E3 2014 Day 0: Microsoft Press Conference Impressions

by Doomy on

Microsoft had a tough 2013 with the reveal of the Xbox One which focused mostly on media playback and DVR style functionality. To most gamers, this was a bad sign. It gave the impression that Microsoft wasn’t focusing their next console on video games and that they wanted a bite of the media pie instead. Microsoft’s 2013 E3 conference was equally frustrating for gamers when they revealed their plans to lock down their hardware and software with crazy DRM hoops. Most notably was the realization that your Xbox One would need to log into Xbox Live daily as a “check in” in order for you to be able to play your games. Fast forward to Xbox One’s launch and forward, you can still see fallout from the bad decisions Microsoft initially made for their console this generation and they know it. I think they’re turning things around. They no longer are putting emphasis on their Kinect platform and in fact, there was no mention of it at their E3 press conference this year. To many, this is a welcome change and in my opinion, Microsoft came out swinging this E3. Their 2014 E3 conference  was non-stop game demos and videos with short descriptions by the developers in between. I left very much impressed by the line up. You can read my impressions of each game shown below:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Me and CoD have a love hate relationship. I’m very much over the same old FPS game and I think with games like Titanfall mixing it up a bit games like CoD and even Battlefield have to change. I was pleasantly surprised by CoD: AW to tell you the truth. It looks pretty epic and though I’m sure the core gameplay isn’t vastly different, there seems to be enough new ideas here to keep my interest.

Forza Horizon 2
Looks just as amazing as Forza 5. This game is Totally competing with Driveclub. It’ll be interesting to see what Driveclub brings to the table this E3.

I’ve always been excited for this one. Small group of people trying to take down a huge ass monster? Yes please. Still looks great.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity
I’m a big fan of the AC series but over the years it has lost it’s way. I really liked Assassin’s Creed Black Flag but it didn’t feel much like an AC game and felt more like a pirate simulator with assassin contracts. Well Assassin’s Creed unity seems to be bringing the series back to it’s roots and with cooperative play! The world looks more solid and there were a lot of NPCs floating about – very impressive. Animations still seem very “Assassin’s Creed” in that they’re kinda canned and stiff.

Dragon Age: Inquisition
OMGGGGGGzzz haha I’m so very pumped for this game. It looked incredible though the hit detection needs a lot of work (but come on this is Alpha footage).

Sunset Overdrive
This was another game I’ve been looking forward to. The initial video spot for this was basically an E3 made video, not gameplay. They also showed off gameplay, which looked really fast paced and frenzied. The world is very colorful and the whole thing reminds me of Jetset radio meets Infamous. It also felt like an arcade game. I kept waiting for the Sega logo to up – just didn’t seem right without it.

Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 etc etc (I literally couldn’t get the name down fast enough)
Cooperative play up to 4 player. Capcom is mixing in a lot of their other game characters into the game. If you’re into the Dead Rising series, this should on your list.

Fantasia: Music Evolved
No real info was given, mostly just an ad spot.

Dance Central Spotlight
Again, no info was really given and no gameplay but I think we all know what to expect.

Fable Legends
The environments look lush and alive and I really love the art direction. Cooperative play seems to be the theme for most of these games this year and Fable Legends keeps with that trend – can’t say that’s a bad thing! Combat looks way better than previous Fables. It also looks like it has strategy game elements to it. Someone can play the all powerful villain and strategically place enemies and traps around the map. For some reason this made the game feel smaller to me.

Project Spark
This game reminds me of Little Big Planet but with a Microsoft spin. It was impressive to see all the different kinds of games you can make with it. I’m not sure I’d have the time to play something like this and fully realize it but it’s still very neat.

Halo 5: Guardians
Here we go, Halo 5!  Ah dammit – it’s just a voice over video with a Spartan looking at Master Chief memories Minority Report style.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Halo 1-4 all collected on one disc and all unlocked at the start. Halo 2 is getting an HD treatment like Halo: CE. Only Multiplayer was shown of Halo 2 but it was confirmed that Halo 2’s multiplayer is from the original game! The map that was played was Ascension, an old favorite of mine. It looked like… Halo. It looked ok, nothing crazy – not as good as Halo 4. The Halo: MCC comes with Halo Knightfall – the live action show and with a Halo 5 beta code! Well that seems like an epic package.

This is from the makers of limbo. The gameplay showed off a kid sneaking around avoiding what looked like zombies? It had great mood and lighting. Looks cool.

Rise of the: Tomb Raider
No gameplay was show, just a pre-rendered video of Lara talking to a shrink. The video did show a darker side to the environment. I hope this game focuses more on tomb raiding and less on action.

The Witcher 3
Live gameplay was shown on stage – looks amazing. The world looks full of vegitation and life. There was a Griffen you chase down and then battled. The Griffen battle reminds me of skyrim dragon battles. I can’t wait – my body is ready for this game.

Phantom Dust reboot!
I remember this game for the original Xbox. I liked it. Only pre-rendered footage was shown.

The Division
They showed off a nice gameplay demo. This is one of those games I was instantly impressed with when showed off at last years E3. Game still looks amazing. They showed off more of the story elements. Looks like a bad plague hit the city and hilarity ensued. The little fire fights that break out intrigue me.

Pre-rendered dragony game. No other details were given.

A pre-rendered video was shown. I really liked the original so I’ll no doubt pick this one up.


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