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Andrew Williams


Xbox One Games List - launch titles and more

The Xbox One is here, causing wallets to quiver in anticipation.

But what games will we get to play on the thing? Here are the most important titles that are coming to the next-gen console.

Read our list of 10 things you need to know about the Xbox One.

Dead Rising 3

By Capcom

Dead Rising 3

Dead Rising first rose from the ground on the Xbox 360, back in 2006. Seven years on, the third game in the series has been announced.

The basic style of Dead Rising hasn’t changed in Dead Rising 3 – there are zombies, it’s a third-person survival action adventure – but some of the mechanics have opened-up a little. Dead Rising 3 is a true open world game, a little freer than the two previous games. The first two Dead Rising games were largely set indoors, but the third lets you roam through a whole town.

Its developer says the series’ direction has been changed to make Dead Rising 3 a bit more sophisticated and mature than its predecessors. We hope that not all of the silly fun of the series has drained away, though, as a bit part of Dead Rising’s appeal is OTT weapons and ORR gore.

Killer Instinct

By Microsoft Game Studios

It may not be as popular or well-remembered as Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat, but as far as knock-offs go, Killer Instinct was a great one-on-one copycat. It arrived on the SNES back in 1994 and caused thumb blisters across the land.

Microsoft is now bringing it back. It’s still a classic one-on-one fighting game, but rather than coming boxed, with a £50 price tag, it’s a download-only title. You’ll be able to play as one character for free, with the others unlocked by laying down some cash.

Crimson Dragon

By Grounding Inc.

Remember Panzer Dragoon? The space shooter that wasn’t set in space and featured dragons instead of space ships?

Crimson Dragon is that, more or less. It’s a largely on-rails shooter that’s headed for the Xbox Live Arcade, rather than shop shelves. It looks gorgeous, and should prove one of the top early graphical showcases for next-gen gaming hardware.

Need more convincing about quite how close to Panzer Dragoon this is? It’s directed by Yukio Futatsugi, who also directed… you guessed it, Panzer Dragoon.

Need for Speed: Rivals


Need for Speed: Rivals

Need for Speed: Rivals will be one of the earliest Xbox One racers, as it is planned for launch in 2013 – and the Xbox One won’t arrive before November.

It’s an open-world driving game with a levelling system and a fluid approach to multi-player. You can drop in and out of friends’ games, and EA aims to “destroy the line between single-player and multiplayer” according to Marcus Nilsson, the game’s producer.

Need for Speed: Rivals uses the Frostbite 3 game engine, as seen in Battlefield 4 and Mass Effect 4. This is the second Need for Speed game to use Frostbite, after the second version of the engine was used in the open-world Need for Speed: The Run. Let’s hope Rivals is better than that flat disappointment, though.

Dying Light

By Warner Bros.

Dying Light

Remember Mirror’s Edge? Dying Light is what you’d get if you took Mirror’s Edge, packed it full of zombies and transported it to a grim apocalyptic world.

It’s a free-running game where the day-night cycle is all-important. You can roam around freely in the day, but at night the zombies come out, looking for your brains to munch on.

This 2014 release comes from Techland, the developer of the much-hyped (but slightly disappointing) Dead Island. Will this be the narrative-driven adventure we all hoped Dead Island would be? Fingers crossed…

Call of Duty: Ghosts

By Activision

Another year, another slice of CoD. The next will be called Call of Duty: Ghosts, named after one of the characters in the game world.

Perhaps the biggest news of the new instalment is that it’s set in the future. It’s pencilled-in for release on November 5, which is also – coincidentally (not) - the time the next-generation Microsoft console is expected to launch.

Quantum Break

By Remedy

Quantum Break

One of the most interesting games of the Xbox One launch is Quantum Break, a Microsoft Studios game from Remedy. The Xbox One launch teaser showed a video of a young girl performing some sort of vulcan mind meld on what appeared to be her mother, then a boat colliding into a bridge with catastrophic consequences.

Confused? Us too, but it certainly sounds like an intriguing title.

Battlefield 4


Perhaps the ultimate many vs many first-person shooter, Battlefield is one of the best multiplayer console game series. However, DICE says that this time it won’t be a full open-world title this time around. Battlefield 4 is a more directed experience, allowing for more dramatic set pieces rather than just an all-out brawl.

Battlefield 4 uses the Frostbite 3, which is also the engine running Mass Effect 4. It’s going to look pretty special.


