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  1. Another E3 has come and gone, but whether you're an Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo fan, it's safe to say that everyone came away a winner this year with some amazing new games coming out. Sure, a good amount of them might be coming out in 2015, but that doesn't mean we're any less excited to play them. While we do mention more than a few big name titles below, we also mention a few smaller titles that definitely deserve more notice, so definitely be sure to check them out as well. So without further ado, here's a look at the games that left a big impression on us during this year's E3 as separated by each writers' picks. Jason Clement Editor-in-Chief The Legend of Zelda -Wii U- What series producer Eiji Aonuma showed us the first look at the next iteration of Zelda, it wasn't much more than a quick glance at what the actual world would look like, but holy cow did that short minute or so wow us. The revelation that this would be the first truly open-world Zelda game combined with the beautiful engine they showed off was enough to get an Zelda fan drooling with anticipation. And everything that was shown was actual gameplay as well? 2015 can't come soon enough. Xenoblade Chronicles X -Wii U- Xenoblade Chronicles X has been on my radar ever since it was announced a year or two ago, and for good reason. It looks to build on what the first Xenoblade Chronicles did in many ways, and offers a far better looking and more expansive world (and presumably, a deeper, more epic story as well). While I wasn't blown away by the gameplay trailer shown in a Nintendo Direct earlier this year, Nintendo's Treehouse livestream demo managed to turn that around tenfold with their playthrough of the game's first 45 minutes or so. There's so much content in this game that it's busting at the seams, and I can't wait to dive into what is likely to be the deepest RPG experience until Final Fantasy XV comes out. Cuphead -Xbox One, Steam- Admittedly, I don't know too much about Studio MDHR's Cuphead beyond that it's supposed to be a run-and-gun sort of game, but I do know that I was completely taken with its old-school 1920s-1930s animation style. In a sea of indie games being shown in a sizzle reel during Microsoft's pre-E3 press conference, Cuphead was the one game that made my eyes bulge out like a cartoon character (fittingly). If developers can make games that look seamlessly like real animation and cartoons, we just might be coming into a new Golden Age for video game animation, so I can't wait to see more of this Xbox One and Steam title. Marcus Estrada Managing Editor Rainbow Six: Siege -Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC- Rainbow Six Siege looks like an incredibly impressive new game in the franchise and I wish it were out already. It looks astounding thanks to incredible detail and destructible environments. Then there's the huge reliance on teamwork because players don't respawn if they get killed. Honestly, it reminds me a lot of the SWAT series. With Sierra all but gone now though this is probably the best I can get. Chasm -PC- Chasm might be a name that's slightly familiar to you. If so, that's probably because it was Kickstarted quite successfully. The Metroidvania-esque action platformer was on the show floor and proved to be tremendously fun. I couldn't help wishing the demo were longer so I could keep on playing. Gaiages Writer/Moderator Splatoon -Wii U- I'm of the particular Nintendo crowd that thinks the company should just keep making sequels to their multiple franchises infinitely, so when I first saw this new IP pop up on the Digital Event, I was less than enthused. However, after watching the trailer at the event and some Treehouse footage, I'm more than sold. Leave it to Nintendo to make a shooter based around cute squid kids shooting ink everywhere. Grim Fandango HD -PlayStation 4, PS Vita- It's a fact, and not opinion, that Tim Schafer is a game developer god, and that he makes absolutely no bad games whatsoever (Brutal Legend? What's that?). Almost all of his works are available in some modern format, except for one: Grim Fandango. So imagine the surprise when Sony announced that Schafer was remastering the supposed classic and bringing it to the Vita? I honestly can't wait to give this title a spin when it re-releases. