5) Forza Motorsport 5
We're not the biggest fans of sim racers, but even we have to admit to being excited for Turn 10 Studios' latest. Revealed at the Xbox One coming out party back in late May, Forza Motorsport 5 is the next game in Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios' racing simulator. It will be most interesting this holiday to see which racing simulator will come out on top in reviews, Forza Motorsport 5 or Gran Turismo 6. Regardless, Forza 5 is looking particularly jaw-dropping with all of its visual tricks, and if the same quality of the game's predecessors is kept intact, Xbox One owners will have something wonderful and special to play at the system's launch.
4) Crimson Dragon
When you have a game that is a spiritual sequel to the Panzer Dragoon series, because of many of the staff of that series is on board with this game, and the gameplay is so similar, there's no wonder why we're anticipating Crimson Dragon, a planned Xbox Live Arcade release. The creators promise six unique varieties of dragons to ride, three player online co-op, over 100 skills and RPG-like leveling through feeding your dragons food acquired mid-mission. Although its debut was marred by technical sound issues, you could tell that the audience watching was still enamored by the footage shown. We know we certainly were.
3) Sunset Overdrive
The callings of "betraylton!" and other obnoxious made-up words were written on message boards and gaming sites alike when it was revealed that Insomniac Games, a studio known for working on Sony platforms, was creating an exclusive for the Xbox One. We have no doubt that Sunset Overdrive, their first project with the Xbox brand, will surpass the quality and sales of Fuse. Then again, that's a low bar to set, isn't it. Nonetheless, Sunset Overdrive might have no release date as of yet, but we do know it's a colorful (more of this, please, in our next gen) open world shooter which incorporates wall-running and other acrobatic skills to make for a frenzied pace. You'll need those skills, too, in a world overrun with mutants. Despite the Dystopian world of the game, Insomniac promises the trademark humor many of their games have will not be omitted. Between Sunset Overdrive on Xbox One and Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus on PlayStation 3, perhaps Insomniac Games is finally getting its groove back, and we couldn't be any happier.
2) Killer Instinct
When it was revealed that Rare's long retired Killer Instinct franchise was being revived and put out of hiatus, we were incredibly excited. When it was revealed that Rare's long retired Killer Instinct franchise was being revived and put on hiatus, and developed by Double Helix, we became less thrilled. After all, Double Helix doesn't have much of a positive record with the quality of their past games. However, we must remember that before Batman: Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady Games wasn't known as a great developer either. Perhaps Killer Instinct's revival will be Double Helix's monumental moment to shine. The game looks absolutely awesome, not just in the obvious graphics department (one of the best looking games of gen 8 so far), but the gameplay looks to have been nailed as well. We have faith in you, Double Helix. Don't let us down!
1) Dead Rising 3
We saw the reveal of Dead Rising 3 at Microsoft's E3 press conference along with everyone else, and we were a bit unimpressed. There was an apparent lack of zaniness that past games in the Dead Rising series was known for. The game was also quite brown, another departure from DR3's predecessors. The former criticism of ours has been touched upon by Capcom, showing screens of the main character with a Servbot head, in a speedo, in a dress and wearing a bull mascot head. Okay, you've got us there, Capcom. Just when we get out, you pull us back in! Dead Rising is our favorite Xbox 360 exclusive, so saying that Dead Rising 3 is the game that excites us the most on Xbox One isn't that large of a stretch. We look forward to mauling our way through hordes of the undead and taking on psychopaths with anything and everything we can find.
Another top five is finished. You might have noticed we did not include Titanfall on our list. Well, that game isn't an exclusive, other than a console exclusive. The game can be seen on the PC, which is the version that appeals to us most. So not only is that the reason we didn't include it, but it also allowed us to place another game on the list in its place.
Next week we will be looking at the top five PlayStation 4 games that excite us most, as well as our most anticipated Wii U games. We hope you'll look forward to those.