Xbox 20/20 is Here – First Reactions (Updated 12:55 PM EST)

When E3 was canceled, we were all left wondering where our big gaming announcements would come from. Surprisingly, we’ve actually gotten the first of these announcements a month early. Today marked the first in a series of streaming events this summer from Microsoft. Here are the most important announcements from today’s Xbox 20/20.

Bright Memory: Infinite

Our first real look at a game developed on Xbox Series X. And it’s a mind trip. It looks like a Call of Duty meets Destiny meets God of War meets Back to the Future hybrid? Supposedly developed by a single person, that’s pretty impressive.

Bright Memory Infinite – Next-Gen Trailer

Bright Memory: Infinite is an all-new lightning-fast fusion of the FPS and action genres, created by FYQD-Studio. Combine a wide variety of skills and abilit…


One of the least pleasant games aesthetically that I think I’ve ever seen. Don’t get me wrong, the graphics are incredible. But they make me go “EW! No! Absolutely not!” They just said that all of this would feature gameplay, and there was none in that one. I dunno, it looks like Aliens?

Scorn Xbox Series X Trailer

Scorn is an atmospheric first-person horror adventure currently in development by Ebb Software.Learn more:


Am I insane? They said this was all going to have gameplay, right? Did I just hear wrong? Anyway, this looks like a sci-fi space action game. The world reminds me of Mass Effect. I’d love to tell you what the gameplay reminds me of, but I didn’t see any.

CHORUS Announce Trailer [Official]

Chorus is a new space-flight combat shooter releasing in 2021. Become Nara and Forsaken, her sentient starfighter, on a compelling, personal journey of redem…

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

This one is creepy. The vibe is dark and makes me think of BioShock. It’s a dark world. Only a little bit of gameplay, but it does look pretty good. I’m guessing a sandbox open-world where you can choose who lives and who’s a walking buffet.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 ‘Come Dance’ Trailer

Enter the World of Darkness and rise through vampire society. Experience Seattle – a city full of alluring, dangerous, characters and factions. You are dead …

The Ascent

Can you tell Cyberpunk is coming out this year? The futuristic cyberpunk theme is strong in this one. The first in our “Diablo, but…” games. This time, it’s Diablo, but in space and with guns. Looks good, but nothing groundbreaking.

The Ascent | Xbox Series X | Reveal Trailer

The Ascent is a solo and co-op action RPG set in a cyberpunk world. The mega corporation that owns you and everyone, The Ascent Group, has just collapsed. Ca…

The Medium

Another game without any gameplay footage. Looks like a horror game, featuring a woman whose baby is probably the devil? Described as a next-gen psychological horror game. Composer comes from Silent Hill, so that’s a huge win! It looks like a cool survival horror title.

The Medium Official Reveal with Gameplay

The Medium is a next-gen psychological horror game, featuring a ‘dual’ soundtrack by Akira Yamaoka and Arkadiusz Reikowski.Become a medium living in two worl…

Scarlet Nexus

Time to get Animu! We’ve got a pretty cool looking beat-em-up in the Bayonetta style. Much more anime in art design obviously. Kid has psychokinesis and uses it to kill monsters that until him, we’re invincible. I’m usually not big on the anime-games, but this one looks pretty fun.

SCARLET NEXUS | Announcement Trailer | Xbox One

In a far distant future, humanity’s last hope falls into the hands of an elite group of psionic soldiers, who battle an invincible threat known as, Others. U…

Second Extinction

Time to shoot some dinosaurs! Earth has fallen and you and a team have to use awesome guns to kill dinosaurs. It blows me away that in 2020, I’m seeing a trailer for a new Turok game. Wait, what do you mean it’s Second Extinction?

Second Extinction Xbox Announcement Trailer

Second Extinction is an intense 3 player co-op FPS, where you work as a team to take down large groups of savage mutated dinosaurs. Fight through a maelstrom…

Yakuza: Like A Dragon

Death, taxes, and a new Yakuza game. I’m not making fun of that, by the way. The Yakuza series has been pretty damn good, especially as of late. This one certainly seems to be stepping away from what we’d traditionally expect. They’re dialing the fantastical up to 11. Overall, it looks pretty fun. A lot of beat-em-up elements and a good art style.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon | Cinematic Trailer

Yakuza: Like a Dragon launches Day 1 on Xbox Series X!Become Ichiban Kasuga, a low-ranking yakuza grunt left on the brink of death by the man he trusted most…

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

I’d rather this be about the Viking god of rock: Valhalen. That said, it’s interesting to see Assassin’s Creed take on the Viking mythology. From the trailer they showed, it looks more like a God of War or Middle-Earth game to me.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: First Look Gameplay Trailer | Ubisoft NA

Get a first look at gameplay for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Footage is representative of Xbox Series X gameplay!Ninth century AD. Driven from Norway by endle…

Overall thoughts on Xbox 20/20

What the hell?! Is Microsoft gaslighting us? They do not know what gameplay footage means anymore. Cutscenes or footage rendered in-game does not equate to gameplay Microsoft. I can’t believe I have to tell you this, but your consumers understand gameplay footage to mean what the game looks like while you’re controlling and playing. Not while you’re watching the cut-scenes. I’m genuinely angry right now. Do not allow Microsoft to get away with redefining what gameplay footage is.

Sure, the games look fine. But come on! Something about this show did not pass the smell test. All of that before we get to the fact that we didn’t get a release date or a price point out of the Xbox 20/20 show.

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