With the upcoming release of the Xbox Series X and its smaller brother, the Series X, many gamers haven’t had a chance to brief themselves on what games the Xbox Series X will have at launch and beyond. Therefore, below we have curated a list of the best Xbox Series X, Series S games confirmed and expected.
As Dusk Falls (Exclusive)
“One town. Two families. Three decades of secrets”
Such is the premise set by As Dusk Falls, an original interactive drama set to release on the Xbox Series X as an exclusive.
The game will reportedly revolve around a drama-heavy and emotional narrative between two families. It’s being worked by Interior Night, a London-based indie studio composed of Quantic Dream and Sony veterans.
Quantic Dream is a video game development company best known for developing narrative-heavy titles. This includes, among many others, Heavy Rain, Detroit: Become Human, and Beyond: Two Souls.
With such pedigree behind it, As Dusk Falls could be what Life is Strange was for its generation.
Halo Infinite (Exclusive)
Was this ever really a surprise?
Microsoft may not have featured Master Chief as much on the Xbox One as they did in previous generations, but there’s no way that they would have done the face of Xbox dirty for two generations in the row.
Halo Infinite was pretty much the first title confirmed for the Xbox Series X. Despite the early confirmation though, we don’t really know a lot about Halo Infinite.
What we do know is that it’s set to be the sixth main entry of the Halo franchise, and will be co-developed by both 343 Industries and SkyBox Labs, which suggests that Microsoft wants Master Chief to make a big and lasting impression on the Xbox Series X once Halo Infinite becomes available.
Just how exactly they plan on doing that remains a mystery to us all.
Control and customization is the name of the game for EA with FIFA 21.
The latest title in the globally popular FIFA franchise, FIFA 21 will reportedly take every advantage given to it on the next-gen consoles. This includes deferred lighting and rendering, enhanced animation technology, and off-ball humanization, among many others. But, that’s not all. It also comes with numerous gameplay improvements.
Compared to previous titles, FIFA 21 will bring back FIFA Ultimate Team with FUT co-op.
This is an entirely new feature. It will allow players to team up with each other against other solo or duo players. Scoring parameters will also be tracked better throughout the entire season this time around.
In-game, FIFA 21 will give players plenty of tools to work with. This includes an entirely new set of modifier buttons. In particular, you can use the said buttons to set up accurate passes or even line up shots. You can even use the said features to rewind bad plays, which, admittedly, is already cheating in our book.
Invoking the word Skyrim is akin to drawing the kind of expectations that most developers wouldn’t want on their titles. Though, Obsidian Entertainment isn’t most development studios as they have developed all-time classics such as Fallout: New Vegas, which many consider as the best Fallout title ever released.
In any case, Avowed is a first-person fantasy RPG that has the potential to be the next Elder Scrolls franchise. True to this, it’s got dual-wielding weapons, caves, flaming arrows, skeletons, and even physics-based magic. It also comes with a soundtrack that evokes Lord of the Rings, making the trailer alone a goosebump-inducing experience if you’re a huge fan of Role-Playing Games.
CrossfireX is the console version of popular online FPS shooter, Crossfire.
Even before its release, many have compared it to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This is not an invalid comparison, though. This is because of how similar their multiplayer components will play out.
Players will choose between two teams and compete against each other in various game modes. This includes the “Classic” mode where one team has to stop the other from successfully planting a map. A “Modern” mode will reportedly be available too, which will put the two teams against each other for control over objective map points.
Unlike Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, this console FPS title will have a single-player campaign.
According to reports, the campaign will span across multiple episodes. At launch, players can only play two.
The story will revolve around the conflict between private military factions, Black List and Global Risk, and is said to draw heavy inspiration from narrative-heavy action franchises such as Metal Gear and Resident Evil.
Cyberpunk 2077 answers a question that no one probably asked before:
“What would happen if you crossed The Witcher and the Deus Ex franchises together?”
