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The Best of Microsoft Xbox 2019 E3 Conference

Wasteland 3

Wasteland is a series that was first launched back in 1988, so you can say it’s been a slow burn. So it’s been about 30 years since we got stuck out on this Wasteland and 3 is not much different. Set in post-apocalyptic Colorado, this tactical turn-based RPG will feature factions in battle for control of the region. No spoilers here but it’s a direct sequel to 2014’s Wasteland 2.

The game definitely looks more polished than its predecessor, from what we can gather from the sparse screenshots available. And for the first time ever will feature multiplayer, team abilities as well as vehicles. But other than that the turn-based combat seems to play much like Wasteland 2.

Wasteland 3 doesn’t have a release date as of yet but will be coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

 

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

It’s not the first Lego Star Wars game that Warner Bros has announced, but this is its latest one and I’m pretty psyched for it. The Skywalker Saga is a brand new game that will include content based on all nine films in the main series, including the yet-to-be-released The Rise of Skywalker.

Lego is pretty good at rehashing the old formula, but if you expected The Skywalker Saga to be the same as the last three Lego games you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Combat is more complex than it used to be. It now involves light attacks, heavy attacks and force moves, allowing for more complex fighting and button combos.

The game is set across a swath of Star Wars space. Players start the game by picking one of the nine main Star Wars films. The movies are depicted through a mix of activities in the open world and discrete levels. The developers are trying to focus as much as possible on sections of the movies that weren’t turned into levels in previous Lego games. The first mission for the Phantom Menace, for example, will be the underwater chase through the core of the planet Naboo. Like the previous Lego games, The Skywalker Saga will support co-op.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga doesn’t have a release date as of yet but will be coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

 

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Blind Forest won over the hearts of players back in 2015 with its beautiful imagery, fantastic soundtrack, emotionally-charged narrative, and polished, Metroidvania gameplay. Now developer Moon Studios is returning with a follow-up sequel that sees Ori and their forest companions on a new adventure.

The game takes place after the events of Blind Forest and will find Ori, on a new quest that takes them beyond the forest of Nibel. Once again accompanied by Sein, the light and eyes of the sacred Spirit Tree, the two will unearth mysteries of the lost ones and travel to new, menacing areas in order to discover Ori’s true destiny. Given the series’ track record, we can expect plenty of tear-jerking moments throughout the game. The tone of Will of the Wisps seems much darker than the previous game, with huge bosses towering over Ori.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is coming out on February 11th 2020, on Xbox One and PC.

 

Halo Infinite

Microsoft gave us our first brief look at Halo Infinite at last year’s E3. And this year they delivered a new five-minute long trailer. While the game is confusingly not called Halo 6, Halo Infinite is the continuation of Master Chief’s story and the sequel to Halo 5. The new trailer shows Master Chief being rescued from space, over a broken, shattered Halo ring. “We lost” he’s told after asking for a status report. And then he jumps out of the ship because that’s what Master Chiefs do.

Even though the story is a direct continuation Halo Infinite is being deemed a spiritual reboot for the entire Halo franchise. What that means we’re not really sure and unfortunately there was no gameplay footage to check out.

Halo Infinite is coming out in Winter 2020, on the Xbox One and PC.

 

Borderlands 3 & 2 DLC

Last but not least on the games front is Borderlands 3. The new trailer for Borderlands 3 is narrated by Lilith and shows the new cast of playable characters fighting off hordes of enemies. Giving us more information about the Children of the Vault – a crazed cult with billions of followers. They’re led by the evil Calypso siblings, the game’s main antagonists (RIP Handsome Jack). The new characters include a Siren named Amara who can create arms made of psychic energy, a Soldier named Moze who can summon a mech into battle, a Beastmaster named FL4K who can call on alien animals to fight for him, and an Operative named Zane who can deceive his enemies with holograms.

Gearbox wasn’t content with just a new trailer, they announced one final piece of DLC content for Borderlands 2! Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary is set to bridge the story gap to Borderlands 3. To download it you’ll need the Borderlands: The Handsome Collection which is very attractively priced right now.

Borderlands 3 is coming out on September 13th 2019, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia.

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