So what does Microsoft have for us this year?
E3 2014 madness is underway! Microsoft was the first to present their wares to the hundreds in attendance and the millions watching from home/work/the bus earlier today. Let’s see what they had for us this time.
War Never looked so Good
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was shown off on the Microsoft Stage, and it… really looked great. All the flash, and details… and fighter drones.
Game comes out November 4th, so ya just gotta wait a few more short months to get your paws on it.
Continue to Drive in Style
Fans of the Forza series must be happy, since we have two announcements!
Forza Motorsport 5 has a new track, Nürburgring, which is available for people to download for free right now. So if you have the game, go get it!
The other news is the brand spanking new Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One. Looks nice, with the dynamic weather effects and the ability to join races on the fly. Game comes out September 30.
Assassinating High Officials is More Fun With Friends
Ubisoft took the stage and showed off some Assassin’s Creed Unity (not too much, seeing as how they have their own press conference later in the day). They introduced the newest assassin, Arno. They also announced something pretty cool: the ability to form your own brotherhood and join up to 3 friends on Xbox Live! I wouldn’t mind having a Brotherhood… er, Sisterhood? Of the Travelling Pants?
To show off the new mode, there was a gameplay demo showing off 4 nimble assassins accomplishing a mission together. It looks to be really fun, and I love how you had to silently co-ordinate with your team, all leading up to the kill.
I would like nothing more than to get together with my friends and do some of this together. Can’t wait to learn more.
Saving the World Through Parkour
Insomniac Games with a trailer of Sunset Overdrive. Funny as hell. Insomniac’s Ted Price took the stage and broke down the game even more with a demo mission. I really like all the running around and parkour shenanigans you’ll have to do to get around. The weapons look fun, and you can get practice your parkour and shooting skills on October 28th for Xbox One.
Telling more Fables and Hunting
Lionhead Studio’s Fable Legends demo showed off the four characters you can play as; each with their own unique skills. If being the hero is too dull for you, you can be the villainous Dungeon Master; building the level by creating the traps and placing the traps they must encounter.
I much prefer to be the evil puppetmaster, making people squirm and watching them reduce to tears. You can play with your buddies, and the multiplayer beta hits sometime in the fall.
CD Projeckt Red’s Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was on display next. The gameplay demo showed Geralt preparing to track and hunt down a vicious griffin and dispatching evil bandits. Still has all the open world goodness you’re accustomed to in the series.
Avoiding the Bio-Attack
Tom Clancy’s The Division continued the Gameplay Demo train. Naturally, a simple excursion to a base doesn’t go so smoothly, and the small group goes under attack. I rather like how the city is very rundown, as to be expected during a bio-attack.
Putting the Sizzle in Sizzle Reels…
Sprinkled lightly throughout the presentation were trailers. They were quite impressive. Here’s a quick rundown:
♠ Evolve… looks nuts. Choose from one of four classes, or choose to be the monster. I want to try this…
♠ The trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition, and it makes me regret not getting into the series. We’ll hear more about this at EA’s press conference, so stay tuned!
♠ Capcom showed a trailer for new Dead Rising 3 DLC. It allows you to dress up the cast as your favourite Capcom character.
The stuff of nightmares, that is…
♠ Project Spark got me excited last year, as it allowed the everyday Joe the ability to make their own games. Nothing much to say here… except they’ve added assets from the Conker series to allow you to make your own sequel.
… no, you read right. Conker. Remember him? The vulgar squirrel with the attitude?
♠ Moon Studio showed off a trailer for Ori and the Blind Forest. This came as a surprise to me, as the game looks beautiful. I’m still giddy as a school girl over the painting-like flow of Child of Light, and this game not only looks like it strikes that same chord, but it’ll tug on heartstrings. That trailer got ALL my feels.
♠ Speaking of invoking feels, Playdead, the folks behind Limbo, had a trailer for their latest project, Inside. It has this dark and gloomy atmosphere to it, and I’m interested in knowing more.
♠ Okay, not really a trailer here. Alex Rigopulou, Chief Creative Officer of Harmonix, announced Dance Central Spotlight, an exclusive download-only title for Xbox One, with brand new tracks available every week. He also mentioned the release date for Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, October 21st for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. I want to be able to mix my favourite Disney tunes, so I’ll keep my eye out for this one.
♠ Chris Charla, Director ID@Xbox talks about how ID@Xbox supports indie games, and showcased some of the games being made. I guess after Sony showed off their massive indie game support last year, they figured that they had to step things up some.
♠ The reboot of the Tomb Raider series sold reasonably well (though Square Enix thinks it should’ve done better). Still, it sold well enough to spark a sequel, and we got a quick glimpse at the follow-up, Rise of the Tomb Raider.
♠ Ken Lobb, Creative Director at Microsoft Studios, talked about bringing back games from the past, and said that they were at it again. This time, the lucky game brought back from the dead is Phantom Dust. They’re making it all pretty-like and bringing it to Xbox One… though it’s not clear if it’s a remake of the 2005 Xbox game or if it’s a brand new game. I missed out on Phantom Dust the first time, but always thought the premise was pretty cool, so it’s nice to see it coming back for this generation.
♠ I love you, Hideki Kamiya. The brilliant designer from Platinum Games came on stage and showed a trailer for their newest Xbox one game, Scalebound. It looks like a touch tale of a boy and his dragon, from whom he draws power from to create some insane-looking scale armour.
*sigh* Just take my money, Kamiya-san…
♠ David Jones, Co-Director at Cloudgine, announced a new Crackdown game. Looks nice, as you can see below:
… and, I guess that’s about al–
Wouldn’t be a Microsoft conference without Master Chief, right? 343 industry’s Bonnie Ross came on to talk about Halo. Haven’t played Halo 4, but it sounds like Master Chief had a rough go of things. Halo 5: Guardians promises to take you through a personal journey, where Master Chef sounds like he’s rediscovering himself and questioning what it is he’s fighting for. Of course, you’ll have a chance to get a taste of Halo 5‘s multiplayer mode through the Beta, which will be made available this December.
But that’s not all.
On November 11, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be released on Xbox One. Containing all Halo games on one disc, longtime fans and new folks to the series will be able to experience the story thus far. All the goodies from the games will be unlocked from the jump, and Halo 2 gets the Halo Anniversary treatment; all dolled up and retouched. Xbox Live fiends who enjoyed the multiplayer in the original games rejoiced when news came that over 100 multiplayer maps from all the games will be available on their original engines on dedicated servers.
Oh, and you know that Halo 5 Multiplayer Beta I mentioned? It’s included, along with the live-action Halo series, Halo: Nightfall. Question is: will it ship in a Master Chief cat helmet? The world needs to know!
Well, there was quite a few things shown. That Dead Rising 3 DLC scares me, because some of those characters just shouldn’t cosplay. Ever.
Otherwise, there were some nice surprises. I’m anxious to see what they do with Phantom Dust, and Ori and the Blind Forest is high on my list (and I have no idea what the game’s about yet!). Scalebound has dragons, so it wins points for that. And getting all the Halo games on one disc is rather nice. Overall, an okay mix of gameplay stuff and trailers.
If you missed the conference, you can check it out below. Let me know what you think of it in the Comments Section!