Overpowered but underwhelming... Our opinion of the XBox series X gamplay reveal
The Xbox Series X game play reveal has come and gone and many fans (myself included) were left wanting more. Microsoft's announcement of the event made it seem like we were in for our first look at native Xbox Series X game play, but instead we were shown a number of Xbox One games enhanced on the Xbox Series X. The showcase would not been received so negatively, if Microsoft had tempered expectations by explaining exactly what we they were going to showcase, instead of hyping up gamer's worldwide and delivering lacklustre reveal, after lacklustre reveal. The cherry on top was their promise of the first Assassin's Creed: Valhalla gameplay, which ended up simply being nearly 2 minutes of in-engine footage.
Bright memory infinite
Bright Memory: Infinite is a first person shooter hack and slash video game created by Usaimin Ahmed Nihad. The game is a first person shooter with melee elements and some supernatural powers. The game reminds us of Shadow Warrior 2 and looks like it will have fun combat. It looks visually impressive but we felt it was a relatively lacklustre reveal.
Another First person shooter, Scorn is a horror game set in a nightmarish (and sexual) looking world full of flesh and strange creatures. The player controls a skinless humanoid creature as they explore the games world in order to uncover answers. Everything seems alive, including the weapons and although the game looks visually appealing, at its core, it is simply another shooter.
Vampire: The masquerade - Bloodlines 2
A first person, role-playing action game set in 21st century Seattle. It is the sequel to the loved Vampire: the Masquerade video game released in 2004. The game has a cult following and fans have been asking for a sequel for over a decade. The player controls a created vampire character and the game allows players to make their own choices. The game was one of the least visually impressive, but was one of the most interesting.
A space shooter. Little is known about this game, but the player appears to control a ship in space. The game looks visually impressive but how deep the gameplay is, is still yet to be seen.
Call of the sea
Set in 1934, Call of the sea is an adventure game which takes place on a tropical island brimming with fantastic sights, lost ruins and occult mysteries. The game looks absolutely gorgeous, but it seems like it will be a "walking simulator" in that there will be very little gameplay outside of exploration.
Helldivers X Diablo X The Surge. The Ascent looks like a isometric action shooter title, set in a dystopian futuristic, robotic world. The game seems to be a twin stick shooter with story elements.
The Medium is a psychological horror game. As the name implies, the player controls a medium who can live in two worlds: the real one and the spirit one. Haunted by a vision of a child's murder, you travel to an abandoned hotel resort, which years ago became the stage of an unthinkable tragedy. The game looked impressive and hopefully will have interesting gameplay mechanics
Scarlet Nexus is a Japanese action title. Take on the role of Yuito Sumeragi, a new recruit to the OSF aiming to become an elite psionic like the one who saved him as a child. Armed with a talent in psycho-kinesis, explore the futuristic city of New Himuka and uncover the mysteries of a Brain Punk future caught between technology and psychic abilities in SCARLET NEXUS. In all honesty, these types of titles are beginning to bore me although it will probably have interesting fight mechanics, I do not personally think we need more titles like this at the moment.
It has dinosaurs. It has guns. I personally love dinosaurs and although the game looked generic, I feel that it could be fun. Hopefully it has open-world elements with a large variety of different dinosaurs. It looked like Turok meets Starship troopers.
Yakuza like a dragon
The eighth main release int he Yakuza Series. Like a dragon mixes up the formula by having turn-based RPG type combat. We have not played any of the Yakuza titles, but have always been interested. The game did not look next gen and nothing about it seemed particularly impressive
assassin's creed: Valhalla
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla is the next entry in the popular Assassin's Creed franchise. The game looks nice and you know what to expect from an AC title. The "gameplay" unveil was severely disappointing, as it seemed like we would get maybe a gameplay walk-through, but instead, we got only saw in-game footage.
The games themselves were not necessarily bad, but the fact that Microsoft marketed this as their first gameplay reveal for their upcoming console, made fans worldwide expecting to be blown away. Instead we got lacklustre reveal, after lacklustre revealed, summarised by a "gameplay" reveal which showed no gameplay. Microsoft have been making all of the right moves so far, with how they are marketing the Xbox Series X but this was definitely their first fumble...