E3 2021 Xbox and Bethesda Showcase: What You Need To Know

Hooboy, X Box & Bethesda went hard during this presentation, I'm going to show every game that was featured during the stream, and give my thoughts about it. There were 30 games shown today 27 of those 30 are coming to game pass, if you don't have game pass what is wrong with you? Throughout this week we will be posting single articles to dive really deep into some of the games shown from this showcase, make sure you become a member so you get notified once those are posted!

STARFIELD

RELEASE DATE: 11-11-22

GAME PASS DAY ONE

X BOX EXCLUSIVE


I have never cared for games with the setting of outer space, it just never appealed to me but for some reason, this one has me excited. Hopefully, this game will be what Outer Worlds should have been. It's hard to tell the future but I can promise you we're going to have a review up for this game in well over a year.

STALKER 2

RELEASE DATE: 4-28-22

GAME PASS DAY ONE

3 MONTH X BOX EXCLUSIVE


When this game was teased last year it piqued my interest but came off as a game very similar to the Metro series. For some reason, this showing made me even more excited, the graphics look incredible, the mechanics look like they are going to be challenging but not annoying, it seems they've captured the horror aspect to this shooter perfectly as well and they've laid down a solid base for the main story. This game took my #1 Spot during this showcase, I cannot wait for this game to come out! 2022 is going to be a tough year to decide a game of the year, you can expect a full review when this game comes out next April.

BACK 4 BLOOD

RELEASE DATE: 10-12-21

GAME PASS DAY ONE


Left 4 Dead 3 just keeps getting better during this trailer, we're shown the card system, new PVP modes, more special infected types, different weapons. This game is going to be one we sink hours upon hours into, the hype is so high for this game that it's going to need to achieve something exceptional. The best part, Back 4 Blood is coming to Gamepass day one! Keep an eye out for an article this week on all the new information on Back 4 Blood. There will be several posts about this game I can personally promise you that.

CONTRABAND

NO RELEASE DATE

X BOX EXCLUSIVE

GAME PASS DAY ONE


Coming from the developers of Just Cause is Contraband, we don't know much of anything about this except its an open-world Co-op game set in the 1970s. Without knowing anything about this game all we can say is cross your fingers and hope it's good.

SEA OF THIEVES

GAME PASS

FREE UPDATE

6-22-21

I've always wanted to try Sea Of Thieves but, FadedKrampus being the only person I know who has played this game has told me to steer clear, maybe with this update I will ignore his warning and give it a go since this seems to be a story-driven free update.

BATTLEFIELD 2042

RELEASE DATE: 10-21-22


Enter the next-gen of first-person shooters, this game looks incredible plain and simple, 128 players, tornados ripping through cities changing how you play the map, in-game customizable attachments, this game finally for me will rival Call Of Duty as the #1 multiplayer FPS out there. Expect a full review on this game when it drops.

TWELVE MINUTES

RELEASE DATE: 8-19-21

X BOX LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE

GAME PASS DAY ONE


Not too sure about this one, thankfully however it's coming to game pass day one, so people like me who are unsure and probably wouldn't buy this game will get a chance to play it.

PSYCHONAUTS 2

RELEASE DATE: 8-25-21

GAME PASS DAY ONE


Having never played the first game in the series and not being a fan of action/adventure games which this appears to be, this one didn't do too much to excite me, but with it coming to game pass maybe I'll take a crack at it.

FALLOUT 76 STEEL REIGN UPDATE

RELEASE DATE: 7-7-21

GAME PASS


Being a massive Fallout fan, Fallout 76 was nothing but a disappointment to me. From reading around and talking to people who have played the game recently it seems that it's finally a good time to play the game, and with this new Brotherhood Of Steel focused free update coming out I think it's time we dive in.

FALLOUT 76 EXPEDITION: THE PITT

RELEASE DATE: 2022

GAME PASS


This seems to be the best time possible to hop into Fallout 76. We need to give Bethesda credit for not abandoning this game when they easily could've and just moved on but instead, they fixed it and pumped it full of content. It's clear they aren't giving up on it anytime soon so I think it's only fair we give it a playthrough. Keep an eye out for some reviews and articles about this game.

PARTY ANIMALS

RELEASE DATE: 2022

CONSOLE LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE

GAME PASS DAY ONE

Having played Human Fall Flat recently this game appears to be a PVP version of it, shockingly this is very high on my list of most anticipated games for 2022. This is going to contend with Mario Party as the new couch game when everyone's over. This game appears to be the best of games like Human Fall Flat, Gang Beast's, and Fall Guys. This one is going to test friendships.

HADES

RELEASE DATE: 8-13-21

GAME PASS

There's not much to say about a game that's already been out for a while on other platforms. Not being a fan of Roguelike's myself this one is going to default to Fadedkrampus, maybe he'll pop out a review for this game later this year.

SOMERVILLE

RELEASE DATE: 2022

GAME PASS DAY ONE

X BOX EXCLUSIVE


This seems very similar to Limbo in some aspects but also seems original in other aspects, not personally too excited for this one, but again with it coming to gamepass maybe I'll download it and try it out.

HALO INFINITE

RELEASE DATE: HOLIDAY 2021

GAME PASS DAY ONE

X BOX EXCLUSIVE


Yessir! I know I said 2022 is going to be a tough year to pick game of the year but damn if the back end of 2021 isn't going to be stacked with games. Halo Infinite needs to be good after years of mediocre or even downright bad Halo games it's time for the legendary series to return to its throne as one of the best to ever do it. The game being delayed makes me a little hesitant, but like many others, I would rather a game be delayed and fixed compared to coming out broken. You can certainly expect several posts on this game later this year.

