Anyone hoping for updates on Mallory Edens boxing or Kyle Van Noy’s wife looking smokin’ hot with that ridiculous Patriots Super Bowl LI ring will have to wait until tomorrow, because your boy LA James was busy absorbing 42 (!) video game trailers at the Galen Center for Microsoft’s huge Xbox E3 briefing.
I’ll go ahead and get the bad news out of the way before I rundown my presser highlights: there were no team sports games (Madden 18, NBA 2K18) featured at all. Technically there was a three-second Madden clip shown during the concluding montage, but beyond that it was bevy of action-adventure (Anthem, Assassin’s Creed Origins), fighting (Dragon Ball Fighter Z), graphic adventures (Life is Strange), and much more — you know, stuff hardcore gamers find more interesting than 2K and Madden’s latest roster updates.
The Xbox One X
Yes. The Xbox One X is a ridiculous name once you think about it, but it will still be the console kids across the world will be clamoring for come holiday season. The smallest and most powerful Xbox ever features 4K gaming capabilities and releases on Nov. 7 for $499. To save you guys from paragraphs on tech specs here’s a quick report:
And a comparison to other platforms you may find helpful:
Games on games on games on games:
The only place on Earth with more neon green than a major tennis tournament is apparently a Microsoft event. No worries, though. Key speakers kept their presentations concise in order to keep the focus on the games, and lordy, there were games for days. Here are three titles that I found particularly interesting:
Forza Motorsport 7
While there wasn’t much by the way of team sports, today’s event did provide something juicy for racing buffs in Forza 7 (Microsoft’s version of Gran Turismo). An emphasis was placed on dynamic weather elements and, of course, the cars — 700+ of them to be specific.
Oh, and if the game isn’t enough, Forza creative director Dan Greenawalt also unveiled the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which will be just one of the many playable cars:
State of Decay 2
In the event that you don’t have zombie fatigue after seven seasons of “The Walking Dead”, go on and immerse yourself in State of Decay 2, Undead Labs’ upcoming zombie sequel. What do you do in this apocalyptic wasteland? The usual: avoid becoming the latest meal of the undead, find a place to call home, defend said home, go on supply runs, etc. Stale premise aside, the supersized zombies are pretty gnarly.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
How do you appeal to the hipster crowd? Easy. You drop a video game trailer centering around an angsty teen protagonist smoking in her room with flashbacks to a rock concert and train wreck. Honestly I have no clue what this game is about, but it was personally the best thing I saw. This game is a prequel to the original which debuted back in 2015.
Packed house with raucous Microsoft diehards: