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Xbox One E3 2015 games recap | Halo 5, Mass Effect Andromeda, Gears of War, and more

“Boom”

That’s all Larry Hryb had to say to those watching the press conference when Microsoft unveiled a complete surprise announcement that will likely bode extremely well for them in encouraging Xbox 360 gamers to jump to Xbox One. Backwards compatibility was announced earlier today at their E3 briefing, and the reception has been almost universally positive.

Though the ability to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One marked the biggest news of the day, there was so many incredible games and more from their showing to give gamers ample reason to be excited for this holiday season and beyond.

Here is a collection of all the games shown at Xbox One’s E3 2015 briefing:

Games

Phil Spencer has reiterated time and time again of the importance of video games as the primary focus of the console and Xbox’s E3 showed some great returning IPs and notable new ones as well.

Halo 5: Guardians

While we’ve already got to see a bit of the multiplayer gameplay in the past Microsoft showcased some small information about the story’s direction and what playing in the recently revealed squad system that Halo 5 will introduce.

ReCore

Not much is known so far about this new IP and Xbox exclusive, but it has peaked the interested of some Xbox One owners and with good reason. The CGI trailer was done very well and with developers from Metroid Prime and the creator of the Lost Planet and Dead Rising games, Keiji Inafune, the game looks promising. Players will take on the role of one of the last remaining humans and work to “forge friendships with courageous robot companions and lead them on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world.”

No release date announced.

Gears of War 4

Outside of Halo, Gears of War may be the most treasured exclusive franchise and a new sage begins on the Xbox One. A Gears of War 4 gameplay trailer shows some new faces — as well as some new enemies, but the iconic factors of the franchise are still prevalent with the Lancer Assault Rifle and its accompanying chainsaw as well as the same dark tone of the gameplay. While the game doesn’t release until the holiday season in 2016, fans can get their Gears of War fix with a beta of available now on Xbox One!

Mass Effect: Andromeda

As the original Mass Effect is now brought to the Xbox One with the backwards compatibility feature now available on the new generation console, gamers who’ve never played the Mass Effect can get a taste of the series and build some excitement for the next installment in the franchise game. The trailer displays some of the world environments that players can look forward when it releases in Q4 2016.

Forza Motorsport 6

While a bit of Forza Motorsport 6 was leaked by the Japanese Xbox.com page, the new night racing and weather effects change give players some new experiences on top of the staple racing game of the Xbox platform. New 24 player online racing and some improved collision effects are also to come when it releases September 15.

The Division

While Tom Clancy’s The Division won’t be an Xbox One exclusive, this third-person shooter will be coming to Xbox One first as a free beta. Sign up here.

Gigantic

This highly stylized arena combat game from Microsoft with “freedom of movement, play-style choice, and towering Guardians makes 5×5 competition more accessible and fun than ever.”

Fable Legends

Fable started as an incredible franchise on the original Xbox and with the first two games receiving great praise, the series has struggled to reach same level of prestige as the first two. Fable Legends looks to change that with an emphasis on co-op play with a group of four players working together to survive and flourish in Albion later this year.

Id@Xbox Games

Microsoft’s desire for a greater indie library on their new generation console is coming to fruition with a plethora of new games ranging a vast assortment of genres and styles will give the Xbox One library a wonderful boost in it’s overall quality.


 

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New Mass Effect inbound | Information released at San Diego Comic Con

First leaked on Neogaf, screenshots and information have been revealed for the next Mass Effect
Screenshots and information have been revealed for the next Mass Effect at the San Diego Comic Con

Mass Effect, one of the highest rated franchises of the last generation is at again for the new consoles. Details and photos have been revealed during Bioware’s San Diego Comic Con panel and many changes as well as returning features were noted.

Expected to be set in an entirely new galaxy, the newest Mass Effect will not actually be called Mass Effect 4. Instead it will simply be called Mass Effect. Perhaps the biggest headlines for the next installment in the franchise are the incorporation of a drivable vehicle (Mako) and a co-operative multiplayer mode.

A look at the new drivable vehicle in the new Mass Effect
A look at the new drivable vehicle in the new Mass Effect tweeted by @andrearene

The photos available right now are not very clear, but the game is expected to take a massive jump in the visuals department as well. Now running on the Frostbite 3 engine, Mass Effect will give players an entirely new story to follow and with the new generation of consoles available, they’ll be sure to take advantage of the added resources.

With the inclusion of the Mako the developers will put a greater focus on exploring planets and discovering the unknown. While the galaxy itself will be different from the past, many of the same elements will remain.

One of the statements made by the panel that peaked the interest of the media was the uncertainty of the player race. Could we see an alien character playing the lead role of the game? The panel also mentioned giving players as many choices as possible again. It would not be all too surprising to see them go a step further and let you customize which species your character is.

Be ready for more choices and more exploration of the unknown in the next-gen Mass Effect.

No information has been revealed regarding a release date or which platforms/consoles the game will be available on.


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