Here it is, the last in a series of three posts on cheap games for your console of choice. Remember, these will be $20 or less and must have been developed with the Xbox One in mind. That means, in this case, none of the backwards compatible titles will be featured. Also, if a title has been mentioned for another system, you won’t see it here (Rocket League, anyone?)
Titanfall is from the creators of Call of Duty, and is an online multiplayer only title that casts you on one of two sides gifting for dominance. The story isn’t important, but the gameplay is what shines in this Xbox title. You play a human soldier equipped with a jetpack that enables you to run amok in every direction on the map and truly strike in inventive ways. There’s also an ability to call a Titan, large humanoid mechs that are heavily armed and armored. It’s now a $20 download on the Xbox Store with all the DLC, or Gamestop offers a new disc for $12. The three DLC packs are now free.
Yes, that one building game you’ve heard so much about also happens to be one of the best games out there for $20 for any system. Not only can you build to your heart’s content, but you can also make it more of a challenge by playing through a survival mode that forces you to seek or build shelter or else face what comes out at night. It’s also a fantastic title to play with kids with split-screen and online multiplayer, and it encourages an enormous amount of creativity. It’s on the Xbox Store as a download or at Gamestop as a disc. If you have a different system, it’s also available for the PS3 (download/disc), PS4 (download/disc), PS Vita (download), and in Beta form for Windows 10.
On the Xbox One, Guacamelee becomes the Super Turbo Championship Edition. Regardless of the fancy title, at it’s heart Guacamelee is a Metroidvania style game with deep Mexican roots. You play as Juan Aguacate, an agave farmer who must save El Presidente’s daughter from Carlos Calaca, before he can use her to merge the worlds of the living and the dead. Aside from the bright visual nature, Guacamelee offers challenging combat for even the most seasoned of gamer, and co-op play so you don’t battle alone. Guacamelee is $15 as a download for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, PS Vita, the Wii U, and is on Steam for Windows PC.
Ori and the Blind Forest
You cannot talk about must have titles on the Xbox One at any price point without talking about this gem. Ori and the Blind Forest is about an orphan that is about to discover how heroic they really are. Seriously, saying anything else about the plot will spoil it. The game’s environments are completely hand-crafted, and earned it the best Art Direction award at this year’s Game Awards. At those same awards it was also nominated for best action/adventure title, indie game, and for it’s soundtrack which is available for purchase or stream. Seriously, go play it, it’s a truly remarkable game. It sells as a download for $20 on the Xbox One and Windows PCs via Steam. An Xbox 360 version is currently under development.
Trials Fusion is one of the strangest puzzle games you will ever see. On the surface it’s anything but. You control a motocross rider who must use his skills to best each dizzying, height-defying track that comes his way. The levels only get zanier as you try to go on. But aside form the built-in levels you can also create your own, share them, and race against your friends to find the best time. Trials Fusion is a $20 download for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, and Windows PCs via Steam.
And there you go: five titles for the Xbox One that are fantastic at under $20. That closes out my series on some of the best cheap games out there for the Playstation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One. Have an idea for a post or series of posts! Let me know with a comment, tweet, email, message, or just let me know!