I’ll be honest, I didn’t go in expecting the next Xbox reveal to be some huge megaton announcement like the PS4 was, but my god what happened to the games?
Pre-showing, Microsoft really hyped the show, even by going so far as to play fun with Sony on Twitter. The show started off with a trailer featuring developers and then it happened, they showed the console and it’s features. While many of the features are also available on the PS4, the feeling of doubt quickly began to sink in as a few words kept popping in and out of every spoke’s person mouth; Television, and Social Networking.
I’ve had my issues with the Xbox 360. It started out strong with games, but as the years passed Microsoft slowly kept integrating TV features and social features such as Facebook. It was becoming more and more clear that Microsoft was gonna leave us gamers behind as time went on. Looking at this final year for the Xbox 360, games are truly lacking. There’s no big bang to end it when you compare it to the Playstation 3.
Anyway, this conference was suppose to bring confidence back into gamers, but instead we were bombarded by social media integration and Kinect. I honestly don’t feel that anything in this conference showed us the power of the system. The majority of it was about the television aspect of the console that the Xbox 360 is leaving off at.
So what about the games? That’s a good question. They showed us a bunch of multiplatform sport titles, one new game, with barely any footage, Forza 5 (probably the highlight), and Call of Duty: Ghost, which graphically speaking still looks the same (least close). Nothing in this show concerning games was eye opening or jaw dropping, unlike the audience would have had you believe. When 343 took the stage, things started to get serious … or so we thought. Instead of announcing a new Halo they kept pushing for more TV aspects by announcing a Halo television series. Sure I’m excited seeing that it’ll have a great director, but still that’s just lame.
Microsoft tried to one up Sony by showing the console, however they lacked in nearly every department that made it a gaming console. To me, this show only proved further that Microsoft is indeed moving away from the gaming aspect and marking television as the future, something that has existed only forever. The overall taste that this conference left in my mouth is unbearable from a gaming perspective.
I know, I know, there’s always E3 to look forward to with 15 exclsuives. Don’t disappoint again Microsoft.