Crackdown 3 has been (and still is, to be honest) a long time in the coming- and hopefully this year is the year that we finally get to play it (possibly as a showcase title for the sophisticated tech that the Scorpio will be packing). But the long wait for the game will be worth it, according to Xbox’s Shannon Loftis.
“If you remember how great the original Crackdowns were, with the big, open cities, and as you leveled up, your cars and weapons leveled up, imagine all of that...
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Microsoft has revealed the free Games of Gold coming to Xbox Live Gold subscribers in March and once again, it’s quite the impressive selection. Xbox One users get the impressive first person horror title Layers of Fear from March 1st to 31st. From March 16th to April 15th, asymmetrical multiplayer shooter Evolve will be available. It doesn’t seem to be the free to play Evolve: Stage 2 that brings re-balanced mechanics, free content and other nifty additions. Unfortunately, Turtle Rock has moved...22-02-2017, 07:11 PM
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Rare and Microsoft have released a brand new footage for the upcoming shared world action adventure game Sea of Thieves. The footage in this trailer is from the 0.1.1 alpha, but nonetheless shows off some charming, gorgeous visuals.
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If you haven’t yet played Rocket League, first, what have you been doing all this time? Secondly, the good news is, you now have a chance to see what all the hubbub is about- at least if you own an Xbox One. Rocket League is going to be free to play for all Xbox Live Gold subscribers this weekend, so everyone can jump on in and see what the big deal is.
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Perspective. Balance. Precision. Those are the three words that come to mind when playing through developer 343 Industries and The Creative Assembly’s hotly anticipated sequel to 2009’s Halo Wars. This is a game so fine-tuned it’s a wonder why Microsoft hadn’t brought out a new entry in this real-time strategy series for almost eight long years.
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Microsoft’s Position With Exclusive Games Concering After Scalebound CancellationSo, you’ve probably heard the news by now - Scalebound is cancelled. Microsoft announced that the eagerly anticipated Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive from Platinum Games’ Hideki Kamiya (known for classics like Resident Evil 2, Viewtiful Joe, Devil May Cry, Okami, Bayonetta, and The Wonderful 101) was cancelled yesterday, after nearly four years of development.
I don’t want to get into a post mortem of what happened during the game’s development, and why we ultimately reached the stage we did- I am sure there will be reports in the coming months and years that explain exactly what went down. But for now, I want to talk about something else, something that should concern us all as fans of games- Microsoft’s position with exclusives for Xbox One and Windows 10 currently looks to be a bit dire.
With the cancellation of Scalebound‘s cancellation, the only exclusives lined up for the system, currently announced, are Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, Halo Wars 2, Below, and State of Decay 2. That’s… not a lot, and it’s certainly not enough to endear the system to people beyond its immediate fanbase. Apart from maybe Sea of Thieves, Microsoft have no exclusive in the pipeline that looks like it would be a major critical success, or system selling.
And this is a problem- no matter what analysts might tell us, exclusives remain an alluring proposition that continue to sell systems. Just look at the performance of Uncharted 4, and how well it boded for the PS4, as an example. Without many games to set the Xbox apart, and give it its own identity, customers won’t have much reason to pick the system up. Microsoft may not need many exclusives – it’s not a numbers game, no matter what console warriors toting lists might tell you – but they need some that prompt someone to pick their system up. Something like Mass Effect was back in the day.
The one bit of hope we have here is that Microsoft don’t have a habit of announcing games years in advance like Sony do- so it is possible that they have more titles, some of them alluring and system selling, on the way, and that we will learn about them come E3. But if, when E3 comes, all Microsoft are pushing is another Halo, and another Forza, and expecting people to buy into the Xbox Scorpio in spite of that because it is ‘the most powerful console ever made…’ well, then there might be a problem as far as their longer prospects go.
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