Now this post might come off as a rant. So try to bare with it folks. As you know I tend to upload quick-play videos from my xbone (xbox one) to my youtube channel. These games have varied, not only do they pique my taste in the games but also, it is one of my aims to try to show that the stereotyped xbox (one) gamers aren’t all about shooters and racers.
And that is a really irritable tag or label even, made even worse by the hard-core Sony fan base / boys (who are called Sony pony). That a large part of hardcore xbox fans (or xbots as they are called) / owners only care about shooters and racers. That’s not entirely the case.
What other exclusives does the Xbox done have?
— random Sony fanboy
Now IPs and exclusives aren’t the same thing. It depends on which side of the fence you’re looking from. If it’s 1st party then it is. If it’s 3rd party then that can change, however going in to the changing times of exclusives requires a separate post. Going back to the main issue at hand.
As the title of the post says: Does the Xbox have other IPs besides the most commonly known ones. That being Forza Motor sport (and it’s spin-off horizon), Gears of Wars, the biggest known and a gaming icon; Master Chief from Halo. Before the fanboys used to throw out the action-RPG Fable, however as of last year Lion head studios closed down. So the future of the franchise is in the air. And MS have not indicated as to what they are plan on doing with the franchise. Will they reboot it and let some other studio (whether it is 1st or 3rd party) handle it. Time will only tell. Also even though it gets vastly over looked, MS did reboot Rare’ fighting game Killer Instinct.
As you can see; the main IP are 1st person FPS, third-person shooter, racing, a fighting and a rpg. Quite limited right?. As stated above, they are the most well-known ones. And the Sony fanboy will let you know that this is the only IPs they have. Ignorance and stupidity. Is what I have to say.
Xbox only have FPS and racing games
— random Sony fanboy
That is a misnomer. In the early life cycle of the Xbox 360 – they were throwing all sorts of games over the wall. And I do mean all sorts. For instance they had JRPGs on the system. Games from the father of final fantasy Hironobu Sakaguchi; Blue dragon and Lost Odyssey. Which are still loved to this day. However they are 3rd party. Now this is where it gets interesting. The RPG Kameo is done by Rare. A sequel was planned but it got shelved. Whilst it wasn’t well received due to the development cycle & what platform it was originally meant for, because Rare were originally still developing for Ninty before the buyout. In fact there were several games that Rare were working on. You can see an article from Euro Gamer with real vids. These vids can also be unlocked via through games achievement.
Perfect Dark – another one of Rare’ IP. This is your first person, stealth shooter. Yet they can pretty much reboot up and reimagined the franchise again. And instead of making in to another shooter, they can have their own stealth game. Be the answer to the metal gear solid franchise. Since Kojima is no longer with Konami anymore. And he prefers to develop for the PS platform.
Phil Spencer has stated that he likes the Crackdown and Phantom Dust franchises. And lo and behold they are coming to the Xbone. With phantom dust a remaster is in the works and is set to come out this year, sadly a remake was also announced but then cancelled. You can check out the video
Crackdown doesn’t have a date, and with spatial information about it. I suspect the game wil be revealed at this years E3. Bottom line is that MS do have different IPs that they are sitting on. And can be taken advantage of. However the fanboys do have a point….just one point
MS don’t take risks with their IPs
— random Sony fanboy
Sadly this point is the only one that stumps me in firing one back at them. Everything these days need to sell like hotcakes and unfortunately some of the IPs just don’t sell as well. Take a look at how Kameo did. Whilst I understand you don’t want to over-expose your core franchise. As it can lead to burn outs and fatigue with the franchises. Also poor story telling etc. MS are pretty much doing that with the titles named above. They need more faith in their own IPs and stick with them. Does it mean the Sony fanboy have any merit in what he is saying?. No.
With the lessening of FPS & racing on the Xbone console with few but more diverse games on the platform. The future looks more optimistic in removing that stereotype / label.
Thanks for reading this long-winded post. Let me know what you think. Did you find the post interesting or insightful?.