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

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3. 'Starfield' (XSX, PC)

by Judy on Jan. 12, 2023 @ 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.

Chris "Atom" DeAngelus: Bethesda's Skyrim remains one of the most popular games out there, but it's been quite a while since its release or the release of any Fallout games. Fans have been chomping at the bit to see what new open-world, massively deep RPG Bethesda has in the works. Starfield is that game, and while it can't exactly be described as Elder Scrolls: Space, it's clearly aiming for the same sort of huge feel. It's just stepping away from the fantasy realm to sci-fi. If it's remotely as engaging and exciting as Skyrim, then it could very well be the sci-fi game that fans have been waiting for.

Tony "OUberLord" Mitera: Oh, what a big shocker! I and just about everyone else is anticipating Starfield. Bethesda has a knack for making open-world games, and although the developer dabbled in sci-fi with the Fallout series, this is the first time it's taken that approach to space: ship customization, stellar graphics, and a compelling universe to explore. I'm probably going to take off a week and play this one every day until I pass out.

Adam Pavlacka: Skyrim in space: If that doesn't sell you, I don't know what will. Truth be told, Starfield is likely to launch with bugs (has a Bethesda RPG ever launched without?), but whatever the shortcomings, they'll likely be made up for by the massive amount of explorable content.

Andreas Salmen: Starfield is a new proper Bethesda RPG and a new IP to boot. That is literally all I have to say, since it's a bittersweet statement in and of itself. Do I believe Starfield will eventually be a great and ambitious RPG to play? I do. But I also know that Bethesda RPGs don't necessarily arrive in their most polished state. Time will tell how playable and fun Starfield will be at launch, but it will have a big impact on the industry, no matter what.

Rainier Van Autrijve: I've always been a sucker for anything sci-fi. Even a low-budget, bad sci-fi flick can be good or worth watching (except for "Battlefield Earth"). It's Skyrim in space, with some Fallout gravy on top, so I've been looking forward to Starfield for a while. Bethesda has high expectations to live up to. We know that Bethesda has a knack for creating open worlds that are ripe for exploration, but with Starfield, it is kicking into overdrive with dozens of systems and hundreds of planets to visit. If that weren't enough to keep you busy for a while, the game will have an extensive customization system for your character and acquired spaceships, let alone the amount of time people will sink into building their bases. Let's also not forget that Bethesda is known for supporting titles with post-launch DLC. If our news coverage slows down after Starfield is released, you know who to blame!

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