If you’re planning to buy a Xbox One at launch, here’s some good news for you. It looks like you’ll have 23 Xbox One launch games waiting for you. Go ahead and be happy. That’s fine. The thing is, the number of exclusives on that list of launch titles is actually pretty small, so while there will be a lot of games to get, most are going to be available elsewhere. In quite a few cases, they’ll even be on the original Xbox 360. Which may make it cheaper to go ahead and grab one of these precious gems for a system you already have, than grab it for your new console for the sake of paying a smidge more to pad your library and justify your purchase.
So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to list all of the Xbox One launch games. If one’s an exclusive, I’ll say so. Then, you can decide for yourself just how awesome you think the lineup is.
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- Battlefield 4
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- Crimson Dragon Xbox One Exclusive
- Dead Rising 3 Xbox One Exclusive
- FIFA 14
- Fighter Within Xbox One Exclusive
- Forza Motorsport 5 Xbox One Exclusive
- Just Dance 2014
- Killer Instinct Xbox One Exclusive
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes
- LocoCycle Xbox One Exclusive
- Madden 25
- NBA 2K14
- NBA Live 14
- Need for Speed: Rivals
- Peggle 2
- Powerstar Golf Xbox One Exclusive
- Ryse: Son of Rome Xbox One Exclusive
- Skylanders: SWAP Force
- Zoo Tycoon
- Zumba Fitness: World Party
Out of 23 Xbox One launch games, only 8 are exclusive to the system. Of course, the dog is exclusive to the Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts, so I guess someone could technically go ahead and give that game an edge over the standard Xbox 360 edition. Still, looking at that list, I see a lot of games that I would rather buy for a console I already own, where I know I’ll have a large community of friends also playing, than for a new system. Not to mention games like Zoo Tycoon and Zumba Fitness don’t even really count.
Still, the Xbox One lineup does look pretty strong, so people who do grab the console at launch may be covered for quite a while.