E3 2017 Microsoft:3.5/5

As a console the Xbox one X looks great, it has all the bells and whistles that you would expect Microsoft to include at this stage, with a huge focus on the 4K aspect of it. But at times it felt like 4K was the only selling point of the console, and yes, while there is a massive selection of games that are going to be exclusive, it felt that they were adding games to the 4K list that just don’t need the upgrade, Minecraft being the obvious and the most irritating. The 4K plugging aside, since all of the games announced will be playable on the Xbox One and the Xbox One S, I just don’t find myself excited for the X.

As far as games go, there was a massive catalogue of games announced, 42 games to be precise and 22 of those being console exclusives. At many points through the conference I found myself getting very excited for most of the games, although, a LOT of them just seemed to be shelf fillers, so I’m just going to talk about my personal highlights and disappointments of the night below.

As highlights go, Forza 7 looked amazing, beautiful gameplay coupled with some of the best graphics I have ever seen in a racing game, Forza 7 is definitely something to look forward to.

Next up is Sea Of Thieves. Again, the gameplay was blinding, I was blown away by the attention to detail that Rare has put into their game, from hunting hidden treasures to battling against another pirate foe, it’s beginning to seem like Rare are creating something very special here.

Assassins Creed Origins is another highlight for me, I’m looking forward to seeing the return of a less built up city of a map in favour of a map more similar to the first games in the series. Although, one thing I will be looking for in the upcoming game will be a return of a decent out of Animus story, I’d like to see more of the modern day Assassins and Templars.

First up in the disappointments was Crackdown 3, a game that I am personally very excited for, as one of the first games I played on Xbox I have a fondness for the wacky gameplay of the series, and what did we see at the Microsoft conference? Terry Crews putting on an accent in some body armour and 30 seconds of comic book styled gameplay glimpses. I’m disappointed that we didn’t see more, especially considering the impending release date.

Another disappointment was Shadow Of War, I had more hopes for the gameplay trailer and I felt that there was too much comedy in the form of the hulking Bruz. Although, I must say, that the new nemesis system does impress me.

All in all, the Microsoft conference was a very enjoyable one, and some of the more indie looking games definitely had a lot of potential, even though we spent two hours sifting through Microsofts shit. 3.5/5

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