E3: 5 moments from the Big 2

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Every year around this time at E3, the Big 3 video game companies take their time to show off their wares and upcoming products. Both, Sony and Microsoft, held their conference events yesterday and Nintendo did theirs today. I loved what Sony and Microsoft had to show, and as for Nintendo, I did not care for it at all; they wasted so much time and money on their hype, that I eventually gave up. I still liked what they have coming out for DS, but I feel like they no longer care for their consoles.

So, let’s talk about the moments that made the conference goers, as well as some of the NR folks, go “ooh” and “ahh”. And one moment that made me scratch my head.

New console from Xbox, Project Scorpio

This was kind of a head scratcher for me, as well as for a few of my NR colleagues. Microsoft releasing a Slim version is understandable, but to make a completely new console so early in the Xbox One’s life? That, to me, was a bit of a weird way to go about it. I don’t know how well it will do, since you will still be in the very early stages of life with the Slim Xbox One. This is a move to watch, and see how it will affect them.

Xbox One integration with Win 10

It seemed like all of the games showed during the Microsoft conference had the games integrated to the Windows 10 platform. This is cool, because now when you play on the Xbox One, you can take that same game on the road with your Windows 10-integrated laptop. Fans now have the ability to play your favorite games, whether at home or away, on a PC or laptop! That’s always a plus to have your games available to you.

God of War returns!!

Kratos is back!! This time he is bringing his son to the fight. The Sony conference opened with this bad boy, and the cheers and applause rang throughout the entire gameplay. This is a totally revamped God of War game, however, as the top down view has been changed, giving it a more Last of Us look and gameplay. I can’t wait for this game to come out.

VR phase is coming

Both companies introduced games for VR use, although Sony was the only one who showed a price and release date. PlayStation VR will be released October 13th with the price tag of $399 USD. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is going back to its roots of seriously scary gaming, via VR, as well as Fallout 4, among others, being announced as a VR game. Seems like the next phase in gaming is VR, and whether this will become another fad or is actually here to stay is completely up in the air right now.

Spidey is back!!

Looks like that deal Sony and Marvel made for the movie is also working out well on the video game side of things. This PlayStation exclusive looks amazing, and if it’s anything like Xbox’s exclusive from last year, Sunset Overdrive (both done by developer Insomniac Games), it will be a fun game to play. I know many of the NR folks were hyped when we saw the teaser trailer, and for me, this is one of my most anticipated game for the upcoming year.

What are you most excited for that was announced at E3? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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