Game Inbox: What’s the Best Game on Xbox Series X?

Assassin’s Creed Valhara – Not really the best of the Xbox Series X (Photo: Ubisoft)

In Wednesday’s inbox, a reader asks about the next generation without broadband, citing the Xbox Game Pass as an essential service to blockade.

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Optimized for Xbox
There are no games on Xbox, so if you’re using the Xbox Series X, you’ll need to play in the back catalog. No one really talks about automatic HDR, but in some games it turns out to be a revelation. Games like Alien Isolation will definitely benefit. The biggest improvement I’ve found is Wolfenstein 2. The game had dynamic 4K, so it looks pristine buttery on the Xbox Series X. It’s strange to load these old games because it doesn’t look like I remember. In fact, I enjoy games older than Assassin’s Creed Valhara.

The new Call Of Duty seems a bit more half-baked. I’m not very critical because I need to take into account developments that affect the pandemic. Pandemics have generally taken away this new generation of brilliance. Picking up a console outside of JD Sports isn’t traditional, and it’s very sad to see a scalper that exploits low availability.

On Xbox, it’s highly recommended to wait patiently without giving in to the scalper. And like Astro’s Playroom and Demon’s Souls, it’s not worth the odds. Keep an eye out for sites like GC that constantly notify you of new inventory. Who knew to buy toilet paper will be in 2020, so anyone who buys multiple consoles for some reason will at least not shock me.

Lockdown hero
I just wanted to know about the game pass, and especially the goodness of the blocked game pass. This year, I bought four games at regular prices: Resident Evil 3, Last of Us Part 2, Quiz Time, and Crash Bandicoot 4. This is all other games available with the Game Pass. I’m the type of gamer who loves this service, as there are only a handful of game series (mostly Tomb Raider and Resident Evil) eager to get the first day.

Play A Plague Tale: Innocence (great), The Blair Witch (meh), Bleeding Edge (OK), Day Z (OK), Dead By Daylight (great), Deliver Us The Moon (OK), Destiny this year alone Did. 2 (OK), Dishonored 2 (great), Doom Eternal (great), Replayed Fable 2 (amazing), Gears 5 (meh), Grounded (OK), Observation (amazing), Ori And The Will Of the Wisps (amazing) , And Streets of Rage 4 (good).

Then since EA Play arrived, I’m currently through Stars Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (I love it), downloading and waiting for Unravel, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, A Way Out, and even Anthem. I will. How great it is is actually ridiculous. I think I couldn’t have been without it during these trials. The 2021 lineup looks a bit naked, so maybe I’m keeping me on the Xbox.
Jay (graffitiheart89 – Gamertag / PSNID)

Next generation unplugged
Have you or your readers wondered if they have any information about how the new generation works without an internet connection? I have all my previous PlayStations, Final Fantasy, Persona, Uncharted Games, Yakuzas, Sekir: Shadows Die Twice, Valkyrie Chronicle, Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, The Witcher, XCOM, Some FIFA, Catherine I played, to name just a few.

Multiplayer is the main feature, and except for a slight slowdown and freeze in Fallout games, there are no real issues. Given what you can do with your smartphone, there are many people like me who don’t want or need to pay for broadband or landlines. Thank you.

GC: Next-generation consoles without the Internet are not ideal for us.

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Bad start
I wonder if I’m alone, but I can’t remember when I last enjoyed video games. I’d like to say that so many games these days are complex and open-world issues, and the first few hours are due to so many craft / upgrade menus and a bit of’n’ Bob going on. Often confused and overwhelmed. Everything – not to mention the usually complex control schemes that take a little time to learn.

The patch versions of Red Dead Redemption 2 and Ghost Recon Wildlands are probably the latest and worst examples, and both of these games are a bit of a headache for the first few hours.

Often everything works and you enjoy the game, but I miss the days of PS1 and Megadrive. With the PS1 and Mega Drive, you can (in most cases) jump in and enjoy the game right away.

Obviously, this is the peak of the problem in the first world, but I’m curious if anyone else feels the same, so I thought it was worth mentioning.

Virtual next generation
I really enjoy my next generation console, the Oculus Quest 2. I really enjoy UntilYouFall’s sword fighting and sweat handling (my shoulders are killing me, but I almost got the best sword in the game). Echo Arena looked a bit complicated at first, but now I’m obsessed with the ultimate Frisbee of weightlessness and I can’t believe the game is free! Have you ever played FINAL FANTASY 10 and thought “Blitzball looks interesting”? Next, you need to play Echo Arena!

