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  1. In response to lackluster sales and a large number of requests from would-be Xbox One purchasers, Microsoft has unveiled a cheaper Xbox One that will be sold without the Kinect. The new model of Xbox One will retail at $399 and will hit the market on June 9. the Kinect will be available separately sometime later this fall. This news comes hand in hand with the announcement that a variety of paid for services will no longer be locked behind Xbox Live like Netflix, Twitch, HBO GO, and various sports apps. What do you think? Will this and the reversal on used games/always online be enough to bring in more customers for Microsoft?
  2. In response to lackluster sales and a large number of requests from would-be Xbox One purchasers, Microsoft has unveiled a cheaper Xbox One that will be sold without the Kinect. The new model of Xbox One will retail at $399 and will hit the market on June 9. the Kinect will be available separately sometime later this fall. This news comes hand in hand with the announcement that a variety of paid for services will no longer be locked behind Xbox Live like Netflix, Twitch, HBO GO, and various sports apps. What do you think? Will this and the reversal on used games/always online be enough to bring in more customers for Microsoft? View full article
  3. Not everyone has the time or inclination to sit down in the middle of the day and watch a forty-minute press conference about video games. Luckily, we do. Microsoft held a non-livestreamed conference on the opening day of Gamescom, a major video game expo held in Germany. Luckily, Gamespot recorded the event, so if you want, you can watch it in its entirety. The conference was short and hit the key aspects of Microsoft’s plans to repair public perception of the Xbox One following Sony’s PR gains during E3. The presentation began with Microsoft stressing a revamped approach toward indie developers and the advertising of launch titles. Many of these changes included the elimination of fees developers previously had to pay for things like development tools, their games to be certified as Microsoft products, and activating their product in the virtual marketplace. In addition, Microsoft has redesigned the Xbox Live Marketplace to make discovery of new indie titles easier and smooth the process of searching the marketplace for consumers. Chris Charla, a former video game journalist and veteran of the video game business, will be running the program. Essentially, these changes mean that Microsoft has made the Xbox One a place where independent developers can self-publish their work, eliminating a previously crucial hurdle in console game development. Microsoft then revealed a next-gen MMO, Fable Legends. Not many details were given besides what was shown in the trailer, but it seems apparent that Fable Legends will allow players to take up arms as either the hero or a villain. The debut trailer for Ubisoft’s Fighter Within was shown, a game using the Kinect to read player’s movements and translate them into onscreen attacks for their avatars. Another Ubisoft title, Tom Clancy’s The Division, showed off gameplay centered on the Xbox One’s ability to integrate SmartGlass tablets. Microsoft showed another ace up their sleeve with Cobalt, a new side-scrolling competitive shooter from Mojang, the creators of Minecraft. Cobalt appears to be the same game that Mojang released alpha footage of around two years ago, albeit much more polished and out of Alpha. Moving on to Call of Duty: Ghosts, Microsoft recapped the success of the franchise and delved into dedicated Xbox Live Cloud support hosting dedicated servers, Blitz multiplayer mode, and the multiplayer maps that will be available first on the Xbox One. Microsoft also announced that a there will be a Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox One bundle at launch in November. Microsoft also catered to the casual crowd with titles like Kinect Sports Rivals, Peggle 2, and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. Rare’s Kinect Sports Rivals will feature “The Champion Creator” which will have the Kinect scanning players and making “an awesome” version of the player. Peggle 2 will be available at the launch of Xbox One and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare will land sometime in 2014 with Kinect and SmartGlass features. The final part of Microsoft’s presentation was to make some statements about FIFA 14 and the exclusive content coming to Xbox One. FIFA 14 will have a feature called Ultimate Team Legends all season long. This mode will allow players to pit themselves against some of the greatest soccer players in history. In addition to Ultimate Team Legends, all European pre-orders for Xbox One will include a copy of FIFA 14 at no additional cost including pre-existing pre-orders. Microsoft concluded their conference by promising more pre-order bundle information in the near future. Anyone planning to pre-order an Xbox One? What are your thoughts on the system and its launch line-up of games?
