E3 Wrap Up - 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.