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The 5 Best Xbox One Exclusives Games in 2019

The battle between PS4 and Xbox is one that has been raging on ever since the two were launched. And depending on who you ask then any of the two is the best.

One argument that has always been used to compare the two is the game library specifically games that are exclusive to only one of the consoles. And this, my friend, is where the line is drawn because regardless of what anyone might want you to believe PS4 has the biggest collection of exclusive games. You cannot argue with that.

But where does that leave the Xbox console? Not very far off. Microsoft has really stepped up and now boasts of quite a number of heavy-hitting games that are enough to make anybody reconsider the decision to buy their console. Which is precisely what we will be covering in this post.

Follow along as I highlight the 5 best games that are only exclusive to Xbox.

1. Gears of War 4


Gears of War is just as it sounds. A cover based shooter game that involves battling alien monsters using some of the most impressive weapons you will come across when playing shooter games. The story begins 25 years after Gears of War 3 where Marcus Fenix helped prevent a subterranean locust invasion. However, a new threat is emerging and Marcus Fenix being too old will now have to hand over the mantle to his son JD. The son is joined by his friends Kait and Del to complete the team of soldiers who will fight this new threat.

There were concerns regarding this game when ‘Epic Games’ announced they would be signing off their development rights to ‘The Coalition’ but, the new developers have managed to keep everything that people had grown to love about the game while also improving on it. It now features more weapons and also includes new offensive and defensive strategies. You have access to more close-cover combat moves including the option to grab your enemies from cover and take them down using a knife.

Gears of War 4

You can either choose to play solo or call up your friend for one of the most exhilarating coop gaming in a split screen. And it does not stop there. The game also includes an online multiplayer mode where you can either play in coop mode or versus mode.

The developers have incorporated a ranking system to facilitate a fairer selection of opponents depending on your level of expertise. The online multiplayer servers are always up so you should have no problem connecting with other players. The servers can render up to 60 fps which gives you the most fluid gameplay.

Developer: The Coalition

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Release Date: October 2016

2. Forza Motorsport 7


This has to be the hardest choice I made on this list. It was either Forza Motorsport 7 or Forza Horizon 4 and the fact that FH4 is the latest of the two did not do much to help. However, I finally decided to go with FM7. Why? It has more racing cars and many people swear that it has a better Multiplayer mode of the two.

The racing genre does not have very many variations like the shooter which makes it very easy to directly compare the exclusive Xbox one games to the exclusive PS4 games. And is it turns out Xbox emerges as the winner here thanks to Forza Motorsport. PS4 gamers have Gran Turismo which although great, falls under FM7.

Forza Motorsport 7

This racing simulator by Turn 10 Studios features over 700 cars including your favourite brands such as Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Porsches. The realism in this game is so real that you will actually have problems distinguishing it from a TV show or movie. And this rawness can be felt even in the controls. You cannot even begin to imagine the thrill if you happen to own a steering wheel accessory. And as if that’s not enough this game offers true 4K performance at 60fps.

FM7 has a career mode that will have you racing in different racing environments including indie tracks. And to add more flair to it, you will be attending interviews. There will also be occasional wars between brands. Then finally we have the split screen mode where you can challenge your friend to a duel. Full disclosure, a lot of friendships have been broken here.

Developer: Turn 10 Studios

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Release Date: October 2017

3. Sunset Overdrive


Sunset Overdrive is one of those fun games that you can play on a boring Sunday afternoon and it will immediately lift your moods. The only problem is that you may find yourself still playing in the early hours of Monday morning. It has some weak attempts of humour that reminds me of ‘Ratchet and Clank’ but even when you are not laughing at the actual joke you can’t help smiling at the absurdity of it.

The game casts you as an employee of an energy drink company whose drinks are turning the citizens into monsters although unknowingly. One of the highlights of this game has to be vibrant colours. Even the monsters are orange.

It’s an open world game so you have a lot of ground to cover.

Sunset Overdrive

However, instead of using cars to move around the city as is mostly the case with open world games, Sunset Overdrive will have you skating, wall sprinting, and zippy zip-lining. And if you thought the whole game concept was crazy, wait until you see some of the weapons that are available for selection.

Developer: Insomniac Games, Blind Squirrel Games

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Release Date: October 2014

4. Halo 5: Guardians


When Xbox was first launched and was struggling to compete with Sony’s PlayStation, it was the Halo game that gave it bragging rights. And ever since, it continues to be the best exclusive FPS game you can play on Xbox. It is now in its 5th version and includes a ton of excellent upgrades which makes it the best Halo game so far.

Although the developers, 343 makers, have removed the local coop mode, they have more than compensated with their massive campaign and extensive online multiplayer mode. The campaign mode follows the Osiris team led by Spartan Jameson Locke as they try to find the Blue team comprising of Master Chief and 3 other of his Spartan comrades.

Halo 5 Guardians

However, I feel that 343 makers could have done a better job developing the game characters in this instalment of the game. This is because you will have to rely on the knowledge you have of them from the previous halo series to some extent which could be limiting to those playing it for the first time. But I will have to give it to them. Transforming Master Chief to a villain, he who has been the hero in all the other halo series was a major feat.

The online multiplayer mode is not lacking in terms of thrill too. You will especially love the large-scale warzone that allows players to fight against each other in teams of up to 12 people each. The temperatures are also bound to rise higher as the game combines the player vs player mode with the player vs environment to intensify the challenge while providing some heavy artillery such as rocket launchers to choose from.

Developer: 343 Industries

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Release Date: October 2015

5. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition


For the fifth spot I was torn between Ori and the Blind Forest and Cuphead but in the end, I went with the former. Not that they can be directly compared seeing that Cuphead is a run-and-gun game while Ori is an exploration game but they are both 2D platformers and I could only review one of those.

The game follows Ori a cute human-bunny creature as he traverses through a dying (blind) forest in search of Kuro the Villain. It is Kuro who poisoned the magical tree that keeps the forest alive. Ori is accompanied in his quest by Sein, a benevolent spirit that rescued him when his mother died. The spirit acts as Ori’s guide giving him valuable advice and also teaching him how to defend himself from the dangers of the forest.

Ori and the Blind Forest

While the initial release of this game was a blast, the new Definitive Edition takes it to a new level. It comes with new areas to explore, new abilities like light burst and the story has also been enhanced. The difficulty modes have also been revamped to make it more challenging. Unlike in the original edition, you can now easily fast travel to the areas that you have already explored.

Although the visuals are highly engaging and the characters well animated it is the gameplay that will have you hooked to this game. You will enjoy overcoming the various challenges to unlock new worlds and discover hidden items. Oh, then there is the beautiful soundtrack that eases you into the game session. I am a number one FPS fan but I was really impressed by how easily I grew into this game.

Developer: Gareth Coker

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Release Date: 2015

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