Xbox came out fighting at E3 this year (much needed following last year’s E3), with a conference focussed solely on the games. And in that conference we caught glimpses of new titles that will be exclusive to Microsoft’s consoles, at least initially for some. We’ve listed ten of the games below that we’re most looking forward to for Xbox One, and think you need to keep an eye on.
Insomniac Games, the creators of the Spyro, Rachet and Clank, and Resistance games, have been showing off a lot of their new title lately - Sunset Overdrive. It takes place in Sunset City, an urban landscape that’s been overrun with mutants following the distribution of a new energy drink called Overcharge Delirium XT. Using the environment and your own momentum, you must grind, bounce, and shoot your way around the city, dispatching mutants as you go. The game features fully-customisable characters and some mad-looking weapons. Sunset Overdrive looks like pure ridiculous fun, and we’re all for it.
Forza Horizon 2
The sequel to Forza Horizon, an open-world driving game where you get to sit behind the wheel of many gorgeous cars, Forza Horizon 2 carries on the theme. This time round it’s set in southern Europe, where a musical festival is taking place. A day and night cycle also brings with it a new dynamic weather system, so you could be tearing up the roads with the friends in your club when you suddenly have some wet roads to contend with.
The latest game being developed by the Max Payne and Alan Wake creators, Remedy Entertainment, is a third-person action title that will coincide with a live-action TV series. Not much is currently known about Quantum Break, other than it will focus on the manipulation of time after a time travel experiment goes wrong. But if Remedy’s previous story-telling experience is anything to go by, this is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Another addition to the Fable franchise here, from Peter Molyneux’s Lionhead Studios. However, this game is different to the previous titles, as its bringing co-op play to the forefront of the experience. Set 400 years prior to the events of the first game, Fable Legends will see the heroes of Albion on a quest to locate an ancient relic. Four hero players will take on one villain player – the heroes must fight their way through enemies and traps which the villain places into the level. It certainly looks and sounds like a Fable game, but will it play like one? We’re certainly interested to see more of Fable Legends in the future.
Halo The Master Chief Collection
If you grew up playing the Halo games then you’re in luck, as Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 have all been remastered and packed into one neat little box for you. All the games are as they were made originally, except they look prettier. You can switch between the remastered and original graphics and play through each of the games however you like, as all game modes are unlocked from the beginning. If you’re wanting to re-cap on the story before Halo 5 is released, or even relive some of that classic multiplayer, it’s here for you. Oh yeah, and it comes with access to the Halo 5: Guardians beta too.
Halo 5: Guardians
Naturally we move onto the next game in the Halo series. Halo 5: Guardians hasn’t given much away in terms of plot, or anything for that matter. We do know that it’ll run in a brand new game engine, and a Halo TV series (produced by Steven Spielberg) is due to launch when the game is released next year.
Phantom Dust was a game released in Japan on the original Xbox back in 2004, and later in North America in 2005. Created by Yukio Futatsugi, who directed Panzer Dragoon on the Sega Saturn, Phantom Dust was set in a post-apocalyptic Earth where a dust that covers its surface renders it an unlivable wasteland. A few humans, Espers, have the ability to harness the dust, meaning they can survive on the Earth’s surface and leave their underground homes. The Espers search the wasteland to find clues to how the planet became the way it is.
Developed by Platinum Games, creators of Bayonetta, Scalebound was shown during E3 2014 a couple of weeks ago. Practically nothing is known about the game, other than what’s shown in the E3 trailer below. One thing we do know is, however, it’s got dragons in it, and a ‘bro’ who wears headphones, fights with a sword, and can cover himself in scale-like armour.
Crackdown and Crackdown 2 were released on the Xbox 360 back in 2007 and 2010 respectively, and the E3 Xbox press conference 2014 brought with it a trailer for the next game in the series. Over the top skyscraper jumping, trucks covered in explosives, and vehicle ramp stunts that take down entire buildings – it’s all in there. There isn’t much more to it than the trailer can tell you at the moment, but if the final game has all of those things, we’re up for it.
Ori and the Blind Forest
Another title first shown off at E3 this year, Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful 2D side-scroller which sees you playing as a white guardian spirit named Ori. Inspired by classic games of old such as Metroid, it was developed by Moon Studios, a collaborative team of individuals who were not fixed to one place, but instead are found at many locations all over the world.
There you have it, ten exclusive Xbox One games we’re most looking forward to. There are plenty more Xbox One games to be released, so why not share which ones you’re most excited about below. Are there any more games you think should have made the list?