You’re heading to the store to get an Xbox One right now, and need to know which games to get. Or you’re at work or in school, daydreaming about what you want to play next. Or maybe you’re suiting up for a battle in the console war, cinching on your armor and trying to remember which games will best help you make the argument for Microsoft’s new console. We are here to help.

In the first year of its life, the selection of games on Xbox One was a bit limited. The selection of good games? Even more so. But now that we’ve passed the one-year mark, there are more good games than ever, with new contenders arriving all the time. In fact, there are enough good games that we now think the console is worth getting.

In the video above and the list below, find a list of the games we recommend for Microsoft’s machine. We will, of course, be updating this list regularly as more games are released for the Xbox One. We’ve capped the list at 12, and in the months and years to come will remove old games to make way for new, better entries. Here goes...

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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

Fallout 4 sets you loose on the sprawling ruins of post-apocalyptic Boston with one task: Find your missing son. In the space of about an hour, that task has been shelved in favor of a million other tasks: Where can I find a better gun? How do I make more settlements, and connect them? What’s in that building over there, or that one over there? Where do I get a bandana for my dog? If the lost-child narrative isn’t wholly convincing, that’s easy to forgive: This game gives players a rich, fascinating world to explore, and 100 hours won’t be enough to discover it all. Embrace your wanderlust. The kid can wait.

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A Good Match For: Open-world fans, Bostonians, Fallout fans, anyone who’s ever wondered what would happen to Fenway park after the bombs fell.

Not A Good Match For: Those hoping for an easy-to use, approachable game, those hoping for a substantial improvement over Fallout 3. Fallout 4 is, basically, more of the same, for good and for ill.

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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

Grand Theft Auto V is an impressive game. Not perfect, but impressive, and it becomes even more impressive on new consoles. The open-world crime game gives players one of the richest, most beautiful worlds we’ve ever been able to play in, and the new-gen versions offer an even better way to experience it all: In first-person. The landscape is a fictionalized version of Los Angeles and the California desert, and you can go anywhere. Grab a car, plane, truck, bicycle, boat or tank. Head off in any direction. You’re bound to see extraordinary sights and stumble into some sort of good (and probably violent) time. The game looked amazing even on old hardware, and it looks even better in high-definition. Have you ever wanted to steal a plane, eject mid-flight, and parachute into downtown, all in time to go play some tennis? This is your game.

A Good Match For: Players who like to go into a game to break the rules. GTA is still at its best when it’s a playground for virtual misbehavior.

Not a Good Match For: Anyone who can’t stomach the game’s mockery of, well, pretty much everyone.

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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

You’re an elite supersoldier behind enemy lines. Your duties include: infiltrating enemy compounds, blowing up tanks, rescuing prisoners, and using advanced balloon technology to kidnap bears for your private zoo. That’s Metal Gear Solid V, a game that manages to brilliantly mix the hard-boiled and the ridiculous. With its impressive technology, meticulous design and huge open world, The Phantom Pain is easily one of the best stealth games ever made. It’s also the goofiest. There’s nothing else like it.

A Good Match For: People who like stealth games, people who have wanted to try a Metal Gear game but have been turned off by the series’ reputation for impenetrable storytelling and endless cutscenes.

Not A Good Match For: Metal Gear fans hoping for a satisfying conclusion for the series. Despite being a massive game, The Phantom Pain feels narratively unfinished, and wanders through its second half before ending on an anticlimax.

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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

Depending on who you ask, the city of Sunset Overdrive is either a horrible post-apocalyptic hellscape or a super gnarly, fun-filled skate park. Probably more the latter than the former. The game stars a bunch of everyday mopes who, thanks to an energy drink that turns people into gibbering mutants, find themselves leading an anti-corporate survival troupe through the wreckage of their once shining city. The story, however, is really just a setup for the meat of the game, which involves taking your highly customized hero and leaping, rail-grinding, and blasting your way through a cartoonish, carefully designed jungle gym of violence.

A Good Match For: People who hear “A combination of Tony Hawk, Crackdown, and Jet Set Radio” and get very excited.

Not A Good Match For: Anyone with a low tolerance for “edgy” humor and loud, self-aware video-game jokes. As fun as the game itself is, Sunset Overdrive’s aesthetic often feels like it was generated by a late 90s ad agency.

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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

Know what’s more fun than playing as one deadly, building-climbing assassin? Playing as two deadly, building climbing assassins. 2015’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate keeps things close to the series’ roots: There’s a big city, a lot of famous historical landmarks to climb, and a bunch of hapless jerks to stab. It also shakes up the formula in some cool ways: The new grappling hook makes getting around a lot more fun, and the two protagonists—twins Jacob and Evie Fryeallow players to experience the game in two slightly different, similarly enjoyable ways.

