Written, Edited and Researched by Cameron Allan
Gamescom 2015 was flooded with passionate fans eager to see what the future of Xbox and gaming as a whole had in store for each and every one of them, and boy what a future it is.
The briefing began with a nostalgic and heartfelt introductory clip narrated by some of the most legendary characters of Xbox gaming history, emphasizing our need of rejoice for a paradigm shift in the way we experience the world of video games.
We know them, we love them and we have become so emotionally vested in them, it certainly hyped up the crowd and showcased some familiar faces like Master Chief, Lara Croft, Marcus Fenix and the hero from fable, of course accompanied by their modulating voices. Xbox’s goal as outlined in this intro, a goal which they have clearly successfully delivered upon, was to take the art and technology associated with gaming to an entirely different and exciting level, and to raise the bar for many years to come.
They underscore their strive to give players the games that they desire, the people they want to play them with and the devices they choose to play them on. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, claims that this is the greatest line up of games in Xbox’s history and honestly this claim is quite difficult to disagree with. Here, in its glory, is the lineup of games, and technological advancements showcased during the Xbox Briefing at Gamescom 2015.
Time truly is power, it hard to deny that after witnessing this jaw dropping footage that still leaves a lot left to explain. The gameplay looks incredibly unique, focusing on teleportation through and bending of one’s environment using time breaks, and the organized use of these time breaks to thwart enemy attack.
It almost seems as though you are invincible, superhuman practically, with an incomprehensible source of power. Feel free to stroll into military camps unarmed and completely eviscerate those that attempt to get in your way. Enemies cannot even fathom the intense velocity in which you fly through space and time. It is a heart pumping action game partnered with a live action show designed to create a fully immersive experience for the player, the game is set to hit shelves April 5, 2016.
The beloved fast paced overhead command based strategy shooter is back and was unveiled to the world at Gamescom 2015. It seems like 343 and Microsoft are being quite hush hush, which is more than understandable seeing as it was a cinematic reveal trailer. Nothing as far as gameplay goes has been revealed but if it is anything like it’s massively popular predecessor, it will be utterly fantastic. Stay tuned as I’m sure this game will be discussed in detail in the near future as it is launching fall of 2016.
Xbox is really looking like quite the powerhouse in every sense of the word for the next two years of next generation gaming. The briefing was fluid, informative, incredibly exciting and entertaining to watch, Xbox really had its tight nit gaming community in mind, and are sure to deliver on each and every promise made.
It is a sandbox game like none other, it provides the nostalgic crime fighting shooter gameplay that fans are accustomed to but within a new and highly dangerous futuristic metropolis that is pieced together like a beautiful mosaic, just waiting to be crumbled by your justice delivering hands.
The graphics are realistic to a certain extent but it does appear as though they added touches of CEL shade, which looks amazing. Its new revolutionary multiplayer takes an entirely different approach on the shooter genre and instead is entirely centered on manipulation and destruction of your towering surroundings to eliminate enemy players. Look forward to this game hitting stores sometime in 2016.
This open world RPG game has a beautiful looking medieval aesthetic with a futuristic flare. The surroundings are absolutely gorgeous, the music provokes an overall energetic feel and the main protagonist, Drew, appears to be quite humorous and lighthearted but is serious and fearsome when the situation demands it. He is also in control of a larger than life companion, a gargantuan fire breathing dragon and together as an unstoppable duo, they journey through the mysterious botanical world of Draconis in search of a rare artifact.
The combat seems like the most notable feature of this game, it is incredibly fast paced and over the top featuring tremendous swordplay and the ability to command you dragon to obliterate enemy outposts. From what I’ve seen the characters look quite unexampled in design, featuring an incredible amount of detail, and a style unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Also the game can be played in 4 person co-op mode, which is something that is not typically seen in games that umbrella under this genre. This game will be available for purchase in the holiday season of 2016.
A bone chilling indie game from developer compulsion games; Creepy face paint, classic cityscape environments, and individuals that stare blankly into your characters soul with cold, dead, and surprisingly expressionless, painted on happy faces. An action packed thriller title that is sure to send shivers down player’s spines.
They left plenty to the imagination and intentionally excluded explanations for the things the viewer was seeing but one can only assume we are in for quite the dystopia filled horror game treat. There is no announced release date as of yet.
Windows 10 is an entirely new software update that Microsoft ensures should resonate with the modern PC and console gamer, and for good reason. They are proud to announce Direct x12, which gives developers the chance to directly access graphics hardware, allowing them to deliver fine-tuned visuals and ensure powerful performance for PC games like never before.
A visual demonstration of the newly acquired capabilities that Direct x12 brings to the fore was provided by Square Enix, to show how graphical improvements are progressing to a point whereby they are nearly indistinguishable, and at times more astounding then actual human sight itself!
A new version of Minecraft was released for Windows 10 and will be provided to those who have previously purchased the original Java version of the game absolutely free of charge.
It is currently in Beta thus they welcome and encourage open discussion, constructive criticism and feedback from the player base to ensure that they deliver the most exceptional game they possibly can upon full release.
They promise to consistently update the game with new and exciting features, assuring compassionate fans that there will never be is a dull moment while playing. Minecraft reigns supreme as the most successful indie game to ever be created and to see it re-mastered for Windows 10, and without the limitations of Java is something quite special.
Mojang also announced a second game that is in development called Cobalt, an action game that places a huge emphasis on cooperative and multiplayer play. Mojang’s lead designer Jens Bergensten was ecstatic to announce that cobalt will be released October 2015 as a console exclusive on the Xbox One.
