The future is bright for video games. Especially if you have an Xbox One, which is one of the most popular consoles out there. 2016 is going to be a stellar year for this system, thanks to the games you’ll only find on either the Xbox One or Xbox One and PC. Sure, Scalebound ended up getting bumped to 2017, but that’s a minor hiccup. There are quite a few games you’ll only see on the Xbox One, and all of them seem are looking very promising. These are games that will help you make memories.
Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves is one of those Xbox One games both Rare and Microsoft swear is coming in 2016, so let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. In this game, you’re a pirate going on multiplayer adventures online with friends. Part of the experience will revolve around user-generated content, which will help people make their own stories to share with other players.
But really, the little information we have so far makes it difficult to get truly excited. Hopefully, it’ll have a grand showing at E3 2016 that will get us hyped up about yo-ho-hoing on the high seas. If handled properly, this could be a rare opportunity to make gaming memories.
Like Sea of Thieves , ReCore is one of those “2016” games. (I hope you did the air quotes thing as you read that.) Armature Studio can be trusted, but Keiji Inafune and Comcept have burned us with Mighty No. 9 . Still, ReCore seems so promising; you can’t help but get hyped. It’s set in a world where humans are an endangered species and robots are in charge of everything. That includes possibly hunting humans down.
Joule is one of the last remaining humans, and she’s managed to befriend and work with some robots. Her interactions with creatures and cores could help humans find a place and peace in this dangerous world.
Every console needs that quirky hit. It’s an odd duck of a game that you never see coming, but fall in love with once it comes around. Cuphead is going to be that for the Xbox One. It’s a run-and-gun side-scroller based on classic Disney and Looney Tunes cartoons. You know, those super-violent ones we grew up with?
Cuphead made a deal with the devil, and has to go through multiple levels as either Cuphead or Mugman, depending on whether or not a friend is joining you, as you attempt to make good on the deal and survive. Come for the unique look, stay for the power-ups and challenge.
Killer Instinct: Season 3
With all the work Rare puts into keeping Killer Instinct relevant, each year’s season is a pretty big deal. The balancing and rebalancing, as well as additional modes and features always make it worth coming back to the fighter.
Even more important, however, are the new characters each season brings to Killer Instinct . The third season is a big one. Kim Wu and Tusk are both rejoining the cast. Also, it’s becoming even more of a cross-over fighter, thanks to Battletoads ‘ Rash and Halo ‘s Arbiter coming into the game. Maybe we’ll get lucky and eventually see Eyedol this season. Even if we don’t, the new faces will make the game feel fresh again.
Gears of War 4
Gears of War is one of those amazing series that just sticks with you. While we don’t know much about Gears of War 4 , aside from the fact that it should probably be coming in 2016, it’s one of those games you have to get hyped about. After all, Rod Fergusson, the game’s producer, has said The Coalition Studio is making a point of ensuring the fourth game does for the Xbox One what the original games did for the Xbox 360. Plus, we already have confirmation it’ll run at 60 fps.
Think of Quantum Break as an intriguing experiment. With this adventure, Microsoft is going to do something new. We’ll be enjoying an adventure series and a show tied to it at the same time, with decisions in one influencing the other. It’s a whole new experience.
Fortunately, the core gameplay mechanics of Quantum Break seem solid enough to keep people engaged, even if the digital show and its branching decisions fall short. People get to help Jack Joyce play with time to manipulate people, bullets, or things in the environment, resulting in dangerous situations to solve and tumultuous environments to traverse due to playing with time. Maybe this will be the Xbox One’s Alan Wake !
We want to play with things and wreck them all. Crackdown 3 will let us do that. It’s going to be a huge, open world sandbox where anything can be destroyed. We get to essentially be superhero super soldiers, with abilities to “help” the populace. Which means sometimes destroying the very things we’re trying to protect. Mmm… chaotic, collateral damage.
With Crackdown 3 , we’re going to get cloud-based worlds we can enjoy and tear apart with friends. The multiplayer portion of the game will supposedly be available ahead of the campaign, meaning we could be enjoying mayhem this summer. As great as saving a city will be when the full game is released, enjoying a modern version of Rampage online is one of the most exciting things ever.