Microsoft started off their press conference by appealing to those gamers who want to take “a leap” forward into the future of gaming with a trailer voiced by several iconic Xbox characters: Master Chief-Halo, Marcus Fenix-Gears of War. The game shown was Halo 5: Guardians. The live demo has you following Spartan Locke and his team trying to hunt down Master Chief. The demo showed that players can manage their team in several ways; positioning teammates, healing, and combat.
Next, Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer gave something gamers never thought possible, but always wanted: Backwards Compatibility. The crowd went wild, while Phil basked in the adulation. After showing Mass Effect running natively on Xbox One, Fallout 4 presented itself with amazing gameplay.The post apocalyptic Boston looks dreadful in a very nice way! I have never been a huge fan of Fallout games, but I do appreciate the level of care and complexity within this game. Fans will be happy to know that modding will be allowed on Xbox One for Fallout 4! Now isn’t that awesome!
Afterwards, they announced Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, and EA talked a little about EA Access; the takeaway from that is that you can get discounts on games if you pay EA $5 a month.
Back to the games.
Can you think of a better way to promote Forza Motorsport 6 than to drop a car down from the sky? I can’t. And that’s what they did. They captured the attention of the full audience by dropping down a sleek cobalt GT into the middle of the floor. And while I’m not much of a racing fan, the game still looks amazing.
Dark Souls 3 was announced with a very creepy teaser trailer. Following afterwards, Tom Clancy’s: The Division made an appearance with a world exclusive trailer; the trailer started off calm, but things quickly picked up with some amazing gameplay action. This game peaked my interest at last year’s E3 and did so again this year.
Over the past few years, Microsoft has been promoting a commitment to supporting independent developers. Tacoma, developed by Fullbright, strikes me as some type of space exploration game. Derrick Bradley, developer at Aurora44, debuted Ashen. Ashen is a….ummm…something, but it looks interesting. Beyond Eyes and Cuphead are truly two unique games that many will love.
Ion was honestly a random game with trailer that explained nothing. All I know is that you are in space.
Finally, Rise of the Tomb Raider made an a dramatic appearance with its death-defying and cinematic trailer. Lara Croft is more badass than ever, granted she is trying very hard not die throughout the entire trailer. Rise of the Tomb Raider is definitely a contender for game of the year. Cannot wait to play this game when it releases November 10, 2015.
The classics never die with the announcement trailer of Rare Replay, a collection of 30 classic Xbox titles on one disc!
Sea of Thieves looks to be some kind of pirate MOBA or something. I have no clue!
Fable Legends presented itself with a trailer, but not much else was mentioned.
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality(AR) is looking to be a game changer! Minecraft Hololens was shown off and it was magical. Just the ability to interact with a 3D vitrual world in real time is mindblowing!
Lastly, Gears of War treated viewers with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and a Gears of War 4 trailer that looked and sounded amazing!
Microsoft came out strong and kept up the ferociousness throughout the briefing. Of course, the biggest announcement for me and many other was backwards compatibility! Finally, my 360 can drift off into an external slumber. Great job Microsoft, now ensure this stuff actually works upon launch!