The rush of popularity online multiplayer games have received in recent years is certainly beneficial -in most areas – to video game culture, but an often overlooked downside is the effect this popularity has had on single-player games.
With Bethesda going so far as to launch a campaign called ‘Save Player 1’, it’s understandable to fear for the future of gaming when it comes to single player experiences.
Even as nostalgia grips us with memories of trekking through the rugged Mojave in Fallout: New Vegas and submerging ourselves in the underwater city of Rapture in the first Bioshock, the future has our full attention.
So whether you’re currently skulking around Dunwall in Dishonored or eagerly awaiting the ability to possess other tormented souls in upcoming title Agony, single-player games are alive and well. For all the other lone wolves flying solo – here are 17 of the best single player games on the Xbox One.
17. The Turing Test (2016)
Resilient female protagonist? Check. Menacing disembodied robo-voice? Check. A fancy looking gun that doesn’t fire bullets? Check. This isn’t Portal we’re talking about here, it’s The Turing Test.
Developed by Bulkhead Interactive and published in 2016 by Square Enix, The Turing Test is like a more “sci-fiey” Portal. Playing as Ava Turing players face a number of puzzle rooms and challenges with the accompaniment of T.O.M., Technical Operations Machine.
The game’s namesake is that of the real-life Turing Test, which tests a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligence on the level of a human being. Coming across multiple secret rooms in-between test chambers will reveal that T.O.M. is quite obsessed with the Turing Test. Using an energy gun to collect and fire energy spheres to unlock doors, and power objects, cool space researcher Ava Turing is on a mission to find her distressed crew-mates. Leading up to a subtly awesome finale, the Turing Test is a worthwhile first-person puzzler with a very interesting story.
16. Grand Theft Auto: V (2013)
Before the insanely popular Grand Theft Auto: Online, there was the fifth single-player instalment of Rockstar’s hit series Grand Theft Auto.
Basking in sun-baked Los Santos, GTA V introduced the player to the wonderful world of bank robbing. Deviating from the norm in previous titles, GTA V introduced not only one new protagonist but three. Eventually being able to switch freely between the world-weary, professional bank robber Micheal, the fatally unhinged Trevor, and young, cool-headed Franklin, players were given a whole new experience with each character switch.
Toting a compelling and intense story, GTA V is not just the foundation for an incredible multi-player experience, but a highlight in Rockstar’s catalogue of amazing games. Also, there are cats in-game, CATS! Obviously, that alone qualifies it as one of the best single-player games on the Xbox One.