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The Best Of Microsoft’s 2016 E3 Conference

The second day of E3 officially kicked off this morning with Microsoft surprising everyone with the announcement of not just one, but two new consoles! While that’s the talk of the show so far, there were also a ton of cool new games shown off, as well as better looks at titles we already knew were on the way like Gears of War 4, ReCore and my personal favourite Scalebound. Just in case you missed it, we collected all the best trailers and gameplay videos right here.

 

Gears of War 4

Possibly the biggest title to hit the Xbox One this year will be Gears of War 4, so it makes sense that we got an extensive look at the campaign gameplay trailer. Other than fantastic visuals, the gameplay looks like classic Gears of War–fast and brutal. While it’s hard to judge what the game will actually play like, it does seem to have the same tone of the previous titles. Plus, we also got to see an older Marcus Fenix looking like a badass.

 

Killer Instinct

As part of the Gears of War celebration, General RAAM is joining the Killer Instinct roster. He’s massive in comparison to the other combatants (as he should be), and looks incredibly menacing. His attacks will perfectly fit Killer Instinct. And as a surprise, Microsoft announced that you can play as this new character completely free this whole week.

 

Tekken 7

Tekken 7 will be coming to Xbox One, with a release date slated for “early 2017.” The Tekken 7 trailer showcased a brawl between Street Fighter character Akuma and Tekken frontman Heihachi Mishima. The fight blended cinematic action scenes with in-game fighting seamlessly, with Akuma speaking of “fulfilling a promise” to Kazumi Mishima, insinuating that the two have some sort of ties to one another.

 

ReCore

https://youtu.be/WnKT9ZCGgBE

We finally got a gameplay trailer of what is one of the most interesting titles coming to the Xbox platform, ReCore. The short clip shows the main character Joule battling her way through several situations and using her incredibly versatile robotic companion to get past environmental obstacles. We honestly cannot wait to get our hands on this one.

 

Scalebound

I’ve been waiting for this game since it was first revealed two years ago at E3 2014. We’ve already seen gameplay footage of Platinum Games’ game, but today, the studio revealed co-op with friends. While no information was disclosed about how this new multiplayer will work, we got a glimpse of four friends duking it out against a massive boss (Platinum states it’s the largest they’ve ever built). Everyone was the same character with their very own dragon, and it looked like a lot of fun. Things could get rather interesting if this has a Monster Hunter element to it. Dragons and co-op, what could go wrong?

 

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

 

State of Decay 2

The incredibly popular zombie survival game, State of Decay, is getting a sequel with even more undead foes and even grimier situations. The reveal trailer doesn’t show too much, but we did get a glimpse of how brutal this new iteration will be. Those who are interested in survival games should definitely check it out.

 

Dead Rising 4

Speaking of zombies, Dead Rising 4 is on the way this holiday season. As such, the trailer is very mush Christmas-themed, and it’s a whole lot of fun. Basically, the newest Dead Rising is going to be bigger and crazier–and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Heck, the Galen Center was literally covered in silver confetti that fell from rafters. It was brilliant.

 

Halo Wars 2

You didn’t really think there would be no Halo at E3, did you? Yes, this reveal leaked a couple of days ago, but we hadn’t seen the trailer. And let me tell you, the action looks fantastic. The ongoing battles are massive! Unfortunately, the game isn’t set to launch until February 2017, but you don’t have to wait that long to try it out. You can download and play the beta today through June 20. Check out the bonus multiplayer below

 

Sea of Thieves

Yoho Yoho a pirate’s life for me. Sea of Thieves looks like a great pirate sim with lots of sailing and exploration of different islands, join forces with your friends to crew the high seas. Unfurl your sails, turn your rudders starboard and seek out your treasure! But be warned there are other pirate’s ships around that can give you and your crew a one way trip to Davey Jones’ Locker.

 

Forza Horizon 3

https://youtu.be/fTSUgXkfooA

The Forza Horizon series is the open-world partner to the track-based Forza series. That means that, just like in the real world, you can get lost for hours and wreck cars you’re not remotely qualified to drive. Unlike the real world, though, there are zero consequences. Horizon 3 is set in Australia, the land of Utes, Holdens, and Volkswagen Country Buggies, and from this trailer it looks like a lot of off-roading is involved, in sand rails, trophy trucks, what I think is a G-Wagen, and, of course, the 2017 Lamborghini Centenario.

 

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