Xbox’s show went on without so much of a hitch as I feel people are giving it crap for. There was that snafu with the Battlefield 4 clip, but other than that, it was pretty solid. They did their best to show off their best. So without further ado, here’s the rundown of the Xbox One E3 presentation and what I found interesting.
-New 360 design… uh… thanks?
-Gold membership carries from 360 to One and gets two free games
-Ryse: Son of Rome still looks rather beastly minus the uber abundance of QTE’s. I know they couldn’t really get the thematic feel they were going for otherwise, but I still don’t really appreciate them. My biggest complaint though, where in the crap was the Kinnect controls? This was one of those games I was hoping would carry the Kinnect 2.0 to freedom… seriously, very disappointed as this would have been a great opportunity to show it off.
-The only thing that really caught me game-wise so far was the new Metal Gear Solid V… if I can actually play the whole game stealth since I suck at FPS’s with console controls (not exclusive though…)
*Edit* Titanfall was pretty pimp, that is freak’n sweet looking.
–Project Spark seemed rather interesting, however, it would be one of those games that I would find interesting, probably pick up, but only play a short amount of time. Hopefully projects will be able to be shared for free.
-Achievement comparison between friends with smart glass… I’m sure someone out there loves this.
-Microsoft points are gone and being switched to real money! I find this odd that Microsoft did this after Nintendo since they are usually the ones behind on online things.
-Gold membership sharing will be between family members from the same console even when you’re not logged in.
-$499 price point is high, but possibly worth it.
-There were way too many teaser trailers shown. It’s neat, but I don’t fully appreciate them for movies, I kind of feel the same way with video games.
Ok, while I may have come away less impressed with the games than the PS4 presentation… well no. I just wasn’t too impressed. The content was there. What was there was pretty, please don’t get me wrong. I still think the Xbox One is an excellent machine that is capable of a lot of awesome. I was under the impression that this was going to be all about the games. I don’t feel they did it well enough. There were a good chunk of multiplatform games and the ones that were exclusive didn’t completely grab me.
I think what really brought it down for me was the Ryse. I had the most hope for that game. I want that game to be amazing, and for all intents and purposes, it’s is a great looking game. It may even control well with the next version of the controller, but I was still under the impression that it was a Kinnect game and I really really wanted to see one of the devs jump on the stage and start “Sparta!” kicking baddies with it! Where was that?!
Overall, they did have a great looking system. Will plethora of features outweigh Sony’s? Will they win the console war? With this presentation, I would think not, but honestly, if they can get the Kinnect 2.0 up and running smoothly, that will push it over the edge in a lot of people’s minds. Right now, all they have is a super great system that won’t really use used games and need to be online once every 24 hours (not a huge deal for me, but some people have issues with it). That wouldn’t be too big of an issue if the PS4 had the same issues… which they don’t.