Exclusive games might not be that relevant in terms of determining consoles, but they shape the public image of those consoles and that, in turn, has an influence on the number of units that get sold across its lifecycle. Also, as a user, it is important that you know the peculiarities of the product you’re going to purchase, and the exclusive games that are available on a platform – and their quality – are a clear indicator in that sense.
This is why we’re going to tell you the five different games that you should play on the most relevant current gen consoles – not to tell which is better in a race to the “console war,” but to let you know the games you should really play on that specific console, thanks to which choose the console you should buy. Or, put even simpler, the titles you should go and play in case you already own that console and for some reason missed them.
For what matters Xbox One, it might look a bit weird but it wasn’t an easy task to go and select the best exclusive games you should play on the system. Differently from the common notion, indeed, the platform has a lot of exclusives (both console and full), many of which have been released in the first half of its lifecycle – perhaps the worst moment, together with the early end of the original Xbox support, in the history of the division.
We had to make some tough choices, in order not to report similar games from the same genre or from similar genres. Following this logic, great titles like Gears of War 4, Ryse: Son of Rome, Ori and the Blind Forest, Forza Motorsport 7 have been ruled out, and that’s been quite a hard task for us to accomplish. Anyway, here it is the 5 Xbox One exclusive games you need to play list. Enjoy, and let us know in the comments which are your choices.
The first Xbox One only game you should really play, in our opinion, is Sunset Overdrive. It was quite unlucky to be released at a very bad time for Microsoft’s console, as it was just getting out of the always-online, tv focused mud, and was really looking for its true identity. I can see how a game like this would be hugely praised if released now.
It’s from the same developer of Spider-Man for PS4, Insomniac Games, and actually represents the ground for that title – a quick and smooth traversal, a fun and varied combat system, an amazing art and visuals that stick with your mind for a long time. Not a masterpiece, naturally, but a title well worth the money they ask you for now and truly deserving a sequel sooner or later.
Talking about unlucky games, Quantum Break is one of the most ambitious titles ever done for a console and one of that Remedy really poured a huge development effort on. Its different components might not be the most brilliant you’ll see out there in an action-adventure production, but the way they’re delivered are sure enough fascinating.
The latest from the creators of Max Payne has a few charming ideas, like cut-scenes built as a tv show between the different chapters in the story, fun shooting mechanics clearly reminding of the days on Alan Wake, a plot you could shape with your own choices and some neat talk about the past, the present and the future. It’s something you really need to give a try if you own an Xbox One.
Halo 5 Guardians
Halo 5 Guardians is the most complete game in the Halo series, no doubt about it. It features a lot of multiplayer modes (despite lacking split-screen) and one, Warzone, that is massive in terms of scope and amount of users involved at the same time, which is probably why the series doesn’t actually need a battle royale mode for the future iterations.
It comes with an ambitious storyline, that – at the least in the original, pre-Infinite intentions – represents the beginning of a new trilogy where Cortana has gone crazy and so powerful to put the very existence of mankind in question. Guardians also feature the usual Warthog or vehicle-based sections, the diverse perspective that, even though not coming to the final showdown between Locke and Master Chief you would’ve to expect based on the hype, is overall satisfying and reiterating the latter is the sole savior the universe needs.
Cuphead wasn’t a true surprise, to be honest. The game had so many expectations and anticipation on it that it was going to be a given that it was the little big masterpiece it actually is. A challenging yet very satisfying bullet hell side scroller where you can play both run ‘n’ gun sections and face ever-evolving bosses along different and stylish maps? I’m in.
The game also comes with a compelling, 20s cartoony visual style that lets you really feel like you were in one of those early Mickey Mouse shows, only that it’s moving in front of your eyes as you move with a controller or mouse and keyboard depending on the platform. For a time, you can’t believe what you’re watching, and after you do you start enjoying the great title Studio MDHR’s is.
Forza Horizon 3
Xbox One has a lot of amazing racing games, all of them gathered under the Forza label, and built by those talented guys at Turn 10 Studios, series’ creators, and Playground Games. But, with Forza Motorsport 7 missing some of the things that made the franchise so popular and perhaps focusing on more arcade aspects, it’s up to Forza Horizon 3 to lead the way.
While we wait the upcoming Forza Horizon 4, which promises to be a revolution in an online and service-based perspective, it’s clear that a title so big and so varied, both in terms of visuals and gameplay, is something you should not miss when it comes to immersive experiences – no matter the genre.