Xbox One Versus PlayStation 4: The Launch Game Scores

Written by Katie Allen on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 5:15 PM
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Launch titles for a new console are notoriously difficult to get right. As well as frequently being rushed out by studios for new and relatively untested hardware, the issue of hype surrounding the release of any major console means games often don't live up to expectations.

But with many reviews for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One's exclusive launch games, it's inevitable that these will be compared and contrasted...

For those of you who do want the scoop on what the community has been saying about launch games, we've rounded up the Metacritic scores for the two next-gen consoles' exclusive launch games for your viewing pleasure:

PlayStation 4: The Launch Game Scores

Flower - 92 (PSN)
Resogun - 83 - Exclusive (PSN)
Killzone: Shadow Fall - 73
Super Motherload - 73 (PSN)
Contrast - 64 (PSN, also coming to other platforms including Xbox One)
Knack - 56

Xbox One: The Launch Game Scores

Forza Motorsport 5 - 82
Dead Rising 3 - 78
Killer Instinct - 73 (XBLA)
Zoo Tycoon - 70
Powerstar Golf - 68 (XBLA)
Ryse: Son of Rome - 60
Crimson Dragon - 55 (XBLA)
LocoCycle - 48 (XBLA)

That gives PlayStation exclusives a current mean Metacritic score of 73.5, largely thanks to the positive response to the PS4 release of the 2009 PlayStation 3 game Flower being just as favourable the second time around. Thanks to the generally unfavourable reactions to LocoCycle on Xbox One, their mean score is currently 66.75.

Of course, judging games by scores alone would be an extremely cynical way of going about it, particularly considering that the Xbox One titles still have a very limited number of reviews. Scores for many of the launch exclusives sitting around the 7/10 mark, however, which in the inflated world of video game review scoring is pretty much code for "nothing special".

Interestingly, by far the most enthusiastic responses to games out this week are for titles on consoles other than the two big next-gen launches. Super Mario 3D World on Wii U, The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for 3DS and Tearaway for Vita are blowing the lukewarm next-gen competition, so those console gamers not planning on splashing out launch day should find something worthwhile to engage themselves with.

What do you think of the launch day review scores for Sony and Microsoft's next-gen consoles? Is there too much pressure put on launch titles?

What's on your must-buy list, next-gen or otherwise, for the next few weeks?

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16:05 Nov-22-2013

And this is why we have PCs capable of playing games. So we aren't limited to such a pathetic line of games at any given moment.

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22:58 Nov-22-2013

I totally agree with you : )

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14:31 Nov-22-2013

Ryse: Son of rome, was probably the only game i really wanted on PC, but heard that QTE filled, reptitive gameplay got it bad reviews. Well, still hoping for a sequel for both microsoft platforms =D

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11:53 Nov-22-2013

ryse was only game on xbox that i was interested in

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11:55 Nov-22-2013

Same, too bad it ended being dissapointing :(

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12:01 Nov-22-2013

actualy it doesnt looks so bad but i dont know about gameplay. gameplay reminds me of spartacus tv show wich was 1 of me favourites.

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12:11 Nov-22-2013

That i agree that it looks great, but every reviewer i have been watching has said the gameplay gets reptitive quickly.

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12:16 Nov-22-2013

too bad, this game got still huge potential for something big!

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12:26 Nov-22-2013

Maybe a sequel, but i hope that wouldn't be an Xbone exclusive...

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12:57 Nov-22-2013

I heard it has A LOT of QTEs that a reviewer said its fun as dialing phone numbers /s. You should have noticed this in the gameplay they revealed, every single kill must have a QTE so it must become boring after a while. Im not a console gamer but just discussing the games. With no fanboyism as i said before im not a console gamer, i think the PS4 won this round with its launch titles, lets see what MS will do to compensate this, interesting!

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03:45 Nov-22-2013

Is it just me or does that Centurion in the top picture look like he's thinking "dafuq is this crap son"...? Here's to hoping the douchebox one is not as bad as we think... MS you better get your act straight...

