E3 2015: The Microsoft Presentation

Microsoft

The stakes are high this year, being so far behind Sony, and Microsoft did not disappoint. They began the show with a video compilation of previously announced exclusive titles.

They didn’t waste any time getting into the Halo 5: Guardians segment. There wasn’t too much new to hear, but they did spend a little more time talking about the multi-player. 24 player with AI bots was a good step.

HALO 5: GUARDIANS

Next up was a new game by Keiji Inafune, which is a good way to start a trailer, by the way. It is called ReCore and looks like a futuristic action adventure title. Your companion in this adventure is an AI core that you can move from robotic frame to robotic frame. It’s an interesting concept that has a lot of promise.

ReCore

Phil Spencer popped out for a bit to throw down some backwards compatibility news. They will have around 100 360 titles up and running by this holiday, with more to follow. Xbox Preview members will have some games starting today.

And then, the unveiling of the new controller. No, not the one from last week. This one is highly customizible. It features swappable D-pads and thumbsticks, duplicated buttons on the bottom side of the controller in the form of paddles, trigger locks for shooters, and more. This is worth a look!

Todd Howard comes out to give the crowd another Fallout 4 feature. Mods created on Windows 10 will be playable and free on Xbox 1. Drops mic. Not really, but he could have.

Not to be upstaged, Peter Moore walks out and announces that Dragon Age: Inquisition is coming to EA Access’s Vault and that the Vault will be accessible for free by Xbox Live Gold members all this week. And something about Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. I didn’t know that this was a thing.

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Henry Ford III jumps in for the announcement for Forza MotorSport 6. I wish that I was better at these games. They are gorgeous!

Forza Motorsport 6

Next up are videos for Dark Souls III and Tom Clancy’s The Division. Laurant Detoc of UbiSoft announces that the beta for The Division will be on Xbox 1 first and that Rainbow Six: Siege will have Vegas and Vegas 2 bundled in. Those two 360 titles will be on the backwards compatibility list, if you already have physical copies.

Dark Souls III

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege

They decide to break up all of that realistic violence with some good old-fashioned cartoonish violence. It’s Gigantic, exclusive to Xbox 1 and Win10.

Gigantic

Chris Charla, of ID@Xbox, is here to show off some more of the independent titles in development for Xbox 1 and Win10. I am pretty excited about Cuphead. I love the art style!

ID@Xbox Montage

Cuphead

Brian Horton, of Crystal Dynamics is out to show off more Rise of the Tomb Raider with a new trailer.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

For fans of retro gaming, Rare reveals Rare Replay, an exclusive for Xbox 1. 30 games for $30, which is a great deal for everything that you are getting. Included are: Jetpac, Atic Atac, Lunar Jetman, Sabre Wulf, Underwurlde, Knight Lore, Gunfright, Slalom, R.C. Pro-Am, Battletoads (NES), Cobra Triangle, Snake Rattle N Roll, Digger T. Rock, Solar Jetman, R.C. Pro-Am II, Battletoads Arcade, Killer Instinct Gold, Blast Corps, Banjo-Kazooie, Jet Force Gemini, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Tooie, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Perfect Dark Zero, Kameo: Elements of Power, Viva Piñata, Jetpac Refuelled, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts and Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise.

Rare Replay

And then something for the pirate in each of us: Sea of Thieves, also exclusive to Xbox 1. The video shows pirate ship crews made up of individual players having battles on the high seas. Who could possibly resist that?

Sea of Thieves

Fable: Legends will be free to play for those on
Win10 and Xbox Live Gold members. The game will be cross-platform.

Fable: Legends

If there is one part of this presentation I would want everyone to see, it would be this one. It shows what you, as a player, will see while playing the Halolens version of Minecraft. It starts out slow, but it gets immensely more interesting at 1:08.

Minecraft on Halolens

The last two bits are Gears of War related. There is the upcoming Ultimate Edition, the beta for which goes live today, and also the Gears 4 premiere trailer.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

Gears 4

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