It's not enough to have four or five stand-out games available on your console; what you really need are great games waiting in the wings, ready to launch this holiday season.
Thankfully, the Xbox One has these in spades. From Bungie's next big first-person shooter, Destiny, to the frenetic, post-apocalyptic playground, Sunset Overdrive, there's a slew of triple-AAA titles coming our way this fall - many of which are exclusive to the Xbox One.
Release date: February 10, 2015
Dinosaur hunting may never be legal (read: The Sound of Thunder to find out why!), but that may not matter once we get Evolve early in 2015. The premise? You and three friends are trying to take down a monster, controlled by a fifth, separate player. Catch the monster before it can level up and it should be a short fight that ends with a new trophy for your mantle. Let the battle go on for too long, and the monster will become your worst nightmare.
Release date: Q2 2015
If you asked us one year ago what Quantum Break was about, I don't think we'd be able to tell you. It's one part live-action drama, one part third-person shooter and the resulting concoction is one helluva trans-media experience. Sadly, it looks like we'll have to wait until 2015 to see (er, play) it.
From GamesRadar's Quantum Break preview:
"Quantum Break isn't just a game; it's a transmedia experience, with much of its story told via a live-action television series … During certain parts of the game, you'll have to make decisions that will drastically alter the course of your story, which also creates a personalized live-action television series tailored to your choices."
Halo 5: Guardians
Release date: Q4 2015
Last we left Master Chief, things weren't going his way. He lost his moral compass, and was brought to the brink of insanity by the Forerunners. Guardians will tell two stories; one about Master Chief, and another about a new Spartan, Agent Locke. At a press event at E3, we learned we're still going to have to wait until 2015 to see said Halo game, but until then we've got Halo: The Master Chief Collection to look forward to in the fall.
Release date: TBA 2015
The Fable series is no stranger to a few bumps in the road. The original shocked and amazed audiences on Xbox, while Fable 2 was over-hyped before under-delivering. Fable 3 was a return to form for Lionhead Studios but the ending jilted many of its most committed fans. Fable Legends is going to be entirely different than any Fable game before it. It's a four-player game that puts you with three of your closest friends against the hordes of evil in Albion. You'll need to watch your back when the game comes to Xbox One sometime in 2015.
Release date: TBA
We know almost nothing about Scalebound except that it's made by PlatinumGames and renowned Game Director Hideki Kamiya. And, to be honest, that's enough for us to reserve a copy or two. Scalebound will be an adventure game that pairs you with a scaled monstrous beast, that looks like half-action game, half-brutally hard RPG. Whatever it turns out to be, we can't wait to get it.
Release date: TBA
When Crackdown released on the Xbox 360 in 2007, it was a game we never knew we wanted - an interesting mix of third-person shooter and action games built around a mob boss dossier. You could drive a police cruiser around the open world cityscape only to run into a shootout that you could stop, or if you're feeling apathetic, leave the non-super powered law enforcers to handle.
We're expecting this same sense of freedom and innovation with the third installment of the series when it comes exclusively to Xbox One in 2015.