Xbox showed off what they had in store for Xbox fans at their Xbox E3 Showcase on Sunday June 13th and what a show they gave us!
From show hitters like Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite, to newcomers like Redfall and Contraband. Microsoft & Team Xbox had probably their BEST EVER E3 event! They gave us over 30 titles (27 coming to Game Pass) to sink our teeth into however, there were some for me that stuck out more than others.
First off, we got Halo Infinite and we get a quick glimpse of Master Chief in the campaign, and while it was a cutscene/gameplay, it really was cool to see some more of Halo Infinite. We got to see Chief interacting with a new AI too. We also got to see some of the Halo Infinite Multiplayer, which will be Free to Play at launch! The gameplay looked crisp and clean as we saw two teams (not Red & Blue) fight among themselves and we even got to see the Repulsor and Grappleshot in action during the multiplayer too. Repulsor can be used to deflect projectiles and anything else that gets in the way and the Grappleshot let’s you reach new heights and even traverse faster across the map.
Forza Horizon 5
We also got to see the much rumoured Forza Horizon 5 and the beautiful location of Mexico. Here we get to hear more about the gameplay and what the latest Horizon title has on offer. We see the team to drive through some awe-inspiring locations in Mexico, from the jungle and Mayan ruins to seaside towns, to even an active volcano. There will also be the usual fun Horizon events, with towering dust and intense tropical storms. You will also be able to team up with other racers to enter in the Horizon Arcade, which sees you all having fun smashing pinatas or playing a spot of bowling! Forza Horizon 5 looks to be visual THE best racer that Playground Games has ever created. Just when you thought they couldn’t do anything to improve on FH4, they blow us away with their FH5 presentation!
Psychonauts 2 is game seeing you play as Razputin Aquato, a young, but powerful psychic. I have to say that I’ve never played the original Psychonauts title, but this looks like a lot of fun and is filled with platforming high-jinks and Double Fine’s own brand of weird and wonderful humour (I loved The Cave on X360). I can’t wait to jump in to some weird and bizarre levels cooked up by the team.
Now Twelve Minutes is one of the games that I was hoping to see more of. I’ve been dying to play this game ever since I first seen it back at Xbox 2019 Event (it was first revealed in 2015). The story has a compelling tale about a shocking crime that takes place that you must try to solve. The game centres around a cosy night in for a man and wife, only to be interrupted by a violent home invasion. The man is knocked unconscious and awakens back at the start of his evening, ever stuck in a time loop of Twelve Minutes. The three characters in the game are voice by James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley and Willem Dafoe.
Somerville reminds me of Inside, this is probably due to the ex-CEO of PlayDead Dino Patti working with Jumpship to create this world that was grounded by a large-scale war by mysterious visitors to Earth. You awake in the aftermath of this war and you will navigate your way through this perilous world as you try to unravel what has happen and what is to become of you and mankind.
Replaced is another game after a catastrophe, where a walled city is being ruled by an evil corporation. In a world that sees the rich are upgrading their body parts with ‘voluntary’ donors. You, the player will control an artificial intelligence placed inside a human body. You get to traverse ruined buildings and there’s some cool tense platforming sections to complete too. What I loved about Replaced is the art style, as it uses pixel graphics set against a realistic world that just sucks you in.
Starfield, a game we did not really know much about finally dropped a hint of a story and what we can expect. The game is the first new universe in 25 years from Bethesda and it’s a role-playing game set among the stars. You will get to create a character and set out to explore like Han Solo/Indiana Jones, a Skyrim game for space fans. As Todd Howard has put it “NASA meets Indiana Jones meets the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. You will be playing as a new recruit for the Constellation program, as a space explorer that is seeking answers to the big mysteries of space, but it’s set roughly 300 years in the future.
Xbox and the teams have given us probably the best showing so far of 2021 and it looks as though they are continuing into 2022 and beyond, with some great looking titles on the horizon. Finally Xbox seems to be gathering momentum and that’s great news for Xbox fans!