Microsoft: Xbox One Launch Line-Up Best "in Console History"

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Microsoft: Xbox One Launch Line-Up Best "in Console History"

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Microsoft's Phil Harrison believes the Xbox One has the strongest launch-line up of any console ever made.

While the Xbox One was unveiled to some pretty harsh criticism regarding some of its features and policies, it still earned praise for some of the games attached to it. Perhaps recognizing that as one of the console's strong points Microsoft's Phil Harrison recently spent some time talking up its launch line-up. "Ultimately it's the games that make Xbox One stand out," said Harrison. "We have the best line-up of games -we think- in the history of consoles."

It's a big proclamation backed by some big name titles. The Xbox One, at its release, will have a confirmed 23 games in its library. Among these will be exclusives like Crimson Dragon, Dead Rising 3, Killer Instinct and Ryse: Son of Rome. It will also include multiplatform titles like Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Watch Dogs. The PlayStation 4 will, notably, feature several of the same multiplatform games Microsoft is touting for its own launch. Ironically, Sony also claimed the PS4's line-up to be one of the strongest ever, though it at least limited its wording to PlayStation history.

Grandiose statements aside, gamers do have quite a few quality titles to look forward to at the Xbox One's launch. That said, we're not sure we'd call it the best ever. Granted, it's a topic that's fairly subjective depending on individual tastes. That said, whereas previous consoles might have launched with only a few games, many arguably packed more oomph than the libraries being offered by the Xbox One and PS4. What do you guys think? Is the Xbox One making history or will its launch be more of a footnote in the story of the game industry?

Source: CVG

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This is both the greatest launch generation for both the One and the PS4 and also the most gentle. Those things are related, publishers have realised they can multiplatform between generations and gradually shift over as more people buy the new consoles. But this means they can invest in great games without being worried about having only 1/70th of the market

I think out of the two, the PS4 might have the slightly stronger launch because of the sheer wealth of indie titles they've attracted. Otherwise they're pretty much equal on actual games (although as a sony fanboy I'm more attached to the sony franchises of course)

You know, I was going to say something along the lines of "Cool your jets, Mr Harrison" but he may have a point. I can't think of any previous line-up that was particularly amazing.

Admittedly I couldn't remember much previous to the N64/Playstation, as I wasn't born yet, or just too young to remember it.

Personally, I'd say I prefer the Xbox One's line-up compared to the PS4's but that's just my tastes.

After looking at both lists, I wouldn't say "In History" is warranted. They should have done like Sony. Rather solid and safe releases. Action, FPS, Sports and Racing! I'm not seeing too much innovation between the two. Most of the games coming out are multi-platform. Their exclusives are fewer than the whole. If either system wants to dominate they need to make themselves different. I'll wait for more Indie games. Final note: where the are the RPGS? Yeah, I know games have RPG elements, but I want a full on RPG with sweeping story and hours upon hours of gameplay and exploration.

Well of course. Whatever they did or didn't do wrong from E3 up to now, they've always had a secret weapon up their sleeve that assures they'll beat Sony at launch.

Congratulations, Microsoft. I never thought anyone could launch with better games than Super Mario 64, Super Mario World, or Sonic Adventure, but you've managed it. With such QTEs masterpieces as Ryse: Son of Rome I will never have to play a classic game again.

P.S. ARE YOU SERIOUS???? Every single must-have game on your launch list is also going to be on PS4 or PC. The only thing that really stands out here is Dead Rising 3. Even your other exclusives are an on-rails shooter and a fighting game that only comes with one character. I honestly feel like the GameCube had a better launch than this, solely by merit of Luigi's Mansion, which was better than every single launch game you've got except possibly Watch Dogs. Hell, even your own Xbox had a better launch than this back in 2001, with Halo, Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee, and Fuzion Frenzy. You may have the most AAA games in console-launch history, but that by no means makes this the best launch line-up; none of these AAA games are anything special (again, except possibly Watch Dogs).

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Quality over quantity, Grasshopper. Yeah, you may have an impressive number of launch titles, but what happens if it turns out that only the multiplatform games are worth playing? For my money, Ryse looks pretty boring, Crimson Dragon reminds me too much of Lair, Killer Instinct is just one more fighting game I'll never play, and Dead Rising 3 looks to be missing the point of the previous entries. I'm not sold on either launch library, really, but at least the PlayStation 4 will have some indie titles I never picked up on the PC that I can grab.

