Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Xbox Gamescom reaction 2015

Xbox Gamescom reaction 2015

A mere six weeks after E3 and we are now in Cologne, Germany for Gamescom 2015. Who could possibly have any more to share after some huge revelations at E3?
Well Microsoft has, that's who.

After such a successful week in LA 6 weeks ago, Microsoft has moved its Xbox behemoth into Cologne for Gamescom promising further looks at Crackdown, Quantum Break and Scalebound. But that was definitely not all.

The first half hour was taken up by the big 3 they didn't show at E3, Quantum Break looks better every time I see it, now with Hollywood actors cast. Graphically it looks a new benchmark on the platform. Scalebound from Platinum games mixes real time action with RPG elements and looks epic, then Crackdown 3 looks to continue the success of the first game while side stepping all the mistakes of the second.

With some TV and chat pads and talk of Windows 10 filling out 20 mins it was then back to the games, ID@xbox then showed of some really interesting and cool games but sadly two of my personal favourites still missing, Below and Inside.

I thought the halo segment went on 5 mins too long complete with annoying commentary but the did then finish big with more action from Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Then came the big one right at the end, Halo Wars 2 from Creative Assembly. Who's Total Wars games makes them great candidates to take over the helm of making that game.

So overall it was another very strong show from Microsoft especially as there was no Sony show this year to counter.

Personal highlights were the 3 big games all looking proper AAA titles, now with cloud processing in Crackdown giving 100% destructive environments which looked as epic as it sounds. Also the reappearance of Homefront 2. But the game that stood out for me was We Happy Few, that reminded me of Dishonoured but on class A drugs.

A few lows are the fact there was no new IP or no further Looks at Below or Inside.

But at the end of the day what do we have?
Well after E3 and now Gamescom, 15 exclusive games over two years plus all the backwards compatibility games and lots of multiplatform titles, which says to me Xbox is not heading in the right direction, it IS in the right direction and is looking very Confident doing it.

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