Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

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When the Xbox 360 launched, it had 15 games accompanying it in Europe. Of those, only PGR 3, Geometry Wars, Call of Duty 2 and maybe Condemned really stood out. It wasn't a terrible launch line-up - between the HD upgrade and Xbox Live integration, there was enough on offer to keep players going - but Xbox One's potential day one makes it look rather pitiful. It could be one of the best launch line-ups we've seen.

Like last time around, there's a Call of Duty at launch, but the CoD of seven years ago isn't the same as today. CoD 2's multiplayer was the secondary attraction: the campaign hosting the real action. I probably don't have to tell you how different it all is today, and although Ghosts may well end up being a stop-gap until Modern Warfare 4 next year, it's still a massive coup to have a such a huge franchise at launch - especially with all those Xbox Live subs that need flogging.

What about FIFA 14, inextricably linked with the Xbox One thanks to Microsoft and EA's deal? Remember which FIFA game was on offer at the last launch window? The risible Road to the World Cup '06, a game so bad even EA had to admit it. The fact 14 is essentially packed in highlights just how good Xbox gamers have it this time around.

Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed 4 are also on the list, and both will be a phenomenal additions if they live up to expectations, as will Need For Speed Rivals and, of course, Battlefield 4 and that's not - literally - even the half of it.

Many of these games are on PlayStation 4 as well, and it would be easy (and correct) to point that out. Those who opt for an Xbox One will miss out on the likes of Killzone and Knack, but the sheer amount of potential quality on offer here should outweigh any concerns, and even if it doesn't, Microsoft has at least two exclusive games of its own that excite: Dead Rising 3, which is finally starting to take the sort of shape befitting the series' popularity, and Forza 5, a game that Turn 10 is taking such a dementedly thorough approach to developing I'd be shocked if it didn't live up to expectations.For the start of a generation, this has to be up there as one of the best yet.

Yes, there are potential duffers in there as well. Ryse: Son of Rome isn't looking that hot, and Killer Instinct has a long way to go to convince that it's going to be anything more than an interesting demo. But then that's the way of every launch window. What isn't is to have this much quality on show right from the word go, and it should mean that Xbox One and PS4 owners get off to a flying start with their new toys, early adopters or not. Regardless which system floats your boat, you can't really lose.

There may have been console launches with better individual games (Super Mario 64 being one), but there might well not have been one with this much overall quality.

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MJTH's Avatar


I'm still think the new Killer Instinct will be a great fighting game launch title. The mechanics sound fairly deep from what I've seen of Maximilian's videos, but a lot of people seem to be under estimating it. Which is fair enough since the devs haven't really explained the game to anyone other then member of the hardcore fighting game community.
Posted 21:33 on 04 September 2013
Freekill's Avatar


I think ps2 or gamcube takes best launch line-up by far
Posted 20:57 on 04 September 2013


GameCube lineup was a great launch lineup, I remember waiting for the delivery lorry with my console at the local game shop. Rogue Leader, Super Monkey Ball and Luigi's Mansion kept me busy for ages.

Playstation had a good line up;Wipeout, Toshinden, Ridge Racer and Novastorm.

N64 had Pilotwings 64, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, Super Mario 64 and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

Dreamcast had a great lineup too;
Sonic Adventure
Blue Stinger
Dynamite Cop
Hydro Thunder
Monaco Grand Prix
Mortal Kombat Gold
Power Stone
Ready 2 Rumble Boxing
Sega Rally 2
Speed Devils
Tokyo Highway Challenge
Virtua Fighter 3tb

So quite a few good launches there, I wouldn't say the current consoles are the best, but certainly both have some good games I'd like to play.
Posted 20:16 on 04 September 2013
FantasyMeister's Avatar


The original XBox launched with Halo: Combat Evolved and Project Gotham Racing, so for me personally that was the best line-up.

Whilst the XBox One's two major titles - Dead Rising 3 and Forza 5 - are also big draws, die hard fans might be getting just a little bit tired of the formula and want to try something new, like a couple of free-to-play MMOs or the indies that the PS4 is launching with. Killzone will also be a new IP to that type of player so it might do surprisingly well.

Though I never played Nintendo consoles I'm pretty sure the Gamecube game out VERY strongly at launch with some great titles too.
Posted 19:50 on 04 September 2013
Mughes's Avatar


Neither one has any launch exclusives I care much about, and they both seem pretty like for like in terms of potential quality. In fact I doubt I'll buy anything other than multiplatform stuff this year.
Posted 19:39 on 04 September 2013


Well... thats all a matter of Taste, isn't it?

It all depends on the Viewer. To speak for myself, I don't think the Launch Line Up is all too good. About 3 Games I would like to play, But not a Single One I would die for.
And thats why the N64 with Super Mario 64 still wins this in my personal View. Kinda like the Quality over Quantity thing.

And just to say, I don't count Games that I can play on Xbox360 and PS3 too. A Console always has to justify itself in my eyes with Exclusiv Content. But thats just me being Strange.
Posted 18:36 on 04 September 2013

Game Stats

Release Date: 22/11/2013
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 687 3
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