LOS ANGELES—Microsoft arrived at E3 following a series of strong platform-centric announcements, having reversed course on complaints like pre-packaged Kinect sensors, Xbox Live Gold subscription requirements for media, and new video streaming partners like HBO Go. Fittingly, the company opened its pre-E3 presser with a declaration that its E3 would be all about games, and those games came in droves. But once the dust settled, we started to sort out which of its announced fare was Xbox exclusive and scheduled for this year.
The list, honestly, was shorter than we’d expected, which at least made wrapping up Microsoft’s E3 presence an easy task. But the biggest potential series, Halo, will only appear in semi-remastered form in the rehashed Master Chief Collection. What exclusive fare is left to convince Xbox One doubters that this holiday is the time to buy?
As Insomniac Games’ first Xbox-exclusive project edges closer to completion, it stands out as the console’s most intriguing entry this coming holiday. Between an E3 trailer that openly mocked military gaming tropes and a Technicolor art style that demands eyeballs, Sunset Overdrive managed to perk our jaded eyebrows. But once we strapped in with a controller in hand, our expectations were thrown onto a rollercoaster.