It’s an exciting time to be a gamer. With consoles resembling supercomputers and narrative storytelling better than ever, we’ve got a lot to look forward to. Here are our picks for the best of E3, and when you can get your hands on them.
E3 is the world’s biggest gaming expo, but with COVID-19 still causing issues, it went virtual for the second year in a row. Despite not taking over Los Angeles in its typical style, E3 still gave us some incredible games we can get hyped about.
The best part? Many of our faves are landing this year! Here’s what we love.
Forza Horizon 5
Release date: November 9, 2021
The Forza Horizon series is the next best thing to going on a road-trip with your buds to some far-flung land.
This new Forza iteration lands us in Mexico and features dynamic weather conditions and a whole bunch of glorious rides to pine over.
Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox Series X | S
Release date: July 27, 2021
PC players have taken to the skies in the last few months with Microsoft Flight Simulator’s gorgeous 2020 remake. But the promise of support for Xbox Series S and Series X models has kept us guessing.
Now we finally have a release date, with the new consoles getting the coveted flight sim on July 27, 2021. Check out the glorious trips we can take in-game!
The Outer Worlds 2
Release date: TBA
Game trailers have been known to overpromise and, at times, under deliver. Newly-minted Microsoft cohort Bethesda is hard at work on The Outer Worlds 2, and wants to let you know that while it doesn’t have a lot to share right now, it will soon.
Until then, enjoy the jokes.
Release Date: Coming Soon
Look, we know it’s not a new game. Even before it had a resurgence on TikTok and Twitch, Among Us wasn’t new.
The new news here is that it’s not only coming to Xbox Game Pass, but you’ll also have access to 15-player lobbies to celebrate the game’s third birthday! More sus than you can handle.
Release date: Holiday 2021
This is it. The big one. The franchise that made the Xbox something we all wanted: Halo.
Halo Infinite continues the story of Master Chief and his various adventures through time and space, but it’s the multiplayer that has us transfixed. That’s because – according to this reveal trailer – it’s free to play. That’s huge!
Get a load of all the new gear in this reveal trailer, and clear your Christmas 2021 schedule.
Release date: October 22, 2021
If you really love blowing stuff up, you’re going to go nuts for Battlefield 2042.
It’s a throwback to what made games like Battlefield 3 & 4 truly excellent. Massive fights with huge player counts on gorgeous and dynamic maps, with more vehicles than you can throw a grenade at.
Best of all? We’ll be playing it this year! For a bit of extra trailer fun, check out the classic jet takedown in the announce trailer.
Jurassic World Evolution 2
Release date: Coming soon
Real-time strategy and management games are few and far between these days, but Jurassic World Evolution was a lot of fun. So much so, that it’s getting a sequel for 2021.
Check out a bunch of dinosaurs roaming about in this trailer narrated by Jeff Goldbum, reprising his role as Dr Ian Malcolm.
Marvel’s Avengers – Black Panther
Release date: August 2021
If you loved the original Marvel Avengers game for Xbox, you’ll really dig the new Black Panther expansion.
Best of all, it’s free if you own the base game! Who doesn’t love free?
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Release date: October 26, 2021
Speaking of Marvel, how about parading around the galaxy as the Guardians of the Galaxy? You can in the new game that puts you in Star Lord’s rocket boots to fight once again for the fate of the universe.
Xbox Mini Fridge
Release date: Holiday 2021
What started as a meme now lives on in actual, real product form. It’s a mini-fridge in the same shape as the iconic Xbox Series X.
Honestly, that’s it. That’s all I can tell you. And it’s all I’d ever need to know to buy one. Just don’t go storing drinks in the wrong Xbox by mistake, yeah?