The Xbox 360 will have a memorable swan song before the Xbox ONE on November 22; a few exclusives remain, while new installments in stalwart franchises will also command attention this holiday season. All release dates are subject to change, so check for updates at the bottom after this guide posts. Some titles will also release in the future on the Xbox ONE while others will not.
Xbox 360 exclusives like Minecraft and Halo 4 (if you don’t have it yet) will be at great prices, plus games that feature/require the Kinect hands-free controller will be very appealing as well. NBA Baller Beats incorporates the use of a real basketball (included with the game for free) along with a comprehensive music mix for the innovative gameplay.
Zumba Fitness World Party offers two player support so more people can enjoy their fitness groove to this high energy musical experience, which has more than 40 new routines, a new World Tour, and new exotic environments from around the world. Just Dance 2014 and Dance Central 3 offer more dance game options.
Don’t have an Xbox 360 yet? Take advantage of special bundles including the Xbox 360 E 250GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle, which includes Kinect Sports: Season Two, Kinect Adventures, and Forza Horizon plus a wireless controller and a one-month Xbox Live Gold membership.
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Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag features amazing new scenarios set in 1715, where rampart pirates add in new dynamic plus players can loot shipwrecks, hunt, find treasure, and retreat to special hidden places among completing the assassination missions. Expansive multiplayer gameplay and sharp graphics improve this already stellar series; it is also available in a Limited Edition.
Square Enix has action-a-plenty with Lara Croft’s compelling origin story in Tomb Raider, which includes a multiplayer campaign for the first time in the popular game series, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut offers visual improvements, overhauled boss fights, reinforced combat mechanics from the original high powered action game released in August 2011.
Deadfall Adventures (November 15), an action-driven first-person shooter, has action and adventure with James Lee Quatermain grabbing gold and bashing baddies amid exotic worldwide locations. Also available in collector’s edition. Injustice: Gods Among Us offers amazing superhero fighting action in the DC comic universe.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Battlefield 4 and Call Of Duty: Ghosts (all in various editions) will do battle among military action gamers. COD: Ghosts also include female military characters to join the epic battles along with a unique extinct mode where players fight for survival in co-operative situations.
Disney Infinity and Skylanders SWAP Force also face off with expanding figure sets that interact into the game. Performance Designed Products (PDP) makes special display case for Disney Infinity figures as well as base protectors, base cable extension and power disc albums. Other fun family games include Turbo: Super Stunt Squad and The Croods: Prehistoric Party.
Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure offers fun cooperative play amid five different Pixar movie worlds (Up, Toy Story, Ratatouille, Cars, and The Incredibles). Angry Birds Star Wars includes cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes along with voice command support through Kinect. All ages games with in-depth gameplay and high replay values includes Zoo Tycoon and Rayman Legends that has an online challenge mode and online or offline co-op mode for up to four players.
Batman: Arkham Origins shows players the beginning of Gotham City’s crime villains as Batman starts his crime fighting work. The smooth fighting system combines with the Dark Knight’s available gadgets and technology to advance through missions and even complete some impressive investigations; it is also available in a collector’s edition.
Sports games include Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection, Madden NFL , FIFA 14, NBA 2K14, WWE 2K14, NHL 14, NCAA Football 14, Pro Evolution Soccer 2014, and NBA 2K14, which features five versus five games against other teams with leaderboards and stats.
Action games include Bioshock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V and Killer is Dead, a relentless experience with comic cel-shaded style graphics and unique gameplay situations from creator SUDA51. The compelling Killer is Dead modern storyline centers on Mondo Zappa, a uniquely gifted assassin/”executioner” who uses a sword in his right hand and switches among several weapons in his left artifical arm.
Fighting fans can try out Dead or Alive V Ultimate. Special collection sets of popular games include Fable Anniversary (December) while download only games include PayDay 2 and Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force.
Rocksmith 2014 Edition is available with or without the special connecting cable and even with a guitar. This musical game features great mini-games and over 50 hit songs with tutorials for beginners and fun, yet challenging gameplay for expert guitar players including the Riff Repeater for customizing sessions. Add the songs from the previous Rocksmith installment for an affordable fee.
Look for even more games on download on Xbox Live including Soul Caliber II HD Online, which has an all-new competitive online mode. Save those gift cards for games liek The LEGO Movie Videogame (February 2014). Happy Holidays!