Microsoft has been a star performer over the last six months, which bodes well for the years ahead.
They are on fire. Next Year is looking pretty insane. Also Game Pass has been exceptional. I have had a tough time with MS decisions over the last 5 years but its been really good lately. My winter game pass playlist: 1. Age of Empires 2. Forza 3. Halo:I 4. Back 4 Blood 5. Flight Sim 6. Star Wars: Squadrons 7. Rift Breaker 8. Yakuza 9. Avengers And so many others to try out.
I'm personally quite hooked on Riftbreaker at the mo, a really good game.
i'll.. have to try it
If you like base building games, or RTS games, then you will enjoy it.
I ran into a weird bug, or maybe it's a mechanic I am misunderstanding where my resources are ticking down, need to get back to it. Was really enjoying it.
@eaze2013 Resources will decrease due to environmental factors, solar panels stop working during the night, storms affect power lines sometimes cutting off certain mines etc, for me i started using wind turbines mainly, with a few solar in support, also build a few energy stores so that by the time the sun rises and kicks the solar panels back on, you still have energy reserves.
If you are a SW fan (as i am) then Squadrons is a blast to play. I trade off between that and Jedi: Fallen Order (still havent beaten that one).
There two hits on that list both came out in the end of the year. Thats a good year for Microsoft, but compared to the competition not really. Forza and halo.
What are you gonna say about Stalker 2, Redfall, Forza Motorsport and Starfield next year? All you and many others did was did is mock then for 3 years. Eve. Going as far as saying they weren't doing anything with their studios? That never made sense but anyway. It's a very hard pill for you to swallow knowing MS will finally deliver the big AAA games. You can accept reality or continue to make excuse after excuse.
Dark, Every comment I read up until yours was gamers enjoying games and actually talking about what they like.. Then here you come, with an opinion of negativity that no one cares for, but all expected. Bro, it's the holiday season, go enjoy it, Instead of always attempting to start a silly debate, we all know what you do on here and how desperate you are to let someone know how you feel about MS and Xbox..WE KNOW...lay off it for a while. Anyway..You guys should try Anvil on GP, its challenging and fun..its a Twin stuck shooter mixed with Rogue lite elements. ALSO HALO TOMORROW! Sweet.
@Dark What was the last new game on the "competition "? How long will it between the last game and the next 1st party exclusive? It looks like the "Competition has No games." For a pretty long time.
Wheres the guy who said I wish i had an Xbox so i can play Infinite and Forza? I need that kind of laugh again. Halo hasnt been groundbreaking since Halo 2 and Forza is dope but purchasing a whole system for a driving game is insane. If Xbox wants to impress someone, release a Gold Standard, Triple A Perfect Dark that captures the magic the n64 version had
Unself, Go away, bah humbug to you. Go play what you like..isn't that better than what you are doing on this thread.
Who cares about your winter playlist?!
Look at all the salty disagrees
Haters gonna hate. Play away my friend.
First time for everything!
Nothing of interest to me, I bought yakuza long before came out on xbox, I think xbox games are not for me, only game im interested is psycho 2 but is on ps4, I will wait for the New games on 2023
How dare you leave off jedi fallen order and Phyco naughts
Yakuza, so good!!
@lord I agree with you we have so many choices. Where are the "Xbox has no games" people? I guess they are the people giving you down votes for stating facts. Gamepass is such a great deal for gamers. It really brought down the price of gaming by providing lots of games day and date at a low price.
Lol, not even close
Share your top 3 in terms of critical reception for the year please, I want to laugh too.
"Share your top 3 in terms of critical reception for the year please, I want to laugh too." Lol. Yeah, me too. XD
If you're telling me anything Microsoft has delivered outshines the basic IPs that have had releases from Sony and Nintendo over the past 6 months; Returnal, Ratchet, Metroid, etc... you're literally lying to yourself. Microsoft have release Forza and literally are in the middle of releasing Halo. Forza is great, Halo is meh.
I wonder if they're laughing? I mean, I know it's all subjective, but really? lol
Returnal released over 7 months ago and Ratchet almost 6. Sony's output since then has been Iki Island. Nintendo only really released Dread and the AC DLC unless you want to count their B releases and remakes. In that time, MS studios have released Flight Sim on console, Psychonauts 2, Age of Empires, Deathloop, on top of Forza Horizon and now Halo.
The opinion piece already provided the laughter. Gave me a good laugh as soon as I saw the headline.
Capcom, Namco and Nintendo.
First time for everything. Only took them over two decades.
