Microsoft E3 2014: Their best E3 yet
Microsoft had their E3 2014 conference just a while ago, and it seems to have been the greatest Xbox event in recent memory. Join us as we discuss their greatest win yet.
It’s really exciting when E3 comes along, and everything turns out just right. Microsoft didn’t have the best E3 in 2013, so they had a lot to prove this time around. Turns out, they’ve made up for their lack of focus last year introducing some of the best games of this new generation that is just starting. Ladies and gentleman, Microsoft is back in the game, and it’s a console about games first and foremost. There’s lots of stuff to look forward to, but these were our highlights of the event.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Of course there would be a new Call of Duty to show, and it looks just fantastic! The game has a great atmosphere, and the multiplayer component seems to be as good as ever. Check the story mode game play in the video below.
Microsoft thanked their fans for their support when it came to Forza, and talked about the future. There’s lot of of things in the franchise’s future, and they teased a couple.
The creators of Left 4 Dead showed what they’ve been working on: an entirely new co-op shooter where 4 players compete against one, with futuristic looks and a monster that looks plainly evil.
Assassin’s Creed Unity:
There’s a new Assassin’s Creed game in the works, and it will focus on co-op action. The graphics look great, but that’s a given. The surprise is just how big the world looks and feels, and although most people complained (rightfully so) about the lack of female avatars, the game is still shaping up to be unique as it allows players to traverse the Paris of the revolution.
Dragon Age Inquisition:
Dragon Age is back with a vengeance! Check out the new engine and combat in this exciting video.
This is Microsoft’s take on super-powered characters going around in a sandbox like area. It was created by Insomniac Games, famous for Ratchet & Clank, and has a serious emphasis on quirk, action, and cheeky fun.
Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha
Capcom pokes fun at themselves and their franchises in this DLC for Dead Rising 3 that features content from their other franchises too, mainly the Street Fighter series.
The new fable game seems to follow Microsoft’s theme for this E3, that of great co-op games to play with friends. This is a 3rd person hack-n-slash where one player can play in “Villain” mode, not unlike the Dungeon Master in classic D&D, and tries to stop the heroes and provide context.
Another interesting title, Project Spark is all about letting players create their own stories and games so they can enjoy them with friends. From what we’ve gathered, it’s possible to create tabletop games, dungeon crawlers, arcade shooters, and more. Also? This marks the return of Conker, from Conker’s Bad Fur day, and this alone is something to celebrate.
Halo 5: Guardians & Halo: Master Chief Collection
Microsoft’s biggest announcement might be that of Halo 5, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The MCC is a a single disc with all Halo games (well, actually 1 through 4) with their respective multiplayers mode just as you remember them, but with updated graphics. Halo 2 Anniversary has the ORIGINAL Halo 2 multiplayer, in particular, the one everyone loved, with the same engine as 10 years ago, and allows players to switch between modern and classic graphics with just a button. The collection includes more than just games, though, as it features Halo: Nightfall (the live action series connecting Halo 4 & 5), and a beta for Halo 5 Guardians.
A puzzle game in the tradition of Limbo and Portal, set in a post-apocalyptic future, with gameplay based on puzzle solving and stealth.
Showing off indie games published to Xbox 1
Microsoft showed a their indies as if to prove that this is not just Sony’s domain, and they are into the game as much as anyone. This was where most of the variety could be appreciated.
Rise of the Tomb Raider:
Although we didn’t see much gameplay, we’re incredibly excited to see Lara’s transition between the almost frail Lara from the last Tomb Raider to the classic Lara from old Tomb Raider games. The game seems to be heavy on the human component, which we’re glad for.
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
One of the most exciting titles of the next gen, Projekt Red showed some Withcher 3 gameplay where we saw main character Geralt hunting and tracking a griffin, as well as dynamic quests popping up all over the place.
Tom Clancy’s games are back! In the trailer for The Divison we saw a 3D map of the city which we assume encompasses the playable area. Apparently, this tactical shooter has massive, sprawling buildings that can be traversed as well as environments that respond to being shot at. Could this game really deliver, or are we seeing the next Watch_Dogs?
The concept of Scalebound seems to be small guy fighting big monsters in a very stylish way. Let’s not forget, this exclusive is a game by Platinum Games, the people behind Bayonetta.
Crackdown: (No really, just Crackdown)
Crackdown is back! We seem to have seen a pre-rendered sequence, hinting at the possibility of co-op. Despite the lack of actual footage, the return of the franchise alone should delight everyone.