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Xbox One: The Games

by Zaid Kriel (Zaid)  Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 8:02:18 AM

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So far, articles talking about Xbox One have been predominantly negative, not that you can blame anyone, the's lots to be negative about. But I thought I'd try on my positivity cap and talk about the stuff that may make Xbox One worthwhile. Whatever else we can say about the new system, we have to concede that we are entering a new generation of video game consoles and the thing that makes or breaks any console has always been, and always will be, one thing: the games.

With that in mind here is a rundown of all the games confirmed to be coming to Xbox One.

Assassin's Creed 4



One of the surprisingly good bits of Assassin's Creed III were the navel battles. Some people even said it was so good, it could have been it's own game. Well those people will get their wish with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. The same parkour flavoured gameplay as before will still be in force, but naval warfare will expanded on. This time around players will control Edward Kenway, the father of Haytham Kenway, grandfather of Connor Kenway and pirate scum of the Caribbean. Oh, and obviously his an Assassin to. 

Forza Motorsport 5



Even if Forza Motorsport 5 is just more of the same, it will still be a fantastic driving game. Chances are, though, that developers, Turn 10, will add something new for the next-gen, probably incorporating Kinect 2 in some fashion. Whatever the outcome, the Forza games have always been quality titles and their's no reason to think it won't be again.

Call of Duty: Ghosts



I know I said in my opening that  we're going to keep it all positive, but I didn't come away from the Call of Duty: Ghosts presentation all giddy and filled with unicorn rainbows. Truthfully, aside from the mild graphical bump, Ghosts just looked like the COD-usual to me. Sure they threw in a completely new plot - and a dog - but I'm willing to bet we'll still get herded from bombastic set-piece to bombastic set-piece. Probably by that dog, Hopefully, Infinity Ward will take some of the ideas Treyarch came up with in Black Ops II - things like the branching mission structure - and expand on them, making Ghost's more than just another COD.

Battlefield 4



Speaking of grey and brown games where people shoot other people in the face. If nothing else, the latest chapter in the Battlefield series certainly looks like its a next-gen game. The game is beautiful, with tons of little details and character faces capable of nuanced expressions. I don't know if all of that details is going to mean a better game, but it's certainly making a better looking game.

EA Sports



Another year, another cog in the Madden NFL, Fifa and NBA Live money printing machines. It's not these are boring games or low in quality, just that, well we've seen it all before. And new lick of paint and some fancy new buzzwords aren't going to suddenly change the game of soccer. The UFC game that's forming part of this quintet, now that. that could end up being something special. EA MMA was a very underrated title when it came out not too long, and now that EA have the UFC license in hand, they could end up making something very interesting . 

Need for Speed: Rivals



Built using Frostbite 3, the same game engine that's powering Battlefield 4, Need for Speed Rivals will throw gamers against each other as they take on the role of both law-abiding cop or speed-demon racer. The teaser trailer isn't giving us any specific indication what this game is going to be doing to separate itself from the rest of the racing game grid, but EA have been putting in some real effort with these games of late, so I willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that it will be more than just a bog standard racer.


Watch Dogs



The darling of last years E3, Watch Dogs, could conceivably be the first iconic hit of the eighth generation. Although it looks like just another GTA clone, Watch Dogs  has an innovative hacking mechanic, where the players are able to manipulate their surrounding to create situations that will help defeat enemies. It's a tough concept to explain, but it could just turn Watch Dogs into a huge hit.

Destiny



From the creators of Halo. Destiny is an ultra ambitious online, but not online sci-fi shooter. Bungie did a big presentation for the game, just prior to the PS4 reveal, that told people pretty much nothing, yet still managed to capture the imagination. Whatever it is this game ends up being, I hope it lives up to the hype it generating.

Thief



The return of Garrett. Aside from the fact that this game is reboot of the franchise, nothing much is know about Thief. Then again, Ubisoft did a great job rebooting Deux Ex, with Human Revolution, maybe they can do it again with Thief.

Quantum Break



It's on Xbox One, it being developed by Remedy, the people that gave us MaxPayne, and that's about all we know.

Ryse



This is the game that could end up being the Gears of War for the Xbox One. A Kinect-centred title, Ryse was originally meant to come out for the Xbox 360, but given the sloppiness of the current Kinect, waiting for Kinect 2 was probably the best move. Seeing how smooth and accurate Kinect 2 is, the first-person brawler gameplay show off in the Ryse trailer above doesn't seem like optismistic advertising anymore. If this game works as shown above, then this could be the game that legitimises motion controls.


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