Microsoft's E3 2014 press conference, awash in green, showed many a game for its fans. Last year's presser was about the then upcoming release of XBox One (XB1) and its many features many of which did not involve games. This year more focus was put on the games. This reporter won't cover every announcement from the conference, but the following are some of the highlights from the conference. You can get more E3 2014 conversation in our dedicated thread.
Call of Duty: Advance Warfare is unsurprisingly coming to XB1 and because of Microsoft, there will be timed-exclusive DLC for this. Dragon Age: Inquisition is also getting exclusive content on XB1. Similarly The Division will be getting new content first on XB1. Limbo developers will be bringing Inside to XB1 first in early 2015. Evolve's beta will be arriving on XB1 first, starting this Fall; its DLC will be first on XB1 too.The open-world third-person shooter Sunset Overdrive showed off a colorful trailer and will be exclusive to XB1 arriving on October 28.
Forza Horizon 2 races onto XB1 on September 30. Dead Rising gets over-the-top DLC titled "Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha" starting today. Phantom Dust, the action-strategy game released originally on XBox, is being remade for XB1. Similarly, Crackdown will be made again for XB1.
Fable Legends allows for team ups in a place of magic, fairy tale and myth. Project Spark was shown again and you will be able to download Conker into the game. Ori and the Blind Forest looks to be a pretty game set in a fantasy world. Platinum Games is bringing an original game to XB1 called Scalebound. Some have described this as "Monster Hunter-ish". No release date was announced for this.
Biggest shock of the conference was "Halo The Master Chief Collection" (yes that was sarcasm). It's a compilation of Halo 1-4 with all of the DLC unlocked. Also the Halo 5 Guardians beta arrives in December.
It's not all testosterone driving, killing, and shooting though, titles such as Fantasia: Music Evolved (October 21) and Dance Central Spotlight (September) were also shown at the conference. Also, Microsoft showed off a fair amount of indie games this time around. And yes there are still games coming for Xbox 360.
Microsoft's official E3 page is here: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/e3
What did you readers think of Microsoft's presentation this year? Did it make up for the XBone of last year? Sound off in the comments!
UPDATE: media briefing video now included