more fun than ever before in the newest offshoot. Unfortunately, players have to do without the popular antagonist Handsome Jack, but Gearbox presents worthy successors in the form of the Calypso twins. As usual from Borderlands, there is an exaggerated plot with a lot of black humor, but it also contains serious and dark moments, which we particularly liked. Big creative innovations shouldn't be expected, Gearbox focuses on the old strengths: a huge amount of well-implemented loot and great fun shooter feedback. At the end of the day, that's exactly what we want from a new Borderlands.






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Xbox One: The Ten Best Games of 2019 – Video Special (6)

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Developer: Infinity Ward, Publisher: Activision, Release: October 25, 2019)
Hach, Call of Duty. The brand is one of the largest on the game market and if you take a look at the past years or soon even decades, you will usually find the shooter at the top of the sales charts. With the new part Modern Warfare, you rely on old strengths, turn down the Michael Bay control again and tell a more serious story instead. Typically for the series, the campaign plot is told from several perspectives, with the remake starting at 0. The US invasion? Never happened. We experience the plot, which is based on current political world events, alternately from the eyes of British SAS agent Kyle Garrick and CIA investigator Alex. Call of Duty Modern Warfare don't stop relentlessly presenting the suffering of war. We found it a shame that Call of Duty seldom catches its breath, deliberately minimizes the pace to reflect what is seen. In general, however, the roughly six-hour story pleases very much. The multiplayer offers the well-known CoD feeling as requested by fans. The classic game modes can also be found in the latest spin-off, but also new additions that are reminiscent of other series such as Battlefield. Call of Duty Modern Warfare is particularly impressive with the campaign and is rightly one of the best shooters of the year.






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Xbox One: The Ten Best Games of 2019 – Video Special (7)

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Developer: From Software, Publisher: Activision, Release: March 22, 2019)
If a From Software title appears, you can be almost certain to find it on all the top lists of the year. The Dark Souls series has a status like very few video games of the last generations. The horror-aesthetic Bloodborne was also able to completely convince Souls fans and newbies and established itself at lightning speed as one of the best Playstation exclusives in recent years. Sekiro does a lot differently on paper than its predecessors. A much brisker feel, no PvP or co-op mode, a stealth system? The wild ride through feudal Japan impresses with a unique and dense atmosphere, an ingenious combat system with countless combo options and a fabulous game world with a very open level design. The camera can be a bit annoying in some places and sometimes confuse the many ways and possibilities of the world, but that's all on our criticism list. The wishes came first Sekiro Shadows The Twice in the direction of a Bloodborne 2, we now say very clearly: a new IP from From Software? Always with it.






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Xbox One: The Ten Best Games of 2019 – Video Special (8)

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Resident Evil 2 Remake (Developer: Capcom, Publisher: Capcom, Release: January 25, 2019)
1998 Resident Evil 2 is not only one of the best parts of the horror series, it's also one of the best survival horror games ever. A new triumph that the title can paint onto its forehead is "one of the best remakes ever". Capcom makes Resident Evil 2 with the remake everything is just right and delivers much more than just a successful nostalgia trip. Although the remake sticks almost completely to the original in terms of story and missions, it has done a great job in terms of play and technology. Newly set and revised dialogues, heavily staged cutscenes and further advertised characters give Resident Evil 2 much more drama and punch than was the case with the original. The title masterfully manages to find a balance between the necessary modernization and maintaining the old charm. In addition, the game doesn't need to hide from modern rivals and impresses with great lighting effects and sharp graphics. No wonder that the finally official announcement for Resident Evil 3 remake creates a wave of euphoria.






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Xbox One: The Ten Best Games of 2019 – Video Special (9)

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Kingdom Hearts 3 (Developer: Square Enix, Publisher: Square Enix, Release: January 25, 2019)
Kingdom Hearts is one of the most famous video game series. Xbox players who were up for the funny combination of Final Fantasy and Disney Classics have been looking sadly into the tube so far. That finally changed with Kingdom Hearts 3, the end of the saga that started in 2002. And after countless spin-off offshoots, newly introduced characters and confused storylines Kingdom Hearts 3 the enormously difficult task of completing all of this sensibly and satisfactorily … and who would have thought that Square Enix would succeed! The new Disney worlds like Arendelle, the world of Frozen, or Monstropolis from The Monster A.G. cast a spell on us just as easily as the old offshoots did with ease. We found it a shame that the focus has shifted more to Pixar offshoots than to original animation Disney classics, but the worlds are varied and pretty darn beautiful. The only problem: if you haven't played the previous parts, you will be left in the rain quite confused. Even connoisseurs have trouble following Kingdom Hearts' storyline. But there is also a solution for this: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue come to Xbox One in 2020, so the whole series has arrived on Xbox once and for all.






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Xbox One: The Ten Best Games of 2019 – Video Special (10)

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Honorable Mention: Metro Exodus, Devil May Cry 5, Apex Legends

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