  4. Not everyone has the time or inclination to sit down in the middle of the day and watch a forty-minute press conference about video games. Luckily, we do. Microsoft held a non-livestreamed conference on the opening day of Gamescom, a major video game expo held in Germany. Luckily, Gamespot recorded the event, so if you want, you can watch it in its entirety. The conference was short and hit the key aspects of Microsoft’s plans to repair public perception of the Xbox One following Sony’s PR gains during E3. The presentation began with Microsoft stressing a revamped approach toward indie developers and the advertising of launch titles. Many of these changes included the elimination of fees developers previously had to pay for things like development tools, their games to be certified as Microsoft products, and activating their product in the virtual marketplace. In addition, Microsoft has redesigned the Xbox Live Marketplace to make discovery of new indie titles easier and smooth the process of searching the marketplace for consumers. Chris Charla, a former video game journalist and veteran of the video game business, will be running the program. Essentially, these changes mean that Microsoft has made the Xbox One a place where independent developers can self-publish their work, eliminating a previously crucial hurdle in console game development. Microsoft then revealed a next-gen MMO, Fable Legends. Not many details were given besides what was shown in the trailer, but it seems apparent that Fable Legends will allow players to take up arms as either the hero or a villain. The debut trailer for Ubisoft’s Fighter Within was shown, a game using the Kinect to read player’s movements and translate them into onscreen attacks for their avatars. Another Ubisoft title, Tom Clancy’s The Division, showed off gameplay centered on the Xbox One’s ability to integrate SmartGlass tablets. Microsoft showed another ace up their sleeve with Cobalt, a new side-scrolling competitive shooter from Mojang, the creators of Minecraft. Cobalt appears to be the same game that Mojang released alpha footage of around two years ago, albeit much more polished and out of Alpha. Moving on to Call of Duty: Ghosts, Microsoft recapped the success of the franchise and delved into dedicated Xbox Live Cloud support hosting dedicated servers, Blitz multiplayer mode, and the multiplayer maps that will be available first on the Xbox One. Microsoft also announced that a there will be a Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox One bundle at launch in November. Microsoft also catered to the casual crowd with titles like Kinect Sports Rivals, Peggle 2, and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. Rare’s Kinect Sports Rivals will feature “The Champion Creator” which will have the Kinect scanning players and making “an awesome” version of the player. Peggle 2 will be available at the launch of Xbox One and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare will land sometime in 2014 with Kinect and SmartGlass features. The final part of Microsoft’s presentation was to make some statements about FIFA 14 and the exclusive content coming to Xbox One. FIFA 14 will have a feature called Ultimate Team Legends all season long. This mode will allow players to pit themselves against some of the greatest soccer players in history. In addition to Ultimate Team Legends, all European pre-orders for Xbox One will include a copy of FIFA 14 at no additional cost including pre-existing pre-orders. Microsoft concluded their conference by promising more pre-order bundle information in the near future. Anyone planning to pre-order an Xbox One? What are your thoughts on the system and its launch line-up of games? View full article
  5. UPDATE: Don Mattrick, Microsoft's president of interactive entertainment has released an official statement on Microsoft's stance change. Below you can find his full statement. Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience. For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future. Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One. You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world. So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means: An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360. Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360. In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console -- there will be no regional restrictions. These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray. We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds. Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year. It is good to know that even a giant corporation like Microsoft can understand which way the wind is blowing. If you didn't feel like reading the full statement, Mattrick clarified the following things: Downloaded games can still be accessed anywhere at any times, but disc-based games cannot, unless you have the disc. This effectively ends the "you can take your library with you" line that Microsoft was trying to sell. You will need to download a day-one patch in order to disable the Xbox One's 24-hour check-in component. The regional restrictions on the Xbox One have been lifted. You can buy an Xbox One from anywhere in the world and it will play Xbox One games from anywhere in the world. Original story: In a stunning turn of events, Microsoft has revised its policies on 24-hour required system check-ins for the Xbox one and used game DRM that would restrict the resale of games. The reversal of Microsoft's stance for the Xbox One was likely in response to Sony's PlayStation 4 press conference during E3, after which they received numerous complains and were on the receiving end of pretty intense consumer hatred. You can check out the important points over on their official site, or read the important bullet points below. - Though the Xbox One is still designed to be connected to the internet, it will no longer cease playing games after 24-hours pass in an offline state. - The Xbox one will not have used game DRM that prohibits or restricts the sale of used games. There will be no additional hoops to go through if you want to lend a game to a friend or trade your game in for cash or store credit. Needless to say, this is incredibly unexpected and has left most of the folks across the industry feeling like the gif below. We'll continue to monitor the story as it develops.
