The Xbox showcase was yesterday and boy was it a good’un! Microsoft was in dire need of a good event following Sony’s PS5 reveal event, and Microsoft did what they needed too!
There were some great games announced and a “Surprise” at the end, so let’s get into it!
What were my favourites from the showcase?
The main game they were peddling was Halo Infinite the next in the Halo series which will be one of the leading games to push the Xbox one Series X. THE MUSIC! Halo has always been able to amplify wonderful cinematic moments with beautiful music, and there is more of that here.
The pilot interests me; he looks to serve as potentially Chief’s new partner and I love the look of that. He gets angry with Chief and disagrees with him showing that there is a new opportunity to explore a new dynamic relationship for Chief. He has his own goals and motivations, and the two are working together to get home.
The hud and the hit markers both look smooth, and together with the movement, it looks fluid. The grappling hook seems to be a fun addition to Chief’s arsenal, and I can see this being an incredibly useful tool in multiplayer.
The world looks more open within Infinite, and I like this. It may allow us to explore the map at our own pace, looking for lore dumps and easter eggs throughout the new Halo ring. Atriox is back, and that terrifies me. He calls Chief out for a final battle, and his speech only got me determined to finish the fight.
State of Decay 3
State of Decay 2 held so much potential. It was a decent zombie survival game that focused on maintaining a group of survivors. I felt on my first playthrough that the game was exciting but felt like it lacked something. The mechanics were extremely repetitive, and it, unfortunately, did not live up to the expectations. I cannot comment on the state of the game as it is now, but State of Decay 3 has me interested in playing through the 2nd installation before this comes out.
At one point in time, it seemed like every other game was a zombie game. As today the popular game mode is Battle Royals, a few years ago it was Zombie games. So a return to these is fun, nostalgic and always reminds me of some great games I played when I was a little younger.
I have reserved hopes for State of Decay 3, but it is nice to see that they are having another shot at a franchise that interests me.
Obsidian look to be on a roll at the moment revealing a short trailer for their upcoming game ‘Avowed’. The trailer did not show much only emphasising that the game will take place in a fantasy world full of magic. The only clue we have to gameplay is that it will be first-person and the player can dual wield magic and swords.
One thing that piqued my interest was the way the magic looked, it reminded me of The Witcher with the symbols and then when the spell forms over the characters hands, it had a Doctor Strange vibe to it. I can get behind that. I hope there is an interesting magic system or at least an aesthetically/mechanically pleasing one.
Plus, it is Obsidian. The Outer Worlds was incredible, and I’m sure they can pull this off!
The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon.
Talking of The Outer Worlds, we have a DLC announcement! A narrative expansion to the corrupt capitalistic world that looks to add a new world and a load of new weapons! We do see a new crew member for the ship, but we do not get any real information. The trailer is the type of goodness you expect from Obsidian. Over the top narration and emphasis on the absurd, I love it! It will be available on the 9th of September!
One thing that Rare proved with Sea Of Thieves is that they can provide us with breathtaking environments. While the release of Sea Of Thieves was quite shallow, the game as it is now is full of content.We do not get much information about Everwild, but I am interested to see what Rare will do next.
The game looks to focus on the connection between human and nature, bringing forth the more magical aspects of nature and co-inhabitancy. Rare can build beautiful worlds I just hope this game will be full from release. Games as a service work, but they lose a lot of momentum if the base game is lacking, let’s hope Rare does this beautiful looking world some justice!
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
I’m personally not a huge 40k fan, not through disliking the franchise but rather unfamiliarity. I know that it is home to some awesome looking characters and this game is going to be a 4-person co-op horde fighting game. I am interested in taking a stab into the 40k world with some friends gunning down what looks to be zombies of some sort? 4-player co-op zombie games always get me excited as I’m overly fond of the Left4Dead games, so I am ever hoping to get a new entry into that style of game.
Just Fable. I don’t need to say much more.
I know the rumours were everywhere, and people were sure it was all but confirmed, it is still nice to get a confirmation. I LOVED the fable games (Even 3). Honestly, I can’t wait. There was not a ‘4’ in the trailer, so from what I can tell this looks to be a reboot?
No gameplay for this, so we do not know where in the production of the game Playground are, but it is just lovely to hear that the franchise is not over.
All-in-all it was a great showcase! What was your favourites from the reveals? I know it’s Fable… let’s admit it!
Thank you for reading!