We’re back again today with our mid-year update on the games to keep an eye out for, and today we’re looking at Xbox One titles. Microsoft have been trying hard to pick up the pieces after a disastrous reveal of the console last year, but they’ve been able to shed most of the bad press surrounding those initial platform ideals that had everyone’s feathers ruffled, and they’ve built a decent lineup of exclusives to close out 2014 with.
So without further ado, let’s talk about the games you should have on your radar.
The Fable franchise continues forward with Fable Legends, which is being developed by Lionhead Studios, the same developer behind all the Fable games.
This adventure back to the land of Albion is putting a heavy focus on co-op gaming, offering team play for up to four heroes at once. If you’re short on friends to bring along with you, the game will drop AI companions to watch your back. Or you could also play as the villain, which is a single-player experience that greatly differs from the hero’s campaign, focusing on a mixture of tower defence and real-time strategy. Microsoft brought Fable Legends to E3 with them, which gave us an opportunity to see the game in action.
We still don’t have a release date but it is still scheduled to land sometime this autumn, and they’re currently taking applicants for a beta that will take place between now and then. Microsoft is thought to have a significant presence at Gamescom this year, so there’s a good chance we’ll see and hear more about Fable Legends at that time.
We know it seems a little odd for this game to be on our Xbox One list since it recently came out on PC and is about to launch on both PS3 and PS4, but at the time of our original preview, it was only announced on Xbox platforms.
Plants vs Zombies took a bit of a different turn with Garden Warfare, abandoning the traditional gameplay of the series in favour of third-person shooter mechanics. That didn’t affect the game’s charm, however, as all the characters you know and love are back, but this time you can take direct control and fight with other players over Xbox Live. Garden Warfare originally launched back in late February for Xbox One, and it was generally well received, despite being such a leap from the previous games.
If you’ve been waiting to get in on the Plants vs Zombies action, this might be an opportune time as the asking price at retail has come down slightly since launch, and we’ve seen three different content packs make their way to the game, all adding new perks or maps, and all available for free.
Though it didn’t receive a ton of press when the Xbox One launched, Project Spark has been in open beta since that time, and is currently available right now from the Xbox Live store.
Project Spark is a game built on the idea of constructing your own video game levels and sharing them across the internet. This is another title Microsoft brought with them to E3, so we got to see a spiffy new trailer showing off some of the possibilities. Microsoft also teased that some of the assets from the Conker’s Bad Fur Day series may be coming to the game, as well as some sci-fi themed content.
Project Spark will be launching sometime this autumn as a free-to-play digital title with micro-transactions for additional content. There will also be a disc-based version of the game at retail that will come with six additional packs of content not included in the free version.
If you’ve been waiting since last year to hear some exciting news regarding Quantum Break, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is we don’t have any. The game has gone almost completely dark since the Xbox One launched, and with the recent job cuts at Microsoft’s entertainment division, we’re not even entirely certain the TV show that was originally supposed to run alongside the game still exists.
The good news is you won’t have to wait long for an update. Microsoft answered the question of why Quantum Break wasn’t at E3 by telling everyone that it would have a presence at Gamescom. As far as we know, Remedy Entertainment is still working hard on it, and we hope to soon have a better idea of when in 2015 we can expect to see it.
Sunset Overdrive has kind of been Microsoft’s poster game for their 2014 lineup, and rightfully so as it looks like a blast to play. Developed by Insomniac Games, Sunset Overdrive sees you dropped into a world where an energy drink has caused an outbreak of mutated creatures.
Microsoft haven’t been shy in broadcasting new footage on the internet, and everything they’ve shown makes the game look like one big playground of third-person carnage, humour, and all the fancy weaponry you’d expect from an Insomniac game. They also recently announced that the game will support eight player co-op via a game mode they’re calling ‘Chaos Squad’.
Sunset Overdrive looks like it’s all set to go for its October 31st release date in Europe, and three days prior on the 28th in North America.
Although Microsoft have been coy about just exactly how well Titanfall has done since it released on Xbox One back in March, the amount of support and DLC it’s received so far points to it being a success.
Going into the next-gen console cycle, it looked like Titanfall was Microsoft’s golden ticket to success, as they locked up an exclusive agreement between themselves and EA to only put the game out on Microsoft platforms. Since it launched, we haven’t heard a lot about it from Xbox gamers but it was received very well by critics and fans alike, and Respawn continues to do an admirable job supporting the game with massive new patches that introduce new features, as well as two DLC map packs (with a third planned for later this year).
If you still find yourself dropping titans these days, don’t forget that this week sees not only the release of game update five – which brings a new black market currency for the sale and purchase of new burn cards and titan insignias – but we also see map pack number two drop its way to gamers with three brand new levels.
That’s it for today! Be sure to check back tomorrow when we continue our update of exclusive games with the PS4’s 2014 lineup.