  6. UPDATE: Don Mattrick, Microsoft's president of interactive entertainment has released an official statement on Microsoft's stance change. Below you can find his full statement. Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience. For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future. Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One. You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world. So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means: An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360. Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360. In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console -- there will be no regional restrictions. These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray. We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds. Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year. It is good to know that even a giant corporation like Microsoft can understand which way the wind is blowing. If you didn't feel like reading the full statement, Mattrick clarified the following things: Downloaded games can still be accessed anywhere at any times, but disc-based games cannot, unless you have the disc. This effectively ends the "you can take your library with you" line that Microsoft was trying to sell. You will need to download a day-one patch in order to disable the Xbox One's 24-hour check-in component. The regional restrictions on the Xbox One have been lifted. You can buy an Xbox One from anywhere in the world and it will play Xbox One games from anywhere in the world. Original story: In a stunning turn of events, Microsoft has revised its policies on 24-hour required system check-ins for the Xbox one and used game DRM that would restrict the resale of games. The reversal of Microsoft's stance for the Xbox One was likely in response to Sony's PlayStation 4 press conference during E3, after which they received numerous complains and were on the receiving end of pretty intense consumer hatred. You can check out the important points over on their official site, or read the important bullet points below. - Though the Xbox One is still designed to be connected to the internet, it will no longer cease playing games after 24-hours pass in an offline state. - The Xbox one will not have used game DRM that prohibits or restricts the sale of used games. There will be no additional hoops to go through if you want to lend a game to a friend or trade your game in for cash or store credit. Needless to say, this is incredibly unexpected and has left most of the folks across the industry feeling like the gif below. We'll continue to monitor the story as it develops. View full article
  7. Yesterday, Microsoft, free of discussing hardware and the non-gaming aspects of its system, focused squarely on the games. If you weren't able to watch the event yourself, don't have the time, or just plain don't feel like watching it, we've got you covered. In this overview we briefly describe and link various parts of the press conference for your convenience. Price and Release Window for Xbox One The two big questions on everybody's mind was how much was this thing going to cost and when to give Microsoft their money. Both questions were answered. Kinect Sports Rivals Before the conference even began in earnest, Microsoft announced Kinect Sports Rivals on the Spike TV pre-news conference coverage. The title will be developed by Rare for the Xbox One and will release sometime this holiday season. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Microsoft opened the press conference not with a word, but with a brand new look at Metal Gear Solid V which showed off new features, locations, weather conditions, and characters. Game Plan for the Xbox 360 After the Metal Gear bombshell, Microsoft went on to explain the future of the Xbox 360, promising hundreds of games and focusing on three of the big ones: former PC exclusive World of Tanks, Max, the Curse of Brotherhood, and Dark Souls II. Eleven Exclusive Titles After getting most of the nitty gritty out of the way, the creators of the Xbox One went on to detail a number of the exclusives that will be available for the system in the near future, some at launch. No More MS Points Microsoft has decided to ditch the Microsoft Points system in favor of using real currency, probably because they realized having an alternate currency was just serving to confuse people out of buying their products online. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt Though previously announced, CD Projekt confirmed that the game would be an open world, utilize optional voice commands, and that SmartGlass could be used to manage inventory and character progression. Battlefield 4 A live demo was shown of the game, beginning on a sinking aircraft carrier and moving into a boat assault on a larger vessel. Microsoft confirmed that the first map DLC will be available on Xbox One before it is released anywhere else. Live Streaming and Gameplay Recording Details Microsoft clarified some aspects of how it will allow gamers to live stream their gameplay via Twitch and how gamers will be able to save, edit and record their non-streamed gameplay. Below Below appears to be a promising indie title about exploring the underground areas of a mysterious island and it comes from the same people that created the game and music of Sword and Sworcery. Keep your eye on this one. Minecraft Minecraft made its appearance to confirm that it would indeed be on the Xbox One, that the level size would increase, and that multiplayer capabilities would be greatly expanded upon. Black Tusk's Secret Project To be honest, we weren't shown more than a brief glimpse of the game before the conference moved on. All we know about it is that it is a next-gen title.
