Microsoft opened up their press conference saying it would be all about the games, and boy they weren’t lying! Here’s a recap on those 90 minutes of games, games, games!
The conference started up with a short sizzle reel and then kicked off with an action packed gameplay trailer for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, featuring a unit crash landing into a skyscraper overlooking a futuristic cityscape under fire. After proceeding to ground level, the unit engages the enemy directly as large futuristic mechs walk overhead and soldiers rocket off with jetpacks. After that, the unit is attacked by a mechanical swarm and we transition to another scene. After some more gunplay demonstrated, the trailer ends with a soldier’s dramatic sacrifice to save the player, as a piece of shrapnel severs his arm and he is dragged offscreen and we fade to black.
Next up is DLC for Forza Motorsport 5 available today, and now news on Forza Horizon 2, release date is September 30th. A trailer is displayed showcasing fantastic lighting effects and graphics.
After that, we have Evolve, a class based FPS from the people behind Left4Dead featuring large scale monster battles ala Monster Hunter (the Kraken is LEGIT!)
Now we have a gameplay trailer for Assassin’s Creed Unity, taking place during the French Revolution, we see our new assassin doing parkour and assassinating with the ease the series is known for. After causing chaos in a nearby crowd riot, he sneaks into a palace and proceeds through, assassinating in stealth as he goes. Eventually he reaches a window and climbs up the outside wall of the palace to reach a higher floor indoors. Stalking his prey over a party, chaos ensues as his teammates begin to quietly murder the guards. It is revealed that the game is co-operative up to 4 players, and the team throws out their target to a rioting crowd. The trailer closes out with the target’s head being chopped off by the rioters and displayed for all to see.
Next is a trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition, showing off a variety of fantasy battles, characters, vistas and beautiful effects.
A new trailer for Sunset Overdrive (from Insomniac, the minds behind Ratchet & Clank) is shown off, showing the comedic and over the top nature of the game. The character is shown doing crazy flips and grinds with over the top sound effects and violence. The story is apparently that the entirety of Sunset City has mutated due to an experimental energy drink, there are survivors, and you’re one of them, can you beat them? OF COURSE YOU CAN! It’s a F**king video game!! After a crazy gameplay demonstration, we have a release date: October 28th.
Now we have a crazy new DLC for Dead Rising 3 which involves tons of Capcom references and is available right NOW.
New Dance Central entry that will be available digital only, and with music from Disney’s Fantasia as well.
Now we have a new Fable Legends gameplay demonstration, it appears to be 4 player co-op and class-based. We see the team advancing through an overgrown forest, fighting monsters as they go with blades and magic. The teammates work together combining magic and skills to take down enemies easier, it seems this experience is heavily focused on the arcade-style gameplay. It is also possible for a fifth player to play as a villain and set traps for the other four players.
Next up we have a new trailer for Project Spark, showing off a variety of new customization options and gameplay options. Also, a surprise guest joins the game, Conker is available for download.
A trailer for a gorgeous 2D indie platformer, Ori and the Blind Forest, is shown. The characters traverse through the environment in a beautiful smooth way, and we end with a confrontation with a giant Owl. The trailer ends with the two characters interacting in a very emotional way.
Now, we have a new trailer for the next Halo game, showing a recap of previous events in the series and a new, personal, journey for Master Chief. A new collection, The Master Chief Collection, including the entire series so far in one disc, has been announced. All graphics are being updated for the new console with the option for a classic look at any point. The games will all run on their original engines in full 1080p, 60 fps on dedicated servers. We also get to see a new teaser for Halo 5: Guardians, the new online multiplayer for Halo 5.
Inside, a new indie platformer from the makers of Limbo, is announced. It seems to have WWII Holocaust themes.
An indie game sizzle reel is shown off, with a variety of different types of games shown.
We have a reveal for the next Tomb Raider game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, showing Laura going through some tough times, talking to a psychiatrist between clips of her adventuring and taking down enemies.
Next up is a gameplay demonstration for The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt. We are shown the expansive world as the character tracks and attacks a large griffin. He comes across a town under siege as he takes down the attackers, and makes sure a nearby woman is safe. After that, he continues the chase after the griffin, and after a heated battle, attains his kill.
Killer Instinct is getting a second season, TJ Combo will be entering the fray!
A teaser for a Phantom Dust sequel showing a battle between two new characters in a war torn city, with the title of “Phantom Dust” to close it out is all we get.
Another gameplay demonstration for The Division, showing off the mechanics of the game as the team moves through an abandoned subway. After they surface, a large scale gunfight breaks out and after the fight is over, we get a 2015 release date.
A new game from PlatinumGames exclusively for Xbox One is announced, Scalebound, it shows off a spunky silver haired hero who wields a bow and broadsword, doing stylish moves while trying to take down large Dragon monsters. After getting in a tight spot, he dons a Scale Armor Suit and prepares to take down a huge hydra monster possibly with friends?
After that, we have an announcement for a new Crackdown entry. We get a stylish and over the top trailer involving a dogfight over a busy city filled with colorful a skyscraper that ends with the skyscraper being blown to kingdom come with a large missile.
The conference closes out with a sizzle reel and that’s that!
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