Top 5 Biggest Upcoming Video Games For Xbox One
2017 is going to be filled with an abundance of exciting new Xbox One games. From heavy hitters like Halo Wars 2 to Crackdown 3, there’s a whole lot to get excited about
We’ve seen so little of Scalebound since its announcement that, at this point, we’re excited more by the pedigree of its developers than what we know about the title itself. That might sound foolish, but we’re talking about Hideki Kamiya and Atsushi Inaba here. As a reminder, those two are the minds behind Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, Wonderful 101, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance–some of the finest action games that have been released in recent memory.
Of course, the game’s premise is also plenty exciting. Players control a character that is accompanied by a dragon. Kamiya and Inaba are known for creating intricate, exhilarating combat systems that switch between different weapons and chain abilities together, so being able to command another character–a dragon at that–will no doubt lend further complexity to the combat. And that, in turn, means more over-the-top action and flashy abilities. That’s pretty much everything a third-person action fan needs to get excited about a game.
Xbox exclusive platformer Cuphead’s release date was recently pushed to “mid-2017.” And that’s a huge shame, because it’s a game we’ve been looking forward to ever since its announcement on Microsoft’s stage at E3 2014.
Cuphead’s main appeal is undoubtedly its aesthetic: it apes the 1930s “hose pipe” animation style pioneered by early Disney cartoons and the very first post-comic strip motion pictures. This style also pervades the game’s music, with piano-laden tracks more commonly heard in pre-talkie films. Even its run-and-gun gameplay looks pleasantly aged.
3. Crackdown 3
Considering how long it’s been since it was first announced back at E3 in June 2014, we still know very little about Crackdown 3. Two things we do know: It features online multiplayer and leverages cloud-powered technology that allows for large-scale destruction of its city.
As anyone with a history playing Crackdown (and a sense of imagination) can attest, that’s more than enough reason to be thrilled for the possibilities in Crackdown 3. At its best, Crackdown is about freeform action: you’re basically Superman with a gun–someone who is capable of scaling or leaping over buildings, picking up and throwing cars long distances, and generally doing whatever you damn well please. Taking a series that already lets you go around or over buildings and giving you the option to now go through them by knocking them down is a tantalizing prospect.
Without offering anything in the way of specifics, Microsoft has talked about offering the series’ “most fully featured campaign” to date. That might not be saying much given the quality of the last two games’ stories, but Microsoft has said that destroying things in the environment will generate reactions from the gangs scattered around the city. That bodes well for destruction being incorporated as a central component of the game and not just something that serves as a fun distraction between missions.
2. Sea of Thieves
It’s been a long time–over 10 years, dating back to Viva Piñata–since developer Rare had the opportunity to work on an original game that isn’t Kinect Sports. Sea of Thieves feels like a throwback for the studio in the best way possible.
Much of the game remains under wraps, though a recent gameplay video showed off how it blends cooperative and competitive multiplayer. In the game, players set out to uncover a hidden treasure chest. The first step involves ascertaining its location by comparing a treasure map to a world map and then navigating to that location. From there, you use landmarks on the island to track down the precise spot to start digging.
That’s when things pick up action-wise, as a rival crew can attack when the first attempts to abscond with the treasure. The person carrying the treasure needs to be protected so they can get it to the ship and hide it. Adversaries may also take the more direct approach, engaging in naval combat. This forces crews to divvy up tasks like piloting the ship, firing cannons, and boarding the enemy ship for close-range action. It’s an exhilarating prospect for high seas adventure.
1. Halo Wars 2
It’s been seven years since the release of the original Halo Wars on Xbox 360, and for fans of the console RTS who’ve been eagerly awaiting a sequel, the wait is almost over. In February 2017, Halo Wars 2 will introduce a new enemy into the Halo universe, reawaken the crew of the Spirit of Fire, and introduce multiple new single-player and multiplayer game modes to the series. And in addition to releasing on Xbox One, the Halo Wars series will make its debut on Windows 10 PC.
The Halo Wars 2 campaign will reintroduce Captain James Cutter and his crew into the current Halo timeline. And upon their awakening from cryo-sleep, they will meet a brand-new villain named Atriox, who commands a dangerous army of brutes called The Banished. Fans of the original Halo Wars will also be happy to hear Blur Studios has returned to create the cinematic cutscenes for the Halo Wars 2 campaign.
As for Halo Wars 2’s multiplayer, in addition to the returning Skirmish, Deathmatch and Domination modes, the game will introduce two new ways to play. The first, Blitz, is a card-based RTS where you create decks composed of various unit cards. The second, Strongholds, is a fast-paced mode where you battle to see who can capture more control points before time expires.
Source – Gamespot
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