A narrative-heavy and story-driven open-world single-player RPG title, Cyberpunk 2077 continues CD Projekt’s affinity for adapting little-known franchises into a video game. But, instead of a book, CD Projekt went with a tabletop RPG in the Cyberpunk franchise this time around.
Set in “Night City”, Cyberpunk 2077 lets players play as a customizable mercenary who’s looking for a rare thingamajig rumored to make people immortal.
Much like with The Witcher franchise, we can expect CD Projekt to work their magic on this title. This means that we can expect multiple playthroughs from the game, with various endings available depending on the chances that you made.
Perhaps the only difference with Cyberpunk 2077 from any of The Witcher games is that you can reportedly play through the game without resorting to killing people.
Gears 5 (Exclusive)
Microsoft had already made Gears 5 available for the Xbox One X last year, which means that it’s technically not a new game. However, it remains one of the Xbox games out there, and will likely be one of the best Xbox Series X games once it launched on the console.
We already know how much more gorgeous it will look like on next-gen hardware, so don’t expect any surprises there.
But, then again, who knows?
Following their return to World War 1 and 2 with Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 5 respectively, DICE has not yet confirmed the setting for Battlefield 6. However, it’s not unusual for EA nor DICE to take a page out of their competition’s book.
Considering the success of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with their return to a more modern setting, Battlefield 6 could head to that direction.
Battlefield 6 could also explore other potential warring eras, just as Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War is planning to do.
With that said, details are scarce about Battlefield 6 so far, except that it will feature next-generation graphics.
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War
The cat is already out of the bag. We already know a lot about Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War.
Just as the name suggests, the game will be set right around the Cold War era with Treyarch putting players hot on the trail of Persues, an alleged Soviet spy, as they take control of CIA officer, Russel Adler.
Cold War will reportedly also feature some familiar faces. This includes Frank Woods, Alex Mason, and Jason Hudson.
Of course, the single-player campaign is only a part of the Call of Duty experience.
Despite the success of Warzone, Activision fully intends to continue developing a more traditional multiplayer shooter for Call of Duty, and Cold War will look to try and reinvigorate interest. This includes adding new modes and bringing back a couple of old favourites.
One noteworthy mode, in particular, is the VIP escort, which is a 6v6 mode where the game randomly assigns one player as the escort. The goal is then to escort the designated player to a specific location, or eliminate the target.
First announced at Microsoft’s X019 event in London, Everwild is a fantasy action-adventure title from the UK-based video game developers, Rare.
Everwild is an entirely brand-new IP and is set to be a fantasy-based sandbox online game.
While that does indeed sound ambitious, Rare has a bit of experience in that area.
Lest we forget, Rare are the same people behind Sea of Thieves, another Microsoft-exclusive that has gone on to attract over 15 million players since its release in 2015.
So far, we don’t really know much about what Everwild is and what it will be about. However, from what we’ve seen in the trailer, we wouldn’t be surprised if it will borrow a lot of elements from Sea of Thieves but with a heavy dose of fantasy and magic.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
Ubisoft definitely pushed through with changing their annual release of a new Assassin’s Creed title. However, even though they decided to skip a year with their once yearly franchise, there simply was no way that they’d let a new console-generation launch without having one of their games be part of it all.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is the latest installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It will follow in the footsteps of its past two predecessors, Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey.
Instead of focusing on its stealth and action gameplay, the past two titles leaned heavily towards its RPG elements. This was met with a lot of praise from critics and fans alike. As such, it makes sense for Ubisoft to try out the formula once again with Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.
As for the game’s narrative, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla will let players live as Vikings in the middle ages.
Forced out of their homeland in Norway, players will have an entirely new playground in England to play with as they look to rummage and pillage their way into establishing a new home for the legendary warrior race.
For a concept that seems like it was built for video games, we don’t really have a lot of games featuring robots duking it out.
