Xbox One: Where are the new exclusive titles?

Xbox One exclusive titles

Last week saw the release of PlayStation 4’s Horizon Zero Dawn, yet another exclusive title locked to Sony’s console, adding to an already-growing list of brilliant games on the PS4. However, Xbox One has only seen a few exclusives launch over the last few years such as Halo Wars 2 most recently and titles such as Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 2. The most noticeable difference between the two consoles is that PlayStation 4 are pushing new franchises out completely, whereas Microsoft continue to feed off existing franchises like the Halo and Gears of War series. So why aren’t we getting more from the Xbox One?

In fact it seems like there is a deeper focus on pushing out dashboard updates which simply add a new button here and there and refinements to previous designs than there are new games coming out exclusively for the Xbox One. It’s fair to say the console suffered a lot from launch, what with its lack of 1080p natively running games and even now, we’re still seeing a lot of titles launch below this benchmark. Great games can still launch without spectacular performance, but when today’s standard is starting to exceed 1080p resolution now, you would expect most titles to be running at this with a decent frame rate as well.

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Plans for 2017

2017 New Year

First of all I would like to apologise, as I feel like I’ve neglected my blog towards the end of this year, which is such a shame. I love writing and sharing my thoughts with people on internet, so it frustrates me that I can’t keep weekly content coming up on my blog, partly because I work full time and haven’t got a working laptop currently to just sit downstairs and chill.

So the first thing I want to change is activity on here, whether that be more blog posts, features or game reviews. I aim to write at least one post every fortnight hopefully providing I can actually come up with the content ideas. One big change at the start of 2017 for me is going to be fibre optic broadband, so now I’ll have a streaming setup to work with, as I already have the consoles and PC to edit for videos and overlays. I’m really looking forward to getting more stuff up on my Twitch and YouTube. I spent quite a bit of time setting these pages up and designing the graphics to compliment, so it makes sense to use them now. You’ll probably thinking that everyone does streaming and video content now, but this is more for myself, as I’ve wanted to do it for years but never had the internet at both my parents and now my own place.

Another change I want to implement in 2017 is more work with other websites, people and companies to build my own reputation up. I already established a few relationships in the games industry, but I want to further add to that and build Complete Xbox even more in 2017. More exclusives and giveaways where I can achieve that.

If you have any suggestions on what to improve on in 2017, then please do let me know down in the comments below, as I’m happy to take on your feedback.

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E3 2015: Did Microsoft impress?

E3 2015 logo

Microsoft had its E3 2015 showing on Monday night at 5:30pm (BST) and with it came a clear message that it has games to show. It was nice to have an E3 all about games and not like two years ago when it was all about next-gen consoles and not so much about new IPs and sequels.

Microsoft delivered a nice variety in titles and despite losing its rights to Call of Duty DLC first, everything seemed like a win to the company. Nothing has sparked an outrage and maybe that’s because Microsoft played it safe at E3 this year. They knew consumers wanted to see games and that’s what they delivered. Admittedly most of them also came from AAA title developers.

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The progression of Ark: Survival Evolved

Ark: Survival Evolved logo.

Regular viewers to Twitch will know that Ark: Survival Evolved has become the third most popular game this week, with thousands of viewers flocking to see the dinosaur-filled open world. The game has been welcomed by most players, as a Jurassic Park-inspired open world bash.

The premise of the game has you avoiding the predators such as T-Rexs and taming dinosaurs as mounts. You can tame every dinosaur in the game and use them to your own good, for carrying items and getting around the world in a safer and quicker manner. The progress of the game largely rests on the players involved in the early access stages. I’ve provided a few of my ideas for the game’s progression below.

Bases

So far I’ve only witnessed one large base built by a Twitch community of gamers, but there needs to be more offered in terms of beginning building. As soon as you start, it would be great if you could pick up a few stones and twigs and construct a basic house. As you progress, this could then be upgraded using metal sheets, which don’t decay, whilst wooden huts could decay over time. If you’ve played Rust before, you’ll be familiar with this idea of decay.

Furniture to decorate your houses might also be another good idea for Ark: Survival Evolved. I’m not talking kitchen sets and lounges, but a basic stone chair to stay in the theme of dinosaurs or maybe some dinosaur heads to adorn the walls. I’m picturing a walkway formed of T-Rex heads placed on spikes to warn off incoming invaders.

