- Gameplay of Scalebound, Hideki Kamiya’s new XONE-exclusive.
- Gameplay of Crackdown and Rise of the Tomb Raider.
- Reveal of Battletoads and Gears of War HD.
- Finding out what the hell’s going on with Quantum Break.
- More Hololens garbage
There might be some more surprises in store. Let’s hope so. I will be watching this on Spike TV, to avoid internet-related hiccups, so there will be a lack of screenshots at this time. They’ll be added in later. Kick-Ass is on right now. Thanks, Spike.
Geoff Keighley, king of questionable TV presentations, is here to welcome us.
Opening trailer features all of these hot XBOX IPs, including some Prince of Persia looking guy who I don’t recognize. New game, mayhap?
Bonnie Ross of 434 Studios is here, presumably to apologize some more about how busted The Master Chief Collection is. She says this will be the “best lineup in Xbox history,” forgetting that the first Xbox had Breakdown and Voodoo Vince.
But whatever, Halo 5: Guardians. Cool, I guess.
She keeps saying “epic,” and is proclaiming this realizes the promise of Halo (mediocre shooter?) combined with the power of Xbox One (equivalent to a mediocre PC?). There’s some four-player co-op going on here. Luckily, this contains no forced dialogue between the players on stage.
Josh Holmes, also of 343, and not to be confused with Josh Homme, a much cooler dude, is talking about what an ambitious campaign this is. It looked like other Halos. He’s saying the multiplayer has some new modes, 24 players, and is playable at E3. Well yeah, man, no shit, your game is coming out within a few months.
XBOX ONE EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE!!!!
This is from Microsoft Studios. Something in a desert, a lady and a robo-dog are hiding from a sandstorm. From Keiji Inafune, it says. They find something that looks like a Vault from Fallout and are attacked by some more robutts. Dog explodes itself, with only its spherical core remaining. The lady puts that core into a bigger robutt, which then seems to gain the “soul” of robo-dog. They enter the vault and find a huge spider-robot.
RECORE is its title. Coming from Comcept.
Phil Spencer’s shirt is mostly hidden, the only thing visible is a yellow circle. PAC-MAN, EXCLUSIVE ON XBOX!
YES! XBOX ONE HAS BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY!
Looks like this is digital-only. Games you own digitally will show up in your library, and putting a disc in will download that game. I would imagine it will require disc checks to play it so you can’t just put in the disc to DL and get rid of it. The presenter says 100 titles will be coming by the end of the year. Available for everyone this holiday, available for Xbox Preview members now.
Now it’s showing a new ELITE controller, which has hair-trigger locks and swappable components, along with a really weird looking dpad thing. Also included are shots of Gears of War HD even though they haven’t officially announced that yet.
Todd Howard is back, probably to talk about Xone exclusivity for Fallout 4 DLC, much like 3‘s DLC on Xbox 360.
This is mostly the same as the Fallout 4 demo from yesterday. Power Armor now seems to be more vehicle-like, and not just “Extra armor but you need 8 STR to equip it!”
XBOX EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Fallout 3 included with Fallout 4, apparently. Also, mods will be available, notably FOR FREE, on XONE.
Peter Moore of EA is here, maybe to give us a peep of a sweet new tat. At the moment, he’s babbling about EA Access, the worst value in video games. Titanfall will be available on EA Access, as will Dragon Age Inquisition. Nevermind that Titanfall has been like 5 bux constantly.
This week, if you have XBL Gold, you can play any of the EA Access games for free without a subscription. That’s kinda cool. And now, here’s a hot new announcement: PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE 2. Remember Garden Warfare 1? No? Let me refresh your memory: It was a kinda bad TF2-like that was a retail release yet had a bunch of F2P shit in it.
PVZ:GW2 will be out next spring, if you’re into that sort of thing. The trailer is using “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins. Thanks, Archer.
