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Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference Recap

Here’s our recap of the content shown in Microsoft’s E3 conference. We’re streaming during all the conference times, rotating members in and out depending on who is available. Check out our stream here.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfighter will have DLC first on Xbox One. The live stage demo was solid, showing more tried and true Call of Duty gameplay.

Turn 10 Studios showed off some Forza 5 DLC available today, as well as Forza Horizon 2, which will contain open world driving, day/night cycle, dynamic weather and stated as 1080P. Coming September 30th.

Evolve, a 4 versus 1 class based multiplayer shooter made an appearance. The trailer showed off the varying classes for soldiers and monsters. Open beta starts this fall.

Assassins Creed Unity demoed the four player co-op functions in the system; some graphical glitching in the crowds which indicates this was more likely in-engine gameplay. Smooth combat, standard AC stuff.

Dragon Age Inquisition is coming this October.

Sunset Overdrive had an extended CG trailer, then a quick playthrough. There will be 8 player multiplayer to accompany the campaign. Launches the end of October.

Dead Rising 3 Super Ultra Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha is a tongue in cheek DLC bundle for Dead Rising 3, including a bunch of classic Capcom costumes (Chun Li, Mike Haggar, etc).

Dance Central will have a downloadable version available on Xbox One this fall.

Fable Legends shows off more four player co-op gameplay. Seems like a combat focused Fable, where some players can interact as the enemies, placing them in the field to attack the party.

Project Spark showed off a series of shots of the creatable content, which looked… poor. The surprise became Conker (of Bad Fur Day fame) appearing, with the indication that Conker will be available in Project Spark.

Ori and the Blind Forest was presented as a heavily stylized platformer/side scroller. Limbo-esque at first, but then showed off some of it’s own style.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection will contain Halo CE, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 on a single disc. Halo 2 is getting the “Anniversary” update, and will include the original Halo 2 multiplayer intact. All games will be 1080P. 4000 Gamerscore and ties in with Halo Nightfall, the live action digital media tie in to Halo 5: Guardians. Guardians goes into beta this fall.

ID@Xbox montage showed off a ton of indie titles. Lots of unique visuals and fun looking content.

Limbo creator Playdead presented a new sidescroller, “Inside“.

Rise of the Tomb Raider comes out holiday 2015.

Live demo of Witcher 3 Wild Hunt showed off some combat and CG sequences. Very pretty looking.

Ken Lobb dropped some notes on Killer Instinct, but then presented the update/HD remix (there wasn’t clear indication here) of Phantom Dust.

Tom Clancy’s The Division got game of conference from Dave and Austin. The multiplayer co-op shooter looks amazing still. Too bad we have to wait until 2015.

Platinum Games’ Scalebound showed a long CG trailer.

Finally, Crackdown had a trailer indicating it was coming back. Phil Spencer came on stage to say how the right studio is there to handle that game and we’re all looking forward to it.
Overall thoughts: Dave and Austin felt this was a very positive conference from Microsoft, showing off a bunch of awesome looking games. If you’re wondering about getting an Xbox One, the fall might be the time to do so! It was strange to see very little Kinect reference, but there was plenty of games.

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