Microsoft with its Xbox One has been lagging behind Sony’s PS4 for a long time due to the lack of first party titles. In those terms, 2018 was another bad good year for Microsoft as Metacritic has now confirmed that not even a single Xbox One first-party title managed to receive positive reviews.
Like every year, Metacritic has now revealed the highest rated games on consoles like Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch for 2018. As for Xbox, Red Dead Redemption 2 was the highest-rated game. Forza Horizon 4 was the highest rated first party exclusive on Xbox One.
With that, Metacritic mentioned that Xbox had zero positively reviewed first party exclusive titles in 2018.
Microsoft failed to offer a compelling case to pick up an Xbox One rather than another console in 2018. The best “console exclusive” titles released for XB1 last year could also be played on your PC, and there wasn’t a single game exclusive to Xbox One alone that received positive reviews from critics.
This is due to the Microsoft moving away from releasing the first part titles on Xbox One and instead focused on releasing games for Xbox One and PC both at the same time. This move was surely liked by PC owners but many Xbox players have been left disappointed in recent years due to the lack of good exclusive games.
Though it wasn’t a great year for PC either as only one game called “Into the Breach” managed to get a 90 overall rating on Metacritic.
Xbox One indeed struggled in 2018 with its first-party titles. Both Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 received didn’t turn out to be good as everyone expected. Both titles struggled at launch. Hype for both of these games is almost over due to the low player count.
As for PS4, Red Dead Redemption 2 topped the charts with 97 meta score followed by God of War which recently received the game of the year award at TGA 2018. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate topped the Nintendo Switch charts with a meta score of 92.
PlayStation 4 managed to have 13 good exclusives in 2018 and most of them made huge headlines. These PS4 exclusives include Spiderman, God of War, Detroit: Become Human and more.
If you are an Xbox owner then don’t lose hope. It doesn’t mean that Microsoft is done making any more good exclusives. Microsoft has recently acquired new studios like Obsidian Entertainment and more. Microsoft knows what they are missing and we think that they are going to compete with Sony sometime soon.
That’s not it, we also have upcoming Xbox One games like Gears 5, Crackdown 3, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps to look out for.
According to the reports, Microsoft might be gearing up for its upcoming console rumored to be Xbox Scarlett. So it’s not the end and indeed Microsoft has to learn from its past mistakes and start doing things the players want. Xbox Scarlett is also rumored to be discless but developers think that it’s not going to happen due to internet limitations.