The Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase felt like a loot chest had been opened in front of our eyes. Many of the most anticipated games were announced or given development updates and Microsoft flexed its muscles as a gaming powerhouse. Apart from an extensive library of games that it can call its very own, Microsoft made some strategic alliances with studios such as Riot Games and legendary game maker Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid games and Death Stranding). Here are some of the highlights of the show:

#5 High On Life:

Release Date: October 2022

Available On: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC (Windows), Xbox Cloud Gaming

The first entry in our Top 5, is a game by Squanch Studios (led by Rick & Morty co-creator; Justin Roiland). In High On Life, earth has been invaded by an alien cartel that wants to “get high” on humanity, lol. The player, as a recent high school graduate takes on the quest to become the most notorious bounty hunter in the galaxy with the help of an arsenal of talking guns. Yes, you read that right! Each weapon has its own unique character and it will share its thoughts with Hunters during key stages of the game.

Players get to travel the cosmos and visit a number of worlds including a city built entirely inside an asteroid, a lush jungle paradise, as well as the hub of the cosmos itself. Everything goes as Hunters chase a plethora of criminals and their leader; Garmantuous.

I can honestly say that this game looks hilarious. If the gameplay, locations, and talking guns are done right, this could definitely be a title to look forward to.

For more info, check out High on Life at squanchstudios.com

#4 Minecraft Legends:

Release Date: Unconfirmed 2023

Available On: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC (Windows), Xbox Cloud Gaming, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch.

Apart from the original game, the Minecraft franchise split into a few different directions. Some reached their own levels of success, such as 2015’s Minecraft Story Mode (which was even turned into a TV show) and 2020’s Minecraft Dungeons. 2019’s Minecraft Earth, however, met a different fate. The AR game suffered greatly from the consequences of the COVID19 global pandemic and was ultimately axed in June of 2021.

Minecraft Legends is Mojang’s latest attempt at product diversification in the form of an action strategy game. The player is set to become a legendary, yet unnamed hero that united the mobs of the Overworld against an invasion from the ever-hungry piglins. From a third-person perspective, players will be at the center of the battle to defend peaceful settlements from the hordes of piglins and their Nether corruption all whilst giving allies their marching orders.

As the father of an avid Minecraft enthusiast, I believe this game will get the initial attention from its core fanbase. Let’s hope that Mojang’s partner on this project; Blackbird Interactive can deliver a title with more longevity than Minecraft Earth.

For more information, check out Minecraft.net

#3 Forza Motor Sport:

Release Date: Unconfirmed 2023

Available On: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC (Windows), Xbox Cloud Gaming

The Forza franchise consists of two main series: Forza Horizon and Forza Motorsports. The much anticipated Forza Horizon 5 was recently released and received strong reviews across the board. The game is set in an explorable open world using real-life locations in Mexico.

Forza Motorsport games, on the other hand, take place on fictional and existing closed-circuit racing tracks and it looks like this title is no different. In this new gameplay footage, Turn10 Studios showcases some of the incredible photorealistic visuals of a game that has been built from the ground up to include all new physics features, raytracing, time-of-day cycles, and many more.

If Forza Motorsport 8 is anything like its Horizon sibling, this will definitely be a title to look forward to for racing enthusiasts and casual gamers alike.

For more information, check out Forza.net

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#2 Diablo IV:

Release Date: Unconfirmed 2023

Available On: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC (Windows), Xbox Cloud Gaming, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

After Diablo Immortal received a 63 critic & an abysmal 0.3 user MetaScore, Blizzard made it clear that they did not learn the lessons from their Diablo III Auction House fiasco. Many fans complained that the made-for-mobile game is an absolute money grab with some players having spent tens of thousands of dollars chasing ethereal Legendary Gems.

Now that Blizzard has a new master, let’s hope that selling GamePasses will be enough for Microsoft to let Diablo IV be about the gameplay first. Judging by the latest footage the game at least looks stunning and true to its original gory style. With the deep character customization, it has the potential to be even more immersive than its predecessors. The story’s move away from the title’s antagonist; Diablo in favor of Lilith gives the developers the chance to create an entirely new narrative whilst hopefully keeping a few recognizable old ones.

I, for one, will definitely be looking forward to this entry in the Diablo franchise.

For more information, check out Diablo4

#1 Starfield:

Release Date: Unconfirmed 2023

Availaible On: Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC (Windows)

Starfield can easily be described as one of the most anticipated titles in gaming today. When Bethesda initially gave us a November 11th, 2022 release date, gamers around the world marked their proverbial calendars… only to angrily cross that date out because of a delay announcement.

This game has been shrouded in mystery for so long but at the Xbox and Bethesda showcase, we were finally shown what all the fuss was about. And it was… utterly and totally and undeniably worth it.

The sheer scope of the game is staggering. According to the developers, we will have over one hundred star systems to explore, each with an average of ten planets. A thousand planets?! When will we ever have time to work, sleep, and spend time with friends & loved ones? Never, I guess.

Customization is also off the charts. Apart from the level of character creation that we have grown accustomed to from Bethesda games, we can now also plan and build our own colonies and *wipes away the drool* SHIPS!!! Not only can we construct them, but we can also hire crews and partake in epic space battles!

Bethesda had better make the extra time count to ensure that we don’t end up playing an unfinished game (I won’t mention names). If they can actually deliver on everything they have shown us, Starfield might just become an instant classic with the longevity of predecessors like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

For more information, check out bethesda.net

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The games mentioned in this article are only a hand full of the amazing titles announced at the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase. For more information, check out the full presentation.

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