Starting with Rare Replay in August, and ending with Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Phil Spencer has called this time period the greatest line up of Xbox games in the 14 year history of the company. That is a huge statement to make, and a statement that could easily backfire on Microsoft if the games are not well received. There has been three games released under the “greatest line up in history statement” Rare Replay, Gears Of War Ultimate Edition, and Forza 6.
Microsoft tried to go for the stacked Xbox One exclusive promotion route last year, and it didn’t go so well. They offered Forza Horizon 2 which was a great game, Sunset Overdrive which was a good game that just didn’t get the attention, and Halo The Master Chief Collection which was a complete disaster in terms of Online. This time however Microsoft have been a lot more careful using established brands like Tomb Raider and remasters that would be well received rather than risking their claims on a new IP that could be critically panned. Lets just hope Halo 5’s online isn’t a complete mess or that would be disastrous.
The Metacritic average for each game (in order) is 85, 82, and as of right now 88 for Forza 6. Microsoft deserve credit for those averages as not one game has slipped under 80, and in the current generation of video gaming the difference between a 79 average and 80 average is quite big. I personally don’t agree with it, but it’s the way many gamers judge video games today. I understand two of the games are remasters, but not all remasters are guaranteed great scores like Rare Replay and Gears Of War Ultimate Edition got.
Forza 6 was the first brand new and exclusive to Xbox One title in this line up, so it had to be a hit or else “the greatest line up in Xbox history” would have been mocked before it had really truly began. It was also important that Forza 6 had to be hit as Forza 5 was a major decline in eyes of reviewers and fans with the game getting the lowest average score in the history of the series. It was a big gamble for Microsoft but it paid off and Forza 6 has now become the highest rated Xbox One exclusive ever.
It’s a great start for the line up that Phil Spencer has called the greatest line up in Xbox history. It’s only really just begun too as there is still Halo 5 and Rise Of The Tomb Raider to come, and both are expected to be huge hits for the Xbox One. Failure is not an option for these next two titles, and to really put a stamp on this Fall 2015 line up some 90+ scores might be needed to really give some validity to this claim of being such a great line up.
The truth however is Microsoft had one of the greatest line ups in their 14 history already, and it would be extremely hard, almost impossible now for them to top it. In 2007 the Xbox 360 in a 6 month period released Bioshock, Mass Effect, Forza Motorsport 2, and Halo 3. All four ended up getting 90+ average scores with Bioshock being regarded as one of the greatest games ever made so I seriously doubt this 2015 run of Xbox One games can come close to topping that unbelievable run of games in 2007.
If Tomb Raider and Halo 5 manage to get great scores then you can make a serious argument that 2015 had the best run of Xbox games since 2007, and should be recognized as one of the best years an Xbox console has ever had in terms of quality video games.
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