Today Microsoft showed off more of its new Xbox One video game console, including new games that will come out either at launch in November of this year or sometime in 2014.
The lineup of new Xbox One games range from independent games from developers like Capy and Mojang, to huge developers like 343 Industries and Remedy. Many of the games are exclusive titles published by Microsoft, though there are also several exclusive games from third-party publishers and developers that last generation would make mostly multi-platform games.
Some games are sequels to big games from the current generation, others are brand new games and at least one is a revival of an old franchise from many years ago.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Microsoft kicked off its E3 press conference with a long trailer for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The game follows Solid Snake as he travels to Afghanistan to fight against a slew of crazy new enemies. The game marks the first open-world in a Metal Gear Solid with some gameplay elements that look straight out of a modern-day on Assassin’s Creed or Splinter Cell.
It wouldn’t be a new Xbox console without at least a hint of Master Chief. The demo video for the next console Halo game showed Master Chief walking through a desert in a tattered cloak as he stumbles upon some massive piece of what is likely Forerunner technology. The game will come out sometime in 2014.
TitanFall is the first game from Respawn Entertainment, a studio created by some of the developers from Infinity Ward around the time of the first Modern Warfare. The Xbox One-exclusive game lets gamers fight against one another as sci-fi soldiers inside giant mechs. Players can choose to fight outside of the giant mechs, but with beautiful suits of armor available, who wouldn’t want to use them?
Ryse: Son of Rome
Ryse: Son of Rome puts players in the role of General Marius Titus as he fights to keep control of his home city. The game, originally announced for the Xbox 360, will put players in the role of a warrior and a general. Gamers will control a group of Roman soldiers or fight as an individual soldier, depending on what the situation calls for.
The newest game from Insomniac Studios, the makers of Ratchet & Clank, is an open-world multiplayer game that lets players fight against a hoard of what looks like mutants with a number of their friends. The trailer for the game featured parkour running and jumping around the city with highly stylized visuals and unique weapons. It’s not every game that lets players shoot vinyl records into the necks of monsters than blow them up with some sort of supercharged rifle.
The revival of Rare’s Gamecube fighting game will come to the Xbox One sometime after the console’s release. The game features a cast of human characters that can transform into animals for more unique attacks.
Forza Motorsport 5
Microsoft already showed the impressive graphics of Forza 5 at its Xbox One reveal event, and the game looks just as impressive now. More interesting than the pretty graphics is the game’s “drivatar” feature that will use cloud computing to replace A.I opponents with the simulation of human opponents. Forza 5 will extract data from how gamers drive and put those created avatars into the cars their friends, family and strangers can race against in connected single-player races.
Minecraft Xbox One Edition looks just like Minecraft for the Xbox 360 and PC. The basic gameplay and graphics won’t change, but the 8GB of RAM in the Xbox One will allow for larger maps like the PC version. The game should fix all of the problems gamers have with the Xbox 360 version of the game.
Microsoft didn’t show much of the new game from Remedy, only a short demo that showed off the graphics and sci-fi plot of part of the game. Quantum Break will blend TV and video games, which explains why the initial reveal featured a live action scene. Not much is known at the moment, however.
D4 is a new episodic murder mystery game from developer Swery65, the creator of cult-hit Deadly Premonition. The trailer showed what looked like some Kinect motion controls, but lacked any other details.
Crimson Dragon is a Kinect-enabled on-rails shooter from the creator of Panzer Dragoon. The game will use Kinect controls, making players wave their arms to lock onto targets. Unfortunately, there was no sound for the demo video on stage.
Dead Rising 3
The latest installment in Capcom’s popular zombie game, Dead Rising 3 is an open-world zombie game that pits protagonist Nick Ramos against thousands, if not millions, of zombies in a large city. The game will feature series mainstays such as crafting weapons, as well as new features like cars and artillery air strikes called in through SmartGlass.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt isn’t an Xbox One exclusive game, but it does have some Xbox One exclusive features. The game will use the Kinect for voice commands to draw weapons and cast spells, potentially making combat a bit easier for players. The new open-world RPG will also use SmartGlass for inventory management and crafting. Everything else will work just like the PC and PlayStation 4 versions of the game.
Battlefield 4, like Call of Duty: Ghosts, isn’t exclusive to the Xbox One, but its first DLC map pack will arrive on the Xbox One before the PC and other consoles. The game will run at 60 frames-per-second on the console, and looks very impressive. If the gameplay is as great as the graphics, Call of Duty will have a lot to compete with this holiday.
What Lies Below
What Lies Below is a new roguelike game from Capy, the developers of Sword & Sworcery EP, the acclaimed iOS, Android and PC game. Not much is known about the game, but it comes from a great indie developer, which is promising.
Project Spark is a unique title that is more about creating experiences and sharing them with friends. The game uses SmartGlass to make it easy to create worlds to play in. It also lets players program A.I. routines into characters or object they create in the game. It looks like a fun way to create games without programming knowledge, but it’s not for everyone.