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I am very lucky this year, getting to cover E3 from the glory that is LA. It’s hot, it’s exhausting, and it hasn’t really even begun. Microsoft kicked things off with their press briefing – here’s how it all went down.

Darryn will be posting galleries, so be sure to check them out for all the impressive images from the day. First things first, Xbox’s press conference started off on a different note, handing out wrist bands that would later become LED lights – that Galen centre was awesome when they were lit up. Microsoft was totally on message, too – keeping the focus entirely on the games the whole time. There were a ton of things shown off, so here’s how it went down.

Starting things off with a bang, Microsoft kicked off with the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer. It was big, it was loud, and it showed off some impressive new tech. I was particularly blown away by the detail in facial expressions, and the gore.

Moving from the pew pew to the vroom vroom, we found out that the Nurburgring was available for Forza. It’s a killer track, and awesome for Xbox to make it available immediately. Relieving people’s fears, Xbox confirmed that we’d be seeing more Forza in 1080p.

After an all-too-brief trailer for Evolve, we got some fantastic footage out of Assassin’s Creed Unity. Sneak with your friends; ACU showed off some brotherhood multiplayer that lets you get sneaking and stubby with your friends. The crowds looked way more realistic and even parkour has been revamped, although combat basically looked the same as always.

Giving more pretty trailers to rub our eyes on, Dragon Age was up next, showing off some beautiful new visuals. Then we were treated to the romp that is Sunset Overdrive. I will admit that I wasn’t all that hyped for the game before E3, but this latest trailer is making me have a serious need for an Xbox One.

Speaking of a romp, Dead Rising’s DLC was up next, and it has the most epic name (and gameplay) Microsoft has released: Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition DX Plus Alpha. Yes, it is just that awesome.

The Fantasia and Dance Central people were up next, although (like the Kinect) they were ushered out without much commentary. Instead, we jumped right into Fable Legends. It may be a great RPG, but it seemed to rely rather heavily on the RPG cliches for my taste – but it added tower defense.

Project Spark was next on the Agenda, and while it looked okay, it still wasn’t quite convincing. Conker was shown off, but only within Project Spark, leading to a unanimous “awww” in the audience.

The Halo Master Chief Collection is designed to introduce gamers to the entire Master Chief story to prepare for the launch of Halo 5: Guardians. The entire collection will be playable in 1080p, 60fps on Xbox One. Quite a feat. The Halo 5 Guardians Beta will be coming in time for the holiday season.

Surprisingly, those were just the games coming out this year. So much for that “everything is delayed until 2015” moan that gamers were having before E3. That’s a lot of games.

Looking into the coming year, Xbox showed off a montage of indie games, followed by a fantastic world premier for the new Tomb Raider. But it was the next game, The Witcher 3, that got everyone really excited. It’s looking fantastic, and we only saw a small snippet of gameplay.

Let the fanboys rejoice, next up we had news of the Phantom Dust revival. This was followed by excellent footage of The Division – we can only hope that this time the gameplay was actual gameplay. It had some new display interfaces and looked very slick.

Scalebound was next, although when it was followed by the Crackdown trailer that got the crowd (and particularly Darryn) excited. Well, that and the awesome Sunset Overdrive bus parked out front of the conferences.

Last Updated: June 10, 2014

58 Comments

  1. Jonah Cash

    June 10, 2014 at 08:34

    Sony owned MS once again!! Uncharted 4, Bloodborne and The Order vs Dead Rising dlc, Halo, Sunset Overdrive and Fable something…. Yeah if this was a race it would look like Usain Bolt(PS4) running against Jacob Zuma(Xbox ONE) in a 100m, sure Jacob(Xbox ONE) would probably bribe someone to get a “timed exclusive” lap of honour but lets face it Bolt(PS4) would crush him when it comes to race(games) time!!

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 10, 2014 at 08:37

      And this

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      • Jonah Cash

        June 10, 2014 at 08:44

        I am waiting patiently for this!!!

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        • Hammersteyn

          June 10, 2014 at 08:54

          Did you hear the Nirvana song in the trailer?The play one at the end of Infamous as well. Coincidence?

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          • Jonah Cash

            June 10, 2014 at 09:16

            There is a spoiler alert, and seeing as I haven’t played it yet I think I will skip all trailers on it for now!! Hahaha

      • eXpZA

        June 10, 2014 at 09:03

        • Hammersteyn

          June 10, 2014 at 09:07

          Had to download it for the sake of my browser. It was already amazing on the PS3 so yeah if you didn’t own this on the PS3 this is the PS4 seller tight here.

