Let’s be honest, what usually makes us choose a console over the other are the exclusives. With that in mind, I decided to write a feature article with the best Xbox One and PlayStation 4 exclusives that are available in 2015 (sorry Nintendo Wii U.) Hopefully, I’ll be making that decision soon, so I hope that all the research I’ve been doing about both consoles and the games that are available for them this year can help you. This week I’ll be focusing on the Xbox One, but you can expect the PlayStation 4 article next week. Do you own either a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One? What made you choose one over the other? Do you own any exclusive games for any system? Which one’s your favorite? As usual, use the comments box below to share your ideas and opinions.
5. Forza Motorsport 6
Racing games are an acquired taste, so recommending a game like Forza is somewhat difficult. But the game combines elements from simulation and arcade games in such as smart and enjoyable manner that you owe it to yourself to at least try Forza Motorsport 6. There’s a visual upgrade, you can rewind the gameplay when you make mistakes, you can compete against other people and you can even create a virtual avatar (called Drivatar) that plays like you do when you’re not around.
4. Sunset Overdrive
This comedic take on the open-world third-person shooter formula is a blast. Developed by Insomniac Games (Resistance, Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank,) Sunset Overdrive takes place in the year 2027 in the fictional metropolis of Sunset City as you fight hordes of mutants. The game focuses on a fast-paced and aggressive combat that allows you to wall-run and grind on rails to make it from point A to point B. If you own an Xbox One, you simply have to buy this game.
3. Killer Instinct
The only Xbox One game from this list that you can play on another platform (the PC) and the only game that follows the free-to-play model. If you’re into fighting games, you’ve either heard about or already played Killer Instinct, an over-the-top game where you perform manuals, auto-doubles, combo breakers and ultra combos. New characters are released regularly whenever a new season comes out and the best part about the game is that you don’t have to pay a cent if you don’t like the game.
2. Rare Replay
I can’t think of a game that offers so many games at such a small price. As its name suggests, Rare Replay is a compilation of games developed by Rare over the course of 30 years. That includes Battletoads, Killer Instinct Gold, Blast Corps, Perfect Dark, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Kameo, Viva Piñata, and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, among many others. If you, like me, missed several of those titles back when they came out, this compilation is the cheapest and most convenient way of getting them.
1. Halo 5: Guardians
The reason why so many people got an Xbox One was the release of a new Halo. The most important change is that for the first time, you can play the single-player campaign with up to three other friends by your side and this is drop-in, drop-out gameplay so you don’t have to worry about having four people all the time. As you’d expect in a Halo game, the graphics, gameplay, audio and multiplayer modes are really strong, so anyone with an Xbox One should get a copy of Halo 5: Guardians right away.
Here are other exclusives that didn’t make it to the list: Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Dance Central Spotlight and Dead Rising 3. Also, these are some upcoming Xbox One games you might want to keep an eye on: Crackdown 3, Gears of War 4, Quantum Break, ReCore, Scalebound, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Cuphead.