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.
Assassin's Creed Unity
Release date: October 28, 2014
Just when you think you're out, they pull you back in. The latest installment of the Assassin's Creed universe follows protagonist Arno Dorian around Revolutionary France where the templars have again taken power and the assassins to sympathize with the proletariat.
This time around, you and three friends can take on the story mode in co-op mode while seeing crowds 1,000-people strong thanks to the power of the Xbox One.
Release date: October 28, 2014
Sunset Overdrive's developer, Insomniac, has been around for a very long time. They're the ones who gave us Spyro, Ratchet & Clank and, more recently, Resistance: Fall of Man on the PS3. Now they're turning to Microsoft's new system for their next project, a combination of raucous punk music and eye-popping color palettes set in what can only be described as a post-apocalyptic playground.
From GamesRadar's Sunset Overdrive preview:
"Much like the glorious Bulletstorm, Sunset Overdrive is all about being aggressive and killing enemies with style. Everything is designed to stop players from cowering behind cover and playing the game like a last-gen shooter."
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
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.