The leaves are starting to change colour, the air is a little bit crisper, and everyone is starting to drink an abundance of pumpkin spice lattes… This can only mean one thing: GAME RELEASE SEASON IS APPROACHING!

On September 13, 2017 we had the honour of attending the Xbox One X Showcase in NYC. We were able to see the new console up close and personal, and had the chance to play some of the incredible upcoming releases.

Xbox Showcase

Xbox Showcase © Stephanie Lyell / Girls on Games

Upcoming Game Releases

Hold onto your pants, because this upcoming season, we are getting over a dozen awesome game releases! Check out the list below and be prepared to have your mind blown…

Minecraft – Better Together Update (2017)
A new version of Minecraft brings the complete Minecraft experience to everyone on gaming consoles, mobile, VR, and Windows 10 PCs.

Raiders of the Broken Planet (September 22, 2017)
A novel 4 vs 1 adventure where you experience both sides of the story: team up with other Raiders, or change sides and foil their missions, fighting as an Antagonist with the enemy at your side.

Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare (September 26, 2017)
A full expansion coming to Halo Wars 2, featuring a new campaign with Blur cinematics, exclusive new multiplayer leaders, new maps playable across Halo Wars 2 classic multiplayer, and Terminus Firefight.


Cuphead © Studio MDHR

Cuphead (September 29, 2017)
A classic run-and-gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era.

Forza Motorsport 7 (October 3, 2017)
The best-selling racing franchise of this console generation returns. Experience the danger and beauty of competitive racing at it’s limits with the most comprehensive automotive game ever made.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War (October 10, 2017)
Wield a new Ring of Power and confront the deadliest of enemies, including Sauron and his Nazgul, in a monumental battle for Middle-earth. This open world Action RPG is brought to life through the expansion of the award winning Nemesis System.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (October 19, 2017)
Twenty years after it’s original launch, the critically acclaimed RTS game returns with 100% new graphics that support up to 4K, many gameplay improvements and xbox live support for multiplayer exclusively on windows 10.

PUBG © Bluehole Studio

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (2017)
A tactical, last-man-standing shooter being developed with community feedback where players must fight to locate weapons and supplies in a massive 8 x 8 km island to be the lone survivor.

Assassin’s Creed Origins (October 27, 2017)
Journey to Ancient Egypt, the most mysterious place in history, during a crucial period that will shape the world. Discover the secrets behind the Great Pyramids, forgotten myths, the last pharaohs, and the origin story of the Assassin’s Brotherhood.

Disneyland Adventures (October 31, 2017)
Enjoy 18 iconic Disneyland park attractions, explore the worlds as you embark on fantastic adventures.

Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure (October 31, 2017)
Explore six Pixar worlds as you move through each level, including a new world and characters from Finding Dory.

Zoo Tycoon

Zoo Tycoon © FTP Edelman

Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection (October 31, 2017)
Get up close and personal with nearly 200 visually stunning animals, including a selection of new animals from South America and Australia.

Super Lucky’s Tale (November 7, 2017)
A delightful, playground platformer for all ages that follows Lucky, the ever-optimistic, energetic and lovable hero, on his quest to find his inner strength and help his sister rescue the Book of Ages.

The World’s Most Powerful Console

Xbox One X

Xbox One X Project Scorpio © Stephanie Lyell / Girls on Games

We were able to get up close and personal with the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, and it’s a beast. This console is one of the smallest Xbox has ever made, however it offers a 40% increase in power. It includes a Scorpio engine with 6 teraflops, 326GB/s of Memory Bandwidth and advanced, custom silicon. With that lean mean exterior this console also includes maximum cooling with minimal noise, using an advanced liquid cooling and supercharger-style centrifugal fan. The Xbox One X includes 8GB flash memory, 1TB HDD Internal Storage, and 12GB of GDDRS – all this and 4k abilities! Have you pre-ordered yours?

Although the Xbox One X is epic, we can’t forget about the Xbox One S. There are 5 awesome bundles coming out this holiday that you don’t want to miss: the 500GB Madden NFL 18 bundle, 500GB Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Bundle, 1TB Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle, 1TB Shadow of War Bundle, and the 500GB Shadow of War Bundle.

The Favourites

Overall, it was a pretty amazing event. Being able to see all the upcoming games in one room was overwhelming, and it was so hard to choose which game to play next!  It’s not every day that you are able to play video games with the developers and discuss their thought process behind creating that experience, and score some tips and tricks from the devs themselves.

Although the Xbox One X looks like an incredible console, I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on that 1TB Minecraft Limited Edition Xbox One S Bundle. The console itself looks like a piece of art, and the creeper and pig controllers are so cute! If you aren’t able to pick up the console, I highly recommend at least checking out the controllers, they are worth the purchase!

Minecraft Controller

Minecraft Controller © Stephanie Lyell / Girls on Games

Out of everything I played during the Xbox Showcase, I was most excited for Super Lucky’s Tale. I feel like I could get lost in that game for hours. It reminds of Spyro which I played a kid and never wanted to stop. The event was only 4 hours, however; having the time I would have sat back down at the Super Lucky’s Tale booth and played the entire thing through and through.  I will definitely be purchasing the game. To find out more about the game you can check out the official site.

There are so many awesome games coming out this holiday season, which game are you most excited for? Leave it in the comments below! Also, did you pre-order the Xbox One X, or will you be picking up one of the awesome Xbox One S bundles? Let us know!