This year has been a good year for console gamers. From Sea of Thieves to Celeste, there are some great games that launched this year for Xbox One, with a promising year ahead. We’ve rounded up some of the best Xbox One games of 2018 for those looking to fill their library with some new titles. 

Sea of Thieves

Whether you want to plunder lost treasures or simply stretch your sea legs out on the open waters, Sea of Thieves is the game for you. Released in March 2018, Sea of Thieves is an Xbox One exclusive that allows players to command their own vessel and set out as a pirate in search of gold, bounties, and lost treasure. The game features churning seas with realistic weather simulations to make you truly feel like a pirate. Gather up your friends for some seafaring adventures and set sail in Sea of Thieves.

Forza Horizon 4

Forza’s reputation precedes itself. Anyone who loves racing games has surely played Xbox One’s signature open-world racing franchise. Known for its stunning scenery and sharp, realistic recreations of high-end vehicles, Forza Horizon 4 does not disappoint. Forza Horizon 4 released in October 2018 for Xbox One and Windows PC and is also available through Xbox Game Pass. 

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

If action role-playing games are more your style, then you should consider picking up Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on Xbox One. The latest installment to the Assassin’s Creed franchise takes players on a riveting adventure through ancient Greece. As the descendant of King Leonidas, players take on the role of a mercenary who must choose to side with either Athens or Sparta during the Peloponnesian War. You’ll battle mythical creatures, meet ancient philosophers, and even set sail on the Aegean sea in your very own war ship. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey offers a thrilling adventure for anyone who enjoys action-packed RPGs and a dose of history.

Celeste

Celeste was one of this year’s most delightful surprises in terms of video games. This puzzle platformer was nominated for multiple categories at The Game Awards 2018, where it took home awards for Best Independent Game and Games for Impact. In Celeste, players control a female protagonist named Madeline, who must leap and dash up a fictional mountain named Celeste in search of its many hidden secrets. Celeste is one of the free Xbox Live Games with Gold for January 2019, so it’s a great time to pick up this indie gem on Xbox One if you haven’t already.   

Red Dead Redemption 2

Rounding out our list of the best games on Xbox One for 2018 is Rockstar’s long-awaited cowboy adventure, Red Dead Redemption 2. In this action RPG, players take on the role of Arthur Morgan, an outlaw and member of the Van der Linde gang. Red Dead Redemption 2 is an open world RPG that received praise from critics and gamers alike for its immersive gameplay, breathtaking environmental design, and engaging narrative. There’s no doubt that Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best games of 2018 and is certainly worth adding to your Xbox One collection.

This year has been a great year for video games across the board. Check out our lists of the best PS4 games of 2018 as well as indie games you might have missed for more great games from this year.