The 10 best Xbox One games under $10

Now that the current generation of consoles is reaching its middle age, there’s a plethora of quality titles available for bargain prices.

If you’re a patient gamer, things are starting to pay off. Quality games released a couple of years ago at premium prices can now be picked up for peanuts.

The Xbox One is home to some excellent games in this bracket. Here are the best Xbox One games available for under 10 dollars:

 

10. Battleborn

 

 

Battleborn initially struggled to find an audience when it was released alongside the global phenomenon that is Overwatch, due to a similar aesthetic and gameplay mechanics.

It is, however, an excellent game – and Gearbox Software have recently made the smart move of making it absolutely free to download and play.

You’ll only have to pay for in-game transactions if you wish, and these are largely cosmetic.

As a result Battleborn is probably the best value free-to-play game on the Xbox Marketplace, or here on Amazon.

 

 

9. Murdered: Soul Suspect

 

 

One of the most unusual experiences on the Xbox One, Murdered: Soul Suspect is a murder mystery set in a fictional version of Salem, where you play a detective hunting down the ‘Bell Killer’ – an infamous serial killer terrorizing the town.

The twist is that you’re killed by the killer at the beginning of the game, and you play as a ghost detective, who has to solve the mystery in order to be reunited with his dead wife.

It’s one hell of a twist, and works really well as you explore the town, using your ghostly abilities to help catch the killer.

The game is available here from Amazon.

8 Titanfall

 

The original Titanfall excels in practically every department. Frantic on-foot gunplay mixed with original mech-warfare makes Titanfall a unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

The game lacks a little in terms of its single-player offering, but really shines in its multiplayer modes.

If you’re a fan of multiplayer shooters and seek something different from the CoDs and Destinys of the world, Titanfall is definitely worth trying out.

It’s available here from Amazon.

7 Assassin’s Creed Unity

 

 

Unity was criticised at launch due to a number of bugs players experienced, and sadly this somewhat tainted its legacy.

Now that Ubisoft have fixed the bugs however, it’s actually a beautiful and ambitious game, and certainly one of the better games in the series. Renaissance Paris is rendered beautifully and scaling Notre Dame is one of the series true highlights.

Unity is a must for fans of the series, and really anyone who’s wanted to assassinate people during the French Revolution…

It’s available here from Amazon.

 

6 A Boy and his Blob

 

 

A beautiful and underrated indy title, a Boy and His Blob initially debuted on the original Wii back in 2009, but has been lovingly updated for the Xbox One.

It’s a 2D puzzle platformer in which you control a young boy and his blobby sidekick, solving tricky puzzles by feeding your blob various things.

It’s hard to describe the satisfaction when you play this game, but it’s honestly well worth playing if you enjoy 2D platformers.

It’s available on the Xbox Marketplace now.

 

5 Limbo

 

 

One of the poster children for the Indie community, Limbo is an atmospheric 2D platformer in which you control a silhouette of a boy lost on the woods, overcoming silhouetted creatures and traps in your search for escape.

The game uses its shadowy aesthetic brilliantly, playing with the player’s perception with its puzzles and pitfalls. You have no method of attack, so using the environment to defeat enemies is your only way of surviving, and the use of physics in the game are superb.

It’s available on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

4 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

 

 

This HD remake of the PS1 classic sidescroller is for many the epitome of the Castlevania series.

Perfectly representing the ‘Metroidvania’ style gameplay (explore a large intertwined world, unlocking new areas with new abilities as you go), the game is extremely deep, with multiple items and abilities to discover and utilise.

The updated graphics make the game shine, and the slick gameplay and legendary musical score make this a true classic not to be missed.

It’s available on the Xbox Marketplace now.

3 Braid

 

 

Another poster-child for the indie game revolution, Braid is an original and genuinely mind-bending experience.

A 2D platformer, Braid takes an almost satirical look at traditional games in the genre, with the protagonist having to ‘rescue’ his princess traversing through 8 different worlds. The real genius is in the puzzle-solving platforming you’re asked to do, with each world granting you the ability to manipulate time in a certain way.

It’s hard to describe without playing, but if you’re at all a fan of 2D platforming then Braid is a must-play.

It’s available on the Xbox Marketplace.

2 Earthworm Jim HD

 

 

A real cult-favourite, Earthworm Jim originally exploded onto the scene on 1995 on the SNES and Mega Drive. The game is completely nuts, giving you control of an Earthworm who has found his way into a super-powerful spacesuit and has to blast through levels including Heck (think Hell but run by a demonic cat), a monster’s intestines, and a bungie-jump competition with a piece of snot.

The run-and-gun platforming is tight to control and the HD update renders the wacky universe of Jim and co brilliantly.

Catapult some cows now on the Xbox marketplace.

1 Geometry Wars 2

 

 

I’ve waxed lyrical about this game several times before on this site, and for my money it’s the best value game available on the Xbox One. The first and third installments of Geometry Wars are also fantastic, but GW2 perfects the simplistic formula and offers six fantastic addictive modes with no filler.

The pinnacle of the twin-stick shooter, Geometry Wars 2 is available on the Xbox Marketplace.

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