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E3 2014: Microsoft Conference

E3 has finally arrived! After much anticipation and speculation, we get to learn about what our favorite companies and franchises have in store for us. There are conferences from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA, and Ubisoft. After a lackluster conference last year and lots of controversy, Microsoft had a lot to prove leading off E3 this year. They certainly had tons to show this year including dozens of games, new and old, to reveal and show off. So let’s jump into what Microsoft had to offer this year.

 

Calladooty!

Kicking of the Microsoft conference was a look into the new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Taking place in the near future, Advanced Warfare lets you take control of futuristic tech and weaponry save the world! They showed off jetpacks, explosions, and shiny new next gen graphics. Check out the trailer below.

Forza Horizon 2

Fans of the popular Forza series will be happy to learn that they can pick up next entry on September 30th of this year. The trailer (as seen below) details the open world, vast array of vehicles, driveatars, and more.

Assassinate Together

Assassin’s Creed Unity was unveiled today with the realization that you will be able to play with your friends for four player assassinating goodness. ACU takes place during the French revolution and touts expansive environments and up to 5,000 NPC’s at a time! It’s truly impressive to see that many people on screen at once.

Evolve

The team behind Left 4 Dead is back with a new game dubbed Evolve where 4 players are able to take a fifth player controlling a giant monster. The team of four choose between several different classes including Assault, Trapper, Medic, and Support. Each class facilitating different roles, the team is tasked with taking out the fifth player controlling the monster. The player controlling the monster will be able to level up and evolve (I get it!) their monster unlocking new abilities to use against the opposing team. There will be 3 available monsters when the game launches later this year (October 21st) including the Goliath and the newly announced Kraken.

Sunset Overdrive

We got a deeper look into the snarky, colorful action game Sunset Overdrive during Microsoft’s conference today. In addition to gameplay we got a fake out trailer with some amusing digs at the cover based shooters so prevalent in today’s game industry. Also announced was a new 8 player mode rumored earlier today.

Dead Rising 3 and the Super Long Title

Capcom announced new DLC for Dead Rising 3 a name that shows their awareness of how ridiculous Street Fighter editions can be. Dubbed Super Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha, you get to play with four friends in arcade multiplayer action. This game is impossible to describe so just watch the trailer below. Seriously, it’s ridiculous.

Conker in Project Spark! Wait, what?

A new trailer showing off more of Project Spark, graced us during the conference reminding us that yes it is still a thing and will be getting additions such as a space themed mode. In a surprise move, they announced that the foul mouthed squirrel himself, Conker, will be available for use in Project Spark. So guess there’s no real Conker game anytime soon…

Fable Legends

Lionhead was able to show off its new entry into the Fable series with Fable Legends, displaying the four player action and quirky dialogue between characters. They also gave details on the fifth player’s role as the all-powerful monster ruler as he decides where and what to place on the map using various monster types and magical abilities.

Ori and the Blind Forest

In a rare showing from an Indie Dev, Moon Studios showed off the atmospheric Ori and the Blind Forest. Check out the beautiful platformer below.

“Inside” Playdead’s New Game

From the developers of Limbo comes a new platformer called Inside. It’s pretty, atmospheric, and, if it’s anything like Limbo, thought provoking.

The Master Chief Collection Exists! Also, Halo 5

The heavily rumored Halo: The Master Chief Collection has now been officially revealed! It will include the single player and multiplayer for Halo 1-4. There are over 100 multiplayer maps included and a remastered Halo 2 (similarly to how Combat Evolved was a few years ago). The multiplayer mode will have a map voting system like we have been used to, but the twist is that you will also be voting on which multiplayer engine you will be playing in depending on the map! If that’s not enough, purchasing the collection will give you access to the Halo 5: Guardians beta. Speaking of which Halo 5 got a new trailer and a glimpse into what the beta will be like. The Master Chief Collection will release November 11th this year for $60.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Lara Croft is back and in therapy. Also she is doing what she does best. Raiding things and killing things before they kill her.

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

We got an up close look at some new Witcher 3 gameplay including the battle system as well as a glimpse into the games story.

The Division and the Scripted Voice Chat

Similar to E3 last year, The Division saw a demo of players cooperating to take down a group of punks while planning their attack over voice chat. While the player banter is clearly scripted, the game still looks beautiful and displays fun cooperative situations.

Scalebound

Apparently this is the year of the snarky protagonist, first with Sunset Overdrive and then with Platinum Games’ new game Scalebound. No gameplay was shown, but we did get to see a sword wielding punk with headphones and attitude to spare take down Monster Hunter-esque dinosaurs and transform Power Rangers style.

Phantom Dust?

So I don’t know about you, but I certainly didn’t see Phantom Dust coming when Microsoft talked about bringing back an old franchise. The original was a card based action/strategy game for the original Xbox. It’s unclear what form the new entry will take, being card centered or not, based on the teaser trailer but it is certainly intriguing.

Crackdown Returns

Capping off the Microsoft conference was a teaser trailer for a new entry in the Crackdown series. It featured a team cooperating to blow up a building with a truck. That’s some crazy stuff, man.

 

Well there you have it! That is just one of the many conferences E3 has for us. What did you think of Microsoft’s conference? Did it impress or depress? You can sound off in the comments below!

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About shickj

I am an Accounting Specialist currently residing in Portland, Oregon. I graduated with a Bachelors in Mathematics. I've been playing Nintendo since I was a kid and never looked back!

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