  8. Yesterday, Microsoft, free of discussing hardware and the non-gaming aspects of its system, focused squarely on the games. If you weren't able to watch the event yourself, don't have the time, or just plain don't feel like watching it, we've got you covered. In this overview we briefly describe and link various parts of the press conference for your convenience. Price and Release Window for Xbox One The two big questions on everybody's mind was how much was this thing going to cost and when to give Microsoft their money. Both questions were answered. Kinect Sports Rivals Before the conference even began in earnest, Microsoft announced Kinect Sports Rivals on the Spike TV pre-news conference coverage. The title will be developed by Rare for the Xbox One and will release sometime this holiday season. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Microsoft opened the press conference not with a word, but with a brand new look at Metal Gear Solid V which showed off new features, locations, weather conditions, and characters. Game Plan for the Xbox 360 After the Metal Gear bombshell, Microsoft went on to explain the future of the Xbox 360, promising hundreds of games and focusing on three of the big ones: former PC exclusive World of Tanks, Max, the Curse of Brotherhood, and Dark Souls II. Eleven Exclusive Titles After getting most of the nitty gritty out of the way, the creators of the Xbox One went on to detail a number of the exclusives that will be available for the system in the near future, some at launch. No More MS Points Microsoft has decided to ditch the Microsoft Points system in favor of using real currency, probably because they realized having an alternate currency was just serving to confuse people out of buying their products online. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt Though previously announced, CD Projekt confirmed that the game would be an open world, utilize optional voice commands, and that SmartGlass could be used to manage inventory and character progression. Battlefield 4 A live demo was shown of the game, beginning on a sinking aircraft carrier and moving into a boat assault on a larger vessel. Microsoft confirmed that the first map DLC will be available on Xbox One before it is released anywhere else. Live Streaming and Gameplay Recording Details Microsoft clarified some aspects of how it will allow gamers to live stream their gameplay via Twitch and how gamers will be able to save, edit and record their non-streamed gameplay. Below Below appears to be a promising indie title about exploring the underground areas of a mysterious island and it comes from the same people that created the game and music of Sword and Sworcery. Keep your eye on this one. Minecraft Minecraft made its appearance to confirm that it would indeed be on the Xbox One, that the level size would increase, and that multiplayer capabilities would be greatly expanded upon. Black Tusk's Secret Project To be honest, we weren't shown more than a brief glimpse of the game before the conference moved on. All we know about it is that it is a next-gen title. View full article
  9. At today's Microsoft press event in Los Angeles, CA, the makers of the Xbox One announced the two things that have been on everybody's minds since the console was announced slightly over a week ago: the price and release date. The Xbox One will retail at $499, €499, and £429 depending on where you live, and the console will release sometime in November. Each unit will come bundled with a Kinect version 2.0, with a blu-ray player built into the system, and a wireless controller. What do you guys think of the price? Too much? To little? Just right?
