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Starfield

Platform(s): PC, Xbox Series X
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Bethesda
Release Date: Sept. 6, 2023

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1. 'Starfield' (XSX/PC)

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2022 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Starfield is a next-generation role-playing game set amongst the stars, where you create any character you want and explore with unparalleled freedom.

Jared Hall: Bethesda is back with a brand-new IP Starfield. Fallout in space? Skyrim in space? Does it matter? With the company that's brought us some of the most successful open-world RPG story-telling and exploration at the helm, there's no telling how much of your life will be rapidly eaten away as you drift through the vast unknowns of the darkness of space.

Cody Medellin: Fallout 76 aside, Bethesda's track record is proven enough that releasing another RPG still generates excitement. Even if this is nothing more than Skyrim in space, a deep, action-packed RPG is a rarely used setting for the genre. The most enticing part for fans, however, is the promise of a brand-new engine being used, so there's hope that the long-lasting quirks of the company's past titles have finally been eradicated.

Tony "OUberLord" Mitera: I'm not sure a game can have more buzz around it than Starfield at this point, given its years-long status as little more than a verified rumor and Bethesda being awfully tight-lipped about it. Even now, there's not a lot known about what the game will truly be. Per Todd Howard, it will apparently be "Skyrim in space," which certainly isn't a bad thing, and it will be the first game to be powered by the brand-new Creation Engine 2. Whatever happens, I bet the mod community is going to be lit.

Adam Pavlacka: If Starfield ends up as nothing more than Skyrim in space, I'll be fine with that. Open-world games are hard enough when they're confined to a single world, so Starfield is a big step up from any of the existing Elder Scrolls games. Yes, it's bound to launch with a few bugs (what Bethesda game doesn't?), but everyone will quickly overlook the early hiccups if the story and scope are as epic as we expect.


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