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      • The Lost Guardian

        June 10, 2014 at 09:07

        So many spoilers……

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        • Hammersteyn

          June 10, 2014 at 09:10

          I watched the video and nothing there really spoiled anything for me. But the video did say spoiler alert so I thought I would mention it before hand.

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          • The Lost Guardian

            June 10, 2014 at 09:13

            Oh yeah, nothing against the posting lol It’s just kinda spoileriffic. Then again, I consider everything about the game a spoiler. One has to experience ever minute of this game for the first time

          • Hammersteyn

            June 10, 2014 at 09:19

            Agreed

    • Rinceinantici

      June 10, 2014 at 08:40

      Yip, and YIP.

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    • Pieter Kruger

      June 10, 2014 at 08:41

      Go get some sleep, you’re clearly delusional! Talking smack about timed exclusives when Sony is announcing timed exclusive beta access! ROFL!

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      • Jonah Cash

        June 10, 2014 at 08:43

        I slept, I work for myself. There is no reason good enough to not sleep. I have been awake from 06:00 and been watching all the trailers. Sorry bud but MS got their assess handed to them once more…. But look at it this way: There is always next year and the one after that!!

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      • Hammersteyn

        June 10, 2014 at 08:43

        timed exclusive beta access? Pleas elaborate, I missed it somewhere.

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      • Guest

        June 11, 2014 at 06:14

        PS4 games not on Xbox One revealed at E3 2014: LittleBigPlanet 3, Entwined, Bloodborne, The Talos Principle, Let It Die, Rachet & Clank, Infamous sidestory, Kingdom Under Fire 2 and tons of indie games. No Man’s Land, Grim Fandango, and ABZU timed exclusive.

        You are clearly a malicious and hateful fanboy spreading lies.

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    • xdvd

      June 10, 2014 at 09:35

      I think you forgot about Phantom Dust, Scalebound and Crackdown 3. That sounds like quite a few games to me. But I suppose none of that compares to Ratchet and Clank HD and Powers tv series.

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      • Pieter Kruger

        June 10, 2014 at 09:42

        Those games doesn’t interest him because they’re not Sony exclusive IP’s! LOL!

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        • Jonah Cash

          June 10, 2014 at 09:51

          I played most if not close to all games on my 360, then bought a cheaper PS3 and played all their games I missed. Will be doing the same this time around, just the other way round. Will buy a slim BONE in 2 years time and play the games I missed…. If I can find any that I want to play!!

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      • Jonah Cash

        June 10, 2014 at 09:46

        You slate Sony for remaking R&C, but isn’t Phantom Dust one as well?
        Scalebound looks like a “How to train your dragon” type game, I think I will pass!!
        Never played Crackdown so can’t comment..

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        • xdvd

          June 10, 2014 at 10:39

          Well you slated Master Chief collection so we even. The Scalebound exclusive is a big deal as Platinum is a critically acclaimed studio that gave us Metal Gear Revengeance and Bayonetta. Uncharted 4 reveal was no surprise really but with no gameplay,sadly. Bloodborne looks great, but still sceptical on the Order 1886. All of the games you mentioned are only coming next year though wheras Sunset Overdrive. Master Chief collection and Dead Rising dlc can be played this year already. Didn’t hate on Ratchet remake, simply wanted to illustrate that Sony had to announce remakes of Last of Us, GTA V and Rachet to compensate for lack of new games.Also spent way too much time on LBP3, hardware and tv talk.

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          • xdvd

            June 10, 2014 at 10:42

            Also, no Drive Club.

          • Jonah Cash

            June 10, 2014 at 11:58

            All I hope for is that you Xbox guys have as much fun with your consoles as I am having with my PS4. It is really a cool piece of tech and it has pretty good games. I play a lot of Fifa, so I haven’t been without a game since I bought the thing. The better the Xbox games the better games I have to play when they start selling it for R4500 or lower!!

