Microsoft came into E3 knowing it had a lot to prove in the eyes of gamers. It’s current main console has been lagging behind the competition with no signs of a spark to turn things around. This E3 Microsoft positioned itself to debut a new console, one that would knock the pants off the competiton in terms of raw power. This isn’t a new console in the traditional sense, it’s a half step/stop gap between the OG Xbox one and whatever Microsoft's next console iteration will be.
The Xbox One X, oh yeah, thats the new title for this. The X Box One X
(Yes, it abbreviates to XBOX)
This beast of a console will play all the same games you currently can play on your existing Xbox one, and nothing it can’t. Yes, that’s also correct, there will be no Xbox One X exclusives that will not be also available for the original Xbox one. That being said, it’s going to be $499. (Not the way I would have went)
The conference did have some notable moments, though. I also wouldn’t have gone the route of announcing almost every game as an exclusive even though it may be a timed exclusive, just have exclusive content, or actually be a game that appears only on the Xbox one. (most, if not all will be on PC as well) It’s not just an Xbox thing however, this is a problem with the industry in general (thats another story) Some of the stand out titles featured were:
Sea of Thieves
Rare - Xbox/Windows 10
Open World Action Adventure - 2018
I can’t sit here and whole heartedly say this game isn’t getting a pass from be because of my enjoyment of previous Rare games. I like many have been waiting to see what MS would do with them if they let them go crazy, and this seems to be something along those lines. Rare has a rich pedigree of game development, and Sea of thieves looks to be an interesting next step. This gen has been all about online connectivity, so when a new world emerges with a co-op focus i’m immediately in for it.
More Gameplay - from IGN
Studio MDHR - Xbox/PC
Platformer - 2D Platformer - September 20, 2017
Cuphead is run and gun action adventure platformer. This game immediately jumped on my radar when it was shown off at E3 2014 mainly because of it’s art style. It takes its notes from early 1930s cartoons gets me right in the nostalgia. Not just the art style, but this also is the genre that got me into gaming. So seeing it fully fleshed out and beautifully animated has me overly excited.
Sumo Digital - Xbox/Windows 10
Action Adventure - November 07, 2017
This title was one of the ones I was anticipating, until it was actually shown again. In the early days of the Xbox one, MS talked big on how the power of the MS cloud would make the experience of Crackdown 3 unmatched anywhere else. At the time I was a bit skeptical and I have to say after the reshowing I left even more disappointed. The official word from the developers is that Crackdown 3s fully destructible environments will be in the final game, but only in a single multiplayer mode called “XXX”. It’s a bit of a bummer but it’s still there. The problem for me is the graphical ability they showed off several years ago, doesn’t seem to be anywhere in the newest trailer. Even if this time around the opted to only show off the Single player, you have to admit it looks a bit different.
I have no doubt the crew over at Sumo will put out a quality product in its own right. This is due to launch with the Xbox one X this holiday, so they’ve got time to showoff all the modes and match types to get players excited.