Xbox One owners, our patience has been rewarded, and our time has come. The post launch drought is nearly over, and the next two months are packed with games worth playing on Microsoft’s newest machine. PS4 owners have had their turn, time for the Xbox One get what it deserves.
Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is a game that I never saw coming. When I heard EA and Popcap were taking the PvZ license and applying it to a class based shooter for the Xbox One, I nearly died laughing. However, after watching extensive preview footage of the game, I think its safe to say that EA may have a somewhat solid game on their hands here. It appears that the developers have taken the time to balance the various classes and weapons, and the maps are bursting with suburban American goodness. The game seems to remind me of Team Fortress 2, or Monday Night Combat: crowded, hectic, and team based.
The LEGO Movie Videogame
The Lego games are known in the games industry to be solid, yet rather repetitive puzzle platformers. (light on the puzzles, forgiving on the platforms.) However, there’s no denying the charm these titles possess, and the official game of the upcoming Lego movie will likely continue this trend. While this game is available on multiple platforms, Xbox One owners with younger gamers, or those who enjoy less stressful gaming experiences should give the Lego games a look.
The return of Thief is finally here, and Eidos Montreal is bringing the classic stealth series back with a next generation entry on the Xbox One. Thief is notable as one of the first major IP releases in 2014 (besides Tomb Raider) with marquee versions on both next generation systems, as well as support for the PC and last generation consoles. Thief is shaping up to be the most anticipated stealth title since Dishonored.
What began life as a Wii U title is now set to launch on the Xbox One, over a year after the game was originally set to release as a Nintendo exclusive. However, Nintendo’s loss is everyone else’s gain, as Rayman Legends is a joy to play, and making it available to as many platforms as possible is a very good thing. If you already own the title on another console, there isn’t much new here, but if you own an Xbox One and are in dire need of an excellent platformer, Rayman Legends is your best bet.
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes
Taking place a year after Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes serves as the prologue to Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain.
Ground Zeroes is essentially a bridge, connecting players to the plot that will eventually unfold when The Phantom Pain releases. Regardless of function, Ground Zeroes looks to feature the same classic Metal Gear gameplay with new tweaks to the formula. It’s amazing to see Konami to continue to support the Xbox platform, especially with a full-scale Metal Gear title.
Titanfall is without a doubt, the most anticipated title of Q1 2014. I’d even go so far as to say that it is the most anticipated title of March, despite the fact that the game is not coming to any PlayStation platforms. Titanfall comes from Respawn Entertainment, a studio founded by Jason West and Vince Zampella, the pair of creators responsible for taking Call of Duty, and making it a worldwide phenomenon. Titanfall is a FPS that sees players facing off in teams of 6, attempting to take control of large mech suits known as Titans. From what we’ve seen thus far, it appears that controlling the Titans will be key in winning online battles, and this asymmetrical twist on team based game play is why a ton of people are dying to play this game.
Xbox One owners don’t have to wait too long to experience Titanfall, as it appears that the beta is coming soon.
There you have it, six awesome games coming to the Xbox One in less than two months. Have any games we missed on this list? Let us know.