Here at XBLG we are looking forward to the torrent of great games still to arrive on our consoles this year, wither they are exclusive or multi-platform we couldn’t give a damn; we just love games. This list is just a small summary of what we are looking forward to, if you feel a game you are looking forward to is not on the list then leave your game suggestion and reason in the comments. You never know your comments could help toward our video content on our YouTube Channel, without any further delay let us start our list.
5 – Fable Legends
An interesting spin on the Fable universe and been in development for a number of years now already. This game will change to a 4 player cooperative game where 4 hero’s band together to challenge 1 player as the dungeon keeper. This sounds a lot like the formula to last years (disappointing title) Evolve, Fable Legends mixes up the recipe by having the dungeon keeper altering the path and placing enemies and traps in the way of the hero’s to stop them achieving their goal.
With a wide range of characters to choose from and master, along with the its price tag of free (yes you read correctly free) it will be difficult for Fable Legends to not be talked about. The team at Lionhead have clearly integrated the beloved cornerstones of the Fable series into this game by making it very colourful, vibrant, and most of all a heaped helping of humour which is so quintessentially British.
Interested in the sound of this title? Why not sign up for the Multiplayer beta over at fablelegends.com
4 – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
The sequel to the 2011 Human Revolution (which is a January Games with Gold title on Xbox 360) places us in the role once again of Adam Jensen after the events at the end of Human Revolution. Adam is now on the hunt for the Illuminati who he believes are pulling the strings of the world from the shadows and are behind everything going on in the world right now.
Adam is back with even more augments and powers to battle his way throughout the game. Adventure down his path where he no longer is torn between his feeling for his augmented body but rather embraces the changes to his humanity to further his investigation.
This game looks stunning, you will have to argue extremely hard to try and make me believe that it does not. The game has recently been pushed back 6 months, though if it is working towards making this game even better then you will find no complaints here. Below find a video from the official YouTube channel which showcases a 25 minute video of the game, make up your own mind but this was a must have on this list.
3 – Crackdown 3
Admittedly I was never a huge fan of destruction sandbox games like Crackdown when they were out on the Xbox 360, though with the return of the series it might be time to try and change my opinion of the game series. Here you have a team of super powered cops who bring an extreme brand of justice to the system, though when you up your force to tackle enemies how do they up their game in retaliation?
Crackdown was loved by many people for the ridiculous fun and addictive gameplay to be found within its confines, though with its last outing being 2010’s Crackdown 2; has the 6 year wait been worth it? The promise of customising a character is always enough to pull the interest of many gamers, so hopefully this game lives up to the legacy its previous instalments have left upon the gaming world and give us more of the ridiculous fun. Hopefully the brand of insane justice will have players excited as much as some of the XBLG staff and that is enough to warrant it a place on our list.
2 – Quantum Break
This was a game first announced back at the announcement of the Xbox One title. The team at Remedy are renowned for making very, very good games and their absence for the gaming scene has been noticed. There last console outing was 2012’s Alan Wakes American Nightmare, although many people wait in anticipation for a sequel to Alan Wake there is another vastly interesting title to be played in their upcoming Quantum Break.
The game has been tied to an accompanying TV series that will adapt to the way you play the game. The game also has a cast of some big names and noticeable faces, the games main protagonist is X-Men film star Shawn Ashmore. Once again this is an incredibly pretty game but coupled with some interesting time bending game mechanics it is will be interesting to get our hands on the game and see the finished product.
Gameplay videos showcased at last year’s EGX show in Birmingham showed me the games time in development has been very well spent and that the finished product will be one of the best looking things to come out on Xbox to date. We await the arrival of this game and look forward to covering the game with the much deserved attention it such be given.
1 – Dark Souls 3
Dark Souls is a special kind of game, it nearly mirrors when games had a real learning curve. The games require patience, the ability to think on the spot and make a split second decision and the ability to avoid rage quitting a game. FROM Software have created a niche in the market that has been extremely mimic by many other peoples wishing to cash in on the formula this series is famous for.
Dark Souls is a game that has so much story and depth if you can only penetrate the lack of dialogue and conversations within the game. The game can deliver volumes of story and lore if you are willing to explore and plunder the games depths, this is the adventure game that rewards players for the time you invest within the confines of the game.
Dark Souls 3 differs from previous Souls games by introducing some new features like weapon arts and a mana bar. These new features work in tandem to deliver players new ways of dispatching hollows and monsters alike. The game looks more polished that a Souls game has been on the Xbox before, and with the original Dark Souls team back at the helm we can expect the level and monster designs that were somewhat lacking from the original Dark Souls 2 to make a return.
Development on this title actually started prior to Dark Souls 2 development, so for anyone that still has doubts in their mind that this game is rushed, please think again. I know a lot of people who will become unreachable come April as this game is released upon the world. Expect to say good bye to your loved ones as this is going to be an extremely special game.
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