Xbox One launch exclusives Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, and Ryse getting GOTY Editions

The Xbox One launched with three exclusive retail titles last year: Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, and Ryse: Son of Rome. Did you buy the system at launch or shortly thereafter, but miss out on some of those games? Or maybe you're planning to jump in with one of this fall's bundles, such as the Madden, Sunset Overdrive, and Call of Duty bundles.

If you still want any of the big launch games, you're in luck. GameStop has outed the October release of "Game of the Year" Editions (GOTY) for all three launch exclusives. These new editions will bundle the main games with some or all of their downloadable content (DLC), making them quite a bargain if you haven't got those games already. Even luckier for our awesome readers, we're here to share impressions of each game and what their new editions will offer.

All three Game of the Year Editions will cost $49.99. No word yet on whether the new editions will be available as downloadable purchases, but I certainly hope so.

Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition

The Dead Rising series is known for its mixture of zombie horror, oddball comedy, and massive hordes of enemies on-screen at once. Part three suffers from an unfortunate brown color scheme, but otherwise everything players love from previous games has been improved upon.

The world is completely open now and filled with drivable vehicles, providing plenty of chances for gory road. Two-player online co-op and robust SmartGlass support further round out this impressive exclusive. Check out our preview for more details.

The Apocalypse Edition came to Steam earlier this month, where it sells for $49.99. The Xbox One version looks to be identical in content. In addition to the base game, you'll get:

  • Operation Broken Eagle: Play as Ops Commander Adam Kane as he attempts to capture the nation's missing President.
  • Fallen Angel: Play as all-new character Angel Quijano as she fights to keep a group of survivors safe from zombies.
  • Chaos Rising: Play as renegade biker Hunter Thibodeux as he breaks out of prison, seeks revenge, and fights to regain control of his gang.
  • The Last Agent: Play as Brad Park, a ZDC Agent who learns the unhappy truths about his employers and the cause of the zombie outbreak.

That's $40 worth of DLC, or $30 worth if one were to buy the Season Pass. DLC vehicles, weapons, and outfits carry over to the main game.

Dead Rising 3 Fallen Angel DLC

Not included in the Apocalypse Edition is the "Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha" released during E3 in June. That final DLC pack adds a 4-player online mode, new playable characters, and a slew of unlockable outfits based on classic Capcom games like Street Fighter, Final Fight, and Ghosts 'N Goblins. It's a pretty desirable add-on, and well worth its price of $9.99 at (opens in new tab).

The Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition should be arriving on Wednesday, October 8th. GameStop (opens in new tab) lists it at a 36 GB installation.

Forza 5 Racing Game of the Year Edition

The Forza series is known for its hyper realistic simulation aspects. Forza 5 is a pure simulation, unlike the more arcade-style Forza Horizon 2 (which launches next week). But even the mainline Forza games allow players to toggle various assists that can make driving manageable for beginners. I'm no racing expert, and I swear by the green race line that tells you where and when to turn and slow down.

Forza 5 is a beautiful game, its engine running in 1080p at 60 frames per second. The cars and tracks are recreated down to the minutest details. The game also uses the power of the cloud to populate single-player session with Drivatars. These are AI versions of your actual Xbox Live friends and other players, created from their personal racing styles. Naturally, Forza 5 supports online races for up to 16 players as well.

Forza 5

GameStop (opens in new tab) lists Forza 5 Racing GOTY Edition as including 17 racetracks on disc, a number which includes all of tracks like the Nurburgring that were released as free DLC. Certainly it will be nice not having to download them separately – players can just install the 40 GB disc directly.

According to the store listing and cover art, this new edition will include 10 bonus downloadable cars. If that'd all the GOTY Edition includes over the original release, it will be lacking the majority of Forza 5's 60 DLC cars (which cost $50 when bought as a Season Pass). Hopefully they're all included, otherwise this version is really just a $10 better value than the original disc. Better than nothing, I suppose! We should find out between now and the Thursday, October 9th date listed at GameStop.

Ryse Legendary Edition

This epic action game takes place during the times of the Roman Empire. The game follows the lift of Marius Titus from his childhood into his days as a general. Marius eventually embarks on a quest to avenge the deaths of his family at the orders of the villainous Nero.

Of the three major Xbox One launch exclusives, Ryse has been widely praised as the most visually impressive of the bunch. Although it runs at 900p instead of 1080p, Ryse features lavish environments and extremely detailed characters. You still won't find many prettier Xbox One games.

Those looks might be a case of style over substance though, as some gamers find Ryse's game play repetitive. It mostly consists of hack-and-slash battles. Players will need to carefully manage attacks, blocking, and movement in order to come out alive – and slice their enemies to pieces. There are also some mild strategic aspects as you command troops in battle, but they largely take a backseat to the combat.

Ryse's campaign is a bit on the short side at six hours or so, although it offers multiple difficulty levels to encourage replay. An online cooperative multiplayer mode allows two players to team up and engage in fights within the Roman Colosseum.

GameStop's listing shares an October 9th release date but doesn't currently describe the addition content of the Legendary Edition. Still, the contents of this particular game were already leaked by Belgian retailer Game Mania.


