The Xbox E3 2017 Brief ended only moments ago, and we got a lot of stuff to talk about. However, here I will present and expand on the 5 things I loved from the presentation.
1. Xbox One X: $499
People like Ryan McCaffrey may hate all day at the $499 price tag on the Xbox One X; however, I am fan. This console is going to sell because of the power that it brings and the way that it will empower gamers and developers to have and deploy the best gaming experience available on console. I will personally be purchasing the One X at $499 because it is the price tag that makes sense. Sure, you can but an inferior console such as the PlayStation Pro, but why would you do that if you already own a PS4? So you can play the same games at a hardly better experience? The One X will bring all the best games at an increased quality, deliver the best gaming network on the best machine, expand your library with exclusive and ID@Xbox, and deliver your multi-platform games well…better.
2. ANTHEM (Bioware)
EA’s Anthem is everything I was praying it would be. This isn’t the Bioware that made ME Andromeda. This is the Bioware studio that brought the high-quality gaming experience of Mass Effect 3 (not talking about story, but about gaming mechanics and dynamics). Anthem not only looks beautiful (and it will look even better on the One X), but it promises to deliver that Co-Op, open-world, immersive experience that made Bungie’s Destiny great. Is this a Destiny-killer? No, and I don’t think that’s the point. For those of us that enjoy cooperative and competitive open worlds, it is another great option that we will have access to in 2018. That has been the best game demo I’ve seen at an E3 in years. This is the game I am most excited about this E3 and it will take a lot to take my mind off it.
Complimenting your Triple-A releases, ID@Xbox brings us a wave of independently developed games coming to the Xbox One family. I couldn’t keep up with all the titles shown during the brief, but the lineup for Xbox includes games like Osiris, Raiders, Unruly Heroes, Path of Exile, Battlerite, Surviving Mars, Fable Fortune, Observer, RoboCraft, Dunk Lords, Minion Masters, BrawlOut, Ooblets, Dark Light, Strange Brigade, Riverbond, Hello Neighbor, Shift, and Conan Exile. Whew. I’m smoked.
In between rounds of Destiny, Halo 5, Rainbow Six Siege, and Overwatch, ID@Xbox games make my heart sing, and I saw plenty in this lineup (and the ones I missed) to lead me into hundreds (if not thousands) of hours of entertainment. Xbox’s support for independent developers has been highlighted before, and Phil Spencer made sure to highlight it today.
4. Sea of Thieves (Rare)
Even though I haven’t participated in the Sea of Thieves alphas, the footage we saw during the today’s extended demo was absolutely amazing. Hunting for treasure, fighting off skeleton soldiers, piloting our ship, swimming under water, battling other players’ ships, and BOARDING enemy ships (launching from a cannon!) and killing their crew…wow! More than ever, I am on board with Sea of Thieves and I am excited because, alongside Destiny and Anthem, I will dump hundreds and thousands of hours in 2018 playing this game. It is 2017 going to 2018, and at this E3, co-op gameplay is the name of the game.
5. Original Xbox Backward Compatibility
Fan service. Fan service. Fan service. Fan service. More than any other console in the market, Xbox understands that gamers love their games, including old games. PlayStation executives may not understand why people want to play old games, but Phil Spencer, the gamers’ executive, gets us. Xbox has publicly committed to bringing original Xbox titles to the Xbox One family, and even if that isn’t your thing, it is a tribute and a fan service to the millions of gamers that have called Xbox home for the last sixteen years.
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