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5.0 out of 5 stars Go for the bundle!, June 26, 2014
This review is from: Xbox One Console + Kinect (Video Game)
More than half a year since the Xbox One's launch, here are the Xbox One console options:

Xbox One: MSRP $399
Xbox One + Kinect: MSRP $499
Xbox One + Kinect + Titanfall: MSRP $499
Xbox One + Kinect + Forza 5: MSRP $499
Xbox One Day One + Kinect: MSRP $499 (Discontinued)

As you can see, it should be obvious to at least rule out the 2nd option since it's clearly the worst deal of the bunch. Then the question becomes, "Is it worth $100 for a game and the Kinect?" This question, however, doesn't have a one-size-fits-all answer. But I will try to at least give you some guidance.

First of all, I am happy to have the Kinect sensor, even though I use it mostly for voice commands. I have also used it sparingly to play a few Kinect games such as Kinect Sports Rivals, Just Dance, and Xbox Fitness. But I will tell you this: If I had bought the Kinectless bundle, I would probably never have bought it separately. Word is that Microsoft will start selling the Xbox One Kinect alone for $199 later this year, which is clearly not worth it. It becomes a much easier sell when you see it as paying $100 extra to get a $60 game and the Kinect sensor, which kind of makes it like $40. Or even $100 for the sensor could be a MAYBE on its own. But definitely not $150-200 for only the sensor. The point is, if you are even a tiny bit on the fence, just get one of the Kinect+Game bundles so you don't regret it later. But I can also admit the Kinect is not for everyone, and if a few extra games and voice commands are not worth it to you, by all means save the money and go Kinectless.

With that out of the way, let's say you decide you want one of the Kinect bundles. Should you go with Titanfall or Forza 5 as your free game? Again, there isn't just one right answer. Both are great games, but both have their weaknesses.

[+] I find it overall the more fun game in small bursts. Especially if you tend to play over Live with friends. It seems more enjoyable to just jump into an FPS like this for a little bit, while chatting and fragging with a buddy
[+] Value-wise, Titanfall beats Forza simply because it's newer and would cost more to buy separately than Forza 5 (being a relatively old launch game)
[-] Multiplayer only. No campaign whatsoever. For some this doesn't matter, but I personally quite enjoy having the option to switch between being more immersed in a story, and some classic social killing
[-] No longevity. Being multiplayer only, with no local multiplayer, you are at the mercy of the servers. In a few short years, your game will be rendered unplayable for the rest of eternity. If the last console generation is any indicator, this will also happen well before the following generation of consoles is even out.

Forza 5:
[+] Honestly, this is still one of the most graphically impressive games. Though to be fair, car games are always a little easier to impress with, since we've been saying "WOW IS THIS REAL LIFE" ever since the PS2. But it helps that this wasn't a multi-console release like Titanfall was, so they didn't need to cater at all to previous generation hardware in developing the game.
[+] If you are generally interested in racing games, I think this is definitely one of the better ones. It's a lot of fun, and the racing physics are spot on. Very immersive with a fun career mode.
[+] Single player *and* multiplayer. So unlike Titanfall, you can still at least play single player mode 10 years from now. And if you're just not in the mood to get destroyed by 10-year-olds on Xbox Live, single player mode can offer a nice getaway
[-] Microtransactions. Huge pet peeve here. They very blatantly withheld game content that would have otherwise been included. If you want all the cars, or even the same number of cars Forza 4 had, be prepared to pay up. UGH.
[-] Launch game = bargain bin. By now, it probably wouldn't be too difficult to find a used physical copy of the game for pretty cheap.

In my opinion, a huge minus for both games is that it appears including physical copies of games with console bundles is officially a thing of the past. I won't complain too much since it's basically free, but I much prefer a physical copy for a few reasons: Doesn't take up as much space on my small unswappable 500GB hard drive, will never have to worry about download servers being down if I need to redownload the game at some point, and simply the satisfaction and tactile feeling of something real in my hands, with a pretty case and artwork, that can sit in my video game collection with all the other junk I've purchased. I will admit you lose a little bit of convenience compared to being able to change between your full games without swapping discs, but for me the pros of disc outweigh the cons. Like I said though, everyone's opinion is different on this, and since it's included for free, it's still way better than the gameless bundle.

There's still a few problems with the Xbox One as a whole, however. I still can't do lots of things my previous generation consoles could. Such as playing a wide variety of video files off a flash drive, or playing 3D Blu-rays. There's still no wireless headset like I love on my 360. Though there are some pretty fun games on both the Xbox One and PS4, neither console yet has that MUST-HAVE game we're all still craving. So I wouldn't blame you if you still wanted to wait out this generation for a little while longer as they continue to improve their system software and game lineups. By this holiday season, I'm sure there will be a pretty decent collection of games as well as some awesome bundles and/or price cuts.
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