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Xbox One: A guide to the exclusive day one retail titles

We've already covered the exclusive digital titles arriving on Xbox One launch day and now it's the turn of the major retail games.

There is certainly plenty to get excited about on Xbox One launch day, although surprisingly the console is missing an exclusive FPS. That's not too much of a worry for Microsoft since it's tied up content deals with EA and Activision for Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts respectively, but still, it is surprising that the predecessor to the console many would consider the home of shooters is lacking one of its own.

So what of the exclusive games then? What has Xbox One got that will grab your attention on day one? Let's have a look shall we?

Xbox One exclusive launch titles (Retail*)

Dead Rising 3 - Capcom

The first exclusive title on our list is Dead Rising 3 from Capcom. Promising a large open world without any load times, this sounds like it'll be the next step up for the series. Of course we've already seen Dead Island (an FPS open world Zombie title) become very popular amongst gamers, so Dead Island bringing its unique style of gameplay and humour to the open world genre will no doubt prove a hit.

Dead Rising 3 follows a new protagonist named Nick Ramos in the city of Los Perdidos, California just three days after a zombie outbreak, so it's hardly original in terms of story, however, generally that's not what these games are about.

New additions include the likes of allowing players to use vehicles to get from place to place, although zombies can smash through the windows, so even when you are driving you are not safe.

The developer is also promising hundreds of weapons to choose from and second screen functionality. Add this to the next generation sheen that being on Xbox One will bring and this could very well be one to watch.

Fighter Within

Another title hitting retail is Kinect One martial arts simulator, Fighter Within. As you'd expect, Fighter Within makes full use of Kinect for Xbox One to allow players to throw punches, kicks, counters and combos in what the developer describes as the "most immersive" motion fighting game yet.

Will it deliver though? We have to admit to being sceptical, but we are willing to give it a chance.

Forza Motorsport 5

This is most likely one of the huge launch titles for Microsoft. Forza has always proven a popular series for Microsoft and there is no doubt that this latest game in the series will help shift a few consoles.

Forza 5 certainly comes with some unique features, such as Forza Vista, which lets you walk around every car, allowing you to open the doors and hop in the cockpit, you can even hear the engine sounds as they were recorded from the actual vehicle. In addition to this, Forza 5 also takes advantage of Xbox One’s Cloud Compute, which uses the ‘cloud’ to process additional information, allowing for a higher fidelity of information, such as the game constantly learning from your play style.

Based on initial impressions of the game, we were a little underwhelmed, however we are hoping that by the time launch comes our worries are resolved.

Either way, there is no doubt that Forza 5 will be one of the best looking games around come launch, so when it comes to deciding if it's for you or not, it'll all come down to whether or not you like racing games.

Ryse: Son of Rome

Crytek's latest title is also Xbox One exclusive, taking players to Rome in order to take care of some business. The game sees players take control Marius Titus, a young Roman soldier who witnesses the murder of his family at the hands of barbarian bandits, then travels with the Roman army to Britannia to seek revenge. Soon he rises through the ranks and decides his own fate, which from what we've seen will involve plenty of third person button bashing action and a fair share of quick time events.

Again it's fair to say that Ryse: Son of Rome is a rather stunning looking game, our only worry from impressions so far is that it could be all looks and no substance.

So that's the main Xbox One exclusive titles which are coming on launch day. Sure it's not a big list, but when you add in the list of all of the other launch games coming on Day One, which includes third party titles, then all of a sudden you'll find that you have a lot to choose from.

Xbox One launch titles (Those in bold are retail releases* | Those in blue are Xbox One next generation retail exclusives| Titles not bolded 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)
- Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
- Zumba Fitness: World Party (Zoë Mode, Majesco)

* Retail titles will also be released via Xbox LIVE. This articles purpose is to establish the bigger budget titles coming on day one and not those being released as digital only titles. For digital only titles see here.

Edited On 16 Oct, 2013

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Loli-Nox-Tan's avatar
Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Crimson Dragon, that is all
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
I went to a lock in to play the Xbox one at game last night got to play ryse, dead rising 3, forza 5 and killer instinct. They were all pretty dam good and looked really good as well.
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Im Going Space 3 years ago
i played the above at eurogamer, and battlefield 4 on the XBone aswell, as im sure joe did too. and i was very impressed with it. especially DR3.
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iMerle iDixon 3 years ago
Am I the only one a bit peeved by next gen so far, all this extra power behind them and all the devs seem to talk about is graphics, I don't care about that graphics can stay as they are now for all I care, I want better AI and such. Anyway on topic there is no denying that Xbox one has a better launch line up than the PS4, but I myself prefer the IPs and studios Sony has under it's belt, even if there isn't another Uncharted or God of War, they still have Naughty Dog and Santa Monica on the pay role, two great devs while Microsoft have who 343 and whoever makes Forza, who i'm not saying are bad devs but they feel like they're pigeon holed into FPS and Racing titles. The only reason I'm getting either day one though is because someone owes me £300 after they lent it a couple of years ago.
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Im Going Space 3 years ago
too true mate, at least the XBone is geared up for computing rather than fancy graphics. no doubt the PS4 titles will look better, but i hope that the xbox exclusives harness that brute force (Dead rising is though, i can say that!)
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
After playing Ryse the fighting seems a bit like assassins creed in a way but harder you have to time your blocks to parry and attack when the guard is down, it was the multiplayer mode I played which seems like it could be fun the good thing was it was not all quick time events for the fighting once you have damaged them enough you execute them if you want which is the quick time event but not more so than say god of war or something like that. Forza not much to say about its a racing game so you know what you are getting into though it does look really good the detail in the cars is great, the controller felt a bit strange with the vibrations in the triggers but I quickly got used to it. Dead Rising was the best that I played it fells like the older ones but not as chunky and the massive amounts of zombies with no slowdown as you cut them to bits is always good, you no longer have to go to a workbench to craft either I managed to make a sort of rocket gloves with giant blades on them and was able to "shoryuken" the zombies with him even shouting it which is always fun.

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