Microsoft E3 2015 Press Conference

Halo 5, Xbox 360 Compatiblity, Rare, Windows 10, The Division, EA access and much more!

We take a look at all what Microsoft had on their E3 2015 Press Conference, starting things off with footage from multiple games to the theme of the Man of Steel by Hans Zimmer.
Followed by what could be one of the best video game line-ups in Xbox history.
Halo 5 Guardians
Halo 5 Guardians, the first game shown in the press conference, follows after the events of the previous game in the franchise.
The plot of the game is that MasterChief is on the run because of the allegations of a treason, and you’ll be a team running an investigation to learn the truth.
The presentation of this game is great, the graphics look fantastic, the creatures look organic, the different armors and metal surfaces look shiny and clear, it looks as you’d expect Halo to look on the Xbox One.
The multiplayer in this game, Warzone, will be similar to previous games, but this time around it will have connection to the main story.
The game will be coming to Xbox One this October 27th, 2015.
Recore
Recore is a new exclusive game for Xbox One, developed by Keiji Inafune and members of the team that developed Metroid Prime.
Shows exploration and different elements that seem to follow an isolation, yet action packed adventure, perhaps not too different from what we’ve seen on Metroid Prime.
It’s also worth mentioning that the game seems to capitalize on the sense of discovery and wonder from the player.
At the time of announcement, the game has a release window of Spring 2016.
Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility
Probably one of the biggest announcements of the conference for long-time Xbox players, is that their games from the previous generation, the Xbox 360, will now be compatible with Xbox One.
This is thanks to a new system where if you own the disc of the game and put in on your Xbox One, the system will download a digital copy of the game so you can enjoy it on the current gen console.
Xbox One Elite Controller
As it is custom amongst first party developers, Xbox announced a new controller for Xbox One that allows you to interchange pieces like the D-pad, control sticks, additional back buttons, trigger stoppers, memory files, and more.
The controller will be compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10.
Fallout 4
Bethesda showed gameplay footage and showcased features within the game in the press conferece, we gave this game coverage on our Bethesda E3 2015 Press Conference article.
EA access
Ea access lets Xbox One players play Madden 16, Need for Speed, Dragon Age Inquisition, Titanfall, and other EA older games for a monthly fee.
It was also announced that new EA games in Beta will be playable exclusively on Xbox One.
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2
The new Plants vs Zombies has a gameplay very similar to that of the previous Garden Warfare, with new types of both plants and zombies, and new gameplay elements promised.
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 has a release window of Spring 2016.

Forza Motorsport 6

Showcased alongside the new Ford GT, Forza Motorsport 6, the Xbox One exclusive racing game, had a few new interesting details and specs revealed.
The game will run in 1080p, 60 frames per second, will feature 24-car online multiplayer, making it one of the most interesting online experiences on Xbox One. The game will come out this September.
Dark Souls III
Not much was said about Dark Souls III. Other than it has a similar artstyle from the previous two games. The game will be coming early in 2016.
Tom Clancy’s the Division
This game is a third person shooting game where you have to go against waves of enemies in an post apocalyptic New York.
It was announced that Xbox One owners will get an exclusive play at the Beta for the game.
Ion
Is a game that will revolve around the use of the laws of physics and biology, it’s only been said that it’ll be coming soon to Xbox One and PC.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
The second game in the franchise reboot arrives this holiday to Xbox One.
Rise of the Tomb Raider seems to follow a very similar gameplay from the previous game, but on a much less stealthy and much more action packed manner.
Rare Replay
A greatest hits collection of Rare games will be coming to the Xbox One, it’ll feature Battletoads, Banjo Kazooie, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Viva Piñata, and other classics.
The collection will be coming August 4th of this year.
Sea of Thieves
Also from Rare, we got a first look on the upcoming game Sea of Thieves, a shared world adventure game about pirates, it’ll be exclusive to the Xbox One.
Fable Legends
The new entry in the Fable series will be coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 and it’ll be Free to Play for both systems.
Microsoft Hololens
Probably the most interesting news to come out of this press conference, is the Hololens, Microsoft’s lenses that produce holographs in the real world when you wear them.
The lens is said to be powered with Windows 10, and is Microsoft’s take on the holographic lens market, not too different from others, like Google glass.

The Hololens was showcased with Minecraft, where the employee had the minecraft world holograph on a table, where he looked inside places, turned the map, and traveled from one area to the other.

Speaking of Minecraft, they also talked about MineCon 2015, where they promise it’ll be the biggest Minecraft Convention they’ve had yet.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition
The classic, first game of Gears of War is coming remastered to the Xbox One with modern day standards of graphics, such as 1080p 60 frames per second.
It’ll come exclusively to Xbox One.
Gears of War 4
The upcoming Gears of War seems to follow a similar gameplay from previous games, but the atmosphere is quite different, being much more colorful and having bigger contrasts from dark colors and bright ones.
The game also seems to take a less action oriented take, and a more varied style between really atmospheric, dark places, to battle arenas.
“Gears 4” will be coming exclusively to the Xbox One on Holiday.
And that wraps up our Microsoft E3 2015 Press Conference, we hope you found this review informative. What did you think of the conference? Which announcement stood out for you? Let us know in the comments.
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About Paco

Growing up in the late 90’s, Paco’s introduction to video games was Mario 64, and he hasn’t really stopped ever since, he’s also a player kin to Wind Waker, having beaten it an unholy amount of times, and completed it at least 5 times, or so he claims.

