We’ve already ranked Sony’s top five moments from E3 (and from the entire show), so it’s time to break down the best reveals and demos shown by Microsoft. It’s insane to think that only a week ago MS was unveiling its E3 lineup to thousands of fans sitting in the Galen Center, as well as millions watching online at home, but time marches on, so let’s get to breaking down the five best moments from Microsoft’s E3 2015.
Head on down below to check out our ranked list, and feel free to leave your own top five list in the comments section at the end of the post.
5) New Software and Hardware Reveals
Sony opted to not introduce any new hardware at this year’s E3, but that wasn’t the case for MS, who showed off the new Xbox One Elite controller, as well as the software update that will add backwards compatibility to the Xbox One for certain Xbox 360 titles. The new controller is a thing of beauty, and is easily one of the most customizable and well built video game controllers for a console. The ability to play certain 360 games on the Xbox One without the need of a subscription fee is also pretty radical, especially when you compare it to Sony’s PS Now rental service, which can get pretty pricey, even if you already own the game on an older platform.
4) The Official Dark Souls III Reveal
Dark Souls III is the first game in the franchise to be built exclusively for consoles, and while it is also coming to the PS4 and PC platforms, MS got to officially unveil it during its E3 press conference, which means there may be some sort of exclusive content deal for it coming in the near future. Even if I’m just making that up, MS still got to show off the latest Dark Souls game first, which is why it made this list.
I may not be a huge fan of the franchise, but after seeing it in action it’s clear that this will be the biggest and baddest Dark Souls game to date, and the fact that it is being made for consoles first should go a long way with owners of the Xbox One and PS4. Just be prepared to repeatedly get your ass kicked by Knights, the undead, and of course some radical looking bosses that reach screen-size proportions.
3) ReCore Announced as an Xbox One Exclusive
The illustrious Keiji Inafune, creator of the Mega Man franchise and many other Capcom branded titles, opted to make his latest game, ReCore, an Xbox One exclusive, which is a huge bonus for MS. The game is set in a world where you are one of the last surviving humans, and you must work with various styles of robots to survive and explore the mysterious and dynamic world that Inafune and his team created. It was one of the few surprise announcements made at E3 that wasn’t spoiled weeks earlier through the leaks that plagued other big game reveals, which played into the general sense of wonder and excitement I felt for it while watching the footage shown during MS’s press event. There aren’t many details on it at this point, but its developer’s pedigree is quite strong, so we will be keeping a close eye on this Xbox One exclusive over the coming year.
2) Gears Gets Remastered and a Brand New Game
I’m a die hard Gears of War fan and have been so since the first game’s release way back in 2006, so I thoroughly enjoyed the two Gears related announcements made by MS last week. The original Gears of War is what drew me into the franchise’s steroid infused world, which is full of over-the-top violence and gore, plus a guy who talks about himself in third person and has one of the greatest nick names in gaming, so the fact that the game will be remade in glorious 1080p with 60fps is music to my ears.
Although, the fact that an entirely new Gears experience was also revealed is even better news than the original’s HD makeover. The demo for Gears 4 didn’t disappoint, and definitely intrigued me with the introduction of two new characters and a few new gnarly looking baddies. I can’t wait to learn more on the game’s setting and how it will play into the original trilogy, so stay tuned to EB for more details as they’re released.
1) Minecraft and Halo 5: Guardians Warzone Hololens Demos
I’ve been pretty open about the most impressive thing I saw at E3 2015, which is Microsoft’s Hololens, in particular the Minecraft demo from the press event, and my hands-on time with it on the show floor during the Halo 5: Guardians Warzone demo. This technology is easily the coolest device I’ve used in the emerging VR/AR gaming peripheral industry that has exploded thanks to the Oculus Rift, and it’s a sign of how far humanity has come in regards to recreating futuristic devices we’ve only previously seen in Hollywood sci-fi blockbusters. The use of holograms in an augmented reality sucks you into a game’s world unlike any other device, so I can’t wait to learn more about the Hololens, more specifically it’s uses in gaming, over the coming months.
This headset is legit, and everything you saw during the stage demo at MS’s E3 press event is exactly as it appears while wearing it. There were no tricks being played, this thing can render highly detailed objects in the real world just like you may have seen in a film like Avatar, Prometheus, or even Princess Leia’s distress call to Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope. The future is here, and the Hololens is part of the reason why!
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