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E3 2017: What I like from Microsoft and PC Gaming Show

Microsoft started out with revealing the formerly known as Xbox Scorpio, now named Xbox One X. Honestly I’m not fond of that name, but the system is fine. I don’t have an Xbox One yet, so it will probably be the one we buy, though I’m not sure that price is worth it. It will release on November 7th for $499. At least it will enhance graphics of earlier Xbox One titles, but I don’t know if it’ll actually make a noticeable difference if you don’t own a 4K TV?

Moving on to the games, there were a few that struck my fancy.
1. There was Metro Exodus, which takes the series open world. I don’t have either of the previous Metro games, but I’m interested.
2. Deep Rock Galactic had a short trailer, but enough to entice, and it looks like fun.
3. The Minecraft community marketplace is fine I suppose as is the cross platform capability, and the graphic overhaul is nice.
4. The Artful Escape grabbed my attention and I’ll be keeping my eye on it for future trailers/info.
5. Codevein speaks to my love of JRPGs even if it’s on the darker side. It kind of makes me think of Pandora’s Tower on the Wii.
I’m planning on getting Tacoma if reviews come out good, but I’ll be getting the PC version on GOG.
6. Super Lucky’s Tale is a game right up my alley, I will be playing this when I get the chance. I’m a sucker for cute animal and platformer games.
7. Cuphead was on my radar since they first announced it because the art style of old Disney cartoon is just so charming.
8. Ooblets showed up in the ID@Xbox trailer along with these titles I’ll have to learn more about later: Unruly Heroes, Fortnite, Battlerite, Surviving Mars, Robocraft Infinity, Astroneer, Brawlout, Riverbond, Shift.
9. Life is Strange: Before the Storm made me really want to check out Life is Strange. I heard about it of course, but never paid much attention. Definitely worth a look though.
10. And finally, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was stunning. I have yet to pick up Ori and the Blind Forest, but it’s been on my wishlist for awhile and this trailer was achingly beautiful.

That was a LOT more games than I originally thought in my head. So all in all, a good showing. I’m very much looking forward to Sony and Nintendo’s offerings!

As for the PC side of things, very quickly:
1. Battletech looks awesome, and I say that as someone who never played a Mechwarrior or battletech games. My husband’s a huge fan though and after seeing the trailer, I’m totally willing to play it along with him.
2. New Mount and Blade is coming (have yet to play but want to, bought on sale awhile ago). It seems like a fun series, and I love games where you can ride steeds/horses.
3. Tunic looks cute, and I’m hoping it will come to GOG because I’d like to buy it if reviews are good.
4. There were some others, but the one I want most is Wargroove; I love Chucklefish, which you’ll know by my playing Starbound and currently sucked into Stardew Valley. I also really like Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, so I’m going to love this too.

I meant to post this sooner, but unfortunately I got a cold, so after watching E3 stuff I couldn’t finish writing; had to take care of myself. Hopefully I will get my Sony and Nintendo post up by tonight, otherwise, look for it tomorrow. What were your thoughts on the Xbox presentation or PC Gaming Show?

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Microsoft Press Conference at E3 2015

Halo 5 Guardians was the first game shown (no surprise there), but I really enjoyed seeing more of the game and it made a better impact on me than earlier teasers. I love all the Halo games, and this seems like no exception. Also love that Buck is back, I really liked ODST.

Then they unveiled ReCore, by some of the makers of Metroid Prime and it looks very interesting but I have no idea if it’s an RPG, Action Adventure, or what. I’m looking forward to learning more though, because you get a cute robot buddy. It comes in Spring 2016, so we have awhile to wait.

One of the biggest announcements from Microsoft was giving us backward compatibility with 360 games natively, something that admittedly should have happened day 1. This will officially happen this holiday. They also showed off a new controller for Xbox One and PC, which looks really good.

Fallout 4 isn’t graphically amazing, but the content packed in makes me eager for it. You can create your own settlement, using any item in game and you can decorate your “home” and set up defenses. I think I’ll have a lot of fun with this part of the game, but I just really hope the dog stays alive throughout it. Also, if you get the Xbox One version, you get Fallout 3 for free and you can also use all PC mods with the game. This game comes out November 10th this year.

Next we saw Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. I’m not really into this game, but in case you are, it will be available next Spring.

Then we saw Forza 6 coming out on September 15th this year (my enthusiasm for Forza dropped with 5, but it might have more content?).

Three more games dropped that I’m not interested in: Dark Souls 3, The Division, Rainbow Six Siege. Then there was a great indie game montage but there was no way I could write down all those titles. Out of the ones they did focus on I most want Tacoma, Beyond Eyes (you play a blind girl and it has a very nice art style), and Cuphead which has a charming classic Disney cartoon style.

Rise of the Tomb Raider looks cool and it comes out November 10th. This looks better to me than previous modern Tomb Raider games, so I’m thinking of jumping in with it.

My favorite reveal though is the Rare Replay, a $30 collection of 30 Rare games including Banjo, Conker, Battletoads, Perfect Dark and so much more. I have been waiting so long for this, so I’m super excited. It comes out August 4th, so I won’t even have to wait too long except that now I suppose I need to buy an Xbox One lol.

Other than that, they showed off the HoloLens with Minecraft (looked cool, but remember the Kinect? I remain skeptical). Then they announced the Gears of War Ultimate Edition, which is a remaster of the first game rebuilt in 1080p, 60fps, including 90 minutes of content previously exclusive to the PC version. This comes out this August 25th. Gears 4 looks more like a horror Doom 3-esque game, but it doesn’t come out until Holiday 2016.

Watch the full conference here:

So that’s my wrap-up on the Microsoft conference that kicked off E3, and there’s plenty more to come. I’ll be covering the Sony conference next, and tomorrow I’ll be covering my most anticipated events, the Nintendo Direct and Square Enix’s conference. Stay tuned for more on my thoughts of E3 reveals!

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