@Tacoboto Flight Simulator everywhere is still in beta, but thankfully after the few months since it came to Xbox CTD for us PC users has become less frequent. Actually a third of the six titles you listed are ports or re-releases while only two are non-PlayStation releases and honestly of those the gaming world is split on whether FH5 is any good and many are already disappointed with Halo Infinite's campaign. Me personally... I spent big gamer bucks on the deluxe edition of FH5 played it early and all that and because I rejected an update Windows 10 decided I don't need the app anymore and DELETED IT FROM MY PC WITHOUT MY PERMISSION SAVE GAME INCLUDED! Thankfully not all my progress was lost because I was smart enough to make an offline copy but I didn't realize it was from early last month so I lost 34 stages of progression a house several cars dozens of accolades (including ones where I had to drift seemingly endlessly up and down the freeway to collect over 1.5 million skill score, didn't get to 2 million) and my festival progress was set back several points as well obviously. Sure you can argue the game itself didn't cause this massive ••••up, but it is still Microsoft to blame for deleting a $100 piece of software from my personal machine which of course includes that progress. I had to open up those locked folders MS doesn't want us to get into just to actually check and see if the computer just moved the app (because I wasn't paying enough attention to the space being used on that drive), but no it did appear to delete it and the start menu and pinned icons were all automatically removed too. The update seems to have only marginally improved performance at the cost of visuals. 1440p30 isn't off the table on my laptop anymore, but DRS still seems to be broken along with the banding in SSAO implementation which only gets worse at lower resolutions. But hey at least now the mouse cursor actually disappears after it is idle on screen for a bit now Playground Games did fix that issue.
Then elaborate. I need a laugh this morning as well.
He just did and I agree. They had nothing all year besides the end while Sony had something all year besides the end… I feel like you guys forgot that. I personally feel like it’s a tie.
Zero triple AAA games since launch for almost a year! The reality is that pc games old and new launched on the series got zero impact on consoles. The first is another forza and then another halo. Amazing year. You could buy the series x on October and didn't lose anything.
@darksider the last Halo release was 5 years ago , outside of games let’s not forget out the 3 they are the most consumer friendly. Sony been releasing great games but their customer service been kinda terrible, Nintendo is just Nintendo
@ logic just re reading your comments history and anyone will spend a month in the hospital with a laugh attack, 💯% pure joker gas
So what publisher would you choose and why? Remember this is about 2021, not 2020.
Sony?? And their 2 games this year? Hahahaha! Age of Empire IV Halo Infinite Forza Horizon 5 Flight Simulator Deathloop Psychonauts 2 Allpublished by Microsoft this year and all received very well. Lol Sony!
Can't wait for Bethesda's catalogue to start kicking in too! Starfield, the game was so good Sony tried to get exclusive rights to and then Microsoft bought the whole parent company. Bring on a generation of new starfield, elder scrolls, fallout, doom, wolfenstein, deathloop, dishonored, prey, and that's just some of the Bethesda ones, man xbox has zero games never will lol
Deathloop wasn’t published by MS. Lol. Tell yourself whatever you need to feel good about another game of the year contender that wasn’t on XBOX this year.
- Age of empire? they don't even release this on console for a reason. It's a game I respect but it's like mentioning Destruction All Stars, unless you're a very specific crowd no one cares. - Flight simulator is a PC port to console that's a 2020 game. But whatever, that can count - Forzas horizon games are simply amazing - Halo is unfinished and really a 2022 game with early access essentially - Psychonauts2 is great, gotta love platformers Deathloop wasn't published by MS in comparison - Destruction All-Stars... Like mentioning Age of Empire imo, neither is a highlight in this conversation - Death Stranding Director's Cut (counting these director cuts because Flight sim and the fact they actually have new content) - Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut - MLB The Show 21 - Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart - Returnal Sony's published more this year on top of releasing the PS5 with in 2021. They should honestly be the highlight for Insomniac alone tbh. Sackboy Miles Morales Demon Souls and Astro's Playroom MS hasn't done enough yet. I think MS may have a good year next year if not 2023. But 2 releases at the end of the year with 1 being incomplete isn't enough yet tbh
@flavor ironically the game wasn’t made by any Sony studio either .. and it’s a time exclusive lol
The funnier thing is that one of these is only playable on PS5 for the time being and another is a multiplat
Okay who is? They published like 7 80+ games this year. 2 90+ games.
"If you're telling me anything Microsoft has delivered outshines the basic IPs" Don't forget indie and PC publishers. MS put out continuations of franchises post a drought and needed to buy a 3rd party publisher for traction. Yes, 2021 lead publisher indeed...
One has to give credit where it is due. MS published a variety of games from different genres. Small games and AAA games. As well as the highest rated first party game too. Hard to deny them regardless of how you feel.
Yup. Like there's a single ps5 owner out there not gagging to play forza and halo and longing for a gamepass type sub.
