Five Xbox One Launch Titles To Keep Your Eye On

November 18, 2013

There’s only a few days to go until Microsoft unleashes its take on the next generation of gaming to its anxiously awaiting fans, and you need to know the most important thing about the Xbox One: what games are worth playing. Well, we’ve got you covered. Sure, the hot new system is going to have a host of fancy bells and whistles, including some that can see your heart beat, but at its core the Xbox One will still be a video gaming console. Whether you're watching movies or working out, the Xbox One is still going to do games best, and it’s going to have some killer titles right out of the gate. With over twenty planned launch titles, below are the five exclusives that you need to make sure you keep an eye on, as they're the ones that are going to make the biggest splashes this holiday season.

Dead Rising 3

The third main entry into the Dead Rising series, DR3 takes place in the same zombie infested world as its predecessors, but it puts a bit of a different spin on the undead apocalypse. Stepping away from the campiness of the first two games, Dead Rising 3 takes a more gritty, and "realistic" look at the zombie outbreak by putting players in the boots of Nick Ramos. Ramos is a mechanic who has survived for ten years after the original games in his home of Los Perdidos, California. Using the power of the Xbox One, Dead Rising 3 will be able to render three times as many zombies as the first couple of entries, and it will incorporate a host of special features via SmartGlass. While it does step away from some of the more beloved conventions of the series, Dead Rising 3 will be the must-get Xbox One game for all of the zombie hunters out there.

Forza Mortorsport 5

The Forza series is one of the most enduring racing franchises in all of gaming, and it's about to come around for another lap. Forza Motorsports 5 is looking to set the pace for racing games on next gen consoles right out of the gate. Forza 5 has been entirely overhauled, and it builds on everything that it's predecessors introduced to the previous games, introducing a host of features that have never before been available for console racing games. From superficial updates, like each car sporting multiple layers of paint, to the addition of Drivatar, a new mode where the game learns how you race, and then pits you against your friends, even when you're away from your console, Forza 5 is the complete next-gen driving experience.

Killer Instinct

Microsoft are including a big title for nostalgic gamers as part of the One's launch line up as they resurrect one of the most beloved fighting franchises of the mid-1990s, Killer Instinct. The 2D fighter made waves almost 20 years ago as one of the more visually-stunning, combo-heavy fighting games on the market, and the new, updated version from Double Helix Games looks to be following in line with its predecessors. Opting for a bold, free-to-play model, Killer Instinct on the Xbox One will allow players to purchase the characters they want to play, on an individual basis, or all at once, courtesy of the Combo Breaker Pack. With six characters at launch, including returning fan favorites Jago (which everyone gets for free), and Glacius, Double Helix has promised more characters to come in the weeks and months to follow. At the low price of "free," KI can't hurt to try, and for fighting fans, it's the only game in town, at least for a little while.

Ryse: Son of Rome

Ryse: Son of Rome is Microsoft's most ambitious Xbox One launch title. Ryse has evolved over time, from an Kinect-only, Xbox 360 exclusive to the game that is going to showcase all of the interesting things that the Xbox One can do. Set in ancient Rome, Ryse places you high in the ranks of the Roman Army, as General Marius Titus, who is battling his way through hordes of attackers in one of the most realistic, and graphic games ever released. The Crytek-developed game pushes the boundaries of the uncanny valley, and brings home the true nature of sword-based warfare, in all its gory goodness.

Crimson Dragon

Crimson Dragon might not be the biggest name on this list, but it comes with one of the most respectable pedigrees. While it may not bear the same name, Crimson Dragon is stacking up to be the spiritual successor to the beloved Panzer Dragoon franchise, since the development team is stacked with some of the biggest names to have worked on those games, including director Yukio Futatsugi and composer Saori Kobayashi. Fans of the Sega classic should keep an eye to the sky for some high-flying, dragon-based combat, that should warm the hearts of Dragoon loyals.


Xbox One early adopters won't have any shortage of third party games either, as they can pick up multiplatform titles like Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Battlefield 4. Of course, this isn't all the Xbox one has in store. There are other great exclusives on the horizon, like Respawn Entertainment's super game Titanfall, the game incubator Project Spark, the deceivingly addictive Peggle 2 from PopCap Games, and probably something interesting from the Halo franchise down the line.

For full coverage of the Xbox One launch, tune in to Spike TV live November 21 at 11/10c.