Xbox One: 8 Exclusive Games at Launch

When the Xbox One gets launched on November 22, these eight games will be exclusive to the console–that is to say, they will not be available on the PS4 or the PC. The Playstation 4 will be released on November 15. If you’re on the fence between getting an Xbox One or a PS4, knowing which games will be exclusive to the Xbox One may help you decide.


Ryse: Son of Rome

Xbox One exclusive launch games



In Ryse: Son of Rome, the player takes control of fictional Roman general Marius Titus in a cinematic recreation of the Roman Empire. The story is an epic tale that follows his entire life, from adolescence to avenging his family’s death and restoring the honor of Rome. The website proclaims: “Fight as a soldier. Lead as a general. Rise as a legend.”

The gameplay focuses on hand-to-hand combat, and you can command Roman infantry into vicious melees using Kinect voice commands and gestures.

In the multi-player mode, players fight against each other inside of a gladiator-style arena.


Forza Motorsport 5




Forza Motorsport 5 will come with 14 circuits 200 cars from over 15 manufacturers, with more continuously available as downloadable content. So far the confirmed tracks are Bathurst, the Swiss Alps, and Silverstone Circuit, all of which in Forza Motorsport 4. Forza 5 will have a richly-detailed recreation of Prague.

For the first time players will be able to drive the Dallara DW12 IndyCar and Formula One cars. Other cares include the 2013 McLaren P1, 2012 Ferrari F12berlinetta, 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, 2013 Chevrolet #1 Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12, and the 2012 Pagani Huayra, the sexy red machine pictured above.

Two other racing games will be available on the November 22 Xbox One launch, LocoCycle, and Need for Speed: Rivals. Forza Motorsport will be the only one exclusive to the Xbox One.


Crimson Dragon




Humans have colonized a faraway planet inhabited by dragons, and they have learned to mount these dragons and fly around on them to blast their enemies out of the sky.

Crimson Dragon is a “rail shooter,” which means that the player follow a specific route on the screen. The game is something of a sequel to the Panzer Dragoon series, which had similar shoot-em-up gameplay and many of the same staff.

The controls use a dual analog setup, and there is some Kinect functionality. There will be over 100 skills, six types of dragons, and a multiplayer co-op game for three players.


Xbox Fitness




Xbox Fitness will let you work out with famous trainers such as Jillian Michaels, Tony Horton, Shaun T, and Tracy Anderson, pictured above.

Using the Kinect, the game will monitor your power, form, and heart rate, so you can get the most of your workout. The Kinect promises to be more precise, more intuitive, and more responsive than the previous model. Information on this Xbox One title is rather scant as of right now.

Zumba Fitness will be released on November 22 as well, but will not be exclusive to the Xbox One.


Dead Rising 3




While the zombie-based video game market is a bit saturated lately, Dead Rising 3 looks to be a promising addition to the survival-horror genre.

Three years after the events of Dead Rising 2, young mechanic Nick Ramos is caught in a zombie outbreak in fictional Los Perdidos, California. He must load up on weapons and supplies and help lead his new buddies out of the city before a military strike blasts it to ashes.

In Dead Rising 3, you can explore an environment larger than the last two incarnations of the series combined. The enhanced technology of the Xbox One can render more zombies on screen than ever before. You can invent new weapons of your own to better slaughter the undead, like the gruesome sledgehammer/saw hybrid pictured above. More emphasis is placed on driving vehicles than in the previous games.

The game will integrate the Kinect and the Xbox Smartglass. Noises that the player makes will influence the zombies; you must be silent if you’re trying to hide, or you can yell at them to lure them.


The Fighter Within




One of two fighting games launching on November 22 that will be exclusively on the Xbox One, The Fighter Within, is a new type of fighting game. Instead of mashing buttons and jerking around a controller, the players must act out their attacks physically, kicking and punching and jumping in their living rooms. The player’s movements will allow their character to do all the counters, throws, combos, and special moves one would expect from a fighting fame. You can play one-player or against a friend. The graphics are absolutely stunning.

According to the official Ubisoft website: “Enter a world of sweat, timing, and training. Brawling with your friends will never feel the same again.”

It’s only a matter of time until someone accidently does a flying kick right through their HD flat screen.


Powerstar Golf




Powerstar Golf is an arcade-style golf simulation set in lush, cartoonish environments.

The control scheme and the overall concept is similar to Hot Shots Golf, as you use a swing where you tap the button thrice in a row to get the right power and accuracy. Each character has different attributes and skills, such as a more powerful swing or a “magnetic shot.”


Killer Instinct




The last game in the Killer Instinct series was 1996’s Killer Instinct 2. This long-overdue update on the classic fighting game will have an advanced combo-and-counter system.

Killer Instinct for the Xbox One will feature six characters at launch, with two more added in the months that follow, and a “second season” of characters after that. There will be a free demo of the game with only one playable character, and that character will alternate.


Whether you’re looking to tone your glutes or splatter zombie hordes with a sledgehammer, one of these 8 exclusive Xbox One launch games might be just right for you.

By K. Elsner







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