Xbox One is admittedly lacking in big exclusive titles at the moment, and Microsoft knows this. The company has shown commitment to hiring studios to create exciting games going forward, so we’ve plenty to look forward to on the console.
As well as a plethora of amazing Xbox One games, we also have the most powerful console on the market now in the form of Xbox One X. This console not only trumps its rival, the PS4 Pro, for horsepower but also provide a lovely boost to games you already own.
While we haven’t had a huge number of exclusives, there have been some pretty great games in 2017, including Forza Motorsport 7 and Cuphead. Then there are the likes of Middle Earth: Shadow of War, which, while also available on PS4, on Xbox it takes advantage of the Xbox Play Anywhere program, meaning digital purchases will also obtain a PC copy of the game.
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider
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Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Lara Croft’s trilogy is coming to a close later this year with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal are closing off its action-packed trilogy with a dark, brooding chapter where Lara must come face-to-face with her murderous past.
The formula introduced in Rise of the Tomb Raider has been expanded with a larger hub area packed with tombs, sidequests, and characters to interact with during your journey. Of course, much of this can be ignored if you’d rather enjoy the narrative in its lonesome.
Release Date: September 14, 2018
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Developer: CD Projekt Red
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt remains the finest RPG of this generation. Its ingenious characters, sprawling world and excellent narrative set a benchmark that might be surpassed by CD Projekt Red’s next title: Cyberpunk 2077.
You play as a cyberpunk amidst the confines of Night City – a violent, corrupt and stunningly beautiful place you’ll learn to call home. Played from a first-person perspective, our brief glimpse at Cyberpunk 2077 hints at something truly special.
Release Date: TBA
Forza Horizon 4
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Developer: Playground Games
Forza Horizon 4 takes the spectacular racing series to Great Britain. Unlike others, Playground Games isn’t afraid of what Brexit might do to its series. The fourth installment looks wonderful with a wide range of vehicles, events and story missions to partake in alone or with friends.
One of the defining features this time around is a dynamic weather system spanning all four seasons. The likes of Spring and Winter will have a major impact on how your car controls and reacts to the emergent weather around it. Either way, we’re pretty excited to play it.
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Gears of War 5
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Developer: The Coalition
Gears of War 5 is the next entry in Microsoft’s hugely popular shooter series. It’s also shaping up to be the most ambitious with a deeper focus on narrative and expanding the rudimentary gunplay we’ve come to expect from Marcus Fenix and friends.
Kait takes the spotlight this time around as she sets out the find out the truth behind her past. After a shocking revelation in Gears 4, she has secrets to uncover and will do whatever it takes to do so. Players can expect a thrilling solo campaign and addictive multiplayer like always.
Release Date: 2019
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Release Date: September 21, 2018
Toys for Bob and Activision are bringing the purple reptile’s classic adventures into the modern era with updated visuals and controls.
Reignited Trilogy will feature Spyro The Dragon, Ripto’s Rage and Year of the Dragon in their entirety and completely remastered for Xbox One. Despite launching almost twenty years ago, Toys For Bob has managed to capture the original’s charm so our nostalgic minds remain intact.
After reliving our memories of Crash Bandicoot in 2017, we can’t wait for this platforming collection to arrive.
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Platform: Xbox One and PC
Developer: Capybara Games
Below is an unusual indie game that is centred around the concept of exploration. The game is still very mysterious, but you will play as an unnamed adventurer that arrives on a vast island in the middle of an endless ocean, dragging your little boat behind you.
Capybara Games won’t be there to hold your hand in this isolation either. The developer has said there won’t be any tutorials, text or heads-up display, so the exploration concept actually extends to the controls and systems themselves as well as the physical exploration of the island.
There’s definitely a Don’t Starve element to Below, but it’s also one of our most anticipated games of 2016.
Pre-order at Amazon.co.uk from £54.99
Expected release date: TBA 2018
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Red Dead Redemption 2
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Red Dead Redemption 2 stands tall as one of 2017’s most anticipated titles. Rockstar has done a great job of building hype for the game, and its latest trailer has certainly got us excited to explore the Old West once again.
It’s a cross-platform title, but we’re pretty sure it’ll be one of the biggest sellers on every console it comes to, if the GTA V sales figures are anything to go by.
Release date: October 26 2018
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Release Date: February 22, 2019
One of Microsoft’s rabbits in the hat during E3 2017, Metro Exodus looked incredibly impressive in its gameplay debut, helped by the fact it was running to Xbox One X spec.
Based on the third entry in the Metro novels, the game will finally see players leave the dark and dank subway tunnels for more open expanses. Enjoy the debut gameplay trailer to see what’s in store in the latest entry in the survival horror series:
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Release Date: February 22, 2019
Pre-order Anthem from Amazon UK
Anthem is an open-world action-RPG set in a hostile alien world. Humanity has taken shelter inside a huge walled city to hide from the giant monsters that lie beyond, and it’s your job as a guardian of the people to venture beyond the wall and scout for resources.
We saw some extensive gameplay during the reveal, but with a game so early in development, it’s best to take the below footage with some healthy skepticism with exactly how much it will reflect the final product:
But coming from a studio like Bioware, there’s every reason to look forward to what this game can offer.