Xbox One “System Sellers” – The Must-Have Collection

I must admit, all the buzz surrounding Bungie’s upcoming Destiny has gotten me pretty excited.  In case you missed it, you can see my thoughts on the alpha right here.  Although PlayStation has been synonymous with this title thanks to numerous timed exclusives, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners will enjoy a largely similar experience in the end.  This is no different than Microsoft’s branding on the Call of Duty franchise, which promises map packs sooner than gamers who prefer the game on PlayStation.  Ultimately, gameplay experiences end up the same in the end.  As such, the word “exclusive” has been thrown around far too much lately.

Instead, I’d like to focus on real exclusives: exclusives you cannot get anywhere else (that includes the personal computer).  Today, I’d like to focus on Microsoft.

Here’s my list of must-have console seller titles for the Xbox One, in no particular order:


FORZA

Turn Ten Studio’s latest racing masterpiece, Forza 5, released as an Xbox One launch title.  It delivered on everything Microsoft promised: high definition graphics (1080p and 60 frames per second, the “holy grail” of display these days), utilization of the cloud (Driveatars), and utilization of the new Xbox One controller’s multi-motored haptic feedback system.  But aside from the new bells and whistles, this game promises a genuine racing experience that is as much simulation as it arcade racer, depending on how many driving assists you choose to utilize.  The devil is in the details, and it’s a complete blast to build your dream car with numerous engine tweaks, aerodynamic modifications, and even photorealistic paint schemes.  If you are a fan of racing, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be playing this game.  But if you’d prefer a more open world racing area, in which random on-the-fly races with Driveatar powered AI is more your pace, then you’ll definitely want to check out the highly anticipated Forza Horizon 2.

A picture is worth 1,000 words.  This game handles as beautifully as it looks.

A picture is worth 1,000 words. This game handles as beautifully as it looks.


DANCE CENTRAL SPOTLIGHT

Microsoft all but admitted that the Kinect 2.0 was not as critically acclaimed as they had hoped; so much so that they decided to sell a Kinectless Xbox One to match the PlayStation 4’s $399 price point.  But for those who have stuck around with the Kinect, you’ll be pleased to know that the folks at Harmonix have tweaked the best dancing game on the market and have only made it better.  Thanks to some of the advanced features of the Kinect, this game delivers the most accurate, realistic dance sessions around.  Whether you prefer to take it easy with practice sessions (with complete voice control to let the DJ know if you need more time with a move, or would rather dance on to more complicated moves), or throw down with your friends in a “choose your own adventure” dance routine that gets harder (but only if you can keep up!), this is the place to be.

This generation's Rock Band, but still going strong.  A great party game,  masterfully controlled with the Kinect 2.0.

This generation’s Rock Band, but still going strong. A great party game, masterfully controlled with the Kinect 2.0.


HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION

Although Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 is available on the personal computer, the amazing remastery of both editions is not.  I’m not going to argue that the PC versions are graphically superior, but what 343 Studios has done with the original gameplay and maps is nothing short of amazing.  Now, fans old and new will be able to have all of Master Chief’s adventures on a single disk, with custom playlists of key battles, full reign of all multiplayer maps, and promised guaranteed Halo 5 beta access.  If you’re a fan of first person shooters, an iconic soundtrack, and an incredible tale of valor, then Halo is the definitive solution.  This complete experience is only available on the Xbox One.

"... were it so easy."

“… were it so easy.”


GAMES THAT DIDN’T REACH “MUST HAVE” STATUS:

 
 

TITANFALL

Don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely loving Titanfall… for my personal computer.  It does make a great “console exclusive” but that title doesn’t carry much weight with me anymore.  I would have argued this would have been the number one reason why people should own an Xbox One, but the PC version looks prettier and runs smoother.

Beautiful game, unfortunately, it isn't a console exclusive!

Beautiful game, unfortunately, it isn’t a console exclusive!


RYSE: SON OF ROME

This game received lackluster reviews from the beginning.  The limited Kinect functionality did little to add value to this title.  Gameplay was very repetitive, and although many quick time events were removed from the initial debut to the full release, Ryse: Son of Rome lacked an overall sense of progression or purpose.  It’s this generation’s Heavenly Sword, and for that, I can’t see this as a system seller.

Yet another launch title that did not live up to the hype.

Yet another launch title that did not live up to the hype.


DEAD RISING 3

I’m a huge fan of the Dead Rising series.  Frank West’s initial adventure was exclusive on the Xbox 360, and the follow-up sequel dropped the console exclusivity.  When Dead Rising 3 was announced again exclusively for Xbox One owners, I got pretty excited.  Until I saw the Steam Summer Sale two weeks ago… bummer.  Yet another “console exclusive” that gets removed from this list.

By far my most anticipated Xbox One title has now found a new home on my personal computer.

By far my most anticipated Xbox One title has now found a new home on my personal computer.

