One of my earlier posts discussed why I favored the PS4 over the Xbox One, and noted that I haven’t touched the console in months. I was actually thinking of selling it, but Microsoft had JUST enough juicy news to get me to keep my Xbox One.
In general, I don’t like first person shooters. Unless there’s a neat hook like a unique story or interesting game mechanics, I get bored quickly. Which means that a lot of Microsoft’s press conference simply didn’t interest me. However, I did see some games worth being excited about.
We didn’t see much of Recore, but from what we saw I’m interested. Given the developers involved, including those who worked on Metroid Prime and Keiji Infanue, I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more.
Cuphead is a game that had me clamoring for more when we first saw it last year, and seeing more gameplay footage didn’t cull my appetite. It seems like such an obviously awesome design choice to use the 1930’s film filter that I can’t believe no one else thought of it first. Definitely pumped for that game.
The Rare Collection brings 30 Rare classics into one single game for $30. Looking at Nintendo’s $10/N64 title plan on their eShop, it already pays for itself with the likes of Conker, Perfect Dark, and Banjo-Kazooie. But that barely scratches the surface; it also comes with the likes of Killer Instinct Gold (such an underrated game), Viva Piñata, and one of my favorite games of all time that has been all but forgotten, Blast Corps. That’s not to mention 24 more games – truly, this collection is one to behold, and I can’t wait to revisit so many great games from such an amazing developer.
I’ve been interested in Scalebound since they announced it, but we won’t see any more information until a conference later in the year.
Finally, they announced that they are working on backwards compatibility, with a select range of titles set to be available in the near future. It appears digital purchases will transfer over, and given my extensive digital library on my 360, this is a game changer for me. Unfortunately it also means I’ll need a new hard drive asap, as today’s games take up huge chunks of space and I had more than 300 GB of games on my 360. But I’ll deal with that when the time comes; for now, I’m excited.
The new Gears, the old Gears, Halo 5…just don’t interest me. And I’m pretty disappointed that they’ve pretty much abandoned Kinect. But Xbox put enough out there at their press conference to keep me watching for more.