  10. At today's Microsoft press event in Los Angeles, CA, the makers of the Xbox One announced the two things that have been on everybody's minds since the console was announced slightly over a week ago: the price and release date. The Xbox One will retail at $499, €499, and £429 depending on where you live, and the console will release sometime in November. Each unit will come bundled with a Kinect version 2.0, with a blu-ray player built into the system, and a wireless controller. What do you guys think of the price? Too much? To little? Just right? View full article
  11. Yusuf Mehdi took the stage for Microsoft today to announce the plans for the next three years of the Xbox 360. A new model for the Xbox 360 based on the Xbox One design is available starting today. The sleek design is smaller and will come packaged with a Kinect, though no price drop is in sight. Mehdi also explained that Xbox Live Gold memberships will extend to Xbox One as well as 360. Two free games will be given away every month to Gold Members, starting with Assassin's Creed 2 and Halo 3. Mehdi went on to promise hundreds of new games for 360 over the next three years. He singled out three titles in particular coming to 360. Perhaps one of the biggest bombshells was that World of Tanks, a competitive PC giant with over 60 million players, is coming to 360, expanding the competitive eSports edge of the console (as well as tanks blowing each other sky-high). The CEO of Wargaming took the stage, explaining the global phenomenon of World of Tanks and that the 48 million member Xbox Live Community was a compelling reason to bring the game PC to Xbox 360. World of Tanks will remain a free-to-play title while transitioning to console for Gold subscribers (and free for seven days for Silver subscribers), though it is unknown if it will be coming to Xbox One. Press Play, a quirky indie studio revealed its work on Max, the Curse of Brotherhood. The trailer for the game seemed to indicate a plot similar to the 80s cult film, Labyrinth. The trailer starts out with a young boy who casts a spell to make his younger brother disappear. The spell works, opening a portal between worlds and an evil creature abducts his brother and Max must journey, through platforms and hazards to retrieve him.You can view the announcement trailer below. Dark Souls II rounded out the three Xbox 360 titles, appearing to feature updated graphics, weapons and enemies, but nothing incredibly new or revolutionary was displayed for those familiar with the franchise. All three games discussed for Xbox 360 should be releasing later this year.
  12. Yusuf Mehdi took the stage for Microsoft today to announce the plans for the next three years of the Xbox 360. A new model for the Xbox 360 based on the Xbox One design is available starting today. The sleek design is smaller and will come packaged with a Kinect, though no price drop is in sight. Mehdi also explained that Xbox Live Gold memberships will extend to Xbox One as well as 360. Two free games will be given away every month to Gold Members, starting with Assassin's Creed 2 and Halo 3. Mehdi went on to promise hundreds of new games for 360 over the next three years. He singled out three titles in particular coming to 360. Perhaps one of the biggest bombshells was that World of Tanks, a competitive PC giant with over 60 million players, is coming to 360, expanding the competitive eSports edge of the console (as well as tanks blowing each other sky-high). The CEO of Wargaming took the stage, explaining the global phenomenon of World of Tanks and that the 48 million member Xbox Live Community was a compelling reason to bring the game PC to Xbox 360. World of Tanks will remain a free-to-play title while transitioning to console for Gold subscribers (and free for seven days for Silver subscribers), though it is unknown if it will be coming to Xbox One. Press Play, a quirky indie studio revealed its work on Max, the Curse of Brotherhood. The trailer for the game seemed to indicate a plot similar to the 80s cult film, Labyrinth. The trailer starts out with a young boy who casts a spell to make his younger brother disappear. The spell works, opening a portal between worlds and an evil creature abducts his brother and Max must journey, through platforms and hazards to retrieve him.You can view the announcement trailer below. Dark Souls II rounded out the three Xbox 360 titles, appearing to feature updated graphics, weapons and enemies, but nothing incredibly new or revolutionary was displayed for those familiar with the franchise. All three games discussed for Xbox 360 should be releasing later this year. View full article
  13. Metal Gear Solid V made an appearance right off the bat at the Microsoft press conference in a gameplay trailer. The gameplay clips highlighted how there will be live weather that changes realistically, the vehicles used to traverse the open world landscape, and the in-game day/night cycle. A new addition to the the series, besides being the first truly open-world Metal Gear title, will be the ability to drive vehicles and the sneaking options that go with each one. For example, Snake will be able to control jeeps, tanks, horses, and make use of various sneaking maneuvers with each, like the ability to hide within the flatbed of a truck or cling to the side of a horse. Since MGSV is set in 1984, players presumably won’t be finding much like the Stealth Camo from Metal Gear Solid IV anywhere in this game. However, in the Metal Gear Solid franchise nothing really remains off limits, so we will have to wait for the full release to see what kind of high-tech/retro gadgets become available. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC, as well as receiving downgraded ports to the Xbox 360 and PS3.
