E3 2014 Microsoft Highlights

Last year when the Xbox One was unveiled at E3 2013, Microsoft got a lot of criticism over the always online connectivity to play games and the Kinect included with each console. They then relented with reversing their previous position on the online connectivity issue. This year they did a lot better by bringing a lot of remakes, new games and exclusive games to Xbox One.

The next Tomb Raider was shown off with her dealing with the events of the past Tomb Raider games (easily one of my favorite games I’ve played in years). The last Tomb Raider game was a remake and reinvention of the game series and character after years of lackluster games, providing an origin story for Lara Croft.

The Halo: The Master Chief Collection was also unveiled. It is a collection of Halo 1-4 with complete visual overhaul as well as adding to the multiplayer experience as well. Included with the games is a Halo 5 multiplayer invite as well as an episodic prequel series named “Halo Nightfall” being developed by Ridley Scott. There will also be an animated Halo series being developed by Steven Spielberg coming out as well.

There is also a playlist option for the Halo series enabling players to play pick single player and multiplayer maps and missions from any of the four Halo games.

A co-op dlc for Dead Rising 3 was announced called Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha, which has a lot of Capcom characters and Capcom humor into the game.

A new teaser trailer was also released by Hideki Kamiya, creator of Bayonetta and Devil May Cry for his game Scalebound. Scalebound looks similar to Monster hunter where you can have a dragon ally to help you fight, in a hack and slash fashion.

A remake of Phantom Dust is in the works as well, being designed for the Xbox One. Phantom Dust is a card based action/strategy game and made by the creator of Panzer Dragoon series. A new Crackdown was also announced as well and is in the works.

Some interesting and promising indie games were also announced such as Ori and the Blind Forest. Ori and the Blind forest is a side scrolling action adventure game with some light RPG elements, the game has been in development for four years. There is a big emphasis on story in the game Ori and the Blind Forest as well with inspiration coming from great animated films from Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki, Lion King and The Iron Giant. Inside is another game being developed by the creators of the Indie hit Limbo.

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