Welcome to the games! Microsoft held true to their promise and delivered quite a few exclusives and other exciting titles. Lots of shooting and explosions, but this is what we have come to expect. Here is a rundown of everything shown today.
The show started off with Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain. It looked good, but there was some of their standard silliness. Namely, calling leaning over in the saddle “A New Breed of Stealth.” If I looked over and saw a saddled horse with a person’s leg hanging over, I would have no trouble realizing that there was a person there.
Next, there were a couple of 360 announcements. As of today, there is a smaller console available that is styled more like the Xbox One. Nice!
In addition, Live Gold members with start receiving two free game downloads per month, the first two being Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3. This will be a nice benefit to had to the gold service, providing the price doesn’t increase. Again.
Fans of World of Tanks, and probably a lot of other people, will be glad to see this popular free-to-play title get an Xbox 360 Edition. It’s good to see that it will remain free for Gold members!
And now begins the main event, the Xbox One gaming presentation. ‘Max: Curse of Brotherhood,’ ‘Dark Souls 2,’ ‘Ryse: Soldier of Rome,’ ‘Killer Instinct’ and ‘Sunset Drive.’
Forza 5 shows off a bit of their new “Drivetar” cloud technology. Your personal Drivetar learns how you drive and, in time, will drive the same way that you do, to race in offline games. I’m not sure why you would want the game to play for you, but hey, it’s available.
Xbox One is getting it’s own version of Minecraft. I still haven’t played the PC or 360 versions, but the trailer tells me that it is very popular! ‘Quantum Break’ and ‘D4’ are also shown.
This next bit was one of the more exciting and interesting parts of the presentation. Project Spark is a game building title that seems to be very intuitive when it comes to populating your world and programming behaviors into your creations. There is heavy SmartGlass integration, which will be nice for designing. I can see this becoming huge!
Ryse makes a return to show off how SmartGlass can be used by developers to enrich your gaming experience.
Killer Instinct is being used to show off the Upload Studio and Twitch apps. Upload Studio allows you to edit and share your clips from the game DVR function. Twitch allows live streaming of your game. Very cool tech and software has been built into the Xbox One. I may never personally use those apps, but I absolutely love the idea.
There were a couple of news bits here about Microsoft points being dropped in favor of real currency and the Live Gold sharing. I am a big fan of being able to use the show’s account or my guest accounts as an authorized user on my Xbox. Hopefully this is a function of Live and not exclusive to the Xbox One.
The people behind Panzer Dragoon and Phantom Dust bring you Crimson Dragon, a flight-based shooter. I was never a fan, but I know the Panzer game had a huge following.
‘Dead Rising 3’ looks great and also has SmartGlass integration. The feature shown was using SmartGlass to call in an air strike on a particularly heavily populated area.
‘Witcher 3’ goes open world and non-linear. This should make for an even better gameplay experience. The video was pretty exciting.
The crowd at the briefing and the people following on Twitter got really excited about ‘Battlefield 4’ and for good reason. The gameplay footage looked great!
‘Below’ seems to be mostly a top down adventure title. “It looks very Indie.”
There was a short bit of in-engine footage from an unnamed title, but there wasn’t much excitement there. Then came the Halo. People seem to like the Halo. I can’t come up with a single reason to wear a ratty cloak over your armor, but people like the Halo. Halo at 60fps and with some sort of cloud processing.
Price reveal! $499.99! Daaaaang! Seems a little high, but then I have not been anticipating a day one purchase. But if you are ready to jump in, use this link. This is for the Day One Console, which includes “a limited edition controller, token code to unlock Day One achievement, premium packaging, and decal.”
To wrap up the show, Respawn shows off their exclusive title Titanfall with some multi-player footage. Titanfall is a war title with a blend of infantry and player-controlled mechs in urban combat. It is visually stunning and the multi-player almost seemed like campaign footage. People must have been on their best behavior that day!
So, what did everyone think of the presentation? Chime in below!