Be prepared for more impressions. I will link all upcoming entries so you can read all my thoughts. Also, pardon any typos. My laptop screen is burned out and it hurts my eyes having to type this on a TV screen so I won't be doing any correcting.
So MS decides to start their conference with an absolutely amazing video of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The game looks flatout looks gorgeous. Yusuf Mehdi unveils a newly redesigned Xbox 360 that takes after the look of the Xbox One. "It's smaller, sleeker, and as quiet as ever." And he left out souless. Seriously, it's about as exciting in design as the Wii U is. XBL Gold will now get two free games per month, starting July, but they're probably going to be a bunch of older games. The first two will be Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed 2. Yippiee.....
They showed off three upcoming Xbox 360 games. One was World of Tanks, a popular free-to-play PC game, another was an indie game called Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. The last was Dark Souls II, of which I'll just get for the PS3. I don't care at all about World of Tanks, but I'll have to look into Max, as it looks like a fun platformer.
Bill Spencer comes out to talk about TV... Wait... he's talking about games? :o So the first Xbox One game they display is a Roman era war game called Ryse: Son of Rome. Pretty graphics, bloody combat, stuff being blown up and destroyed. You can also control your army and have them seize catapults and the like. So it's their first exclusive, and a launch title at that. It just doesn't grab me as a must-have, though.
They threw a quick teaser in and it's a new Killer Instinct! Ted Price comes out to talk about Sunset Overdrive. All that was shown was a pre-rendered trailer. The next game shown off is of course Forza 5, and they pull out a flashy McLaren P1. But well, I don't care about Forza, so I fastforward. Phil Harrison comes out to talk about supporting indie developers. Minecraft coming to Xbox One. Funny.. I've yet to play Minecraft, and surely don't want to on the Xbox One.
So, here's something I'm actually interested in. Sam Lake from Remedy comes out to talk more about Quantum Break. Apparently, it's a game that coincides with a TV show. The game's about a character named Jack, and some kind of time stopping technology. The game looks pretty intriguing. Another game, D4 is being shown off. It's an episodic murder mystery. Failed to interest me.
Dave McCarthy from MS Studios. Here's a line that struck me. "This team came together for one purpose. To give the gift of games to everybody." Yeah, NOT GOING TO HAPPEN FOR THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE INTERNET! Sorry.. *ahem* He talks about something called Project Spark, and it appears to be a game creator that uses Kinect voice comman and SmartGlass to do some terraforming. Seems to be MS's answer to LittleBigPlanet.
Aaaaand... SmartGlass. Aaaaaand don't care. They show of a match for Killer Instinct, and mention an arcade stick that will be available at launch. They demonstrated Upload Studio, which is the DRV function in Xbox One to upload the KI match they just had. That's a pretty cool feature that people in the fighting game community will love. Twitch is also an integrated feature.
Away with the MS Points system and now they'll use a real currency system. Also, Xbox Live Gold Sharing will let anyone in the household use your Gold benefits, even multiplayer (gee, THANKS MS!) without being signed into your account.
Now this is my first "OHHHH GOD DAMMIT!" moment. A new game from the producer of the Panzer Dragoon series called Crimson Dragon is shown, I say OHHH GOD DAMMIT! because those of you following my blogs know I'm resolved to not buy an Xbox One, and this is one of those games that REALLY makes me want to get one.
Capcom Vancouver comes out to premier Dead Rising 3. And here's another "OHHHH GOD DAMMIT!" moment. Exclusive? GOD DAMMIT! But, I'm sorta torn about this game. For one, I love how much bigger it is, but for two, it lost a lot of its charm thanks to more realistic, natural looking graphics. It honestly looks just like any other zombie game. And I don't like it. Yet, I still want to play it because I know the gameplay will be fun. Yet, I don't want to buy an Xbox One for it. Torn...
John Mamais of CD Projekt Red comes out to talk about Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten around to the Witcher series, so I really have no interest in it. Patrick Soderlund of DICE takes the floor, and has a technical snafu trying to show off Battlefield 4. But you know DICE.... this isn't the fu cking game of yours that I care about.... So, skipping.
Phil Spencer returns to unveil a new game called Below. It looks to be another indie title. Some kind of adventure game. Next, he talks about five new studios they've created. He shows some footage, but there's so little being shown, I can't even comment on it. The next bit they show just so happens to be a teaser for the next Halo. SURPRISE! Bonnie Ross of 343 Industries. She talks about Halo. She hypes up the fact that it's 60 frames per second. Well, at this point, it better be.
Phil Spencer again to announce the price of the system this November ... at 499. OUCH!. He closes by showing off one more exclusive. It's by Respawn Entertainment. It's a futuristic war game with mechs, jet-packs and freerunning. The game is called Titanfall. It looks fun, especially when you get in the mechs. I would like to try it, but I'm certainly not going to buy an Xbox One for it.
You know what, as negative as I've been about Microsoft and Xbox One as of late, I have to say.. this has been one of their best conferences in years. They had very little fluff, almost none in fact. It was game after game after game. Ryse failed to really grip me, along with some other larger games, but right now, the games that have my interest are Quantum Break, Crimson Dragon and Dead Rising III. That trio alone is tempting enough to make me want to preorder an Xbox One, but I have got to say no. MS needs to change a few of their polices before I can "jump in", but I digress. This conference was solid. No Usher. No Kinect. No TV. Just games, something that we didn't think was possible after the Xbox One reveal. I can't believe I'm doing this, but....
EDIT: I originally gave it an A, but as an afterthought, the very little time they spent on 360 I feel hurt them. It makes me feel they're going to abandon the 360 almost immediately after the Xbox One is released, just like they did with the first Xbox when the 360 launched.