Late to the party but we still got stuff to say.
E3 2021 has come and gone for close to 2 weeks already, but we didn’t manage to put out an Xbox recap. Why? Well, there’s almost too much to talk about, so what we did was compile the biggest releases into one article for your easy viewing. Without further ado, let’s begin!
1. Halo Infinite
Arguably the most anticipated Xbox exclusive, we got to take a look at some gameplay as well as news regarding Halo Infinite’s multiplayer.
As the multiplayer retains its arena shooter roots with even more mobility, the fact that it’s free-to-play means we’re definitely excited to be putting on the Spartan’s armor and blasting each other in the Gulch when it drops later this year
Touted by Bethesda and by Todd Howard himself as “Skyrim in space”, we didn’t see much gameplay, only an in-engine cinematic. With their track record of Elder Scrolls and Fallout, however, we’re expecting another epic RPG adventure of a distant unknown.
3. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl
The original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is considered by many to be a cult classic, and one of the progenitors of the post-apocalyptic open-world first-person shooters. With more polish, better graphics, more combat options, and more freedom, we’re looking forward to dealing with bandits, monsters and anomalies alike when S.T.A.L.K.E.R drops April next year.
4. Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes & Rising
A spiritual successor to the cult classic Suikoden, Hundred Heroes seems to be faithful to that same formula, as you travel the lands and recruit hundreds of heroes (get it?) for your cause, while Rising seems to be more focused on action and fast-paced combat. It’s rare to see a JRPG debuting on Xbox, but it’s a welcome entry.
5. Microsoft Flight Simulator
The largest and most realistic flight simulator known to man, even the highest-end gaming PCs can struggle to run this absolute behemoth of a game. How Xbox is going to put it on the Series S and X is almost unfathomable, yet here it is. Get your joysticks ready, and your flight codes memorised, as you take to the skies and explore the whole world, quite literally.
6. Age of Empires 4
How long has it been since an Age of Empires game? We’ll answer that for you, 16 years. With the fires of adoration stoked for a return to Age of Empires, we’re looking forward to taking the lands and converting enemies to thy cause with the trademark “WOLOLO!”
7. The Outer Worlds 2
Hilarious trailer, and a fitting return for Obsidian Entertainments’s Outer Worlds, which was a great game, yet somehow flew under most people’s radars. New map? New characters? New setting? We don’t know yet, but if the trailer is anything to go by, expect your experience with Outer Worlds 2 to be just as fun.
8. Forza Horizon 5
Almost undoubtedly the most beautiful and largest racing game franchise over the past decade, Forza Horizon claims a new playground in the lands of Mexico. Race through lush forests, vast deserts, and open roads wrought with weather extremities, as the biggest and brightest Forza Horizon game arrives later this year.
9. A Plague Tale: Requiem
A Plague Tale: Innocence was universally praised and was a mighty contender for Game of the Year back in 2019. In 2022, Requiem plans to go for gold, as the solemn tale of Amicia and Hugo continues. Not an exclusive, but seeing it on an Xbox conference definitely shook a few people, us included
That about wraps it up for what we think are the biggest reveals and highlights for Xbox/Bethesda. There were far too many to choose from, and shortlisting them was no easy task. Whether you agree with this list or not, be sure to comment and let us know!