The Xbox Games Showcase did exactly what many thought Microsoft should have done with their first attempt – focus on the games, and especially their first party line up or exclusive deals.
While it was still too short on actual gameplay and we didn’t get a glimpse of a price or release date, it was certainly enough to get excited for the next few years of Xbox gaming! What was your favourite moment from the show?
In the News This Week
Let’s start with some of the highlights from the Xbox Games Showcase the other day:
- Xbox Series X Games Showcase round up
- Watch the Halo Infinite Xbox Series X gameplay reveal here
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is now a timed exclusive for Xbox Series X and PC
- State of Decay 3 announced for Xbox Series X and PC
- Avowed revealed as Obsidian’s first Xbox Series X exclusive RPG
- Warhammer 40,000 Darktide announced by Vermintide developer
- Fable revealed at the Xbox Series X games showcase
- Remedy’s CrossfireX single player campaign revealed at Xbox Series X games showcase
- Forza Motorsport 8 announced – will have ray tracing and 60fps on Xbox Series X, not coming to Xbox One
Outside of that, it was still a busy week news-wise
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales will have a 4K 60fps Performance mode
- Sony “will talk about” alternative PS5 and DualSense colour schemes “at some point”
- FIFA 21 reveal trailer has released, watch it here
- 15 million players have now set sail in Sea of Thieves
- Mass Effect Trilogy may finally be remastered in March 2021
- Further reports of racist, sexist, and homophobic behaviour at Ubisoft emerge
- Rocket League will be going free to play
- Voice actor confirms a new Splinter Cell game, “this is a fact”
- Ghost of Tsushima becomes fastest selling PS4 original IP, beating Horizon: Zero Dawn
- The PlayStation Store Summer Sale is now on – check out all the deals here
Games in Review
Moving on to the reviews now:
- Necrobarista – PC, iOS – 9/10
- Carrion – XBO, PC, NSW – 8/10
- Panzer Paladin – NSW, PC – 8/10
- Rock of Ages 3 – PS4, XBO, PC, NSW – 7/10
- NASCAR Heat 5 – PS4, XBO, PC – 5/10
And from the hardware reviews:
Even though we’re in the traditionally quiet summer period, we had a good selection of previews this week. Miguel kicked things off with a look at the “jaw dropping” Genshin Impact, a stunning free-to-play action RPG.
Elsewhere, Jim went hands on with Total War Saga: Troy, finding it to contain modest, but welcome changes to the Total War franchise. He also called Rogue Company a “worthy rival to Counter-Strike and Valorant” and something that “should definitely be on your radar”.
Speaking of CrossfireX, Stefan asked whether Microsoft had done a good job of managing expectations (again) with regards to the ‘cross-gen exclusives’ shown in the Xbox Games Showcase. Have they abandoned their cross-gen gaming promise already?
Here’s what our community has been playing this week:
- tactical20 achieved 100% completion of Paper Mario Origami King which he really enjoyed!
- After his continuing scuffle with his steed, Bob, MrYd played some No Man’s Sky, Dreams VR, and picked up Death Stranding – although he’s not sure he’s a fan of it yet.
- As can be expected, Crazy_Del grabbed the platinum for Ghost of Tsushima, which he says “has to be the Game of the Year!”.
- hornet1990 completed CoD:WW2 and has started on Battlefield V. Sadly his PS3 kicked the bucket this week, but 13 years is a good run!
- And lastly, TSBonyman can’t muster the energy to complete TLOU2 right now, so they’ve been playing Vampyr, No Man’s Sky and Dreams VR.
Enjoy your weekends and I’ll see you again soon!