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A Record-Setting E3 2016 Kicks Off a New Era of Gaming

Two weeks ago at E3 2016 in Los Angeles, we shared more new hardware like Xbox One S and Xbox Design Lab, more new Xbox Live features across Xbox One and Windows 10, and the biggest lineup of exclusive games than any E3 in Xbox history.  But more importantly even than the amazing year in front of Xbox gamers, we laid out a vision that will give gamers more innovation and more choice than ever before.  We want to take gaming forward to new heights, as Xbox has always sought to do, and what we shared at E3 2016 serves as a key milestone toward that future of innovation and choice we believe gamers deserve. At Xbox, we see a future full of choice – choice to play the games you want,... Read more

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All Is Definitely Not Quiet on the Western Front in Battlefield 1

The scope of Battlefield 1’s undertaking is, when you step back from the fray and get the wide view, incredibly impressive. Epic 64-player battles on massive maps. An honest-to-goodness attempt to bring the Great War to an interactive experience. Graphics that will knock your gas mask off. And that freakin’ zeppelin! At E3 2016, we got a chance to play a huge team deathmatch session, and the experience was nothing short of eye-popping. From flying around in a tri-plane, gazing down at the fields and village below, to piloting our own personal mini-tank, to the hardscrabble clawing of small-arms combat, Battlefield 1 delivers fantastic action all the time. While we played on a map... Read more

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Agents of Mayhem Brings More Madness from the Creators of Saints Row

Volition’s most famous work, Saints Row, is all about player choice – and it’s delivered possibly more opportunities to cause mischief, madness, and just plain old mind games than any other gaming franchise since it first hit Xbox 360 a decade ago. Agents of Mayhem takes place in the same universe as Saints Row – and delivers a refreshing twist on that beloved over-the-top formula. The game sees players explore a futuristic version of Seoul, South Korea, with a team of elite agents who are on a quest to stop a collection of supervillains. Think of it as a 1960s spy thriller, crossed with the zaniness that you’d expect from a Volition creation. And since this is a Volition game,... Read more

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Tacoma Weaves an Augmented-Reality Mystery in Space

While arriving at the space station Tacoma, it’s difficult not to think of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The homage is obvious and purposeful; Tacoma is a circular space station with a malfunctioning, talking AI, after all. But there’s a lot more to this story than a computer gone awry. Tacoma is a story about people and relationships – even though you’re all alone. The second game from Fullbright, the team behind the critically acclaimed Gone Home, Tacoma puts you in control of Amy Ferrier, a contractor sent to the space station to recover data for her employer. In the process, she unearths how the previous crew of six scientists have seemingly disappeared, gathering clues on what... Read more

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Titanfall 2 Brings New Titan Classes to the Fight

We’ve got a lot of fond memories of jumping into massive mechs and causing some epic destruction in Titanfall, one of the most popular games to launch on the Xbox One.  If you, like us, have a big, war mech-shaped hole in your heart needing to be filled, then Titanfall 2 couldn’t be coming at a better time. At E3 2016, EA and Respawn Entertainment showed off some of the new features coming to Titanfall 2, most notably the new Titan classes. Instead of a fully customizable Titan, players can select between six different Titans with their own skills and strengths. Soldiers, too, are split into classes, and finding the right combination of the two can mean the difference between... Read more

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Guns. Betrayal. A Knife Fight on the Bayou. Mafia III. Need We Say More?

Mafia fans have waited just about six years for the third entry in 2K’s open-world crime series, but based on Mafia III’s spectacular showing at E3 2016 – complete with a setup at the publisher’s booth that looked straight out of Mardi Gras in New Orleans – it looks like the wait will be well worth it. As in previous Mafia entries, players will explore an insanely detailed locale based on a real-life American metropolis. Mafia III’s New Bordeaux is inspired by the diverse landscapes of Louisiana, and the 1968 setting makes for a potent mix of politics and explosive gang warfare. And during our demo, we discovered the iconic music of the time will play a role as well; a couple... Read more

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Injustice 2 Makes Gods of Us All

