Game News Xbox Game Pass: 8 Bethesda Softworks games you absolutely must play
With the Xbox Game Pass, you have access to a huge amount of games, including those from Bethesda Softworks, a publisher recently fallen into the hands of the Redmond firm. The JV editorial team has gone to find 8 Bethesda games for you that you absolutely must play.
- doom eternal
- Fallout New Vegas
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Evil Within
- Wolfenstein: The New Order
Dishonored is one of Arkane Lyon’s best-known productions. Who says Arkane, says Immersive Sim, genre emphasizing the player’s choices. These decisions are as much about the story as the gameplay, which you can adapt to your style of play. Add to this a varied number of possible interactions with the environment. Dishonored takes up these main principles by including them in a steampunk universe with multiple possibilities. You play as Corvo Attano, royal protector of the Empress of Dunwall. One day, a group of assassins is sent to kill her. Once their misdeed is done, they use you as a scapegoat. Behind this masquerade hides a group of conspirators who seek to control the city. Despite his incarceration, Corvo has not said his last word. Thanks to the powers entrusted to him by the Outsider, God of this universe, he will succeed in escaping. His objectives are then to dismiss the plotters, save little Emily, daughter of the Empress, and regain her lost honor. What makes Dishonored so enjoyable is its level design with multiple possibilities, coupled with the opportunities offered by the gameplay through the various powers and gadgets of Corvo. It’s up to you to make your way through the dark streets of Dunwall.
Do you love chainsaws and shotguns? Do you like beheading demons? Do you like blood and guts? then you will love Doom Eternal. This is the latest nugget from id Software, the legendary developer behind the FPS genre. A follow-up to the excellent Doom (2016), Doom Eternal does the same thing, only better, with more weapons, more demons and more violence!!! Okay, the Doom storyline isn’t the most important thing, but we’ll do a little refresher. You are the Doom Slayer, legendary warrior who brought the army of the underworld to its knees by the sheer force of his… shotgun. After invading Mars through a dimensional portal, the demons head to Earth. Your objective: to annihilate them to the very last. To qualify the gameplay, we have only one word: brutal! Each confrontation is millimetered so that the feelings of power and control are balanced. All demons have a particular role that they associate with others in order to end your reign of terror. To avoid being overwhelmed, you need to keep moving at all times. You can regain health by killing enemies with glory kills, while ammo requires Chainsaw Massacre to refill. This mechanic turns every fight into a dance of death with demons. This adventure in the depths of hell will clearly not make you regret your choice. So play Doom if you haven’t already!
Fallout New Vegas
Bethesda completely redefined what the Fallout license is with the third installment released in 2008, taking inspiration from the game system of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout New Vegas takes up the basics of this new formula. You play as a courier who accidentally gets shot in the head while delivering a package. You wake up a few days later wondering what could have been so important in that package to bring you down like this. Here you are wandering the Mojave Wasteland to find the person responsible. The gameplay is very close to that of Fallout 3 with the famous SVAV allowing you to aim while stopping time. The SPECIAL is still there giving you the possibility to customize your avatar as you wish. For the rest, it’s up to you to define your destiny according to the faction you choose. Your actions influence how the world perceives you which adds spice to the experience. You can be a hero saving the widow and the orphan or a child-killing junkie cannibal… but jovial. Where Fallout New Vegas pulls out of the game is in its corrosive writing tackling social issues while reflecting on our condition as human beings. Clearly, a post-apo staple.
Well, if you have followed this far, when we talk about Arkane, we are talking about… Immersive Sim. Prey is the revival of an old license of the FPS genre from the 2000s. Please note, this is not a sequel, but a reboot. You control Morgan Yu who wakes up on the Talos 1 space station. We were hoping for a quiet little stay in space, but not everything is going to go as PREY-seen. The ship is invaded by aliens and it’s up to you to clean up. Your only allies are your weapons and the powers obtained gradually during the adventure. Remember that it is an Immersive Sim above all. The choice of approach and gameplay is up to you, the player. The game is very permissive on this point, especially with the famous glue gun that allows you to create new platforms to access new routes. The game clearly shines with its oppressive atmosphere reminding us of the great hours of Dead Space, but also with its artistic direction. This baroque and art deco mix is very reminiscent of Bioshock. If you have the Gamepass, go for it! You will not regret it.
And yes ! There was indeed a before Skyrim and what a “before” with The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Certainly less striking than its little brother, this fourth opus in the saga was clearly a graphic revolution for its time. It is also the episode that democratized the license to the general public with an intense and dynamic adventure. The game lets you explore the plains of Cyrodiil, province of Tamriel, where the gates of Oblivion have opened allowing horrible creatures to pass through. It’s up to you, player, to close them. However, this objective is only a common thread in this non-linear adventure where you define your own routes and objectives. Today, many mods are available to make your adventure more smooth and thrilling than ever.
Well, let’s be clear, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the most cult role-playing games of the last decade. Despite its release in 2011, the game is still very popular, especially with the modding community. It also had two remasters: a version on PS4 and Xbox ONE and another in virtual reality. You are a prisoner of the Imperials, hunting down their political enemies, the Stormcloaks in the lands of Skyrim. As a guard prepares to execute you, a dragon rises from the skies to spread flames and destruction in its path. This is the terrible Alduin, the Scourge of Time, awakened from his thousand-year-old sleep. He intends to ravage everything in his path by awakening his scaled brothers from their death. You are the only one who can reverse the situation. Why ? Because you are the chosen one of the prophecy: the Dragon Child. Your skills allow you to absorb the souls of the dragons you slay, giving you access to a very special power: the Thu’um. It is a form of magic relying on your voice and the dragon tongue. By shouting, a surge of energy falls on your enemies! A mythical game to play at least once in your life.
The Evil Within
Shinji Mikami gives you a mind-blowing new take on the horror genre. You play as Sebastian Castellanos, a police inspector sent to the Beacon Bay Asylum to investigate the massacre of its residents. Upon arriving at the scene, he is attacked by a mysterious half-burnt hooded man. When he wakes up, he finds himself in a bloody and sickly world, clearly inspired by Silent Hill. Sebastian is confronted with monsters all more repulsive and terrifying than each other. Dive into the heart of a horrifying and disturbing adventure to unravel the mystery of the inner evil that reigns in these places. The Evil Within is clearly the spiritual sequel to Resident Evil 4. The main strength of the game lies in its game design with small onions, produced by one of the best authors of his generation. You can develop your weapons and skills in order to survive in this crazy world. Sniper, shotgun and pistol will be your best allies here.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
With Doom, killing demons is cool, and killing Nazis is just as cool in Wolfenstein: The New Order. The story takes place in a dystopia where the Nazis won World War II using mysterious technology. You play Blazkowicz, American resistant, plunged into a coma for several years after having tried to defeat the mecha-Third Reich. When he wakes up, the world he knew no longer exists. However, a group of resistance fighters will help him get back on his feet in order to put an end to the reign of the terrifying Bouché. But beware, the Nazis are heavily armed and equipped with armor and mechanized robots. The main strength of the game lies in its worked and uchronic atmosphere rich in totally assumed clichés. Its old-school gameplay makes the genre shine by its playful purity alone: we move forward, we shoot. A no-fuss FPS.