Even though it’s clearly second place behind Sony and the PlayStation 5, Microsoft and its Xbox Series consoles (the S and the X) still have quite the running in the game industry. It has millions of units sold, not to mention a number of games that look astounding on the hardware. And based on its latest E3 presentation, there’s a lot coming our way from various studios – including Bethesda, who the company acquired last year.
But what are the big hits that are still set to come this year? Let’s take a look at five titles that will truly define where Microsoft goes heading into 2022. And yes, they’re huge.
Though there still isn’t an exact release date for it, Halo Infinite is set to arrive sometime later this year. And it brings with it a heaping amount of hype, putting immense pressure on 343 Industries to deliver. Thus far, however, the gameplay looks quite satisfying; and the game runs at a very smooth clip, about on the same level as Master Chief Collection currently sits at. Not to mention the fact that its multiplayer promises to be huge, especially with word that a Battle Royale mode could make its way into the game at some point. That’s definitely worth getting excited about. We’ll see how progress fares over the next few months, but Infinite could be a game-changer for the company…if it goes right.
Forza Horizon 5
And here we thought Forza Horizon 4 was an impressive piece of work. I mean, it is, but Forza Horizon 5 has been built from the ground-up with next-gen tech in mind, and it shows. You’ll race through a number of circuits in Mexico, competing with friends and razor-sharp AI with hundreds of cars to choose from. The game looks terrific thus far; and its gameplay promises to be deeper than ever. Not to mention the fact that you’ll have the chance to race alongside a frickin’ volcano. Say, does lava do damage to tires here? We’re gonna guess no. Goodyear, right?
Finally. After years of hoping for the return of Raz, we’re finally going to get our wish with Double Fine’s highly anticipated sequel. In Psychonauts 2, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the lovable little hero invading dreams, making his way around a series of obstacles and characters along the way. It’s a peculiar little adventure, but one that’s sure to melt its way into our hearts. Better still, we don’t have to wait too much longer for it, as it’s set to arrive on August 25th on Xbox platforms, as well as Xbox Game Pass. Indulge and let it wash over you.
Back 4 Blood
It’s been years since we’ve had a multiplayer take on Left 4 Dead. And since we know that Valve isn’t going to get the job done – not anytime soon, anyway – it’s up to Turtle Rock Studios to “evolve” into the genre. With Back 4 Blood, it’s doing just that, launching into a spiritual follow-up to the series that’s jam-packed with the undead and lots of co-op supported action. The beta looks awesome so far, and the gameplay promises to be every bit as good as Dead was, if not better. Get a gaggle of friends together and mow down some zombies for a Friday night. You won’t be sorry.
Guardians of the Galaxy
After getting mixed reactions with Marvel’s Avengers (but eventually growing the game into what it’s supposed to be with next week’s Black Panther expansion), Square Enix is trying its hand on another Marvel franchise with Guardians of the Galaxy. And this one focuses primarily on single player – something that may be a disappointment to some, but still offers a good, entertaining comic romp. With good team dynamics and fun shoot-em-up gameplay, Guardians could be a real treat in the gaming market. And just the thing fans of Groot have been asking for. He is Groot, after all.
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