Simply put, this was Microsoft’s strongest showing at E3 in years. From games to discussing the acquisitions of new studios, such as Ninja Theory, this was a focused conference and really only had one hiccup. Here are my highlights:
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
This was a strong start to the show as Ori and The Blind Forest was an amazing game. Surprisingly difficult and incredibly gorgeous, it is currently one of the best games in Microsoft’s library. Even though it won’t be released until 2019, the sequel already looks polished and will easily surpass the visuals of its predecessor. I am hyped for this game.
If you’ve never played any of the Metro games, nows the time as Exodus arrives early 2019. This is a first person shooter for the hardcore as players will have to manage their inventory and make strategic decisions based off confrontations. Based on the novel, Metro 2033, players will find themselves in a post-apocalyptic Moscow and must defend themselves from other factions as well as mutated creatures that roam the landscape. Metro Exodus looks gorgeous, it showed some customization in the gameplay trailer, and hopefully, this will give the Metro series the recognition it deserves.
Devil May Cry 5
Nero and Dante return for the fifth entry in the acclaimed Capcom Franchise. It’s been 10 years or so since DMC4 and fans have been patiently waiting for the return of this hack and slash action extravaganza. Like previous entries, the game looks crazy, over-the-top, and will have its fair share of cheesy moments. That however, is all apart of the charm. Hopefully, this will drop next year. Peep those visuals, drop dead gorgeous.
Gears 5 and Gears of War Tactics
We all knew that Microsoft would feature it’s big 3. With Halo Infinite receiving an announcement trailer and Forza Horizon 5 receiving a gameplay trailer, it was only a matter of time before Gears of War made an appearance. It did in the form of Gears 5, which is a direct continuation of the series and from the trailer released will have a heavy emphasis on story. I’m all for it. The bigger news in my opinion is Gears of War Tactics, an X-COM Gears game? Sign me up, it’s currently in its alpha and there’s no set release date, but it’s set 12 years before the first game and will be story oriented. It looks great.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
A third party title should never be game of the show for a console conference, but Sekiro looks amazing. Featuring fast combat and stealth, this could very well be the best game in From Software’s catalog. The character can utilize a fake arm to grapple to opponents who have a height advantage and it also can be used as a dodge technique. Hopefully, it can be used on lesser enemies to disarm them, because why the hell not. It released in 2019 and the trailer is amazing.
While Cyberpunk 2077 made an appearance, it didn’t feature any gameplay nor did it give any hints regarding it’s release. Microsoft is constantly stating that it wants to have more first-party titles and this conference clearly reinforces this business strategy. The only real hiccup was The Division 2, which while I am anticipating it’s release, I really thought that the demo, like Anthem last year, was forced and corny. Even if the game looks great.
Oh and Tales of Vesperia is getting it’s remaster and will be released in the Winter. Winning.