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COMMENT | Xbox One has the better games lineup for the second Christmas running

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Matt Gardner
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COMMENT | Xbox One has the better games lineup for the second Christmas running

But will it make a difference?

Shoppers are girding their wallets for Black Friday, consumers are readying themselves for the Christmas crunch. Which console is it to be this Christmas? PS4 or Xbox One? Is the Wii U still alive? Which console has the better games?

I'll deal with the Wii U later, what with Nintendo's console having a clear advantage (and the first-party games to back it up) after launching a year earlier, and being utterly irrelevant in terms of a mass audience and the big third-party releases of the winter. That said, if you're choosing a platform based on the single best game of the year so far, buy a Wii U. It's the Bayonetta 2 machine. I'm biased, but if you love games, you'll do it.

Elsewhere, though, choosing a console become far more difficult. We'll go into greater depth in a massive comparative buyer's guide towards the end of the month, but for now let's talk about the games.

COMMENT | Xbox One has the better games lineup for the second Christmas running

When the PS4 and the Xbox One launched last year, we tipped the Xbox One as having the more attractive Christmas lineup. Microsoft's console simply had more variety, more interesting exclusives, and it's a position that I still standby. In fact, throughout the whole of this first year, I think it's safe to say that the Xbox One has had the edge in terms of marquee exclusives.

The trouble is, of course, as I posited in an article a couple of months back, none of that made a difference thanks to Microsoft's spectacular PR failure ahead of the Xbox One's launch, and the cold, hard fact that the Xbox One was, however marginally, technically the weaker of the two consoles.

Now, at the tail end of 2014, it's clear that not much has changed. Sony are still happily trundling along, waiting for their first-party studios to cook up a bunch of exclusives somewhere down the line and shaping the image of the PS4 through third-party deals and console bundles, and Microsoft... well, Microsoft have a pretty strong lineup.

COMMENT | Xbox One has the better games lineup for the second Christmas running

Sunset Overdrive is a whole bunch of fun. It's not groundbreaking, it doesn't do much that's especially new, but it reminds me a lot of Infamous: Second Son in that regard -- though the two games are vastly different in terms of tone. It's colourful, in-yer-face, and packs in a meaty amount of bang for your buck. There's merit in the "Insomniac unleashed" narrative behind it, and Microsoft made a bundle out of it, partnering the game with an equally striking white Xbox One. It's one of the first triple-A new-gen new IPs, and that's exciting.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is also exciting, but for rather different reasons. The Halo brand is a name that sells consoles, and this is the ultimate fan-service bundle: four games, a new Anniversary Edition for Halo 2, shiny, buffed-up multiplayer, and a beta for next year's sequel included as well. Following the disappointment of Bungie's Destiny, the return of Halo serves not only as a reminder of that studio's heyday, but as a stark example of some of the finest FPS work in the business. We'd expected to have to pay premium bucks for this, but Microsoft did the decent thing and put it all on one disc (and a hefty download) at a damn competitive price.

There'll be a bundle for that too. Oh, and there's already one for Forza Horizon 2.

COMMENT | Xbox One has the better games lineup for the second Christmas running

That's a cracking game, and it actually works for the most part, something which can't really be said of the PS4's bright jewel of the racing genre. I can't pretend to have ever been particularly excited by the prospect of Driveclub, but I did expect it to actually work, given that as far as I could tell it was going to be a very pretty driving tech demo with Autolog. More fool me, I guess.

One thing Sony have done, however, is to continue to foster a sense of accessibility on their platform for consumers and developers alike, and they've done excellently to make PS Plus a release platform for smaller indie titles. That being said, Microsoft have not been without their own smaller darlings as well, and the Xbox One version of Ori and the blind Forest is still apparently on course for release this year.

I say this all as a PS4 owner, having known for some time that this would not be the winter of first-party awesomeness. I was the one who posited that Destiny might be the shield by which Sony held their own against Halo this Christmas, but it wasn't to be. Destiny was heavily touted by Sony, so much so that one could have been forgiven for thinking it was an exclusive game, but once the hype train's smoke had disappeared, disappointment reigned. It remains to be seen if PlanetSide 2 will still hit the PS4 before the year is out, but given the lack of noise from SOE on that front, it would be quite surprising.

