With that fact it was good that Microsoft opened E3 with their conference, they had a lot of work to show that the Xbox One is still a games machine. And boy did they start with a bang, opening the show with the new Metal Gear Solid game - MGS5: The Phantom Pain. With Snake (who now goes by the name Painful Snake, not Solid, as this is another story with who will be Big Boss), the trailer looked like MGS: The Red Dead years, as it’s set in Afghanistan Snake rides to town on horseback. The FOX Engine Hideo Kojima and his team developed is fantastic, I swear you could make out every grain of sand in the Afghan dessert. The fan furore about Keither Sutherland replacing David Hayter as the voice of Snake has kind of quickly died down, as this is a different Snake here, from a past time. Hayter will always be Solid to us, but now with the added Performance Capture technology involved in The Phantom Pain, he’s not what we say a good actor (he is a Scriptwriter by profession). Microsoft did brag before E3 that they had a lot cash to spend in the Xbox One, and they proved it by having Hideo on stage to shake hands with Xbox’s head honcho (Don Mattrick). It is coming of course to the PS4 as well so none of this actually matters, the only thing that does is if the games looks to be great, and boy does it.
Then they carried on to what was a successful show, they calmed people’s fears that it’s moved too far away from being a games machine. The big fears still remained on how if there’s a DRM (Digital Rights Management) system, and how this effects the Used Games market (more in Part 2), but in terms of proving you will be playing games on it, it was good show. After the MGS5 opening it reminded everyone that the 360 isn’t being left instantly behind with online success story World of Tanks, which looks fun, and a redesign of the 360 to make it look more like a One. Why? Don’t ask me, are people going to fooled that cheapskates have a Xbox One, when really they have the re-designed 360. On a critical note, I still think that calling it Xbox One is a bit backwards thinking. I get it that they mean it’s the one place you go for your entertainment (Movies, TV, Internet, and Games), but ever since SONY called their original PlayStation the PSOne any future machine sounds it’s on the back foot by calling it <something> One.
In between the KI trailer and the Twitch sharing demo, a new IP (Intellectual Property) by the creators of Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games) was shown – Sunset Overdrive. It looked fun, with it’s Mirrors Edge/Brink garish, cartoony look, but by the end of it looked like an advert for Sunny D. Also shown in-between was Forza 5 (you know what to expect from that Gran Turismo looks, with better racing, then. After that was an announcement that Minecraft was coming to the Xbox One, which was a surprise to me, because one of it’s creator has come to hate Microsoft and was unofficially approached by SONY with a gift a golden original PlayStation. I guess he made up with Microsoft, or paid him a ****-tonne of cash. Then two more interesting titles followed. First was Quantum Break, during the Event in May they just showed some filmed scene and a ship crashing through a bridge, here there still wasn’t any gameplay but the story was intriguing. You knew from the first demo it had something to do with time, and in this you saw time stood still, but an investigator could still walk around (a ‘Timecop’ if you will, sadly not like JCVD though ) and save a woman from an explosion. After that was an interesting teaser for a Murder-Mystery game called D4. Then it was time for the Xbox version of Little Big Planet – Project Spark – where players could create a place, and enemies, it was like LBP and Modnation Racers had a child it would Project Sparks.
Before the last game was shown, Microsoft did something I didn’t think they do at E3, and that’s announce when it’s out and the price. I thought they’d wait till Tokyo Games Show, or make a separate presentation to show later in the Summer/in the Autumn. I had a feeling Microsoft’s spies found what SONY was going to price it, and thought they’d get in first. The XO was going to get a global launch in November, at $499 (Around £428). Okay, that’s a lot of Wonga in these financially harsh times, but it seems not to effect gadgets, it didn’t effect the New iPad for example. I thought the PS4 would be around that price too, so I wasn’t surprised by it.