Grand Theft Auto V
One of the best Xbox 360 games is now one of the best on the Xbox One. GTA has received a graphical overhaul and now it looks even better, with realistic weather, accurate textures and highly detailed faces. There’s a new first person view too, which is surprisingly fun and gives a new dimension to the game.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Set in an alternate reality where the Nazi’s were victorious, the latest Wolfenstein game is a reboot for the series and a fantastic one at that. The story is strong, with impressive writing and characters. Graphics are great too, with environments offering a variety in the gameplay. A fun shooter that breaks the tedium of countless Call of Duty releases.
Forza Horizon 2
We’e already mentioned Forza Horizon 2 in our best racing game round-up, but the best racer on Xbox One deserves a spot here too. Packed with cars, swooping, detailed locations from across Europe and plenty of things to do, if you want a game to really show off your new system, this is it.
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Lord of the Rings related games, up until this point, have been somewhat disappointing. All that ended though with the release of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, a beautiful, exciting game that really takes advantage of the next-gen systems. The real key here though is the Nemesis system, which pits you against Uruks (a more powerful Orc) and the outcome of the battles can change how the game acts. Beat them and you’ll weaken Sauron’s army, lose and the victor will level up, become stronger and hunt you down again.
Virtual versions of one our favourite horror films have been fairly dull, but Isolation is a tense stealth game deserving of the Alien name. You play as Amanda Ripley, daughter of the hero from the movies as you search a deserted space station to track down a lost flight recorder. One small issue though, there’s a blood thirsty Alien on the loose that’s hunting you down. Isolation does a few things well, especially the mechanic that means you can’t actually kill the Alien, you just have to dodge and avoid it. It feels distinctly like the original film, rather that the more action packed sequel.
The Evil Within
It's a long-awaited return to survival horror for Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, and his dark Bethesda title is causing ripples in the gaming world with its chills and flagrant gore. In truth, it's not quite as "weird" as some would have you believe, the demo we saw – with Mikami in attendance – stealing set pieces rather liberally from a variety of horror sources including Silent Hill, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hostel, Ring, The Shining, Night of The Living Dead and, of course, the Resident Evil series itself. That said, it looks absolutely terrifying, and the use of audio to scare the bejesus out of you promises to be its calling card.
Bungie's post-Halo IP boasts a persistent online world, where you are one of the last humans, living in the last human city on Earth. There is shooting involved and Borderlands-style questing along with PvP open world combat.
It’s hard to know what to make of this shooter from Insomniac, the makers of Resistance and, er… FUSE… but it is about as barmy as a sack full of spanners. The game’s lithe cartoon-like protagonist leaps across rooftops, slides down ziplines and, at one point, surfs down a building on a teatray.
Trailer: Sunset Overdrive
Tom Clancy's The Division
Inspired by rather terrifying research proving it would only take 5 days for social order to collapse after lengthy calamity, The Division tasks players with saving the world after a pandemic strikes. Players are sleeper cell operatives who have to restore order to a beleaguered New York armed with a gun and a bag of hi-tech gizmos such as body-heat-seaking grenades and remote controlled drones. Imagine a cross between I Am Alive and Splinter Cell: Blacklist and you’re starting to get the picture.
Remedy, the developers behind Max Payne and Alan Wake, has positioned their new game – Quantum Break – as the IP that will blur the lines between TV and videogames. According to the pitch, choices players make in the game’s campaign will affect its TV show portions, which in turn can be monitored for tips on how best to proceed through the game’s plot. It all sounds quite high minded, but visually, it reminds us of one of the time bending sci fi show Flash/Forward. We expect gunplay and reality warping in equal measure.
Trailer: Quantum Break
Star Wars Battlefront
After nearly eight years following the release of the last Battlefront, a new addition to the critically acclaimed series was looking increasingly unlikely. Very brief footage teasing a battle on Hoth at this years E3 therefore came as very exciting and welcome surprise. Although very little is known about the new instalment in terms of a release date or platform information, we do know that this game is being developed by DICE, and will run on Frostbite 3 - the successor to Battlefield 3's Frostbite 2 engine. With the might of both Lucasfilm and EA behind them, this game promises to reignite this franchise in spectacular fashion. Excited about this one, you should be.
Trailer: Star Wars Battlefront
Dead Rising 3
Zombies. Guns. Baseball bats. A grizzled survivor. Table saws. Zombies. Weapons crafting. Vehicles. Tactical gameplay based around outwitting zombies. Dark atmosphere. Zombies. A vast open world filled with… you guessed it: zombies. What other ingredients do you require? Oh. You want the ability to tape a buzzsaw to a hammer so you can toss it at a zombie and literally cut them in two. Well you can do that too. The end of the world looks like a fun place to be…
Trailer: Dead Rising 3
Ryse: Son of Rome
What once looked like a rather fiddly and unsatisfactory title crammed down Xbox 360 owners’ throats with the Kinect module now is a rather decent (and bloody) swords and sandals epic. Players take on the role of a commander in the Roman Army and juggle visceral swordplay with the ability to marshal and command their squad.
