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7 Xbox Games To Be Excited About

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Here’s your guide to 2021’s most anticipated Xbox games. Games ranging from horror to survival and first-person shooters to be excited about on Xbox.

With the PlayStation 5 hitting stores in November 2020, Xbox released their advanced console, Series X and there are plenty of games to get excited about. With its updated, sleek new design, the X console allows high definition experiences. Having the ability to produce up to 120 frames ps, 8K HDR and Velocity architecture. It’s faster, superior and more powerful than any previous design. Alongside word of series X, Xbox has announced exciting, challenging and captivating games. But new releases are worth your time and money? We take a look.

1. 12 minutes

Featuring the voices of Daisy Ridley, James McAvoy and Willem Dafoe, 12 minutes is set in the apartment of a married couple. We focus on the husband and his ability to overcome a range of different obstacles.

Publisher Annapurna Interactive has gone with a retro click-to-step player mode. All to simulate organic transitions throughout the emotionally difficult yet enticing distortion of time. This unique and underrated style of gameplay allows for an encompassing experience. One that radiates emotional and practical outcomes over combat style games. And permits for an enjoyable break from more well-known survival and RPG games. With the release date yet to be announced, 12 Minutes, has the potential to become one of 2021’s most waited on games yet.

2. Psychonauts 2

The long-awaited sequel of the 2005 original game Psychonauts is finally launching. But is looking as if it will be closer to the end of 2021. With its obscure character style, humorous scripting, and easily playable combat and navigational skills. It’s understandable why fans have donated $3.8 billion to its development. Picking up from the original plotline, the sequel will follow Raz on his journey with the Titular team, overcoming new styles of combat, dangers and threats.

Set in the 1980s, Raz achieves his dream of reaching Psychonauts headquarter, helping the psychic spies with their missions. This multiplatform game has been long-awaited. It has the potential to not only bring you back to a childhood classic but launch you into a world of thrilling new adventures.

3. Hitman 3

With the official tagline for the release of Hitman 3 being ” A dramatic conclusion to the world of assignation trilogy” there are high expectations of the game.

But with both previous Hitman games being the quality and experience they are, there’s little doubt that the third game will be anything less than an amazing and surreal escapade.

This multiplatform game incorporates all the best locations and characters from the previous two games (as long as you already own them). As well as exotic new locations from around the world.

With the ability to play with VR headsets, this advanced version of the Hitman trilogy has the prospective to be the best of the three. With IO interactive releasing a limited description of the plotline, there is lots to hope for with this stealth game launched in late January 2021.

4. Chernobylite

With no official release date, Chernobylite looks like one of 2021’s most gripping survival games to come. Playing as a scientist from the 1986 catastrophe, this science-fiction game follows the conspiracy’s surrounding the danger zone of the aftermath of the nuclear explosion at Chernobyl.

The multiplatform game allows for free exploration of the map, challenging combat situations with various villains and an intertwining plotline. With the developer being that of “Get even” and “NecroVisioN” Farm 51 is known for the enticing, sombre visual graphics that enhance gameplay.

Delving into a profound personal story, with intense character and graphics, Chernobylite is a game that, by the seems of it, will keep you interested for hours on end.

5. Chorus

Benefiting from the impressive power the Xbox series X can be seen to have, the adventure game Chorus utilises amazing graphics, with 60 frames per second, as well as acute detail to lighting and terrain.

Optimised for the new console, this game follows cult member Nora and her mission to defeat her evil creators.

Despite sounding like a game set in ancient times with cults, Chorus focuses on a futuristic world with AI technology, space battles and a thrilling next-level plotline. aiming to send this style of game into the future, Chorus is rumoured to experiment with the powers of mental abilities as well as physical skills.

Developed for the new series X, Chorus can be found on multiple platforms. With such a strong and alluring plot, we can only hope that the release date is sometime soon.

6. Resident Evil: Village

With the eighth game in the series being announced, Resident Evil: Village, follows suit from game 7, Biohazard. Using reliable old characters as well as introducing new villains, heroes and locations.

With ultra-realistic graphics powered by the RE engine, we get a more advanced class of weaponry, combat styles and resources to use throughout the rescue and side missions. This classic style of jump-scare horror embodies the original games whilst allows adapting to modern technologies and demands.

Launching in May, this game can be found on nearly all platforms. But will be enhanced with the usage of Xbox’s new powerful console, ideal for such horror games.

7. Halo Infinite

Creative Director Joseph Staten stated, “this was the Halo we imagined back in 2000, finally coming to life, after 20 years of technical and creative innovation”.

Exclusive to Xbox consoles and other Microsoft devices this is one of the biggest games to be excited about. Halo Infinite has been adapted especially for the new Xbox series X for the best playable experience, flawless visuals and rapid load times.

Reusing original artwork to simulate older versions of the game and the reappearance of a more humanistic Master Chief, Halo Infinite will be a throwback of nostalgia for many fans.

But, graphics should be better than ever. With improved illustrations on global illumination, ambient occlusion and shadowing. All for better atmospheric quality and advancement in craftsmanship of lighting, weaponry and adjustments to terrain visibility.

Halo Infinite should be a next-level, first-person shooter game, with immense and microscopic detail throughout the playable world.