  14. Metal Gear Solid V made an appearance right off the bat at the Microsoft press conference in a gameplay trailer. The gameplay clips highlighted how there will be live weather that changes realistically, the vehicles used to traverse the open world landscape, and the in-game day/night cycle. A new addition to the the series, besides being the first truly open-world Metal Gear title, will be the ability to drive vehicles and the sneaking options that go with each one. For example, Snake will be able to control jeeps, tanks, horses, and make use of various sneaking maneuvers with each, like the ability to hide within the flatbed of a truck or cling to the side of a horse. Since MGSV is set in 1984, players presumably won’t be finding much like the Stealth Camo from Metal Gear Solid IV anywhere in this game. However, in the Metal Gear Solid franchise nothing really remains off limits, so we will have to wait for the full release to see what kind of high-tech/retro gadgets become available. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC, as well as receiving downgraded ports to the Xbox 360 and PS3. View full article
  15. The head of Microsoft Studios, Phil Spencer, took the stage today at the Microsoft press conference to reveal a stable of Xbox One games, some of which will be available at launch. "We have more games in development now than at any other time in Microsoft Studio's history," Spencer proclaimed proudly, before launching into a press announcement packed with new game announcements, reveals, and details. First announced as a launch title, Ryse: Son of Rome is a third-person action title focusing on delivering cinematic gameplay. Set in a time of strife in the Roman empire, Ryse places players in the role of Roman general named Marius Titus, battling the enemies of Rome. The gameplay trailer indicated that much of the combat would heavily rely on quick-time events. The game will run on the new CryEngine. Microsoft also spent a small amount of time introducing a revitalized Killer Instinct, marking the return of a beloved fighting franchise to the forefront of gaming. After a brief trailer, a live gameplay demonstration was performed on-stage. If you have ever wanted to play a game that pits a werewolf against a velociraptor, this is definitely a game to keep your eyes on. Ted Price from Insomniac Games, a developer who's previous work has only ever been on Sony consoles, took the stage to announce Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive. The super-stylized open world of Sunset Overdrive is full of monsters, possibly zombies, and pockets of survivors armed with ridiculous weaponry, like vinyl record launchers. Players will be able to traverse the world quickly and easily with little to no loading times. The trailer hints that weapons might be upgradable with items found throughout the world, like the energy drink combined with a shotgun. The Forza series made its obligatory appearance with Forza 5. Touting the unrivaled automotive realism it brings to the table and the presence of the McLaren P1 within the game and on the stage. One of only two P1s in the world was seen rising through the stage at E3 to promote the next installment in the Forza series. One of the newest additions to the series is the "Driveatar," which will learn from players as they drive in-game. While the player is offline, the "driveatar" will compete online against friends and strangers, rewarding said player with experience and money earned when they return. More details were given regarding Remedy Entertainment's Quantum Break. The studio's director, Sam Lake, took the stage to discuss the title's unique way of bridging the gap between television and video games. The choices made throughout the mysterious title will generate a personalized version of the television show and the show will elaborate on aspects of the game and its world. The main premise of the game is that you take on the role of a character who survived a failed experiment that has caused time to stutter and stop, but leaves the protagonist apparently unaffected. The possibly crazy, delightfully twisted mind of Swery65 and the team behind the cult hit Deadly Premonition have been brought on board to develop an episodic murder mystery series called D4. Practically nothing is known about this game, and given the tendency toward the bizarre and obscure that was apparent in Deadly Premonition, D4 is likely to hold many surprises and secrets. Two members from the team behind Project Spark took the stage to discuss the gaming toolkit that allows non-coders to become developers and create games from scratch based on their software. They showed off different abilities like being able to edit objects in the game world and imbue the with different traits, like turning a rock into a loyal and helpful pet ally. They also played a film reel showcasing the