E3 Starts today - Microsoft & EA

E3 begins today, and I expect there to be a ton of new news and content as Microsoft will kick off their conference first, then a couple of dev studios, then Sony. I'm currently in a training meeting, so I'll try to keep the website updating especially through the Microsoft and Sony conferences with the big named stuff. Keep an eye out in the next couple hours for updates.



Xbox One/360 (I will only be posting a few big name things as there is a lot to cover)

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Starting off here, Microsoft announced the Phantom Pain for the Xbox One, and showed off some interesting new gameplay. Also to note, if you previously didn't know, Keifer Sutherland will be voicing Snake.

Sunset Overdrive - In something that is sure to be surprising, the former Sony exclusive developer, Insomniac, is bringing a new IP to the Xbox One as an exclusive called Sunset Overdrive. It reminded me somewhat visually of the EPIC game that wasn't released, Fort Nite, mixed with some crazy action and gunplay.

Halo - Not much else is known, other than there will be a new Halo in 2014. I'd look to a holiday release for this. 343 Industries is still at the helm for this, and is promising a new Halo for a new generation. Hopefully its more Halo, than Call of Duty this time around.

Titanfall - The much awaited game from Respawn Entertainment (the guys who made Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2) is an Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC exclusive. There's mechs, soldiers, and a whole lot of explosions.

Ryse: Son of Rome - I was able to watch some of this at lunch, and it looks pretty decent. Roman era combat, mixed with some great graphics, and crisp combat. The only thing I was a little worried about was their was a lot of quick time event button pressing involved in the combat. That kind of stuff gets old awfully quick.

Minecraft - The Minecraft craze will continue exclusively on the Xbox One, featuring bigger maps and more multiplayer functionality. Not much else is known.

Dead Rising 3 - This is one I personally am greatly exciting for, I almost jumped out of my seat during training. It will follow a new protagonist named Nick who in vein appears to be doing the same thing that happened in the previous installments. Hopefully, they do abandon the time sensitive shoot yourself/someone up with Zombrex bit every so often, and go more open world.

Pricing/Release Date - Finally a price. The Xbox One will release on November 21, 2013, retailing at $499.99. Further information found is -

This report of what comes with the Xbox One’s $499.99 launch day bundle comes from Siliconera:
  • Xbox One system (500GB hard drive)
  • Blu-ray drive
  • In-unit wireless
  • Kinect peripheral 
  • Free 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial
  • Xbox One Wireless Controller
Players that reserve the Xbox One for purchase on launch day will receive a commemorative bundle with some digital incentives and special black packaging.
  • Exclusive “Day One” achievement for bragging rights
  • Ryse: Son of Rome: Special multiplayer map, weapon, and stat boosts
  • Forza Motorsport 5: Four cars tuned for high performance
  • Dead Rising 3: Exclusive Frank West and Chuck Greene Tribute Packs with enhanced attributes.

That's the important stuff I took away from the Xbox presser. Up next...

EA/EA Sports - (The majority of these are all multiplatform)

All the Sports - EA showed off all their sports franchises with a lot of detail. All were present including UFC and the much maligned NBA Live series that's been dead and dormant for some time now. The titles look crisp, and it appears they're trying to prevent the same backlash that they got from the launch lineup with the Xbox 360. These will launch on all next gen and current consoles.

Star Wars Battlefront - The rumors had been circulating that a new Battlefront was in the works, and the title has been confirmed. DICE will be taking control of the title, which is probably the greatest possible news. Not much was shown other than a small clip of a soldier on Hoth, and an AT-AT foot crashing down. No word on release dates.

Need for Speed Rivals - A new Need for Speed was announced, running on the Frostbite 3 engine from DICE, and being made by a new EA studio call Ghost Games. The game will similarly focus on pursuits between racers and law enforcement.

Mirror's Edge 2 - A new Mirror's Edge game was announced. The cult classic showed a trailer of the free running star moving through environments and battling foes. No word on release, as it was stated at the end "when it's ready"

Battlefield 4 DLC - In a somewhat odd twist, Battlefield 4 has DLC announced, before much of their multiplayer has even been shown or talked about. Named Second Assault, it is Xbox One exclusive and will be released at some point after launch. It is however only 4 remastered maps from Battlefield 3, which will probably end up being on other hardware at some point.

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