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Xbox One: The Launch Lineup

By: Cliff Davenport




At war with yourself over which Xbox One games to play first?  I’m not, but for those faithful to Microsoft, you can start hedging up your gaming budgets for November, when the Xbox One and its launch-day lineup are expected to hit shelves.  While it’s not as expansive as Sony’s reportedly 33-title-strong launch catalogue, Microsoft’s own list of 23 sports no shortage of cross-platform titles and exclusives alike:


     - Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

- Battlefield 4

- Call of Duty: Ghosts

- Crimson Dragon

- Dead Rising 3

- FIFA 14

- Fighter Within

- Forza Motorsport 5

- Just Dance 2014

- Killer Instinct

- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

- Lococycle

- Madden NFL 25

- NBA 2K14

- NBA LIVE 14

- Need for Speed: Rivals

- Peggle 2

- Powerstar Golf

- Ryse: Son of Rome

- Skylanders: Swap Force

- Watch Dogs

- Zoo Tycoon

- Zumba Fitness: World Party


The odd thing is, despite now knowing what to expect from Microsoft at launch day, we still don’t officially know when that day will be.  We can, however, safely assume that it will be on or about November 19th, the listed release date for both Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.   It’s also a good bet that Microsoft isn’t willing to fall too far short of Sony’s own November 15th launch date for the PS4.  


What’s more, Microsoft’s most (debatably) anticipated titles-to-come, Halo 5 and Titanfall, aren’t due out for some time after launch, so once the holiday sales die down post-December, time will tell whether either Microsoft or Sony possess the staying power to win out over one another in the long haul.    


Lastly, for those unwilling or unable to shell out for an Xbox One at launch, Amazon.com is offering an interesting deal to budget-conscious gamers.  Since several of the console’s coming titles, like Watch Dogs, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Battlefield 4 will actually see cross-platform release on current-gen consoles as well as next-gen, they’re offering up to $50 worth of trade-in incentives for gamers who decide to upgrade to the Xbox One versions of those games between launch and December 31st, knocking the effective cost of the trade-up down to just $10.  Honestly, it sounds like an awesome deal, so if you’re as cautious as I am about all things Xbox One, policy revisions notwithstanding, the program might well be a great way to test the waters without abusing your wallet more than you might with your current console anyway.  


Of course, there’s the issue of waiting on two-way shipping, and the greater issue of whether or not a non-reserved console will even be left on shelves by the time the gamers at whom this program is aimed decide to take part in it.  The window of opportunity is rather brief, after all, at just barely over a month long between mid-November and December 31st.  Still, I’ve been surprised before, and if my unabashed pessimism regarding Microsoft’s industry future proves truer than I thought, the concern of availability may be rendered moot altogether.   





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