Which Xbox One Games Should I Pre-order?

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If you've pre-ordered an Xbox One, you've very likely pondered the question: which games should I pre-order? We've been thinking the same thing at USgamer - so we decided to turn our thoughts into a feature. We've all looked at the Xbox One launch game list, and each member of the team has assigned one of three ratings to games that they think are the most notable. Those ratings are:

BUY - a game that we think is very likely going to be a winner

SAFE - a game that looks to be a solid choice and is unlikely to disappoint

HOLD - this game might be great - or it might be a disappointment. We just don't know enough about it yet, so we recommend holding off purchasing until we've had the chance to review it.

So without further ado, here are our recommendations:

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Jaz Rignall: BUY

We've already seen and played the current generation AC4, and it's terrific - so unless Ubisoft have somehow, against all the odds figured out a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, I think it's safe to say that Assassin's Creed IV is a great game to preorder. Assuming you haven't already got it, of course.

Mike Williams: BUY

I'm about to put up a review for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and I say BUY! It doesn't change the series' formula drastically, but it comes together in a much more cohesive whole than Assassin's Creed III did. And from the demos I've seen, next-gen Assassin's Creed looks amazing!

Jeremy Parish: SAFE

I'm playing Assassin's Creed IV right now, and I played the PS4 version at Tokyo Game Show. As such, I'm a bit less bullish on it than Jaz. This is very much Assassin's Creed, and the water effects are very pretty on next-gen hardware, but it does a lot of the same dumb, annoying things as previous entries in the series. If you're OK with that, well, go for it. Otherwise, the fancier graphics won't change your mind about this one.

Pete Davison: SAFE

It's Assassin's Creed. If you haven't already played the latest installment on current-gen hardware and you're a fan of previous entries in the prolific series, this is probably a safe bet. If, however, like me, you've got so far behind on the series that it's nigh-impossible to catch up with, this probably won't change your mind much.

Cassandra Khaw: SAFE

Like Pete said, it's Assassin's Creed. Which should really tell you everything. The game looks lovely, but I've been hearing some conflicting reports on the overall experience. I think it's safe to say that if you're a fan, it's unlikely that you're going to be incredibly disappointed. Even if you're not, however, it's definitely one of the more secure picks from the launch line-ups.

Battlefield 4

Jaz Rignall: BUY

Battlefield 4's single-player campaign isn't particularly compelling, but its multiplayer mode is enormously fun. So if firing shells, bullets, missiles, grenades and bombs at other players is your thing, this game should definitely be on your day one list.

Pete Davison: BUY

Assuming you're a multiplayer-centric player, Battlefield 4 on Xbox One is a sure-fire purchase, no pun intended. If you're buying it for the single-player campaign, though, you'll probably want to hold off for now.

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Jaz Rignall: BUY

While it is similar in many respects to Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts offers more focused multiplayer combat that's much more up close and personal. While the single-player mode does look entertaining, it's the multiplayer mode that'll keep you playing – and that's why I think it's a buy.

Pete Davison: BUY

While I'm not a Call of Duty fan myself, Ghosts looks to be an excellent new installment for those who enjoy that sort of thing. There's plenty to do for all types of player -- and the recently revealed Extinction mode looks like a lot of fun, as clichéd as it is.

Cassandra Khaw: SAFE

Ah! Aliens! Ah! Doggies! Ah! Playable female characters!While the franchise is often the target of a lot of criticism, it's hard to deny that Call of Duty is very good at being exactly what it is: a competitive multiplayer shooter. I'm skeptical about the single-player mode being terribly awesome but that's not why you're buying this anyway, right?

For more reviews, including Dead Rising 3, FIFA 14, and more, head over to USgamer.

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