Gaming Discussion: Are Exclusive Games Worth It?

In the past month two exclusive games for the Xbox One have come out and have been big hits on the Xbox Live community. The two games I am referring to are Sunset Overdrive and Halo: Master Chief Collection.

Let’s start with Sunset Overdrive, first of all, it is an amazing third person shooter that is just booming with vibrant color and complex design. The game does not take itself seriously and has tons of comedic references. From a gameplay stand point it shares many similarities with the classic rollerskating game Jet Set Radio.

The movement is fluid and fast, and yet is paced well enough to have gunfights while grinding and jumping in all directions. The only disappointment for me was the super slow basic movement  when your character is on the ground. It was like the game forces you to keep moving and grinding to survive because any running on the ground will quickly lead to your demise. Although the game is fantastic is it really worth buying an Xbox One? Ultimately the choice comes down to the preference of the consumer, but in my opinion it’s games like Sunset Overdrive that make it worth buying a new console.

Next up is Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Halo has always been an exclusive game for Xbox owners and now has been put onto one disk to form a great entertainment package for fans and newcomers alike. This massive bundle of a shooter contains Halo’s 1 through 4, and are all redone in stunning detail, and running at 60 frames per second on the Xbox One. But the most exciting part of this game in my opinion is the remake of Halo 2 with extra scenes that tie in to the storyline of the future Halo 5: Guardians. This is the first time that Halo 2 has received a remake since the original, and it is nothing short of amazing. The graphics have been improved considerably, and the gameplay is tuned to fit the new controls well. On top of all this, there are tons of new features like forge mode for the earlier Halo maps, new remade Halo 2 multiplayer maps, all maps from every Halo game including DLC from the PC version, and the switch feature that allows you to see the old version of the games (Halo, Halo 2) and compare it to the new version with the push of a button. This version of Halo has the most expansive set of multiplayer maps and modes, from the very first game all the way down to the latest in Halo 4. Even more good news about the game is that it comes with the key for the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, and is set to launch in late December of this year. This exclusive title was a fantastic addition to the Xbox One collection and brought back some awesome memories and it was a great experience to play again, especially the first Halo over Xbox live with friends. This game is definitely worthy of a console purchase, but once again that is just my opinion and the decision truly comes down to what the players want to spend their money on. Also happy holidays to everyone who reads this blog, I appreciate you taking time out to read what I have to say about video games! Thank You.

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