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

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

PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 may have sold plenty of units in 2015, but it was largely unimpressive when it came to exclusive titles.

The Order was a total disaster, and only Bloodborne and Until Dawn managed to stand out as exclusive up to the platform’s otherwise high standards. Sony will look to redeem its weak exclusive lineup with a strong showing in 2016.

Street Fighter V
Street Fighter V is arguably one of the most famous fighting games alongside Tekken and Mortal Kombat. The series will continue with this year’s release which sees it arrive as a PS4 console exclusive. It’s already generated a lot of hype. After all, it’s a Street Fighter game.

Hype Score: 8/10

Horizon: Zero Dawn
When Guerilla Games revealed Horizon: Zero Dawn last year at E3, many shat their pants. The third-person adventure title has you playing a girl in a post-apocalyptic world where dinosaur-like robots inhabit Earth.

The gameplay, world, and exploration was astounding, and it’s quickly become one of the most anticipated games this year.

Hype Score: 9/10

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Sony will forever be grateful to Naughty Dog for resurrecting the PS3 with the original Uncharted when the console was struggling with a lack of exclusives. Since then, we’ve seen 3 Uncharted titles, and all of them have been a mighty success.

Uncharted 4 should be no exception; every demonstration we’ve seen of the game indicates its following the footsteps of its predecessor, and adding a lot more to what is already one of the most famous franchises around.

Hype Score: 10/10

The Last Guardian
Cheers and deafening applause is what The Last Guardian received when it was unveiled last year at E3 after being dormant for nearly 3 years. Renowned director Fumito Ueda (Ico, Shadow of the Colossus) is bringing to us what seems to be another gem of a game.

The Last Guardian tells the story of a boy and a strange giant animal he has befriended, and how they interact together to traverse a dangerous landscape. The hype for this game is out of the roof.

Hype Score: 10/10

Ratchet & Clank
The awesomely awesome duo of Ratchet & Clank is coming to PS4! While many will confuse this as a mere remaster, it’s actually a complete reimage based on the upcoming film by the same name.

The reimaged version for PS4 will have a variety of gameplay elements taken from different titles within the series. R&C has a large fan-base, and it’s not surprising how highly anticipated the game is!

Hype Score: 8/10

No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky is largely an indie project, but it’s scale and gameplay has been so impressive you’d think a top-tier developer was behind it. The universe-exploring title is expected to finally release this year for PS4 and PC after several delays, and it’s one game every PS4 owner is aching to have a go at!

Hype Score: 9/10

GT Sport
Gran Turismo has been a PlayStation exclusive racing sim for a long, long time. While the release window of Gran Turismo 7 is still up in the air, we know for a fact that GT Sport is arriving this year.

The game is expected to feature more content than the ‘prologue’ titles, with more emphasis on the sports aspect of racing. Even though it’s not a part of the mainstream GT titles, it’s still a Gran Turismo game, and that makes it enough to be one of the more popular upcoming PS4 exclusives.

Hype Score: 6.5/10

What Remains of Edith Finch
This interesting title from Giant Sparrow tells multiple short stories of the cursed Finch family that resides in Washington State. It’s spooky, enigmatic, and certainly has that ‘x-factor’ to it to make it a highly interesting exclusive for the PS4.

Hype Score: 5/10

The Tomorrow Children
Weird and creepy is what I’d call the art of this game. It attempts to be Minecraft-ish with its presentation, but the complex underlying plot of a failed experiment to create a ‘hive mind’ Earth and repercussions that follow make it something you just cannot compare to any other title before.

It’s kind of hard to tell what the hell The Tomorrow Children is exactly about, and that’s pretty much why it’s so intriguing.

Hype Score: 4/10

Hellblade has had a strenuous development since its reveal back in early 2015, but it’s slated to arrive for PC and PS4 this year nevertheless.

It’s certainly an interesting game, and follows Celtic mythology as you take control of a girl named Senua who embarks on a psychotic journey in a hellish underworld that is the manifestation of her own reality and mind.

The story, presentation, and concept of the game certainly make it an exclusive to look out for.

Hype Score: 6/10

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