This is perhaps why there are high hopes placed on ExoMecha.
Developed and published by TwistedRed, ExoMecha is one ambitious game. It’s a free-to-play title with competitive first-person shooter elements. It will put players in an exotic and relatively untouched planet named OMECHA where they will fight against each other in action-packed and adrenaline-pumping matches all the while piloting giant mechs.
Microsoft’s version of a mic drop, Fable sent fans tuned in to their July games showcase into a frenzy when it ended with a minute-long trailer of one of Xbox’s most beloved franchise.
A reboot instead of the expected sequel, Microsoft treated viewers to a simple narration of all of the fantastic adventures and stories that gamers can and should expect once Fable hits the market. It even showed a fairy flying across the screen before a frog decided to take it for its snack, a true nod to the kind of humor that Fable used ot make a name for itself.
Unfortunately, outside of this short trailer, we have nothing else to go on regarding Fable.
We don’t have a release date, nor even some short gameplay video. However, what we do know that it’s been confirmed. This is more than any RPG fan could ever ask for, especially those who’ve been craving for a true RPG experience.
And, with Forza Horizon’s Playground Games at the helm, we can only expect great things to come from the Fable reboot.
Forza Motorsport (Exclusive)
Get to know fast virtual cars more intimately than ever before, thanks to the added power that comes with the Xbox Series X.
Turn 10, who’s been working on the next Forza Motorsport since 2017, made the entire world pay attention to the kind of detail that gamers should expect from the game that they’re going to release. Whereas previous titles wowed gamers with visual fidelity, the all-new Forza Motorsport will highlight everything including what’s under the hood of these track cars.
This is all thanks to the 8-core CPU packed inside the Xbox Series X, giving it the kind of power that had never been available before.
While we won’t know when exactly the new Forza Motorsport will release, we do know that it’s going to be one of the most beautiful racing simulation games out there.
Call of the Sea (Exclusive)
We don’t really see too many puzzle adventure titles these days. As such, you can only imagine everyone’s excitement when Microsoft showcased one such game during their first-ever 20/20 event.
Call of the Sea is a game set in the 1930s. It will star a woman named Norah who’s on the search for his lost husband.
If it’s not already obvious by now, Call of the Sea is going for a more retro look. However, at the same time, you can’t help but admire the beauty of the graphics.
If nothing else, it’ll be intriguing to see how Raw Fury pulls off a first-person puzzle adventure on a next-gen console.
NBA 2K21 is already for the current-generation of consoles and people are loving it.
While gamers have long criticized 2K sports for taking advantage of the demand for a yearly release of a new NBA 2K title by not including as many features as many feel that they could with a new title, many gamers feel satisfied with NBA 2K21, and, there’s plenty of good reasons for that.
NBA 2K21 brings back the shooting mechanics of NBA 2K17 but improves on it for a more natural feel. MyCAREER also returns with another noteworthy story and starts players as a high-school recruit as they choose between 10 different universities and try to rise through the NCAA ranks to eventually make it to the big leagues.
MyCAREER features cameos from noteworthy celebrities. This includes Michael K. Williams and Djimon Hounsou.
MyTeam is also reworked. It now essentially forces teams to actually build teams instead of just collecting players. Climbing the ladder doesn’t require throwing your money at your screen anymore. You can get by with spending very little or none at all. This gives NBA 2K21 much more replay value than its predecessors.
Of course, NBA 2K21 will benefit from the added processing power that comes with the Xbox Series X.
Expect better and more realistic graphics with much more fluid movement from the players once NBA 2K21 is played on the Xbox Series X.
Hello Neighbor 2 (Exclusive)
Many gamers found themselves surprisingly delighted in 2017 with the release of Hello Neighbor.
A rather different take on the stealth-horror genre, Hello Neighbor put players in the shoes of a kid trying to sneak into their creepy neighbor’s house. This premise is made intriguing by the fact that the in-game AI adjusts according to what you do. This meant that no tactic ever worked twice.
