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5 Hardest Xbox Exclusives of All Time, Ranked

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When it comes to the hardest Xbox exclusives of all time, there isn't your typical genre of games. That's most likely because the king of difficult games, FromSoftware has exclusively released their intense action role-playing games (ARPG) on PlayStation. There really hasn't been a company to offer a competing Xbox exclusive to the same degree. As a result, rating the most difficult Xbox exclusives of all time has a significantly more varied genre offering.

That's why you can expect a more unique challenge from all of these games. From cranking up to the hardest difficulty in some of Xbox's most notable story exclusives, to even learning how to master flying a plane. Each of the games included in this list can be played to an absurd level of difficulty. You will undoubtedly face new obstacles trying to perfect yourself across these games. So be prepared for a more refreshing and conceptual look at the hardest Xbox exclusives of all time.

 

 

5. Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive, which was initially an Xbox exclusive, provided us with a very unique and dynamic experience. Insomniacs' cartoon depiction of a monster-like apocalypse was a breath of fresh air in almost every way. From the stimulating landscape that invites you to every corridor, to well-thought-out gameplay, this was a challenging concept in many ways. You really have to push yourself to adjust to the game's style and it made for a welcoming challenge.

The mechanical virtue of Sunset Overdrive really showed that the game isn't just one you can easily master. There was huge complexity in movement in the gameplay which in turn dramatically affected your playstyle. By not learning the game's playstyle you are inevitably making it harder for yourself. It will be difficult to learn its unique fighting and mobility, but once mastered, it will be extremely rewarding.

 

 

4. Microsoft Flight Simulator

Uniquely challenging, Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the hardest Xbox exclusives on the market. Cruising at an altitude of 40,000 feet, looking over the world for hours on end may not seem all that hard and it's not. Once you're in the air, Microsoft Flight Simulator is a relaxing and stress-free environment, but that can't be said for getting up to that point. Learning how to fly any plane in the game will surely be one of the hardest challenges you have ever faced.

That's because Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the most authentic simulators out there, and it's not conquered by easily deterred players. Just as an aviator would, you need to know your stuff, and when it comes to getting a plane off the runway and into the air, that means a whole lot of buttons. In line with that, means gaining extensive knowledge about the controls to simply enjoy the game. It truly is one of the most unusual and challenging Xbox games you will ever play.

 

 

3. Forza Horizon 5

Mastering a plane is no easy task, and the same goe's for being an expert driver in Forza Horizon 5. Sure you can lolly around and enjoy your time in Forza as a relaxing pastime, but if you want to be the best you will be pushed to the limits. Recording the fastest times in Forza Horizon 5 is the epitome of its hardcore gaming community, and to race with the best is one of the hardest challenges you can ask for. That's because every slightest error of your race can cost you milliseconds, which in turn can cost you the race.

You can't even consider trying to race against the top car heads in Forza Horizon 5 right off the bat. First, you'll have to prove your skills are equally matched through the storyline races. Getting gold in the game's biggest races is also no simple effort since there are cases when hundreds of laps are required to achieve perfection. There is even a huge learning curve behind each car's performance and how they prove on different tracks. With so many variables in play, Forza will prove even the best racers aren't worthy of the best times. To be the best, you'll have to be a perfectionist, making Forza Horizon 5 one of the hardest Xbox exclusives.

 

 

2. Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo is a game that simply doesn't need an introduction. It's one of the most well-known games across the globe, with a diehard fanbase. Despite not being known for its intrusively hardcore gameplay, very few have ever managed to beat the entire series on its hardest difficulty. Halo: The Master Chief Collection offers gamers just that chance.

With all the core games included in the collection, except for Halo Infinite, the games most hardcore fans can try conquering the entire series on Legendary. This is about one of the hardest experiences you ask for out of an Xbox exclusive, as playing story games at their highest difficulty is no joke.

Halo is regarded as one of the most challenging narrative games to complete in its most demanding settings. So any gamer up for a challenging Xbox exclusive, turn to any Halo story game and crank up the difficulty. It will truly separate the players from the gamers.

 

 

1. Gears of War (Series)

Easily Xbox's most popular exclusive series, Gears of War is a challenging series in itself. Common enemies are generally chunky and will come in big waves that make for a real challenge. Even in its casual difficulty, your skill will be put to the test with how you deal with hordes of enemies. A simple headshot or two won't make due either, you will really need to exasperate all your resources in every fight to see you prosper.

This isn't even to mention changing the game's difficulty. The hardcore difficulty is a considerably more challenging task that will require you to truly master the game. If you can somehow make it through Hardcore, then there is a third option of difficulty called Insane. This level of difficulty is one even the most die-hard Gears of War fans won't even consider. It's understandable, considering it's the most difficult Xbox exclusive series available.

 

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Riley Fonger is a freelance writer, music lover, and gamer since adolescence. He loves anything video game-related and grew up with a passion for story games such as Bioshock and The Last of Us.