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD -Xbox One, PlayStation 4- A little before E3, Square announced that it wasn't bringing the likes of Kingdom Hearts III, Final Fantasy XV, or Bravely Second to the show, and left fans wondering... well, what are they going to show? Square decided to drop a bomb of awesome hype instead, announcing an HD remake of the fan-lauded PSP title Final Fantasy Type-0. A shame that a group of fans just finished a fan translation on the original title, but great news for those that want to experience the game officially translated on the big screen. Ciel Community Manager The Legend of Zelda -Wii U- Since its conception, Zelda has been—or at least strove to be—an open-world game. Yet the experience, the world, was always limited to some degree by being merely a coalescence of individual spaces (i.e. predefined screens in which the action occurs) that exist in succession. The player is permitted to navigate between and within the grid-like world, knowingly passing between each arranged space. As such, the open-world offered by Zelda games has always been present, if not somewhat illusive. Contra to Zelda's pedigree, the latest offers a world that is no longer composed of spatially restricted areas, but rather its aim is to yield a truly open-world experience that echos the exploratory freedom and immersion granted by the Elder Scrolls series. No Man's Sky -PlayStation 4- True, footage and screenshots of No Man's Sky have been revealed prior to its E3 2014 presentation, but the game proves yet again its capacity to awe and inspire. The game appears to condone enthusiastically the type of wondrous exploration that can only be induced by the act of happenstance. Each planet is unique to each player. Further, the living galaxy is constantly in flux such that it develops and manipulates itself in accordance with additional players. All this enables one to feel immersed in their own aggregated experience, their own story, while simultaneously existing as part of a living, ever-changing, infrastructure that is beyond predictability. One last thing: ground... to air... to space... to space combat. Rainbow Six: Siege -Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC- Despite its uninspired subtitle, Rainbow Six is back, baby! It was something that once lived wildly in the interest of gamers, yet the tactical shooter is now rendered somewhat of an apparition in the shooter genre. This is probably the chief result of the advent of fast-paced shooters be they third-person or first. I am old, my reflexes have escaped me, and my only means of survival in most online shooters is my aptitude to outplay my opponents not with any gamerly skill, but with methodical preparation and point-by-point execution. In other words, I no longer win online with skill (e.g. impossible headshots, no-scopes, etc.), but with my brain and with team coordination. This is what Rainbow Six has and always will be about. Steve Bitto Writer/Moderator Sunset Overdrive -Xbox One- Insomniac wants to make me cry. It hasn't been since I saw Resistance demoed on PlayStation 3 that I wanted to play an Insomniac game this badly. Unfortunately, I don't have an Xbox One but Sunset Overdrive is a major reason to change that. The universe Ted Price and his band of merry developers has created is super unique, colorful and FUN. This inFAMOUS meets Ratchet and Clank adventure through a post apocalyptic playground is going to be a must have game for Xbox One owners. Oh, did I mention I they brought back the weapon wheel? Let it Die -PlayStation 4- Suda 51 teaming up with PlayStation is a huge win for Sony in my book. His work is known for its over-the-top charm, gore and humor. Odd combination, I know. Let it Die has been described as a survival-horror brawler and during Sony's E3 presentation depicted demonic looking individuals dismembering one another. Each player had a name and either hp or experience meters over their heads and it looks like customization will probably play an important role. Sony is billing the game as free-to-play so it will definitely be online. It's hard to tell how players will interact outside of killing each other but hopefully Suda51's touch on the game will be pronounced as always. We should learn more in the near future as it is slated for a 2015 release. The Order: 1886 -PlayStation 4- To be completely honest, it wasn't going to take much for The Order: 1886 to impress me. I love the universe and mythology Ready at Dawn has created and I wanted to see it flourish. As I pointed out in my Sony E3 preview, people have been down on The Order recently. Sony needed to show gameplay that displayed not only the pretty graphics but add depth to the story too. In the short piece they chose for E3, Galahad is under attack by one of the previously unseen half breeds and he's scared. Ready at Dawn has made a point of showing that while the members of The Order are powerful, they aren't invincible. This will be an interesting dynamic to explore and I hope they do so in subsequent demos. Although the recent delay is disappointing, this game can be a knockout for PS4 if they take the time to polish it. I'm more excited than ever. Chris "WildCardCorsair" Garcia Contributing Writer Splatoon -Wii U- While it“s generally hard to describe something like Splatoon, I think I“ve come across the perfect analogy. You start with one part arena shooter, add one part Jet Set Radio, throw in a couple pinches of kawaii animu, and you“ve got Splatoon! Your squid-shifting self only has to paint as much of the floor in your team“s color to win, but the