It has been a year since the release of the Xbox One and it seems time to review what the new platform has offered and how it fared. The list below are Xbox One titles that my family and friends purchased and played over the last twelve months as well as their respective review scores from IGN and Gamespot. There are a many things of interest to note. Overall, Gamespot rates games lower than IGN but the ratings are consistent except for the freakishly low 6 for Destiny from Gamespot. I cannot explain why they alone seem to find that game lacking. Other than that anomaly however, the games all enjoyed high ratings and popular success. I cannot pick a loser in this bunch. Each delivered what it promised and looked great doing it.
|Date||Title||IGN Rating||Gamespot Rating|
|November 2013||Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag||8.5||9|
|Call of Duty: Ghosts||8.8||7|
|Dead Rising 3||8.3||—|
|Forza Motorsport 5||8.8||—|
|February 2014||Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare||7.8||7.5|
|May 2014||Watch Dogs||8.4||8|
|Wolfenstein: The New Order||7.8||8|
|Forza Horizon 2||8.3||8|
|November 2014||Assassin’s Creed Unity||7.8||7|
|Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare||9.1||8|
|Far Cry 4||8.5||7|
What were our favorites? It depends who you ask. My kids loved Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare and expressed fleeting admiration for Forza Horizon 2. For me, standouts included Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Titanfall both of which are solid and beautiful examples of their genres. All of the adult gamers agreed that Call of Duty: Ghosts suffered from the same issue as many titles in that series, lag. In the case of Ghosts, the issue is so severe that we don’t bother playing it anymore. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare seems to be a bit better behaved but I haven’t played in a few weeks. For me the Forza games are always a big hit and Forza Motorsport 5 and Horizon 2 are both the best in their respective series.
But the true standout for us all and the biggest surprise for all us as well is Destiny. In terms of total playtime since its launch, nothing comes close to our focus on Destiny. With the “The Dark Below” DLC about a week away, the new content will keep us busy for a while.