Overall sentiment of the Xbox Games Showcase was positive with a score of 70/100, as viewers enjoyed the amount of first-party games, gameplay shown for Halo Infinite, and reveal of Fable. Fans got a look at several new first party games, another look at the Xbox Series X console, and several world premieres of some upcoming games, including from Rare Studios, a unique look at the fantasy world of Everwild, the mysterious and intriguing story in Tell Me Why coming August 27th, and a new version of Ori and the Will of the Wisps with updated visual, audio, and design improvements.
Of course, Halo Infinite was the main attraction of the stream with an impressive amount of hands-on gameplay shown for fans to get a good look at the newest campaign in the Halo series. Initial reactions of the gameplay were very positive with a sentiment score of 79/100, as fans praised the art style returning to that of the original series. This new Halo ring has a landscape several times larger than previous rings and the gameplay displayed just a small part of Master Chief’s new journey in Halo Infinite, due for release in the 2020 holiday season, which will be here before we know it.
Additional premieres that captured the audience’s attention were the dark post-apocalyptic look at S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, the new RPG from Obsidian Studios, Avowed, and intriguing storytelling in As Dusk Falls. The showcase finished with several console launch exclusive games such as Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, Tetris Effect: Connected, and The Medium. Closing off the showcase was the world premiere from Xbox Games Studio, Playground Games, of Fable, a return to the fan favorite action RPG franchise, with Fable 3 last being released in 2010. No additional information was given on the new Xbox console, but wasn’t expected either, since the showcase was promoted with a focus on first-party games.