enemy“s color of paint hurts you so you“ll need to paint over it as much as possible in order to not die. As I sorta mentioned earlier, you can also turn into a squid which is not only adorable, but allows you to move quicker, recharge your paint (ink), and hide from the enemy. If you don“t have a smile on your face while playing Splatoon, you aren“t human. Starwhal: Just The Tip -PC, PlayStation 3- I almost didn“t play Starwhal: Just the Tip but I“m really really glad I did. It“s a downloadable title, out for PC now, but coming also to the PS3, via PSN. The premise is simple. You are a narwhal, a space narwhal to be exact, and it is your goal to use that horn to stab other space narwhals in their exposed hearts for glory and honor (not really, but probably). The game is totally insane, simple, easy to learn, and most of all fun for up to four players local co-op. It“s basically like the 80“s did so much coke and acid they exploded on your PS3 and formed the perfect party game. The game also gives me the perfect excuse to ask strangers if they want to play “Just the tip.” Velocity 2X -PlayStation 4, PS Vita- If you“ve played Velocity Ultra for PS3 or Vita, you already know that it“s awesome. If you haven“t, you should go do that. Seriously. Velocity 2X is the sequel that we deserve, and the sequel we need right now, but we“ll have to wait a little longer. The game revolves around the ace test pilot Lt. Kai Tana, who due to spoilery reasons, now finds herself in a very unfamiliar part of space. She“ll have to put the teleport-capable Quarp Jet to good use, sure, but this time she“ll also have to get her hands dirty in person. Velocity 2X features new, completely gorgeous sidescrolling levels in which Kai Tana will have to strut her stuff sans ship. Everything about this game is impressive from the level design, the mechanics for both shooting and platforming, and even the breathtaking environments. Which games impressed you the most during E3? Let us know in the comments below!
  2. We knew ahead of time that Nintendo had a presentation for a previously-unannounced 3DS title today, but all mystery has now been cast aside as the title is revealed to be a brand new IP called Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. It's one part strategy, one part third-person shooter, and it's based in a Steampunk setting in London where protagonist Fleming is fighting back against an alien invasion. As it turns out, S.T.E.A.M. is a unit that was created by Abraham Lincoln in order to combat aliens. The game is reportedly a lot like SEGA's Valkyria Chronicles (based on reactions from those who were there to watch the announcement video) in nature, with characters that are cel-shaded and inspired in design by American comic books; specifically those from Jack Kirby and Bruce Timm. Also, the aliens are said to be inspired by designs from H.P. Lovecraft. As far as visuals go, our own Christopher "WildCardCorsair" Garcia, who was in attendance, mentioned that the game looked sharp, colorful, and smooth, and that it had an impressive draw distance for a 3DS title. The terrain is also said to have a lot of depth and reflects the variety of strategic choices in the game. In addition, each character will have a special ability that they can only use once per map, with no two abilities being alike. Intelligent Systems was announced to be developing the game, with Hitoshi Yamagami (who has worked on titles such as Fire Emblem, Xenoblade Chronicles, and Pokemon titles) at the helm as director. Yamagami mentioned that he wanted to find a way to introduce more people to strategy games and have them fall in love with them. Finally, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. was announced to be a 2015 title. In the meantime, expect more to hear on the game in future Nintendo Direct videos leading up to its release. Source: @NintendoAmerica What do you think of Nintendo's newest IP?
  3. Kirby Canvas Curse was one of the most beloved games early on in the Nintendo DS' lifespan, and now it looks to be getting a sequel of sorts with the recently announced Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U. This time, however, the game is being completely done in a stunning claymation aesthetic. Once again, Kirby is a pink ball that you manipulate with the stylus (via the Wii U Gamepad) and—much like Canvas Curse—must draw lines for to help him get around. Drawing paths on the screen will help Kirby roll in the appropriate direction as well as deflect projectiles, and protect him from harmful objects and such. The game was demoed on the Nintendo Treehouse Livestream earlier today and showed a number of returning elements from Canvas Curse in addition to plenty of new elements, including turning Kirby into a rolling tank and more. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is slated for release on Wii U in 2015. You can check out the game's trailer below. Source: Nintendo Digital Event Are you excited for Kirby and the Rainbow Curse?