I'm also curious to know just how many titles Microsoft has lined up for after launch. Will it be a trickle, or, as good ol' Jim would put it, a 'launch splooge?' I really think both companies need to dial it back a bit. In the end, these grandiose statements are just going to hurt you, if the consumer doesn't agree with your assessment.

Eh, depends on taste I guess. There isn't really anything in either console's launch line-up that's especially exciting to me. Looking forward to MGS5, FFXV and KH3, I guess but I don't think they're launch titles. Watch Dogs looks cool, too.

There are actually more Wii U games that I want.

Between Soul Hackers and Etrian Odyssey IV getting their EU releases soon, I don't think I'll be touching anything but my 3DS in a while, anyway.

While their line-up is bigger than the PS4, very few of launch games on either side are going to draw too big of a crowd. I always considered a launch line-up to be good based on how much they make me want to buy the unit.

BrotherRool:
This is both the greatest launch generation for both the One and the PS4 and also the most gentle...

I think out of the two, the PS4 might have the slightly stronger launch because of the sheer wealth of indie titles they've attracted. Otherwise they're pretty much equal on actual games

I agree that while neither will snag me at launch, Sony is definitely looking further down the road for games. In a year or two Microsoft has done nothing but promise you can watch sports, netflix and maybe play more Callfield Battleduty: Post-Modern Halo 8 the sequel, while Sony has been absolutely smashing into everyone's faces how many indie games are already in development and will be out soon.

If for nothing else this generation will be interesting solely just to watch how different the companies' marketing strategies are.

best in the history console gaming, no ... best in xbox history, debatable

unless the Xbone comes with one of these games included, it will pale in comparison to the NES, which came with Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt ... not only that, it came with the light gun needed to play Duck Hunt.

So, Microsoft is boasting about having launch titles that are roughly the same as the PS4, as well as Peggle 2, Dead Rising 3 (which to me feels like a dumbed down iteration of the series), Ryse which I feel would get old after 20 minutes of QTE battles, and Killer Instinct. Truely, the stuff legends are made of. I'm sure the fact that Sony has 80% of the games and has it's own set of exclusives, clearly puts them miles behind in the lineup.

Guess what Microsoft, this horse has been beaten enough times, but I'm going to give it one more good whack. I can buy another full game on the PS4, for the difference of the extra hundred bucks I would spend on your console.and have change to spare. Doesn't matter how many killer apps you got, I'm more likely to enjoy variety on the PS4, or save that cash down the line for when a really really good game is released, because the launch titles of any console do not reflect how good games get later.

Phlakes:

Please tell me this actually happened. Please.

OT: That's a nice lineup you got there, Microsoft, but it's not the best by any stretch. THe only really interesting game I see in the lineup is Watchdogs, which is multiplatform.

Arawn:
After looking at both lists, I wouldn't say "In History" is warranted. They should have done like Sony. Rather solid and safe releases. Action, FPS, Sports and Racing! I'm not seeing too much innovation between the two. Most of the games coming out are multi-platform. Their exclusives are fewer than the whole. If either system wants to dominate they need to make themselves different. I'll wait for more Indie games. Final note: where the are the RPGS? Yeah, I know games have RPG elements, but I want a fun on RPG with sweeping story and hours upon hours of gameplay and exploration.

I think it should be said, launch day should not have the best games out right away. Then you have nothing to look forward to later on. Sony has 20 first party games coming out in the first year of it coming out, and another 10 that are still currently in development. That's not to mention third party exclusives that should be coming out also, and they have said they have 180 games also in development for the PS4. Among all that, there should be a few good RPGs out there, though if you're into the Japanese ones, go for the PS4 on that, as it tends to get more JRPGs.

OT: A little full of yourself there Mr. Harrison, but I cannot argue that as I don't know the launch line up fully of any system, including that of yours or Sony's. And even if I looked at the list, there are probably still a few under wraps you won't show us just yet, and I'll forget the names soon enough. In terms of numbers, you might be right. In terms of quality games, that remains to be seen.