COMMENT | Xbox One has the better games lineup for the second Christmas running

LittleBigPlanet 3 will probably be wonderful, and the PS4 has needed a game of its ilk since launch -- Knack simply didn't cut the mustard. But once again, Sony are sort of treading water this Christmas, and I've found myself doing much the same as I did last year: looking at Jon's Xbox One rather hungrily and wondering if I made the right call. That has nothing to do with the machines themselves, though, this is all about the games, and the exclusives at that. Throw third-parties into the mix, and that's where the real excitement lies this Christmas.

But I kind of have to say that. Third-party games are pretty much all we PS4 owners have to look forwards to until the New Year.

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DohnJoe  Nov. 6, 2014 at 17:31

Yep, now watch the poor $0N¥ paupers cry.

BlueBits  Nov. 6, 2014 at 19:44

PS4 has LittleBigPlanet 3 and Helldivers for November and possibly PlanetSide 2 and Journey for December and it has not been without first party(owned by SCE) and second party(published by SCE) games for the second half of 2014 so far...
TLOU, First Light, Counterspy, Hohokum, Driveclub, SingStar and Unfinished Swan.
Microsoft have a good second half both this and next year but they seem to have forgotten the first half of 2015 where they literally don't have any true exclusives. They only have State of Decay which is an xb1 version of a 2013 game.
PS4 have the true exclusives Bloodborne and The Order 1886 in February. Tearaway Unfolded and Ratchet and Clank have been confirmed for the first half of 2014 and MLB 15 will come PS3 and PS4. And I wouldn't be surprised if they launched Until Dawn and RIME in May and June

Last edited by BlueBits, Nov. 8, 2014 at 10:34
XanderZane  Nov. 6, 2014 at 20:41

Microsoft pretty much has 2014 locked up with great exclusive games. The PS4 really on has Infamous SS, LBP3 and a few Indie games. DriveClub was a complete flop. Everything else that was good got pushed int0 2015. Microsoft will have more then just State of Decay, as Quantum Break is suppose to be out early Spring 2015 and Fable Legends before the E3. We don't know about their Indie games like Inside or if Ori and the Blind Forest will be out this year or not. Phil already said they have so many games for 2015, that some of them may have to get pushed into 2016. These games will start hitting stores right after the E3, I'm sure. There are suppose to be 28 exclusives and new IP's for 2015. We already know about Quantum Break, Fable Legends, Crackdown, Scalebound, Tomb Raider, Halo 5, Scream Ride, Phantom Dust & Below. What are the rest though?

Jeffries5668  Nov. 6, 2014 at 22:48

Yep, now watch the poor $0N¥ paupers cry.


Huh?

DevilDogA99  Nov. 6, 2014 at 23:06

Sony's aim is their third party games this Christmas & building up for next year. With Share Play up, it will wield a powerful blow.

perkbringer5  Nov. 6, 2014 at 23:14

Yep, now watch the poor $0N¥ paupers cry.

Man this douche is literally everywhere talk about a true lifeless troll.

CD123  Nov. 6, 2014 at 23:29

PS4 has LittleBigPlanet 3 and Helldivers for November and possibly PlanetSide 2 and Journey for December and it has not been without first party(owned by SCE) and second party(published by SCE) games for the second half of 2014 so far...
TLOU, First Light, Counterspy, Hohokum, Driveclub and Unfinished Swan.
Microsoft have a good second half both this and next year but they seem to have forgotten the first half of 2015 where they literally don't have any true exclusives. They only have State of Decay which is an xb1 version of a 2013 game.
PS4 have the true exclusives Bloodborne and The Order 1886 in February. Tearaway Unfolded and Ratchet and Clank have been confirmed for the first half of 2014 and MLB 15 will come PS3 and PS4. And I wouldn't be surprised if they launched Until Dawn and RIME in May and June


Your argument fails when you talk about State of Decay being an xbl 2013 360 game when you yourself mention TLOU, Journey and Unfinished Swan which are PS3 games that have had PS4 makeovers. Even Until Dawn was supposed to be a PS3 - PS Move game which was held back

Driveclubs a bit of a mess in itself, doesn't seem to be all that despite being delayed and a failed launch.

