Xbox One: All the games
The new Xbox One has been unveiled and boy does it look exciting, but no next-gen console is complete without a decent selection of games.
Microsoft had a lot to show off at the launch event and we figured it might be handy to bring you all the new titles in one place. Read on for every confirmed title for the new Xbox One. The company has said there will be 15 exclusive titles in the first year, eight of which will be new franchises.
Forza Motorsport 5
Turn 10 wandered on stage at the Xbox One launch to reveal a brand new and oh-so-shiny Forza title. Unlike Gran Turismo 6, which appears to have missed out on the PlayStation 4, Forza is going to be a launch game for the new Xbox One.
Graphically stunning, the trailer shows a pair of McLarens battling it out. Both the McLaren P1 and McLaren F1 are rendered in incredible detail, even down to the shiny pearlescent McLaren "volcano" orange paint.
This is an entirely new franchise produced by Remedy, the studio behind Alan Wake. This is easily the most cryptic of trailers released right now for the Xbox One. It features a live action shot of a girl getting ready to leave home with some sort of special power. This then switches to a rather incredible looking piece of footage of a boat crashing into a bridge. That's it.
There is a hint of some Heavy Rain style storytelling going on as Microsoft Studios' Phil Spencer explained: "The actions you take and the choices you make shape your experience as the story unfolds."
Call Of Duty: Ghosts
It was the biggest game of the last console generation and you can be pretty sure it will cause a big stink this time round. The engine that powered previous Call Of Duty games is now looking dated, making its debut in Call Of Duty 2 back in 2005. New console, new engine, and in turn, new graphics.
The new title was written by academy award winning Stephen Gaghan, the name behind the hit movie Traffic. Graphically it's a stunner and a big step up on previous COD games. Infinity Ward has gone slightly dog crazy, repeatedly showing off canine animation in its feature for the Xbox One.
Gameplay has also changed, so there is a way to lean in and lean out as well as slide. A clever mantle system lets you scale objects easily, enabling a fluid gameplay experience uninterrupted by your running into objects.
Multiplayer, a core element of Call Of Duty, has also been given a rethink. Now maps are dynamic and can be changed by events like earthquakes and floods. Character customisation is even more detailed, down to your head type and what gear you wear.
Watch Dogs is one of the few next-generation titles that we know quite a lot about. Announced at E3 in 2012, it has since pretty much set the standard for what new console titles will look like. Watch Dogs has been put together by Ubisoft Montreal and follows the story of Aiden Pearce, a skilled hacker who is able to control the city around him via his smartphone. Set in near future Chicago, it features Grand Theft Auto style open world gameplay.
Ubisoft just recently released some new gameplay footage for Watch Dogs which includes the environmental hacking element of the game in action as well as driving and shooting sequences. It looks like Watch Dogs is going to be one of the lead titles for the new Xbox and PS4. Already confirmed for Sony's console and set for release on 22 November, we can't wait to play more of the game at E3.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
Assassin's Creed 4 is all about taking the best of the last generation's AC games and rolling them all into one shiny new next-gen package. Set in the Caribbean, it follows the story of Edward Kenway, a pirate in the late 18th century. The likes of Blackbeard and other iconic pirates will form the crux of the game's story.
The naval warfare element of Assassin's Creed 3 features heavily in the new title, along with all the usual running and jumping, stealthy gameplay of previous games. Ubisoft is promising it will be a much bigger and more fully featured game than previous offerings and, judging from the trailers, will look just as spectacular as the rest of what the new Xbox has to offer.
FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, UFC and NBA Live 14
All powered by EA Sport's next-gen Ignite engine, the new range of sports titles for the Xbox One is looking very impressive indeed. It promises dynamic movements as well as clever biomechanic tech that should replicate the physique and technique of athletes. EA has added ten times the animation depth and detail of previous sports games as well, so expect the new FIFA to look very good indeed.
Looking at EA's own trailer for the new titles, even crowds are animated in 3D. Lighting looks spectacular and the whole package is so close to being photorealistic, it has us very excited.
Naturally FIFA 14 is the title that stands out as the most exciting right now. While details are fairly slim on what FIFA 14 will entail, we do know that better goal scoring techniques with Pure Shot and Real Ball Physics technology to improve the flight path of the football in play will be included.
Put together by Bungie, the masterminds behind the majority of the Halo games, Destiny is an ambitious project. The game will be a vast open world first person shooter with a 10-year life cycle from launch. The gameplay will be almost entirely dynamic, with events occurring via the game's own engine rather than being pre-programmed by Bungie.
Set 700 years in the future in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Destiny incorporates some of Bungie's cutting-edge graphics technology. The game looks stunning and features a diverse set of characters with which to communicate and fight. Bungie is keeping a lot of the actual niceties of the game fairly quiet but we do know that it combines a lot of MMO concepts with Bungie's own ideas for a first person shooter.
You have a choice of a different races called Guardians, Humans, Exo and Awoken. Each race will also have selectable classes and players will be tasked with using their Guardians to defend the last city on Earth. Exciting enough?
Battlefield 4 caused our jaws to drop when EA took us to Stockholm to see it in action. The game, which features Michael K. Williams, or Omar from the Wire, aims to address all the single player issues of Battlefield 3, while providing an even bigger and badder multiplayer experience.
Graphically it's most definitely next-gen, you only need to take a peek at the facial animation in the Battlefield 4 gameplay trailer to know what sort of a visual feast you are in for. Confirmed for the PS4 and now the Xbox One, this is going to be the Battlefield game consoles have always dreamed about.
Square Enix has been busy resurrecting its most famous franchises of late, with Tomb Raider and the latest Hitman game being strong returns for their respective characters. However, there's only particular games series that has laid dormant for longer than either of those had before their new chapters; the last Thief game was out almost a decade ago.
The first person stealth-'em-up returns in 2014 and has previously already been announced for PC and PlayStation 4. Now it's been confirmed for Xbox One too. Boss of development studio Eidos Montreal, Stephane D'Astous even hints that the latest addition to the franchise, simply titled Thief like the very first, could only be created for next generation consoles and high end PCs. "The next generation of home consoles allow us to create the best and the most immersive Thief game ever. The feedback we have received so far is simply amazing and we can't wait to show more of Thief at E3 this year." We can't wait either.
We'll be learning more about Xbox One games at E3 2013 in a few weeks, so stay tuned.