In Hello Neighbor 2, the stealth-horror elements will remain, but only this time, the story is different.
Instead of trying to sneak inside your creepy neighbor’s house, you’re instead trying to track him down after his sudden disappearance. All the while, you’ll find yourself at the mercy of a mysterious stalker, who will be the one equipped with the same advanced and self-learning AI from the first game.
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis (Exclusive)
The latest in Sega’s Phantasy Star franchise, Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is a “shared universe” release that will reportedly work alongside the current version of the MMO title, Phantasy Star Online 2.
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis will reportedly feature a lot of improvements over its predecessors. This includes a larger and explorable world, with an overhauled graphics engine. Systems and gameplay will also be updated for Microsoft’s next-gen console, and players will be able to carry the same character from Phantasy Star Online 2.
The main highlight of Phantasy Star Online 2: New Gensis is its character creation engine.
Considering it will be an Xbox Series X release (and an exclusive at that), there’s no doubt that Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis will look to take advantage of the added power of Microsoft’s next-gen console.
Unsettling and disturbing seem like the perfect ways to describe the Xbox Series X exclusive, Scorn.
Scorn is said to draw direct inspiration from the works of H. R. Giger and Zdzisław Beksiński. The former was part of the design team that worked on the original Alien film. Meanwhile, the latter is a Polish artist best known for exploring dystopian surrealism in his works.
Given its inspiration, it seems pretty understandable that Scorn went with that … “aesthetic”.
As a first-person horror game, Scorn clearly wants to take its horror element to the next level. Judging by the trailer alone, it certainly seems like it’s well on its way to accomplishing that.
Second Extinction (Exclusive)
For some reason, developers really aren’t keen on creating a dinosaur game.
Maybe it’s because there have been far too many failures in the past? Well, that’s partly true. After all, outside of Dino Crisis, which wasn’t exactly a perfect franchise, what other notable dinosaur games can you really remember?
Here’s to hoping that Second Extinction adds to that shortlist.
A co-op shooter that lets you play on three-game squads against giant mutated reptiles, Second Extinction is as pretty self-explanatory as it gets.
If nothing else, Second Extinction might just be the catalyst we need for Capcom to work on a new Dino Crisis title.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 (Exclusive)
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade was one of the bigger surprise hits of its generation.
Developed by the much-maligned Ninja Theory studio — the British game developers took the brunt of the arguably undeserved criticism in the dramatic shift that came with the DmC: Devil May Cry “reboot” in 2013 — Senua’s Saga: Hellblade might have just been the game’s best release yet.
Officially labelled as an action-adventure title, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade was much more than that.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade was an amalgamation of multiple gaming genre. This includes anything from hack-and-slash and problem solving to psychological horror. The best part? The game incorporated each genre so well while also delivering arguably one of the most surreal gameplay experiences to date.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 looks to bring the same experience to the next generation, albeit in a more immersive package. At least, graphically.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 (Exclusive)
The S.T.A.L.K.E.R franchise was a series of first-person survival horror titles that perfectly– captured what life would be like in a post-apocalyptic world. It was the type of game that would fill you with dread and terror, but not through monsters or grotesque creatures. Rather, but from how vulnerable we humans truly are.
Unfortunately, after the release of Call of Pripyat in 2009 and the cancellation of S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 in 2012, we heard very little of the franchise — until now.
Details on the new S.T.A.L.K.E.R title emerged in 2018, but it wasn’t until Microsoft’s July showcase that we received confirmation for which platforms the game will be made available for once it releases in 2021.
Considering the severe lack of true survival horror titles in recent years, S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2’s release feels like a long time coming.
Prepare to have nightmares.
Tell Me Why (Exclusive)
From the makers of Life is Stranger is Tell me Why, another narrative adventure game that seeks to solidify the standing of video games as an art form.