So there you have it.  My thoughts on what makes the Xbox One sell.  I didn’t include the hyped Sunset Overdrive because it isn’t out yet, and looks can be deceiving.  When you really boil it down, it seems like the Xbox One firmly owns the driving, dancing, and first person shooting market.  And while Killer Instinct looks fun, it is by no means a must-have system selling title.

What are your thoughts?

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  • UltimateMaster

    Article:
    FORZA
    DANCE CENTRAL SPOTLIGHT
    HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION
    TITANFALL
    RYSE: SON OF ROME
    DEAD RISING 3
    You’re Welcome.
    So basically, anything exclusive.

  • NextLevel

    So… Halo.

  • tee_bag242

    Must you troll every article with how much you hate X1? We get it.. your mum bought you a PS4 for Christmas and it happens to be more powerful than the X1… brilliant.. build a bridge and get over it.
    Some people are console and platform agnostic and couldn’t care.
    If you care about graphics.. get a PC. If you care about games, get what ever console tickles your fancy. Better still get all platforms and laugh at trolls like you who foolishly take sides.

  • BX81

    Don’t bother man. He has 1 bubble for a reason. He just posts to get a rise out of people. 1 bubble = 1 chance to do it.

  • darthv72

    @tee_bag… it sounds better if you typed: “build a bridge and get under it”

  • snookiegamer

    Forza Horizon 2 is gonna move a lot of units. I can’t wait for the bundle September.

    …and that Halo 2 remake! Wooooop!!!

    @tee_bag242

    Ignore NextLevel…you know the M.O.

  • christoculus

    The amount of games im planning to buy this fall &going into first quater 2015 will definitly result in an empty wallet. I need to make some hard deceisons asap… Sunset Overdrive& halo mcc are coming home with me,will download Ori and dance central&my brother is getting FH2 at launch so ill be playing his for a while…

    2nd hurdle – I hope i have enough time to play all these games.

  • snookiegamer.com

    @christocolus

    I’m picking up an X1 September. FH2 & Sunset Overdrive will probably be the 2 games I pick up with it. I already own a PS4 and Wii U.

    I guess once I have them all together, I’ll have to quit trolling (a bit) hehe 😉

  • Lawboy2

    Same I really have to hold off on some great games right now….I’m probably going to have to pass on

    Dragon age
    Destiny
    Grand theft auto 5
    Evolve

    I’ll definitely be picking up
    Forza
    Halo
    Sunset
    Last of us
    Call of duty

    Will be getting with ps+
    Driveclub (will purchase if I really like it)
    Planetside 2

    On xbox live
    Ori ( one of my most anticipated games this year can’t wait)

    This fall will be ridiculous…if I can come up with some more money I may own all these games…but I need to save for 2015 because that list is already pretty long

    The division
    Halo 5
    Uncharted 4 (maybe…never played any uncharted but the reveal was sick)
    Quantum break
    Crackdown

    Man so many games so little time

  • AussieBadger

    Hello snookie Forza Horizon 2 is going to be awesome!!! I find next level to be great comic relief. So silly that person. Brainwashed drone. Ha ha ha..

  • TheRealHeisenberg

    HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION will be arguably the best value ever.

  • Neo43224

    lol No freaking thanks! I rather spend my money on something better.

    Only thing this Collector edition will collect is dust.

  • LazyGoron

    ARGH… Don’t want to buy an X1 for financial reasons, but I really enjoy having all consoles in a generation, no chance I miss the best games of a given year 🙂

    Already have my Wii U and PS4… that Halo collection…

    Ori, Halo MCC… those are the only two X1 games that interest me right now. Personally, I just don’t see the software that I should before making a large purchase.

    Honestly… to me, the only thing X1 has that might be of value is all their exclusivity deals with certain games. Multiplats are either 1) equal to PS4 or 2) worse than PS4. So to get a multi-plat for X1 is silly IMO. Their exclusives… they honestly don’t have that many that peak my interest. Sad, loved my Xbox and hated my 360 (two RRoD in two years) so I have a fence post up my ass and don’t know what to do.

  • tgunzz

    Remove the post from your ass and get one… There are, and will be plenty more awesome games this gen…

  • BX81

    Sorry wanted to hit disagree not agree. For the record I disagree with your comment 🙂

  • snookiegamer

    I’m picking up an X1 September. FH2 & Sunset Overdrive will probably be the 2 games I pick up with it. I already own a PS4 and Wii U.

    I guess once I have them all together, I’ll have to quit trolling (a bit) hehe 😉

  • BX81

    Don’t bother man. He has 1 bubble for a reason. He just posts to get a rise out of people. 1 bubble = 1 chance to do it.

  • jordan jones

    its missing suneset overdrive and horizon 2

  • JASEFAT

    Did you even read what I wrote? 🙂

  • JASEFAT

    Neg! I didn’t pick Ryse, as I felt it wasn’t a genuine system seller. And Titanfall is not exclusive as it is on PC. Re-read before you TL;DR it bro!

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