I plan to buy a PlayStation 5, but from the old experience of repairing the PlayStation 3 and all the experience with different parts inside, getting a launch console pays the best for the interior model I thought there was. The Oculus Quest 2 £ 300 seems to be more acceptable.
TomBloodySizer (PSN ID) / TommyFatFingers (Oculus)

So I have my PlayStation 5 since Thursday and I have to say … Impressive piece OK kit. Astro’s playroom is an absolute pleasure to play and I’m currently obsessed with Uncharted 4 (I haven’t had a PlayStation since PS1 so I have a lot to catch up with).

I’m quite late for the party, so I’d like to expand my PlayStation friends list. If another GameCentraler wants to add me, stay away.
gavin g1 (gamer tag) / duke_of_spook_u2 (PSN ID)

Switch HD
I missed last week’s hot topic, but I was curious to read some of the opinions. I have one of my own about the “overrated” nature of many Nintendo games. In fact, everything that doesn’t start with Super Mario or The Legend of Zelda. I’m a switch-only gamer and I love consoles. When it comes to hardware, we do what Nintendo does best and combine unobtrusive existing technologies in a creative way to create more than a sum of parts.

However, I think Nintendo’s reputation for games is a bit exaggerated. Everyone remembers the big leap of Super Mario Galaxy and Breath of the Wild, but of course most of their games are very conservative baby steps and the IP range is very narrow. .. Switch Big Seller, Mario Kart 8, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pokemon, Fire Emblem, Mario Tennis, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, basically a 15-20 year old GameCube (or DS) Repeat.

Many of them have taken over ancient design decisions from that era, even such clunky inventory control (Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem I’m looking at you!). Nintendo is usually not able to come up with new ideas to improve the game or provide different experiences between sequels without new hardware development, purely in terms of software capabilities. , Indicates that you can only get one franchise iteration per console. I have a Super Mario Galaxy 2 exception in my rules.
PS: After yesterday’s iOS review, I was wondering about XCOM 2, how is it stacked next to the Switch version? Like some, I have a switch and an iPad (relatively new to run games), so I was wondering which version to get. After the “Switch Tax”, iOS is much cheaper, and given the more powerful Apple hardware on the new iPad, do you think it works better too? But I like to put all the games together on the Switch and play with physical controls … and you have a TV dock.

GC: This is not the case with Animal Crossing, Pokemon, and Fire Emblem. I don’t really like the last two. But yes, XCOM 2 runs more smoothly on high-end iOS devices.

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No need to be careful
I have set up PlayStation 5. For those who are interested, here are some highlights so far.

  • The controller is really immersive, and Astro’s Playroom is a great way to show what it can do. As you walk on the metal, you will hear individual rattling noises that turn into crunches that walk on the snow. When you start ice skating, you can turn around and actually feel the gliding on the ice. At some point, as I walked over the fans, I found that the movement from DualSense combined with noise was blowing the cold air of my brain into my chin. I actually lifted it twice and confirmed that no cold air was actually blown out. I didn’t have that feeling except in VR.
  • I tried a few PlayStation 4 games on it and the quality improved significantly. I tried F1 2020, but when I was in the pit I could read the text from the TV screen in the background, and when using the PS4 Pro everything was blurry and out of focus. The frame rate has also been significantly improved, and all responsiveness has been significantly improved, coupled with less input lag.
  • I’ve never played Days Gone before, but a few hours later I’ve never seen such high-quality graphics in terms of both PS4 Pro resolution and frame rate. It may be acceptable to think of it as a launch game – I can’t wait to see what they can do with the new game in the coming years.
  • There are many quality of life improvements: silent running, activity cards, trophy progression, etc. It’s amazing to turn it on. Select the card of the game you are actually playing within 2 seconds along the way. Suspend – This eliminates the need to activate the quick resume feature.
  • There was no problem with the size, it fits perfectly with the TV unit, it looks beautiful, and there was no problem with the setup. SSD also has plenty of space. This is because 7 full games are installed and 400GB is left.

If anyone is thinking of getting it and have any questions, please let me know – I’m certainly glad I didn’t wait!
David M

Also run inbox
If you have problems with the game, do you want to uninstall PlayStation 5? Do not press copy when inserting the disc. After waiting a few minutes, the installation process will start automatically. This will classify the problem.
StuRobbo1984 (PSN ID)

I really like these mini console all-in-one. However, the price is half and you need at least 30 games. There’s a Capcom retro collection with many games on the Xbox, which probably costs £ 15. This is too expensive. Come to Capcom, you can be better.

This week’s hot topic
What impressed you most with something in the next-generation console on this weekend’s inbox topic?

It could be the console itself, a game, a controller, or a service or feature that didn’t exist in previous generations. What is the most encouraging future for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S? What is the reason?

Do you think the new console makes a better impression at this stage of life than the previous format, or do you think it’s disappointing so far? What do you hope for in the near future (next 6 months or so) and in the long run?

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