Needless to say, we’re excited about the games set for release at the end of 2015. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or friends and family, we’ve got all the information you need to know about this Christmas and Holiday seasons new release Xbox One titles. Before you go, don’t forget to vote on your favorite upcoming Xbox One game. That feedback ultimately helps us decide the order of this list.
The Top 10 Most Anticipated New Xbox One Games for Holiday 2015
Contents at a Glance
- 1 The Top 10 Most Anticipated New Xbox One Games for Holiday 2015
- 2 A Must-Have Holiday Xbox One Accessory for Competitive Gamers in 2015
#10 Rise of the Tomb Raider
Lara Croft is back and we’re all waiting in line to see just what surprises Crystal Dynamics has for this one. As for the storyline, it’s based upon Lara finding and trying to locate the ancient secret to immortality in remote Siberia.
This time around gamers visit a huge open area where they’ll solve area puzzles, face death defying traps, guerilla warfare, and help Lara Croft conquer a world that’s desperately trying to protect its secrets.
In 2015 Rise of the Tomb Raider is exclusive to the Xbox One; however, PC and PS4 users will eventually get their grips on it in December 2016. While we’re not a fan here of exclusives, we’ll be chomping on the bit to get our hands on this one. Unfortunately, it’s Playstation owners, who supported Tomb Raider so much the first time around, that will miss out on this one.
#9 Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
It’s time to take London back during the Industrial Revolution in Ubisoft’s all new AAA Title, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. This time around you’ll play as twin assassins Jacob Frye and his sister Evie who IGN says may be the series’ best heroes yet. In other words, if you’ve enjoyed the Assassin’s Creed series in the past, then Syndicate should be near or at the top of your must-play list.
Evie, a smart and stealthy assassin, skittishly returns to London after her father’s death. With her brother’ Jacob’s brute strength, she gains confidence and realizes she can make a bigger difference in London than anywhere else. In Syndicate, you’ll use the twins to recruit a gang, hijack carriages, and brutally assassinate the corrupt to gain control of the city and rid it of corruption.
The reputation of the Assassin’s Creed series hasn’t always been perfect in the past; however, we’re cautiously optimistic that Ubisoft Quebec will right the proverbial train on this one.
#8 Forza Motorsport 6
This year Turn 10 released another series in the biggest and broadest racer they’ve ever released, Forza Motorsport 6. Forza’s garage is what really shines here. The option of owning and altering 460 cars is hard to pass up.
You’ll race everything from pre-war open-wheeled vehicles to Indy cars and do so even through some incredible looking wet weather. Multiplayer is fun and playable without additional lag and Career mode is more in-depth than previous versions.
Overall, Forza Motorsport 6 should be a worthwhile upgrade for all racing fans. The sound and control of your cars is superb and you’ll be chomping at the bit to race your favorite cars.
#7 Just Cause 3
400 square miles. That’s the freedom that players will feel with Avalanche Studios latest in the Just Cause Series. In Just Cause 3 Rico Rodrigues returns to his Mother’s homeland in the Mediterranean island of Medici to free it from a brutal dictatorship run by General Di Ravello.
Along the way, you’ll have access to countless vehicles and weapons and find your own way to cause the destruction of overly built-up military bases on the island. One unique option that really makes the game feel unique this time is the wingsuit which allows access to areas more easily and in different ways than ever before.
This along with a grappling hook and parachute truly allows the creative destruction that Just Cause fans are looking for.
#6 Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Although its number 6 on our list, there’s no doubt that Call of Duty Black Ops III is probably the most anticipated game of the holiday season as shown by the recently conducted Nielsen survey. It may even outsell highly anticipated titles like Fallout 4. That being said there’s no reason to think that the multiplayer gameplay will be that much better than other titles in the Call of Duty Series. Still, here’s a look at what’s new.
What’s New in Call of Duty Black Ops III?
Options like leveling up guns, controlled jump thrusts, slides, and new momentum mechanics have me as well as other former COD players coming back for more.
Another significant addition is the option for specialists which are elite black operation soldiers which provide custom weaponry and cybernetic enhancements to players on the battlefield. Once earned you’ll choose between one of nine of these elite soldiers.
Our initial impression from the beta is that it changes the game structure quite a bit. Whether it adds another layer to multiplayer or simply makes certain characters OP is yet to be seen.
As far as single-player goes, the dark and gritty future-based Black Ops III campaign looks solid. Overall, Black Ops 3 from Treyarch looks promising and is one to look for this Christmas season.
|Rise of the Tomb Raider||Assassin's Creed Syndicate||Forza Motorsport 6||Just Cause 3||Call of Duty: Black Ops III|
#5 Rainbow Six Siege
Perhaps the biggest surprise of E3 this year was Rainbow Six Siege. The brutally punishing action, mixed with immense destruction, and unbelievable 5v5 multiplayer gameplay lands this unexpected game on our #5 spot for the most anticipated games for the end of 2015.
This isn’t the same Rainbow Six game you’ve seen in the past. Even the difference between the Alpha and Beta gameplay was significantly more smooth. If you’re an FPS fan, go get it.
#4 FIFA 16
Fifa 16 is here and the incredibly popular series is more realistic than ever. This comes from new changes like the swing step defender, better goalie gameplay, a more realistic slide tackle, and no touch dribbling as you streak towards the goal.
