By Nick Schifani
Hey, everyone! EA started the E3 party off Saturday afternoon. Then, Sunday came, and as the hours slowly passed by, we were all waiting to see what's going to happen to the Xbox console line. Project Scorpio has been all the talk from Phil Spencer and everyone at Xbox. Finally, the day of reckoning came. What would the name of the console be? Would there be games to not only sell this new console, but also continue help the Xbox One sell more units? Plus, would any of these games be coming to the Xbox family exclusively? Let's get into it to find out!
Xbox One X
Xbox and Phil Spencer wasted little time. Right out of the gates we get the name of what we knew as "Project Scorpio". The new hardware will be known as Xbox One X! The most powerful console ever made. It won't be long before you can get your hands on this new console with a November 7th launch date. The price point being $499. Unlike Xbox who saved the important bits for the end of the show, I’ll hit you with all the important details in the beginning. So, how do we feel about the name and price point? Personally, sure the names not great. It's better than Xbox Scorpio, but Xbox One X isn't fantastic either. As many people, including Adam and the guys from 2 Player Co-op, point out the name is a bit of a mess. Microsoft already has an Xbox One S. Why give it a name which could lead to a lot of confusion? There may be trouble brewing with a name like that.
Secondly, $499… yikes. I understand with all the power the console has the parts are expensive, Xbox has to make some money, but the PS4 Pro came out last year at $399, and it basically does the same thing as the Xbox One X. Sure Xbox One X has a shit load more power, but it didn’t do itself any favors other than power. It's not a brand-new console in the way of what we all were hoping it would be. So, what gives. Unless you're in the market for an Xbox and don't mind spending the cash, why should we buy this console? Xbox didn't do itself any favors trying to sell this as a new Xbox installment. Not to mention you need a 4K TV to make use of its power. I guess we will find out how bad people want this come November.
**Note: Not all the games will be covered here. Way too many**
Forza Motorsport 7
I've said it before, the best way to flaunt the graphical capabilities of a console is to pair it with a racing game. That's where Forza comes into play. Again, I'm not a car racing guy, but damn this game looks beautiful.
This first-person shooter started off in a beautiful setting but doesn't last long. Next thing we see is a mutant wolfish creature attacking our player. After escaping this deadly animal, we get to see more of this gorgeous world. Again, the rest doesn't last long. Out pops a giant, mutant beer and things don't go well. I didn't play any of the previous Metro games, but I'll say this one may have sold me.
Assassin's Creed: Origins
After weeks of leaks, we were shown the new Assassin's Creed installment. It drops players all the way back in the Egyptian times. Where it seems the first brotherhood of assassins was originally founded. The players get to use an eagle basically as a drone-type system, using the bird to find your next marks. This is another series I was never able to get into for a few reasons. Going back to Egyptian times seems cool. I hope for all the Assassin’s Creed fans out there, this game is what you waited an entire year for.
The PC game that’s taken the world by storm has finally found itself a console to call home. It makes sense this game is on the Xbox. This battle royal type game has rooms full of a hundred people. It only makes sense this game could run on a console with all those teraflops. I can't wait to jump into this game. From what I've heard it's a free-for-all killing field, with all types of different ways to depose of your enemies. I’m excited to spend some time with this game.
State of Decay 2
I know this game has its good number of followers, and from what I've heard the first one was a lot of fun. But at what point do we hit zombie exhaustion in video games. The way this game was presented on stage it felt as if Xbox was throwing this game out to die. In other words, trying to get this game out because it's time to get it out. The trailer we saw at the conference was way too long and it wasn't great either. Plus, a 2018 release date doesn't help. It takes away all the momentum it possibly had going into this holiday season. Especially, if Sony finally pushes out Days Gone. Good luck to all the State of Decay fans out there.
DragonBall Fighter Z
A quick note on this game only because of how pretty the game looks. We don't know anything else about it other than it’s a fighting game. Enjoy the beauty.
The Last Night
This game looks dope!! It has breathtaking graphics combined with exciting looking gameplay. Hell, yes I want to play this very artist-y game! It's 2D meets 3D in a cool way, and no mess or corniness. I'm all in for this futuristic platformer.
The Artful Escape
Xbox hits us again with another colorful game. I love the art style! It seems like a lot of fun. Other than a platformer we don't know much about the game. I did consider it a bit. I saw this game was once A Kickstarter that went unfunded. It was then picked up by the publishing group, Annapurna Interactive. The company which brought us "What Remains of Edith Finch". So, if you were a fan of Edith Finch, you may have a new game to play.
Sea of Thieves
Xbox didn't do itself any favors with another long gameplay/trailer. It didn't help sell the game when it did last year and the year before that. Sure, this game may be a lot of fun when you have a bunch of friends to play a game, but outside of that, I don’t see how this game is going to do well. The release date is early 2018, once again taking the momentum away from the game. We'll see how this game fairs then.
All I can say about this game is…fucking finally!! I'm so ready to play this game. I was really hoping this game was going to be released the night of the conference, but I guess September 29th isn't so bad either. If you don't know about Cuphead, here is a quick recap. It was shown in 2014 as a game with only boss battles. People loved it, but some clambered for the game devs to make it a platformer. The devs gave in and started to make levels for it. This sent them into development hell. The game lost its momentum and people forgot about it. Now, it's back in the limelight. Will the game turn out to be a success? Check back in September, as I'm sure I'll have some words to say about it.
Terry Crews! Yeah, that's all you need to probably sell a game featuring big guns and big dudes! The gameplay for Crackdown 3 looks like a lot of fun. I played all of 2 hours of the first game and never went back to the franchise. Make Crews a playable character and maybe I buy back in. Other than that, I know there are plenty of people ready for this game to come back into their lives.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
I played the first episode of Life is Strange and from it alone I can see how people adore this series. This game is bright and colorful with a somewhat depressing narrative. After seeing this trailer, I will certainly go back to finish the first game.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
Another game I spent very little time with was Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, and its sequel Shadow of War looks like a crazy, action-packed game. The player can use the Nemesis power to turn foes into friends. It looks like a brilliant game and strategy. It seems like the right idea for a game based in Middle-Earth.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
I played the first Ori game, titled Ori and the Blind Forest. It was gorgeous and heart-breaking all at the same time. Even though the game is a few years old, I don't want to ruin it for anyone who plans on playing it in the near future. Know if you don't play it, you're seriously cutting yourself short on a fantastic game.
Finally, the show closed with EA coming back out to talk about the new Bioware game, Anthem. It seems this is the game all the A-team at Bioware was focused on, and the game looks super rad. A bit of a Destiny copycat, the game focuses on a group called "freelancers". I believe they are some type of hired help to take on the missions one else can or wants too. Putting your character in some serious Ironman-like armor this game looks intense. Like Destiny, each class seems to have their own type of advantages and perks. This looks like a game the gaming community will be happy to get their hands on soon!