So, the Xbox One is starting to wind down to a slow but explosive finish with games like Gears Tactics not out on the system itself as of yet, and Halo Infinite continuing to hype people up by the day. With that said though, there’s still a number of games I feel could show a great send-off for the Xbox One as we begin the transition towards the Xbox Series X.
These are the 5 games that I feel will encourage people to play on the Xbox One or Series X when the time comes. And yes, for a game to be on here, it has to be coming to Xbox One in some way.
#5 Shantae and the Seven Sirens
Shantae and the Seven Sirens has a decent plot going for it. Shantae and her friends are invited to a tropical island where she runs afoul of Risky Boots, her long-time nemesis, as well as the rulers of the tropical island they visited for the Half-Genie festival; The “Seven Sirens.” That alone is intriguing, but the gameplay helps cement the game on here because it’s a mix of old mechanics and new features.
According to WayForward, some key features are:
- Explore an interconnected world using new Fusion Magic creature transformations, including a newt and other aquatic forms!
- All-new characters and returning favorites like Rottytops, Sky, Bolo, and the nefarious Risky Boots!
- Collect and power up with monster cards!
- Enjoy minigames, acquire magic and items, and uncover secrets!
- Gorgeously animated TV-style cutscenes!
I think that’s enough to get anyone hyped. Plus, with the game coming to the Xbox One same date and day, June 4th, as the other console versions, I feel it’s more than enough to qualify it for the list. Also, the Monster Card mechanic reminds me a bit of Baten Kaitos, which is a good thing.
#4 Battletoads (Xbox One)
Battletoads from Diala Studios, despite the odd stylized design choice in terms of graphics, is something to get excited about. As a day one Game Pass title,
“1-3 players will take control of the Battletoads and team up to storm through wild and unpredictable stages with only one rule – expect the unexpected. Teamwork makes the dream work in a drop-in, drop-out gameplay blast, filled with over-the-top combat that anyone can enjoy, but only a True Toad can master.”Battletoads for Xbox One
Battletoads also has a stage similar to and reminiscent of the original Infamous NES’s Turbo Tunnel stage, but with a 3rd-person behind-the-bike view instead of a side-scroll view. The lack of a release window or any progress on development, hurts the game’s placement, especially when compared to the rest of the list.
#3 Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is an upcoming action role-playing video game developed by Ubisoft. It is the twelfth major installment and twenty-second release in the Assassin’s Creed series, and a successor to the 2018 game Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey.
The plot looks very promising as well. Set in 873 AD, the game recounts an alternative history to the Viking invasion of Britain. The player controls Eivor, a Viking raider who becomes embroiled in the conflict between the Brotherhood of Britain and the Assassin’s Order.
Based on the art shown in the reveal trailer and the incredible level of detail in regards to locales and world-building, this looks to be more akin to a CD Projekt Red game, which is something I’m always down for.
The leveling system where each new skill you collect increases the resilience and difficulty of enemies invokes a Lunar Silver Story Vibe from me, personally. It’s not a bad thing, mind you. The game will also include various elements of stealth ala Metal Gear Solid, which I enjoyed over the years.
The game is also set to help kick off the ninth console generation, coming to the Xbox Series X.
#2 Watch Dogs: Legion
In preparing for this topic, I did some research. In the process, I re-discovered a little action-adventure game known as Watch Dogs: Legion.
As the third installment in the Watch Dogs series, it is the sequel to Watch Dogs 2. The game is set within a fictionalized representation of London, designed as an open world, and playable from a third-person perspective. It features the ability to control multiple characters that can be recruited across the game’s setting and who can be permanently lost during the course of a play through. The game will also feature a cooperative multiplayer that will allow up to four players to work together. Legion was originally due for March 2020 but has since been delayed to an unspecified date before April 2021.
The game’s story focuses on the efforts of the London branch of hacker group DedSec in combating an authoritarian regime that has taken control of the United Kingdom, thanks to the advanced surveillance system known as ctOS.
To assist in this, DedSec recruits allies from across the city in order to liberate the city as a resistance force. Each character in the game will have their own background and skill set and provide a more dynamic influence on the game’s narrative as the story progresses.
Watch Dogs: Legion features permadeath, which is new to the series. If a character is killed during gameplay, you’ll have to switch to a new person, just like if a group leader was murdered in real life.
There’s also Four-Player Co-Op available in this game.
All of these factors, plus an at minimum release date of 2021, almost made this game number 1 were it not for…
#1 Cyberpunk 2077
Yeah, it’s the predictable choice given I mentioned CD Projekt Red earlier in this list, though with good reason. First, all of their titles, re-releases or otherwise, have been phenomenal. Second, that pedigree gives the game a huge amount of hype going into the 2nd half of the year. (September can’t get here soon enough!)
Lastly, the gameplay is all phenomenal, as it’s all in first-person. That means unlike The Witcher III, where you see Geralt do these actions such as fire magic and feel awesome, you get to personally see V execute his enemies up close in a first-person view.
You’re essentially playing and experiencing the life of V in an Open World, first-person RPG. What’s not to love about that?!
Lastly, Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the first to get Xbox Smart Upgrades. It’s where if you get the Xbox One version, you’ll get the Xbox Series X upgrade for FREE. Combine that with the power of the Xbox One X and you have a truly phenomenal game to round out the list.
This concludes my list of 5 upcoming Xbox One games to look forward to in 2020 and beyond. Feel free to let me know what I missed in the comments below. And, don’t forget to subscribe to Generation Xbox for more great content from the world of Xbox, and listen to the podcast here.