Tell Me Why’s story revolves around Tyler and Alyson Ronan. The two are twins who find themselves reunited as they try to uncover the mysteries surrounding their childhood. Players will take turns playing each of the two protagonists. Each one will have a different recollaction of what happened and players will decide based on whose memories they choose to believe.
Tell Me Why marks one of the very few times a trans person is a protagonist in a video game.
The game will follow an episodic release. A total of three episodes will be available.
Watch Dogs: Legion
A slight departure from the previous Watch Dogs titles, the third installment, Watch Dogs: Legion, will give players, not just one protagonist, but an entire city’s worth of inhabitants to play with and as.
Set in a dystopian London where everything and anything is under the control of an authoritarian regime, Watch Dogs: Legion uses the franchise’s hacking gameplay to help the repressed British people stage an uprising.
True to its name, Watch Dogs: Legion will give you multiple protagonists at your disposal.
Similar to what a singular protagonist would have, each of these people that you can play as has their own backstories, talents, abilities, skills, and more. Not to mention, Watch Dogs: Legion will raise the stakes up a bit by introducing a permadeath mechanic that we haven’t seen from the franchise yet.
The Medium (Exclusive)
The Medium is another horror title exclusive to the Xbox Series X. However, unlike Scorn, which obviously is going for a more Alien-like vibe, The Medium is taking a more psychological approach to scaring the wits out of gamers.
Backed by the same people behind 2019’s Blair Witch video game adaption and the haunting scores of the Silent Hill series, The Medium.
As for the gameplay itself, we know a couple of things to expect from The Medium.
In the game, players will reportedly take on the shoes of Marianne, who is a spiritual medium that can act as a bridge between the world of the living and, well, the world of the NOT living. Although we don’t know much beyond that, one thing that’s all but guaranteed at this point is that The Medium will be a terrifying title.
Whether or not it becomes a worthy spiritual successor to the likes of Silent Hill is something that we’ll find out once it launches.
The Ascent (Exclusive)
Add The Ascent to the growing number of games exploring a cyberpunk theme.
Don’t worry. We’re not complaining. We’re actually pretty excited. After all, this cyberpunk RPG shooter boasts some serious pedigree. Although Neon Giant is a relatively new video game development company, the people behind it aren’t. In fact, they’ve worked on some pretty big names, like Gears of War, Bulletstorm, DOOM, and Wolfenstein.
As for the gameplay, The Ascent will feature a group known as the Ascent Group who owns everyone.
Yes, you read that right.
As expected in a dystopian setting, everything that can go wrong did go wrong. As a result, the society created and owned by the Ascent Group is quickly spiraling towards chaos if it already hasn’t.
Now, it’s your job to try and establish some semblance of order into it all.
Bright Memory Infinite
Chinese FYQD Studio’s Bright Memory flew under most people’s radars when it released in 2019.
A first-person shooter with melee elements, Bright Memory put players in the shoes of gun-toting and a sword-wielding female protagonist who also happens to have psychokinetic powers, among many other things.
If the trailer is anything to go buy, Bright Memory Infinite looks like it’s going to double-down on what the first title did. This means that gamers can expect even more action featuring swords and shields, as well as assault rifles, and with some magic thrown into the mix for good measure.
Reportedly made by a single person, the first in-engine look of Bright Memory Infinite should be enough to get your blood pumping and excited for it.
While we won’t get a next-gen Borderlands game just yet, the latest entry in the frantic shooter franchise, Borderlands 3, will be making its way to the Xbox Series X.
Borderlands 3 continues the tradition of the award-winning franchise. It’s not just an FPS title. Instead, it incorporates numerous RPG elements to it, with plenty of action to boot. It’s also considered one of the archetypal shooter-looters, where looting and crafting items plays a significant role in a player’s in-game progress.
Borderlands 3, in particular, brings with it an arsenal of surprisingly fun and unique weapons that help inject more energy into the chaotic action.
