Just sleep a few more times and we're already starting the next generation of consoles with the Xbox Series X / S. But as nice as it is to own new hardware, over time it becomes quite boring to stare at the box. You need good, entertaining, exciting and creative games that tie you to the screen. For this reason, in this special we are introducing you to the biggest and most interesting titles in the launch line-up of the new Xbox console. The Series X / S portfolio includes a few old friends, promising indies and one or two surprises.

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A special highlight of Gears Tactics are the gripping boss fights against legendary monsters like the Brumak.



A special highlight of Gears Tactics are the gripping boss fights against legendary monsters like the Brumak.

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Gears of War has always stood for merciless action from a third-person perspective. Alongside Halo, the series originally developed by Epic Games is one of the iconic brands in the Xbox portfolio. This big name should therefore not be missing on the new platform. Together with the presentation of the Series S, Microsoft therefore also announced Gears Tactics for the launch line-up of the new consoles. The offshoot on the PC was already convincing in spring with its grippingly staged round tactics, which succeeded in a unique way in combining the traditionally leisurely XCOM gameplay with the action typical of Gears.

In our test, we particularly praised the exciting story with well-known characters, the great staging, the variously developable classes and the dynamic and challenging combat. The title showed weaknesses especially in the forced side missions, the small variety of missions and the hardly existing meta-game. In other words, elements familiar from XCOM, such as base construction or research, are in vain in Gears Tactics. In the next-gen version, you can look forward to the game in chic 4K Ultra HD graphics at 60fps.

There will also be some exciting changes. For example, the developers are introducing Jack, known from Gears of War, as a new squad member who, with his 20 unique skills, should provide more dynamism. The Deviant also introduces a new, powerful type of enemy. So-called Supreme equipment is now available for equipping your soldiers. These innovations are also found in the previous PC version. With Smart Delivery you can easily switch to the next generation. So if you already have the game on your arithmetic servant, you don't have to buy it again. It is also included in the Game Pass. Matthias Dammes
Developer: Splash Damage
Manufacturer: Microsoft
Date: November 10, 2020







Yakuza: & nbsp; Like A Dragon has a turn-based combat system. But there is still power on the mouth.



Yakuza: Like A Dragon has a turn-based combat system. But there is still power on the mouth.

Source: Sega




The Yakuza series is actually more associated with Sony Playstation, because either the titles were published exclusively or at least exclusively for the consoles of the Japanese group. It was all the more surprising when Sega announced that Yakuza: Like A Dragon will receive a next-gen version in addition to the versions for PS4 and Xbox One, but this will initially only be available for the new Microsoft console. PS5 owners will have to wait until March 2nd before they can enjoy the RPG in all its glory. Wait a minute, role play?

You read that correctly, the developers at Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios are also breaking new ground. Instead of an action adventure with RPG elements, Like A Dragon is a real role-playing game with a turn-based combat system. In addition, the seventh part of the Yakuza series should also be quite beginner-friendly, because instead of raging through the Japanese underworld with serial veteran Kazuma Kiryu, this time we take control of Ichiban Kasuga, who voluntarily goes to jail for his clan and then dropped. After his release, he wants to hold his former criminal colleagues accountable and finds himself in the middle of a political plot.

This time the setting is a district in Yokohama. If you don't know the Kiryu predecessors playing in Tokyo, you will still have no problems understanding this completely new scenario. However, fans of the predecessors are rewarded with many innuendos and despite the turn-based combat system, the encounters with other gangsters remain wonderfully crazy. Finally, Kasuga and his party members can be instructed to beat up their opponents with cones, bicycles or umbrellas. It all sounds like a fresh start on a fresh platform. Christian Dörre
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Manufacturer: Sega
Date: November 10, 2020

The Ascent announcement was one of the few surprises this summer that had to do without the usual E3 reveal parade. The action RPG takes you into a graphically great cyberpunk setting that you explore from a slightly tilted top view. You are only traveling in a futuristic arcology, a gigantic city that basically consists of a single building. The colossal building was previously under the management of a mega-corporation, but when it loses control, chaos breaks out. Rival gangs and factions are fighting for leadership and of course you're in the thick of it.







On Xbox Series X, The Ascent wants to score with detailed environments, great lighting and destruction effects and very short loading times.



On Xbox Series X, The Ascent wants to score with detailed environments, great lighting and destruction effects and very short loading times.

Source: Curve Digital




As you complete main and side quests, you explore the handcrafted, vertically built game world that spans many different levels, from rundown slums to the city's high-end luxury neighborhoods. Action is very important in The Ascent, most of the time you spend cleaning enemies from the scene. This should play like a crisp twin stick shooter, but with a strong Diablo note: On the way you steal new equipment and weapons, and you equip your hero with technical gimmicks and cyberware.

There is no fixed class restriction, the developers want you to be able to develop your play style freely. You can experience the whole thing alone or in co-op with up to three friends, online or in local mode. The Ascent is available for PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series S / X, including Crosssave and Smart Delivery. For Xbox Series X (buy now ) The developers promise smooth 60fps at 4K resolution, HDR as well as elaborate light and particle effects, ray tracing is still being experimented with. The Ascent is developed by Neon Games, a team of just eleven, some of whom have worked on titles like Wolfenstein, Bulletstorm, and Gears of War. Release? Allegedly still in 2020. Felix Schütz
Developer: Neon Games
Manufacturer: Curve Digital
Date: 2020







Is the protagonist Marianne learning to use her powers or will the spirit world devour her at some point?



