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Microsoft’s newest video game console offering, the sleek and shiny Xbox One, started its life with rather underwhelming sales. This was largely due to a relatively high price point for the system, as well as a notable lack of system-selling games to accompany the Xbox One’s early life. This year has brought with it a notable upswing in terms of Xbox One sales. After a notable price drop, the option to get a Kinect-less system and a slow but steady influx of games, the Xbox One is beginning to show its power and potential.

With more than half of 2014 in the books and the hot rays of summer beating down, it can be hard to stay excited about video games. Thankfully, the Xbox One has a few tricks up its sleeve, promising a steady arsenal of exclusive video games with it. The titles found below are the best of the Xbox One’s exclusive video game offerings for the rest of 2014.

4) Killer Instinct: Season 2:

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The original Killer Instinct was in every way a genre-defining title when it was originally released in 1994. The game’s stylish characters and over the top combo moves earned it a massive following, culminating into the surprise of a lifetime when Killer Instinct returned in 2014 as an Xbox One exclusive. After an impressive release late last year, Season 2 of Killer Instinct is just around the corner, bringing with it the reappearance of TJ Combo, rebalanced fighters and more than enough additional tweaks to keep even the most obsessive fighting game fan happy.

3) Fable Legends:

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When it was first announced, Fable Legends left many scratching their heads. The newest entry into the RPG series is headed in a markedly different direction than past titles, placing four heroes together as well as allowing a player to control a villain for the first time. Equal parts co-op action/RPG and tower defense/RTS, Fable Legends is a step in a different – but truly interesting direction – for the revered series. The emphasis on online play and 4 vs. 1 mechanic is surely enough to pique the interest of inquisitive gamers. While no definitive word has been given regarding the release date of Fable Legends, sources point strongly to the game hitting store shelves late in 2014.

2) Halo: The Master Chief Collection:

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As a general rule of thumb, when someone says “Xbox”, people tend to think of the Master Chief and the insanely popular Halo series. With Halo 5 slated to take over the world in late 2015, video game fans that can’t go a year without the Master Chief in their life will be pleased to see Halo: The Master Chief Collection hitting store shelves this November.

More than just a simple rehash of the Halo series, The Master Chief Collection is an essential purchase for those who have played through the series countless times as well as absolute newcomers. With numerous improvements, hundreds of multiplayer maps, and a completely updated version of Halo 2, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is an absolute must for Xbox One owners.

1) Sunset Overdrive:

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Insomniac Games has built a name for itself over the past two decades, releasing numerous beloved titles. From Spyro, to Ratchet & Clank and Resistance, everything Insomniac has touched has been veritable video game gold. The studio’s newest offering, the Xbox One exclusive, Sunset Overdrive, looks like it will be keeping in this tradition, launching the console to a whole new level.

Everything about Sunset Overdrive exudes style. From the games bright and poppy color pallet, to the absurd weapons and Jet Set Radio-inspired movement, Sunset Overdrive looks to be about plain and simple, no two ways about it, fun. In an era where all too often, video games get a little too serious, Sunset Overdrive looks to be just what the doctor ordered.

 

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Raymond Porreca

The author Raymond Porreca

Raised on classic role-playing games, Ray’s eternal quest for the next great game has led to him playing everything he can get his hands on. With a passion for every facet of the video game industry, Ray aims to keep readers informed and entertained with every word he writes.