Planetside 2 WILL NOT be ready for end of year as the article says, been way too quiet which is a shame cause I cannot for the life of me get it mapped on a pad on the PC (aim switches out when you fire) so I've been waiting for the PS4 version.

LBP3 will be pretty big though, already ordered for my kids Christmas....though I'm slightly concerned its not getting much hype, adverts etc...they aren't delaying that are they??

XB1 wins, I fully agree with the article though tbh the line ups a bit rubbish on all of them. More excited for FC4 than anything else this year tbh

xXP0t5m0k35Xx  Nov. 6, 2014 at 23:49

Sony's aim is their third party games this Christmas & building up for next year. With Share Play up, it will wield a powerful blow.
When I heard about this whole Share Play thing, I was a little upset that I didn't buy a PS4.

Csr21771  Nov. 7, 2014 at 01:11

I haven't bought either one yet but I've been leaning towards a PS4 . I'm not a fan boy either I have a PS3 and Xbox360 . I really liked the Drake games for PS4 but I played Skyrim on Xbox360 so I'm still in the air but leaning towards PS4.

MrBobbo  Nov. 7, 2014 at 01:25

So far I really don't think either system has done too well with the exclusives. Haven't tried Sunset Overdrive, but it really doesn't look that interesting to me. Halo MCC is cool and all, but it's really nothing new for the most part. PS4's exclusives so far have all mostly been remasters and some indie games, and then Little Big Planet. Planetside 2 was a huge disappointment on PC a while ago, so don't really care about that. It has the really cheap feel I've come to expect from free to play games. All in all after a year I don't think either system has "won" with their exclusives, they're both kind of a let down. When a new Gears of War, an actual new Halo, new Uncharted, new God of War come out, then I would say the battle has begun. But so far I've found both systems kind of a disappointment with exclusive games.

pedrovnone  Nov. 7, 2014 at 05:44

I bet Xbox one sales will be huge!

MassAffection  Nov. 7, 2014 at 06:39

I agree, Xbox One does indeed have a better lineup this holiday. But, next year it will be a different story.

XB1PS4Owner  Nov. 7, 2014 at 07:21

I will say this... all that matters for this conversation is what is currently out and what is coming prior to 01/01/2015 in terms of what your gaming preference is. I've had a Ps4 since May of this year and I have to say as an action/adventure/shooter fan the options have been pretty scarce. I picked up Infamous: Second Son but as great as the game looked it didn't hold my attention. I played it only until I was able to get something else (maybe 4 hours of playtime max). Then I got Battlefield 4 and though it was the typical Battlefield/Call of Duty boring storyline I did complete the campaign and was satisfied with it overall since I don't play multiplayer much. Then I moved to Killzone: Shadow Fall and couldn't help but wonder if this IP will ever regain the glory/hype it once had when Killzone 2 was released on Ps3. Doubtful but I played it for a while... that didn't hold my attention either. It was tough going using the Ps4 just for Hulu, Netflix, etc. in between all this and then came Watch Dogs. Not a perfect game by any means, especially since everyone wanted to compare it to GTA5 for no apparent reason. It's another new IP that I enjoyed though that did keep my attention and I paced myself so it took a few weeks to beat it before retiring it back into it's case. I was again at an impasse and had nothing to play. Though TLoU: Remastered was released weeks later I couldn't bring myself to pay $50 bucks for a game I paid $60 bucks for a year earlier. I did finally find something new last month with The Evil Within (and TLoU: Remastered was found for $29.99 online sale / digital download) so now I'm onto that but I believe that is how I'm wrapping up my 2014 with the Ps4. Nothing new to look forward to... nothing that is "must-have exclusive" though my unflinching love for the GTA series will see me buy the re-release of GTA5 in 11 days. Just the knowledge that if I beat The Evil Within too quickly that's another top notch new IP back in the case and I'm left going back to inFamous: Second Son, replaying TLoU with better graphics, or Killzone: Shadow Fall.

