E3 began yesterday (CET) with a power packed schedule of a day. The usuals were all in attendance with Microsoft appearing and displaying their own work first & of course Sony’s Playstation there as the other powerhouse in the gaming/entertainment field.
Before we begin on the games; the most important news from Microsoft was arguably this —
- Xbox One will finally have BACKWARD COMPATIBILITY
- not only that but it will allow MULTIPLAYER WITH XBOX 360 GAMES ON THE XBOX ONE
- And finally Elite accessories (if you are a pro gamer this is heaven to you. your fighting stick is now the Xbox Elite Pad)
First out the Xbox was Halo 5: Guardians, which housed a gameplay display with spartan Locke’s squad. New game mechanics like in game reviving of squad members, air melee kills, some new weapons and a return of the Prometheans. To top it off a new game mode called warren where anything goes. From assault rifles to pelicans. Fight, win and survive the warden. The warden mode is a 24 vs 24 battle (24 players and 24 AI opponents.)
Recore was then given is first breath of life with a demo gameplay trailer being shown from the makers of Metroid Prime and Keiji InafuneThe game appears to focus of a journey between a female protagonist (oh yeah. not a guy for once) and her faithful companion to go somewhere… we don’t know but we will give all the info as it arrives.
Bethesda made a showing (makers of the Fall Out series) with a display of how Microsoft feel PC should link to console. Bethesda verified that with their new upcoming release, Fall Out 4, modifications (mods) made on the PC version can be transferred over to the Xbox One system.
EA also came to the stage to show their EA access which allows early access to titles for a set amount of time and surprised us with Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2
Next on the menu was show off time with titles like FORZA MOTORSPORT 6, DARK SOULS 3, THE DIVISION exclusive Xbox beta, Rainbow 6: Siege, DAY Z xbox version, RISE Of THE TOMB RAIDER, GEARS OF WAR ULTIMATE EDITION, SPEEDRUNNERS XBOX VERSION and a host of indie titles as included within the Xbox family ethos (Yeah. They meant business.)
The Coalition made a showing with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition as mentioned before but as the makers of the Gears Series they did not leave without dropping the rumoured Gears 4. With a new story The Coalition have began to continue the franchise; as the information comes we will inform you on the latest on this game.
The real icing on the cake was Microsofts hardware as they showed off their Oculus tech but more importantly went the step further and introduced the power of the Holo Lens in real time. Not much to be said just enjoy:
All in all a good showing by the Microsoft team in their press conference showing, with the boast of their ‘biggest’ year line up to date with this year’s releases including: Tomb Raider, Gears of War 4, Fable and Halo 5
look out for the other posts on Ubisoft, EA and of course Playstation