Before we begin, let us start by clearing something up; there isn't technically an Xbox exclusive. Thanks to services like Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, it means that Microsoft's games come to both Xbox and PC, so the term exclusive doesn't fit. Ignoring technicalities, though, here are our favorite Xbox (and PC) exclusives you need right now.
#1 Gears 5
Gears 5 begins after the events which occurred in Gears of War 4, follows Kait Diaz's storyline as she attempts to uncover her past. Kait receives a Locust Horde necklace and works alongside her team JD, Marcus Fenix, and other familiar faces as she comes to terms with her mother's death. Horde and multiplayer modes provide gameplay that just keeps on giving.
#2 Sea of Thieves
The pirate adventure from Rare plots players in the big ocean to work together to sail ships, unearth treasure, take down waves of skeletons, and selling their spoils at merchants. Voyages are the quests that can involve anything from taking down a skeleton captain to diving into a shipwreck to uncover a long lost relic. Playing solo is possible, but playing with friends is much more fun.
#3 Forza Horizon 4
A Forza game needed to have an entry on our list, and the latest edition is a worthy contender. The usual gameplay from its predecessors is back, but this time around, racers are plotted in the English countryside of the United Kingdom. Challenge your driving ability as you drive through picturesque landscapes, and the sheep dotted around are impossible to collide with. Showcase events are what keep gameplay going, and collecting every car can quickly turn gameplay into an addiction!
#4 Halo 5: Guardians
Many will argue that Halo 5: Guardians shouldn't deserve a spot on our list. We're not saying it is the best Halo game ever, as that'd be wrong, but Spartan Jameson Locke combined with Master Chief makes Halo 5 an excellent exclusive. Players will enjoy Halo 5 if they play alongside friends through the campaign, allowing up to four players to fight and shoot side by side. Firefights have been greatly improved, and thanks to the levels having a verticality focused design, it keeps the gameplay feeling fresh but tense. Multiplayer, on the other hand, is pretty epic, and it is vastly more enjoyable when you get put in a warzone full of 24 players to complete a multi-objective skirmish.
#5 Forza Motorsport 7
The predecessor to Forza Motorsport 7 wasn't the most significant entry to the series at all, but thankfully this installment has redeemed itself. An improved AI alongside some impressive 4K visuals, only the start of what's on offer. Collisions are more realistic, and handling has been vastly improved, which immerses players while they traverse the various race tracks. You can push the cars to the max as you test the grip of your tyres as you screech around corners, delivering an all-round experience that's both fun and realistic.
Have an Xbox One exclusive we've not covered? Let us know what you'd like to see!