Xbox Games Showcase July 2020 – What did we get?
Xbox Games Showcase July 2020 started with the opening for Halo Infinite, before showing us the demo being played.
It’s 28th May 2560, “the day after we lost“, and with CGI cutscenes which, quite frankly, don’t look any different from the current generation, except looking like it was made with 120fps, even though we’re seeing it at 60fps. I can definitely see a difference in that case.
Beyond that, it’s Halo but with a new coat of paint. Very flash, and something you’re used to if you have a PC.
Also, if you have Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you can play Destiny 2 on mobiles with XCloud, while Destiny 2: Beyond Light looked very swish indeed, and actually looks better than Halo Infinite!
One of my favourites was when Sega’s name popped up, and we’re getting Phantasy Star Online 20th Anniversary. I enjoyed that on the Dreamcast, but this series seemed to go away a long time ago. I understand it came back and playable on PC with a lot of faffing about, but if they can just make it easy to log in and play, I’ll go for that, There’s also Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis in 2021… unless that’s the name for this?
The gameplay/trailer for The Medium, classed as dual-reality gameplay with two worlds rendered simultaneously, looked very cool. Hope it’s not a two-player-only game, as I’d be playing on my own.
Along the way, there was a teaser for State of Decay 3 on XSX and PC (which was stated for a lot of games without saying if they’re also on Xbox One, while a few others did), following by a very brief teaser (no gameplay) for Forza Motorsport 8, from Turn 10, captured in-engine with 4K resolution and ray-tracing with 60fps…. but I was hoping for gameplay. I can’t get excited for something that doesn’t show me how the game actually plays.
The next video was from Rare, and was called Everwild. Again, it looks nice, but again, it’s a trailer.
Then came Tell Me Why (Chapter One frm August 27th), a story-based adventure, but with mouth movements that seem not quite on the level, this one actually stating it was on Xbox One, and not just XSX and PC.
From Obisidian, we had three games: gameplay for The Outer Worlds: Perils Of Gorgon, on September 9th, the first of two planned story packs. Then came Grounded, with a possible gameplay trailer (or just a teaser?) with a ‘Fantastic Voyage‘ bent, as kids run through a garden coverted in bugs. It’s from Obsidian, but they did say if you want the biggest game of the year, then go for Cyberpunk 2077, while the smallest is this one. Are they affiliated with CD Projekt Red, who made C2077? I guess they can’t namecheck a Sony PS4 exclusive, given that they are owned by Xbox.
And then came some gameplay for Avowed on XSX and PC, also from Obsidian. Looks nice, but I’d rather see more. It’s played in VR… but there’s no Xbox VR unit? Or is there now? They never said.
Summarising the next, there was a teaser for As Dusk Falls on XSX and PC, which looks like a story-based adventure; Psychonauts 2 had a teaser/gameplay with singing from Jack Black, the video looking very colourful and like a bad LCD trip; Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga will be set in Iceland but with no more info than that; add in a promo for how Ori And The Will Of The Wisps is being converted to the xSX.
STALKER 2 looked cool, even if it was more a teaser than actual gameplay; Warhammer 40000: Darktide, out in 2021, if you like that sort of thing; and then came a console launch exclusive for… multiplayer Tetris? Yes, Tetris Effect Connected. Yawn!
We saw a teaser/gameplay for the cartoony The Gunk, and some gameplay for Crossfire X. Looks nice, but it’s not selling it to me as something I’d want to play for too long.
Finally, a teaser for a new Fable game from Playground Games, so big fans of that series will be pleased. However, instead of calling it Fable 4, they’ve just called it Fable, it seems. Hmm… I hate it when they do that,
But as for the console, no release date or price, even though it’s expected in November, and with a possible launch date of November 6th or 13th, especially given that a new Yakuza game is out on November 13th, and one of these games is due on Nov 10th. As for the price, it’s expected to be around $500, so around £450 in the UK. I expect the PS5 will be the same, especially for the amount of power they’ll both pack in.
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Xbox Games Showcase July 2020 – What can we expect?
That’s the question on everyone’s lips, today. Xbox have promised us “Games! Games! Games!”, especially after the disappointment of their last presentation which gave us precious little beyond a bit of Assassins Creed Valhalla.
Will we get the actual price? The actual release date? Will they dare, while Sony haven’t yet? Who will show their hand first?!
Either way, we know from Xbox that we’ll get the first gameplay reveal of Halo Infinite, and somehow, there’s also a pre-show from Geoff Keighley, but what a disappointing farce his PS5 Dualsense presentation was when we got to see ONE game! And that was the Astrobot sequel!
@SASxSH4DOWZ wants a Gears 5 Campaign DLC trailer, Gears 5 Xbox Series X Update, and a Gears Tactics Console release
@Stuart4046 wants everyone to get… er… moist.
@MicrosoftGang_ wants a new Banjo Kazooie game.
@Rand_al_Thor_19 gives us some screenshots for The Medium that have surfaced, so that could be a factor.
@Steven24745752 says Phil Spencer is ‘Spencer Clause’…
@DiLellys gives us some fan artwork for a Halo Infinite disc.
@Greenskull has received some very cool trainers from Xbox Canada.
@GTR_Mulsanne spies a Turn 10 logo.
And @DEVIN__STYLE gives us an Xbox bingo card. Will we get Forza Motorsport 8, Everwild, Fable 4, State of Decay 3, Crackdown 3 Remaster, and the announcement of Xbox buying Warner Bros Games? We will find out in the Xbox Games Showcase July 2020 at 5pm UK time today…
— Xbox (@Xbox) July 22, 2020
Some screenshots have surfaced for The Medium. I am very interested in this horror game and I am pretty sure we will see more about it tomorrow!! #XboxGamesShowcase #XboxSeriesX pic.twitter.com/Mkgs2dlvO0
— Rand al Thor 19 (@Rand_al_Thor_19) July 23, 2020
— Luan (@DiLellys) July 23, 2020
Woah! @XboxCanada sent me custom sneakers!
The Xbox Canada crew at E3 are always home base. While we're off doing our own things, we find the time to sync up, shoot videos, and have drinks. Sad to miss it this year, but it will only make the next one better. #XboxGamesShowcase pic.twitter.com/bKI0FURiTH
— GS (@Greenskull) July 21, 2020
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