Is the protagonist Marianne learning to use her powers or will the spirit world devour her at some point?

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When the makers of Observer and Layers of Fear introduce a new game in which Akira Yamaoka (known for the Silent Hill soundtracks) is also involved as a composer, horror fans will of course slide nervously on the chair until they (then with a sore bottom) finally reach for the controller and get scared. The waiting / sliding will soon come to an end, because this year the Bloober Team wants to let go of the promising action adventure for PC and Series X players.

Not much is known about the story of the game, but we take control of the young medium Marianne, who develops strange powers. Marianne can walk for a certain time between our reality and a nightmarish spirit world. Switching between different worlds to solve puzzles has been around in video games for a long time, but The Medium is still doing some things new. Sure, there are sections in which Marianne is only on the move in our reality or the spirit world, but often enough we steer her through both worlds at the same time.

That's right, thanks to the power of the Xbox Series X, it's actually possible to portray both realities at the same time. As Marianne we can interact with different objects and solve puzzles. In the gameplay shown so far, The Medium looks like an atmospheric third-person adventure, but the fight against opponents has already been hinted at, so we should probably also prepare for action passages in which we tear the ugly butts of some creepy creatures. Marianne's powers should also be suitable for this. In any case, we are curious to see how the game between the worlds will ultimately succeed. The creative horror title from the Polish studio definitely has a lot of potential. Christian Dörre
Developer: Bloober Team
Manufacturer: Microsoft
Date: December 10, 2020







Graphically, 12 Minutes is kept rather simple, the premise is all the more convincing.



Graphically, 12 Minutes is kept rather simple, the premise is all the more convincing.

Source: Annapurna Interactive




Time loop-themed video games are not a new idea. As early as 2000, Majora's Mask let you relive the same three days over and over again in a desperate attempt to save the world. Two decades later, however, the concept has lost none of its tension – especially when it is implemented as in the indie title 12 Minutes. From a top-down perspective, it tells the story of a man who over the course of the eponymous twelve minutes has to watch over and over again how a policeman breaks into his house, accuses his pregnant wife of murder and leaves him to die. With each new attempt, however, you can collect additional information, change the course of things and finally break the vicious circle. Not only is the Kubrick-style staging convincing, the game is also well-known with Daisy Ridley and Willem Dafoe. David Benke
Developer: Luis Antonio
Manufacturer: Annapurna Interactive
Date: 2020







Tunic is thoroughly inspired by The Legend of Zelda and makes no secret of it.



Tunic is thoroughly inspired by The Legend of Zelda and makes no secret of it.

Source: Finji




One-man developer Andrew Shouldice has been working on his charming action adventure for years, but a release date is not yet in sight. Rumor has it at the end of 2020, but there is still no official confirmation. Only one thing is certain: Tunic will appear next to the PC exclusively for Xbox One and Series X, PS4 and PS5 go away empty-handed. Whether this is a big loss remains to be seen, but Tunic already makes a nice impression: As a little fox, you experience a classic action adventure that is heavily based on Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda. You travel to a handmade fantasy world, collect equipment, open up new paths, discover treasures and secrets and of course fight a lot of enemies. The game is played from the isometric top view, graphically the developer relies on a deliberately detail-reduced, but atmospheric look. Felix Schütz
Developer: Andrew Shouldice
Manufacturer: Finji
Date: 2020







As a Falconeer you fight on the back of mighty birds of war against various factions.



As a Falconeer you fight on the back of mighty birds of war against various factions.

Source: Wired Productions




In the unusual aerial combat game, we take on the role of a falconer, a rider of powerful birds of war. So the focus of the title is clearly on fights against other birds and creatures. Still, The Falconeer is more than just a simple action game. The title is actually an open-world action RPG in which we can reveal the secrets of the game world and upgrade both ourselves and our bird. You are also not tied to a bird, but after defeating bosses you can unlock other beasts that you can ride on. We were allowed to play The Falconeer a long time ago and were amazed at how wonderfully fluid the dogfights play and how pretty the game world looks. The action RPG is likely to be a great addition to the broad Microsoft portfolio. Christian Dörre
Developer: Tomas Sala
Manufacturer: Wired Productions
Date: November 10, 2020







As Francis Vendetti you communicate in a cosmic world with the inhabitants through music.



As Francis Vendetti you communicate in a cosmic world with the inhabitants through music.

Source: Annapurna Interactive




Bugsnax on PS5 might be strange, but The Artful Escape beats the reporter-meets-snack-insect title. In the adventure-music game-platformer mix we take on the role of Francis Vendetti, a young musician on the day before his first big performance. The expectations of him are enormous, because he is the nephew of the great Johnson Vendetti, almost the Bob Dylan of the game world. In order to create his stage personality, Francis takes refuge in a cosmic dream / parallel world, where he masters jumping passages by striking the strings of his guitar and communicating with the environment and its inhabitants via music. You play new personalities and clothes that give Francis new skills. Yes, we said the title was strange. However, the gameplay shown so far looks really interesting, dreamy, detailed and wonderfully different. Christian Dörre
Developer: Beethoven & Dinosaur
Manufacturer: Annapurna Interactive
Date: November 10, 2020

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