On July 23, 2020, Xbox hosted a showcase to highlight games coming to the Xbox Series X. So let’s just dive right in and talk about what we saw and how I personally felt about it.
The show opens with a cinematic trailer for Halo Infinite which then led into a brief gameplay trailer showing what looks to be the first level. This is an interesting looking game. I’ve never played Halo before, but this looks exactly like what I would have expected.
State of Decay 3 had a cool looking cinematic trailer. I imagine that the name alone would hype up fans of the series, but as someone who’s never played any State of Decay games, I didn’t get particularly excited about this one.
The next game shown was the next Forza installment. The graphics look incredible. If racing is your thing, then this really looks like the game for you.
Next, they showed a trailer for the next game by Rare, EverWild. It looks like a stylized fantasy RPG or something. The art is beautiful and some of the creature designs are fascinating.
Then we saw a trailer for the story-driven game, Tell me Why from DontNod. This looks to be similar to Life is Strange, and that’s all you need to say to get me to sign up.
Next came the announcement that Ori and the willow of the wisps will be on Xbox series X
Then Obsidian had three trailers back to back to back, starting with The Outer Worlds dlc expansion, Peril on Gorgon. It seems like a fun game, but I haven’t gotten to the base game yet, so I felt a bit lost. Then they showed their survival game, Grounded, which sees tiny people trying to survive a big world. And finally, they announced a big first person RPG in a similar style to Skyrim, called Avowed.
Next, we saw a trailer for As Dusk Falls, which is an interactive drama. I didn’t fully understand the plot being shown, but I mean, I like interactive dramas.
Ninja Theory reminded us that Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is coming. Gosh darn I’m excited for this game, because the first one was a masterpiece.
Psychonauts 2 had a magnificent trailer with a song sung by Jack Black. I can see why people have been wanting this game for so long.
Bungie has announced that Destiny 2 and all of its expansions will be available through a Gamepass subscription. That’s a solid deal.
I felt kind of letdown by the trailers for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, Warhammer Darktide, and Tetris Effect Connected. I didn’t feel that they showed enough to catch my attention and I was hoping for more.
The Gunk, on the other hand looks so cool. The art is very pretty, and the story concept of cleaning up gunk on alien planets is really innovative. I love it.
The next trailer was for the Medium, which looks so creepy. It also has a cool mechanic where 2 versions of reality will be simultaneously rendered while you play, and you can actively switch between the two different worlds to affect your gameplay. I want this game.
Phantasy Star Online 2 looks like an action RPG, but it didn’t yet offer me anything that makes me need to buy it.
The following trailer was for an over the top shooter, that I assumed was Call of Duty. Instead it was Crossfire X. It doesn’t look bad, but it does just look like another super shooter war game thing.
To close the show they leaned hard on how all the games will be on Gamepass and that upgrading from the Xbox one version of a game to the series X will cost nothing extra. Then, they presented one final trailer, which ended up being a charming trailer for Fable. No gameplay or story elements presented, just a reveal with some stylized visuals. It looks cool, but it felt like a weak way to end the presentation.
I liked some of what I saw, like Hellblade 2, the Gunk, The Medium, and Halo Infinite, but none of them are quite persuasive enough to make me want to preorder an Xbox Series X
By: Benny Uhlich CruelFan.com