Future Retro: Our Top 4 Xbox One Launch Picks

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With the Xbox One scheduled to hit shelves on Nov. 22, the arrival of the eighth console generation is just around the corner. (The Wii U didn’t count, and — let’s not kid ourselves — the Ouya was dead on arrival.) Despite its disastrous reveal and rather draconian approach to managing used games and always-online DRM (thankfully now defunct), there’s a lot to look forward to from this over-sized VCR. Here’s my top picks for the Xbox One launch titles, including both multi-platform and exclusive games.

Dead Rising 3

There’s no denying it, we love zombies. More importantly, we love killing zombies. Shooting them, stabbing them, cutting them down with a running lawnmower like so many gangrenous dandelions — you want it, Dead Rising 3 has it. With dozens of missions and a variety of wide-open locales, Dead Rising is bigger and better than ever. Appeal to your lust for undead bloodshed in this action-survival horror hybrid exclusively for the Xbox One.

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Forza Motorsport 5

After it stole the show at the Xbox One reveal (which is admittedly rather like saying George Carlin stole the show at a Dane Cook performance), Forza Motorsport 5 became one of the most highly anticipated games of 2013. Sleek and shiny, it positively oozes style. With over 200 different vehicles to choose from, you’ll be seeing a lot of high-speed crashes in this Kinect-supported racer.

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Killer Instinct

Hard to believe that it’s been almost 20 years since the last Killer Instinct game. In this action-packed reboot of the popular fighting game franchise, players can choose from eight fighters total. That doesn’t seem like much, but Killer Instinct will be a budget game available for purchase at the Xbox Live store. The basic one-fighter package is free for download, while the $39.99 “Ultra Edition” will include all eight characters in addition to the original Killer Instinct and a multitude of accessories.

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Need For Speed Rivals

Also available for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, Need For Speed Rivals is the latest in the long-running Need For Speed series. Rivals will feature high-speed police chases and a variety of exotic cars, all sure to be showcased in a number of slick sped-up and slowed down crash scenes, because nothing is safe from violently exploding in this fast and furious racing series.

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