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The Best of Microsoft Xbox 2019 E3 Conference

Bleeding Edge

From the creators of the award-winning game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Ninja Theory is back to show off what they’ve been working on all this time. An amazing looking 4v4 brawler game that feels like the crazy cousin of Overwatch and Paladins.

There are easily identifiable counterparts to Genji, Reinhardt, and Zarya, but each fighter also bears their own wholly unique traits and characteristics. Take Bubblegum, for example – a brawny Tank hero with short, neon pink hair and bottomless self-confidence (remind you of anyone?). But before you can say “Ogon’ po gotovnosti”, we learn that she also wields buzzsaws for punching gloves and rides around on a giant mechanical unicycle.

Gameplay wise there’s a MOBA-style element of strategy in the way players are encouraged to move around the map and counter enemy positioning. This should establish a healthy culture of teamplay and class synergising. Lone wolves are dooming their entire squad to failure, and a strong, reactive composition of heroes can bring decisive victory.

I reserve my judgement for Bleeding Edge until I’m able to see more in its technical Alpha, beginning June 29th.

 

Elden Ring

FromSoftware has an almost cult-like following and any Dark Souls fan will loyally be in line for any game coming out of that studio. Pair that with the storytelling prowess of Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and we have a game that cannot be missed.

As we can expect Elden Ring will retain the same challenging gameplay that is the trademark of FromSoftware with more RPG elements in the game. The setting of the fantasy open-world takes place after the shattering of the Elden Ring. “The Elden Ring is the name given to a mysterious concept that defines the world itself,” Miyazaki said. “This Elden Ring has been shattered. The significance of this will be one of the important themes of the game.” Colour me intrigued. Martin is behind the game’s mythos and as such we can expect a rich and brutal world filled with complex characters and impossible decisions.

Elden Ring doesn’t have a release date as of yet but will be coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

 

Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2 is the anticipated sequel from developer Techland. The game takes place 15 years after the events of the first game and if possible it’s an even darker time to be a human. You play as the infected protagonist Aiden Caldwell where the zombie apocalypse is still going on. Society is back to a Hobbesian state of nature, and humanity is just as likely to kill itself than be eaten up by the hordes of undead parading the streets. 

Dying Light 2 is coming out in Spring 2020, on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

 

Gears 5

The Gears of War series has officially shed its ‘of War’ with Gears 5. Kait Diaz returns as our main protagonist and we watch as she struggles to uncover her family’s shady past. In the trailer we can see the Locust Queen’s face laid over Kait’s, reinforcing the notion that Gears 5 will delve into the connection between them. Is Kait a threat to Sera? And what’s going on with the Locust medallion her mother gave her? We’ll have to wait until September to find out.

When it comes to gameplay, studio head Rod Ferguson said that this instalment will feature: “a bunch of innovations, changes, [and] things that are really exciting and different but still feel like Gears“.

Gears 5 is coming out on September 10th 2019, on the Xbox One and PC.

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