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Whether its an original Xbox One, the slimmed down Xbox One S, or the ultra-powerful Xbox One X, Microsoft has tons of great options out there new and old for you to enjoy on your new console. To help out, here’s some of our favorite picks.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

PUBG

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds — affectionately known as PUBG — took the gaming world by storm this year. The Xbox One version might be a little rough around the edges, but PUBG’s incredible free-for-all formula shines through for one of the most thrilling and entertaining games of the year. Grab your frying pan and your parachute and see if you can win some chicken dinner by being the last person standing.

Available for direct digital download from the Xbox Store or on Amazon.

Cuphead

Cuphead

Cuphead has two main draws going for it — the exquisitely detailed hand-drawn animation, and the tougher than nails difficulty. But while it may make you want to occasionally smash your controller, Cuphead manages to earn its difficult without making it cheap. And the fantastic old-school cartoon graphics will keep you entertained even when you’re losing.

Available for direct digital download from the Xbox Store or on Amazon.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins

After taking a year off, Assassin’s Creed is back, jumping all the way back in time to Ancient Egypt. The map is bigger and full of more things to do, combat is deeper, and the story.... well the story is still what you’d expect from an Assassin’s Creed game. Also: there’s a shotgun bow.

Available for direct digital download from the Xbox Store or on Amazon.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Bethesda Softworks

The blood-soaked sequel in Bethesda’s rebooted Wolfenstein series brings the action back to America, where players once again fill the boots of B.J. Blazkowicz, fighting to restore freedom to the country from underneath a Nazi occupation the only way he knows how: with lots and lots of guns.

Available for direct digital download from the Xbox Store or on Amazon.

Prey

Prey

An abandoned space filled with hostile aliens, a player character with amnesia, and a healthy dose of mysterious superpowers combines in exactly the way you think it would it Prey. But the game stands out for its creative systems that offer a huge range of options for players to tackle challenges, from stealthy sneaking to all-out extraterrestrial battle.

Available for direct digital download from the Xbox Store or on Amazon.

Destiny 2

Photo: Bungie

Destiny 2 fixes a whole bunch of the problems with Bungie’s original loot chasing shooter, while offering what still may be the single best first-person shooter mechanics of any game on the market. Grab your space wizard robes and get ready to save the galaxy again.

Available for direct digital download from the Xbox Store or on Amazon.

Sonic Mania

sonic mania

It’s hard to believe that there’s a good Sonic game again, but Sonic Mania — which Sega handed off to a crew of fans to develop — plays like a magical extension of the old 16-bit Genesis era, with remixed levels and brand new ideas that play just as good as your rose-tinted memories of the original Sonic games.

Available for direct digital download from the Xbox Store or on Amazon.

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