E3 Week: My Highlights from the Microsoft Xbox Press Conference

After the EA conference felt like a company floundering for something to put on stage, and then subsequently not actually making an effort once the stuff was up there. Microsoft came out like a company with something to prove. True, they are trailing behind Sony and the PS4 in terms of sales and install base, but Microsoft also have their fingers in the PC space, so it’s not like they’re desperate…

I’m not going to break down the entire conference for Microsoft like I did for EA, there was far too much on display here and a lot of it I don’t have a strong opinion about, or there wasn’t simply enough there before jumping to the next thing to say anything about it other than stating it’s a thing. So I’m going to go down my notes and talk about the things I felt the strongest about, in either a positive or negative light. So let’s get started.

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Which Destiny did DLC better?

With the recent release of Warmind, I’m pretty happy with the place Destiny 2 is in right now. While the expansion might have felt a little flat at face value, the promise going forward is huge and despite the feeling that Bungie can’t seem to do anything right at times, I’m happy to be playing the game again.

The community surrounding the game though, it feels like this insatiable, impossible to please criticism machine. Every shred of news that pops online is followed by serial comments tearing the game down, or expressing delight that they stopped played they game when they did. Personally, I think many are forgetting that the original Destiny had always been on fire to some degree, especially in its first year.

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The Decline of the Halo Series

This year’s E3 will most definitely announce the next game in 343 and Microsoft’s Halo franchise. The “6th” game and finale to the series’ post Bungie trilogy. The weirdest thing about this, nobody is really talking about it. There was a time that Halo was the biggest franchise in the industry, now it’s a languid shadow of its former self.

Back when the original Halo trilogy was in the zeitgeist, it was seen as the definitive game in the genre. The first game received near universal acclaim from all major publications, as did the second and third for the most part. Not only that, the franchise had a major guiding hand in the direction that, not only the FPS genre moved in on console, but had an impact on modern game design sensibilities and the approach to online play in general. It was certainly the first game I was really aware of playing online on console.

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Wooderon Games of the Year 2015: #5

Top five time. This is the half of the list that was definitely easier to pick. It’s because from here the games are all ones I will unabashedly recommend everyone to go out and try to play. And after reading this next entry I get the feeling some people might just dismiss me as crazy. But I’ve got to wear it on my sleeve now, so maybe I am just a nutcase.

This game is definitely one that might be a contentious choice but again, this is a list of games I had the most enjoyment with over the year and it wouldn’t be right if this one didn’t come up in some way. So, let’s to the roundup and then get to number five:

#10 Halo 5: Guardians

#9 Ori and the Blind Forest

#8 Splatoon

#7 Dragonball XenoVerse

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Wooderon Games of the Year 2015: #10

Last year, when I posted my game of the year list on my Tumblr, I just posted it all at the same time. This year I’m going to try and do something a little different. I’m going to count down the last days of the year and list my top ten of 2015 as I go.

This is not a critical breakdown of the games that came out this year either, rather it is a list of the games I most enjoyed my time with. Also keep in mind that there are a few games I’m sure would have found their way onto this list If I had found time to play absolutely everything. But I’m a busy guy and here’s what I got.

Okay then, so here we go. Starting with my tenth favourite game of the year: Continue reading “Wooderon Games of the Year 2015: #10”