And yet not a single game that interests me (maybe appart from Watchdogs, but that's also for ps3 so...).

lacktheknack:

Phlakes:

Please tell me this actually happened. Please.

OT: That's a nice lineup you got there, Microsoft, but it's not the best by any stretch. THe only really interesting game I see in the lineup is Watchdogs, which is multiplatform.

Unless they changed the live stream to add that in, it actually did. I was watching the press conferences all day that day, and I saw that. It was amusing.

MrBaskerville:
And yet not a single game that interests me (maybe appart from Watchdogs, but that's also for ps3 so...).

And the PC, though unfortunately the Master Race will have to deal with Uplay, which I've had a wary relationship with at best. It's not as bad as origin but it isn't steam that is for sure.

Let's break this down, shall we?

First-Person Shooters
Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision)

Third-Person Action/Adventure
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft)
Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)

Fighting Games
Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft)
Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios)

Sports Games
FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios)

Racing Games
Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)
Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios)
Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts)

Dance Games
Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
Zumba Fitness: World Party (ZoŽ Mode, Majesco)

Action/Arcade
Peggle 2 (Popcap, Electronic Arts)

Already Available on PC/PS3/360
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive)
Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)

So, lots of shooters and lots of sports with some casual and/or reheated titles sprinkled on top. Nothing on the list really calls out to me.

synobal:

MrBaskerville:
And yet not a single game that interests me (maybe appart from Watchdogs, but that's also for ps3 so...).

And the PC, though unfortunately the Master Race will have to deal with Uplay, which I've had a wary relationship with at best. It's not as bad as origin but it isn't steam that is for sure.

I got my first taste of UPlay with Blood Dragon and oddly enough I'd rank Games for Windows Live better then UPlay. Besides being an advertising billboard it does absolutely nothing.

23 games and only two I care about and can't get on one of the other consoles.

Pretty sure Sony learned this lesson with the Vita, and now Microsoft might learn this lesson with the XBone. You need enough launch titles to make people interested, but blowing your wad in the beginning doesn't help you if you got nothing for the next six months.

Sony's purposefully delaying games like Second Son a few months after launch so there's still games for people to look forward to after the launch lineup is spent, I can almost bet real money on that. Microsoft's gonna throw everything out at launch, probably even rush out stuff that ain't ready, and might have nothing to offer for until summer next year. Just an idea of what'll probably happen... unless Microsoft really is being smart about it, and they haven't had a good track record for marketing decisions lately.

Phlakes:
Well of course. Whatever they did or didn't do wrong from E3 up to now, they've always had a secret weapon up their sleeve that assures they'll beat Sony at launch.

you got Preggle 2? prfff we got Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy 15, The Elder Scrolls Online, Diablo III, Killzone Shadow Fall and Infamous: Second Son, yyyyeeeaah The XBone and Microsoft is fucked

The first impression I got of the Xbox One games was that gameplay video of Ryse...and it looked rather unimpressive from a gameplay standpoint. Second impression was the article that Killer Instict was going to be Free To Play! Woo-Hoo! Wait, they're making the game entirely based off of macro-micro transactions, having to shell out $5 to unlock more than one fighter? Wow...that....that's just awful....

I hope/doubt that other games would be like that...imagine a football game where you have to pay to unlock plays and teams, a racing game where you have to pay to unlock cars, or a shooter where you have to pay to unlock guns and equipment...

Beyond all that, though, I'm hardly impressed with the line-up in general. But that's just me saying that the majority of those games I really couldn't care less about. So eh, personal taste and all that. I won't hate on the guy for saying "Best Launch Library In History" because he's just trying to up-sell his product like a good little marketer. Can you imagine the way Don Mattrick would have made this announcement? "If you don't like our launch library, fuck you. Stick to the 360 you plebian bastards."

This... is a joke, right? Oh, yeah, it's Microsoft.

I counted maybe seven games I would consider "hardcore" games. Counting out shovelware, Kinect titles, ect. there isn't much there. Out of all thoe games, many are multi platform, and will feature on the PS4. Furthremore, a lot of those games have been getting truly awful press (Dead Rising). Ryse looks like Quick Time Event: the game, without any narrative focus to keep it interesting, like in The Walking Dead. I would consider purchasing, perhaps, three of those titles when they went down in price. None of them are compelling. No Microsoft. Just no.