By Bungie

Bungie was the developer behind the Halo series, but it got so bored of working on the series that it has struck out with something new.

Destiny sits between a single-player and multiplayer game style, creating what Bungie likes to call a “shared world” shooter. Interactions between players phase in and out naturally, without you having to manage any of these connections yourself.

Its setting is interesting too – although Destiny takes place in our solar system, it’s a future where most of humanity has been wiped-out. And an alien sphere has imbued survivors with magic-like powers. It’s no Halo knock-off.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

By Ubisoft

The next Assassin’s Creed takes the series in a new direction. Rather than being a thief-assassin, in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag you play as a pirate.

It’ll be set in Kingston, Nassau and Havana, and there’ll be plenty of at-sea antics as well as time spent running around those cities. As well as upgrading your skills – as you have done in previous Assassin’s Creed games – you’ll have to upgrade your ship the Jackdaw too. If you thought Assassin’s Creed 3 was starting to feel tired, this next game should prove the antidote.

Watch Dogs

By Ubisoft

Watch Dogs is an open-world adventure that casts you as a hacker. It’s this ability that’ll give you the freedom to approach situations in an array of different ways – key to any open-world game worth its salt.

It has already been confirmed for PS4, and is sure to come to the Xbox One too. Due to hit shelves towards the end of November, it’s likely to come to the UK just a week or so after the new Xbox’s launch.

Thief: Out of the Shadows

By Eidos

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That the next-gen instalment in the Thief series is coming to the Xbox One was unceremoniously leaked by one of its developers in April 2013.

It’s perhaps the ultimate stealth series, having creeped onto the PC back in 1998. However, the last canon entry in the Thief story was released almost a decade ago - Thief: Deadly Shadows came to the original Xbox and PC back in 2004. As such, Thief has skipped an entire console generation. We’re glad to see it return.


By Crytek

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Crytek is best known as the creator of the Crysis and Far Cry games, the former in particular revered as some of the best-looking titles ever created. Now it’s making something completely different.

Rather than set in open, lush jungles like Far Cry 3, Ryse is a grim and gritty first-person brawler that’ll make great use of Kinect 2.0 to let you pummel your foes. You’ll get to beat baddies to death in a rather literal way. Disturbing stuff. It’s set in the Roman Empire too, so you won’t be able to hide behind a gun packed with ammo, either.

Forza Motorsport 5

By Microsoft

Forza 5

Forza will be one of the next Xbox’s launch titles. This ties-in nicely with the Project Gotham Racing launch title of the original Xbox – Project Gotham was the precursor to Forza.

It carries the series on from the acclaimed Forza Horizon, which was a departure in its use of a largely open world, rather than being restricted to individually curated tracks. Forza Motorsport will return to the series roots, though, offering semi-realistic racing and – fingers crossed – a showcase for the graphical potential of the Xbox One.

Mass Effect 4

By Electronic Arts

Mass Effect 4

It may not be an Xbox One launch title but Mass Effect 4 is certainly one to watch. It’s due in 2014 and will offer a completely new experience rather than a continuation of the story of the first three Mass Effect games.

We don’t know a great deal about the game yet, but to whet your appetites a bit we wrote a feature about the things we’d like to see in Mass Effect 4.

Halo 5

By Microsoft

Halo logo

You can get a new “main series” Halo game is in the works, as it has been the Xbox’s most important gaming asset since the console series’s early days. However, Halo has lost its original developer, Bungie.

It is instead being made by 343 Industries, which made Halo 4. The developer has already confirmed that it is currently working on the game too.




FIFA 14 was among the games shown off during the unveiling of the next Xbox. As with every FIFA game, it’s a sequential upgrade but is arguably the most important one since FIFA 2002.

The most important upgrades will be in collision detection and AI. As the Xbox One has so much more power than the Xbox 360, the players will be a lot cleverer than ever before.

Next, read our comparison of the Xbox One and PS4


May 21, 2013, 8:42 pm

Destiny has NOT been announced for the xbox one and has only been announced for the PS4...

False info guys.


May 21, 2013, 8:57 pm

No, you are completely incorrect, Bungie announced it today on their official website:

barry brennan

May 21, 2013, 9:01 pm

Cameron bit of false information yourself. Destiny is in development for xbox 360 ps3 ps4 and today announced for xbox one.



May 21, 2013, 9:03 pm

boom roasted


May 22, 2013, 11:49 am

Mass Effect 4 in 2013? Are you sure?


