Nothing gets people more excited then a regime change, and ever since Phil Spencer became head of Microsoft’s Xbox Division, nothing but good things have been happening for the system. First the Xbox One gets a much needed price drop, then the Xbox Live makes some policy changes. Now they could have easily announced this during their E3 press conference but they got it out of the way now. Meaning that Microsoft has some special announcements coming. Here are the Microsoft E3 predictions:
5. New Exclusive Games Announced
If there is one thing Microsoft is good at it is getting exclusive content from third-party publishers. At last year’s E3 they took it one step further and gathered a few exclusive games for the Xbox One. Including gems like Sunset Overdrive from Insomniac games and Dead Rising 3 from Capcom. Their internal studios have been creating quite a variety of games as well. Don’t expect any of that to change this year either.
I expect new Xbox One exclusive games to appear this year. Last year they had 12 new unannounced games to show off. While they might not have that many games this year, they will most likely show something close. Maybe even third-party games that people might have never expected to come to Xbox.
Oh Nintendo, you don’t know how to let those GameCube Controllers go do you. I love how Nintendo sneaks this bit of news in before E3, like it’s not a big deal. All kidding aside, this is actually pretty exciting. Instead of having to buy the Wii U Pro Controller, this Adapter should make Nintendo loyalists who still have their GameCube controllers very happy. I know I am!
Nintendo is going through some troubled times. Wii U is not selling well, they have lost far more money than they expected and people are losing faith in the console. Even though the future looks all doom and gloom for Nintendo, they are not going anywhere, anytime soon. They have enough money to play around with ideas and make some sacrifices. This year Nintendo might have the best E3 presentation and a few surprises on the way. Here are my Nintendo predictions for E3 2014:
5. Health Console Is Revealed
Nintendo has wanted to get into the health market for a long time now. You can see hints of this in the past with the unveiling of the Wii Vitality Sensor a couple of years ago and games like Wii Fit. With the game giant announcing that they are making a console dedicated to health, it was really no surprise. However, the reason that Nintendo revealing their new console during E3 makes it to #5 on the list is because there is a slim chance it might happen.
The reason I predict it being shown at E3 is because that is where the big companies who buy their products are. They would have show it in some form at some point, why not E3. Even if this console is just improving quality of life, I have to imagine it has some major game focus. Also if the Vitality Sensor makes a comeback, we will find out what the damn thing is useful for.
What a year it has been for Sony since E3 2013. They started off the with a strong showing at last year’s E3 and have made the PS4 one of the fastest selling consoles. However, I would not congratulate Sony just yet. They have had their share of bumps in the road as well. Between money issues, game cancellations and layoffs, they still have something to prove with the PS4 approaching its second year. So here are the Top 5 Sony E3 Predicitions:
5. Vita Gets The Spotlight
I am a big fan of the Vita. I play it more then my 3DS and just about everyone that owns one is satisfied. However the problem is getting people to buy the damn thing. This year I think Sony is going to try and rectify that and have a moment for Vita to shine. While indies are the pride and joy of the Vita, I think some big Triple A games are coming to the system. Something Sony can market. Despite the less than stellar port of Borderlands 2 on Vita, big games still work. I can’t say exactly but I think the Vita will its moment this year. Also, here is hoping for Gravity Rush 2!
With E3 being nearly two weeks away, its time to start making some predictions. This year has very has very much been a mystery. Not many leaks and the ones we have gotten we pretty much already knew were coming. It is going to be a defining year for everybody as the new consoles are here and are set to prove their worth. So every day, starting tomorrow, a new countdown for each of the big three and some game predictions. Also, let me know your predictions for this years event.
Tuesday: Top 5 Sony Predictions
Wednesday: Top 5 Nintendo Predictions
Thursday: Top 5 Microsoft Predictions
Friday: Top 5 Game Predictions
Amazing does not even begin to describe this gameplay trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight. The scale of Gotham City alone looks ridiculous, making the claims of the city being 10x times larger than Arkham City seem more and more true. The graphics are amazing as well, with enemies and batman looking like they came straight out of a CG cutscene. Whatever magic Rocksteady has pulled for the finale to their Arkham trilogy must be dark indeed. Also, I may have said this before: Playable Batmobile!
Along with the announcement of the Xbox One price drop, changes have come for Xbox Live Gold. First, Games for Gold will now follow an Playstation Plus like model when it comes to their games. Gamers no longer have access to the games they get for free if they lose their Gold membership. However this might mean better games may be coming to Games for Gold because of it, especially after what some consider a lackluster offering. Also Games for Gold is offically hitting Xbox One in June.
June Games for Gold includes three game for Xbox 360 because of its anniversary: Dark Souls, Charlie Murder and Super Street fighter IV: Arcade Edition. For Xbox One they are getting Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault.
Microsoft has changed their app policy. An Xbox Live Gold membership is no longer required to watch popular apps like Netflix and Hulu, eliminating the need to pay a subscription to access your subscriptions. These recent changes may be setting up for even bigger announcements coming at E3.