Well at least with this public statement for once MS succeeded in doing no real harm. Even if the statement is horribly disingenuous. let's be honest. Both the PS4 and the XBox 180 will have the best launch list ever... because they are essentially PC's. They will have pretty much the SAME launch list barring a few token exclusives. (Oh boy which generic space shooter fps do you want?).

And right now, those that signed on to make an exclusive launch title for MS have got to be a little bit concerned at all of the controversies and weirdly bad publicity that MS has been generating around the system. Remember developers NEVER EVER want to be the ones making launch titles for new consoles. They lose a metric crapton of potential customers and profit because the installed user base for the console has not ramped up yet. And by the time it has their game is no longer the new shiny. They buffer this by spreading the game around several systems. Both well installed and new. Now in order to make an exclusive somebody needs to be subsidizing them. But often it is not enough if the console sales projections are not anywhere near what was expected. Yeah, the XBox may be sold out preorder on Amazon... but who here honestly thinks that it will be the dominating "must have system" that anyone would have predicted it would be 6 months ago? Initial sales while probably good, will easily be half what they were predicted to be earlier in the year after all of the outrage. And that is a lousy thing for the developers as their subsidy was probably calculated based on those earlier estimates.

My PC will be happy and well fed. There's not a single Xbone exclusive that I want.

Adam Jensen:
My PC will be happy and well fed. There's not a single Xbone exclusive that I want.

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this

I see nothing there to make me reconsider not getting an XBone. Guess that means more Burgers and Pizza for me around launch time :3

Most of those games are going to be on other consoles (many including this gen) and a bunch of them are Kinect shovelware shit. The only exclusives are either things I don't care about or things that are only console exclusive and are still available on PC.

Well I'm sorry Mr. Harrison but I'm going to have to disagree with your sentiment. You've still not sold me on a console that is less powerful than it's rival, more expensive, comes with a stupid peripheral I couldn't give the slightest shit about[1], gates services that are free elsewhere behind a paywall and will most likely bombard me with ads.

And yeah you overturned most of the shittier aspects, but the fact you even tried to take my rights as a consumer away is still a bitter pill to swallow.

I'll be getting a gaming PC, hopefully in the next month or so, and then come early next year I'll pick up a PS4 and a Wii U and be all set for Gen 8. I just don't see any room for an Xbone in that equation right now or for the foreseeable future.

The controller's pretty slick though.

[1] Yes I know I can unplug the thing, but I still have to pay £80 for something I don't even want and will never use.

It IS the greatest in history, if your a flipping Dude Bro. Guess what I would play out of this japanese hating, brown shooter mess of a launch? peggle 2. Fuck the rest. At the rate microsoft is going in my books It is hard to respond without outright flaming, because I hate them THAT much.

Both PS4 and XB1 have a poor lineup. Take out those that are going to be released on current gen and there is only 3 or 4 titles. Even then that depends on you liking fps and driving games. Alot of the interesting games i can get on 360/PS3 - AC4, Lego and Watchdogs. Only game i would get as a XB1 title is Forza 5, but i can wait till next year for next gen.

Maybe I'm really old, but it seems like someone claims this every generation and the launch of nearly every console seems to really suck, unless it's a Nintendo console with a killer 1st party game. Even then, it's usually ONE good game.

The problem with the xbone is that, while they have a number of games on launch, I don't want to play any of them.

Even the original Xbox had better launch titles, and I didn't buy one of them at all.

Hell, let's look at the gamecube which everyone seems to mark as a failure for Nintendo:

All-Star Baseball 2002
Batman: Vengeance
Crazy Taxi
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2
Disney's Tarzan Untamed
Luigi's Mansion
Madden NFL 2002
NHL Hitz 20-02
SSX Tricky
Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
Super Monkey Ball
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Wave Race: Blue Storm

Crazy Taxi, Luigi's Mansion, SSX Tricky, Super Monkey Ball, Rogue Squadron 2 and Tony Hawk 3 were all actually pretty good games (to me), and I remember them all very fondly. They weren't PERFECT but it rocks the ever loving hell out of this launch lineup.

so many of the games in the "best launch line up" have a number after their name how can it be the "best launch line up" if its riding on the back of games from previous generations?.

