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Monday, June 9, 2014

Microsoft's 2014 E3 press conference all about the games

Microsoft needed a rebound after last year's underwhelming E3 press conference and falling behind Sony and the PS4 for next-gen dominance. Their press conference at E3 2014 was solid with the main focus on games.

* No surprise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare kicked things off with lots of explosions and shooting things. It looks great and should please CoD fans.
* Forza Horizon 2 will launch Sept. 30. Again, the cars look shiny and cool.
* Four-player co-op was shown off in Assassin's Creed: Unity. Players teamed up very well to take out their target, but I expect it won't be so organized when playing with random strangers online.
* Sunset Overdrive was my favorite game shown off. It's a mix of Borderlands, Dead Rising and Tony Hawk, with lots of colors and action.
* Dead Rising 3 is getting DLC with a bunch of Capcom costumes. It's hilariously called Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha Prime. Good luck putting that in a headline.
* Co-op in Fable: Legends was played. Sadly the game still looks boring to me. Was never a Fable fan.
* Conker returns in Project Spark.
* Playdead Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed Limbo, showed off footage of their newest title, Inside. It kind of looks like a Limbo 2
* Rise of the Tomb Raider had a trailer, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt showed Geralt hunting a griffin.
* More gameplay from Tom Clancy's The Division was shown featuring great graphics and scripted online banter.
* Scalebound will be an Xbox One exclusive from Platinum Games and features giant monsters and craziness.
* A new Crackdown game was announced, although it was just a CGI trailer. Phantom Dust had another CGI trailer. Ori and the Blind Forest had a short trailer as well.
* A bunch of indie games were shown in a montage.
* The biggest announcement was Halo related, with the announcement of Halo: The Master Chief Collection that includes the first four numbered Halo games for the Xbox One. Multiplayer for Halo 2 will remain unchanged from 10 years ago. With the game comes beta access for Halo 5: Guardians.

While there weren't a ton of megaton reveals, I liked the focus on games. One thing I took away from it is the future of the Kinect doesn't look promising. But I don't think anyone is really complaining about that.

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