June 10, 2013
Xbox One and Xbox 360: Nothing but Games, Games, and Games
Today’s Microsoft E3 Press Event was all about games, games, and more games; they held up what they stated after the less than stellar Xbox One reveal. We got views of franchises old and new, and some amazing looking visuals and integration through Xbox One and Smart Glass. There is plenty to get excited for on Microsoft’s new console outside of the new features like Upload Studio (Game DVR) with integration with Twitch T.V., and all of the features with Microsoft Smart Glass. Lets get to the games because that is what we are here for, the games.
Lets start by showing you what you can still get this year on the aging but still relevant gaming console.
World of Tanks: Xbox 360 edition
World of Tanks has hit the PC and has taken a hold of the Free to Play realm. While the PS3 has multiple free to play games, this is something new on the Xbox front, and what way to get into the game with one of the biggest players. The game will be free download and play, but certain items for your tanks will be funded through micro transactions. No release date was given but it will be hitting the Xbox 360 this summer. Check out the announcement trailer below.
Dark Souls 2
The Souls series from Namco Bandai has always had a history of being beautiful action RPG’s with a tougher than nails difficulty, but the difficulty made you learn and react differently every time. This year we will see the sequel to the acclaimed Dark Souls and it looks more insane than ever. Enjoy the trailer.
Now on to what made the event, the games of Xbox One. If you were on the fence about Microsoft’s new console hopefully these will change your mind. Most of these trailers are in game footage, so no pre-rendered scenes this is all beautiful game play. Lets kick it off.
The arcade legend from Rare is back and is heading to the Xbox One. At the Xbox One unveiling event they hinted that Rare was bringing back one of their signature franchises and low and behold, Killer Instinct has returned. Killer Instinct was an arcade (and later on the SNES and N64) fighter that focused on insane combos to taking down your rivals. Killer Instinct returns after a 17 year hiatus, and as a fighting fan, could not be happier. Enjoy the short, but amazing trailer.
Ryse: Son of Rome
Ryse was announced back when Microsoft reveled the Kinect. It was a motion based action game developed by the minds behind the Crysis series, Crytek. Crytek have reinvented Ryse, which is now a third person action title that will launch along side Xbox One. The game will be running on the newest iteration of Cryengine 3. There looks to be quick time events to break up the action, and feel like what Spartan: Total Warrior was trying to accomplish on the Xbox and PS2. Ryse: Son of Rome will be out this November.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
This was the title the press event started with and what a way to start. The newest title from Hideo Kojima and Konami has been of some speculation lately as the titular Snake will not be voiced Snake vet , David Hayter. Kiefer Sutherland will be taking up the role of Snake in the Phantom Pain. The game boast and open world with new stealth mechanics as well as real time weather and time lapse. The game will be out on Xbox One as well as PlayStation 4. Enjoy the amazing look at the newest Metal Gear.
Dead Rising 3
One of the titles that made be grab a Xbox 360 was the original Dead Rising. It was something that showed off the power of the next generation by having hundreds of zombies on screen at once, and now Capcom Vancouver is trying to bring back that magic. With a new protagonist, seamless open world, and the ability to combine weapons on the fly, it is looking the best Dead Rising yet. The game will release this fall along side the Xbox one.
This is one game I have been waiting for since the announcement there would be a spiritual successor to Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Orta. The game will be out on the Xbox One. There wasn’t much past a video montage, but that is enough to have me excited for this epic rail shooter.
Halo Xbox One
The last game I am going to cover on this video montage, is one that I was not expecting an announcement. I knew that with Halo 4 they were starting a new trilogy, but to see something so soon since Halo 4 was just released last year. There were some beans spilled though; the game will run at 60 frames per second, the multiplayer will have dedicated servers, and will release sometime next year. Now the video looks pre-rendered but I can imagine this is a proof of concept of what they want to hit with the title.