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Top 5 Xbox One Games of 2013

Posted on December 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm by Stephen Wood

There’s no denying that the journey for the Xbox One in 2013 was an interesting one. Mixed messages, policy reversals, confusing marketing decisions were just some of the issues that plagued the console as it approached its release. In the end however, a pretty solid machine was released on November 22, and gamers got to enjoy everything it has to offer. Microsoft might want to push the Xbox One’s all-in-one media center as the main reason to buy the console but as gamer, what always interested me the most was the games. Despite only being a month old, I present to you the Top 5 Xbox One games of 2013.

5. Ryse: Son of Rome

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This game’s journey very much mirrors the Xbox One’s in the sense that when it was presented at E3 this year, the reviews were mixed at best. However, as the game got closer to launch, it was clear that maybe Ryse had more than meets the eye. It is by no means a perfect game but it offers a decent story with some fun, gory action for those who like that type of thing. The Roman setting is captured brilliantly as you truly feel immersed in the experience. The graphics are jaw dropping and showcase the Xbox One’s capabilities maybe more than any other game on this list. Repetitive action, a serious lack of enemy variety and a short campaign time prevent it from being higher on the list but it still deserves a spot as it’s definitely worth playing.

4. Battlefield 4

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EA’s answer to the Call of Duty series was launched alongside its biggest competitor this year and I only had room for one on my list. Although Call of Duty continued to do what it does best, Battlefield 4 was simply better which is why it earned its spot as #4. The 64 player battles are not only fun to play but also epic to watch. The crisp looking graphics amplify the experience and makes this game the most realistic war simulation I have ever played. It does come with its fair load of issues though, including server issues, dropped frame rates and an extremely short campaign that is forgettable at best. EA promised to fix some of these issues but for now, we are left with a buggy experience until a patch it released. Still, this game is incredible and should be on all gamers Christmas lists.

3. Forza 5

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The newest entry in the Forza Motorsport franchise is so pretty and fun that Microsoft used this game to demo their new console at preview events around the world. Never have cars looked this good in a video game. Forza 5 also introduced a next-gen feature that they named “drivatars” which studies your driving style and then builds an AI version of yourself for your friends to race against. This allows you to level up while you are away at work or school. This neat feature brings the tried and true car racing mechanic to a whole new level. The amount of cars may be lower than previous entries but the ultra realism in the cars you do have make this a worthy purchase. If you enjoy racing games than Forza 5 is a no brainer, but even if you aren’t, this game might still be worth checking out.

2. Dead Rising 3

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When a new console is released, a lot of people think about how better games will look on the new systems but it’s not always about how a game looks. Sometimes it’s about how a game plays and Dead Rising 3 showcases the Xbox One’s capabilities in that regard. Boasting hundreds of zombies on screen at once without a drop in frame rate, navigating the open world without any loading screens and other neat little features make this game a must have. This is easily the best entry in the Dead Rising series and might even be the best zombie game in the market right now. The game isn’t only fun to play but the customization of the costumes, vehicles and weapons make you feel in total control of the game.

The story is forgettable but some of the characters you’ll come across on your adventure are unique and hilarious. Unfortunately, the game is plagued by a lack of depth and it’s in-game timer forces you to rush through the game — causing you to miss a lot of the side-missions, which are often more fun than the regular storyline. Despite its issues, I would recommend this game to anyone who owns an Xbox One.

1. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

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The Assassin’s Creed series has been a powerhouse ever since Altair graced us with his presence on the Xbox 360 in 2007. It was easily one of the best series in the last generation of consoles, so it came to no one’s surprise that it would continue its legacy on the Xbox One. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag takes the best features from all the previous games in the series and improves them. Naval battles, a huge variety of side quests, underwater exploration and a solid online multiplayer mode are just some of the features this game has to offer. AC4 is a complete package with a strong story and compelling protagonist which obviously adds to the overall enjoyment of this title.

The Caribbean is the perfect setting to showcase the consoles graphic power. Comparing the game to it’s Xbox 360 counterpart shows the superior level of detail achieved on the Xbox One. AC4 is simply the best game the next-gen console has to offer. This is why above all others, I recommend you buy this game first on your Xbox One.

Honorable Mentions: Peggle 2 & Killer Instinct

One of the best things to come out of the last generation of consoles is the rise of the independent game market. Minecraft, Super Meat Boy, Castle Crashers, Braid and many other games were some of the best to come out on the Xbox 360. The Xbox One doesn’t have a big release slate of independent games, yet. However, the ID program looks to continue to give the smaller game developers a chance to shine. Currently, there are two games available that deserve a mention for those who game on a budget. Don’t get me wrong, these games might be cheaper but they can be just as fun as some of the triple A titles listed in this article. Peggle 2 and Killer Instinct are solid experiences that appeal to a wide range of gamers.

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Killer Instinct is a fighting game that appeals to both fans of the original series and to newcomers. It employs a free-to-play model where you get access to the full game with a single character and gives you the opportunity to unlock the rest of the characters by either paying for them individually or as a pack. The mechanics are simple to grasp, but deep enough for those who want to spend time learning the combos to devastating effect. It’s visually stunning and fun to pick up with a friend for a couple head to head matches.
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Peggle 2 is a must-have for anyone who enjoyed the original on the Xbox 360. Better characters, a variety of new modes, fun animations in every level, and new music are just some of the features that make this game awesome. It’s extremely simple to play but very hard to master. It relies as much on skill as it does on luck. This game is just a pure joy and I strongly recommend it.

Dishonorable Mention: Fighter Within

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This list was designed to inform people of the best experiences on the Xbox One and to help everyone make a decision on which games to get if they decide to purchase one. I would be doing a huge disservice to everyone if I didn’t mention the one game I would tell you to avoid at all costs. Fighter Within is the type of game that gives Kinect a bad reputation. Bland characters, bad graphics and worst of all, unresponsive gameplay are just some of the things that make this game almost unplayable. If you really want to shadow box with Kinect, play a boxing class in Xbox Fitness. It’s free and responsive.

The Xbox One has a lot to offer and I look forward to 2014 to see what new gaming experiences come our way. If you scored one at launch or if Santa has you covered, I hope this list helps you make an informed decision on which titles to pick up and avoid. Seriously, don’t even glance at Fighter Within, it’s that bad!

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