The Best Xbox One Building Games

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When it comes to good building games for Xbox One, there is a pretty good amount of variety. For that reason, we're ranking the best Xbox One building games, with the help of your votes. 

From planning to construction to management and more, building games let us create a virtual world (sometimes quite literally) from the ground up. One of the newest Xbox One games that has you building from the ground up is State Of Decay 2. Released in 2018, this newest installment in the State of Decay series brings back the base building with a new twist. If you've never played Surviving Mars, it's a must-play building game for any Xbox One owner. Other options include Tropico 5, The Sims 4, and Fallout 4.

Not every building game on this list is an Xbox One original - take Kerbal Space Program for example, which came out in 2015. However, all these building games are currently available on the Xbox Marketplace, regardless of release date. Vote up your favorite building game for Xbox One, or simply use this list as a recommendation guide if you're looking for more titles to play.

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  • Minecraft
    463 votes
    • Genres (Video game): Open World, Action, Survival

    Minecraft revolutionized sandbox gaming with its infinite, procedurally generated world, complex crafting system, and charming blocky aesthetics. The thrilling gameplay consists of mining resources, constructing buildings, crafting tools, and battling nocturnal creatures, all in a quest to survive in a randomly populated world. Its impact is beyond measure, introducing a new genre of video gaming and inspiring countless Minecraft-esque games, and offering a blank canvas for players' creativity from dictating their own stories to constructing awe-striking infrastructures.

  • Cities: Skylines
    277 votes
    • Genres (Video game): City Building

    In Cities: Skylines, players get a godlike perspective to create and control an ever-evolving city from scratch. The gameplay, both relaxing and challenging, revolves around urban planning, strategic resource management, zoning, taxation, and infrastructure development to handle the realistic demands of the city's AI citizens. Its unprecedented depth in simulation and brilliantly executed mechanics have cemented its status as a landmark entry in the city-building genre.

  • Fallout 4
    368 votes
    • Genres (Video game): Action-Adventure

    Fallout 4 immerses players in a post-apocalyptic Boston where every decision influences the fate of decaying civilization. Players wrestle with combat, hardcore scavenging, base-building, and murky ethical judgement while navigating its grim, yet dynamic, story. Its impact, while provoking discussion over sequels' right to significantly tweak the game formula, also shines in demonstrating how player agency can influence the vividness and depth of a narrative-based RPG.

  • Ark: Survival Evolved
    • Genres (Video game): Action, Survival, MMO

    Ark: Survival Evolved teleports players into a lavish, primal world ridden with dinosaurs, mythical creatures, and other lost human players. Its gameplay, a riveting blend of taming beasts, resource collection, and base-building, sets a thrilling survival theme against an obscure pseudo-historical story. Regardless of the polarizing opinions concerning its demanding multiplayer mode and launch issues, Ark’s innovative adoption of survival and creature-domestication mechanics has unquestionably enlivened this genre.

  • No Man's Sky
    259 votes
    • Genres (Video game): Adventure

    No Man’s Sky stimulates players with its vast and open-ended universe teeming with countless unfamiliar planets, species, and danger, making it a paradise for exploration junkies. The thrill in gameplay lies in resource gathering, space travel, alien species discovery, and combat, all in the name of survival and mystery unravelling. With its troubled launch eventually redeemed by years of developmental dedication, No Man's Sky has left a profound impact on how the gaming community perceives post-launch support and reinvention.

  • Astroneer
    197 votes
    • Genres (Video game): Open World, Adventure

    Astroneer puts players in the boots of an intrepid astronaut aiming to colonize uncharted, alien galaxies and reshape colorful alien landscapes. The laid-back gameplay offers base construction, resource hunting, and terraforming mechanics under a charming, low-poly aesthetic. Encouraged cooperative play and easy-to-access base-building mechanics have added a shared creativity experience, playing an important role in the resurgence of more casual, approachable space exploration games.