  4. In one of the nicer surprises this E3, Nintendo revealed that the upcoming Bayonetta 2 release will also come with the first Bayonetta title, completely remastered for Wii U with 60 FPS gameplay, off-screen play, and new additions. There are also a few surprises for Nintendo fans as well, including the ability to use several costumes of different Nintendo characters. Bayonetta 2 was also revealed to include optional touch screen controls, where you can move Bayonetta just by touching an area on the screen as well as executing certain attacks by making certain gestures. Producer Atsushi Inaba mentioned that they included the control scheme because they wanted the game to be as accessible as possible. You can look forward to experiencing it for yourself when Bayonetta 2 releases in October exclusively on the Wii U via retail and Wii U eShop. Check out the latest trailer for the game below. Note: You'll need to sign in via Youtube to view the trailer. Potentially NSFW content. Source: Nintendo Digital Event, Treehouse Live Are you looking forward to playing Bayonetta 1 along with Bayonetta 2's release?
  5. Harvest Moon has been through some really interesting events lately. First, there was the news that XSEED Games had gained publishing rights to a new Harvest Moon game. However, without the rights to the actual name “Harvest Moon,” they had to name it Story of Seasons instead. A week later, Natsume shocked fans with news that they also had a Harvest Moon project in the works - Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. Natsume had a build of The Lost Valley available for play on the E3 show floor and it showed just a snippet of a very new brand of Harvest Moon. First off, the company stated how this was the “first 3D Harvest Moon” but what did that mean? It actually relates to a very interesting new feature of the series, wherein players can plant their crops at various heights by digging down or building up land. Controlling the height of land plots may change how plants grow. For example, pumpkin seeds may become normal pumpkins but become jack-o-lanterns when built above ground level. Interestingly, this intense attention to planting detail has created another big change for the series. Now, any land you can plant on—as well as many other locations—are comprised of cubes. It honestly looks a lot like Minecraft. Everything needs to be blocky to utilize land raising/lowering features effectively as each block can hold one planted crop. With that said, it is still kind of difficult to look at The Lost Valley and not feel like the game is a cousin of Harvest Moon rather than a new Harvest Moon. There are a host of quality of life improvements to the latest game as well. Players won“t need to collect their various goodies off the ground after farming activities. For example, if there are ten pieces of wood that can be collected, they will be immediately deposited to your items. Similarly, the player can carry up to 99 of every item in their backpack at a time. Finally, tools are all context sensitive. This means that you won“t have to equip a shovel, hoe, or axe to perform their respective activities. They“ll simply activate as you would expect when walking up to a task. Despite changes, there“s still a Harvest Moon game at the core of the experience. It still begins with your girl or boy character discovering a fairy and being assigned a task. However, you don“t simply reside in a farm next to a town (as most games begin). Now you“re in a more open environment which invites exploration. That“s about all we know about the game thus far but more information should be available in the following months. Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is coming to 3DS this Fall.
  6. Monolith Soft's X is an exclusive JRPG that Wii U owners have been looking forward to for a year and a half or more now, and in addition to a brand new story trailer, the game also now has an official title: Xenoblade Chronicles X. The trailer gives us a bit of a deeper look into the game's story, which features an interstellar war that leaves only a handful of Earth survivors trying to live in a beautiful yet deadly environment. Unfortunately, today's Nintendo Digital Event also announced that the game's release has slipped to 2015, but if the game is half as exciting as the trailers make it out to be, it may be well worth the wait. In the meantime, check out the latest trailer for the game below. Source: What do you think about Xenoblade Chronicles X? Are you disappointed that it's being delayed to 2015?
  7. Many gamers might remember Tomonobu Itagaki's Devil's Third, which was in development at his current studio Valhalla Studios in conjunction with THQ, but after the latter company dissolved, the game's fate was uncertain. Until today, that is. At E3, it was revealed that Devil's Third will live on as a Wii U exclusive thanks to Nintendo. The game features a mixture of melee combat, cover- and first-person shooting, and also will have competitive multiplayer modes, a level editor, character customization, and more. According to Itagaki, he mentioned that Nintendo "really understands his vision" so he felt that he had to work with them when given the opportunity. We'll have more on the game as news develops, but in the meantime you can check out video footage of the game below. Warning: This video contains NSFW content. You also need to sign into your Youtube account to view it. Source: IGN What do you think about Devil's Third being made a Wii U exclusive?
