Well it’s day one of the E3 event in Los Angeles, an annual gaming event where publishers and game developers showcase all their big games for the next year or so. My verdict so far?
I watched the Microsoft event that showed off the upcoming games for the Xbox One and well, some underwhelming announcements… ‘Fable Legends’, ‘Phantom Dust’ (??) but games such as a new ‘Crackdown’ and the new exclusive from Platinum Games ‘Scalebound’, look very promising. Indie platformers ‘Ori and the Blind Forest’ and ‘Inside’ both look great also. The trailer for ‘Forza Horizon 2’ looked decent too, with some cool-looking weather effects.
Multi-platform titles showcased included ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’, ‘The Division’ and ‘Assassins Creed: Unity’ … all of which looked lush, even if UbiSoft’s reputation for showing off gameplay footage running on high end PC hardware passed off as in-game Xbox One or PS4 gameplay is a concern, even if the controversy over the visual downgrade of Watch Dogs was a bit of a storm over nothing. The game still ended up looking awesome in my opinion. So we’ll wait and see. A brief trailer for ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ got me rather salivating though, I must admit. Love me some Lara Croft.
The other news coming in is that the new development tools given to developers to utilize the reserved graphics power for the Kinect, will mean better resolutions and visual performance for X1 games, which has to be a good thing. Oh and another trailer for ‘Sunset Overdrive’ got me, if possible even more excited.
So final thoughts, this was a good day for the Xbox One. No major showstoppers, but some very interesting announcements.