Superheroes fighting other superheroes is the new hotness, but before films pitted the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel against each other, there was Injustice: Gods Among Us, a heavy-hitting fighting game from the creators of Mortal Kombat. Here at E3 2016, NetherRealm is back, bringing the biggest heroes and villains from the DC Universe together for Injustice 2. The roster for Injustice 2, while not fully confirmed, is going to be far larger than the previous game, according to WB Games. At the show we got to see returning faves Batman, Superman, and Aquaman, along with newcomers Supergirl, Gorilla Grodd, and the Red Lantern Atrocitus. The over-the-top cinematic special moves and... Read more

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Ghost Recon Wildlands is About Teamwork, Action, and Above All, Choice

After knocking the gaming world’s collective socks off with their E3 2016 press conference demo, Ubisoft let us get our grubby little hands on Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands ­– and blew our minds even further out into space. Set in a Bolivia that’s been taken over at all levels by drug cartels, you and up to three friends take on the roles of elite special operations warriors who are way, way behind enemy lines. Your job is to use any means at your disposal (and Wildlands places a lot of different means at your disposal – more on that in a second) to disrupt the cartels and give the Bolivian people control of their country back. Wildlands is an open-world,... Read more

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Exploring the New Characters, Modes, and Moves of Tekken 7

It’s always nice to see a familiar face at E3, and when it comes to fighting games, the Tekken series is one we’re always happy to see. The newest entry in the series, Tekken 7, brings new characters, new modes, and new ways to prove you’re king of the iron fist. We got the chance to play a few rounds here at E3 2016 – and to learn why Tekken 7 is the most ambitious entry in the series. The first thing to note is that yes, you saw that trailer correctly: Akuma of Street Fighter fame is one of Tekken 7’s playable characters. Crossovers between the two series have happened in the past, so it’s not uncommon, but Akuma isn’t just there for kicks. He’s an integral part of... Read more

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Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life for Me, You, and Everyone

Sometimes games are so charming and full of life that they transcend their gameplay, becoming immersive, social experiences that are more about the people around you than which button you’re pressing. Sea of Thieves is exactly that kind of game. It’s a game that was just as fun when we succeeded as when we epically failed. Simply put, Sea of Thieves is a game about being a pirate, and everything that comes with that – and it’s a shared-world game where you’ll encounter other crews of players. In our E3 demo, three crews of pirates explored a shared patch of island-dotted sea, and were given the freedom to do whatever they wanted. So we did just that. We hopped onto a... Read more

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Cuphead Embraces the Classic Imperfections of Yesteryear

E3 is filled with games that we’re trying out for the first time. Cuphead isn’t one of those – we’ve had a chance to play the extremely retro-styled indie title a few times over the past year, and we’ve adored the zany creativity on display each time – but that doesn't mean that its appearance at E3 2016 was simply a rehash of what we’ve seen before. The game plays out like one of those classic Popeye cartoons come to life – you know, the really old ones before animation had any sort of code or followed any sort of established rules – crossed with run-and-gun ’80s arcade fare like Contra. This time around, we got the chance to try out Cuphead’s platforming segments... Read more

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Koji Igarashi Arises from His Gaming Slumber to Deliver Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

If any developer at E3 2016 is bursting at the seams, itching to get back into the game, it’s Koji Igarashi. The man who ushered Castlevania into a new exploratory era nearly 20 years ago with Symphony of the Night – a game which was utterly revolutionary for its time – is ready to bring his patented brand of side-scrolling action to the Kickstarter crowd, and he showed that he’s still one of the masters of 2D design with a spectacular E3 demo. Igarashi, known affectionately to legions of fans throughout the world simply as “Iga,” has endured more than half a decade of slumber away from the genre he loves. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is on the way next year via ID@Xbox,... Read more

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Hacking Into Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s Breach Mode

