Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well. Two blog posts in two weeks? Unimaginable! Yes, I know my posting schedule is non-existent, and I do apologize for that. Recently, however, there have been several gaming events and showcases, and I figured I’d highlight some of my favourite games from some of these presentations, so this blog post is another one of those. If you haven’t checked out my previous post highlighting some of my favourite games from the Summer Game Fest Presentation, you can find it here.
The Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase was held on 12 June 2022. This showcase was one the entire gaming community was looking forward to because Xbox has a lot of games in the works, both announced and unannounced, so we were all eager to see what they had in store for us. Safe to say, they did not disappoint in terms of the number of games they showcased, because they showed quite a lot. I possibly can not talk about all of them, so I will just talk about my favourites. I was excited for this showcase, even though I don’t have an Xbox or a good computer and will not be playing some of these games anytime soon. So, sit back and relax. I hope you enjoy it.
Redfall was the first game shown at the presentation. It was revealed last year and is made by the good folks at Arkane. I really liked Arkane’s first Dishonored game and am looking forward to playing its sequel soon. Redfall is an open-world, first-person single-player/co-op shooter set in the fictional town of Redfall, Massachusetts, and follows a group of people trying to free their town of vampires that have taken over. To be honest, the gameplay reveal was a little underwhelming and looks a little generic. Even my friends who were hyped for it last year saw the gameplay trailer and were immediately turned off. However, it is still a game I’m looking to see more of. Redfall was supposed to be released in 2022 but has been delayed and is set for release in 2023.
Forza Motorsport is the latest sim racing game in the Forza Motorsport series. I really like racing games, and this game is promised by Dan Greenawalt, GM of Forza Motorsport developed by Turn 10 Studios, to be the most technically advanced racing game ever made. This is quite the statement and the gameplay demo trailer highlighted many really impressive features and technological advancements, so I’m definitely keeping an eye on this one. Forza Motorsport is set for release in Spring 2023.
Overwatch 1 was the first game I ever pre-ordered. I remember it very well. I was not very interested in it when it was first revealed at the end of 2014, but over the following years I warmed up to it. I pre-ordered it and went to pick it up on 26 May 2016. I did not touch it until I finished my semester exams the following month. It was my incentive to do well, and I think I really did well that semester academically. When Overwatch 2 was announced at the end of 2019, I was excited but also hesitant because it just seems to be Overwatch 1 but with slight improvements and obviously new content. It was announced at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase that the game will be free-to-play which in my opinion is the best decision Blizzard, the developers, could make. More information was revealed at a later Overwatch 2 showcase that got me more interested in the game. Overwatch 2 will also be available on PlayStation, so I am looking forward to playing it when it comes out on 4 October 22.
Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn
Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn is an open-world action RPG developed by A44 Games. According to the entertainment website IGN, Flintlock is about “[embracing] vengeance, gunpowder and magic and [embarking] on an epic journey to lead mankind’s final siege against the tide of the dead.” The gameplay trailer looked interesting and I like the setting and vibe, so I will be watching out for more information about this one. Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn is set for release in 2023.
The Last Case of Benedict Fox
The Last Case of Benedict Fox is a 2.5D developed by Plot Twist. The game follows detective Benedict Fox as he tries to uncover the fate of a family while dealing with his own demons both literally and figuratively. I really liked the art style and all-around feel of this game, so it is definitely on my list. The Last Case of Benedict Fox is set for release in 2023.
Ereban: Shadow Legacy
Ereban: Shadow Legacy is a stealth platformer developed by Baby Robot Games, and follows Ayana, the last descendant of a forgotten race. The game will have the player using mystical powers and gadgets to avoid or kill enemies to discover the truth about Ayana’s past and save the world. I was intrigued by the gameplay I saw. This game, to me, feels like it will be a sleeper hit but I could be wrong and it could be incredibly popular. I, for one, am definitely interested in it. Ereban: Shadow Legacy does not have a release date as of the publishing of this blog post.
Diablo IV needs no introduction at this point. It is the latest instalment in the long-running Diablo series developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzard Entertainment, and its parent company Activision, are not everyone’s favourite companies as of late due to many controversies related to sexual harassment and many other issues. However, people are still looking forward to this game. I was gifted Diablo III by a friend and enjoyed my time with it. I would still be playing it if my laptop could handle it properly. Blizzard revealed Diablo IV’s latest and last class, the Necromancer, at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, and showed off more of the game. I am curious to see how this game turns out and how it is eventually received by the gaming community. Diablo IV is set for release in 2023.
Ravenlok is a 3D adventure game developed by Cococucumber. It follows a young girl who is pulled into a mirror and finds herself in a world much like Alice in Wonderland where she has to fight enemies and an evil queen. I like the colourful nature of the trailer and the world the girl is magically teleported to. It kind of reminds me of a Disney/Pixar movie. Definitely looking forward to more information from this game. Ravenlok is set to release in 2023.
Cocoon is a puzzle game developed by Geometric Interactive. According to video game store Steam, the player has to “master world-leaping mechanics and solve intricate puzzles to unravel a cosmic mystery.” This one caught my eye because of the gameplay and it seems it has unique puzzles, and I really like puzzle games. Cocoon is set for release in 2023.
Ah, Starfield. Let me try and keep this short because there is a lot I can say about this game. Starfield was the last game shown at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase. It is not an exaggeration to say that Starfield has become one of the most anticipated games of all time. This is due to the developer’s, Bethesda Game Studios’, reputation and pedigree. They have created some amazing games and are known for their Elder Scrolls and Fallout games. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is regarded as one of the greatest games of all time, and is often called ‘the game that never dies’ because it is constantly being re-released for different platforms. I am not a huge fantasy person, but when I played Skyrim back in 2011 when it was released, I was hooked. It is a fantastic game. (It was released on 11 November 2011, so 11/11/11. Just thought that was interesting to point out).
Starfield is a Sci-Fi epic, and I am not kidding when I say that this is probably the type of game that I have been waiting for forever. I love Sci-Fi and space, and this game promises over 100 solar systems and over 1,000 planets to explore and many things to discover. You can create and customize your own spaceship, have crew members help you, build settlements on planets and so much more. There is a main story that I am curious to discover myself and many side missions. Bethesda has always created engrossing stories, so I definitely can’t wait to experience the stories this game has to tell. Starfield is, without a doubt, Bethesda’s most ambitious game to date, and I hope it turns out well.
On paper, this is the perfect game for me. I am not going to be able to play this game for a long time, if ever, because it will not be available for PlayStation, but I will try my hardest to get my hands on it one day. It is important to note, however, that Bethesda’s previous game, Fallout 76, had a disastrous launch and was received very negatively by the community. This severely damaged Bethesda’s reputation and the goodwill it built with the gaming community. Bethesda, however, is still committed to the game and has done its best to continue to patch and fix this game and add new content to the game, which is slowly turning the game’s reception around. For their sake, mine, and the entire gaming community, I hope Starfield turns out great. Starfield was supposed to come out in November of 2022 but was delayed along with Redfall to 2023.
That is it from me. I will be back soon, hopefully, with another list. A lot of games to get through. I hope you all stay safe and sane, and I will see you all in the next blog post.