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Xbox One: A look at the Digital launch games

The Xbox One is released in just over one month's time, so we've decided to take some time out and have a quick look a the day one digital exclusive launch titles.

So let's get started shall we?

Crimson Dragon

First unveiled in 2011 at the Tokyo Game Show for Xbox 360, Crimson Dragon disappeared off the radar for a while, before eventually being re-revealed at E3 2012 for Xbox One.

The game is an on-the-rails shooter, seen as a spiritual successor to the Panzer Dragoon series, not only because of its similar gameplay but also due to the former game's director, Yukio Futatsugi and one of its composer Saori Kobayashi being on board.

Originally a Kinect only game, Crimson Dragon now supports Kinect and Controller support simultaneously, which should please those for whom motion gaming is more of an annoyance than an experience.

One of the game's main features is Draco Connection, which allows you to call in some back-up from online friends, so If your friends register their dragon online, you can summon them to help you, and they'll get reward items in return.

Here's a video to give you an idea of what to expect.

Killer Instinct 

Killer Instinct is a digital fighting game developed by Double Helix Games and Rare. The game, which arrives exclusively for Xbox One,  was first announced at the Microsoft E3 2013 Press Conference. 

This one is a little different in that rather than being a free-to-play game, it'll follow a specific pricing strategy which will allow you to purchase fighters individually or all together in one pack. On day one you'll be able to download a demo featuring Jago as the only playable character, which will include his story and other game modes. Then, if you wish, you'll be able to purchase a full game pack or even individual characters. 

So far the following characters have been announced:

- B. Orchid
- Cinder
- Fulgore
- Glacius
- Jago
- Sabrewulf
- Spinal
- Thunder
- Sadira

Once again, here's a video to give you an idea of what to expect.


Coming from the developers of Splosion Man, LocoCycle introduces us to an unconventional protagonist - a bike named I.R.I.S. Coming armed with blades, handguns, nuclear technology and knowing how to handle herself in forty four forms of unarmed combat, I.R.I.S is a pretty kick ass character. Not only that, but she is also Fluent in multiple languages. Not bad for a bike.

Looking at the video below the game kind of looks like a cross between Road Rash and Chase HQ, which is pretty brilliant in our book. We just hope the gameplay is as fun as it looks.

What do you think?

Peggle 2

By far and away the stand out digital title for us is Peggle 2. We don't know a great deal about it, but if the first game's addictive nature is anything to go by then this is already a winner.

Peggle 2 introduces new Masters, a new audio engine, new level objectives and more. The main focus though seems to be on the new Masters, which have all-new powers to compliment the original's highly addictive, simple gameplay. Popcap also promises to focus on the unique features that Xbox One provides, which could be interesting.

Perhaps best of all is that the game looks absolutely stunning thanks to the power of the new consoles.

Peggle 2 will arrive on other formats, but for now is a timed exclusive launch for Xbox One.

Here's a look at one of the new Masters.

Powerstar Golf

You'd be forgiven for taking one look at this Brighton developed golf title and thinking it came from Sony's Clap Handz studio, given its similarities to Everybody's Golf. In fact if you removed the well designed, chiselled characters and replaced them with those from Sony's title you'd probably not be able to see the difference at all. 

In a way this is most probably a good thing, because if it plays anywhere near as well as the PlayStation title then Zoe Mode are on to a winner. But does it? This is something we won't be able to tell you until nearer the time, but for now what we can tell you is that it'll be a very social game, allowing you to compare scores with friends at each hole and even allowing you to use the power of the cloud to upload clips of your best shots for all to see.

The main characters look interesting, while the game itself seems very polished. We won't be able to tell you more until we get hands on, but this could be one to keep an eye on, especially for those sports fans looking for a downloadable fix.

So there we have it. The exclusive day one digital titles for Xbox One that have been confirmed so far.

As you may know, even retail releases will be available to download on day one. Here's a list of all of the games confirmed for release digitally on Xbox One so far:

Xbox One launch titles (Digital Releases / Those in bold are digital only)

- Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
- Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
- Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision)
- Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
- Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft)
- FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
- Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft)
- Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)
- Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
- Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios)
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive)
- Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios)
- Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
- NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
- NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
- Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts)
- Peggle 2 (Popcap, Electronic Arts)
- Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios)
- Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)
- Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
- Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
- Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
- Zumba Fitness: World Party (Zoë Mode, Majesco)

What stands out for you?

Edited On 11 Oct, 2013

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KingJingaling27 3 years ago
Fulgore and Cinder have not yet been officially revealed for Killer Instinct yet... Do you know something we don't Joe?
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Joe2120 3 years ago
Maybe. If I did I wouldn't tell you tho haha
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KingJingaling27 3 years ago
Of course not! Really hope Fulgore makes the season one cut though, buying my Xbox One and a new fightstick just for this!
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Whitey 3 years ago
If they are more expensive or the same as retail box copies then I don't care about digital games.
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Darrell 3 years ago
Has Microsoft or Sony said anything about their digital pricing for the games yet? That will really determine whether I go digital this gen or not. If they carry on charging far more than a retail disc, then they can forget it lol :)
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SIMON 3 years ago
I'm a bit confused about the digital downloads for Xbox One. I thought Microsoft wanted to get more people using digital downloads yet they are making it very hard to go down that route at launch. They are now offering pre-order bonuses for several games but with no option to pre-order the digital versions so it looks like anyone wanting to do away with discs this gen will lose out! I guess originally it didn't matter too much since the disc was just an alternative to downloading, but now the policies have changed they need more incentives for digital downloads!
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SIMON 3 years ago
Nevermind!.. http://n4g.com/news/1341160/pre-order-bonus-content-for-digital-downloads-confirmed-for-xbox-one

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