Much like its PlayStation competitors, there weren’t a lot of exclusives on Xbox platforms this year. Granted, this always happens during the honeymoon period of a console launch; but the lack of exclusives in 2014 means that we have very little to give a verdict for Best Xbox exclusive. Part of the reason is that some of the great indie titles for the system also came out on PC as part of the new console exclusivity trend. Halo: The Master Chief Collection would have made the list if it wasn’t for the fact that multiplayer is still broken…
Best Xbox Exclusive 2014 Nominees
Forza Horizon 2
In the end it came down to two exclusives as nothing else even came close. Both are crazy open world games where you take on interesting challenges in a colourful location full of secrets. Forza Horizon 2 was certainly a great game full of fantastic features and a white-knuckle ride through the French Riviera. Sunset Overdrive on the other hand is wacky, exhilarating, and the most vibrant game on the Xbox One. This went down to the wire…
The Winner Is…
In the end though, Sunset Overdrive resonated more with the majority of the staff at One Hit Pixel. This slick shooter from Insomniac is a return to form and the best thing the studio has made in years, channeling Jet Set Radio and it’s anti-establishment skaters but also giving them decent weapons. This “neon beauty” makes movement and shooting a more arcade-like experience. Writing though polarising is hilarious in places, while the scenarios the game puts you in are as crazy as the aesthetic.
Davs said, “Sunset Overdrive is the winner for me. Wonderfully enjoyable third-person shooter with a twist of Tony Hawk Pro Skater. It wasn’t as slick as Mario Kart 8, but cruising with others on Xbox Live was a joy and the “attraction races” were a nice diversion from the standard shooting.”
It becomes all the more exhilarating when you take on the cooperative multiplayer with a few friends, working together to achieve the objectives but seeking to come out on top as the best performer. Insomniac’s gamble with this punk rock corporate rebellion shooter with soda guzzling mutants looks to have paid off and we look forward for the next project from the celebrated studio.