Microsoft had a crisp, tight conference with a ton of reveals, updates, and details. They officially announce the Xbox One S, the 40% slimmer version of the system which will come out in 500GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB models priced at $300, $400, and $500 respectively. They also announced Project Scorpio, a new console which will deliver 4K gaming with six teraflops of performance. Sounds cool, but I had no idea what a teraflop was until I read this article from Polygon. Microsoft also announced their “Play Anywhere” program which allows some games bought on Xbox One or PC to be played on the other for free. That sounds cool, but I don’t own an Xbox One. Also Microsoft is launching a program for you to design your own Xbox One controller, but only the color scheme, not the button layout. On to the games.
Gears of War 4
This game looks fantastic. Having played some of the Gears games, this continuation of the series looks promising. The combat looks great, and I love Co-op campaigns so this is a shooter for me. The on-stage demo was impressive, and this is game definitely a reason to get the Xbox One S.
Sea of Theives
I’m not sure why, but this game doesn’t interest me. I like pirates and open-world games, but I don’t know what to think. Sea of Thieves looks great, but it didn’t get its hooks in me. Let me know what you think in the comments after you check out the trailer.
Platinum Games knows how to interest me, namely dragons. Scalebound puts you in control of Drew and his dragon Thuban. You and your dragon can equip different weapons and armor which affects how you play the game. It seems the main objective of the game is to attack giant monsters alongside your dragon. I’m in. Stressing co-op multiplayer, you can join up with three friends to attack large monster like the giant crab in the trailer. The combat looks strong, and I like the setting of this world, Draconis
Recore is a game from Armature and Keiji Inafune, the legendary creator of Mega Man. It casts you as Joule who is accompanied by a robot dog called Mack. In Recore, Joule extracts AI cores from enemies and uses them to reanimate some robot friends who accompany her through the game. It appears the game is set in some desert area, and while it boasts some gritty action, Recore appears to have some tender moments as well. Look for this game September 13th as an Xbox One and PC exclusive.
Final Fantasy XV
As a giant Final Fantasy nerd, I hesitantly excited for FF XV. That being said Square Enix showcased the VR portion of FF XV. It was horrid. The VR element was clearly shoehorned into the game as a last minute feature, and the demo makes that painfully clear. Square, why do you do this to us? Please don’t let this game suck…
Dead Rising 4
I was never a Dead Rising fan so I don’t have much to say on this. The game looks ludicrous, and fun, but it’s not my cup of tea. I’m sure taking thousands of zombies out in the most absurd ways you can think of is fun, but I’m on limited funds so I can’t justify it. Sorry.
Forza Horizon 3
Racing. Vroom. Don’t care, but enjoy if you do.
Halo Wars 2
When I first heard rumors of this game, my broke ass could only think, “Please come to PC.” YAY it is! Graphically the game looks fantastic, and it is everything you could want out of this IP. Halo’s extensive lore and Universe. Check. Real time strategy. Check. Coming to PC. Check. I’m sold.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
CD Projekt Red is releasing a standalone Gwent Card Game, the mini-game from the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. People logged thousands of hours in Witcher 3 simply playing Gwent. I played the game, and it is a fun card game requiring strategy and skill. Gwent is probably sell an absurd about of copies, so good on you CD Projekt Red for making the lemonade out of the lemons Witcher players gave you.
State of Decay 2
Another survival zombie game, but this one focuses on teamwork according to the announcement trailer. The trailer looked great, but meh more zombie games.
Heihachi from Tekken and Akuma from Street Fight fought! Tekken 7 was announced with that fight, and it look fantastic. Enough said.
Microsoft announced a lot of updates to existing games including cross-platform play for Minecraft, The Division DLC, a few indie games, and a few new features for Xbox Live.