This year needs to be about the games, and Microsoft certainly did so by making the entire conference about games. To lead this conference, the head of Xbox at Microsoft, Phil Spencer, takes the stage and begins thanking you, the fans, and everyone involved in the games. The first up is gameplay footage of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The campaign shows off the story of a Marine with some heavy futuristic tech available to them. Most noticeable is the lack of a HUD (heads-up display), it looks like they took note from Halo by having the ammo counter on the weapon itself. Activision is really trying to make a more story-driven title with chracters that you’ll want to care for. The demo showed off you losing an ally, and then even your own character losing their own arm. A new addition to the gameplay mechanics includes a jetpack that your character can use to get up above cover for a new vantage point and even occasionally to evade enemy fire. Just a quick little jet can save your life. It is undetermined about whether or not this will be available in the multiplayer, but I have no doubt it will. Another item the soldier has on their body is a small exoskeleton that increases their strength to rip off car doors to use for cover. There was also a new enemy, a swarm that reminded me of the sentinels from The Matrix. I imagine your enemy has quite the technological prowess just like yourself. A couple other new weapons include some laser weapons and a generic grenade that can switch between all types including a smart grenade that can find its target after being thrown into the air.
It was announced previously that Forza Horizon 2 was on its way to Xbox One this year, and has been officially announced for September 30th. This means that this is the second Forza title within one year of each other. Forza 5 released at the launch of the Xbox One in November and will now be releasing the world famous track, the Nurburgring that is available TODAY for free on the Xbox One. Going back to Horizion 2, the game will feature a full day/night cycle as well as dynamic weather in the game in full 1080p. The game will be taking away lobbies as well, allowing for a seamless multiplayer experience and with the usage of clubs to team up with friends. You’ll also have over 200 cars to choose from and get complete open world exploration, even for your drivatar.
A new gameplay trailer was debuted for Evolve. The 4v1 multiplayer game from the ones who brought you Left 4 Dead. It goes into open beta this Fall. The trailer didn’t show any new information, besides a new monster. This one has electric powers and kind of looks like Cthulhu. The game looks like it will be an amazing new IP.
Next up is Assassin’s Creed Unity, the first next-gen only game in the series that takes place during the French Revolution and featuring the main character as Arnold Victor Dorian. The rumors were true that you’ll get to do co-op in AC, you’ll form your own small brotherhood with you and up to three of your friends to help you take down any of those who oppose you. I imagine that they’ll be able to hop into your game and help you take down your target. Together you’ll be able to accomplish multiple tasks simultaneously and even help distract enemies for a brutal takedown. I imagine that this will cause Ubisoft to design more elaborate assassinations. I did like the ability to freely access the building and the city seamlessly as in other Assassin’s Creed games there was usually a cutscene or loading screen to appear when entering a building. I was also getting tired of the growing complexity to the protagonist’s outfit and glad that they went for a very simple look in this entry. The end of the demo featured a very brutal beheading that I have come to expect from something like Game of Thrones.
A quick little snippet about Dragon Age: Inquisition. Featuring beautiful scenery, detailed characters and other visuals, and some damn good looking dragons and dragon fire. Oh that dragon fire… So good.
Probably the biggest Xbox One exclusive this year, other than Halo, is Sunset Overdrive. It looks to rewrite what you’ve come to expect from shooters and create a fun and exciting way to play them. From the creators of Ratchet and Clank and Resistance, Insomniac remains true to their history of awesome and crazy weapons. The game has a very comic book art style to it. Let’s say that you freeze an enemy, it’ll pop up with the word “BRRRR” where the enemies are, or like in the shown demo when the “boss” exploded it had “POP”. Stuff like that is going to make this game unique. The game is third person and features a lot of grinding on wires and buildings to traverse the area with hordes of mutant enemies waiting to be killed. The mutants only exist because of an energy drink that people drank happened to make them into mutants and the survivors are tearing themselves apart. The hero is of course you, as you try to defeat the bad survivors and bring the city to balance. The levels in the game look like they’ll need to be plenty big in order to bring a game like this to its full realization. Especially if there is going to be an eight player co-op gameplay possible in a mode called Chaos Squad where you collect look and work to save the city. Sunset Overdrive is landing on the Xbox One on October 28th.
So the longest video game DLC name in history award goes to Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus a. Yeah, that’s seriously the name. Best part though, is that it is available today! And will allow you to cosplay as a BUNCH of your favorite Capcom characters like Ken, Ryu, and of course a block of tofu. You’ll be able to do up to four players online co-op. It has all kinds of crazy gameplay modes available. Definitely worth the price. So get on your Xbox One and play this crazy nonsensical DLC.
The only Kinect-only game announced today was Dance Central Spotlight releasing in September as a download only for Xbox One. You’ll be able to dance your heart out again with updates each week.
We finally get a new entry in the Fable series, and Fable Legends changes the way you think about Fable. No longer will it be a single player experience, as you’ll now get to team up with three other players to take down any villainous threats in the game. The game features a central hub where you’ll acquire your team of rogues, will users (mages), and warriors to go on quests. Probably the most interesting part of the game is that you’ll actually get the opportunity to play as the villain and have a tower defense style game experience. You’ll place enemies, and lay traps down for the oncoming team as they make their way through to defeat you.
