E3 is one of my favorite times of the year. I love watching my favorite companies host conferences, announce new games, and show off titles that I will be playing in the near future. This year’s E3 was pretty good, but often felt like a mixed bag. There were solid announcements, but also some underwhelming moments. Over the next few days, I will be sharing my personal highs and lows for each of the conferences. First off, Microsoft’s E3 conference.sea-of-thieves6

Highs

  • An extensive (and quite humorous) trailer for Rare’s Sea of Thieves was shown. The new trailer showed off new gameplay mechanics such as shooting, melee combat, looting, swimming, adventuring, and sharks. As someone who really enjoyed playing Sea of Thieves at last year’s E3, seeing all of these new features made me even more excited for the final product. It’s great to see Rare develop a new game that truly feels like something only they could make. While 2018 is still far away, I can’t wait to go on pirate adventures with some of my closest friends and fellow Enthusiasts.
  • A trailer for Metro Exodus was revealed. I watched the press conference in 4K through the Mixer app and found the trailer stunning. The opening shots in the underground caves and the attacking rats left me in awe. Once the main character entered the open air, my jaw literally hit the floor. That moment was one of the best looking scenes I’ve ever laid my eyes on. While it’s unclear if there are new gameplay elements, the first person shooting in the Metro Exodus trailer makes me so excited as a fan of the series. I can’t wait to explore this post-apocalyptic world next year.
  • PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds was revealed to be an Xbox One console exclusive. The popular PC battle arena video game has over 3 million players and now Xbox One players will finally be able to fight for survival later this year. There are plenty of titles in the Game Preview program at the moment and I expect PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to be in that program since it’s currently part of Steam Early Access on PC.
  • Anthem, the new game from EA and Bioware had its gameplay debut on the Microsoft stage. While not much is known about the game at this time, the trailer indicates that Anthem is a third-person, multiplayer action RPG. Players can fly around on jetpacks, go on quests as a group, fight enemies, and even find loot. It almost feels like a third-person version of Destiny. While I have my problems with that game, I have confidence that EA and Bioware will deliver a fantastic experience that gamers will be sucked into for a long time.
  • Microsoft revealed the Xbox One X, previously known as Project Scorpio. Over the past few months, we found out about the console’s specifications and capabilities, but it was great to finally see the actual box. First off, it’s smaller than the Xbox One S, which is a good thing. Also, seeing how games will run on that console (thanks to the 4k Mixer stream) gave me a good indication of how my games will look in November. Microsoft also announced that the console will launch on November 7th, for $499.
  • Original Xbox video games are going to be added to backwards compatibility on Xbox One. While it’s unclear which games will be included in this feature, there are plenty of wonderful titles that I would love to play on my Xbox One. Microsoft did announce that Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge will be one of these games and it will also have better visuals.
  • Minecraft will be receiving a 4K update later this year. Additionally, there will be an update which allows Xbox One, Switch, PC, and VR owners to cross-play with each other. Whether you play Minecraft or not, this is a pretty big deal.
  • One of my favorite games of all time, Life Is Strange, will be getting a prequel season called Life Is Strange: Before The Storm. This game will focus on Chloe Price (one of the main characters from the original game) and her friend Rachel Amber.

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Lows

  • There was a sizzle reel halfway through the conference that showcased ID@Xbox games that will be coming to the console in the future. While more games on Xbox One is exciting, quickly going through all of these games felt overwhelming.
  • 42 games were shown on the Microsoft stage. Even though I am happy that there are so many new titles that I will be able to play, it’s disappointing that new AAA IPs weren’t announced for Xbox One and Windows 10. State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, and Forza Motorsport 7 all look like solid games, but I was hoping for a new, surprising IP.

A few points worth noting: Moon Studios is currently developing Ori: The Will of Wisps. Lastly, Cuphead, the long in development game will finally be launching this September. How would you rank the Microsoft press conference? What were you favorite parts? What didn’t you like about the show? Leave a comment below.  

Written by Andrew Gonzalez

Andrew Gonzalez has been playing video games since the NES. He’s owned basically every console since the Super Nintendo. When he’s not playing video games, Andrew is usually listening to music. Follow him on twitter @VersaVulture89 if you want to read about video games, movies, music, and comic books.

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