Trailer: Ryse: Son of Rome
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The Phantom Pain looks like the most compelling installment in the series yet; the trailer promised open world environments, dynamic weather systems, stealth gameplay, third person shooter action and even the odd section on horseback. Onlookers may even look past the game's preposturous plot - which it's almost certainly guaranteed to have!
Trailer: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Dragon Age III: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition expands on the series to deliver one of Bioware’s most ambitious titles to date. The Mass Effect 3 developers have given greater emphasis on party members as well as a storyline that can be heavily influenced by player decisions. The title also hopes to vastly expand its in-game environments, making good use of the Frostbite 3 engine, and even allows fans to important their save files from the previous two instalments.
Trailer: Dragon Age III: Inquisition
Mirror's Edge 2
Despite not selling that many, a return of Dice's futuristic dystopia of free-running and statement walls has been clamoured for hard, and EA is satisfying the demand. A reboot rather than a sequel – hence no number two at the end of the title and that star Faith seen getting her famous tattoos in the preview – it looks very similar to the original, but with nice, next-geny graphics. Beating up henchmen in design-classic interiors has never looked better.
Trailer: Mirror's Edge 2
Need for Speed: Rivals
Criterion Games' new cops and robbers racing franchise riffs of its successfully chaotic last instalment, Most Wanted, and in particular the rather excellent Wii U retooling, which showed the developers' ability to make the most of any tech at their disposal. Here, that's shown two-fold: the cloud and online capabilities of the next-gen system are pushing "persistent worlds", and Rivals' AllDrive tech means single-player, co-operative and competitive multiplayer all operate in one universe.
Trailer: Need for Speed: Rivals
The first game from Respawn – the studio that was started by the Infinity Ward people whose split from Activision couldn’t have been more acrimonious – Titanfall pits armoured ground troops against massive battle mechs in firefights that both borrow from and augment the rewards-for-kills gameplay first made popular in the first two modern warfare games.
A short trailer was purposely elusive about the exact nature of Below. What we do know is that the art style is decidedly indie - reminiscent of the likes of Braid, Bastion and Fez - and you'll be spending your time battling minions in subterranean darkness, searching for lovely loot. Past that, we really can't tell you what's going on, but it looks really pretty and it's exclusive to Xbox One.
The latest game by Swery, the bloke behind the utterly batshit insane horror game Deadly Premonitions looks… well, it’s hard to say, really. We can tell you the graphics are cel-shaded, that it hints that all is not well with the game’s central characters and that it looks very unsettling. We’re prepared to plump for D4 off the back of Swery’s rep alone. After all, Deadly Premonition is one of the last-gen’s truly essential games and if this guy can bang out that on a shoe-string budget imagine what he can do with Microsoft’s bank balance behind him.
The Witcher 3
Blood, guts, sex and magic; The Witcher series sees its next installment land on Xbox One exclusively. According to developer CD Projeckt, The Witcher 3 will be a free-roaming game set in an open world and both Smartglass and Kinect will be optional gameplay extras. We’re not really bothered so long as The Witcher continues to be to gaming what Game Of Thrones is to TV: sword and sorcery at its most adult and compelling.
Trailer: The Witcher 3
Minecraft Xbox One Edition
It’s Minecraft, but on the Xbox One. Ok so that’s not all. Thanks to the increased graphical grunt of the new Xbox you’ll be able to create some of the largest worlds, with bigger mines, bigger castles, more monsters and even more players online.
Trailer: Minecraft Xbox One Edition
Halo Master Chief Collection
Now here was a real surprise; sure Master Chief and the Xbox brand have their fortunes intertwined to a vivid degree, but after Halo 4 dropped last year we thought it’d be a while before we saw ol’ shell-head again. Early footage sees Chief ambling through a gorgeous desert vista dressed in rags before coming face to face with a giant robot. What does this tell us? Well that Master Chief is back and he’ll be fighting giant robots, which is more than enough to be getting on with.
There may be limited gameplay footage, but it's worth a mention purely because we're a bit obsessed with Mel Gibson's titular character. Here we see him seemingly sparing a man's life before running him over with the Road Warrior. The dusty setting and film history to draw from bode well, as does the stinking great gun on the front of your ride.
Billed as the next evolutionary step in the open-world arcade racer, The Crew is basically Need For Speed: Most Wanted built to the size of World Of Warcraft. Players are let loose in a 5,000-sq-km map of the USA filled with huge cities, rural back-roads, mountain passes, arid deserts and woodland lanes. They can team up with mates and strangers on the fly, but essentially the draw here is to win races, rack up XP and unlock the game’s myriad automobile delights. This is a game that turns the USA into one giant racing circuit and its ambition is, quite frankly, astounding.
Dark Souls II
Every game on this list has a certain amount of hype to live up to, but none of them are facing the amount of pressure that's currently heaped on Dark Souls II. The sequel to one of the most rabidly adored core RPG knock-outs ever created, Dark Souls II has a massive mountain of expectations to climb. We can only hope fans' fears are quelled upon release, otherwise you could be looking at one of the biggest twitter flame wars in history.
Trailer: Dark Souls II |