Microsoft just showed off 50 new Xbox games at their 2018 Xbox E3 Conference. We saw trailers for upcoming games such as Cyberpunk 2077, Fallout 76 and Kingdom Hearts 3. It was undoubtedly Microsoft’s best and most well-received E3 Press Conference in a number of years.
One key takeaway from this years Xbox E3 Conference is that Microsoft is finally taking exclusive games seriously. This is great news as Microsoft certainly has a lot of catching up to do in this regard. Sony has produced incredible Playstation exclusives such as Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War and upcoming titles such as Spiderman and The Last of Us 2.
In an attempt to compete against Sony, Microsoft just announced 15 exclusive games coming to Xbox. Considering that the biggest complaint about the Xbox One is the lack of exclusive titles, this ought to appease most Xbox fans. So it’s no surprise that three of the titles below will be exclusive to the Xbox One.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 games which were announced during Microsoft’s Xbox E3 conference. The games below are all previously unannounced titles, meaning games (such as Fallout 76) which had previously been unveiled, haven’t made the list.
Gears of War 5 (2019)
Xbox One, PC
The Gears of War series is one of the Xbox’s best assets. A solid story combined with fast passed gory action make for a thrilling combination.Gears 5 looks to continue this trend with the launch trailer focusing heavily on the story aspect of the game.
From the offset, character Kait Diaz is fighting a mental battle as she recalls previous events as well as the loss of someone close to her. Evidently, it seems that the Gears 5 story will be deeper and possibly more sophisticated than previous entries in the series.
That being said, the second half of the trailer is full of the guns blazing, monster fighting action we all love!
Forza Horizon 4 (October 2018)
Xbox One, PC
The Forza Horizon series is arguably the best of its genre and the fourth instalment looks emphasise this point even further. The launch trailer shows off the two biggest changes coming to Forza Horizon 4. The first and most obvious change is the location, Horizon 3’s Australian setting has been replaced by Great Britain. Tight windy roads, farmers fields and massive lakes characterise this location and make for a completely new driving experience. The second biggest change coming to Horizon 4 is the changing of seasons.
Just like in the real world, the seasons in the game will change. In summer, it will be bright, dry and a more or less predictable driving experience. In contrast, the winter will be snowy, driving will be more challenging and lakes will freeze over which will allow you to discover previously unreachable locations. Seasons is a fantastic addition and one that fans of the series are sure to love.
Halo Infinite (TBA)
Xbox One, PC
Halo 5 was disappointing, to say the least. The launch trailer gave the impression that the fifth entry in the main series was the one to mix up the formula. Instead, the story was generic and lacklustre and the co-op mode didn’t work all that well.
The important thing is that Microsoft knows this. Microsoft understands that Infinite simply can’t have the same fate as Halo 5, as this could have serious ramifications for the franchise.
That being the said, the trailer for Halo Infinite looks very promising. Not only will Master Chief be returning, but the game will be so large in scale that Microsoft had to build a new game engine. Halo Infinite will be the first title to utilise the brand new Splipspace Engine.
Chris Lee, head of 343 Industries (Halo Infinite Developer), actually stated the following via Twitter regarding the new game engine:
We are continuing the story after the events of Halo 5. #HaloInfinite is an ambitious new game and we needed to build a new engine to support that.
— Chris Lee (@tefferlee) June 12, 2018
Just Cause 4 (December 2018)
Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
The world-renowned series known for its physics-defying destruction and absurd explosions is back. Just Cause 4 introduces a number of new additions to the franchise, most notably is the new extreme weather. Whilst exploring Just Cause 4’s open-world map, you’ll now come across lightning, sandstorms and even tornadoes.
On top of that, there’s also new land, sea and air vehicles, a more advanced grappling hook and of course, a new location. Just Cause 4 will be set in South America as Rico Rodriguez fights against the ‘worlds most powerful private army’.
As with all previous Just Cause games, we can expect Just Cause 4 to be almost entirely focused on just having fun whilst destroying everything in your path. It’s going to be awesome!
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019)
Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice comes from the creator of the Darksouls series and Bloodborne. These game are known for their challenging, yet rewarding gameplay and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice looks to continue this trend.
You’ll be playing as a ninja who had his arm chopped off by the games main antagonist. This isn’t as disadvantageous as it may seem, as you’ll utilise a prosthetic arm equipped with useful tools. These tools can range anywhere from an axe to a grappling hook.
If challenging combat and world exploration is your thing, then Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will certainly be a game to look out for.