What about… Microsoft Conference

An overall good conference with the same problem as last year’s one. Microsoft comes back for another year at E3, this time they decided to maintain their approach of showing as many games as possible without much explanation to them. They probably broke some sort of record for showing more than 50 games, but if I hadn’t taken notes, I would have forgotten about 45 of them. Obviously, that not all interest me, so I’ll be talking about the ones that I think deserve to be talked about in some way or another and share my opinions about them.

Games in General

A new Ori was announced as well as Crackdown 3 very early on in the conference. Have not actually played any of these, so nothing to share. There was also Kingdom Hearts, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 4. Just listing the games I didn’t really care much for. They also showed a Battlefield V trailer, which was weird since it added nothing to our already existent knowledge of the game and because it received quite the spotlight yesterday at EA Play. BFV was probably there so they could say they showed 50 games.

Other games they announced were: The Division 2 (more of the same), Shadow of the Tomb Raider (not a big fan of the franchise, but know that some people are, so more games to you), a new Cuphead (I guess we needed a new one this soon…), Devil May Cry 5 (interesting one, waiting to see more about it), Just Cause 4 (please end this franchise), Gears 5 (not my type of game, but many are excited about it, so great).

 

Now, I want to talk about the highlights of the conference. Starting with them pretty much buying the entire gaming industry.

The Initiative

The Initiative

Microsoft announced their new game studio, which hopefully will bring amazing games in the future.

With that, they also announced they were buying a bunch of other companies. These are Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory and Compulsion Games. I don’t have much to mention aside from the fact that it could be good, but also bad. We’ll have to wait.

 

Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2

Not exactly that much of a highlight, but I thought it had some promising features. They said it would be very much based on your decisions, even though many game developers said that in the past and we ended up with games with a single ending. But, for what they showed us, it seems consistent with what it is saying. I just hope it doesn’t disappoint.

 

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus

This is old already…when is it even going to be released. Last year’s E3 showed us more than this time. Didn’t really put me in a hyped state but made me remember it exists. I’m looking forward to seeing how it is going to fare.

 

Captain Spirit

Captain Spirit

 

From the same developers of Life is Strange and set in the same universes, this game promises to bore you from beginning to end. I’m joking…to a certain extent. To be honest, it seems boring. At least it doesn’t seem as interesting as Life is Strange, and that one is already a very niche game. I won’t judge it too quickly, because my final opinion can only come after I played and finished it. But so far, I’m not even interested in buying it.

 

Now…the big ones of the night, at least in my opinion.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

I’m really excited for this one. A new From Software game…amazing. I’m an incredible Dark Souls fan, played the first one in the year it was released and have been playing the other ones since then. Bloodborne was fantastic, phenomenal. Now, this. From never disappoints, hardly ever I must say (looking at you Dark Souls II). Shadows Die Twice has been in my head since they released that small teaser last year, I think, with the tagline. Speculation was all around the internet, people trying to decipher the old Japanese words and creating rumors of a Bloodborne 2 or something or the sorts. I’m glad with what it is. From Software is not chaining itself to the Dark Souls style, but still making games of great quality. My only worry, though, it that it seems like it is going to be published by Activision. I thought it was strange…but I still have faith in From, so I’ll be waiting to purchase it.

 

Fallout 76

Fallout 76

We all knew about its existence, even though I think it would have been better if they announced it at their conference, but I guess they have their marketing campaign. Fallout is one of my favorite game series. I love this franchise. The fourth one wasn’t exactly what I wanted and disappointed me a bit, but since Fallout: New Vegas is one of my favorite games of all time I just can’t resist when a new one comes out. I’ll definitely buy it as soon as it is ‘pre-orderable’. It is going to be good? Who knows? I definitely don’t. I just seriously hope for a game that is not another battle royale.

 

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

Surprisingly enough, this conference held three games from the three developers that created my three favorite games. CD Projekt Red NEVER disappoints. The Witcher 3 was a blast of an experience so I won’t doubt that this one is going to be even better. It is probably my most expected game and the best part of the conference for sure…when you thought it was over, it came back in the best possible way.

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