Additional improvements like the FIFA 16 trainer helps new players to learn more quickly how to play the game. As the learning curve from a basic level to a legendary player is quite steep it’s nice to see these sorts of changes. Other improvements include the FUT draft, Career Mode innovations, and Women’s National Teams.
Overall the new FIFA 16 looks promises and has solid changes vs the previous FIFA 15 version. That being said, if you have FIFA 15, the looks and feel of this game will still be similar. Still, improvements like the FUT draft will be just the kick that many players need to buy the game.
#3 Star Wars: Battlefront
Star Wars Battlefront looks to be an amazing entry into the FPS multiplayer space for the end of 2015. I’ve played both the Alpha and Beta and even had Joker give his impressions on the game that we’ve seen thus far.
Needless to say, we’re excited for this one and you should be too. Weapons and combat were smooth and the game looks amazing on the Frostbite 3 engine, the same engine that’s been used on Battlefield Hardline and Battlefield 4. If there’s one small criticism I have for Battlefront it’s in the way that vehicles are presented as powerups.
That being said the overall game looks good and should be one that gives hours and hours of entertainment during all that Holiday free time you have.
#2 Fallout 4
If Fallout 4 is out and you’re reading this, stop everything you’re doing and go play it as it’s not going to be a game you’ll want to miss. Why?
Bethesda Does Customization Better Than Anyone Else.
In Fallout 4 Bethesda brought back weapon modification at a completely different level. Change it’s function, appearance, or just about everything you want to with it. Another new option is the ability to completely customize your character’s sex and face. You’ll also get a fully customizable home and settlement that brings some of the best traders and items of the game to your home and, of course, encourages raiders you’ll have to ward off.
The action happens after you emerge from the fallout shelter in the ruins of future Boston 200 years later. As the sole survivor of your vault, you’re brought into the dark and lonely new world. It’s your job to rebuild or determine this Wasteland’s fate.
Overall, Fallout 4 will be attractive to fans as well as newcomers to the game. The open world will leave you busy for hours while the DLC and mods may keep you entertained indefinitely. This game would probably be number one on our list, but as it’s not an exclusive to the Xbox One, we feel the next game in our list deserves that spot.
#1 Halo 5: Guardians
In terms of First-Person Shooters, few have had more of an impact on the gaming industry than the Halo Series. Halo 5 Guardians seeks to fall in line with the other classics of the series. For storyline, Halo 5 Guardians is a direct sequel to Halo 4, released back in 2012.
Combat and Multiplayer Experience
Multiplayer combat exists on 3 tiers with 21 multiplayer maps at launch and 18 more coming post launch. 12 v 12 Warzone is the largest Halo multiplayer experience to date and looks to bring the experience to another level. 4v4 Arena multiplayer will be a skill-based competitive-type combat, and the 4-player campaign mode allows you to play with friends and drop in and out of the campaign and its 15 missions. Speaking of the campaign, Microsoft has listed it as taking 8-12 hours on normal with 8 playable characters.
More Options Than Ever
For items, this will be the biggest Halo yet with over 1,000 REQs at launch, 175 armor sets and helmets, 30 vehicle variants, 53 visors, 1600+ forge objects, and 218 player emblems. For competitive Halo players, there’s also a new prize pool of over $1,000,000 at the World Championship to promote the e-sports progress of Halo 5.
Overall, Halo 5 Guardians is the game we feel Xbox One owners will be most excited about but depending on your genre preference you may prefer one over the other. The multitude of maps, vehicles, weapons, and more should get you as excited about this upcoming game as we are.
|Rainbow Six Siege||FIFA 16||Star Wars: Battlefront||Fallout 4||Halo 5: Guardians|
A Must-Have Holiday Xbox One Accessory for Competitive Gamers in 2015
As a PC gamer, I’m completely obsessed about the mouse that I use for my favorite games. It has to be accurate, sensitive, lightweight, and good quality. As a competitive gamer, I’d be willing to pay quite a bit of money for the best that’s out there. Luckily when a mouse came out that I thought could beat Razer’s DeathAdder, Mionix covered the cost of their new Mionix Castor so I didn’t have to do so. For my Xbox Games, I’ve always just used the $50 Xbox One Controller and honestly felt good enough. Even when I play the PC I often use a console controller for the PC.
At the end of 2015, however, I’m tempted to upgrade to something that might just beat out my old favorite. It’s the new Elite Controller from Microsoft. At nearly 3 times the price of its regular controllers and nearly half the price of the Xbox One itself, Microsoft is clearly not aiming this at just your average gamer but rather competitive gamers.
What do you get for all that Elite money? To sum it up in one sentence, customization, and Hair Trigger Locks.
For customization, you get the opportunity to make the outfit the controller however you’d like. Interchange the thumbsticks the D-pad and the hair triggers and completely control which buttons you place where. These configurations are saved in the Xbox Accessories app and can be pulled up whenever you want to change them for something else.
Even sensitivity for the thumbsticks and triggers can be adjusted for more precise situations, like using a sniper rifle, or just running around with a pistol in Black Ops III.
Overall, the Elite is worth it if you’re a competitive gamer but may be overpriced for those just looking to have fun. Either way, it’s cool to see such a new innovation come forward for gamers.
|Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller|
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