Microsoft kicks off E3 this year with their conference. Going in I was hoping for a ton of Xbox One content and they delivered. I’m not going to go through the whole conference but I am going to run through some of the portions I thought were really cool to me.
Metal Gear 5: The Phantom Pain
They made a great decision by showing Metal Gear in the beginning, it really threw me. Actually, a lot about this trailer threw me for a loop; open world Metal Gear is really exciting, and it’s something I didn’t expect.
Also needless to say these games look amazing since they’re on next gen consoles, but the real time weather changing and night day cycle looks like it can heavily play into the stealth. I just wonder if they’re going to have some sort of camouflage index or if it’s going to go back to Metal Gear 2 where it’s all lines of sight.
But anyways, this game will be great based on the villains name alone, Skull Face.
Dead Rising 3
So, I haven’t seen so many AI characters on screen since a Dynasty Warriors game. Given zombies aren’t the most complicated AI’s, but holy crap are those numbers impressive. The game seems to have taken a grittier tone than the light hearted nature of the previous games. Also for as simple as the Smart Glass usage is, it’s still really cool that I can call in airstrikes and I assume other things with it. Furthermore real time crafting is the most exciting thing to me since having to find benches all the time was a pain in the ass.
Project Spark had one of the most underwhelming beginnings in the whole conference. Showing all the level creation stuff with Kinect didn’t interest me at all. But once they starting bringing everything together it became one of my favourite demos of the whole conference. It’s one of the games, where I can’t wait to see what the dedicated audience does with the tools provided to them.
This is also another game where I would love to use Smart Glass for the creation features. Everything looks to be at the swipe of a finger and really easy to use. Moreover, how can’t you love Tarzan sliding across terrain you’re making on the fly.
Microsoft came out strong with this conference; I am more inclined to get an Xbox One more than ever now. Thought a $499 price point is still a scary purchase for me.
High Point: Smart Glass and Xbox Live Upgrades
Low Point: Driveatar