Xbox One or PS4? The console wars seem to never end. Since Microsoft threw their hat in the video game ring with the Xbox, there has been an ever-growing battle between them and Sony to see whose console is the best.
However, a lot of this debate comes from the gamers who buy said consoles. After getting behind whatever console they choose, the gamers are then so motivated by their purchases that they have to justify why their system is better (at least, that's how I look at it). If their console is inferior, then they feel that they made a poor purchase.
To most of us, what it really comes down to are the games. If a console has crappy games, then it's not going to sell. While the Xbox One and PS4 have much of the same titles, each of them has their fair share of exclusive games that set them apart and make them desirable for each person. Due to the similar hardware of each system, it can be difficult to tell which exclusive belongs to which console, though.
This is where we test your knowledge, gamers. How well do you know your consoles? Are these titles Xbox One or PS4 exclusives?
Forza Horizon 3
Many developers try to create the best racing game. They combine a wide range of cars to choose from, amazing visuals, realistic controls, and just about everything you could imagine that would appeal to car enthusiasts. However, none have come close to the champion that is Forza Horizon 3. This game takes every step to simulate what real life racing would be like while still reminding the audience that it's a game and there's a lot of fun to be had at the end of the day.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD
Final Fantasy X HD is the faithful remaster of the PS2 hit. It tells the story of a young man named Tidus, who gets sucked away from his homeworld and into the mysterious realm of Spira. It's there that he meets an eclectic cast of friends as they help the summoner Yuna to defeat the monster known as Sin. Along the way, they make some shocking revelations and Tidus is forced to face a painful truth about the life he once lived.
Halo 5: Guardians
After Halo 4 successfully put Master Chief back on the map, 343 Industries immediately decided to continue the series with Halo 5: Guardians. After the death of Cortana, the Master Chief works with a team of his old friends to push back Covenant and Promethean forces as well as look for remnants of Cortana. However, Chief is deemed an outlaw and the new Spartan Locke is tasked with bringing him in. Defined by stellar graphics and a killer soundtrack, Halo 5 is a must buy.
Titanfall was a brand new take on the shooter genre. On top of having the players themselves use special abilities to launch themselves around the map, the game introduced the titan mechanic. Players could hop in a giant mech suit to deal maximum amounts of damage. Because the first entry in the game was still a conceptual game above anything else, it was only released on one of the two consoles. The sequel would later come to both Xbox and Playstation.
Killer Instinct is a fighting game where only those willing to kill survive (no, it's not Mortal Kombat). This title serves as a revival of a series that has been long dormant since its arcade days. Thankfully, the return on modern consoles has served it extremely well, adding both classic characters and new guest stars from other games to the roster. Coupling that with the fact that the game is free, and you've got yourself a hit fighting game in the making.
Ryse: Son of Rome?
Ryse: Son of Rome served as a launch title for the console it released on. From this one image, you might notice how gorgeous the game looks. Unfortunately, it is all style and no substance. The gameplay and story aren't intriguing enough to hold most players over through the campaign. The biggest thing that the game set out to do was show what next-gen hardware could create in terms of visuals. The team behind it just forgot to make a fun game in the process.
I'll kill my enemies.
The Last of Us is a phenomenal adventure, but it was made even better with The Last of Us Remastered. The textures are improved, the resolution is slightly better, and the game runs at a rock solid 60 frames per second. The game tells the story of a broken man named Joel who has to reluctantly protect Ellie as they travel across the country in hopes of finding a cure for the Cordyceps fungus that turns people into mindless zombies.
Cue Jurassic Park Music
Horizon Zero Dawn is a recent AAA title. It takes the open world formula as you take control of a strong woman named Aloy. She lives in a post-apocalyptic Earth where robots brought down human civilization. This led to mechanical dinosaurs roaming the world at every turn, ready to hunt or kill anybody who stood in their path. From start to finish, this game is downright beautiful and holds a lot of tense moments that make this strange concept work very well.
Saturday morning video games
Cuphead is a platformer all about style. After watching a marathon of old Saturday morning cartoons, the developers decided that the visual style of the shows would make for an excellent video game. This led them to create a co-op platformer that was not only modeled to look like an old-timey cartoon but crafted to be extremely difficult (just as games were back in the day). The game is not out yet but was recently given a release date after a long while.
The butterfly effect
Until Dawn is one of the strangest games on paper. In a sense, it's like a choose your own adventure novel but with a lot of gore and horror. The game takes a lot of old horror movie tropes and puts them into a game where you decide each character's fate. Even the smallest of decisions will impact who lives and who dies. The entire goal of your playthrough is to try and let each teenager survive the night. Are you up to the challenge?
Passing on the torch
The Gears of War series managed to take cover based shooting and bring it to the masses. Needless to say, the move worked and the franchise became a household name. after completing a trilogy, developer The Coalition decided a smart move would be to make a 4th entry in the series. Set years after the trilogy, Gears of War 4 takes Marcus on a journey as he passes on the torch of protecting humanity to his son and the rest of the younger generation.