On top of it all, Borderlands 3 comes with a 30-hour campaign with a lot of replay value.
Outside of supporting 4K resoultion at 60FPS on the Xbox Series X, little else is known about the improvements on Borderlands 3 for the next-gen console. However, as it is, Borderlands 3 is already a game well worth purchasing twice over.
Any improvements are just a welcome bonus at this point.
Are you playing as a sentient plane? Or are you playing as a human being? You know what, at this point, we don’t really care.
Chorus, stylized as Chorvs, is a single-player title where you’re in control of an ace pilot named Nara on board the starfighter, Forsaken, which, by the way, has a mind of its own. Together, the two will hope to take down the very same cult responsible for making Nara who she is today.
Dark, gritty, and mature, watch out for Nara’s story of personal redemption once Chorvs arrives on the Xbox Series X.
Until the next expected Forza title comes to the Xbox Series X, gearheads will have to settle with Dirt 5.
As far as consolation prizes go, that’s not even half-bad.
The first racing game officially confirmed for Microsoft’s next-gen console, Dirt 5 will feature tracks from all over the world. This includes world-famous tracks located in places like Brazil, Italy, China, and even New York. More importantly, Dirt 5 will feature a wide roster of characters that players will get a chance to play and tinker with.
For those who aren’t exactly huge fans of the franchise nor cars, Dirt 5 will reportedly feature a career mode with the likes of Nolan North and Troy Baker lending their talents.
With a little bit of something for everybody, Dirt 5 is definitely one to look out for.
The Dreamfall franchise is easily one of the longest and best narrative-driven adventure games released in the past two decades that most gamers have probably never heard of, and now, their makers are working on something a little different.
The developers, Red Thread Games, takes a page out of Telltale’s proverbial book with Dustborn.
A game with aesthetics as if it came out directly out of a comic book, Dustborn will revolve around a story of road trips, music, friendships, and climate change, among many other things. Also, it’s set in the far future, with their time’s version of “punks” traveling around with a robot at the helm of their roadtrip-worthy RV.
In terms of storytelling, Dustborn has the makings of a sleeper hit.
Dying Light 2
Set some 15 years after the events of the first game, Dying Light 2 will take players into a new world where society has found itself collapsing back into its old, more savage ways as the zombie outbreak has all but forced humanity to fight amongst themselves in an attempt to survive.
Upon its release, Dying Light was a beautiful game lauded for its combat mechanics and incorporation of parkour in its gameplay.
Now made for the next-generation of consoles, Dying Light 2 will look to improve on what the original did.
Considering that Techland’s low-key been one of the best game developers this decade, there’s little doubt that Dying Light 2 will become a much bigger and more memorable game than the original ever was.
Far Cry 6
The latest numbered title in the Far Cry franchise, Far Cry 6 will put players in the shoes of Yara local, Dani Rojas, a man or a woman (depending on the player’s choice) leading the charge against the tyrannical ruler of Yara, played by Giancarlo Esposito, who is best known for his role as Gus Fring in AMC drama Breaking Bad.
We already know that Giancarlo has the chops to play the big baddie. We also know just how much interest the world has in picturesque places that belie the horrors beneath them.
This slightly realistic plotline where a beautiful paradise is ruled by an evil overlord is sure to draw in its fair share of players. The trailer alone, for example, is proof that Ubisoft wants to bring Far Cry back to its former glory.
Paired with this grounded and realistic storyline is “the largest Far Cry playground to date” in Yara.
The environment will reportedly include a mix of urban with jungles and beaches. All of these will be part of Dani’s revolution. Players will experience what guerilla warfare like is firsthand with makeshift weapons included in their weaponry.
2001’s Gothic title was an excellent video game released at a bad time.
It was praised for its well-detailed storyline and character interaction that was well ahead of its time. But, the gamesuffered from a complicated control scheme and then-absurd system requirements. Although it get two full sequels, it didn’t get the mainstream popularity that it deserved.
