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E3 2014: Microsoft Press Conference – My Highlights

09 Jun

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first instalment of my coverage on E3 2014. This event has a lot of stuff going but I will try to cover as much as possible so be sure to come back as soon as possible yo.

E3-2014

So firstly we start with Microsoft, now this is my first year watching a Microsoft press conference, I don’t normally watch their stuff because I’m not an Xbox owner, but since I’m watching E3 with my housemate, I thought I’d give it a watch. I was not expecting the amount of games announced, seems like Microsoft finally listened to fans and started delivering on the games which, let’s be honest, Xbox One REALLY needs.

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So with that in mind here’s my highlights of the presence conference:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

The funny thing about the Call of Duty series is that for me it’s just the same thing with new graphics and game mechanics, but I always end up playing one of the games anyway. I don’t own any of the games, I end up normally playing them via friends with a lot of my time dedicated to multiplayer in Black Ops 2 and Modern Warfare 3 during my time at uni. But this game looks very different from the last set of games, it has definitely taken a more futuristic look and adopted a more science fiction feel with the inclusion of aliens. The graphics look insane, so detailed with incredible lighting, crazy amounts of animation and awesome character models too.

Sunset Overdrive

I remember this game last year, it seemed interesting enough, but unlikely to be for me. So then the game returns this year and it looks REALLY good. I like the sense of humour, over-the-top nature and use of unconventional weapons in the trailer. But then we got a look at some gameplay and it looks insanely cool. There is a crazy, fluid and kinetic style of gameplay for Sunset Overdrive, things never stop moving and the environments seem very detailed and interactive and I liked the enemy designs too. The game play reminded me a lot of Ratchet and Clank except faster and more mental, I’ll be following this game closely.

Forza Horizon 2

Now the Forza games I have yet to play, but I have adored the amount of visual detail that goes into each new entry in the series. Since Forza 3 was the first game to make me pay attention to the series and then Forza 4 came out, which at the time I thought was the best-looking driving game ever. Today at the press conference we got to see the game in trailer form and it was beautiful, the car models are sleek, so detailed and supported crazy lighting ans shadows. The environments were even more impressive with the weather effects, day and night cycles and background animations like flying planes or a rave party with neon lights.

Dragon Age Inquisition

I have yet to play a Dragon Age game, but I am very much aware of the series and its reputation too. This new game looks incredible, the graphics look beautiful, the use of colour and character designs is lovely. The gameplay looks nice and varied so I hope it turns out to be a great game when it hits in October.

Assassin’s Creed Unity

I think the stand out moment for me came from the latest Assassin’s Creed game. This game looks SO good it is made, it is just crazy to see how Ubisoft go from strength to strength to craft each new entry in the AC series. The whole setting of ACU is lovely, the amount of animation going into the crowds of characters is insane and just the new mechanics and animations for the main character already look cooler than the previous games. I love the look of the interior locations and the way you stealthily run around and take people out and cruise in and out of buildings with ease. The main thing that kicks ass is the co-op option for story mode, seeing all those assassins working together in split-screen multiplayer was awesome.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

So yeah Tomb Raider, the reboot just came out last year and now we’re getting a trailer for the next instalment. Very unexpected, but very welcomed. The trailer is very dramatic, dark in tone and is very film-like, has an incredible cinematic feel to it. I like how Lara Croft has gone into counseling and to be honest after all the stuff she went through on that island I’m not surprised that she’s there. But I like the scenes of Lara out is the wilderness, climbing mountains and exploring caves, she looks so much more confident than before. I can’t wait to see this game when it drops next year.

Scalebound

This game looks insane, basically looks like a cross between Monster Hunter and your general action hack-and-slash game like Devil May Cry or Bayonetta. I like how there’s these massive monster fight each other in the trailer and then you see this main character can adopt the skin of the monsters and use to fight (at least that’s what I got from it). Even though we were shown just a trailer, from that video alone I can get an idea of what to expect from this game which looks over-the-top and chaotic as hell.

Project Spark with Conker!

So this game, the trailer looks pretty cool. The concept of being able to make your own world is great and from the stuff shown in the trailer it looks like a lot of various types of things are able to manifested. The art direction is a bit questionable for me, but the level of detail looks pretty big. The main thing that sticks out to me was the ending when Conker shows up, the dude hasn’t had a game for ages and to see him return makes this game a LOT more interesting.

Inside

First thing I said was, “This game looks a lot like Limbo.” And then I find out that the developer behind Limbo are the people working on this game. It look very similar in terms of the style and presentation with lighting, 2.5D look and perspective, however it looks like it is on a higher level than before. I’ll be watching this one closer.

Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition DX Plus Alpha (Dead Rising 3 DLC)

This is was the most bizarre of the trailers shown, seeing all these playable characters who can dress up as Street Fighter characters and use special attacks and stuff, it was mental, but it was also such a nostalgia rush. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Dead Rising, liked the  first game but never played any more than that, but this game looks hella fun. But the icing on the cake was the title for the DLC, Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition DX Plus Alpha. Jesus Christ! What a mouthful. But it was frigging funny, I love how Capcom are willing to take the piss out of themselves, good stuff.

So what highlights stuck out for you? Be sure to comment below and let me know.

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