Now on to the Xbox One... I just picked up the Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Xbox One on 11/3. I hadn't planned on buying an Xbox One this year but with the 1TB drive and the cool design (plus game included) it seemed like a good enough deal. I also picked up Sunset Overdrive to give myself something else to do. As I explored the library of what is out there I feel Titanfall is no better than the multi-platform (but underwhelming) 'Destiny' so I am skipping both of those. Killer Instinct is a scam considering you have to buy each player in one way or another just to enjoy the game. Also I've never been a Halo fanboy so from what I can see 'Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition' is the only other Xbox One exclusive I'll be getting this year. There is still the aforementioned purchase of GTA5 coming but Xbox One or Ps4 depends on if I can get an honest review of which one has the best graphics (I miss 'The Edge' that GameInformer used to do on multiplatform games before they became slaves to the industry and stopped all together).

Anywho... that is just one man's humble opinion. Se you all on the other side of the controller.

dabadguycr  Nov. 7, 2014 at 08:34

Sony's aim is their third party games this Christmas & building up for next year. With Share Play up, it will wield a powerful blow.
When I heard about this whole Share Play thing, I was a little upset that I didn't buy a PS4.


Share Play isn't as good as it looks on paper. The way it made it sound you could play any co-op game but the truth is you can only play two player games that have split screen or are on screen at the same time. Also you need fast upload speed to even use it.

BlueBits  Nov. 7, 2014 at 10:37

...
Microsoft have a good second half both this and next year but they seem to have forgotten the first half of 2015 where they literally don't have any true exclusives. They only have State of Decay which is an xb1 version of a 2013 game.
...


Your argument fails when you talk about State of Decay being an xbl 2013 360 game when you yourself mention TLOU, Journey and Unfinished Swan which are PS3 games that have had PS4 makeovers. Even Until Dawn was supposed to be a PS3 - PS Move game which was held back
...
Planetside 2 WILL NOT be ready for end of year as the article says, been way too quiet which is a shame cause I cannot for the life of me get it mapped on a pad on the PC (aim switches out when you fire) so I've been waiting for the PS4 version.
...

I first mention a few games that has released to make a fair comparison with xb1 line-up. Some games are remastered some are also on PS3 and Vita for the SCE games and some MS games are on 360 and PC.
I then say that xb1 don't have any true exclusives. Xbox One don't have any true exclusives from December to September.
And again to make a fair comparison I mention Tearaway, MBL and R&C on the PS4 side and the only game published my MS set to launch in the first half of 2014.

PlanetSide 2 "Beta is coming in the next few months" [John Smedley, October 2014]

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BlueBits  Nov. 7, 2014 at 11:08

... Microsoft will have more then just State of Decay, as Quantum Break is suppose to be out early Spring 2015 and Fable Legends before the E3. We don't know about their Indie games like Inside or if Ori and the Blind Forest will be out this year or not. Phil already said they have so many games for 2015, that some of them may have to get pushed into 2016. These games will start hitting stores right after the E3, I'm sure. There are suppose to be 28 exclusives and new IP's for 2015. We already know about Quantum Break, Fable Legends, Crackdown, Scalebound, Tomb Raider, Halo 5, Scream Ride, Phantom Dust & Below. What are the rest though?

Quantum Break is a 2015 game. So far no indication of a Q1 or Q2 release date. Fable isn't expected launch sooner than late summer.
Inside is coming in January but it's a timed exclusive and not published by MS that's why I didn't mention it.
He said they had so many games for the holiday 2015 but it only proves that they have timed their game launches for that one season.
They only showed a CG trailer for Scalebound so don't expect that until 2016.

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Divaazero  Nov. 7, 2014 at 11:22

Who said this ?

In Playstation Lineup :
BloodBorne
Unsharted 4
Ratched & Clank
Shadow Of The beast
No Man's sky
Until Down
Alienation

Buddy .. Unsharted 4 makes me buy PS4 console , so how about all the others ?

Late  Nov. 7, 2014 at 13:03

http://vgboxart.com/boxes/PS3/36939-unsharted-drakes-misfortune.png

lolz

phil16  Nov. 7, 2014 at 13:15

Still not feeling the desire to jump to next gen. I only recently (6 months ago) got a PS3 so I could clean out my PS+ back catalogue (I got it for the Vita) which covers my console needs. If I want graphics my 2 year old PC holds it own against this generation (and it only cost £300 thanks to some reused parts and a hand me down GPU). Will wait a while yet before I make the jump...