The Legendary Edition adds the following to Ryse:

  • Four add-on packs: The Colosseum Pack ($4), Duel of Fates Pack ($6), Morituri Pack ($8), and Mars' Chosen Pack ($9). All are currently available together in the $20 Season Pass as well. Together, they add 14 co-op maps, six Gladiator skins, and several alternate single-player maps.
  • Three solo maps: These appear to be exclusive to the Legendary Edition.
  • A bonus Legionary Skin

The Legendary Edition Bonus Pack appears on (opens in new tab), but can't be purchased right now. Either Microsoft plans to sell the above contents as an upgrade (essentially replacing the Season Pass), or the pack is a separate download for buyers of the retail Legendary Edition. The upcoming Steam version will include the Season Pass content but (apparently) not the new Xbox One bonus content.

The right time to buy?

The bundling of console games with their downloadable content as Game of the Year Editions is a common practice. It allows the publisher to keep a game selling at retail, as well as encouraging new players to join in those games' multiplayer modes. Consumers benefit as well, since the GOTY Editions usually represent a better value than a game and its DLC separately.

How do you guys feel about Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition, Forza 5 Racing Game of the Year Edition, and Ryse Legendary Edition? Will you be picking up any of these updated releases?

Paul Acevedo

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • Bummer, I already have all of these games.
  • All I know is I'm done with digital game purchases. Just not worth it. Can't trade or sell yet and prices still too high. Realized I have Titanfall, dont play it anymore but I'm stuck with it. Can't get rid of it for even $25 since its digital. Same with Madden 15. Some day ill no longer want it but can't get anything for it. From here on out, its physical purchases for me.
  • Thats why I wait for the digital editions to go on sale their just to expensive Unless they have replay value
  • I was stoked when I got Crysis 3 on 360 for $4.50. Ended up trading it into EB for double that, score!
  • Game stop won't give you but 10-12 one week after purchase so it's not even worth reading in when you originally paid between $49-$60 anyway, so I keep them
  • Wait say that again...
  • Yep me too digital download not worth it no resale value
  • It is worth pointing out, as many gamers still don't understand it, but Microsoft's original Xbox One policies would've solved all of these problems by enabling all retailers to sell 'digital' games (since all discs became digital games), which would've made digital games cheaper, and also that Microsoft was going to implement the buying and selling of used digital games as well as digital games sharing. But, alas, a bunch of ignoramuses freaked out and we got stuck with the non-ideal situation we're currently in: digital consumers are getting screwed over. Personally, I only buy digitally, but I've found that I'm much more prudent in what I buy now. I'm not dropping $60 on Destiny at launch for a digital version I can never get rid of, which I probably would've done with a physical copy. I also tend to buy a lot more XBLA-esque $10-15 games now instead, which I really like.
  • Buy games you really love via digital and the rest via physical. Only games I have bought Digital is Destiny and Horizon 2. WatchDogs, Need For Speed Rivals & Call of Duty (Since they don't have a digital version last I checked) all physical.
  • All Xbox One games have a digital version. But that's not a bad practice in general, deciding on the media based on staying power. Price also plays a factor for me.
  • You have a link to the digital version of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare? I went to website and it says to preorder and get from one of their retailers which only have the option for physical purchase.
  • It's not out yet, and not available to preorder digitally yet (still a new feature that not every game supports). I'm sure it will be available to buy that way once the game releases though. You can get Call of Duty Ghosts digitally right here.
  • Damnit I just bought deadrising 3 a well ago... Still its a lot of fun
  • DR3 is the one game I don't have. I was a huge L4D (first one) fan. Is it comparable at all to that? Hows the multiplayer side? 
  • It's a lot different, but you do fight a bunch of zombies. This one's more humorous, and involves trying to protect NPC survivors, combining weapons to make better ones, and customizing your outfit. See full preview linked in the article for more details.
  • I've actually never played L4D but I heard deadrising was a lot of fun the campaign is really fun and i just love open world games
  • The only negative for me is the timed side missions, I'm a procrastinator, so I feel bad when I realize I've wasted to much time and can no longer save random survivor number 23. Then I get flaming dragon head boxing gloves and suddenly I've stopped caring about forgotten survivors.
  • Its kinda early for fm5 to go ph/goty when previous iterations have yet to go that way but thats kinda good if it does have everything in it & they are done releasing dlc
  • Sweet!!
  • Solo maps for Ryse?? I was praying for this.. But exclusive to Legendary? A big fuck you to this cause 1. I'm not giving money to freaking Gamestop and 2. I have the season pass for the game, where are my freaking maps
  • I picked up Ryse Legendary Edition and the Forza 5 game and Fifa 15 when I picked up my XBox cost for those games a sweet $19...(two came bundled with it)
  • Was Ryse good? I am questioning why it deserves a game of the year edition. I would think these titles would be 19.99 by now considering they were launch titles.