Inventive

Adding new species of dinosaurs is vital to Ark, as it needs to remain fresh to the player and offer a challenge. So far the world has a nice variety, but there’s only one species of flying dinosaur, which won’t keep many hunters going for long if they can only capture and tame one species from each category. Even if the developers have to go off factual roads, they can still invent new ones. I think with this sort of title it doesn’t matter how much it sticks to the facts. The main thing to an open world game like this is to keep content fresh.

Weapons

In other respects to new content, weapons will be vital for Ark’s progession, as guns and melee weapons will make the game feel more competitive and not like a zoo for taming animals and making bases with a community. There are currently weapons to kill other players, but most players seem to be more interested in taming different species of dinosaurs currently. It will be interesting to see when this attitude changes.

Clothing

With the introduction of weapons, you’ll be needing armour to protect yourself from enemy attacks and aggressive dinosaurs. Even aesthetic clothing will be interesting, just to make your character unique and stand out. It will also be helpful for identifying each other, maybe your tribe wears red hats.

Tribes 

A PvP mode or more support for Tribes (Factions) would be an interesting one. Competitive play always helps the game to evolve more such as ARMA 3, which saw the Battle Royale mod release and with it came a competitive streak of players. I don’t want to see this come to Ark, as it isn’t required, but maybe a mode where you spawn as a tribe and have to protect your base from a rival tribe.

Generally speaking, the way the game shapes up will largely decide if I buy the game on Xbox One. I want to see frequent updates like Minecraft, tinkering with the game and making it feel fresh every week. I think PC players love that about early access, they get to fall in love with a game and see it grow into a full release title.

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It’s E3 Day!

E3-2014

Today marks the start of one of the biggest gaming conventions in the world, E3 2014. After last year’s conference who knows what this year’s will hold, but a new generation of consoles is likely to spell out a lot of new titles shown to the public.

Over the past couple of weeks, there’s been a mass of speculation about titles such as Mirrors Edge 2, a new Crackdown title and who knows what else. If there’s a long awaited sequel, then it’s probably popped up somewhere in an E3 rumour post.

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Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut Xbox One review

I’ve never really been a fan of space combat games, unless you count Star Wars Battlefront, which does feature a couple of space battles. But other than that, there’s just something that doesn’t really appeal to me about fighting in a massive vacuum that is space. Sure they can fill it with ruined ships and a bunch of enemy ships trying to kill you, but it doesn’t change the fact that the back drop used is just darkness with the odd occasional passing star or planet. It’s also a genre which is in decline, so does Strike Suit Zero conquer it?

Strike Suit Zero originally began life as a Kickstarter project, so it’s probably quite surprising that it has even released when you consider so many projects get the backing they need and then fail to materialise into the vision that was initially set. The studio behind it, Born Ready are one of few developers left working on this genre, which has certainly been in decline for the past couple of years, probably for the reasons stated above.

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Thief Xbox One review

Thief is a much needed revival of the Thief series, which many fans of the franchise will take with open arms. It may not be the Thief 4 that many fans were hoping for, but it does however show some of the capabilities of the Xbox One, in particular relation to the appearance of lighting and shadows within the game, which forms a large proportion of the gameplay mechanics.

Stealth is the core mechanic behind the title as you play as master thief Garrett, a mysterious character who plays a role similar to Robin Hood, stealing from the rich but for his own gain. The plot doesn’t really thicken much more, other than what you already know from the start.  The only other addition to the storyline is that there’s some bad guy who goes by the name of ‘The Baron’ is out to stop your stealing ways and a suspicious journey as you learn about your former apprentice Erin.

You can check out the full review to read here.

 

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Xbox One review

If there’s ever a time when Assassin’s Creed needed a boot in a new direction, Black Flag takes that exact direction heading out to the open next-gen seas with a solid crew and pirate ship. I think it’s fair to say that the franchise had gone a little stale with the whole idea of the animus and jumping between your present self and your ancestors in the past. Sure you’re still doing this, but it’s the past which holds a new image.

Think Sid Meier’s Pirates or that Pirates of the Caribbean game you’ve always wanted. The game is full of possibilities and there’s so much to explore in this huge Caribbean open world. Lush green forests, desert islands filled with pirate booty and a whole ocean which is just waiting to gobble you up in one storm. That’s just to name a few. You’ll really be taken by surprise at how different this Assassin’s Creed title looks.

You can check out the full review on Xboxer here.

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