          • xdvd

            June 10, 2014 at 12:18

            I have a PS4 too but my problem is that outside of the multiplatform stuff, Sony’s exclusives so far has been slightly disappointing. Both Killzone and Infamous are stunning looking games but has no real substance (Infamous 2 was a far better game, for example). I was expecting at least some morsel of news of the Last Guardian or even Syphon Filter (if rumours were to be believed), but nothing. Bloodborne was a nice surprise and I liked the exclusive Farcry 4 multiplayer option, but nothing else really grabbed me. Microsoft just seems to have better exclusives at the moment (Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, Titanfall, Killer Instinct) and some still coming (Halo 5, Quantum Break, Phantom Dust, Scalebound, Sunset Overdrive,Forza Horizon 2, Crackdown 3). Multiplats are currently slightly better on PS4 than Xbox One and that is the only real reason to buy a PS4 right now. The PS4 even needs an additional PS TV unit (R1000) to stream video. Sony didn’t even show Drive Club or Capcom’s Deep Down.

          • Jonah Cash

            June 11, 2014 at 07:31

            Fifa alone on PS4 is a huge leap from the PS3, and to be honest I don’t care about Falcor “Last Guardian”. I really enjoyed Infamous, I was expecting one maybe two powers but they just kept on giving and that made me happy. I liked the story line, the characters made me feel for them and the gameplay was pretty decent. I don’t need anything else than that. I don’t like FPS games but after about an hour of aimless wondering I found Killzone to be a good enough game for me to finish and in the end even enjoy a bit(don’t tell anyone). Now Syphone Filter would be a very cool idea, I love the ones on the PS1!! The Order took a completely different turn that what I expected and I like it, it gives me a Van Helsing feel and that works for me. Then we have Bloodborne, I am not a big fan of zombie games to be honest and this hasn’t as yet peaked my interest. Uncharted 4 on the other hand has all my interest, Uncharted is a magical franchise with such a cool story line and acting. I haven’t as yet played The Last of Us so I am amped it is coming to PS4.
            And the fact that 3rd party games looks better on the PS4 is a big thing to me, otherwise I would just have sticked with my PS3 and Xbox 360.
            I am more than happy with how my PS4 works and what it has to offer.
            I will probably own a Bone in two years time, when it is all slim and cheaper. Then I can catch up on their games, on the cheap. But at the moment the PS4 is king and it will be king for a while me thinks!!

    • Skyblue

      June 10, 2014 at 21:13

      The fact that you felt the need to specify which console was being compared to which *athlete* completely negates your point. Get a clue, get a life, get a PC ;-p (trolled bitch)

      PS. Jacob Zuma would outrun Usain Bolt if the rest of the field was comprised of the law, the public protector or the magical Showerhead of HIV Destruction.

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      • Jonah Cash

        June 11, 2014 at 07:20

        If I hadn’t specified you “master race” people would think that Bolt is a PC and JZ is the consoles!!! You see I am thinking of you guys when I troll Xboners!!
        JZ is a genius!! He can spin any amount of shit to suit him and get away with it!!

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  2. Hammersteyn

    June 10, 2014 at 08:34

    Halo 5: Guardians. Not sure if trolling The Last Guardians or being serious.

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    • Pieter Kruger

      June 10, 2014 at 08:40

      Last Guardians are extinct, dead and buried, or maybe you’ll get the HD re mastered tech demo again at E3 2015! LOL!

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      • Jonah Cash

        June 10, 2014 at 08:41

        Dude where is MS’s games???? They showed games, but I am really only interested in Sunset Overdrive… And it is by no means a title I need to own, it just looks like fun!!

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        • Pieter Kruger

          June 10, 2014 at 09:20

          So personal choice then basically?

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          • Jonah Cash

            June 10, 2014 at 09:32

            Yes mine and 7 million others as well!! When last did MS say how many ONE’s they have sold THROUGH to customers???? That says quite a lot in my opinion!!

      • Hammersteyn

        June 10, 2014 at 09:03

        Hahahaha yeah maybe, though there is a tweet that it’s still in development but I don’t know. It could flop like Duke and AC Marines but those two were merely FPS games that are a dime a dozen these days. If TLG brings something new to the table it might be worth the wait.

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      • Guest

        June 11, 2014 at 06:12

        PS4 has the superior visuals on all console AAA multiplats, more dev support including indies, a large number of first party studios, free to play games and MMOs like FFXIV and War Thunder, and unannounced 1st party games. Titanfall 2 and future 3rd party games will almost certainly be on PS4.

        1st-2nd party studios include Media Molecule, Quantic Dream, Guerilla Games, Sony London, Bend, San Diego, SOE, Santa Monica, Polyphony Digital, Naughty Dog, Japan Studio, Ready at Dawn, Evolution Studios, etc.