HALO INFINITE MULTIPLAYER

RELEASE DATE: HOLIDAY 2021

FREE TO PLAY

Seeing the samurai armor with the energy sword, gave me flashbacks to Halo 3 with hayabusa armor. When you saw someone roll out with the most badass gear in the game it invoked a feeling, that feeling made me eventually achieve that gear. This gear gave me that same feeling, I want that armor set and am going to get it when Halo Infinite multiplayer launches later this year.

DIABLO 2 RESURRECTED

RELEASE DATE: 9-23-21

X BOX EXCLUSIVE

This one was a big surprise for me. Having played this back in the day, being way too young to really understand much of anything that was happening, this is going to be similar to Classic Wow for me.

A PLAGUE TALE REQUIEM

RELEASE DATE: 2022

GAME PASS DAY ONE

X BOX EXCLUSIVE


It's a real shame the stream started to lag during this trailer because this game is beautiful. The first game was an easy 8/10 if they just take what they already had and add to it then I could see this game easily hitting 9/10 territory. If you haven't played the first one I highly recommend it.

FAR CRY 6

RELEASE DATE: 11-7-21

Having already done a full review on the Far Cry 6 gameplay reveal which you can read here. There is nothing I can say here that I didn't say there, this game looks like they forgot to add the final layer of textures and they forgot to update the AI to actually react to anything the player does. This one looks like a stinker, with the number of titles dropping around the same time as this one, I would save your money for something better.

SLIME RANCHER 2

RELEASE DATE: 2022

GAME PASS DAY ONE

X BOX LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE


I was never a fan of the first one but I know many people are, so if you fall into that category then I hope you're excited.

SHREDDERS

RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 2021

GAME PASS DAY ONE

X BOX LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE


Not sure why we're still making sports games but if you like snowboarding then you'll be one of the very few people this game was made for.

ATOMIC HEART

RELEASE DATE: NO DATE

GAME PASS DAY ONE


As a massive fan of the Fallout and Bioshock series this game had me excited from the first time I saw it years ago, now with this newer trailer, my excitement is reawoken. The only downside I took away from this showing was the game still has no release date, while that saddens me it also makes me feel secure that this game will be good, unlike some games it didn't slap a date on it that they couldn't reach so that could be a good thing.

REPLACED

RELEASE DATE: 2022

GAME PASS DAY ONE

CONSOLE LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE


After watching this trailer I ended up with so many questions that I want to be answered, without knowing too much about this game I gotta admit I'm interested in it.

GROUNDED THE SHROOM & DOOM UPDATE

RELEASE DATE: 6-30-21

GAME PASS

X BOX EXCLUSIVE


We played Grounded in its "early access" phase and it left a lot to be desired, I love those survival crafting sort of games similar to The Forest, Ark, and Rust, but this game gave me no desire to return to it. If this update can fix a lot of the problems this game had then I would be willing to give it another shot.

AMONG US

RELEASE DATE: SOON

GAME PASS


As I've said before I love Among Us and I can't wait for this game to hit game pass hopefully sometime this year.

EIYUDEN CHRONICLE RISING & EIYUDEN CHRONICLE HUNDRED HEROES

RELEASE DATE: 2022 & 2023

GAME PASS DAY ONE

X BOX EXCLUSIVE


Watching this trailer I was reminded a lot of Octopath Traveller, while Octopath never did anything to make me want to play it this new series does. It just looked like a game that is going to be damn near perfect, I'm not too sure of how else to explain it. This is one to keep an eye on.

THE ASCENT

RELEASE DATE: 7-29-21

CONSOLE LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE

GAME PASS DAY ONE


Another twin thumb stick shooter set in a sci-fi world didn't tickle my fancy but that doesn't mean I'm not going to play it. Expect a review for this game in the near future.

AGE OF EMPIRES 4

RELEASE DATE: 10-28-21

GAME PASS DAY ONE


Having never played one of the games in this franchise I feel unqualified to speak on it, however, it's cool that consoles are starting to get some mainly pc only games.


THE OUTER WORLDS 2

RELEASE DATE: UNANNOUNCED

GAME PASS DAY ONE

X BOX EXCLUSIVE


Coming in with the best trailer of the day, The Outer Worlds 2, the first game in this series was 50% incredible and 50% terrible. If they can make this as good as the first one's good bits and erase the bad parts, we're talking about a contender to rival Fallout and The Elder Scrolls.


MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR

RELEASE DATE: 7-27-21

GAME PASS DAY ONE

X BOX EXCLUSIVE

This is a game I have wanted to play for a while now, but I've heard the pc version of the game is riddled with bugs and crashed, so I never bothered. With it coming to X Box Series X however, I will finally get my time in the sky and travel the world. They also showed a Top Gun DLC coming later this year.

FORZA HORIZON 5

RELEASE DATE: 11-9-21

GAME PASS DAY ONE

X BOX EXCLUSIVE

Forza has always had some of the best graphics for the games on the console of which it ran, and this game seems to push those boundaries even further. Some of the footage shown which was captured in-engine looks absolutely incredible, car fan or not this might be a game we all have to play just to appreciate the beauty.

REDFALL

RELEASE DATE:

GAME PASS DAY ONE

X BOX EXCLUSIVE


From the studio that made Prey and Dishonored comes an open world co-op or single-player shooter, where you are fighting vampires as well as a cult who follows the vampires. The trailer shows 4 individuals who seem to all have their own abilities that vary greatly from one another, I already know my girlfriend is taking the character with the little robot dog. There still a lot to be seen but if this game goes in the right direction then it could be a good one.


This was a very strong showing for X Box, for those who said X Box has no exclusives well where are you now? Keep an eye out in the coming days and weeks for more in-depth articles on many of the games shown here.


-MrCatelli


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