Microsoft didn’t get enough love from the gaming community after the anticipated reveal of their flagship console; Xbox One. All the hype surrounding the gaming device reduced once the Xbox One reveal event was concluded. It seems Microsoft didn’t give gamers what they wanted to hear, negative PR took it toll and the steady momentum which was built on the hype meter began to shift. It was even reported that Sony’s stock increased while that of Microsoft reduced few hours after the Xbox One was revealed. Sony can also make things difficult for Microsoft and the Xbox one if they have these games available on PS4 launch.
What gamers want is games, the main use of any gaming device is to play games and then every other features can come in. If Microsoft can surprise us with these 3 unannounced games as Xbox One launch titles, things would no doubt get better.
3. Gears of War 4
Microsoft and Epic games had a deal to produce Gears of War exclusively on the Xbox 360. It was meant to be a trilogy and so has it. Gears of War is a great third-person shooter game, it first made an appearance into the gaming community in 2006 and has never looked back. The other iteration of the game took great steps further, enhancing the controls, graphics and overall providing a compelling story.
Gears of War has been a massive hit on the Xbox brand with alot of loyal fanbase. Microsoft knows this claim, and can turn the tides around. I have no idea if anyone wanted the spin-off for the series; Gears of War: Judgement but I am pretty sure every gamer out there would embrace a true sequel. Gears of War may have ended with Gears of War 3; Myrrah died, The Locust died, but who said we can’t another have Gears of War?
2. Alan Wake 2
Sometimes I feel sad when great games are left to rot, Alan Wake falls under this category. Remedy Entertainment gave us a taste of this incredibly interesting game and have left fans of game screaming for a sequel. Unfortunately, it seems no one cares because the game performed slightly poorly on the sales chart. Excluding what sales say; Alan Wake gave us something that other games don’t have; narrative story, pacing, and atmosphere. Graphics and sound were astonishing as well.
Alan Wake took over five years to create, an unusually long development time in the game industry. The game wasn’t an instant success but it did receive positive reviews from critics and the likes. Alan Wake was awarded the first spot in Time magazine’s list of the top 10 video games of 2010. Alan Wake is great, it won’t ever have sales dominance like Halo. This is a fact that Microsoft should have foreseen even before it was published. Why Microsoft won’t fund the project for a sequel is beyond me.
Dear Microsoft, I want this game and I am pretty sure alot of people who didn’t play this game but heard the compelling views from reviewers would take a breath and pick it up on the Xbox One. Do not screw up.
1. Halo 5
Halo is the biggest franchise of the Xbox and one of the biggest franchise in gaming history. Halo 5 is likely to be one of the 15 exclusive titles mentioned to be released in the console’s first year on the market. Microsoft will try to integrate Kinect functionality with Halo 5. This might not go down well with hardcore fans of the title but they will try to implement it anyway at least to expand it audience.
Every major release of the Halo franchise has been a 3-years interval, it would be wise to think that the game might be available in 2014, but considering the fact that Xbox One launches later this year, it would also be within the right frame of mind to imagine that Halo 5 would available on Launch date with the hotly anticipated Xbox One. I mean, if this happens, what direct response can Sony have?
Halo 4 was released few months ago on the Xbox 360, but this is the Xbox One and there is no law that states that you can’t make two games simultaneously for different gaming consoles. Microsoft will kill-off any slow Xbox One momentum with just one announcement and that is; Halo 5 would be bundled with Xbox One. Nothing else can match that.