Monday, 15 June 2015

Xbox Conference Round-Up!

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Yup, it's time: the Xbox conference, AKA the event where you'll hear the words "Xbox" and "exclusive" together a million times . It wasn't half bad actually, but then again I don't own an Xbox, so forgive me for my opinions.

So first of all we got our first look at Halo 5: Guardians, which in all honesty looks a bit naff. The art style looks a bit boring, and the gameplay and story a bit genetic, but at least it's got Nathan Fillion in it! If I had to describe the campaign gameplay to you (Watch it here if you want) its pretty much ODST crossed with Call of Duty. I hate making the COD comparison, but it just feels right. They also unveiled a new mode for online, Warzone, which is a 24-player mode.

Next up came Recore, a new game from Keiji Inafune in which you transfer orbs into different robots after each one dies. It's only a CGI trailer that unveils very little, but it looks OK. After that came possibly the best announcement of the night Backwards Compatability, which allows Xbox One owners to insert Xbox 360 discs and unlock the download. It'll be coming in Winter this year, supporting about 100 games, which is pretty cool. There was also an announcement for the new Elite Controller, but I honestly couldn't care less, and you probably don't either.

In a shock twist, Fallout 4 seems to have struck a deal with Microsoft, as more gameplay was shown and the amazing Todd Howard announced that Fallout 4 PC mods will be transferable to Xbox One (DICKSDICKSDICKS) and each copy comes with a copy of Fallout 3. It's a pretty good deal.

Speaking of third-party deals, Spencer and his watches have also struck a deal with Ubisoft concerning The Division and Rainbow Six: Siege - the former will be getting an Xbox Beta in December (At least we'll be able to see if it's actually a working game!) while the latter will have free copies of Rainbow Six: Vegas 1 and 2 available with it. Not bad either, especially the Six Siege deal.

Dark Souls 3 got a new CG trailer. so that's another trailer I can throw in the "Don't bother watching" pile. Team Fortress wannabe Gigantic got a new trailer too, and it literally looks like every F2P shooter ever. Microsoft then showed off a plethora of indie titles, many of which were the highlight of the show: Cuphead looked absurdly cute, while Beyond Eyes looks insanely beautiful, and has a really nice gameplay mechanic.

There's also a horrible announcemen: Xbox Game Preview which is basiclly Early Access. It won't be abused as much because Xbox isn't that really of an open platform, but Early Access has always been a terrible idea and forever will be. Games such as DayZ and Elite Dangerous were announced for the program, then DayZ creator Dean Hall announced his next game Ion, which is "game that's not a game" thing. It looks ambitious, but complex.

Rise of the Tomb Raider got a trailer and a release date: November 10th. To be honest, it looks like Tomb Raider now wants to be Uncharted and is failing, and the fact that I haven't scene a puzzle in the trailer worries me. Rare also announced two games: Rare Replay, a collection of 30 Rare games which looks like a great package, and Sea of Thieves, a multiplayer pirate game that looks sort of like Star Citizen with ships. Could be a good game.

There was also some more Fable Legends, which looked like it's completely ruined what I like about Fable. Then came an amazing announcement: HoloLens, and its Minecraft compatibility. This looks absurdly cool: you can either play Minecraft as you would on the wall WITHOUT A TV, or you can transfer the world to table and play around the world there, observing things as they happen and interacting with the world like a god. Very cool.

Last of all came the Gears of War announcements: first came Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, a remaster of the first game that release October 25th, and has a beta that's AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW!!!! 

After that came Gears of War 4 gameplay, which somehow looked even more one-dimensional and boring than past games in the series. It was dingy, dark, and there weren't nearly enough muscles, so I'll call that one a disappointment.

What game are you most excited for? Why are all my opionions biased and wrong? Shout at me in the comments!

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