        PS4 games not on Xbox One: Killzone, inFamous Second Son, Dynasty Warriors 8, Final Fantasy XIV, War Thunder, DC Universe, Yakuza Isshin and other Japanese games, MLB 14 The Show, Bound by Flame, Injustice Gods Among Us, Knack, Natural Doctrine, Transistor, Uncharted, Planetside 2, Dragon Ball Z, MotoGP, Deep Down, Driveclub, The Last of Us, The Witness, The Order, LittleBigPlanet 3, Bloodborne, Let It Die, Rachet & Clank, and a ton of indies including Resogun, Rime, Transistor, etc.

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    • Rinceinantici

      June 10, 2014 at 08:42

      So, what can the Xbox One offer you? The same games from 10 years ago, in HD, 1080, 60fps! What? You mean you wanted NEW IPs? No man, don’t be stupid. We be offering the same stuff, but with more pretty!

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      • Pieter Kruger

        June 10, 2014 at 08:53

        So, what can the Sony offer you? The same games from 10 years ago, in HD, 1080, 60fps! What? You mean you wanted NEW IPs? No man, don’t be stupid. We be offering the same stuff, but with more pretty!

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        • Rinceinantici

          June 10, 2014 at 08:57

          I suppose it’s only apt you repeated exactly what I said in this context.

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        • Guest

          June 11, 2014 at 06:12

          PS4 games not on Xbox One revealed at E3 2014: LittleBigPlanet 3,
          Entwined, Bloodborne, The Talos Principle, Let It Die, Rachet &
          Clank, Infamous sidestory, Kingdom Under Fire 2 and tons of indie games.
          No Man’s Land, Grim Fandango, and ABZU timed exclusive.

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      • xdvd

        June 10, 2014 at 10:46

        So Ratchet and Clank remake is a new game then………

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    • xdvd

      June 10, 2014 at 12:58

      Sadly, I have to make do with this

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      • Hammersteyn

        June 10, 2014 at 13:09

        Wrong game but a great game none the less.

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  3. Hammersteyn

    June 10, 2014 at 08:35

    Not that many exclusives I want yet…. Will wait to see what the XBOX One SA price is and price depending wait for another price drop.

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    • Jonah Cash

      June 10, 2014 at 09:17

      I’ll get the slim model in 2 years time and will play catch up with their games like I did with the PS3!!

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  4. The Lost Guardian

    June 10, 2014 at 08:37

    Man I loved that “in-game” footage of The Division
    I won’t lie, Kamiya’s bald head gave me a boner when he came out on stage

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 10, 2014 at 08:39

      Bi – curios? 😛

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    • Dutch Matrix

      June 10, 2014 at 08:43

      EEEWWWWWWW…… Overshare, dude! 🙂

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  5. The Lost Guardian

    June 10, 2014 at 08:37

    Also Zoe! I saw that pic of your glowing band. But was more important was the Teddie memorabilia! That looked so sweet!!

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 10, 2014 at 08:39

      What was with the bands?

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      • The Lost Guardian

        June 10, 2014 at 08:40

        I don’t know, who knows where Zoe get’s her merchandise. Damn, I’m so jelly!

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    • Her Highness the Hipster

      June 10, 2014 at 08:54

      i’ll bring it back for you 🙂

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      • The Lost Guardian

        June 10, 2014 at 09:00

        SO MUCH LOVE!!!!

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      • Pieter Kruger

        June 10, 2014 at 09:06

        What about Ori Indie Zoey??????

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        • Her Highness the Hipster

          June 10, 2014 at 09:38

          oh geez! you’re right! i totally missed it – and it looked so awesome

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        • Guest

          June 11, 2014 at 06:13

          Microsoft realized xbox fanboys hate indies so they canceled the Xbox One version.

          Guess you deserve it for all that trolling and hating PS4’s indie games.

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  6. Pieter Kruger

    June 10, 2014 at 09:39

  7. CAE9872

    June 10, 2014 at 11:43

    I have said this already in another post but I was underwhelmed by MS – now that is all down to my own anticipation levels. I really thought they would roll out a few big exclusives. And there were a couple if you like Crackdown…and dragons (dragons are becoming like zombies!).

    But there was hardly anything I didn’t already know about.

    To be fair to MS though – they ONLY talked games – no one can criticise them for that at least!

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