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MS press conference thoughts.
Date: 6/9/14 2:57 pm

Some interesting stuff, but nothing exclusive-wise is screaming "Gotta get an XBO now!" A lot of the stuff was third-party multiplat games like CoD, The Division, and The Witcher III, so I'll just focus on actual exclusives.

Sunset Overdrive looks slick, with vibrant visuals and a sense of humor about itself, but it also looks like it could end up being a repetitive slog through hordes of mostly identical mooks, plus Insomniac's last couple of games were apparently not all that good.

Crackdown 3 has my interest. Unlike Crackdown 2, which was just a reskinned Crackdown 1, this one looks to be an all-new city. Also, the CG trailer insinuated destructible environments. However, like Crackdown 2 it's being made by a different developer (since Realtime Worlds is defunct, this was a given, though). I'll be keeping my eye on this one.

Ori of the Blind Forest is a pretty-looking 2D game, but details are sparse.

Project Spark still doesn't really do anything for me besides give me some ideas for Forge.

Nothing for Gears of War, so I guess it's still extremely early in development. 2016 release, maybe?

The highlight of the conference was of course Halo. Nothing for Halo 5 really, but we did get the Master Chief Collection announced. The idea of a Halo 5 beta and Halo 2 online are enticing, but said interest may be nullified if Halo 1's MP still has no online and if Halo 2's MP is still broken (glitches, unbalanced weapons, iffy netcode). There was a Tweet that kinda-did-kinda-didn't confirm H1 MP was online, and apparently Halo 2 MP is running 100% as-is (or rather "as-was"). If anything convinces me to get an XBO either before they give it a price cut (no, the Kinect-less SKU isn't a "real" price cut; I'm talking the Kinect-less SKU dropping to $350 or less) or Halo 5 comes out, it'll be the MCC, but I still need more details before making a decision.

Messages In This Thread

MS press conference thoughts.Gravemind6/9/14 2:57 pm
     Re: MS press conference thoughts.serpx6/9/14 2:59 pm
     Re: MS press conference thoughts.Phoenix_92866/9/14 3:16 pm
     Re: MS press conference thoughts.MacGyver106/9/14 3:37 pm
           Re: MS press conference thoughts.thebruce06/9/14 4:03 pm
     Re: MS press conference thoughts.Moorpheusl96/9/14 4:49 pm
           Re: MS press conference thoughts.MacGyver106/9/14 4:54 pm
     Re: MS press conference thoughts.Avateur6/9/14 9:29 pm
           Re: MS press conference thoughts.DEEP NNN6/9/14 10:09 pm
                 Re: MS press conference thoughts.Avateur6/9/14 10:32 pm
                       Re: MS press conference thoughts.DEEP NNN6/9/14 10:39 pm
           Re: MS press conference thoughts.General Vagueness6/10/14 4:21 pm

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