  8. We knew it was coming, and it's finally here. While no official name was given to the name just yet, series producer Eiji Aonuma confirmed that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will feature the game's first truly open 3D world. Players can set off in any direction to explore the world as they please, much like in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds from last year. The game's visuals were also revealed to be carried on from Skyward Sword's, showing a painterly aesthetic brought to life in 1080p. We got a glimpse of what appears to be Hyrule Field and Link on his horse Epona from a distance. At the end of the video, a large Octorok-like mechanical beast chases Link and Epona until they reach a pier by a lake where Link jumps and shoots the creature with a bow & arrow of some type. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the game is currently slated for release in 2015 next year, but we'll likely get more information on it through Nintendo Directs coming later in the year and beyond. For now, be sure to check out the video below. Source: Nintendo Digital Event Are you excited for The Legend of Zelda on Wii U?
  9. Much like last year, Nintendo has a lot to prove going into their E3 Digital Event this year. The Wii U is still very much at a disadvantage against Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, though sales have picked up in the last week and a half, thanks to Mario Kart 8's stellar debut. But can they sustain the momentum they seem to have picked up for the time being? Though Nintendo already has some solid games to show off that we already know about, they're going to need to pull out more surprises to really pull off a successful show. Now is the time to show gamers why they need to own a Wii U as well as a reason to continue looking forward to its future. In some respects, this could be the Wii U's last big chance at turning things around, so Nintendo needs to go all out. Thankfully, that's exactly what it looks like they're primed to do this year, if early reports are anything to go by. With that said, here's a look at what we can expect to see from Nintendo going in, and what we predict from their Digital Event tomorrow. Final details on Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, at least 3-4 more characters revealed Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U has been a long time coming, but we recently got launch windows for both games. Expect to hear a specific release date, mostly for the 3DS version with a vague launch month for the Wii U version this Fall (likely November). We'll also likely get a few more character reveals (at least 2-3) in addition to reveals of new modes and such. Unveiling of Zelda Wii U Mainline console Zelda titles are, in many respects, one of the biggest events for Nintendo fans; they're equal (if not greater) in importance to mainline Mario titles. A demo was shown off for what the Wii U version of Zelda could look like at E3 2011, but now we'll finally get our first look at the next entry in the series at this E3 according to producer Eiji Aonuma. What time period will it be set in? What will its visual style look like? And what key gameplay mechanic will it introduce? We'll most likely find all of this out, along with the first teaser trailer for the game. First details on games to use NFC on Wii U What exactly is NFC? It's been a year and a half since the Wii U launched and we still don't have anything that makes use of this tech on the Wii U Gamepad, save for Pokemon Rumble U on the eShop (which hardly made a splash when it debuted last summer). Reportedly, this year's E3 will be the first in which Nintendo really goes all-out in an attempt to capitalize on at least one or more games that will make use of NFC capabilities; we've already heard that Skylanders-like Nintendo figurines are on the way that will give certain bonuses to characters throughout different games, so might we see an actual Skylanders-like game featuring Nintendo characters as well? We'll see. Details on X, Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, and possibly Yarn Yoshi If Monolith Soft's Xenoblade followup X does indeed release before the end of this year as planned, it would give Nintendo four solid first-party Wii U titles this Fall. Bayonetta 2 is already confirmed for release this year, as is Hyrule Warriors (which is already set for August in Japan). The real question is whether Yarn Yoshi will see release. We'll possibly get a trailer for it, but between the game not appearing on Nintendo's fiscal report for this year and the four other games already releasing, it's highly possible Yarn Yoshi will be moved to an early 2015 release, much like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was last Fall. Still, it's possible we might see it if Nintendo wants a deluge of games and to go big with Wii U in combination with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. 