It's all about the Journey
There are few games more masterful than Journey. It's one of the few experiences that you have to play from start to finish. You cannot save it. You travel through a mysterious desert, discovering more about who are. As you progress, you encounter another character that looks just like you that is actually controlled by another player. However, there is no in-game chat, and you must instead rely on the environment and your controls to communicate. This is all blended with an art style that demands your attention.
The Ratchet and Clank series has gone on for what seems like forever. However, because the developers at Insomniac had created a complicated lore in many years, they thought it'd be best to reboot the franchise. They essentially remade the first Ratchet and Clank game but instead crafted the story as they would tell it in the modern day. Naturally, the newer hardware allowed the game to be downright gorgeous, blending a perfect mix of nostalgia and fresh ideas for the series.
Recore was a game that a lot of people were excited for. Taking the best elements of Metroid Prime and Mega Man, it seemed that this would be game of the year material. Unfortunately, this tale would leave a different result after it released. While it's not bad by any means, Recore could have benefitted from a little more time in the oven in order to solidify its gameplay mechanics and tighten up its story a bit. Now you can buy it on the cheap.
Classic Tales and Tough Gameplay
Bloodborne combines the challenging gameplay of Dark Souls and the old tales of Dracula and Cthulhu. This Victorian Era adventure is every bit as disturbing as it is difficult. Expect to encounter a lot of demons and classic monsters from the stories of old in this tale. On top of that, expect to die some very painful deaths a lot. The game was in development for a few years before it released, being referred to under the codename of Project Beast.
Another game taking on the formula of Dark Souls is Nioh. This title was developed by the people responsible for the Ninja Gaiden series. However, instead of embellishing the game with ninjas, they decided that it would be better to incorporate samurai into their game. Nioh sees players travel through a fictional version of the Sengoku Period, where monsters and demons of all sorts have invaded various towns in Japan. It's then up to a sailor to pick up his katana and slash his way to victory.
When a developer has a track record as great as Rare, it makes sense to just release all of their greatest hits on one disc. Rare Replay is a celebration of one of the best developers in gaming history. Including famous titles like Battletoads and Conker's Bad Fur Day, Rare Replay has enough replayability to last for several months on end. It's all wrapped up in a reasonably priced bow as well; you could pick up the disc for about $20 nowadays.
Don't see a lot of 2D platformers anymore.
If you ever run across a whimsical-looking game titled Ori and the Blind Forest, you play it as soon as you can. This game takes a Metroidvania style and sets it to one of the best art styles ever put into a video game. Ori and the Blind Forest is excellent at allowing players freedom to move wherever they choose yet encouraging them to look in every nook and cranny to find the best power-ups in order to expand their gameplay.
Making the leap
Tearaway Unfolded is an enhanced port of a game that came out several years ago. Due to its popularity, the developers thought that it would perform better on a bigger console. Because of this, the paper craft art style got an HD upgrade and incorporated some new elements not found in the original game. While still a solid experience overall, Tearaway Unfolded has been criticized for not being able to properly simulate the excellence and uniqueness of the original game.
Gravity Rush was a brilliant game, but it only gained a cult following after it released. Because of this, the developers decided to wait for the game to get more support before giving it a bigger sequel. Gravity Rush 2 follows the adventures of Kat as she gains new ways to manipulate gravity and the world around her. Each level is designed to be larger and more colorful. Everything in this game comes alive when you play, and makes for a truly immersive experience.
Jet Set Radio Extreme
Sunset Overdrive is a game made by Insomniac, and despite how long they've created games with crazy weapons, they still bring their best work to this title. You take control of a guy who skates all around town while carrying a ridiculous roster of weapons. All the while, you'll be tackling various kinds of enemies that can range from simple peons to massive monsters. It was one of the first highlights for the console it released on and is a solid buy to this day.
Crash Bandicoot was one of the greatest video game mascots of the 90s, but after Naughty Dog lost the rights to the character, Activision took hold and made him go multi-platform. After the disaster of Crash: Mind Over Mutant, the character seemingly dropped off the face of the planet. Yet, out of nowhere, Crash has returned in the Crash N' Sane Trilogy that is set to remaster the first three games in the series. No doubt fans of the character lost their minds.
A Boy and His Dog
The Last Guardian was a game that sat in development hell for quite some time. After being teased by Team Ico for years, the project was pushed back across several console generations. Yet, in 2016, we finally got our hands on the final game. You take control of a young boy who has to work together with his dragon, dog, bird thing named Trico as they avoid enemies and try to survive. You never directly control Trico, though, he simply responds to your commands as the boy.
A world of possibility
Project Spark was a way to encourage gamers to also create their own games. On paper, this sounded like an excellent idea, but the execution was somewhat lacking. The game functions around the idea of players fashioning their own experiences, and makes it extremely easy to do so. Unfortunately, any time people can make their own games, it almost always results in a subpar experience. That's to say that Project Spark is bad, it's just not a game that everyone should play.
A Thief's End
The Uncharted series was Naught Dog's big hit after they created the platformers of Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter. Taking the character of Nathan Drake, Naught Dog sought to recreate the experiences found in Indiana Jones and make them accessible to gamers everywhere. After creating a great trilogy, they finished of Nathan's story with Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. This game was the culmination of the Uncharted series and was an adequate send-off to a character we had grown to love.