After several years of quality Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gaming, both Microsoft and SONY delivered the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, respectively, on time throughout multiple territories. Finally, players can experience next-generation gaming on consoles capable of producing high-end graphics.
On that note, there are a plethora of games sitting on store shelves awaiting a purchase. Each system has a fine list of titles, but few consumers wish to break their wallets. With this in mind, we've picked some of the best games for each platform. From first person shooting to fast and furious racing, we have the finest games for the next-generation consoles this Christmas.
Capcom's Xbox One exclusive adventure may not have the best-looking visuals per se, but the company utilised the system's horsepower to throw hundreds of zombies on-screen, making this one of the most intense games to feature the undead. Taking place in the fictional city of Los Perdidos, California and casting players as mechanic Nick Ramos, Dead Rising 3 thrusts players into a blood-soaked and satisfying romp filled with gruesome deaths, a host of collectible items and more weapons than gamers will know what to do with. Not only will they take full advantage of 101 Combo Weapon Blueprints, but they'll also use everyday items to create powerful vehicles designed to crush those flesh eating freaks. Suffice to say, cancelling the apocalypse will be the last thing on a person's mind.
EA Sports' outstanding football game is available on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and players can't go wrong with either platform. For now, however, we'll give a slight nod to the Xbox One version since it comes with the exclusive FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Legends. Beyond that, fans can expect the finest graphics in this storied franchise, with realistic players and arenas; adjust the replay to see individual blades of grass. In addition, Pure Shot gives players the chance to shoot while off balanced, while Sprint Dribble Turn allows users to beat defenders with a series of dramatic cuts. Factor in improved artificial intelligence and improved ball physics, and this is a must have.
The ultimate visual showpiece for Xbox One, Forza Motorsport 5 is a car lover's dream. Meticulously crafted by the developers at Turn 10 Studios, this gorgeous title elevates the racing genre with realistic looking vehicles, outstanding cockpit views that feature real time reflections and sun glare, along with the sort of damage that will make players think twice about trading paint. Perhaps even more impressive is the Drivatar technology that mimics human behaviour, allowing gamers to compete against friends even when their buddies are offline. This is the closest many people will come to owning super cars from the likes of Audi and Lamborghini. Enjoy the virtual ride.
PS4 users will have to wait until 2014 to get their hands on DriveClub, but at least they have EA's stellar Need for Speed Rivals to pass the time. The newest edition to this high-speed series casts gamers as thrill seekers looking to evade the law and the police chasing those fearless rule breakers. AllDrive seamlessly blends both single and multiplayer as gamers cross paths with friends, and the ability to switch roles on the fly (between criminal and cop) helps ratchet up the intensity, as crooks make use of jammers and electromagnetic pulses, while the police track down their targets with helicopter support and shockwaves. The fact that players can customize their rides with decals, license plates, paintjobs and more only sweetens the deal.
Similar to Forza Motorsport 5 on Xbox One, SONY's polished first-person shooter is by far the best-looking launch game for the system. Developed by Guerrilla Games, Shadow Fall sends players into hostile territory as they attempt to keep the peace between the ISA and the Helghast. This involves traveling to a variety of painstakingly-detailed locations slaughtering foes with a satisfying array of weapons, while at the same time making use of the OWL, a drone that performs a variety of functions, from hacking terminals to creating a zip line for gamers to make quick escapes, easily accessed using the DualShock 4's touch pad. The result is a game that does a great job blending intense gunfights with stealth while showcasing jaw-dropping visuals.
Gamers will live a pirate's life as they plunder the Caribbean for booty in the year 1715. As Captain Edward Kenway, they'll sail the high seas in the upgradeable Jackdaw ship alongside an able-bodied crew. When not engaging the enemy in explosive ship battles, they'll let their cutlasses and flintlock pistols do the talking as they hunt for treasure and complete missions doing what this series has become famous for, assassinating a wide-range of targets. In their spare time, they can hunt dangerous animals or go sightseeing in Ubisoft's detail-packed world. Become a feared pirate, and they'll earn the respect of Blackbeard, the most diabolical of them all.