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Worried about Xbox becoming a punching bag in online discourse, a reader explains why he’s so happy with his new Xbox lineup

I’ve noticed over the past few months, and especially on the GC pages, that there seems to be a lot of negative articles directed at Xbox. It almost seems like people love the Xbox series

I understand the negativity towards Starfield and the whole review copy debacle, but there was an article recently about Xbox sales in Europe that almost suggested that Microsoft was on its last legs (as far as I know, it’s actually going in the UK). quite good). in the US?) and another suggests that a number of Xbox games have been disappointing, including Forza Motorsport?

This comment actually encouraged me to write this reader post in defense of Xbox because I absolutely love Forza Motorsport. Additionally, it currently holds an 84 rating on Metacritic and is being hailed as the best Forza yet, so “disappointing” seemed like a very odd way to describe it. This reinforced my feeling that bashing the Xbox Series X at every opportunity seems to be popular right now.

But before I start, I want to say that I am far from a Microsoft fan. I have owned a PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and now an Xbox series. I also understand that Microsoft is a huge billion dollar company and I really don’t like them buying up all these game companies. to try to take over Sony dominated.

All in all, I’ve had my Xbox Series X for about three months now and my initial conclusion is that I’m really impressed with it! Earlier this year I wrote about my conundrum over whether to choose PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series

The main reason is Game Pass. My wife and I have a 10-month-old daughter, so playtime is minimal at the moment, but thanks to Game Pass, I can quickly jump into short games like Jusant or Cocoon when I have 15 minutes to spare. Or I’ll pick up something like Halo Infinite or Dead Space if I have a little more time. It also helps that I took advantage of the loophole when I converted Xbox Live Gold to Game Pass, so I got 18 months of Game Pass for under £4 a month, which is honestly incredible value!

While I agree that the Xbox exclusives aren’t as impressive as the PlayStation games, I think Forza Horizon, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Forza Motorsport, Halo Infinite, Hi-Fi Rush, and Starfield are a pretty good list of first-party titles. Party games are (although even more so). The more I play Starfield the more I agree with the 7/10 scores.

The only real negative I can think of about Games Pass is that there is actually too much choice! I often switch between games because there are so many and I don’t focus on one game and really get into it. This could be because I’ve only had Game Pass for three months and will hopefully be content with just a handful of games in the future. As mentioned, I don’t have a lot of time to play right now either, but I can imagine that Game Pass would be amazing for someone who is in college or something and has the time. There is only so much choice!

Game Pass has also saved me quite a bit of money, as the only two games I’ve bought for my Xbox Series X so far are Hogwarts Legacy (which came with the console) and Cyberpunk 2077 (which was on sale). So far I’m enjoying both, and there are still plenty of games on Game Pass (like Dishonored, Dishonored 2, Far Cry 6, etc.) that I’ve never played before and haven’t gotten around to trying out still out

A few other little things that just impressed me about the Xbox series’) and the Quick Resume feature that lets you jump right back into the game without having to wait.

So, in summary, I don’t want to say that the Xbox series is going to slow down. I’ve made the switch to the console, but with Sony seemingly in hibernation at the moment, I’d definitely encourage anyone still on the fence to give the Xbox Series X a try.

From reader WigglyBlade