Whenever a new console is released, one of the biggest points of discussion is the quality of the games available, as an outstanding launch title can instantly sell a system. While the best games of the generation generally arrive later in a console’s lifespan once developers become more familiar with the hardware, there is still a bounty of impressive launch titles released throughout gaming history. The following are the 10 best video games released at the time of a console’s launch.
Note: This list omits launch European and Japanese launch lineups, focusing exclusively on titles released in North America.
10. Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3)
The PlayStation 3 burst onto the scene in November 2006 amid skepticism regarding its high initial selling price. With the Xbox 360 having a year’s head-start on the market, the PS3 needed a game to display the high-end tech packed in their console. Resistance: Fall of Man provided the perfect outlet, as Insomniac (the creators of Ratchet and Clank) brought together a fantastic first-person shooter with gorgeous graphics running in HD. Resistance also showed off the PS3’s online capabilities, with maps that could accommodate 40 players at once with little-to-no lag. The fact the online was free gave Resistance a huge boost and allowed it to become the PS3’s greatest launch title for successfully showcasing the capabilities of the console.