Well this E3 has been a very interesting one indeed from both today and yesterday, I will be posting a lot about both Press Conferences from Microsoft and Sony and of course Nintendo Direct too soon after, EA and Ubisoft are on the list too. But to start of let’s get started with the recap and thoughts on Microsoft. To start off Call of Duty Advanced Warfare opens up the show with a live demo of the game with it being both loud and crazy, with a hellish combat scene and enhanced futuristic soldiers who could jump dozens of feet into the air with a November release just in time for Holidays.
Sunset Overdrive caught my attention at last year’s E3 with it being made by Insomniac games that brought games like Spyro, Ratchet and Clank and the Resistance series all on the PlayStation. This is their first time releasing a game on the Xbox, what really shines about Sunset Overdrive that it had the inspiration of the art from Jet Set Radio, with a mix of the old Popeye cartoons and the BBC programme The Young Ones added in making this game one of the most insane games you'll see on the Xbox One and of course being released this year on October 28th.
More games and trailers were announced in the show including gameplay-
- Rise of Tomb Raider
- The Witcher 3
- Phantom Dust
- Fable Legends
- Crackdown (Reboot of the first game)
Another big surprise came from Project Spark, Conker the abusive, drunken squirrel created by Rare and the star of the cult classic Conker's Bad Fur Day. It has been nearly 10 years since Conker Live and Reloaded was released on Xbox back in June 2005, seeing him make an appearance was a big surprise indeed for gamers and fans of the series.
When everyone first saw the first few minutes of the next Halo game, everyone first thought it was a Halo 2 Anniversary and some thought it was Halo 5 itself, the new pre-rendered trailer footage of Halo 5 was shown to the audience at the firm's E3 press conference, developer 343 Studios was not yet ready to demo gameplay or confirm a launch date. The Master Chief Collection is the Halo series from 1-4 in 1080p on the Xbox One including the same multiplayer maps and matches that were in the original games will be making a return in the Master Chief Collection. Halo 2 however will be getting the same treatment as Halo Combat Evolved got when it was released in 2011 where you can stich back and forth with your controller from Classic to updated high-definition version of Halo 2, a nice idea for those who have played the series in back in 2004, not to mention a pre-order and a release date was announced for the Master Chief Collection which was November 11th, same date as Halo 2 was released 10 years ago.
Phil Spencer came on stage talking about the future of Xbox One but however it's whole show was really much about games and moving away from the Kinect and Xbox TV which Microsoft mentioned at last year's E3 which left a black eye from the whole event. More indie titles were announced including ID@Xbox is a program by Microsoft allowing independent video game developers to self-publish titles for the console, ideas like this has already been done before from the likes of Steam and Net Yaroze still a nice touch to mention indie games in the press conference with the likes of Drifter, Cuphead, FRU and Ori.
Developer Platinum Games and renowned Game Director Hideki Kamiya announced a new project for the Xbox One called Scalebound which transports you to a distant, hostile world. Face to face with fearsome creatures, including a formidable dragon and the bond you forge with this awesome predator will prove crucial to the survival of both worlds. This does feel like another knock-off title to Devil May Cry but inside with dragons set in a fantasy world but still a good idea from Hideki Kamiya himself and likely help the Japanese sales for the console when it's released this year in Japan. Overall the press conference was a lot better than last year's E3 which they mentioned TV and Kinect but the Xbox One could well now be trying to be more like a next-gen console like the PS4 but the question is can they sell more systems between now and the end of this year with the new announcements and games lined up this year?
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