They say third times the charm, and while for Microsoft and it’s third public showing of the Xbox One that might be a bit of an over statement there really was no denying that this year’s press conference was Microsoft’s best in a good long while and that, was completely down to the event’s focus on games.
It was none other than Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain (looking reminiscent of Red Dead now) which kicked off the bonanza but truly it was but the tip of the ice berg as titles like Ryse Son Of War, Quantum Break, Battlefield 4, Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive, Halo 5 and Respawn’s Titanfall piled in one after another paving the way for even more games. Dead Rising 3, exclusive to the Xbox One, to the delight of the crowd (despite looking a bit too much like a cross between GTA and The Walking Dead for my liking) while titles from Swery65’s (Deadly Premonition creator) D4 and Yukio Futatsugi’s (Panzer Dragoon creator) Crimson Dragon showed the One could do quirky as well as block buster games. Oh and Rare finally revived Killer Instinct but to mixed reaction (seems like Rare have been playing a little too much Street fighter 4 for some fans).
Release date (November), price (£429 / $499 / €499) and the axing of Microsoft points tied up the conference and while over all Microsoft can be proud of what they showed and how they showed it, nothing was said of the anti consumer features built into their new XBox One, nothing about the box has changed and so regardless of how many exclusives it might have or how good it’s games might be while the XBox One only allows you to license instead of own them it will never be a worthy investment.
Microsoft’s E3 2013 Press Conference Grade C.