Putting video games at the forefront of their presentation, Microsoft opened The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), and they came out swinging. I can see that they really wanted to go old school and actually bring a nice catalogue of games to the show which include some new and returning IP. Who would've thought 2014 would be the year of the game? TV was soo 2013.
At the conference, we get a taste of a handful of titles we come to expect like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Tom Clancy's The Division. We also got things we didn't expect like a new Crackdown and a reboot of the cult classic Xbox game, Phantom Dust. Lara Croft is also getting another installment in her franchise in the form of The Rise of the Tomb Raider which has a rather interesting trailer; I like it when the developers make my favorite action heroes more human than game-ified super character.
Insomniac Games' Sunset Overdrive was present at the conference and was definitely not what I was expecting, in a good way though. I was really enteratined by the slaughter of mutants; call me sick and twisted if you want. Speaking of sick, The Witcher 3 and Dragon Age 3: Inquisition had a showing too and both games look incredible. While we're talking about this genre, a new IP by the name of Scalebound was announced which has dragons and a douchey version of Devil May Cry's Dante as the protagonist. While that's not entirely a bad thing, I already go my fill of douvey-looking main characters with Sunset Overdrive.
We all know it wouldn't be a Microsoft conference without something to do with Halo being added in to the mix and boy was there Halo. Halo: The Master Chief Collection was announced and it will bring all the games from Halo: Combat Evolved up to Halo 4 onto the Xbox One with new revamped graphics and of course, 60FPS. Did I mention 60FPS? Obviously the most important part.
Though out of all the available games, what excited me most were the selection of co-op games they plan to put out which include Fable Legends and Evolve which both have options to play as hero or villain (#4v1), the 8-player Sunset Overdrive, and the 4-player Assassin's Creed Unity. I do love my competitive multiplayer but I was waiting for some excellent cooperative games to dig my gaming fingers into and Microsoft's conference gave me just that.
Finally, Microsoft didn't just have action in mind and brought games like Playdead's Inside and of course, Project Spark. We also got a look at the side-scroller, Ori and the Blind Forest, a new IP that kind of brought a tear to my eye. ID@Xbox was a big thing at the event which helps independent developers get onto the Xbox platform.
Microsoft did what all their fans wanted. They came in to the show, presented some wicked video games: new and old and talk about independent developers. It would appear Microsoft is doing what they should be doing and pumping in the software into their capable hardware and more importantly, prioritizing video games. The ultimate question is was their presentation enough to comeback at Sony who takes the stage tonight at 6PM PST? Find out later when we break down what Sony has in-store for E3.