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Our 10 most anticipated Xbox Series X games
Even without a whole mess of first-party games (yet), there’s plenty to get excited about for Xbox Series X.
10 of our most anticipated Xbox Series X games.
With the launch of the Xbox Series X (and Xbox Series S, for that matter) just around the corner (10 November), it’s time to expand on our handful of most-anticipated games to now include five more. We already know the Series X is shaping up to be a powerful console. We know that Series X will support the awesome Xbox Games Pass, and it’ll have wide-reaching backwards compatibility at launch for the best Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games.
As things heat up in the Series X vs PlayStation 5 next-gen war, here’s a look at five of the most anticipated games that will tempt you to slap on an ‘early adopter’ sticker for the Series X.
If you want our full impressions on Microsoft's latest console, check out our comprehensive review.
A Halo game hasn’t been a launch title since the first Halo blew expectations away on the original Xbox. Despite my cold feelings towards Halo 5’s campaign, I’m confident that 343 Industries will right the spaceship with Halo Infinite. It’s going to look gorgeous on Series X (check out the trailer above for an idea) and recent rumblings suggest that it’s going to see the return of a worthy faction from RTS spin-off Halo Wars 2.
Even if the campaign isn’t everything Halo fans want it to be, the prospect of 4K-resolution competitive play at 60 frames per second on a UHD TV is enough to ensure that Halo Infinite is a must-buy when Series X launches.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection keeps getting better with more remastered games. Most recently, Halo 3 joined the ranks of this remastered nostalgic awesomeness.
With the first two Witcher games, CD Projekt Red built a name for itself as an RPG developer to watch. Then it blew everyone away with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, forging a compelling open-world RPG experience that set a new standard. Despite what feels like constant delays, Cyberpunk 2077 is still supposed to release later this year (19 November) and it looks incredible.
The magic- and monster-filled lands of The Witcher have been replaced with a neon-soaked future in Cyberpunk 2077 where you build your own protagonist and role-play pretty much however you want to. Hack, chat, brawl, shoot, and infiltrate your way to success. If that’s not enough incentive to play what looks like a totally gorgeous game, your invisible friend in Cyberpunk 2077 is played by Keanu “John Wick” Reeves. Whoa.
This is the game that made CD Projekt Red a household name. The Game of the Year Edition has hundreds (if not thousands) of hours’ worth of content to tide you over before Cyberpunk lands.
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare had a late start on consoles after its beloved launch on PC. It’s a shame because the sword-swinging, axe-cleaving, club-smashing medieval brawler has a lot of potential on a controller. Ultimately, the original game didn’t find an audience on Xbox one, but Torn Banner Studios is poised to right that wrong with Chivalry 2.
For starters, Chivalry 2 will have cross-play between Series X, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, and PC, so there should be no shortage of peasant players to cleave. Inspired by the big battles of medieval movies, Chivalry 2 boasts a revamped combat system and the inclusion of mounted combat. Scream at your foes as you fight, have a glorious death as you fight with missing limbs, or throw a flaming chicken. This looks like gory, bonkers fun.
Whether you’re looking for a solo, co-op or pointy multiplayer fix, For Honor is sharper today than it was at launch. Have a slash at it if you’re keen to get a taste of bladed battles.
The Battlefield series saw four core releases on current-gen consoles. Battlefield 6 will be the first to hit next-gen, and it’s always exciting to see the first Battlefield game on a new console generation because it tends to push the scope and scale by integrating new gameplay features. Battlefield 4 saw ‘Levolution’, which married incredibly well with the franchise’s constant tweaking of the destructibility.
What Battlefield 6 will bring to the table is anyone’s guess at this stage, but it’s safe to say that next-gen hardware will allow something bigger than the incremental gameplay refinements seen in recent franchise entries. Fingers crossed for less of a focus on campaign and co-op content, and a full dedication to making the best multiplayer sandbox shooter yet.
It’s come a long way since launch. Even though DICE is no longer adding new content, the latest version of Battlefield V has plenty to love.
Before European devs like CD Projekt Red dominated the magic-and-monsters RPG space, there was Piranha Bytes Software. Far from a household name, Piranha Bytes released an RPG called Gothic that was an absolute joy (despite the bugs) as long as you had a PC that was good enough to run it. That won’t be an issue for Gothic Remake which, admittedly, is early in development, but is coming to Series X and other platforms.
The fact publisher THQ is using “Remake” instead of “Remaster” suggests Gothic Remake is going to get the love it deserves beyond a simple HD reskin. While many of the mechanics would feel outdated by today’s standards and will hopefully be tweaked, what should remain untouched is the challenging difficulty and deep interactions with the game world’s characters.