90 Minute Presentation on a Brand New, Unannounced 3DS Game We're scratching our heads on this one. Nintendo has revealed ahead of time that there will be a 90 minute presentation on a previously unannounced 3DS title, but what in the world could it be? The only thing that comes close in importance for having a presentation of that length would be Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, but alas, we already know about that game. Whatever it is, it's bound to be big, or otherwise Nintendo wouldn't dedicate so much time to it. The length of 90 minutes seems to indicate that they're using this time as an education process, not just to showcase your standard game that looks cool; there's something here that will likely feature new technology and require extensive explanation, and I can't wait to find out more about it. Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney This little jewel of a title has gone missing for so long in North America, even though it's been released in Japan for some time now. With Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy translated and released, I have a feeling that we'll finally see the good professor and Phoenix Wright finally take center stage, with an announcement of a fall release on 3DS. Majora's Mask 3D Beyond Smash Bros. and the Pokemon remakes, we really have no idea what else is in store for 3DS in the Fall. With A Link Between Worlds having released last year, Hyrule Warriors releasing on Wii U, and Zelda Wii U releasing possibly as soon as next year, now would be a great time to capitalize on Zelda hype by releasing the next major remake: Majora's Mask. Possible IP revival I don't know why, but this feels like a year where we'll finally see at least one IP revival, whether it be F-Zero, Star Fox, or something else. The time just feels right; make it happen, Nintendo! Mario Spin-off Title There usually ends up being more than one Mario spin-off game, whether it be Mario Party, a Mario sports title, Fortune Street, or something else in the Fall. Smash Bros. doesn't quite count as that, even if it does have at least 5 Mario characters in it, so my bet is we'll see at least one Mario spin-off announced. It won't be a huge title, but enough to pad out the release schedule a bit. My guess? Next Level Games is due to announce something within the next half-year, likely, and it's been an awful long time since we last had a Mario Strikers game. Or, perhaps we'll finally be seeing another Mario Super Sluggers game. And that sums up my thoughts as to what we know and what we may see. Whatever happens, this is bound to be a big E3 for Nintendo based on the Zelda reveal alone. What do you think will be shown off in Nintendo's Digital Event? Let us know in the comments below!
  10. Jason Clement

    E3 2014: Microsoft Press Conference Recap

    This year, Microsoft came out with guns blazing. A number of great-looking world premieres, as well as the return of an IP or two got people talking. Foregoing the talk of Xbox One's video and TV features, and even Kinect, this year was all about the games. Here's a look back at what was presented during the conference. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Kicking off the conference was an on-stage demo of the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Visuals seemed to be as sharp as ever on the Xbox One, making this the best-looking game in the series to date, likely. There was also a slew of flying, Matrix-esque robots flying the sky; what could they be? We'll find out soon enough. Forza Horizon 2 After announcing some DLC for Forza Motorsport 5, Forza Horizon 2 is briefly discussed. Your drivatar from Motorsport 5 is instantly playable in Horizon 2, and the release date for the latter is announced as September 30th. Evolve A new trailer for 2K's and Turtle Rock's Evolve. The four human classes you can play as were revealed to be Assault, Trapper, Medic, and Support; in addition to being able to play as the monster. Also, an exclusive beta will be coming to Xbox One this Fall, and DLC will also be arriving on the console first. Assassin's Creed: Unity Ubisoft showcased an on-stage demo of Assassin's Creed: Unity, which is set in Paris in 1789 during the French Revolution. Unity will be the first AC game where you'll be able to form your own brotherhood, joining up to three other friends in the game through Xbox Live. Dragon Age: Inquisition A brand new trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition was shown with dragons galore. The game is slated to release on October 7. Sunset Overdrive Insomniac Games gave us another look at their wild and crazy upcoming game, Sunset Overdrive, in which you get to create and customize your own protagonist and explore a wide open world where different human factions fight against each other in a world run rampant with mutants that have been infected by an energy drink. Dead Rising 3 DLC In one of the stranger announcements, new DLC was announced for Dead Rising 3 in the form of Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus a; yes, that is the actual name, which is evidently parodying Capcom's own love for convoluted titles and new versions of games. The DLC is arcade-like in nature and appears to let you use costumes of different classic Capcom characters. Disney Fantasia Music Evolved, Dance Central: Spotlight Harmonix briefly took to the stage to discuss Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved as well as announcing Dance Central: Spotlight which will be download-only. Both are coming this Fall. Fable Legends Lionhead discussed Fable Legends for a few