Really did forza even got to be number one in any chart worldwide since launch? Blackfriday wasn't even on top 10. Gamepass? Funny that Microsoft stop talking about numbers. Imagine why.
Id trade any car game and halo for a half sandwich. Too bad gamepass doesnt allow that.
So its been a great year Sony, and a great 2 months for Xbox. Not quite the same. And one of Xbox’s “best games of the year”(Deathloop) is only on PS and PC. Minus the gas lighting, Xbox gets an A for the winter season, rest of the year was pretty much a failing grade for a brand new console to have been launched.
Not sure why everyone is excited honestly. Has 2021 been good for Xbox? Sure. But honestly what did they have in 2020? It was a whole year without any exclusives and the one that was supposed to release last year was delayed into 2021. Flight Simulator was a port of a 2020 game and Psychonauts was also delayed from last year as well. I find it ironic that some comments suggest Playstation games are the same and pulling elements from other games, then mention Halo, Forza, Flight Simulator, Psychonauts 2 when they're ALL sequels that pull from other games as well. Also why does it matter if Sony released their games early in the year even? When has Sony ever released fall exclusives outside of a launch year?! Next year is looking stacked already with Horizon Forbidden West, GT7, Forspoken, GoW Ragnarok and a whole slew of other games. Do those blockbuster games stop selling by Christmas and Fall? Cause last I checked they still sell into the fall.
We all know that whenever 2 of the 3 major Xbox title release on the same year close to the holidays Microsoft automatically get the “ of year award” # SWAG-BAG
@flavor let’s not forget Deathloop is a timed exclusive , so y’all moving the goal post again. When ever Microsoft releases a timed exclusives Sony fans always say “it’s timed so it’s technically not a exclusive”. Honestly Microsoft makes it’s the easiest to transition into next gen , all accessories , all your games , everything transitions over effortlessly.
They had a decent showing near the end of the year. Now if they released ganes I want to play then it'd be something. Did we forget the lack of anything though until like what Sept?
Apparently it only takes a few months which they laughingly consider half a year for people to spew this hyperbolic idea that MS is the publisher for the entire year. They've had a good end of the year but this opinion piece is well, exactly that.
So what is it up against this year - please tell. And note that some of the PS bangers where XBOX published!
@OptimusDK Xbox published because Microsoft bought the studios, they had nothing to do with the quality of those games they had already been in development well before MS threw money at the studio to buy them. So your weak argument is weak. Tell me what amazing games did MS put out in the first seven months of the year? Like I said they've had a good END of the year, apparently that's not good enough praise but it will have to do because that's all it is, IMO.
"All Microsoft did was throw money at them" Really? A publisher is funding their 1st party studios to craft critically acclaimed games? What a concept! As opposed to the narrative you fanboys ran with "AA game pass filler" https://www.polygon.com/201... Go tell Tim Schafer he didn't need Microsoft money.
@ReadyPlayer22 Sounds like they needed more time not money but you had to try. Love the irony of fanboys calling other people fanboys.
@Optimus Unless you're an MS shareholder (and oddly many Xbox fans behave as if they are, more concerned about their bottom line than games), how is this relevant?
@dbcoops And time costs money, do you think people work for free and bills pay themselves?
@Gamer79 Don't you think if money was the issue the developer would have said so. You can keep trying to take the focus off the issue with rhetoric and semantics all you want, doesn't change anything.
Read my reply, you said time. If development takes longer it costs more, how difficult is that to understand.
Read my reply, the developer said time. If cost was the bigger issue he would have said so, how difficult is that to understand?
How difficult is it to understand that time cost money. The extra development time was funded by Microsoft. The extra time Tim was referring to was only available because of that extra funding.
Lmao, yeah more time DEFINITELY doesn't need more money. Because developers work for free. You can delay a game 3 years, but NOPE. Don't need money for that. Dear lord, I'm getting stupider reading your comments.
@ dbcoops Lol so you want to bring this up on games that Sony monyhattet at the first place to buy exclusives from 3rd party developers. You are just top funky But i just Said they where MS published and they are. That is just a fact even if you dont like it. Looks good going forward for MS. Sorry if that hurts your feelings
First they started releasing good content in June with Sea of Thieves Pirates expansion, Flight Simulator on console in July, and Psychonauts 2 in August. Second, Sony's first parties have been dry since June. So, while I can agree MS was backloaded for the year, it seems that Sony was front loaded. The drought from Sony's first parties since June has not been good. And here we are in the holiday season without a Sony first party exclusive. Last year people were getting no XB for the same reason.
Really so you are talking about dlc for a old gaas game, a boring pc simulator that already was on the market (old game) and a multiplat. Dude amazing. Sony bad since June. Microsoft amazing from launch. Damn Phil Spencer couldn't say any better