E3 2017 After Action Report – Microsoft

We’ve finally gotten a look at the Scorpio, or rather, as it will henceforth be known, the Xbox One X.

 

Seriously guys, should have just stuck with Scorpio, it’s a much better name, rolls off the tongue more easily. The $500 price tag doesn’t really seem entirely justified, seeing as you can get 4k at 60fps for cheaper on a PC (provided you know what you’re doing).

 

Forza Motorsport 7; this may or may not turn out better than NFS: Payback but we’ll see. On the one hand we have straight up track racing and on the other is an open-world street racing game. So we’ll see how well the two do in terms of competing against one another. But seriously, don’t debut a car at a gaming press conference, we’re gamers, we don’t care about cars (unless they’re virtual).

 

Metro Exodus looks amazing. The reveal seemed more like a preset animation than a piece of gameplay, so we can’t say much for the game itself other than that the graphics are amazing. What I’m really looking forward to is the survival mechanics. The fact that we can now breathe safely above ground (something which was completely unsafe to do in the previous Metro games) suggests that quite a lot of time has passed since the events in the previous games.

 

I won’t go too much into all the titles that were shown because Microsoft showed forty-two in total, but I’ll definitely delve into Assassins Creed Origins.

With all the leaks, something that Ubisoft is terrible with, we knew this was coming, we even knew what it was called way before the official reveal. The combat felt so real and heavy and the lack of a minimap is actually a major change to the UI. It’s nice to see that crouching has returned, but we haven’t seen much in regards to the actual climbing. And Eagle Vision so far looks like it actually involves an eagle.

But what was with that arrow changing trajectory just to hit the target in the back because he went down some stairs? Immersion breaking, if anything.

And that giant snake at the end. Fans of Egyptian mythology will probably guess the snake as Apep, the giant serpent who constantly tries to eat the sun god, Ra. It will be interesting to see how the serpent fits in with Juno, Minerva and the rest, as it may very well be a remnant of their world.

 

State of Decay 2 doesn’t look all that different to the original to be honest, but maybe it brings a new mechanic or two into the game, so we’ll see. Obviously it’s not a finished product right now, so there is still time to fix those odd looking animations and to polish off the game before release.

 

Shadow of War looks frikkin amazing. I can’t wait to see more gameplay footage from that. Loving the orcs and the new army-building system. I’m also really eager to delve into the lore again, but there are a whole myriad of ways that could go wrong so we’ll just have to wait and see.

 

Dragonball Fighter looks cool but I’m not too keen on fighting games so personally, I’m just gonna glide over that when it comes out.

 

Then there is the retro looking, 3D, heavily pixelated The Last Night. The cinematics we saw looked cool but I’m interested to see if it’s actually a sideways platformer or something entirely different.

 

A 4k update to Minecraft? I feel like that’s just pointless, but hey. And it looks like Minecraft will be getting cross-platform play, it will be interesting to see the differences in gameplay, being that PC users will have access to mods and a wide range of texture packs.

 

Life is Strange prequel! I cannot wait for this, I am dying to play this. Will there still be time-travelling? Not sure, but I absolutely cannot wait to dive back into the story.

 

And now I’m going to wrap up with Anthem. A game that EA put off from their keynote just to show it on the Xbox One X. I am dying for this. The open-world looks MASSIVE, I’m loving the look of the Javelin suits. We can see the game is definitely better in co-op, but I’d like to see how it plays solo, how the other characters interact with the player character. But it is a Bioware game, so I’m sure the campaign will be incredible.

 

 

What did you think of the Microsoft E3 2017 press conference? Let me know in the comments down below.

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