  • Yeah, my thoughts exactly. Perhaps Forza5 can maybe still get away with it. But, Ryse? No difenetly not. Dead Rising 3, all the reviews seem to make it out as mediocure at best (would like to try it my self). So yeah, $19.99 would be a good start. 
  • Dead Rising 3 scored mostly 7s and 8s, which is actually good. Mediocre would be 5 or maybe 6. Scores aside, it's a huge game, and some players will really get into it.
  • Waiting for you Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition.
  • What is this, IGN? ;)
  • What do you mean? We've covered Xbox One games and news since the console was announced.
  • Keep them coming Paul. Great article!
  • Thanks dude! :)
  • That was tongue in cheek mockery of everyone who complains about anything but windows phone coverage. I enjoy most of the articles on wpcentral, the ones that don't interest me I don't read.
  • This is ign
  • Yes, now to wait for my Call of Duty edition of XBOX One to be delivered and I can rock out this holiday season!
  • I thought only one game could get the game of the year award and get that title on the re release edition of the game.
  • Publishers can label a new version of a game whatever they want. Calling a game "GOTY Edition" doesn't specifically mean it won an award, though it may have. "GOTY Edition" is just the general term we use to refer to these editions. As you can see in the article, two of the games use different terms. But they essentially mean the same thing - the game with most or all of its DLC.
  • FM has gone by platinum hits, ultimate & simply a just a vague mention that it has dlc in the last few iterations
  • only Forza got the GOTY title.. Ryse is Ryse Legendary Edition and DR is Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition
  • It doesn't necesarily mean they won it but the article is indeed missusing the term for two of the games.
  • I thought my response to the commenter covered this pretty well, but maybe not. The "GOTY Edition" is a common concept and does not always denote that a game won a GOTY award. Source: Giant Bomb
  • It is one thing when the publisher decides to give it that name, they release it as Game Of The Year edition. But that doesn't mean that any game rerelease that includes DLC is automatically a Game Of the Year edition. This article is using the label for two games for which the publisher is not using it, They are using some other labels. It is missued because it is your label, not theirs, any game with extra content or a rerelease does not automatically become GOTY.
  • No, as explained in the link, GOTY Edition can be used as shorthand for games that aren't explicitly named GOTY Edition. It's nothing but another label for a particular kind of special edition. But I'm not interested in debating the issue further.
  • The Ryse and Dead Rising releases are a LITTLE on the high side. I'd probably snag Ryse at $40, or I'd at least be considering it. I'll have to wait for a sale, I guess.
  • I hope they create a "Apocalipse Pack" with all the DLCs for a small fee to all those that already bought the game...
  • You can already get that by purchasing the Season Pass. But it could be cool if they renamed it and made it slightly cheaper.
  • I bought my dr3 apocalypse edition in an outlet a couple of weeks ago. Haven't done any chores since (I'm the father in our household).
  • I have Ryse and Forza 5, would not grab dead risiing unless it was a free or $10 game.... As the first 2 got old very quick, I purchaced them both and felt I didn't get a good value in them because after about 2 hours I gave up on the games(just a point A to point B game that got annoying killing Zombies after an hour or 2)... Burn me once, I will live, Burn me twice, I will never buy again... Only reason why I woudl buy it because it looks good, othewise the reviews state why I would not buy it...pretty flat story and same thing as 1 and 2 with some of the same problems..
  • Forza!!!!
  • Excellent.... Xbox For The Win!!!
  • As a perk to somone buying digitally before a rerelease should be upgraded to the rerelease status. If u buy dlc before that u get early access if u wait u get it during goty time. That would be a great perk to stay digital.
  • Agreed. BS the same game with all the dlc is cheaper on Steam.
  • As soon as the Season Pass for DR3 goes on sale, I'd snag it. It previously was on sale via Deals with Gold for $20 instead of $30, but I want it for $15--or, better yet, $20 for all the DLC, including the Super Ultra DR3 add-on. How long does it take for Season Passes to get price drops? Someone on the Titanfall thread said it can take "years" (><).
  • I'm sure there will be another sale eventually. It's unlikely to drop below $25 (fifty percent off) for the whole batch though.
  • Thats nothing new I was surprised that this year Lucas arts discounted swtfu dlc again which was nice since sith edition was a limited production run
  • On Ryse, by solo maps, do you mean new campaign missions? I hated how short Ryse was and was hoping Microsoft would fix it with Ryse 2, but for some dumb reason, Crytek didn't want to sell even when they were going under.
  • I think they're like single-player versions of the multiplayer levels, but I haven't actually tried them. Agreed that Crytek should have sold the rights when they ran out of money for a while.
  • Sucks I have two of these games but oh well
  • I'll buy Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition once the digital price is as competitive as Steam. Complete bs that we pay so much more for physical AND digital on X1.
  • Ryse-- Game of the Year? WTF? Is GOTY just a meaningless phrase?
  • It's actually not called the GOTY Edition. That was my own shorthand for referring to three new editions as a whole.
  • Ah, I see . Yeah I've been seeing more and more games each year release GOTY editions and every year there seem to be a few where I'm thinking "yeesh that's a dubious claim..." Ryse would have been the straw that broke the camel's back, lol.