It’s kinder to entry-level RPG fans, but Skyrim still stands as one of the best of its kind. With thousands of hours of content in the Special Edition, this is a no-brainer investment.
Dying Light 2
I’m dying to play Dying Light 2. Sorry-not-sorry, but it had to be said. The original Dying Light was a solid expansion on what developer Techland had started with the Dead Island series, most notably with the pitch-perfect parkour. But Dying Light 2 promises to be oh so much more. I was on board for this when they said they were paying more attention to the story, the characters, and adding ways for players to truly impact the world (features that were missing from the original game).
After I saw it in action at E3 2019, I was in love. It’s a good thing the game has been delayed to steer well clear of Cyberpunk 2077 because, despite somewhat dissimilar genres, these two games have the kind of player-empowered oomph that promises to lead to fascinating yarns and exciting gameplay clips. You’ll be tasked with surviving in a sprawling city that’s overrun by the undead, while navigating the consequence-packed morality of warring factions. The gameplay looks killer, there are teases that things change drastically at night, and an official release date cannot come soon enough.
It makes sense that if you want to play the sequel, you should play the original. Dying Light: The Following is an expansion to the original game, which is absolutely worth playing to get you in the mood for the sequel.
Vampire the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
While Cyberpunk 2077 has cornered the sci-fi space for RPGs, Vampire the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is poised to ditch full-fledged sci-fi for a big ol’ bloody dose of near-future supernatural. Set in the Yule-time Seattle, this is a world that’s been shaped by a bunch of things that go bump in the night, including blood-sucking vamps.
You’ll get to play as one of those blood suckers as you attempt to rise through the ranks of this underworld society. As with Dying Light 2 above and, well, any good RPG, expect there to be plenty of tough choices and consequences for your decisions. You get to pick how you want to approach the people and creatures of the world, and the gameplay presentation I saw at E3 2019 showcased a game that effortlessly lets you drift between stalking through the shadows and draining prey.
It’s firmly sci-fi and not supernatural, but if you’re looking to get a quality hit of RPG today, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has a rich world stuffed with conspiracies and choices that pack big consequences.
Rainbow Six Quarantine
When Ubisoft announced there were no plans for a Rainbow Six Siege 2 and, instead, outlined a 10-year, cross-gen plan for Siege, it was truly a breath of fresh air. As a big fan of Siege, it’s great to get ongoing content support, but that still hasn’t quelled excitement for a new spin-off in Rainbow Six Quarantine.
Despite not a lot being shown, it’s hard to not get excited at the prospect of Siege-level lethality and tactical play spliced with a firm emphasis on a co-op experience as you battle against monstrous threats. Purists may take issue with more steps away from Tom Clancy’s grounded origins for the IP, but I’m a sucker for a great co-op experience, and despite a lack of updates, this could prove to be the first great co-op shooter of next-gen.
It was recently made available on Xbox Game Pass, so if you’ve somehow avoided playing Rainbow Six Siege up until now, get into it. You can start this competitive shooter sensation on Xbox One and it’ll be there to play on Xbox Series X, too.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
It feels like it’s been an age since the last The Lord of the Rings game, which is a shame given the quality titles that the series has produced, to date. The pedigree of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, War in the North, Battle for Middle-earth and even the movie tie-ins loom large, which is what makes me so hopeful that The Lord of the Rings: Gollum could be a future entry to that list of great-memory games.
Even though it’s supposed to be out in 2021, there’s not a whole lot of information available outside of the fact that you’re playing as Gollum and it’s reportedly a stealth game, which makes sense given the choice of protagonist. The teaser (above) sets the scene for a very welcome return to the depths of Middle-earth.
Despite some endgame missteps at launch, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is very much a worthy successor to the fantastic Shadow of Mordor and has dozens of hours Middle-earth immersion for fans of the IP or those who just love slaying orcs.
I played a lot of Destiny at launch because I find it near impossible to ignore the prospect of a co-op shooter built on top of an RPG foundation. While Destiny ultimately disappointed me in terms of its (lack of) story, Outriders is the latest game to take a stab at nailing the sci-fi shooter concept. Unlike other RPG shooters, Outriders promises to not forget that it should be a shooter first and an RPG second, which means frantic gunplay for moment-to-moment mayhem, albeit with the staying power of RPG depth.
Bring a mate or two along for the ride and get lost in a third-person shooter that’s built by developers (People Can Fly) who know have a strong pedigree for putting the fun into gunplay.
Don’t let this gem slip by under the radar. Play with a mate or three and immerse yourself in one of the best looter-shooters of recent years.