Xbox One has had its fair share of ups and downs thus far this generation but one thing that is quite widely agreed upon is that the Xbox One has accumulated a decent library of exclusive games. Xbox One owners have been treated to exclusives like Halo 5, Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Horizon 2, Forza Motorsport 6, Titanfall and more. However, and while this is based on a degree of subjectivity, some may argue that the Xbox One is still missing that definitive exclusive à la The Last of Us.
Out of the big 3 competitors (Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo) It’s only Microsoft’s Xbox One that has yet to release an exclusive title that has received a Metacritic score of 90+. On the PlayStation 4, both The Last of Us Remastered and Bloodborne have received scores higher than 90 and the upcoming Uncharted 4 will surely score around the same point. The closest Xbox One exclusive to reaching 90 was Forza Motorsport 6 which got a score of 87. Microsoft’s latest exclusive Quantum Break has received a good reception thus far with a lot of high scores and a few lower-than-expected scores but even this highly anticipated title doesn’t seem to reach that highly coveted 90+ on Metacritic.
That’s not even to say that any one of these games aren’t system sellers because games like Halo 5 prove just the opposite but it’s hard to deny that a game like Bloodborne, which didn’t sell as well as Halo 5 but did receive much critical acclaim could do wonders for the Xbox One. When it comes to debates between the games available on both of the major competitors right now, an argument often used against the Xbox One is the lack of such a critically acclaimed title.
There’s many great games coming up in 2016 and it’s possible that one of these titles could prove to be that definitive exclusive for the Xbox One. For instance, Xbox One owners will be treated to games such as Gears of War 4 which is shaping up to be a blockbuster title for the Xbox One. We know that Gears of War 4 will be going into closed and open beta this month so it’s exciting to see whether this beta will show signs of Gears of War 4 being that definitive exclusive title for the Xbox One.
Further, there seems to be a lot of praise for Gears of War 4 already with Rod Fergusson, who worked on all three mainline Xbox 360 games, who told Official Xbox Magazine, “Like how the original Gears of War was a visual showcase for the Xbox 360, Gears of War 4 will be a graphical showcase for the Xbox One.” Comments of confidence like this definitely give high hopes for what the next installment in the Gears franchise will bring.
In 2017 Xbox One owners will also receive a new AAA IP in the form of Scalebound. We’ve only seen a short gameplay clip from early footage but from what we’ve heard Scalebound does sound very promising indeed. The game is also being developed by Platinum Games who have been known to develop highly critically acclaimed games so perhaps it has a chance at proving to be a definitive title for the Xbox One.
It’s important to remember that a metacritic score doesn’t always accurately reflect how much you will personally enjoy a game and it’s usually only games with noticeably low scores that should be avoided. With saying that, it’s also important to note that there is a set of customers for whom review scores do hold a lot of weight so it would be beneficial indeed for the Xbox One to get a game that receives a score of 90 or higher.
Do you agree that the Xbox One is still missing a definitive exclusive? What upcoming game do you think could end up being that definitive title? Let us know what you think in the comments below.