The 20th anniversary of Xbox week is almost over, but there's plenty of new content to check out this weekend. Not only do we have the launch of Halo Infinite's multiplayer to enjoy, but there are also 76 new backwards compatible titles, 37 new FPS boosted titles, various Game Pass additions, Free Play Days and much more. Phew!
Here's what we're diving into this weekend:
Fraser Gilbert, News Editor
Hey Xbox, stop with the constant new games already! I can't keep up. Halo Infinite is obviously going to take up plenty of my time this weekend, but I'm also still trying to play plenty of Forza Horizon 5 and the GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition, so it's a delicate balancing act. I'm enjoying them all for different reasons - yes, even GTA!
What about those backwards compatible games, too? I've bought myself physical copies of the superb TimeSplitters 2 and cult classic Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith, so I can't wait to get stuck into them. And, with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed getting an FPS Boost earlier this week, I'm hooked on it all over again.
Another busy weekend, then! Maybe things will be calmer next week...
PJ O'Reilly, Freelance Contributor
Along with many of the rest of you, I'm sure, I'll be spending most of my weekend free time getting absolutely pwnd (do the kids still say that?) in Halo Infinite's multiplayer mode as I impatiently await the arrival of the campaign. I've been really enjoying the beta so far and it's absolutely eclipsed Battlefield 2042 and Call of Duty as far as new FPS experiences go this month.
I've also decided, rather foolishly perhaps, to blast through all of the previous campaigns, kicking things off last night with the original Halo, which is still amazing and brings back lots of memories of being very cold whilst playing in my old student flat. So yeah, a weekend of Halo then...it's hard to beat really.
Oh, and I've also picked up Binary Domain and Max Payne 3 from the new selection of backwards compatible titles, both of which are looking and playing better than ever. Doubt I'll be able to squeeze them in this weekend though. Have a good one!
Liam Doolan, News Reporter
Like Fraser and PJ, this weekend I'm also playing the Halo Infinite multiplayer. Yes, the battle pass progression perhaps needs some work - but apart from that, it's been an absolute blast so far jumping between the regular arena matches and larger scale maps. The guns and movement in the game also just feel right, which is reassuring as we get closer to the campaign's release.
Apart from Halo this weekend, I'm still chipping away at Forza Horizon 5. Weeks on I've now spent well over 24 hours driving around Mexico. I've driven every road, unlocked every house, and discovered every barn find, so I guess this weekend I'll focus on perfecting my star count in the speed, drift and stunt zones.
And last but not least, I'll be returning to Dead or Alive Ultimate on the original Xbox - one of the 76 titles announced for Xbox's backwards compatibility line earlier this week as part of the 20th anniversary. Yes, I've got a copy laying around and I'm looking forward to revisiting it on my Xbox Series X. Thanks Xbox, and here's to the next 20 years.
What Xbox games are you playing this weekend? Let us know down in the comments below.
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