Xbox One: What Did E3 Tell Us? Part 1

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Ok so E3 is over, and it's time to take stock and catch up with all those lovely trailers. I must admit at first I was a little unsure about how E3 went for Microsoft, there have been a few announcements which have been met with disgust by fans, I am thinking DRM choices and daily check-in here.

That been said there are plenty of things Microsoft have confirmed, which means at least we know a little bit more about the latest console hitting our shelves.  Let’s start with the price, confirmed in the UK as £429, this means that online retailers will now be able to officially price their consoles, so expect more bundle deals  in the next few weeks.

So the price tag aside let’s take a look at some of Microsoft’s gaming offerings.  Their intro video opened up, unexpectedly, with the new Metal Gear Solid for the Xbox 360 which is an interesting choice as their opening image but why not, it’s an awesome franchise and personally I can’t wait to get a chance to sit down and play it.

I’ll move quickly past World of Tanks and onto the Xbox One offerings:       

Ryse: Son of Rome

A game which was already announced but this time we get to see some proper video footage, the graphics look impressive, the only negative I could see is the excessive use of QTE, or Quick Time Events, you’ll remember these from Uncharted, yes, you know the one where you have to quickly press X five times or you’ll die and have to restart the silly nonsense from the start!

Forza Motorsport 5

No major surprises here the graphics look amazing, the level of detail has once again been stepped up a notch from the 360 version and there is a new addition to the game in the form of a new AI called Drivatar. Basically Drivatar learns your driving style as you play and when you’re at work or school your Drivatar will race against other users and if you win you earn points. Sounds quite unique but I have seen similar things in other games so we will have to see how it compares on release day.

Dead Rising 3

Dead Rising 3 will start 3 days after the outbreak, we will get to meet a new main lead and it will be based in California. Once again the main character can use pretty much anything as a weapon, and the video a few of the combos. One new feature seems to be vehicles, it remains to be seen how these will be implemented.  I really enjoyed Dead Rising, didn’t play the sequel so much, but still this might be on I add to my to play list.

Well that’s the first three major games coming to your Xbox One, in my second part I will cover the big daddy games Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4 and more. So check back later for more!

Finally before we round off our reviews for the day, I think it is worth posting the trailer for the NEW Call of Duty: Ghosts. Although this was shown at the reveal trailer, rather than E3, I haven't had a chance to post the video or pass an opinion yet:

Call of Duty: Ghosts

I think it looks amazing, I really enjoyed the earlier Call of Duty games and although I haven't played the last two hardcore I still enjoyed the occasional round or two on a Sunday afternoon. Once again I think I will purchase this one, even if it is just for the odd blast every week or so. Graphically it is a step up from previous games but I can't help but think that some developers have yet to make full and proper use of the Xbox One's full capabilities. 

Image credit: Microsoft Press Release

 

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