Thankfully, THQ Nordic plans on reviving the entire franchise. This is after their initial playable teaser went rounds all over the internet.
The remake will reportedly follow the same direction as the original title. The key difference is that THQ Nordic plans on updating it to meet modern standards. This means that it won’t have the same insufferable control scheme.
However, THQ Nordic did confirm that they plan on going through with a “transparent and open production with the community”, which means that we could be in for one of the grittiest and darkest games released in recent years if we’re going by the current concensus of the game’s community.
One of the biggest surprise hits of the decade, the revival of the Hitman franchise is in full swing with a third game on the way.
Hitman 3 marks the first time that the series’ current developers, IO Interactive, will release and publish the game on their own. Previously, IO was part of Square Enix, with the developers working with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment with the publishing of Hitman 2.
Although they are going to publish the game themselves this time around, IO will receive help in the form of a partnership with Epic Games.
According to their CEO, this move will allow them the “freedom to create the game exactly as we imagined”. This could mean that fans could be in for quite the treat, as the previous two titles featured unprecedented levels of freedom. Both titles gave players plenty of options on how they would deal with their targets, allowing for near-unlimited replay value.
With IO promising big things, Hitman 3 could be one of the few times that the third title in a series ends up surpassing its predecessors.
Echo Generation (Exclusive)
Think Stranger Things but put a Minecraft skin on it and use Canada as the setting.
Combine this all together and you get something like Echo Generation.
Echo Generation is being developed by indie game company, Cococucumber. It is a turn-based adventure game. It will feature small town kids fighting against aliens as they try to save their hometown from the dangeorus creatures brought there by an unknown crash.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn’t just one of the best games of its generation. It’s one of the best ever. So, it only makes sense for Ubisoft to borrow plenty of elements from it.
Immortals Fenxy Rising, formerly known as Gods and Monsters, is a Ubisoft’s newest Zelda-esque fantasy action-adventure title that’s set in an open world. It will put players in the shoes of a red-headed demi-god named Fenyx who’s out to take out one of the biggest baddies in Greek mythology with Zeus and Prometheus taking turns narrating the entire journey.
It’s a very Ubisoft take of the game. You get the requisite mountain of objectives and quest markers, with skill trees and upgrade paths for your equipment. There’s even plenty of traditional yet surprisingly complex combat to boot.
You could argue that the game is the lovechild of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Death, change, and taxes. There are only so few things that are certain in life. Those are three are right up there. So is another NFL game, by the way, particularly, a Madden title.
Having seen an annual release since 1990, no year really ever is complete without a new Madden game, and for the Xbox Series X, we’re going to see American football in all of its next-generation glory thanks to Madden 21.
A third-person online shooter where loot will play a huge role, Outriders is an all-new IP developed by people with prior experience in hit titles such as Gears of War: Judgment and Bulletstorm.
Outriders isn’t out yet but it’s already drawing comparisons to shooter-looters like Destiny.
Whether or not it can be just as good if not better as Destiny is the question. But, so far, the developers seem intent on turning Outriders into a different kind of online shooter that gamers can actually finish.
With lead writer Joshua Rubin citing classics such as Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness as possible comparisons for the game’s story, we should expect things to get pretty dark quickly in Outriders.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly two decades since the release of the first Psychonauts title. However, its much-awaited sequel, Psychonauts 2, won’t take its time giving players a refresher as it puts gamers directly inside the brain of the deranged dentist, Dr. Loboto.
Picking up exactly where the first title left off, Dr. Loboto has had Truman, the father of Lili and the Grand Head of the entire team, kidnapped.
It is now then for the rest of the Psychonauts to find out who and where he was taken.
Hence, going inside Dr. Loboto’s brain.
