While complaints about the Xbox One have been surprisingly muted, one issue I’ve seen raised repeatedly is the lack of game-related announcements at the reveal event. That’s unfair, as Microsoft is providing a staged launch for the Xbox One, with the next stage, at E3, focusing solely on games. But even in this week’s reveal event, there were some great game-related announcements.
Here are the trailers for the games that were announced at the Xbox One reveal event.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Most readers probably know I’m a huge Call of Duty fan and while recent games have settled into a numb, perhaps-too-similar-to-each-other vibe, which long-running game franchise hasn’t? (I’m looking at you, Halo.) COD keeps me coming back because I really enjoy the single player campaigns (I’ve completed the Black Ops II campaign twice, once on the most difficult setting, which is typical) and then can pad out the year with multiplayer, the latter of which has been improved with ongoing DLC maps releases. It’s not perfect, but when I need to let off some steam, I turn to COD. It’s often just sitting here running so I can play between writing.
Given this, you won’t be surprised to discover that I’m particularly interested in Call of Duty: Ghosts, a new rebooting of COD that replaces the played-out Modern Warfare games. It looks great, though that may be in part due to wishful thinking. Can’t wait, regardless.
Forza Motorsport 5
Forza Motorsport 5 is yet another racing game, which I guess is like saying that Call of Duty: Ghosts is yet another shooter. “Built from the ground up to take advantage of Xbox One and the infinite power of the cloud, no game better delivers the sensation of being behind the wheel,” Microsoft says.
This one has potential, and if you’re a fan of games like Alan Wake, you’ll want to check it out. It’s described as “a revolutionary entertainment experience that blurs the line between gaming and TV by integrating drama and gameplay into one seamless, uniquely immersive experience.” I’m not sure how I feel about that mixing, it reminds me of those old-school video games from the CDi days. But the presentation looks amazing and perhaps points to a future in which HD video and in-game graphics are finally identical in quality.
EA SPORTS: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA LIVE 14 and EA SPORTS UFC
EA SPORTS is that wonderful monopoly we all over to hate, but it’s Xbox One launch lineup is looking pretty strong. It’s driven by a new EA SPORTS Ignite engine, and promises to “deliver massive innovations in human intelligence, true player motion and living worlds.”