Even though the Xbox Series X is launching this holiday season, Xbox One owners still have plenty of good games to look forward to in 2020. The console has seen some fantastic titles over its seven-year lifespan, and that trend isn’t stopping anytime soon. From Crash Bandicoot 4 to Cyberpunk 2077, there’s a wide range of titles set to launch before the year’s end.
Some of them have already been delayed — and many don’t have firm release dates — but all their publishers are hoping to get them on store shelves before the next generation arrives. This is most likely among the last batch of games for Xbox One, and it’s certainly going out with a bang.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (October 2)
The lovable Bandicoot is back, this time with several new playable characters — including his little sister, Coco. Crash and friends are out to thwart Dr. Neo Cortex’s evil plans, as he’s torn through the space-time continuum and pulled everything into the multiverse.
Crash 4 promises the same difficult platforming the series is known for and even includes flashback levels that pay homage to the original trilogy. These are intensely difficult stages that are not part of the core storyline but offer experienced players a reason to keep coming back for more. It’s About Time is shaping up to be a wonderful revival of the franchise, and we don’t have much longer to wait before we can dive into the action.
Watch Dogs Legion (October 29)
Originally scheduled to release on March 6, Watch Dogs: Legion has been pushed back to later this October. When it does finally reach our hands, Watch Dogs: Legion is hoping to bring the franchise to new heights by letting players recruit and directly control nearly every single NPC they encounter in the streets of London. It’s a bold promise, but one that seems to be shaping up nicely.
The game takes place in a post-Brexit London — a dystopian society that’s heavily influenced by a privatized security company, Albion. We don’t know much about the journey the game will take us on, but we do know that recruiting NPCs to our group and switching between various playstyles is integral to the experience, and we can’t wait to see what this fresh take on the series brings to the table.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (November 17)
The stealth series continues to evolve in interesting ways, this time giving players control of Eivor, a powerful Viking who is just as comfortable on the battlefield as in the shadows. Naval combat also makes a return, but the developer says it will be scaled back compared to previous entries and not a focal point of the experience.
Instead, Valhalla focuses on visceral combat. Early trailers have shown off some of the most fluid battles we’ve ever seen in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and we’re excited to get our hands on it this November. Of course, you can always use your trusty hidden blade to dispatch foes without breaking a sweat, but Vikings weren’t exactly known as sneaky — expect to take part in some epic battles throughout the main storyline.
Cyberpunk 2077 (November 19)
From the creative minds behind The Witcher series comes a new adventure. While the action plays out from a first-person perspective — and the weapons are decidedly more futuristic — it still shares a lot of traits with the popular Witcher franchise. Namely, Cyberpunk 2077 features a deep, narrative-driven story that takes place in a gritty, mature universe.
Players will take on the role of V, a fully customizable mercenary that’s looking to get their hands on an implant that is supposedly the key to immortality. There’s a lot we still don’t know about the game, but all signs are pointing toward another home run for CD Projekt Red.
Master Chief makes his triumphant return! Halo Infinite‘s story picks up where Halo 5: Guardians left off, but 343 Industries is being pretty tight-lipped about the rest of the story. We do know that there will, in fact, be another Halo ring, there won’t be a battle royale mode, and Forge mode is making another appearance.
Unfortunately, the game has been postponed until some time in 2021 and will no longer be a launch title for the Xbox Series X. Players who aren’t ready to jump into the next generation can still get their hands on Halo Infinite, but we have to imagine that the graphics will take a pretty substantial hit. Regardless, fans of the series will be glad to see Master Chief’s familiar face again in 2021. Pre-orders are not yet active, however, there are a bunch of trailers and additional content over on the Halo Infinite website.
Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2
The long-awaited sequel to the 2004 cult classic, Bloodlines 2 brings the action to the dark and terrifying streets of Seattle. Here, players will join one of several alliances, each with their own storylines to unravel and characters to interact with. Written by the same folks who brought us the original, we’d expect nothing less than a gruesome, horrifying take on the vampire game genre.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Combining two of the biggest brands in the world seems like a no-brainer. Lego games are notoriously popular with all types of gamers, and Star Wars is one of the largest multi-media franchises in existence. The Skywalker Saga will let fans relive all nine feature films, giving them the ability to take part in some podracing while playing through The Phantom Menace, or facing off against Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens.
The game can be played in whichever order you choose, meaning there’s no need to slog through any of the episodes you don’t enjoy before getting to the better content. As usual, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a fun game for the whole family but includes enough material to keep hardcore players coming back for months on end.
Things were starting to look bleak for Psychonauts fans. The original title released 15 years ago in April 2005, and most people had lost hope that they’d ever see a true sequel. Thankfully, after a successful crowdfunding campaign on Fig and a few years of development, Psychonauts 2 should be arriving later this year.
The story will yet again follow Raz, a Psychonaut that can harness psychic abilities to manipulate their environment. Story details are scarce, but we do know that several topics that were mentioned in the original title — such as Raz’s family — will be prominently featured in the narrative. The game is not yet available for pre-order, but more info can be found on the Psychonauts 2 official website.
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