Bethesda E3 2015 Press Conference

Fallout 4, Doom,  Elder Scrolls Online & more!

Bethesda kicks off the live press conferences at E3 2015 with a gallery of upcoming games and gaming news, with their most important and recognizable IPs on the table.
Here’s a comprehensive review of the live press conference from Bethesda for E3 2015, including announcements, important moments, and most importantly the highlights. 

The presentation started with employees presenting themselves then proceeded to introduce the presentation itself, then there was a collage of different upcoming games from Bethesda.
Doom
Bethesda started things off showing your favorite first person shooter with demons, gallons of blood and gory deaths.
Doom is a lot more technology-based than the first few ones, but unlike later entries in the series, it keeps the demonic atmosphere on the enemies. It’s very gory and violent so fans of the series will be very pleased with it.
A lot of melee combat was shown, where the player ripped members off the demons and sliced them in half with a chainsaw.
Interaction with the environment will be a big part of the game, weapon picking, and of course there was shotgun gameplay, where you complete destroy the monsters on your way.
Mixing and matching weapons and playstyles seems intuitive enough, making the game incredibly fast paced and heart pouding.
Multiplayer of the game will not be too different from the multiplayer of  other FPS games, but the arenas and the multitude of play styles and themes like technological facilities in Mars and Hell will probably mix things up enough to keep you interested.
SnapMap is an in-game tool that has map-building that you can customize and create new maps and make new modes, you’ll be able to share them with people all around the world.
By the end of the Doom section of the presentation, they showed gameplay in Hell, the Demons’ home, where they showed a desolated area, sort of like ancient ruins where you feel alone against waves and waves of demons that you shoot, rip apart and slice through with a variety of weapons and styles.
The demons jump, run, and scream at you, just like they should, and you destroy waves and waves of them, like you should, all in all, it just might be the triumphant return of the series into the genre that it basically started.
Bethesda.net
It’s a system where gamers from different consoles will be able to comunicate and share content, it’ll be available all around Bethesda games, already been used for SnapMap, Elder Scrolls Online.

Battle Cry
Online action game centered around team combat, it works similar to a beat-em-up, but it has a lot of depth, it seems, with different classes, alliances, with more to be announced in the future.

Dishonored 2
The game seems to follow the dark atmosphere from previous game. It will have a lot of parcour in it. it seems, stealth, combat, and use of special abilities. It also mixes the classical themes with futuristic technology.
All in all, it seems like it’ll deliver exactly what it promises, a sequel to the hit game, Dishonored. The game will be coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
Dishonored
Is being remastered for PS4 and Xbox One with additional content, it’ll be called Dishonored Definitive Edition.

The Elder Scrolls Online
A new expansion has been anounced for the Elder Scrolls Online, not much has been said at the moment, but more is promised on the way.
The Elder Scrolls Legends
An upcoming strategy card game for iOS and PC, will be a Free-To-Play game that will probably follow a similar formula from existing games.
Fallout 4
The presentation of the game seems to have a lot more color, contrary to Fallout 4, which had a green hue similar to Arkham Asylum.
The attention to detail in this game is off the charts, with incredible diversity in the art of the different areas of the game, the different characters and monsters.
From post-apocalyptic to an utopia, the diversity and vast experiences is incredible.
The game will start with your character in the mirror, where you’ll be able to customize your male and female characters.
It has been confirmed that the game starts off before the nuclear war, on a peaceful, sunny day, until the explosion does happen.
You survive the nuclear attack, and some events happen after this, you then wake up after 200 years of sleep on a special vault, and wake up on a post-apocalyptic world, where you are the sole survivor.
You’re also given a lot of choice, where key moments of the game will change depending on what the player does and what he chooses to follow.
All in all, the amazing attention to detail, the possibilities and options given are incredibly vast, making it the most interesting and intriguing game of the presentation.
Accompanying the game, there’ll be a second screen experience with a mobile app and a piece that resembles the Smart Watch from the game. The game will come out for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Building in the game is very intuitive and complete, it reminds us a little to Sims, Animal Crossing, and other popular Life Sim games.
It features customization, attacks from other alliances, and you’ll be able to make your own houses, shelters, settlements, and your own allies and friends.
The game will be coming out November 10th of the present year.

Fallout Shelter
A mobile game where you make your own vault, and you are in charge of keeping your people safe and exploration, the resources, it’s not too different in concept to other life games like Sims City, etc. It’s a cartoony and campy take on the Fallout concept.
It’ll be a Free to Play, no paywalls, no wait times, it’s completely free other than some extras available. It’s available starting tonight, so why not give this game a go?

You can also watch the showcase right here:

That pretty much rounds up Bethesda at E3 2015. What did you think of the conference all in all? Please do let us know in the comment section below.
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About Paco

Growing up in the late 90’s, Paco’s introduction to video games was Mario 64, and he hasn’t really stopped ever since, he’s also a player kin to Wind Waker, having beaten it an unholy amount of times, and completed it at least 5 times, or so he claims.