Donkey Kong Country.
Donkey Kong Country.
With Bungie showing off Destiny to be a mix of Halo, Borderlands, and Phantasy Star Online in a massive expansive online world; what did you think of it? Do you think Destiny could be the next big shooter franchise?
Square Enix has revealed Final Fantasy XV for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – announcement trailer and combat footage inside.
Microsoft Exec: “If You have Zero Internet, [Xbox 360] is an Offline Device”
In an interview with GameTrailers.com, Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, addressed the issue of the Xbox One’s online requirements. In the interview, Mattrick said that, “fortunately we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of [online] connectivity; it’s called Xbox 360.” He also went on to say that, “if you have zero access to the internet, that’s an offline device.”
Mattrick also shares in the interview an example of how, to Microsoft, people without internet truly were outliers of their targeted audience. He uses the story of a concerned gamer who lived on a nuclear submarine and was worried that he wouldn’t be able to play the new Xbox during the system’s initial backlash about the online requirements. Mattrick shrugged off the concern and the gamer as an unfortunate member of Microsoft’s audience and attempted to relate to the gamer by saying, “hey, I can empathize; if I was on a sub, I’d be disappointed.”
The video was recorded before Microsoft’s E3 Media Briefing on Monday morning, and before gamers seemed even further alienated by the Xbox One’s steep price tag of $499.
It seems as though Microsoft is in the middle of a PR nightmare. First, there was Microsoft Studios’ Creative Director telling gamers to “deal with it” in April, when rumors about an always-online console were at their peak before the Xbox One reveal. Then Microsoft couldn’t get the details of the Xbox One’s functionality straight after their reveal event last month. Yesterday, much of the gaming community seemed to be taken aback by the Xbox One’s price and further lack of relief regarding online functionality and used games restrictions. Last night, Sony went right after Microsoft’s missteps and announced a lower price point, guaranteed gamers’ ownership rights of purchased content, and cleared the air over any misconceptions about requiring an online connection. And now we have this, an eerie repeat of April’s “deal with it” scandal from an even higher source within Microsoft’s ranks.
Is Microsoft shooting themselves in the foot? Are they catering enough to their fans to garner a strong enough install base at launch? Sony got cocky last generation with the PS3 after the outstanding success of the Playstation 2, causing them to have a very slow start, and only catching up with Microsoft in the past couple of years. If Microsoft is repeating Sony’s mistake heading into this generation, will they be able to recover?
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SONY E3 BRIEFING RECAP
Everyone waited with anticipation for Sony’s E3 briefing at the end of the day yesterday and boy was it worth the wait. Sony pulled out all the stops and showed a massive lineup of games, spotlighted indie devs and support and finally unveiled that black box we’ve been clamoring to take a look at.
- The Last of Us
- The Walking Dead 400 Days DLC
- Beyond: Two Souls
- Gran Turismo 6
- Batman: Arkham Origins (gameplay finally shown!!)
- The Order: 1886
- Killzone: Shadow Fall
- Drive Club
- inFamous: Second Son
- Don’t Starve
- Mercenary Kings
- Octodad: Dadliest Catch
- Secret Panchos
- Ray’s Dead
- Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee New ‘n’ Tasty
- Diablo III
- The Dark Sorcerer (turns out this is just a tech demo)
- Final Fantasy XV (formerly known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII)
- Kingdom Hearts 3 (I think my head exploded as this was announced)
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- Mad Max (please let there be an unlockable Lord Humungus!)
- NBA 2K14
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- Destiny (gameplay shown that was really exciting)
At the end of the briefing Sony unleashed a flurry of announcements about the PS4 regarding almost everything people have had concerns about like used games, DRM, always on, etc.
It was like a point by point personal attack against Microsoft but it was refreshing to see a company at least speak specifically to customer concerns on this next generation of gaming.
In the end they finally announced the price and release window for the PlayStation 4 which is coming this November for $399. This pricing is aggressive and you can tell Sony has learned some lessons from their past console launch plans.
Square Enix has revealed the ongoing development of Kingdom Hearts III, the next chapter in the Kingdom Hearts series.
BioWare has officially unveiled Dragon Age Inquisition, the latest game in its epic RPG series scheduled to release in 2014.
Blizzard has delivered a new trailer and screenshot gallery that shows off the Diablo III’s multiplayer on the console.
Microsoft revealed today a new installment in the Halo franchise coming to the Xbox One console in 2014.