A Good Match For: Fans of stabbing, fans of leaping, fans of ziplining, and people who hate cartoonish factory owners who exploit child labor.

Not A Good Match For: Those who haven’t liked Assassin’s Creed’s controls in the past: Syndicate improves quite a few things about the series’ gameplay, but controls are still inconsistent and artificial intelligence is still weird.

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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

There’s no shortage of ambition in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Geralt of Rivia’s latest adventure is massive, a world you can get lost in for hours and still have plenty to do. And while many games these days have sprawling landscapes, The Witcher 3 is utterly dense. Every nook and cranny is filled with memorable characters, clever writing, and rewards for curious players. The main story is as thrilling as it is emotionally draining, and the side quests are actually worth doing! Best of all? You don’t need to have played a Witcher game to enjoy the heck out of the third.

A Good Match For: Open-world fans, especially those who enjoyed Skyrim but were disappointed by the combat. In The Witcher 3, fighting is nearly as enjoyable as exploration.

Not a Good Match For: People who value their time and social life, or those who prefer their games hyper-polished without any framerate drops or other nagging technical flaws.

Read our review, and thoughts on the game’s (excellent) free DLC.

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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

Have you ever wanted to go on a road-trip vacation to the south of France? Just hop in a super, super expensive car, grab some buddies, and drive as fast as you can? (Next stop, Italy!) Forza Horizon 2 allows you to pretty much do just that. With its douchey-yet-happy-about-it Euro aesthetic, kicky soundtrack, superb controls and gorgeous visuals, Horizon 2 is a joyous racing game that manages to effectively combine the clean-aesthetic car porn of the Forza series with the goofier open-world racing of a Burnout or a Need for Speed.

A Good Match For: Car nuts, speed nuts, south-of-France nuts, north-of-Italy nuts, lug nuts.

Not A Good Match For: Anyone looking for a more straightlaced racing sim.

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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

Don’t let the lovely music and gorgeous Ghibli aesthetic fool you—Ori and the Blind Forest is a challenging, demanding game. It’s also a very good one, a precise platformer that mixes elements of Super Meat Boy (no, really) with classic 2D Metroid. And, okay, while you shouldn’t let the lovely music and gorgeous art fool you into thinking the game will be easy, you can still enjoy how lovely and gorgeous it all is.

A Good Match For: Fans of tough, old-school platforming.

Not A Good Match For: Anyone who wants something relaxed and easy.

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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

The best thing about Batman Arkham Knight is the thing you’re not supposed to know about it going in. So we won’t spoil it. You’ll know it when you get to it. We can tell you about other rave-worthy parts of this supposed finale to the Arkham games made by Rocksteady Studios. This is the game-of-the-year-winning Arkham video game formula brewed if not to perfection then at least to its most flavorful. We’re back for another long night in Batman’s dark city, punching thugs and colorful super-criminals. We’ve got the games’ signature free-flow melee combat system, the best brawling in the medium, now spiced with the ability for one player to occasionally control Batman and Robin at once. We’ve got Batman’s “predator” stealth moves amplified with refined abilities to sabotage enemies and take them out in groups. We’ve got a good story and a great big city to swoop through.

Why, this game is almost great enough just with all that, but Rocksteady went and added a Batmobile. It serves as race car and attack vehicle. It is used as a stealth device, a puzzle-solver, a four-wheeled detective and as a tank. It can even be used for melee attack combos and as a launching pad to fire you high above Gotham. It does it all! Your mileage will very likely vary.

A Good Match For: Comic book fans for whom Arkham Knight offers a ton of characters brought to virtual life and for fans of the Arkham games who were ready for a major addition to how these games play.

Not a Good Match For: People who dislike the Batmobile. Seriously, rent or borrow the game and play the first hour, which is full of Batmobile stuff, before deciding whether you will love or hate this major part of the game. It is very divisive.

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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

Dying Light would probably be best described as “Zombie Parkour.” It’s a first-person action/survival game that puts you in a sprawling city overrun with the undead, then has you play The Floor is Lava while hustling around helping people, scavenging supplies, and occasionally slicing biters in two with a lightning machete. It borrows from any number of other games—Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Mirror’s Edge, Dead Island—and manages to pull it all together in fine fashion.

A Good Match For: Anyone who liked Techland’s Dead Island, anyone who’s ever wanted to drop-kick a zombie off of a building.

Not a Good Match For: Anyone worn out on open-world, “do the sidequest/collect the thing”-type games.

