E3 2015 Microsoft Highlights
I can safely say that Microsoft did pretty good this year. Although others might not agree so much with perfectly good reasons, I for one can’t wait for the amazing stuff XBOne has to offer. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Let’s start with the elephant in the room: backwards compatibility. That’s right, the long awaited feature for the Xbox One finally surfaces. It won’t be available until the holidays, but that’ll be the perfect time for people who still have an Xbox 360 to upgrade come Black Friday. Plus, if you already bought a game for the 360 on your system, when you get the XBOne, you won’t have to pay again! Serious, why didn’t have this when the system first came out?
Still on the hardware side of things, Microsoft announces Elite Wireless Controllers for the Xbox One. These controllers are different from any other because they can be customized. From switching analogs and D-pads to swapping buttons, these controllers really let you control how your remote feels and plays. It’s also designed for Windows 10 (launching on July 29th), so that’s a plus.
Now for the games. Halo 5 Guardians looks good. The story got me interested to the point of trying it out while the online multiplayer Warzone looked really chaotic. I’m actually kind of scared to see more “everything” join that mode as it’s already pretty crazy.
Rise of the Tomb Raider. I personally have never played any Lora Croft game, but the graphics on this one is absolutely amazing. Watching the preview looked more like a movie then it did a game. It was just visually appealing overall, but what really comes down it is the gameplay which already has some people commenting on. The preview showed us Lora and her partner scaling a dangerously unstable mountain while braving through a storm and an avalanche. Yeah, you wouldn’t catch me doing that.
There were many great Indy games, like Cuphead and Ashen. Cuphead has been a fan favorite since it’s first preview awhile back, which is no surprise considering it looks like you’re playing a Mickey Mouse cartoon. I’d love to know the process of making this game. As for Ashen, it’s a open world action rpg exploration game with multiplayer and giant creatures. Yet another visually appealing game, even the simplicity of the characters are cool.
Going back to hardware stuff, the Microsoft Hololens looked amazing! It’s like playing with virtual toys on a table. We even seen how we don’t need a TV to play the games. The Hololens projects the view on any wall! Game-wise, we only got to see how it looks with Minecraft but just imagine the possibilities with other games, like Toad Treasure Tracker, or many other sandbox games like Sim City (the good ones, not the “you have to be online to play” one).
Overall, Microsoft really showed their best at E3. Of course there’s other things they showed that were ok that I didn’t mention like Rare Replay, Sea of Thieves, the Tom Clancy games and Gears 4. The great thing is that most of these things will be available to get by the end of the year. It still is long, but worth the wait. This was a great E3 this year and I hope you check out our other highlights on the other companies from E3, and until next time, Let’s Make Magic!
E3 2015 Microsoft: 4 out of 5