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Starfield Feels like Xbox’s Last Chance at Redemption

It’s no secret that the gaming community has been mad at Xbox since the release of Redfall. It really felt like the straw that broke the back of a camel. For too long, Xbox fans have been asked to wait a little longer for the next great AAA game, but enough is fall was supposed to be See how that match went. Now that I see his Redfall (the “uninstalled” trash bin for most people) in my rearview mirror, I’m looking forward to the next big release, Starfield.

If Starfield flops or suffers some kind of serious problem–if it’s simply not fun–then confidence in the Xbox’s ability to deliver will be further shaken, and as a result, the Xbox will tilt its head. Deaf I imagine.

Starfield doesn’t deserve this added pressure, but it will be the first full-price game that has the chance to change your mind about what’s possible on Xbox. At the beginning of 2021, Xbox felt like it hit its stride with Halo Infinite’s incredible campaign and Game of the Year award-winning Forza Horizon 5. But it took nearly another year for promised features like campaign co-op and Forge to come to fruition. It’s planned to be added to Halo’s multiplayer, but that’s after Infinite’s release was delayed by his year in the first place. Xbox abilities came to the fore, especially as Phil Spencer himself said, “If you’re lost on Halo, you’re lost on Xbox.” So why did that happen with Xbox’s biggest series?

Xbox fans are still waiting for rich AAA experiences exclusive to the Xbox ecosystem. Thank you Redfall.

Forza Horizon 5 was a gem in the Xbox library, received industry-wide praise, and finally put Xbox on the right track when it came to large-scale content releases. We ended 2021 perfectly, but when 2022 came… nothing.

It started with the terrible Crossfire X, a shooter with brain-dead AI and combat mechanics that was ripped straight out of 1993 despite bearing the acclaimed Remedy name. To make matters worse, the multiplayer was borderline unplayable.

Elsewhere, Xbox found success with smaller releases such as Tunic, Pentiment, and High on Life. And I think the release of Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo on his PS5, which his Xbox fans received a year later, is to that credit. But while Hi-Fi Rush, an unexpected hit in early 2023, has been hailed worldwide, Xbox fans still crave a meaty AAA experience exclusive to the Xbox ecosystem. Thank you Redfall.

In contrast, look at what PlayStation has achieved in the same period. Enhanced PS4 versions of the most popular games including Returnal, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, The Last of Us Part 1, Gran Turismo 7, Horizon Forbidden West, God of War Ragnarok and Last of Us Part 2 It also includes updates to and god of war. In addition, there are several exclusives such as Stray, Kena Bridge of Spirits, and Final Fantasy 7 Remake, as well as director’s cuts of blockbusters Ghost of Tsushima and Death Stranding. increase. That’s more than enough to convince fans. Sure, Xbox has Xbox Game Pass, but where’s the mega-hit?

Xbox needs games that people will be playing and talking about for months, if not years to come. After years of waiting, Xbox desperately needs an answer to God of War Ragnarok, or a lost world like The Legend of Zelda: The Kingdom of field can Be that game. It has all the hallmarks of a great Bethesda RPG: great storytelling, interesting mechanics, and fun combat. Well, if it’s that good, I’m sure many can forgive the weird Bethesda bugs that are common at launch.

It should be a great match. Good is not enough. And if something catastrophic happens like a save file bug or constant crashing problem like Fallout 3 or New Vegas experienced on PS3, then release a quality AAA game. Confidence in the capabilities of the Xbox will certainly be shaken. Worse, it also calls into question its ability to manage the many studios it has acquired.

Xbox was involved with Redfall enough to force the team to scrap the PS5 version, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the beta release. The last big hit for the Xbox ecosystem came in November 2021 when Forza Horizon 5 was released. So, Mr. Xbox, where are the games? Everyone wants to know. The promised time has passed. Now is the time to act.

Destin Legarie is IGN’s Director of Content Strategy.In his spare time he likes to photograph birds Performance review for can follow him twitter if you want.

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