Um, for me, most of my friends, and my relatives that play video games and have since the Atari days...this is one of the worst line ups for both systems evern.

At least there is Kingdom hearts 3.

It's so bad I'm actually not going to buy a system at all this time...until more games come out.

The Ps4 at least has SOME games of the style I like at launch....and I may even break down and get one because of that.

I like platform games 3d or 2d...like ratchet and clank etc. My favorite genre is RPGs (and especially action RPGS) though...which are totally lacking in both systems other then KH 3.

I have a gaming PC...which is even now where I play most of my games. Other then KH 3 I don't see one game that calls out to me, and I'm not willing to shell out even $400 (+60 or so for the game), just to play KH 3.

That Knack game (platform game for Ps4)...could be ok...but I have like 20 other platform games like it waiting for me to play on my ps3/xbox 360 or PC already. I'm not in a rush.

I have dead rising 1 and 2...I've played maybe an hour of 1...and never even put 2 into my system. I have no desire to play 3.

This is, bar none (Even including systems like the Jaguar and Dreamcast) the worst lineup I have seen for gamers like me.

I guess it depends on taste, but.. those games are really not that amazing to me. The only one that I would actually buy is Watch Dogs and that's it, and I'm buying that for PC. So sorry sir, but those games have no amazing quality in them in my eyes. I guess it does fit Microsoft's current expectations though, just like the console. Tasteless and dead.

MinionJoe:
Let's break this down, shall we?

Third-Person Shooters
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft)
Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)

I wouldn't call those 3rd person shooters. More along the line of 3rd person action? Not sure. They do have shooting aspects, but not the primary focus. AC usually plays out like Hitman, which is like MSG or even Alpha Protocol. In the Dead rising games melee weapons are more plentiful and effective than projectile weapons (but not as fun as grenades, bombs, and vehicles.) That point aside I'm slightly interested in Dead Rising for the sandbox zombie killing. But upon seeing Dying Light my interest had again shifted. First person zombie fest vs 3rd person zombie fest; first person is often more thrilling and scary.

klaynexas3:

Arawn:
After looking at both lists, I wouldn't say "In History" is warranted. They should have done like Sony. Rather solid and safe releases. Action, FPS, Sports and Racing! I'm not seeing too much innovation between the two. Most of the games coming out are multi-platform. Their exclusives are fewer than the whole. If either system wants to dominate they need to make themselves different. I'll wait for more Indie games. Final note: where the are the RPGS? Yeah, I know games have RPG elements, but I want a fun on RPG with sweeping story and hours upon hours of gameplay and exploration.

I think it should be said, launch day should not have the best games out right away. Then you have nothing to look forward to later on. Sony has 20 first party games coming out in the first year of it coming out, and another 10 that are still currently in development. That's not to mention third party exclusives that should be coming out also, and they have said they have 180 games also in development for the PS4. Among all that, there should be a few good RPGs out there, though if you're into the Japanese ones, go for the PS4 on that, as it tends to get more JRPGs.

Yeah, Kingdom Hearts 3 and the new FF are on the way, but I hope to see other dark horse RPGs. Wild Arms was a nice change of pace when waiting for Square to deliver the goods. Wild west, magic, puzzles, and decent stories. Odin Sphere was also something I enjoyed; artful sidescrolling action. A modern themed game like Parasite eve would also be welcome. With all the games with RPG elements it's funny how few pure RPG are released. They like the grind, but not the turned based portions, the fetch quests, etc. Missing out on the exploration and encompassing storylines.

OTish: Perhaps everyone is right; they're playing it safe to release the better stuff later. It makes sense not to fire everything at once. Keep something in reserve should things go poorly. Keep the carrot out so people will join up and hold on. I think someone listed that the PS4 will also be releasing F2P on their system Planetside 2 and WarFrame (both good from what I've played on PC) does Xbox One have any of these?

23 games and I only want Dead Rising 3 :/ and Watchdogs but that one is multiplatform... I can't see your point Mr. Harrison...

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