When Gears of War first appeared on the Xbox 360, it was a defining moment for a generation of video games. Microsoft is hoping to have the same impact on your Xbox One, and the new teaser for Gears 4 showed off some gruesome enemies and intense moonlit battles.
Halo 5: Guardians
Fans already have their eyes on Halo 5, but Microsoft showed off some very cool new Warzone multiplayer features for the upcoming shooter, including maps five times the size of any previous Halo areas. The game releases on October 27th, 2015.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Even a small glimpse at the next Mass Effect installment is enough to get any fan delirious with excitement. The space opera RPG is planned for PC and current-gen only, which means it will take full advantage of the power of your Xbox One. EA has stated the game will follow all new characters exploring unique planets, now that Commander Shepard's story has come to a close.
Dark Souls III
With the recent success of Bloodborne, it was only a matter of time until From Software announced a new official entry in the Souls series. We got a small glimpse at Dark Souls III in an announcement teaser, and it looks like the game continues the franchise's tradition of foreboding environments and deadly monsters.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
It's still strange to see Lara Croft, a staple of the early PlayStation scene, star in an Xbox exclusive adventure. From the new gameplay shown, traversal and environmental puzzles will play a large role in the game, giving it a classic feel reminiscent of Uncharted 2.
ReCore was one of the biggest unexpected surprises announced at E3 this year. A young woman and a robot companion scour a futuristic desert landscape, where they encounter dangerous enemies hidden inside a cave. From the creator of Mega Man, Keiji Inafune, and the team that worked on Metroid Prime, ReCore looks like an original game to keep your eye on.
Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility
Beginning this fall, Microsoft will roll out backward compatibility for Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. If you've got a robust catalogue of old games, including XBLA titles, you'll now be able to enjoy them on your new system!
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Laser-blasting zombies attacking to the tune of Kenny Loggins's Highway to the Danger Zone? There's only one thing that can mean: a brand new installment in the hilarious, team-based shooter series Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. The game releases on Xbox One in Spring 2016.
Star Wars Battlefront
A massive multiplayer battle between the rebels and the empire on the frozen tundra of Hoth - what more could a Star Wars fan ask for? We’ve waited a while for the return of the Battlefront series, and it looks like our patience has been rewarded.
Fallout 4 (Now With User Mods!)
Bethesda announced at the Microsoft press conference that Fallout 4 on the Xbox One will have access to any of the player-created mods on the PC version of Fallout 4. Finally, console players won't be left out of the cool mod scene that has made drastic improvements to games like Fallout 3 and Skyrim!
So: Rumors about the return of Battletoads were partially true. Rare is releasing an Xbox One exclusive collection of 30 classic titles spanning decades of video game history, including Conker's Bad Fur Day, Blast Corps, and yes, Battletoads.
Forza Motorsport 6
Forza Motorsport 6 is gunning its way to Xbox One on September 15th, just a few months away. One of the coolest features of the new game is the dynamic reactions vehicles have to wet terrain. Now you can experience the thrill of hydroplaning at high speeds as your vehicle careens out of control.
Wireless Elite Controller
Beginning with the oversized monstrosities that controlled the original Xbox, Microsoft has been on a continuous quest to improve control of its games. The Wireless Elite Controller looks like the pinnacle of that effort, with hair-trigger locks and swappable components that allow for serious customization.
The Fable series has had a rocky go of it lately, with its most recent games receiving lukewarm reactions from longtime fans. Microsoft is hoping to rekindle interest with an ambitious, free-to-play cooperative RPG. Here's hoping Microsoft can crack that controversial pay structure and deliver an experience that remains faithful to the spirit of the original games.
Sea of Thieves
Check out this pirate-themed MMO. We're talking naval battles, stunning island scenery, and the option to walk belligerent players off the plank and into Davey Jones' locker.
Microsoft seems to once again be ramping up its indie support after a rocky launch, and the gorgeous and atmospheric Ashen looks to be a stand-out result. Ashen is an open-world RPG with a distinct look, and a story that features a wanderer in search of a home.
The indie game Cuphead has received a lot of buzz over the past year, and it's easy to see why, with its lush visuals harkening to a bygone era of classic animation. The frantic boss fights and inventive art style make Cuphead a standout in the Xbox One's catalogue of intriguing indie games.
Mirror's Edge Catalyst
The follow up game no one thought we’d ever see is finally arriving in early 2016. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst puts you in the shoes of roof-top runner Faith as she navigates a dystopian world hellbent on destroying personal privacy.