minutes, showcasing the world's colorful and fairytale-like aesthetic, also announcing that you will be able to play as the villain as you orchestrate attacks on the heroes from a bird's eye view perspective. Also, a multiplayer beta is coming this Fall. Project Spark As one of the more anticipated Xbox One games in general, Project Spark was given another teaser trailer which showed the different possibilities of games that can be created with it, from fantasy to sci-fi and more. The teaser ended with Rare's Conker saying that players would be able to create a new adventure with him if they wanted to. Ori and the Blind Forest A brand new title called Ori and the Blind Forest by Moon Studios was announced through a teaser trailer. It looks pretty beautiful and similar in style to Child of Light. Halo 5: Guardians New teaser trailer for Halo 5 is shown. The story is said to be about Master Chief questioning authority and seeking the truth; also, another new character was shown that looked similar in style to Master Chief. Halo: The Master Chief Collection A collection of Halo 1 through 4 was announced (ODST and Reach are not included). All four games will be on one disc and playable from one seamless interface; they will all be unlocked from the get-go. The game will feature custom playlists where you can experience great moments from the games in any order you choose. Also, Halo 2 is getting the full Anniversary treatment (Halo 3 remains unremastered), it will have the original multiplayer, and over 100 multiplayer maps will be on the disc. Coming this holiday season. Halo: Nightfall While nothing was shown, Halo: Nightfall, a new live-action series produced by Ridley Scott was announced. It will introduce a pivotal new character that will be in Halo 5: Guardians. Inside Playdead's latest game, which looks similar in nature to Limbo, is shown in a brief teaser trailer. No release date or window is detailed. ID@Xbox An indie game sizzle reel is shown, showcasing games such as Mighty No. 9, Below, White Night, and more. Xbox dedicated to bringing many great indie games over the year. Rise of the Tomb Raider Crystal Dynamics showcases a new teaser trailer for the sequel to Tomb Raider. It shows Lara Croft talking to a therapist/psycologist while also cutting to moments of action. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt The Witcher 3 is demoed on-stage. Geralt runs through the open-world, and a gryphon hunting quest is shown. Phantom Dust A sequel/remake to Phantom Dust was announced through a short teaser video, which showed a young guy sitting down on a bench while the world goes dark around him. A girl appears with some sort of aura, he launches an energy ball at her, and then they start to fight. The Division This certainly isn't the first time we've seen Ubisoft's The Division, but it was demoed on stage, showing the squad-based gameplay with audio chatter between the players. Scalebound Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya took the stage to present their new Xbox One-exclusive title, Scalebound. Many giant dragons and beasts were shown, and one guy seems to have a bond with one of the dragons. The teaser ends with a giant Hydra-like creature being shown. Crackdown A trailer was shown for a game that was revealed to be a new Crackdown, which will be led by the original game's creator. And that was it for Microsoft's conference. What did you think? Let us know below!
  11. Oh Microsoft, what will become of you? Having decided to do brief research it has occurred to me that a handful of games and information have since been leaked. As such, it is important at the outset to understand the direction this list is under. I will instead utilize this space to focus on what we know about Microsoft's press conference and what I predict (e.g. games, ideas, attitude, etc). While this is a predictions list in some sense, I am expecting to strike out on some—although I am hoping for the best. Further, each prediction will be annexed with a exposition that is roughly, for the sake of brevity, one paragraph in length. And without further adieu, here are GP's predictions for Microsoft's press conference. Halo 5: Guardians It's no surprise to Halo fans that the latest title has been delayed—after all, regardless of who is working on them there tends to be a three year gap between each subsequent release. Despite its new 2015 release window, Microsoft needs Halo to be at the fore of every gamer's thought. As a result, its appearance is inevitable, but I believe we can expect to see—or at least hear about—an emphasis on the game's multiplayer. Gears of War: Lazarus By way of the leak back in May, Lazarus is one of the many titles rumored to be revealed at Microsoft's E3. Rumor or not, it certainly makes sense for both Microsoft and the Xbox One. The original Gears is the fifth best-selling Xbox 360 title. Its successor, Gears of War 2, was the seventh best selling video game of 2009. Gears of War 3 sold over three million copies within its first week—higher than the previous two games—and helped the franchise, according to Microsoft, earn over one billion dollars worldwide. Money, money, and more money. As the possibly controversial name implies, the game is rumored to reboot the series as a means of effectively