Inside the mind of this demented villain, you’ll find an equally-twisted world full of twists and turns as physical representations of the doctor’s doubt and regret try to force you out of the doctor’s mind. But, you’re not exactly ill-equpped, as Raz returns with much more powers at his disposal, including telekineses and pyrokineses, among others.
We don’t really know much about the plot of Psychonauts 2 yet, but we should expect the same outlandish story that made the original title so beloved in the first place.
Resident Evil Village
The next Resident Evil title will no longer be a remake. Instead, it will bring werewolves into the mix and a quaint little village. And, oh, it will be a first-person horror title once again.
Resident Evil Village, as it is aptly named, is set years after the events of the Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and put players in the shoes of Ethan and Mia Winters following their escape. But, all is not well after surviving their nightmarish ordeal. This is because series regular, Chris Redfield, for some reason, is on their tail and is intent on making their lives a living hell.
Yes. You read that right. That big, beefy, and broody Chris Redfield is going to be bigger, beefier, and broodier as he takes on the role of an antagonist.
There’s little doubt that Umbrella is still involved in this one. We see their logo flashing in the trailer, along with other symbols. Also, speaking of recurring stuff, we see a mansion that looks eerily similar to the setting of the first Resident Evil title.
All in all, expect Resident Evil Village to look pretty and horrific as it utilizes the same RE engine used for the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 with the added power of the Xbox Series X.
Bandai Namco’s newest IP is equal parts Psychonauts and equal parts Grand Theft Auto, dressed in an anime aesthetic.
Featuring a solider named Yuito Sumeragi, Scarlet Nexus is set in the far future where humanity has learned how to harness its latent psychic abilities. This means that the protagonist has some pretty cool psychokinesis powers, which will definitely come in handy as he explores the world and eventually ends up finding out more than he bargained for.
An RPG headed by the same people behind some of the Tales Of games, Scarlet Nexus has the potential to be Bandai Namco’s next big IP.
Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2
Games with dark humor will definitely get a kick out of this one.
Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 is a sequel to the criminally-underrated cult-classic Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines.
Thanks to the quirky trailer, we know that the developers haven’t lost their touch yet, as we saw them prominently feature human puppets hanging down from a Christmas Tree.
Set in a world where vampires, werewolves, as well as other creatures of night coexist with the rest of humanity, Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 will let you stalk around as a newly-minted vampire who’s literally out for blood.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Once a PlayStation-exclusive franchise, we’ve seen the Yakuza games make their way to other consoles and platforms in recent years. In a few months, this will include Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which will make its way on the Xbox Series X.
A rather unique take on the Yakuza formula, Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be a role-playing title instead of a beat-em-up.
In the game, players participate in four-person team battles. However, in typical Yakuza fashion, there’s a twist. Because, during battles, players and enemies alike can interact with nearby surroundings and other objects. This creates a more interactive combat system that’s more in line with the Yakuza franchise.
Also returning are the numerous side-quests and side-activities that have since become a staple of the franchise.
Orphan of the Machine (Exclusive)
Developed by the one-team, Dynamic Voltage Games, Orphan of the Machine is set to be one of the first next-gen Metroidvania titles to be released.
Naturally, this is an indie title. However, if there’s one thing we’ve learned from the past decade, it’s that we should never doubt an underdog. This is especially if it features a story of dolphin fighting robots.
Outside of the video clip showing us what the game will look like, there aren’t that many details available on Orphan of the Machine.
Regardless, we’re pretty sure that the premise alone is well worth the price of admission.
Kudos to Microsoft for arguably one-upping Sony at every turn so far. Their showcases have not failed to meet expectations so far. Not to mention, the release of the Xbox Series S came completely out of left field, surprising many gamers with a relatively affordable next-gen offering, albeit coming at the expense of less powerful hardware.
Will this be the generation when Microsoft finally outpaced Sony? Only time will tell. But, as you can see from the list of above, the Xbox Series X and Series S have numerous gaming titles that many are looking forward to.