E3 2014 Microsoft Predictions: Halo 5, Banjo 3, Alan Wake 2, Forza Horizon 2, New IP, and A Price Cut
E3 2014 for Microsoft and the Xbox One is shaping up to be a blockbuster event. Gamers know a new Halo is coming, but what about the return of some franchises like Banjo Kazooie, Alan Wake, and Forza Horizon?
I kicked off my E3 2014 predictions with the oddball of the group yesterday, Nintendo. While we still have no idea if Nintendo will even be at E3 2014 in a more traditional sense, we know that the other two big players Microsoft and Sony will be at the show with big presentations in hand.
Microsoft has had a fairly successful console launch with the Xbox One, which is amazing considering all of the negative energy surrounding the console before its’ launch, but Microsoft has been extremely quite since the release of Titanfall back in March. E3 2014 needs to be a huge show for Microsoft for many reasons, but the biggest being a lot of consumers are finding it difficult to to pick up the Xbox One when the competition has the cheaper console. Like I said with Nintendo, Microsoft needs to use their E3 conference to remind gamers what makes the Xbox experience unique, but more importantly why the Xbox brand is one that focuses on games.
So lets get started with some easy predictions.
E3 2014 could be a new start for Nintendo and the Wii U, that is if they even show up. Could a new Zelda and Mario show up for Wii U? How about a redesigned Wii U console and Gamepad?
E3 2014 is set to be a real blockbuster of a E3 showing. I know people say that every year, myself included, but something about this year feels epic already. Maybe it is the fact that all major developers and publishers seem to be holding their cards close to their chest after the arrival of the Xbox One and PS4, or it could be that Microsoft and Sony are already hyping of their show over a month before it happens. Either way, something about E3 2014 feels as if its going to be a huge show, but what about the third player in the “console war?” Nintendo has spent a lot of time lately showing what we already know. Last year they barely had an E3 presence and was ultimately left in behind when it came to gaming talk due to their lackluster showing of pretty much anything. Will E3 2014 be any different?
I guess the first big question is if Nintendo will even have any kind of actual E3 presentation, or will they simply do another Nintendo Direct like last year? That is honestly the hardest question to answer right now. Nintendo is in such a weird spot right now it is impossible to see what their next move is. Personally, I have the feeling they will show up to E3 2014 with a presentation ready in a more traditional sense that gamers are used to. If Nintendo decides to not have a press conference I think it will just end up hurting them even more than last year.
The Betrayer is a game that nails the basics of game mechanics and drops you into a very stylized world that is unique and different, but lacks any real variety at its’ core.
Sometimes a game that is surrounded by mystery is a great thing. Not knowing what is going on can be a great way to emerge a payer into a world they don’t quite understand, and learning what secrets lay beneath the surface is a fun adventure. The Betrayer takes this philosophy and combines it with an open world that tries to engage the player in a quest that will unfold in front of them, but in the end fall short of a fill realized adventure.
The creative minds behind the original F.E.A.R. have since left the F.E.A.R. franchise, but that didn’t stop them from trying to create another adventure that is surrounded by mystery. The Betrayer literally drops the player in a world they know nothing about, and wants them to simply explore the world to uncover the mystery behind it. On paper it all sounds like a fantastic idea coming from the team that somehow combined shooting with a thrilling mystery that kept players engaged for hours, but The Betrayer feels incomplete in many different ways.
A lot of big games have hit in the month of March, and the 4LOG crew is here to give their impressions. Listen for their thoughts on Titanfall, Infamous: Second Son, The Betrayer, and Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls.
Believe it or not, it is already time to start the hype train for E3 2014. Microsoft has already been talking about their presentation, and the 4LOG crew gives their take on what all 3 of the big companies need to do this year.
Titanfall is one of the most enjoyable shooters in a long time, but don’t expect it to redefine shooters.
Prepare for Titanfall. Those words have been uttered by many since Titanfall made its debut at E3 2013, and since then the hype train has been very high. A lot of people are calling and are expecting Respawn Entertainment to redefine the FPS genre. By now you probably already know what Titanfall is. Some people call it Call of Duty with mechs, and other say it just another over hyped shooter, but I can with certainty that Titanfall is so much more than just another shooter for FPS fans to pick up and play. Titanfall at its’ core is a FPS and shares a lot of mechanics that are similar to games like Call of Duty, but if you try playing Titanfall like other shooters you will not find success.
So what makes Titanfall different? Just looking at the game play might make someone think that it is the mechs that obviously make the big difference, but believe it or not the mechs are only half of the story. The secret to Titanfall is balance, and Respawn has made sure that everything feels balanced. From the weapons and pilot abilities to the mechs with their giant weapons and unique abilities, nothing ever feels overpowered and cumbersome. Every minute detail that involves actually playing Titanfall has been fine tuned to a point that is near flawless.
The Wii U has some glaring issues, but is by no means a failure yet.
Ever since Nintendo announced that the company would be lowering their sales forecast of the Wii U and 3DS, a lot of gamers around the net have been claiming Nintendo is “doomed” and are trying to say that Nintendo is doing awful as a company. I have read some of the most ridiculous claims such as, Nintendo needs to scrap the Wii U and release a new console, all the way to Nintendo needs to go third party. These suggestions make little sense and obviously come from people that truly don’t understand how the gaming industry works. If you think Nintendo is bleeding money or is in anyway hurting for cash, you are dead wrong.
This is a topic that really makes me question if gamers have any idea how the gaming industry works. It seems to be a trend lately that console sales numbers determine if a game console is successful, and while that number is important, it is only a fraction of the final result if a console is considered successful.
Let’s start off with the big reason people are saying Nintendo is doomed, the Wii U sales. The Wii U is not performing well at all, and in numerous ways is a failing product, but there is a huge difference between a failing product and a product being called a flat out failure. The Wii U has had a rough time, there is no denying that. Even Nintendo has admitted that the system has not performed anywhere close to their forecasts, but that doesn’t mean that the Wii U can’t become a product that people want to have in their homes.