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05:36 Nov-22-2013

Haha
I thought he was like, "Damn that was a cool shot"(to a nearby archer of the opposite side)

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06:11 Nov-22-2013

Used to be a badass soldier of the world's first superpower... But then took an arrow to the knee...

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07:32 Nov-22-2013

Resurrecting a dying joke, eh? :D

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09:42 Nov-22-2013

Heard sumthing like that in skyrim

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12:04 Nov-22-2013

achilles!!!

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02:59 Nov-22-2013

Just wait untill uncharted 4 and infamous second son...

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07:32 Nov-22-2013

This article is about launch titles ;)

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21:36 Nov-21-2013

I like pC

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21:52 Nov-21-2013

seconded, but with these new consoles ports will be much better and be more optimized to run with PCs because of the similar architecture

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22:23 Nov-21-2013

Here is AMD's turn, both consoles rocking AMD hardware so AMD users will get a boost, especially with mantle on major AAA games. FX 6000 series should do well, along with the 7000 series cards

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07:33 Nov-22-2013

Oh crap, I knew I shouldn't have upgraded... /sarcasm off

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08:38 Nov-22-2013

Oh my holy god that rig :o

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17:37 Nov-22-2013

so you finally got rid of that 7970, how is the 290x? I heard they run hot and loud

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08:25 Nov-26-2013

Actually it's either hot OR loud :D
But it doesn't really make much more noise than the HD7970 did :P

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18:19 Nov-26-2013

ok cool, or not haha Any real performance increase for you?

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09:27 Nov-27-2013

Yeah I'm seeing increased frames all around, especially with 5760x1080 ;)

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14:39 Nov-27-2013

wow, that is alot of pixels. :)

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18:08 Nov-27-2013

A bit over 6.2 million to be precise ;)

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15:57 Nov-28-2013

wow

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23:24 Dec-02-2013

Lol, i imagine how ppl with 3 monitors are even playing? I mean do you guys (with multi monitor setup) turn your head to the right to just see the enemy on the right of the display (which will be a WHOLE screen)? I just cant imagine it. Btw, what is your monitors' size, just out of curiosity :P If they are big then the situation will be even worse when being hit from back or sides of the screen.

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23:52 Dec-02-2013

I would imagine that it is for a realistic take on peripheral vision, you subconsciously monitor your surroundings and are more likely to spot badguys sneaking up on you

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20:46 Nov-21-2013

Really? Killzone only got a 73...

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02:29 Nov-22-2013

I know right???

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19:12 Nov-21-2013

Not bad launch titles but never listen to metacritic scores. Its best to read the actual reviews rather than read one number which on the whole means nothing.

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19:10 Nov-21-2013

mediocre titles mostly for both consoles it seems?

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19:06 Nov-21-2013

the lineup is poor a little, but still sony nailed it with the ps4

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17:40 Nov-21-2013

Yeah I'm gonna wait until some games that actually interest me come out. Or they get rid of the kinect from the Xbox one.

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22:40 Nov-21-2013

You can disconnect the kinect from the xbox one if you download the day one update. You still have to pay $100 more than a PS4 thanks to the kinect and you don't get the rechargeable batteries that will cost you even more, but you can remove the kinect and add it to your overpriced paper weight collection :3
Seriously though they should have a trade program to trade the stupid kinect for the rechargeable battery pack.

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05:45 Nov-23-2013

Yeah I know but for me it's more of a price thing. Why would I pay more for something I don't want? That extra $100 would be much better spent on a new GPU (Heck I might just get a new GPU in the future and forget the consoles all together).

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17:27 Nov-21-2013

I don't buy new consoles for their launch titles but for their future releases. I was done with PS3 gaming and had no issues jumping to the PS4 on Day One. I already had Flower and PS+, making it an even easier decision. I love the PS4.

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17:17 Nov-21-2013

Launch lineups are never very good, that's one of the reasons that i'm waiting till summer before i get a PS4

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