May 22, 2013, 11:58 am

Sorry! typo - we meant 2014.


May 22, 2013, 1:00 pm

So Its not Xbox 720 its Xbox one is that right ???


May 22, 2013, 1:25 pm

Afraid so!


May 22, 2013, 1:45 pm

Still doesn't list it on their website but you know.


May 24, 2013, 2:03 am

Bungie didn't get bored of the Halo franchise, they loved the series and the universe they had created. However, they finished their contract with Microsoft for 7 Halo games exclusive to Xbox and as part of the deal Microsoft got to keep the rights to the series. Also, Bungie staff have stated before that they prefer developing their games independently to working with a single publisher under a contract.


May 24, 2013, 6:36 pm

Don't worry Cameron, the Internet makes fools of us all sometimes. lol. You will be glad to hear though that Bungie does indeed have closer ties on this product with Sony and will be bringing exclusive content to the PS3 and PS4 versions. They're also doing the first gameplay reveal at Sony's E3 conference.


May 24, 2013, 6:38 pm

Of that list the majority are multi-platform, and of the exclusives Halo 5 had better be a darn site better than Halo 4... you have been warned 343!!! And Forza is getting tired like Gran Turismo. I just hope that all platforms this generation get decent versions of multi-platform games.

David Thany

May 29, 2013, 7:00 am

Xbox one is what's wrong with the gaming industry...


June 13, 2013, 5:34 am

Xbox one is the better system and has better games


June 13, 2013, 5:35 am

how, its almost the exact same thing has the ps4, but it has more entertainment stuff


June 13, 2013, 5:36 am

Destiny was first confirmed on Xbox One dumbass


June 13, 2013, 10:54 am

It actually wasn't.. It was announced for the PS4 and available for preorder for the PS4 at FEBRUARY. Four months ago at their reveal.

Carl Howe

August 1, 2013, 11:04 am

you are exactly what is wrong with the gaming community. A bunch of people who find offence in the actions taken by a CORPORATION. If you are wondering, sony could not care less about gamers either. Every action they take is ultimately down to how it effects the amount of money they will make. Just like every other profit driven business corporation. Get over it

Gjinn Martin

August 7, 2013, 7:28 pm

Ps4 is 50 percent more powerful. I want better games, not better outside entertainment.


August 10, 2013, 9:25 pm

Only the GPU and that makes it relatively only 20% more powerful in theory, which it will never show.


August 15, 2013, 4:20 pm

u can get it on xbox 360, xbox one, ps3 and ps4

Alex Jason

September 12, 2013, 9:27 pm

Guys shut up about the xbox one and the ps4. The wii and nitendo 2ds will be worse.

John Jacob Conser, Benson, AZ

October 14, 2013, 7:19 pm

I think PS4 will triumph over XboxOne---and be the more popular pick by gaming enthusiasts. As games like Knack, some lame indie-ps4-exclusives, Destiny, and other sure-to-be-memorable titles release shortly prior to winter, PS4 undoubtedly boasts a more advanced console. Also, considering DDR5 isn't in the majority of pcs out there, whereas DDR3 memory was in my 5-years-ago emachines "DESKTOP" So I was furious when XBOXONE resorted to outdated memory hardware. PITIFUL!!! So optimistically, I believe PS4 will offer more exclusively exciting consoles. So get revved up for this holiday season. Oh, and the PSN [network] doesn't require 50$-a-month membership---like Xbox's!!! But your allegiance will depend, I think, on where you're currently aligned (e.g.., Halo series or Playstation's wild variety of exclusives. And, not to forget to mention, Playstation already basks in its enormous popularity. I give this opinion because Playstation, simply, has created more memorable franchises than Microsoft and elevated Tony Hawk's Pro Skater to its prime state (on the Playstation One). So, if you feel like responding to this post, I would appreciate it---and, hopefully, I can keep a strong argument for the PS4, as it undeniably boosts current-gen to "2 gens further".


December 18, 2013, 6:40 pm

Yea your an idiot. For one your destiny game will be on xbox one, for two your PSN is going to charge you for full access and Xbox is $60 a year, not a month so get your facts straight. Plus xbox comes with a better functioning multiplayer experience and user interface along without any worry of being hacked like play station was along with exclusive first access to new map packs and gear from games like cod:ghost which we get months before PSN.

Patrick Toth

March 27, 2014, 6:51 pm

its 50.00 a month its 60 for a year...and I got mine for 40 for a year for online membership and playstation has one now u have to pay for as well

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