restoring the Gears series on the Xbox One. Sunset Overdrive Admittedly, I forgot this game existed until I sat down and did some research for this article. It's an open world third-person shooter developed by the team at Insomniac Games. Per usual new IP tradition the game will feature agile combat that promotes wallrunning, zip-lines, and other parkour influenced shenanigans in a world that heeds verticality. If last year's E3 trailer is anything to go by, the game's aesthetic mirrors that of, dare I say, Serious Sam in both its presentation and violence. Forza Horizon 2 No one asked for it, or even expected it, but Horizon 2 is very much a thing. Two different teams will be developing and releasing the title on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One respectively. The game will take place in Europe and is once again music-centric. Further, Horizon 2 will finally introduce the long awaited weather system into the Forza franchise . I look forward to rally racing in the rain, provided of course this is not also an option in Forza 6... because I would rather be doing it there... Fable Legends Considering how fun, but disappointing the last two entries have been, I am weary of growing excited over yet another Fable game and yet here I am swooning. Details on the game are relatively scarce, but it is a co-operative focused action-RPG. To be fair, what else does one need to know? Gamers can take control using the Kinect, but Lionhead is focusing on controller-based gameplay. With the Kinect one will be able to utilize voice commands when he or she takes control of a villain with the aim of conquering one of the game's hero through the use of ordering minions around. A beta is set to launch this year and I would not be surprised if a date is given at E3. Identification: The Three (3) C's of Marketing I often compare the state of Microsoft and the Xbox One to my High School years—lost, identity searching, and fumbling about between different clicks and personalities. As a result, I feel somewhat sympathetic toward them. Last year's E3 was a disaster for Microsoft and over the course of past year, like good little boys and girls, they have done their best—by means of reversing and re-reversing statements made during E3 2013—to clean up after themselves. As a result it would appear as if Microsoft has no idea what the Xbox One is. Subsequently, I have no idea what the Xbox One is. Does anyone? Is it an inclusive media machine or is it a gaming hub—is it both, can it be? If their regular, almost laughable, flipfloppery proves anything, it is that Microsoft knows that this year they must be clear, concise, and consistent. If not for the sake of appealing to gamers—their market—then I expect them to abide by these rules so that the worries of their stockholders are subdued. Crackdown 3 The original Crackdown was released in 2007 and by the end of the year sold one and a half (1.5) million copies worldwide—I mean how else was anyone going to get into the Halo 3 beta? Brilliant marketing aside, the game was incredibly enjoyable and received favorable reviews. Its sequel was released in 2010 and while sales are harder to disclose, it too was welcomed and enjoyed. It would seem appropriate for Microsoft to bring the game to the Xbox One for a variety of reasons. Open world games are becoming as prolific as the FPS—OK, so this is maybe an overstatement. At any rate, Crackdown was/is the ultimate open world game because it promoted the use of superpowers and co-operative play. While this prediction is perhaps more along the lines of wishful thinking, I believe now—and not later, for various reasons perhaps to be divulged at a later date—is the perfect time to announce a new Crackdown title. Indie Games (& Project Spark) It is no secret that Microsoft and Xbox in general have had issues in the past with indie game developers. However, all that has supposedly been pushed aside with the Xbox One. I expect to see more information about Project Spark—a program that essentially lets players become developers and create their own indie titles. I also would not be surprised if Microsoft showed off Below, Gunscape, and Wulverblade as part of an upcoming indie game montage to further cement the new ideologies of the company. Rare Microsoft has within their possession one of the most adamantly adored development teams. If recollection serves, this relationship is somewhat obscure and involves some odd, poorly explained, use of the Kinect. I am not sure whose idea this union was, but I suspect that to—like all things Microsoft E3 2013—be undone. It is such that I predict we see a new IP from Rare, or in the least some sort of HD remake of a classic. Who knows, maybe it will have some Kinect-based voice commands and optional motion controls. It would most certainly be amusing to, while playing a potentially new Conker game, shout profanity and perform obscenities in the direction of my television. At any rate, Microsoft has a unique team on their hands; a team that in the long run will convince non-Xbox gamers to buy the One. It only makes sense for them to put them forward and into the fray. What predictions do you have for Microsoft's conference? Let us know in the comments below!
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