It is a plat former shooter that looks extremely, fun, addictive and challenging; featuring an armada of cool weapons, to no one’s surprise a crafting element, an array of zany environments and characters to interact with, and a neat eight bit soundtrack. If we know anything about Mojang, this game will most likely be a huge success.
Notoriously difficult open world fantasy RPG title Dark Souls from studio Bandai Namco games is back and in a big way. It’s returned to its lurid glory and pits you against seemingly impossible foes that laugh at the face of anyone who dares to challenge them.
There is a variety of brutish monsters lurking around every corner and I can assure you that based off the short 2 minute clip shown, you can expect to die a ridiculous amount of times, breeding frustration and anger initially but satisfaction and pride in the long run. The grisly combat looks incredibly smooth and the atmosphere looks dark, gloomy and unforgiving. Dark souls 3 will be released early 2016.
The basis of Homefront revolution is based upon sociopolitical themes and focuses on a series of events that are all too real in modern day and past society. Rising up against a foreign oppressive power, taking matters into your own hands, and reclaiming what is rightfully yours.
The characters we were shown are downtrodden and beaten up, the landscape suggests that America is on the verge of total anarchy and the whole game evokes an aura of desperation and utter chaos. The game looks far more innovative than its predecessor, using customizable weapons, makeshift gadgets and vehicles to your advantage. It is set in War ravaged America, which has been forcefully taken over by a technologically superior Korean Military organization and a group of misfit freedom fighters have chosen to take a stand and fight back. The game hits shelves sometime in 2016.
EA allows you, the player, to live out every FIFA fans dream of emulating each and every one of Football’s biggest stars that people around the world watch religiously.
They are becoming far more inclusive and its 2015 iteration will see the inclusion of the women’s football leagues. They have also placed an emphasis on upgrading the renowned ultimate team mode, where making a team that has chemistry with one another on the field will be easier than ever
. If you are particularly eager to play the game early, or wish to gain more ultimate points to purchase legendary players on your team, you are urged to become part of EA Access. Lastly, Xbox One owners should exult in knowing that they are spoiled with 8 new legends added to their roster that will be available exclusively on Xbox One.
A franchise that simply needs no introduction, the originating title of the Xbox brand, one of the defining multiplayer experiences on Xbox live, and one of the most intriguing and emotionally provoking stories of all time chalked full of memorable and interesting characters, the Halo series. Anyone who has played Halo knows that it has and always will be synonymous with intense fast paced competitive play.
343 is looking to revitalize this spirit by bringing to the table what looks like their single greatest multiplayer experience yet, catered to the competitor in all of us. They were one of the driving forces in allowing console Esports to manifest into what it is today, and they clearly are continuing to carry on that tradition after announcing a competitive Halo tournament with a 1 million dollar prize for the victor.
In addition, the campaign is looking to be the most intriguing yet, taking the Halo Universe’s lore to bigger and better places and in new directions. 2015 is an amazing year to be a Halo fan, and on October27 you can experience the game for yourself.
Set in the recently war torn town of Costa Del Torro, you play as a vigilante attempting to save his deemed insignificant town by prying it from the hands of a tyrannical leader who is looking to destroy it. The Just Cause series is a landmark title in the sandbox shooter genre and this game is looking to add to its already sterling reputation.
The short clip that we were shown highlights the underlying aspect people enjoy the most about the franchise, its incomparable amount of action packed sequences present from the games beginning to its very conclusion. Massive explosions left and right, acrobatic stunts performed through the use of parachutes, wing suits and grappling hooks, insanely powerful weapons, and a variety of vehicles ranging from motorcycles to attack helicopters.
This game appeals to the demolitions expert, and pyromaniac in all of us, and promises to be nothing short of awesome if the game is anything like this amazing trailer. Set the world on fire December 1, 2015!
Another one of the cornerstone titles in Xbox’s portfolio is the Forza motorsport series. Since its release 10 years ago, production developer Turn 10 studios has set out and delivered on the promise of taking the driving game experience to an entirely new level.
They have featured staggering lineups of production, modified and racing cars, replicated racing tracks that mimic actual courses sped through by real professional drivers, and innovative mechanics that surpass real racing simulators in quality. 2015 has been a terrific year for racing gamers and racing aficionados of all sorts, the release of Forza Motorsport 6 on September 15 is looking to add the icing on the already delicious cake. Gamers will get their hands on the most gorgeous and technologically advanced racing game to date.
They will have the chance to get behind the wheel of over 450 Forza vista cars all of which are viewable and customizable from the inside out and play on 25 different tracks that feature areas from all around the globe offline, or online against a total of 24 different opponents on dedicated servers. This game is as authentic as it gets, second only to actually inserting the keys in the ignition and driving the actual cars.
Lara Croft finds herself in the vast Russian province of Siberia, a mountainous region in search of yet another tomb housing a priceless artifact: the soul of an immortality granting prophet. Unbeknownst to her, a rival Military organization named Trinity is determined to harness this power for presumably sinister reasons, and they appear to be Lara’s most challenging foes yet.
She is heavily outgunned and outnumbered, forced to stealthily pursue her enemies in the shadows striking only at the best possible moments, yet emerging from those shadows with a barrage of all out gunfire if need be. Lara freely runs, climbs, jumps and evades her enemies to and from cover smoothly through her moonlit surroundings. She has a vast arsenal of customizable weapons including her trusty bow and arrow, her razor sharp blade and countless firearms. Graphically, the game looks absolutely stunning, possibly the best seen at Gamescom, and serves as a true test for the hardware capabilities of Xbox One.
This game is proving to be quite the action packed thrill ride filled with tons of tombs for you to pillage in and it is set to be released November 10, 2015.