many different kinds of games that gamers will be able to create, like on-rails shooters, fantasy adventures, platformers, and more. Dead Rising 3 was announced as a platform exclusive for Microsoft. The city of Los Perdidos is overrun with zombies and it is up to mechanic Nick, to try and survive the outbreak. Using a crafting system that works on the fly, Nick can create interesting and powerful weapons like sledge buzz saws to make the overwhelming hordes of undead slightly easier to deal with. There will be no loading times while navigating the city, though driving through a thick pack of the undead could result in a dangerous stall-out or a particularly strong gripped zombie might be able to latch onto the vehicle and tear Nick out. For the most part, Nick will have to rely on distractions to get out of the worst of most situations, or call in the aid of a friend with SmartGlass, which can summon airstrikes or other forms of support. In a second return of a beloved franchise (at least in a spiritual sense), a new game called Crimson Dragon was announced for Xbox One from the creator of Panzer Dragoon and Phantom Dust. The title features dragons, flying, lots of explosions, and MOAR DRAGONS! One of Microsoft's final announcements was... well, you might just want to watch the reveal trailer below and find out for yourself. The final reveal of the conference was that Titanfall, a sci-fi FPS from the creators of the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, was going to be a Microsoft exclusive, appearing on PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game features a"single-player level of polish," despite making multiplayer the core of the game. Every player will have jet packs, be able to double jump, do some light wall-running, grab high ledges, and call down a mechanical suit, known as Titans, from space. Combat fluidly features both human soldiers and mechs battling alongside and against each other. On my list of things to look forward to in the next-gen of consoles, giant robots fighting is definitely rates pretty high.
  16. The head of Microsoft Studios, Phil Spencer, took the stage today at the Microsoft press conference to reveal a stable of Xbox One games, some of which will be available at launch. "We have more games in development now than at any other time in Microsoft Studio's history," Spencer proclaimed proudly, before launching into a press announcement packed with new game announcements, reveals, and details. First announced as a launch title, Ryse: Son of Rome is a third-person action title focusing on delivering cinematic gameplay. Set in a time of strife in the Roman empire, Ryse places players in the role of Roman general named Marius Titus, battling the enemies of Rome. The gameplay trailer indicated that much of the combat would heavily rely on quick-time events. The game will run on the new CryEngine. Microsoft also spent a small amount of time introducing a revitalized Killer Instinct, marking the return of a beloved fighting franchise to the forefront of gaming. After a brief trailer, a live gameplay demonstration was performed on-stage. If you have ever wanted to play a game that pits a werewolf against a velociraptor, this is definitely a game to keep your eyes on. Ted Price from Insomniac Games, a developer who's previous work has only ever been on Sony consoles, took the stage to announce Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive. The super-stylized open world of Sunset Overdrive is full of monsters, possibly zombies, and pockets of survivors armed with ridiculous weaponry, like vinyl record launchers. Players will be able to traverse the world quickly and easily with little to no loading times. The trailer hints that weapons might be upgradable with items found throughout the world, like the energy drink combined with a shotgun. The Forza series made its obligatory appearance with Forza 5. Touting the unrivaled automotive realism it brings to the table and the presence of the McLaren P1 within the game and on the stage. One of only two P1s in the world was seen rising through the stage at E3 to promote the next installment in the Forza series. One of the newest additions to the series is the "Driveatar," which will learn from players as they drive in-game. While the player is offline, the "driveatar" will compete online against friends and strangers, rewarding said player with experience and money earned when they return. More details were given regarding Remedy Entertainment's Quantum Break. The studio's director, Sam Lake, took the stage to discuss the title's unique way of bridging the gap between television and video games. The choices made throughout the mysterious title will generate a personalized version of the television show and the show will elaborate on aspects of the game and its world. The main premise of the game is that you take on the