Something about cars. Probably Forza 5. Wait, 6? I don’t know. Horizon is the only Forza that matters. Okay, yes, 6. They’re lowering a dumbass car onto the fucking stage for some reason and the crowd is losing their shit because CARS!!!! This trailer has a lot of cars. Cars cars cars. Racing. Vroom vroom.
ANOTHER WORLD PREMIERE!!!
Dark Souls 3.
Looks Dark Souls as heck. Presumably this will be made by the same team that made 2, and thus won’t be a clusterfuck like Bloodborne.
Rolling right into a trailer for The Division. It will have a Xone-exclusive beta this December. Rainbow Six: Siege, meanwhile, will come with R6: Vegas 1 and 2, via the aforementioned backwards compatibility initiative.
Gigantic is another TF2/DOTA hybrid thing, apparently, and is a Windows 10/XONE exclusive. There will be a beta, obviously.
Montage of indie games, including the still-rad-looking Cuphead, what appears to be a new goddamn Army Men game for some reason, ARK, Goat Simulator, Westerado: Double Barreled, and some others that looked really generic.
One of the guys behind Gone Home is talking now about his new game, Tacoma, and I could not possibly care less.
Another indie guy is here to show Ashen, which seems to be another Day Z type thing with some element of puzzle solving. He says player relations are important. The game also has a really minimalist art style that looks ugly, like someone just forget to texture all the models.
Beyond Eyes is something about a blind girl. Looks pretty, but totally lacking in gameplay.
Now they’re showcasing Cuphead, hell yes. Now this is a video game. It’s coming out in 2016.
Oh, goddammit. MICROSOFT IS DOING EARLY ACCESS TOO. They’re calling it “Xbox Game Preview”, but at least this has a free trial program so if you were to buy, as an example, Day Z, and find out that it’s totally shit, you’re not out any money.
Oh, Day Z actually is one of the games. The Long Dark and Elite: Dangerous will be available later today.
Now the Day Z asshole is coming out to talk about his new game. This guy looks like a real douche. Appropriate. His game is ION, and the trailer contained no gameplay. What a surprise.
Gameplay of Rise Of The Tomb Raider. Thank Gorb, the dark period of questionable indie games is done. This looks extremely good for a console game.
XBOX ONE EXCLUSIVE
A bunch of banners of Rare games — Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, Battletoads, Viva Pinata. Even a shoutout to Blast Corps.
Okay, so the Battletoads thing is actually a Rare Collection, 30 games for 30 bux. Not bad. Even has Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Hopefully, the Live & Reloaded version.
Meanwhile, Rare’s new thing appears to be a walking simulator. I dunno. Or it’s a Day Z-like with a pirate theme? I have no idea what to make of this. It’s called Sea of Thieves.
XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS TEN EXCLUSIVE!!!!!
This is that new co-op Fable thing. Yawn.
Kudo Tsunoda came out to talk about how Microsoft has made a hot new VR deal! There is a long pause before the audience realizes they’re supposed to applaud. Now here’s the Hololens.
Also, Minecraft. You know that game, right? Kids love it.
I don’t know what’s going on. I guess the camera has a Hololens on it. This is kinda cool but it doesn’t seem like a good idea to have a guy with a speech impediment demonstrate the voice commands.
Rod Fergusson is here to talk about Gears of War Ultimate Edition, which is only Gears of War 1, coming August 25th. Reminder, GOW1 came out on PC as well, so, uh… Cool? There’s also a multiplayer beta starting TODAY!!! WOWEE ZOWEE!
GEARS 4, as it is apparently called, looks very different from the previous games. It has an almost survival horror vibe, with the two characters (who, notably, look like real people and not grotesque meat-slabs) exploring dark, gothic environments. Of course, there’s some cover-shooting at the end, but it has new enemies as well.
Phil Spencer says more on Crackdown, Scalebound, and Quantum Break will be at Gamescom. Fuck, man. C’mon.