Next-Gen Anticipation – Xbox One Exclusive Launch Catalog

The Xbox One will be upon us in just over a month, and their launch catalog is full of awesome games. Studios like Capcom, Turn 10, and Crytek are all lending their teams to the launch of Microsoft‘s next-gen console. There really is a fantastic mix of genres represented during the Xbox One inauguration. From the return of one of gaming’s most loved competitive fighters to the most photo-realistic racing simulation to-date. Here”s a list of Xbox One exclusive games that have piqued our interest:

Killer Instinct – Double Helix Games 

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The much loved, highly anticipated return of Killer Instinct is coming exclusively to the Xbox One. Killer Instinct 3 is launching as a free-to-play title featuring one character, Jago. Additional character packs will be made available as paid DLC. Killer Instinct 3 will also see a physical release featuring all the playable characters at a one-time cost of $59.99. We’ve seen several gameplay sessions of Killer Instinct 3 both live and pre-recorded. Most notably we viewed a elimination-style tournament sponsored by Mad Catz. The game looks to have a fighting style all it’s own. Action reportedly holds at a steady sixty fps due to it’s slightly down-scaled graphics. The gameplay is frenetic yet measured, approachable yet hard to master. What’s really significant about this release is the fact that it will add yet another facet to the Xbox One launch list. The final word on Killer Instinct 3 is over a month away, but from what we’ve seen, it has us excited.

Forza Motorsport 5 – Turn 10 Studios

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We continue to see stunning images of Forza Motorsport 5 coming through the pipeline. The level of realism captured is a sight to behold. There’s some truly next-gen modeling and lighting effects at the core of Forza Motorsport 5, but it’s not just the visuals that have our attention. Forza 5 plays amazingly well too. From my own hands-on time with the title I can tell you that it takes full advantage of the new haptic feedback that’s built into the Xbox One controller. I could feel when I made a hairpin turn just as well as when I botched one. The feedback from the Xbox One controller differs based on the accuracy of the turn. Execute a tight, professional corner and you’ll notice only a slight about of feedback, or notice considerably more when you foul up. Turn 10 is also insiting that their Drivatar system will continue to operate, even with the changes Microsoft has made to the Xbox One. With a host of real and prototype cars to choose from, awesome visuals, and tight racing gameplay, Forza 5 is on the top of our Xbox One watch list.

Dead Rising 3 – Capcom

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The Dead Rising series has pretty much existed in spoof territory since it was first released exclusively for Xbox 360. The first and second installments in the series were direct from the mind of Keiji Inafune. With the third installment in the series, Dead Rising 3, Capcom has decided to deviate from the light-hearted zombie slaying that defined the first two games. Dead Rising 3 features a brand new protagonist named Nick Ramos, an auto mechanic from Los Perdidos. The crafting system has seen a significant overhaul giving players the ability to combine and fortify weapons as well as vehicles on-the-fly without the need for a workbench. When it comes to combining vehicles into mobile zombie slaying machines, Ramos will use his mechanical expertise to take the “best of both worlds” from vehicles he finds throughout the environment. Series fans have expressed more than a bit of dismay over the new tone of Dead Rising 3 saying the series has lost it’s identity but the graphical, gameplay, and feature revamp are more than enough to get us in the door.

Ryse: Son of Rome – Crytek

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Initially announced as a Kinect title back at E3 2011. Ryse: Son of Rome has seen it’s share of changes. Crytek has decided to rely less on Kinect for the gameplay mechanics and focus more on creating a unique user experience. Players will use the updated Xbox One controller to wield Roman general Marius Titus, and the Kinect sensor will now be utilized to shout orders at the troops under his jurisdiction. The newest generation of CryEngine will power the epic battle sequences, background skirmishes, and detailed set pieces of Ryse: Son of Rome. Combat appears to be a bit “on-rails” with finishing moves being executed via quick time events. It’s recently been outed that Ryse will be running at a native 900p, considerably less than the full 1080p output the Xbox One is capable of, but it’s rather commonplace for console launch titles to not fully harness the power of the hardware. With all things considered we’re still looking forward to Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome.

That’s a great launch catalog to look forward to. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are both set to offer brand new in-game features and a welcome graphical overhaul, but it’s the games themselves that have us the most wound up. Don’t forget to check out some of the best looking screenshots from next-gen titles and the list of new IP’s coming to the PS4 that were eager to see.

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Dylan Zellmer

Dylan splits time between games journalism, designing video games, and playing them. Outside of his deep involvement in the games industry, he enjoys It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Shameless, A Song of Ice and Fire, fitness, and family.
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