The Xbox One has finally sold more than the PlaySation 4 in a month, as it became the most popular console in the UK and the US in November.
Microsoft has been aggressively discounting and marketing the console, and bundling it with a range of games and other products, in an attempt to win gamers round from the PS4, which has beaten the Xbox One on sales in almost every month since they were released.
It also dropped the mandatory Kinect, which helped discount the version of the console without it and got rid of the accessory that many gamers said had put them off Microsoft’s console.
Best Xbox One games of 2014
Best Xbox One games of 2014
Set 700 years in the future, this $500 million blockbuster online shooter/role-playing/MMO marry-up by the creators of Xbox fave Halo has its detractors but, battling against The Darkness as one of the mysterious Guardians, you can't help but marvel at the gorgeous visuals and ear-pleasing audio (with input from Sir Paul McCartney) while you shoot away. For the full review, visit here
2/10 Alien: Isolation
As the best game ever based on the Ridley Scott Alien film series, Isolation is a terrifying, absorbing survival horror set on the space station Sevastopol that requires clarity of thought as much as fast reactions. Its Artificial Intelligence makes fighting the enemies unpredictable, ensuring you not only live on your wits but have to rethink all of your familiar stealth moves. For the full review, visit here
3/10 Grand Theft Auto V
Can a game released in 2013 be one of the best games of 2014? It can when the past few weeks have seen Rockstar North's acclaimed, violent, open-world game re-emerge with all of the spit and polish expected of a next-generation game. It boasts greater detail and enhanced lighting while adding an optional first-person mode, a great twist on a game that has entered the full-HD arena. For the full review, visit here
Watchdogs should have been a launch game for the Xbox One but the delay has done it a lot of good. Although graphically it hasn't matched up to its early promise, it takes great inspiration from the sandbox gaming of GTA. In adding strong elements of stealth and throwing in a hugely fun hacking mechanic, it has set itself up well for Ubisoft's planned run of sequels. For the full review, visit here
5/10 Forza Horizon 2
Boasting 200 cars, 170 championships. tight controls and Xbox exclusivity, Forza Horizon 2 sheds the inhibitions of physics and reality, driving gamers into a fantasy world set on the winding roads of the Mediterranean coast. There is a great sense of freedom as players cut corners across dense grass and choose courses at will. For the full review, visit here
6/10 Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
Although this online 3D multiplayer game (with accompanying silly sound effects) is now available across platforms, it was an exclusive title for the Xbox consoles for a short spell. And how enchanting it is, pitting four 'plant' players against waves of zombies with gameplay that mixes tower defence and third-person shooting. It's the perfect cue for chaotic soil-your-pants carnage. For the full review, visit here
7/10 FIFA 15
The first FIFA was released in 1993 but over the past 21 years, it has grown into most popular football video game franchise of all time. Apart from a brief bad patch in the middle of its run, the series has done good overall and this time it has delivered living pitches (where the grass becomes scarred as the game rumbles on), recreations of all 20 Premier League stadia and realistically detailed replays. Bizarrely, there's even goal-line technology. For the full review, visit here
This Microsoft exclusive (available for Windows and Xbox 360 too), is the debut title from Respawn Entertainment which is made up of a team of former Call of Duty developers. There is no denying their influence given this multiplayer-only game revises the social gaming formula of the popular shooter, making for an intelligent, fresh FPS which enough level-ups and upgrades to keep you happy for months. For the full review, visit here
9/10 Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Sure, it's another glossy update of a 2013 game, the likes of which we would usually scorn as mere cash-ins, but for those who didn't get round to playing Lara Croft in last year's version, this impressive action-adventure remains the perfect purchase. It's an open-ended game that takes many a cue from Naughty Dog's Uncharted series and has breathed new life into the series. For the full review, visit here
10/10 Child of Light
It's always a pleasure to come across a 2D game in a gaming world of 3D especially one as special as the Japanese RPG inspired Child of Light. Although it has an indie game feel to it, it was created by Ubisoft Montreal which has injected the game with creative flair and a thought-provoking storyline. Best of all, it's a low-priced release. At just £11.99, there is no excuse. For the full review, visit here
The tactic seems to have paid off in November, as Xbox said that it had sold 1.2 million consoles last month.
The exact number of sales of PlayStations is unknown, so it’s unclear whether Xbox won in November by a lot or a little. But it’s the first month bar one that it’s beaten Sony — and Microsoft will hope that it can keep the momentum as the Christmas rush approaches.Reuse content