Autarch  Nov. 7, 2014 at 13:22

Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, has said that Holiday 2015 will be "crazy" for Xbox One. He goes on to say that it is so packed with games for Xbox One that it's being considered delaying games because there are so many crowding that timeframe that they would compete with each other for sales.

2015 will be even stronger for Xbox One in the holiday season than 2014. Sony has more sales, but is desperately behind with games.

http://www.dualshockers.com/2014/11/01/phil-spencer-next-fall-will-be-crazy-for-xbox-one-this-holiday-season-a-good-time-to-compete/

GamingwithFacts  Nov. 7, 2014 at 14:21

PS4 has LittleBigPlanet 3 and Helldivers for November and possibly PlanetSide 2 and Journey for December and it has not been without first party(owned by SCE) and second party(published by SCE) games for the second half of 2014 so far...
TLOU, First Light, Counterspy, Hohokum, Driveclub and Unfinished Swan.
Microsoft have a good second half both this and next year but they seem to have forgotten the first half of 2015 where they literally don't have any true exclusives. They only have State of Decay which is an xb1 version of a 2013 game.
PS4 have the true exclusives Bloodborne and The Order 1886 in February. Tearaway Unfolded and Ratchet and Clank have been confirmed for the first half of 2014 and MLB 15 will come PS3 and PS4. And I wouldn't be surprised if they launched Until Dawn and RIME in May and June


I like your version of revisionist history. PS4 exclusives are all lower rated and lack quality. Driveclub is a flop yet Horizon 2 is masterful. Infamous was average while Sunset Eclipsed it with ease. You mentioned TLOU which is a simple upscale of the original as an exclusive but Xbox countered with the MCC collection which pretty much is the remake to end remakes.

Deal with the facts. The OP said THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. And the facts are Sony dropped the exclusive ball this season and the Xbox again has the better lineup. It might not be apparent to some, but greatness is simple waiting and I doubt 1886 will fix that.

Every one of you who wants to b ring up vaporware games from next year which have not been rated and or not completed are in denial.

Ifyou are not gaming on XBOX then you are NOT playing great exclusives this Holiday season - period!

psi01  Nov. 7, 2014 at 15:59

PS4 has LittleBigPlanet 3 and Helldivers for November and possibly PlanetSide 2 and Journey for December and it has not been without first party(owned by SCE) and second party(published by SCE) games for the second half of 2014 so far...
TLOU, First Light, Counterspy, Hohokum, Driveclub and Unfinished Swan.
Microsoft have a good second half both this and next year but they seem to have forgotten the first half of 2015 where they literally don't have any true exclusives. They only have State of Decay which is an xb1 version of a 2013 game.
PS4 have the true exclusives Bloodborne and The Order 1886 in February. Tearaway Unfolded and Ratchet and Clank have been confirmed for the first half of 2014 and MLB 15 will come PS3 and PS4. And I wouldn't be surprised if they launched Until Dawn and RIME in May and June
isn't this article talking about holiday 2014?

psi01  Nov. 7, 2014 at 16:00

Sony's aim is their third party games this Christmas & building up for next year. With Share Play up, it will wield a powerful blow.
like the blow sure play has with COD: AW?

andrewclear  Nov. 7, 2014 at 17:01

some might say that the Wii U has the better lineup. But, it is true, that the Xbox One and the Wii U have some solid holiday titles, and the PS4 has the same 3rd parties as the One, but doesn't have the exclusives that the other two have.

But, in the end, does it really matter to some people? I love games, so I will buy systems that have the games I like. I have a PS4 and it is collecting dust (that will change with Dragon Age). I haven't found an exclusive on the One to make me want to buy that yet, but I know I will, if a game comes out for it that I want.

I have been playing my Wii U a ton lately, but that is because it is the home of exclusives (since there is little 3rd party support).

Also, my ps3 and 360 still get more love than my PS4... sad.

MattGardner  Nov. 7, 2014 at 17:10

Is anyone else still laughing at Unsharted? No? Just me?

Hahahahaha. It's funny because... poo.

I'm such a child.

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