role of a character who survived a failed experiment that has caused time to stutter and stop, but leaves the protagonist apparently unaffected. The possibly crazy, delightfully twisted mind of Swery65 and the team behind the cult hit Deadly Premonition have been brought on board to develop an episodic murder mystery series called D4. Practically nothing is known about this game, and given the tendency toward the bizarre and obscure that was apparent in Deadly Premonition, D4 is likely to hold many surprises and secrets. Two members from the team behind Project Spark took the stage to discuss the gaming toolkit that allows non-coders to become developers and create games from scratch based on their software. They showed off different abilities like being able to edit objects in the game world and imbue the with different traits, like turning a rock into a loyal and helpful pet ally. They also played a film reel showcasing the many different kinds of games that gamers will be able to create, like on-rails shooters, fantasy adventures, platformers, and more. Dead Rising 3 was announced as a platform exclusive for Microsoft. The city of Los Perdidos is overrun with zombies and it is up to mechanic Nick, to try and survive the outbreak. Using a crafting system that works on the fly, Nick can create interesting and powerful weapons like sledge buzz saws to make the overwhelming hordes of undead slightly easier to deal with. There will be no loading times while navigating the city, though driving through a thick pack of the undead could result in a dangerous stall-out or a particularly strong gripped zombie might be able to latch onto the vehicle and tear Nick out. For the most part, Nick will have to rely on distractions to get out of the worst of most situations, or call in the aid of a friend with SmartGlass, which can summon airstrikes or other forms of support. In a second return of a beloved franchise (at least in a spiritual sense), a new game called Crimson Dragon was announced for Xbox One from the creator of Panzer Dragoon and Phantom Dust. The title features dragons, flying, lots of explosions, and MOAR DRAGONS! One of Microsoft's final announcements was... well, you might just want to watch the reveal trailer below and find out for yourself. The final reveal of the conference was that Titanfall, a sci-fi FPS from the creators of the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, was going to be a Microsoft exclusive, appearing on PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game features a"single-player level of polish," despite making multiplayer the core of the game. Every player will have jet packs, be able to double jump, do some light wall-running, grab high ledges, and call down a mechanical suit, known as Titans, from space. Combat fluidly features both human soldiers and mechs battling alongside and against each other. On my list of things to look forward to in the next-gen of consoles, giant robots fighting is definitely rates pretty high. View full article
  17. Next month on the 21st, Microsoft will be holding a special press conference in Redmond, Washington to reveal their long awaited follow-up to the Xbox 360. The unveiling will begin at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET. If you aren’t lucky enough to be invited to the event, you’re in luck! Microsoft will be livestreaming the conference to Xbox.com and Xbox Live, while also broadcasting on Spike TV in the US and Canada. According to Major Nelson, the event will focus almost exclusively on the new hardware and Microsoft’s plans for the future. The new system’s launch line-up will be discussed 19 days after the console reveal during Microsoft’s presentation at E3. What features/games/services do you hope to see Microsoft announce? Do you think that Microsoft may have made a mistake planning a console reveal so close to E3, the largest industry event of the year?
  18. Next month on the 21st, Microsoft will be holding a special press conference in Redmond, Washington to reveal their long awaited follow-up to the Xbox 360. The unveiling will begin at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET. If you aren’t lucky enough to be invited to the event, you’re in luck! Microsoft will be livestreaming the conference to Xbox.com and Xbox Live, while also broadcasting on Spike TV in the US and Canada. According to Major Nelson, the event will focus almost exclusively on the new hardware and Microsoft’s plans for the future. The new system’s launch line-up will be discussed 19 days after the console reveal during Microsoft’s presentation at E3. What features/games/services do you hope to see Microsoft announce? Do you think that Microsoft may have made a mistake planning a console reveal so close to E3, the largest industry event of the year? View full article
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