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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

Last year, we couldn’t stop complaining about Destiny, even as we couldn’t stop playing it. Despite that, the fundamental strengths of Bungie’s online shooter kept it as a regular presence on this list. This fall, things are different. With theTaken King expansion, Bungie has addressed or improved almost everything we didn’t like about Destiny while adding a ton of interesting new stuff to see and do. The Destiny of today is richer and more purely enjoyable than ever, and thus even easier to recommend.

A Good Match For: People who like shooting aliens, people who like shooting aliens with a couple friends.

Not A Good Match For: Anyone who really just doesn’t want to play with others, people who can’t commit to a game that doesn’t let you pause during intense battles.

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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

Few modern games have more baggage than Diablo III. If Diablo III were a houseguest, it would be the sort of houseguest that arrives with half a dozen suitcases and their own washer and dryer. But put the last two years aside, look past the troubled PC launch, initially lackluster endgame and failed real-money auction house, and you’ll find Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, a console port that is in many ways the game’s best version.

The PS4/Xbox One versions look as sharp and play as snappily as the PC version running on high settings. The controls are a natural fit for a controller.Local co-op is great fun. The games work fine offline, because the game never needed to be always-online in the first place. The single-player campaign is meaty, each of the six playable classes offers a distinct experience, and once the four acts and bonus expansion are complete, there’s an enjoyable adventure mode to look forward to. When it was released on PC in 2012, we never would have guessed thatDiablo III would end up making a list of the best games on a console. Sometimes it’s nice to be surprised.

A Good Match For: Those who like watching tiny people destroy tiny monsters, co-op fans, people who hate goatmen.

Not A Good Match For: Goatmen advocates, those looking for an RPG with tactical combat, a strong story or deep, interactive conversations.

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The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

How has this list changed? Read back through our update history:

Update 2/4/2016: No new games, but this post now has a video counterpart. Enjoy!

Update 11/26/2015: Fallout 4 and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate make their way onto the list, edging out Dragon Age: Inquisition and Assassin’s Creed IV. We’re still keeping an eye on Halo 5’s to see if it’ll earn it a spot on the strength of its multiplayer.

Update: 10/15/2015: We’ve added Metal Gear Solid V to the list and taken off Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin. We’ve also updated our entry for Destiny to account for the Taken King expansion and cleared out old comments to make room for new ones.

Update 7/16/2015: These swaps are getting harder. After much deliberation we cut Wolfenstein: The New Order, despite our affection for the surprisingly good story-driven first-person shooter. We’re also saying goodbye to another over-achiever, Shadows of Mordor, whose best trick, the Nemesis System, isn’t enough to keep it on our ever more competitive top 12.

Update 5/5/2015: We’ve taken off Super Time Force, The LEGO Movie Videogame, and Rayman Legends to make room for Dying Light, Ori and the Blind Forest, and Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin. Nearly half of the games on this list now begin with “D.” Mission accomplished.

Update 11/25/2014: Three new games make their way onto the list: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Grand Theft Auto V and Sunset Overdrive edge out Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3 and Titanfall.

Update 10/17/2014: We’ve cleared out Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and Need For Speed: Rivals to make room for Destiny, Forza Horizon 2, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Update 8/29/14: Strider hops out of the way to clear space for Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition.

Update 6/17/2014: The list continues to mature, as Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Peggle 2 leave to make room for Wolfenstein: The New Order and Super Time Force.

Update 4/17/2014: Three games enter, two games leave. Our list hits its limit of 12 games, with Titanfall, The LEGO Movie Videogame and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes walking on while Powerstar Golf and LEGO Marvel Superheroes exit.

Update 3/10/2014: Four games walk on to the list: Rayman Legends, Strider, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and the newly multiplayer’d Peggle 2 bring our grand total of games up to eleven. One more and we’ll be at twelve, and will have to start cutting games to make additions.

Update 2/14/2014: Our first addition to the Xbox One Bests list is the lovely-looking Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. Go, Lara, Go.

The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

Want more of the best games on each system? Check out our complete directory:

The Best PC GamesThe Best PS4 GamesThe Best Xbox One GamesThe Best Wii U GamesThe Best 3DS GamesThe Best PS Vita GamesThe Best Xbox 360 GamesThe Best PS3 GamesThe Best Wii GamesThe Best iPhone GamesThe Best iPad GamesThe Best Android GamesThe Best PSP GamesThe Best Facebook GamesThe Best DS GamesThe Best Mac Games

Note: While some games on this list are download-only, all of them can be purchased on the Xbox One’s online store. If you buy any of these games through the retail links in this post, our parent company may get a small share of the sale through the retailers’ affiliates program.