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Microsoft’s Xbox One E3 2015 Press Conference

Is console gaming back?  I haven’t really played hardcore on console for the past 3 years.  I played Skyrim here and there, finished Arkham Asylum, started GTAV, but it was all pretty casual.  I’m watching the MS E3 Press Conference and off the top of my head, I’m pretty excited to see Gears of War 4, HoloLens, and Halo 4.

Sam and I have been huge fans of the Halo series.  It’s actually the first “hardcore” game I had her play when we first started dating.  I remember the days she started running around and aiming her gun at the sky, not really sure how to move her head yet.  Then, she grew into this hardcore multiplayer, demanding SWAT no shields BR every time.

It looks like for Halo 5, they are taking a squad based shooter approach.  From the footage, you are one of 4 Spartans trying to find out what happened to Master Chief.  According the the Podcast that Microsoft has been producing, it sounds like MC has gone Rogue and in the campaign you are trying to find out what has happened to him.

The multiplayer modes seem to have your standard squad vs squad matchups and will include a SWAT-like “Breakout” mode which will feature a 1 life competitive mode that encourages communication between players.

The next cool thing they showed that caught my eye was the Hololens with Minecraft.  I don’t play Minecraft, but what they were doing was blowing my mind.  How much of it was smoke and mirrors? I don’t know.  But, if they can really pull this off at home, I’d really like the chance to try it.

And finally, they ended the game with a preview to Gears of War 4.  It was a quick demo bringing you back into the universe as a new character named JD.  The footage showed what seems like 2 characters working together instead of a squad of 4.  The enemies were bigger and scarier than before.