Project Spark is available for you to create worlds and games on now, download it on your Xbox One or if you have Windows 8.1 you can download it on your PC. You’ll be able to create these fantastic games with Project Spark and invite other creators to try it out as well. The games created range from classic board games to zombie mechs from space. There is a co-op campaign available as well as lots of multiplayer games to play with friends. Also, probably the most surprising announcement at any E3 ever, is the return of Conker from Conker’s Bad Fur Day. He’ll available inside of Project Spark for you to make all kinds of games with him in it. Why play a single game for him, when you can create as many games with Conker as you like?
Ori and the Blind Forest looks to be the next Limbo or Journey. Not in terms of gameplay, but in terms of being a beloved indie title. It starts off with a large creature finding this smaller creature and growing up together and exploring this beautiful 2D world. You’ll definitely grow attached to these characters and this story, expect to love this game in Fall 2014.
Halo has defined the Xbox since the beginning, and it is still looking to do so. Halo 5 is about an ONI personnel named Agent Locke, aka Marlowe Clark the main protagonist in Halo: Nightfall which is the digital film from director Ridley Scott. Agent Locke is looking for Master Chief and has consulted with the Arbiter from Halo 2 about what needs to be done to find him. I imagine you’ll be playing as Chief and Agent Locke kind of like how Halo 2 switched between Chief and Arbiter. That’s pretty much all on Halo 5 though, the biggest news is about Halo: Master Chief Collection that is releasing November 11th of this year on Xbox One and features Halo 1, 2, 3, and 4 all remastered for the new system. Also, it comes on ONE disc and with ALL of the multiplayer maps from the previous games. That’s right, over 100 multiplayer maps from Halo will be available on one disc.
The maps from the games will not all be remastered however… they will be played using the engine from the game with the exception of the ones remade in Halo Anniversary Edition and two maps from Halo 2. Halo 2 gameplay is getting the same treatment as Halo 1 as well. You can also create a campaign playlist combining missions from the previous four titles making your own game campaign essentially. Oh and in addition to all of this is the inclusion of Halo: Nightfall in the pack and the Halo 5: Guardians beta that will be active starting in December. The beta will feature some badass Spartan moves at 60fps.
The following games are all going to be released in 2015 or later, the first one on the list is Inside. The newest game from the creators of Limbo and features a small boy exploring a facility that reminds me of a concentration camp. You’ll have to evade detection from the enemy by using 3D elements in your 2D space and of course you’ll be encountering plenty of animals along the way in addition to other living humans. The game is debuting (not exclusive to) on Xbox One in early 2015.
The ID@Xbox is an indie initiative from Xbox and is working to bring you a lot of indie titles in the next few years. A list of these titles include: Aztec, Knight Squad, White Night, Earthlock, Cuphead, Drifter, Lifeless Planet, Slash Dash, Fru, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Mighty No. 9, Grave, Threes, Fenix Rage, Woolfe, #IDARB, Hellraid, and Below.
Lara Croft is making a return next year with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Lara is looking a little bit older this time around and has been visiting a shrink to deal with the events taken place in the first game. You’ll see the return of her bow and arrow, along with the brutality about to be bestowed upon her.
Witcher 3 Wild Hunt goes on stage to give a nice gameplay demo showing off Geralt’s hunting skills against a Griffin. You’ll get to explore a vast land as anything you see in the game can be explored.
An old Xbox game is getting revived as well. From the guy who worked on Killer Instinct is bringing back Phantom Dust on the Xbox One.
For Ubisoft’s newest IP, The Division, it looks like it will get timed DLC exclusivity for the Xbox One version. In the demo, it shows a small team working and communicating together. It is essential for your team to talk to each other to keep the information flowing and to take down elite enemies. You’ll be able to adapt your gameplay on the fly as you can equip certain items at your will. The HUD is also displayed on the character itself, kind of like how Dead Space had the menu appear on Isaac. The environment is very dynamic as well, even car doors will be shutting if it was open when you get behind cover of a car. It also implied a base of operations for your team that you have and even be able to upgrade and add onto your base. It mentions at the end that they should work on their medical department first. So hopefully we’ll get more info on this again later.
This next game is a new IP from Platinum games coming exclusively on the Xbox One. Nothing other than a cinematic trailer is shown, but what it implies is that your character will have supernatural powers and you’re connected to a dragon. So basically having a personal dragon you can fly around on and fight with is going to be awesome. It had your dragon fighting this large enemy and then you hop on the dragon to fight a much larger enemy. Scalebound is looking awesome!
The final game shown was the return of Crackdown. The game is cell shaded and will have an open world multiplayer experience. Let me explain what happened in the trailer… The entire trailer is dedicated to the death of one man in a large tower. So they basically blow up this building in order for an 18-wheeler to run off a freeway to land on the building and drive up to the top and crash into another building as a sniper far away shoots it and causes it to explode and allow the building to then crash into the building with the main bad guy. Totally ridiculous and looks like fun.
So that concludes it all, pictures will be added in over time as well as any updates to the games.