The Wii U has already launched and Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 are just around the corner this Holiday season. However, every console launch seems to come with a terrible lineup of games that makes Day 1 adoption kind of fruitless. Thankfully, there is usually a solid gem among the launch titles that make it worth your while. This time around, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One look as though they’re going to offer a solid launch lineup to drain your wallets.
Today, we’ve compiled a list of what we think are the greatest launch titles to date. These titles only include the North American launch of consoles. Let us know if you think we missed one that should have been included.
Panzer was one of the first games to introduce the rail-shooting mechanic in video games and it’s a perfect example of how to do it right. Like Rayman, Panzer was critically praised for delivering on difficulty, visual appeal, and a great score for your ears to listen to. It’s not too shocking that many are excited that Crimson Dragon is on its way for the Xbox One, but I’m pretty sure the reception of a true sequel could actually be a solid console seller in the future. The audience that loves Panzer is most certainly hardcore and dedicated.
Rayman was both equally tough and beautiful. Honestly, in an era where CD gaming was just getting started, Rayman was an incredible look into what was possible and what we could expect moving forward. Ubisoft struck console gold with Rayman and it’s a franchise that is still alive today and is expecting a new release in the coming months across all major platforms. However, not only did Rayman deliver on the visual goods, but it was also a masterpiece with its soundtrack as well.
Super Mario 64
Nintendo has always delivered amazing Super Mario experiences throughout its history and while the original title on the NES was fantastic and so was Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario 64 was such an amazing launch title for Nintendo 64 that it is almost a foregone conclusion that it’s on this list. Super Mario 64 was pretty much a defining moment in the franchise as it completely changed what we thought we knew about the platformer and continued to blow our minds. A lot of gamers measure up current Mario titles against SM64 and it’s with good reason.