E3 is finally upon us again and as has become the tradition Microsoft kicked the whole thing off with a fairly competent press conference comprised of two halfs.
I say two half’s because that’s what we got, a conference featuring to start with games which will be released this year and a second of games we’ll be playing come 2015, we’ll start where Microsoft did with this year’s offerings first.
So Microsoft began their conference with some Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare footage which looked much as you’d expect Call Of Duty to look, next up came Forza Horizon 2 and then a short trailer for the team based shooter Evolve followed by footage of Assassin’s Creed Unity, Dragon Age Inquisition, Sunset Overdrive and some new Dead Rising 3 DLC dubbed Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition DX Plus Alpha.
The game footage didn’t end there either as the titles just kept on coming, Dance Central Spotlight, Fable Legends, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt (which look particularly impressive) and Project Spark now features none other than Conker of Conker’s Bad Fur Day fame paving the way for The Halo Master Chief Collection (Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4) and an Anniversary edition Halo 2 which closed up the 2014 end of the conference and might have been conference entirely in years gone by but this time Microsoft decided to treat us to some of the games coming our way next year. It included some welcome surprises which really lifted the show however let’s start some of the more obvious ones; The Rise of the Tomb Raider, Tom Clancy’s The Division and Crackdown 3, all of which looked promising but where predicted taking some of their impact away unlike the final two games which appeared in CGI form only, a new action game from Hideki “Devil May Cry” Kamiya and Platinum Games dubbed Scalebound and a revival of a cult XBox classic Phantom Dust.
All in all while there was a little too many CGI movies for my liking and a few too many games we’d heard about already at least this year Microsoft showed games, games and more games compared to times past when they’ve choose to focus on TV, sports or Kinect. Some might accuse Microsoft of having played it safe this year and maybe they did but only after Sony and Nintendo have played their hands will we know for sure if playing safe will pay off.