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E3: Microsoft’s Press Conference

Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox at Microsoft came out this year talking about games and he wasn’t wrong.

In the Microsoft press conference at E3, Microsoft details a number of great-looking games, some new IP and some sequels. Among the top featured games were things like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Forza Horizon 2, Evolve, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Interestingly, there was little about the Xbox One or the Xbox 360 consoles themselves which was somewhat surprising. I’m sure many people were expecting the hint of a “slim” Xbox One console coming or something along those lines. Aside from the game mentioned above, there are a number of new exclusives coming to the Xbox One, but to be brutally honest, they aren’t too impressive.

Sunset Overdrive has been something that has been in the works for a while and the over-the-top cartoonish graphics aren’t really my cup of tea but I can see how it would appeal to some. It looks somewhat similar to a Tony Hawk type of vibe but without the skateboarding.

Project Spark will be coming to Xbox One and PC so it’s not exactly an exclusive, but it will allow players to create their own adventures and explore them. They will have the ability to use multiplayer to create and play different stages and campaigns in what almost looks like a cross between Little Big Planet and The Quest for Epic Loot.

Something I was very impressed by was Ori and the Blind Forest, a side-scrolling platformer that has the look and feel of an indie title. It seems to focus around atmosphere itself and its quite clear that Moon Studios is a quality development team and that’s something I’m really looking forward to.

In terms of other announcements, Microsoft also showed short little clips on the following games:

-Rise of the Tomb Raider
-Phantom Dust

It’s not clear yet who has won this E3 but if games are the general focus, then Microsoft has done a great job so far. The exclusives may not be too impressive, but Microsoft definitely showed off some of the top titles due to come out on the Xbox One this year.