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E3 Wrap Up - Microsoft

Posted by tylerh1701, in Xbox 360, Xbox One, Gaming News 18 June 2014 · 1016 views

Well E3 is long since over but I thought I'd post my takeaways of it, specifically the conferences since that is mostly what I watched. I was going to post them all in one blog, but each wrap up started to run a little long, so I'm going to break them up into 3 separate posts.


Microsoft:

Microsoft wasn't lying when they said they we're doing "Games Games Games!" at E3. The orchestration of their presser was much better and more enjoyable than Sony's, and featured almost no bullshit from developers and executives blabbing on about a game or feature. The only real drawback with me was that there were no surprises. Between Microsoft's own pre-E3 announcements and the NeoGAF ntkrnl leaks, I knew about pretty much every singe thing there at the press conference. I just think reveals like Forza Horizon 2 and a "Kinectless Xbox One for $399 AVAILABLE NOW!" would have been huge and awesome announcements. Like I said already, I'm a sucker for surprises.

Exclusive-wise, the Master Chief Collection was the star of the show. 4 games and 100 MP maps is insane. I think they missed a big cheering opportunity by not announcing that it was priced at $60. When I saw Major Nelson confirm the price, that was the biggest surprise of the show for me. The Scalebound CGI trailer was disappointing that it featured no gameplay, but Platinum Games is my favorite studio so there's no doubt the game will be a quality affair. (And it kills me that Platinum now has 3 games out on other platforms since I've moved to be a Sony-only gamer). Sunset Overdrive still looks really good. We've seen a ton of it already though, so there wasn't too much to get overly excited for now. Super Ultra Dead Rising 3' Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha DLC was hilarious. Project Spark could be interesting but doesn't necessarily appeal to me, as I enjoy playing games more than making them. The inclusion of Conker within the game didn't really go over well, especially when I though he was there to transition the Project Spark trailer into a trailer of a new game for him. Fable Legends is looking super disappointing and appears that it will continue the trend of Fable games getting worse and worse with every subsequent release. Any type of realistic racing game (so Forza, Gran Turismo, Project Gotham, etc) is probably my least favorite genre so I mostly tuned out during the Forza Horizon 2 info. I had never heard of Phantom Dust besides the rumors of a remake floating around and still don't really know what it is. Dance Central and Fantasia Kinect hold no appeal to me. The Crackdown teaser at the end was enjoyable, but again already expected by previous leaks.

Multi-plat wise, I thought Assassin's Creed Unity looked very interesting and I'm curious to see how big of a role co-op plays in the game. I was super excited to see The Division in action. Rise of the Tomb Raider was basically an announcement and nothing more, but gotta say I'm excited for that one. The Call of Duty trailer didn't do anything for me, and gave me some really weird Halo and Killzone vibes. I'm not a fantasy sprawlling RPG fan so Witcher 3 did little besides impress me visually.

Indie-wise, exclusive Ori and the Blind Forest looks really nice. They web-chatter hyperbole went off the charts with this game though, and I don't understand why. Inside (from Limbo creators Playdead) was one of the biggest disappointments for me, as I thought the art style looked bland and the gameplay looks very very similar to Limbo. I was hoping to see something new and different from that team. Their indie reel looked really nice, with games like Cuphead, Aztez, Woolfe, Fru, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Fenix Rage, and Below all looking like winners.

Microsoft definitely had their best E3 in the last 3 years and are more on the "For the Gamers" road than they have been for the last few years.




Yeah, E3 isn't what it used to be.  I liked it back when you were guaranteed to get at least a handful of surprises.  Now everyone seems to make their own announcements rather than wait for a stage like E3 where everyone is competing for attention. 

I thought Inside looked super.  More of the same from the people who made Limbo sounds like a big thumbs up to me, but maybe when I replay Limbo I'll come back and edit this and pretend I never said it.  Cuphead looked awesome but I'm sure it'll be terrible because it looked awesome.

 

Now I feel sleepy.

Now I feel sleepy.

I'm sure the Sony wrap-up will be far more explosive and invigorating.

I always thought ntkrnl was a MS insider PR tasked with trying to move the conversation away from all the negative press and show all the good things happening in the future of Xbox. Since all his leaks were in fact, hugely positive only.

 

Until the MS E3 press conference happened, and 'it was no big deal'. There is no way they wanted to let all that info leak months ahead of time, so it just seems like old news at E3. The only pre-announcement I can understand is the kinect-less bundle. Since retail knew about it, it was bound to leak out and they'd look like assholes trying to hold back a cheaper price if people didn't know ahead of time. But all the other stuff like announcing Halo 5 Guardians name the day after bad NPD numbers came out, bad move. Wasn't it announced a year ago at E3 even?

I'm sure the Sony wrap-up will be far more explosive and invigorating.

 

I hope so; this whole "MS gets their own blog" thing is BS.

I always thought ntkrnl was a MS insider PR tasked with trying to move the conversation away from all the negative press and show all the good things happening in the future of Xbox. Since all his leaks were in fact, hugely positive only.

 

Until the MS E3 press conference happened, and 'it was no big deal'. There is no way they wanted to let all that info leak months ahead of time, so it just seems like old news at E3. The only pre-announcement I can understand is the kinect-less bundle. Since retail new about it, it was bound to leak out and they'd look like assholes trying to hold back a cheaper price if people didn't know ahead of time. But all the other stuff like announcing Halo 5 Guardians name the day after bad NPD numbers came out, bad move. Wasn't it announced a year ago at E3 even?

I don't know what to think about ntkrnl.  When I saw the original leaks I thought he was full of shit once he said Halo 2, 3, and 4 were all coming to the bone.  I just thought there was no way that could happen.  But he nailed everything.  I still don't know whether or not to believe it was controlled leaks by MS.  It definitely seems possible to me.

 

Good point about the $399 kinectless console.  Kind of a lose-lose for MS.  Either reveal it and basically forgo any sales in May or try and keep it secret and come off bad if it leaks and when they reveal it at E3.  Still, I'm surprised they chose the former and not the latter.  

I hope so; this whole "MS gets their own blog" thing is BS.

To make up for it, I'll do a separate blog post for every game at Sony's E3 conference. That Entwined post is going to rock your world!

I think the conference was great if you are a Halo fan or like racing games.  Sunset Overdrive looks amazing visually, but it is not my type of game so yawn.  It was cool to see indie titles getting announced, though the only one that caught my eye was Ori.  I applaud MS for delivering games and I am sure a particular fan base is super pumped with their offerings.  I personally fall outside that population.

I think the conference was great if you are a Halo fan or like racing games.  Sunset Overdrive looks amazing visually, but it is not my type of game so yawn.  It was cool to see indie titles getting announced, though the only one that caught my eye was Ori.  I applaud MS for delivering games and I am sure a particular fan base is super pumped with their offerings.  I personally fall outside that population.

So do I.  I'm not a Halo (or any military FPS) fan at all, so Halo and CoD do nothing for me.  And I like I said I hate racing games that don't involve carts and items.  I still think that Halo collection is a great deal for that fanbase.  Crackdown, Sunset Overdrive, and Scalebound are the only 3 games I'll regret not being able to play, but two of those are still a long way away.

 

Sony just delivers more games that I like.  I'm almost glad Killzone was never able to challenge Halo so that they've never spent way too many resources on it.  Third person shooters like Uncharted, and The Order, and action games like God of War and Infamous resonate with me way more.

 

Even if my Live account didn't get banned I would still be a Sony-only player right now.  Only difference is that before there was a chance I could buy a One a few years down the line.  I really don't see that happening unless some pricing miracle occurs since I'm not really in the mood to give MS any more of my money.