How Xbox One and PS4 Exclusives Stack Up Against Each Other in 2016

By   /   Feb 5, 2016
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Every year is a fresh start for the two giant console platforms who are constantly looking to out-perform one another. Of course, exclusives play a huge role in determining how well a platform is doing, and knowing this, both Microsoft and Sony have readied a line of exclusive titles arriving in 2016.

We take a look at some of the most anticipated exclusives for both consoles, rating each one based on hype and anticipation. Who has the stronger exclusives lineup of the two? You decide in the end!

Xbox One

Microsoft’s Xbox One has arrived in 2016 following a strong exclusives showing last year with the likes of Halo 5, Forza, and timed exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider. This year they face heavy competition from Sony, as the PS4 is staged to throw a ton of exclusives and new IPs to counter PS4’s disappointing 2015 showing (as far as exclusives are concerned).

Here are the Xbox One exclusives expected to arrive in 2016:

Quantum Break
Ah yes, we’ve been waiting for this one for a while now. Quantum Break is expected to finally make it to Xbox One this year. It’s certainly a game that stands high on the hype train. Personally, we can’t wait to take control of our time-bending hero.

Hype Score: 8.5/10

Gears of War 4

Gears of War has become a staple franchise that has been integral to Xbox’s success in the past decade or so. Microsoft will be releasing its first fresh Gears title on Xbox One this year, and from what we’ve seen of it, it looks set to follow the high standards of its predecessors.

Hype Score: 10/10

Crackdown 3
After nearly 6 years, we’ll finally be seeing a Crackdown game. Crackdown 3 is hoping to adopt its predecessor’s sandbox-styled third person shooting with an extra bit of destruction. Its prequel received mixed reviews back in 2010 with an average rating of 70%, but it does have a good fan-following to make it one of the more anticipated games of this season.

Hype Score: 6/10

Fable Legends
Microsoft has been teasing us with the much-anticipated spin-off of the Fable series for a while now. It was expected to be released last year, but Microsoft is pushing the release of the title on PC and Xbox One to this year.

Fable Legends is already looking to be a fantastic MMO. We’re admittedly tired of MMO titles now, but Fable nevertheless commands respect.

Hype Score: 8.5/10

ReCore was first shown off last year at E3, and it certainly impressed despite no presentation of real gameplay footage. Since then, we’ve seen quite a bit of ReCore and what to expect from this adventure title. It has absolutely everything required to become a huge hit, and we’re expecting no less than an absorbing title.

Hype Score: 9/10

Halo Wars 2
Halo 5: Guardians was quite successful last year (as expected), and continues to be the core ‘identity’ of the Xbox platform. Halo Wars takes the amazing Halo universe and all its goodness and presents a real-time strategy title.

The original Halo Wars in 2009 for Xbox 360 had generally positive reviews, though many felt wanting more from it. Halo Wars 2 attempts to redeem the series by making everything better and more engaging in a new title.

Hype Score: 6.5/10

Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves is a game by the legendary developer Rare, who brought us awesome franchises like Banjo-Kazooie, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, and Battletoads. It’s a game in which you play as a pirate in a multiplayer environment, with user-generated content making up what you see in the gaming world.

It’s certainly a wonderful idea, but we’re yet to see it manifest into real hype.

Hype Score: 4/10

Cobalt is an action-oriented side-scroller that is already out for PC, and will be arriving sometime this year on Xbox One and 360. The game certainly has plenty of awesome mechanics that you’d normally find in a first-person shooter, making it an immersive and fun title.

Hype Score: 4/10

Remember Limbo, that gloomy yet remarkably brilliant indie game that took everyone by surprise? The same folks who made that game (Playdead Studios) are developing Inside, and it’s expected to be just as gloomy, with just the same amount of darkness.

From the bits we’ve seen in the trailers, it looks like a perfect spiritual successor to Limbo (albeit a little spookier). I personally cannot wait for this one!

Hype Score: 5.5/10

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