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Next Generation Xbox: A Look at the Possible Launch Titles

Posted on May 18, 2013 at 10:16 am by Stephen Wood

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A few days from now, the next generation of Microsoft’s Xbox will be revealed to the world. The system will probably be used for a lot of social features but at its core, I think it’s the games you can play on the new system that will define it. In this article, I will explore the games I think will be available at or near launch. I will also list some games I hope will be announced either at the Microsoft event or a couple of weeks later at E3. I give you Next generation Xbox: A Look at the Possible Launch Titles.

Games We Know About

Destiny

Destiny

Back in February, Bungie lifted the veil on Destiny. An ambitious project that is supposed to revolutionize the way we play games. Not much is known of this game yet but the little we do know is enough to get us excited at the prospect of what it could be and what the new system could do. Described as an action game set in a “mythic science fiction” setting that will have dynamic events that are triggered by players and not the developers. This may seem like a typical MMO but Bungie has gone on record to say that it’s more than that. I for one am very excited for this game having been a huge Halo fan for many years.

Call of Duty: Ghosts

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What would be a year without another new Call of Duty? It’s safe to say that Call of Duty has been dominating the gaming market since the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare but despite having an annual release since then, has showed no signs of slowing down. About a week ago, they released the trailer for the next entry in the series entitled Call of Duty: Ghosts. Not much is known beyond the trailer but what you can be sure of is that this game will continue its dominance into the next gen and I for one am excited to see just how it does it.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

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Another annual gaming series, Assassin’s Creed has taken us through time with the likes of Desmond, Altair, Ezio and Connor. A series with endless possibilities, this time they send us to the Caribbean at a time when it was dominated by pirates. Promising us more of the excellent naval warfare introduced in Assassin’s Creed 3 and other new features such as underwater exploration, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag looks to wow us once again with its solid storyline and impressive graphics. I thought I was getting a little tired of this series but the trailer pulled me right back in, let’s just hope it fares better than the previous outing and can show us once again how fun being an assassin can be.

Watch Dogs

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Ubisoft Montreal makes a second appearance on this list and for good reason, no not because it’s my hometown but rather the announcement of a new IP called Watch Dogs. An open world game that sees the protagonist, Aiden Pearce, run around the city Grand Theft Auto style to solve various objectives. In this game however, Aiden’s best weapon is not his gun or fists but rather his cell phone that can help him hack in the world around him. This is one of the first true next-gen games we saw announced and it may be the best.

My Wish List Of Unannounced Games

Fallout 4

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The Xbox 360 gave new life to an old franchise when Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas were released on the system a few years ago. The post apocalyptic RPG was very well received by both critics and fans. I think Fallout 4 would be the perfect game to introduce us to the power and scope of the new system. It was one of the best RPGs on the Xbox 360 and I suspect it might do the same on the next generation Xbox.

Red Dead Redemption 2

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Red Dead Redemption was a game that came out of nowhere and it was awesome. I was a late adopter of this game but once I got on the saddle, I was instantly hooked. It’s been a while since its release so what better time than to come out at the start of the new console? With Grand Theft Auto V coming out in the fall, Rockstar should dust off the fedora and give us what we have been asking for!

Star Wars: Battlefront

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This pick might surprise some of you but it shouldn’t. Star Wars: Battlefront was one of my favorite games to play on the PS2. I remember clamoring for it to be brought to the Xbox 360 just to play it on multiplayer. To me, it was a no brainer but unfortunately, it was not meant to be. The project was cancelled and shelved when Disney purchased LucasArts. Now that EA has been tapped to bring us new Star Wars games, maybe they could clean up the work that was already done and release the definitive version of Battlefront. I’m not holding my breath but I am desperately hoping for it and soon.

The Condemned 3

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Survival horror games are hands down my favorite. I love nothing more than turning off the lights, cranking the surround sound and immersing myself in the scariest game possible. The Condemned was one of the first games on the Xbox 360 and to this day I still think it’s the scariest. Walking into the abandoned mall with suspicious mannequins as broken Christmas tunes played in the background is still one of my favorite gaming memories. The Dead Space and the Resident Evil series opted to turn their franchises into action as opposed to horror so I think it’s time to bring back The Condemned to bring the scares back to gamers everywhere.

The Other Stuff

XBLA

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The Xbox Live Arcade was the biggest surprise to me when I think of the Xbox 360. I never thought the games would turn out to be so good that they would one day win Game of the Year on many people’s lists. The library of games on the XBLA is simply amazing. Titles such as Minecraft, The Walking Dead, Shadow Complex, Castle Crashers, Braid, Costume Quest, Trials: Evolution, Super Meat Boy and many more have captivated gamers around the world. I hope the next generation Xbox can build on this legacy and continue to give us innovative games at reasonable prices.

New IPs

New-IPs

Finally, I think it’s the new IPs that will really define the new system. The Xbox 360 brought a lot of new IPs to the table and many of them would find themselves on my Top 10 games released throughout its cycle. Bioshock, Gears of War, Mass Effect, Assassin’s Creed and many more were all introduced on the current gen and they were all spectacular. Destiny and Watch Dogs have already been announced but I look forward to seeing many more new franchises being born on the next generation Xbox.

I look forward to seeing the games on the new system as they are the core reason I will buy it. You can add a ton of new features that will make it an integral part of your living room but in the end, it’s the games that will keep me coming and I have no reason to believe that the next generation Xbox won’t deliver. I hope you enjoyed my “Next generation Xbox: A Look at the Possible Launch Titles” article and get to read my “Next Generation Xbox: System Predictions and Wish List” article as well.

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    • I think something Microsoft needs to pull out at one of the coming events is at the very least, one exclusive that is a must have. Destiny, AC, Watchdogs, these are games I absolutely want on next gen. But they are on both consoles. PS4 right now has Killzone (of which I’m a huge fan) to set itself appart. I hope Sony shows us more (good) exclusive stuff at E3, and I think xbox needs to show some exclusive stuff at their announcement this week. And not some Dance Central 4 bs. Not some Call Of Duty exclusive dlc. They need an omg a new Halo type of announcement!

      • Stephen-Alva Wood

        I think MS will have exclusives announced at E3 but I think they will be in the form of new IPs. If they do announce sequels to current exclusive franchises, I think it will be in the form of a new Forza or maybe even Fable. They could tease the next Halo but I doubt it will be anywhere near the launch.

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