2020 is here, and we usher in the new decade with an assortment of fantastic games on Xbox One and beyond. This year will see a new generation of consoles debut in the form of Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X.
The improved specs and ample new features will also bring with them an array of new games, although older consoles won’t be left behind thanks to backwards compatibility.
This year we’re expecting huge exclusives from Microsoft including the likes of Halo Infinite and Hellblade 2: Senua’s Sega, both of which will release across all Xbox consoles and PC, giving players plenty of options on how they want to play. Third-party blockbusters such as Cyberpunk 2077, Dying Light 2 and DOOM Eternal are also in the works, ready and waiting to grace our gaming lives in the coming months.
There’s a lot of potentially fantastic games to get through across Xbox One S and Xbox One X, so let’s get started. Trusted Reviews has compiled all of our top upcoming Xbox One Games below. Be sure to let us know what you’re excited for, too!
Dying Light 2
Release Date: 2019
Techland returns with a sequel to its critically acclaimed survival title, and this time its ambition is more impressive than ever. Dying Light 2 is set across yet another massive city, where you must contend with the shambling undead and aggressive humans who threaten you and your friends’ way of life.
The player will need to make critical decisions throughout the story, deciding who lives and who dies while also managing resources that are spread throughout the city. The Day/Night cycle from the original returns, changing how enemies behave once the sun goes down.
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Release Date: November 19, 2020
After the runaway success of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, expectations are absurdly high for the studio’s next effort. Cyberpunk 2077 is an open-world RPG set in Night City, a sprawling metropolis filled with corrupt thugs, warring factions and thousands of unique things to uncover.
Having recently caught a glimpse of 48 minutes of gameplay, it looks stunning. Exploring vast, detailed environments as a fearless cyberpunk operative on the hunt for dangerous criminals and twisted organisations looks thrilling, and it’s all played from a first-person perspective.
Read our full Cyberpunk 2077 preview
Developer: 343 Industries
Release Date: TBA 2021
We’ve yet to see a conclusion to The Reclaimer Trilogy that began with Halo 4 way back in 2012, and with Halo Infinite taking the place of Halo 6, this is the next chapter in Master Chief’s journey.
There’s very little information out there regarding Halo Infinite beyond the gorgeous reveal trailer, although we imagine it will once again focus on storytelling, multiplayer and absurdly tight first-person shooting.
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Release Date: August 20, 2020
Rare is tight-lipped about Battletoads, a new game, rather than a reboot, following in the footsteps of the notoriously difficult NES platformer.
The teaser trailer suggests Rare have no intention of making things any easier for players. Apart from that, all we know is that it’ll feature couch co-op for up to three players and mix of side-scrolling, fighting and platforming, as suggested by the phrase “body morphing genre mashups”.
Release Date: Out now is Xbox Game Preview
Since 2016, developers Rebecca Cordingley and Ben Wasser have documented every step of their journey to create Ooblets, a game that’s like a hug in these often trying times. Cordingley’s colourful design already gives you a very good idea of the tone of Ooblets, but it’s the many different elements that come together which make it truly intriguing.
You will be able to manage your own farm and become a member of a small community, not unlike Stardew Valley. Additionally, you’ll collect the eponymous ooblets, small magical creatures found all across the land of Oob. You can raise and train your ooblets to use in… dance battles against their own kind.
If Ooblets manages to balance its diverse influences we expect it to be our go-to retreat from the world at large and are fully prepared for it to be very addictive.
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Watch Dogs Legion
Release Date: October 29, 2020
If you’re tired of hearing about Brexit all the time, we’ve got some bad news for you. Watch Dogs Legion takes us to a futuristic vision of London where the referendum has transformed the British capital into a dystopian hellscape dominated by emergent fascists and bleak authoritarian regime.
Legion allows you to take control of any and all characters across the open-world recruiting them to DedSec as a supporter of the resistance. Each operative will have distinctive perks, occupying one of three classes you can customise. However, lose them in battle and they’re gone forever. This sounds like a wonderful spin on the Watch Dogs formula, and we can’t wait to play more of it.
Read our full Watch Dogs Legion preview
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Release Date: September 4, 2020
Given the rampant success of Marvel’s cinematic universe, we’re surprised it’s taken the company this long to break into the gaming realm. However, it’s clear the company has taken it’s time, ensuring the iconic team’s first foray into the virtual medium is done right, and is far more than a generic licensed tie-in we’ve seen hundreds of times before.
Developed by Crystal Dynamics (who you may remember from the Tomb Raider trilogy), Marvel’s Avengers is a sprawling co-operative adventure which will see you play as Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor and Miss Marvel. Each of these heroes has their own slate of abilities, enhanced by a sprawling customisation system where you can change every little component, whether it’s a belt buckle or an entire outfit.
Square Enix has confirmed Marvel’s Avengers will tell a completely original story and will be supported for years to come with new heroes, missions and unlockables for players to pursue. From what we’ve played, it feels like Marvel’s approach to something like Destiny or The Division, hoping players will invest a huge amount of time into its huge, inviting world.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Release Date: October 20, 2020
We’ve always had a soft spot in our hearts for LEGO games, and that love goes even further with Star Wars. Combine the two and you’ve got a match made in heaven, one which Traveller’s Tales has milked to death with countless games in recent years. So, you’d assume the well has long run dry. Well, it turns out we were wrong, since The Skywalker Saga aims to complete reinvent LEGO games – bringing them into the modern generation with new visuals, mechanics and more.
The Skywalker Saga will feature all eight films – including the upcoming Rise of the Skywalker. Players can experience the events of each epic story while exploring a sprawling open world filled with collectibles. These aren’t simple ports of existing games, either. Each film has been recreated in a new gameplay engine complete with new mechanics and characters to play as. From the hands-off demo we saw at E3 2019, it’s really something special.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios
Release Date: Holiday 2020
Having already been released as a PS4 exclusive in Japan, Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be arriving on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC in the West later this year. That’s more platforms than any Yakuza launch before it, and teases a hugely exciting future for Sega’s cult franchise. It’s one we’ve been screaming about from the rooftops for years here at Trusted Reviews, and we can’t wait for its popularity to skyrocket.
For those unfamiliar, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a role-playing video game set in Yokohama, Japan. Unlike previous entries in the series, this is a turn-based affair featuring a new protagonist, new city and an abundance of new zany activities to partake in throughout the massive campaign. It’s still somewhat alien to see such an established PlayStation franchise make a splash on Xbox, but if it means even more people can enjoy it, who are we to complain.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Developer: Hardsuit Labs
Release Date: 2020
The original Bloodlines is a cult classic amongst RPG fans, with many having given up hope that a sequel would ever materialise. Well – this unexpected wish has come true, and the upcoming new entry is also on its way to next-gen consoles. Taking place in a rain-drenched Seattle, players will take on the role of a unique character who must solve a dark, unfolding mystery spread across the metropolis.
Players can once again expect a wide range of gameplay approaches, different factions to communicate with and a world that is constantly shaped and changed by the decisions you make. Here’s hoping this new installment reaches a much wider audience, given how beloved the original game was and still is amongst its fanbase.
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