And that’s our list of seven Xbox games to be excited about this year. Which one are you looking forward to most of all? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Are Team Rocket Actually Bad?

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Team Rocket’s Jessie and James have clashed with Ash in the Pokémon anime for decades. But are team Rocket bad? Or is there more to them?

Here’s three reasons why we think Team Rocket might not be as bad as you think.

Ash Ketchum has faced many enemies throughout the Pokémon anime, but none are quite so familiar as the Team Rocket trio: Jessie, James and Meowth.

Yet, despite Team Rocket’s persistence, they’ve gained a reputation of being fairly unsuccessful bad guys. Is this purely for comedic effect? Are Team Rocket actually bad? Or is there more to this bumbling trio?

Here are 3 reasons why we think Team Rocket may not be the villains they’re made out to be:

3. They never ever mistreat Pokémon

One of the biggest characteristics of a villain is their total lack of empathy. But despite being portrayed as the bad guys, Team Rocket have this quality in spades.

One thing Jessie and James never do is mistreat their Pokémon. On the contrary, they always try to act in their best interests.

Think back to when James leaves his Chimecho with relatives who end up caring for the sick Pokémon, or when Jessie forcibly releases her Dustox – all so it wouldn’t make the same mistake of missing out on love, like she had.

Plus, back in Season 6 when they encounter poachers keeping a heavily injured Ekans caged, they are appalled – branding it “sickening”.

Jessie, James and Meowth all risk their necks to see off the poachers and free the injured Pokémon. But that’s not all. Not only do they set it free, but they also order their own Arbok and Weezing to lead it to safety: releasing their own Pokémon to help the injured Arbok survive.

And this isn’t just a one-way street. In Pokémon XY: Kalos Quest’s “Facing the Grand Design!”, after James and his Inkay actually help to stop the planet from becoming a hugely uninhabitable wasteland, James once again displays the unselfish love he has for his Pokémon. He offers to release Inkay so it can stay with the good Malamar of the forest (who clearly like it). But Inkay flatly refuses, showing that this love was clearly reciprocated; definitely something you wouldn’t see if a trainer was inherently evil.

2. They help save Ash – and the world – from destruction

Another point to contemplate when considering the question “are Team Rocket actually bad?” is their habit of saving the planet – not just once, but several times.

One of these instances was in Pokémon The Movie 2000: The Power of One. Team Rocket leave their villainous tendencies behind to actually help Ash and save the world.

The movie centres around an ancient prophecy that the world will be destroyed – and Team Rocket can’t help but stay true to their motto and “protect the world from devastation.”

When Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres’ battle makes it impossible for Ash to get to the final orb he needs to set the world right, Team Rocket uses their mech skills to jerry-rig a lifeboat into an airboat by attaching a broken helicopter propeller.

Couple this with them helping free the legendary birds earlier in the movie (and their sacrifice when they let go of Lugia so that they wouldn’t slow it down) and it’s easy to see how Team Rocket were not the villains here: they were the heroes.

But you may think: this is all well and good but, saving the world benefits them too, so it doesn’t really prove that they’re actually good. Yet it’s not the just planet they’ve saved – they’ve also saved Ash’s life too.

In Pokémon 3: The Movie – Spell Of The Unown, Ash almost falls to his death when Entei’s attack sends Charizard hurtling towards him. Fortunately though, Brock, Misty, Pikachu and Team Rocket have time to jump in and pull Ash back from the brink.

Are Team Rocket actually bad? This uncharacteristically good act suggests otherwise.

1. Their shared trauma forges an unparalleled loyalty

Jessie and James both had a difficult start in life. Jessie’s mother went missing when she was a child, leaving her in a foster home to grow up in poverty. On the other hand, despite James being born into wealth, he grew up feeling restricted and miserable.

They both joined Pokémon’s Team Rocket in an attempt to prove themselves, and they constantly battle for the approval of Team Rocket’s leader, Giovanni. Their goal is to gain his praise and acceptance – likely as a result of them feeling inadequate to their caregivers.

But this difficult start in life has also created a deep sense of loyalty. Not only do Jessie and James show loyalty to Team Rocket, but also to one another and their Pokémon.

Take what happened in the Pokémon Chronicles episode, “We’re No Angels!” when Team Rocket blast off and land in a small village. Unexpectedly, they’re immediately lauded as heroes (much to their dismay) and even (accidentally) save the town from a rampaging robot whilst trying to prove their villainy.

Whilst trying to think of ways to exploit the unfamiliar ‘hero’ status they’ve been bestowed with, one of their new-found fans – Kate – swiftly develops feelings for James; feelings which he clearly reciprocates.

Ever loyal, Jessie and Meowth are willing to stay – and even change their villainous tendencies at James’ request – until an accidental button press sends them flying back to Ash.

And it’s these displays of unselfish loyalty that really throw doubt to the question of ‘are Team Rocket actually bad?’

You see, Jessie and James weren’t born into a family: they made their own. And although they’ve each had their own separate chances to leave the world of villainy behind, they never do. Because they’re evil? Perhaps. But maybe also because neither of them wants to abandon the only true family they ever had.


So, are Pokémon’s Team Rocket actually bad? Or are they just misunderstood? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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