If stealthily hacking terminals, stealing sensitive data, and infiltrating secure servers are among your favorite activities in the Deus Ex series, then Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's new Breach mode should more than scratch your itch for acquiring top-secret intel. Described as a “connected arcade puzzle-shooter” by Eidos Montreal producer Fleur Marty, the online, leaderboard-supported mode is a standalone complement to protagonist Adam Jensen's story-driven campaign. As especially skilled hackers, dubbed “Rippers,” players are tasked with circumventing the supposedly un-breachable servers of what Marty calls “the Fort Knox of data.” More specifically, Breach sees users... Read more

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Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 Tuesday, June 14 Recap

On Tuesday, 14 June from 4-5:00 PM PDT, Microsoft hosted the first of two episodes of its daily broadcast show from E3, “Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3.” Jessica Chobot and Julia Hardy joined Larry Hryb (Xbox Live’s Major Nelson) and Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s AceyBongos) to discuss some of the biggest happenings from the show. There were new reveals, lots of interviews, and a few surprises, so pull up a chair and watch the entirety of this first episode above via video on demand – or jump to the following segments at these timestamps: Welcome! – Larry, Jessica, and Julia reviewed some of the announcements from Monday’s Xbox E3 2016 Briefing, and discussed what they’re most... Read more

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Taking on the Trial of the Titan in Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV, the latest entry in Square Enix’s iconic role-playing franchise, is an RPG that will appeal to both battle-hardened series veterans and wide-eyed newcomers. At E3 2016, we got to experience the highly-anticipated title from hands-on perspective. In a demo exclusive to E3, we took on one of the most intimidating threats we've ever come across in the nearly 30-year history of the series: the Trial of the Titan. This faceoff against an impossibly imposing menace called to mind the mortals’ conflicts with the Olympian gods in classical Greek myth, and it was a confrontation worthy of the always-over-the-top E3 spectacle. As the battle commences, it looks like... Read more

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Stays Grounded with a Focus on an Epic Story

Sure, the most noticeable thing about Infinity Ward’s upcoming Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare might be the robots, space dogfights, and zero-gravity firefights. But what the game wants to emphasize above all is a story grounded in traditional good-versus-evil themes – and in classic war movies. Helmed by former veterans of developer Naughty Dog (known for their story-rich franchises like Uncharted and The Last of Us), Infinite Warfare tells the story of Reyes and his squad as they face down a truly evil enemy bent on savagery and destruction. That enemy, it was recently revealed, is led by none other than Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington. Harrington’s character will be a constant... Read more

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Put the Hammer Down (Under) in Forza Horizon 3

Ever wanted to take a spin on the sun-drenched highways, beaches, jungles, and country roads of Australia, but can’t stomach long flights? Microsoft Studios and Playground Games have you covered – Forza Horizon 3, the touring-car companion to the critically acclaimed racing simulation Forza, is set in the Land Down Under, bringing you beautiful locations and even more beautiful automobiles to drive. This time, in addition to the bevy of supercars and trucks, Forza Horizon 3 will offer players a shot at true off-roading with buggies and jeeps, as well as plenty of off-the-wall racing challenges. At the Xbox Showcase at E3 2016, we got hands-on time with the game and, right out of the... Read more

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Halo Wars 2 Tests Your Reflexes and Your Mind

The original Halo Wars was a testament to how real-time strategy games could not only function on a console, but thrive. And more than seven years after the release of Halo Wars, players are still itching to jump in to help the USNC achieve strategic victory over the Covenant – or vice versa. In early 2017, fans will get to experience the next wave of console-based strategy when Halo Wars 2 launches on Xbox One and Windows 10. We had the chance to sit down and play the Strongholds game mode at E3 2016, and experience firsthand how Halo Wars 2 is maintaining a delicate balance between strategy, accessibility, and intense action. In Strongholds mode, two teams of three players fight... Read more

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Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, Season Pass, and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Detailed

All units! Local units! It’s been seven years since the groundbreaking Halo Wars launched in 2009, and fans of the most successful real-time strategy game in console history were thrilled to see Captain Cutter and the crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire back in action at E3 2016. Halo Wars 2 is available to play in-person at E3 2016 in the Xbox booth, and fans at home can get in on the action with the Halo Wars 2 Multiplayer Beta that runs until next Monday, June 20. As announced on stage at the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing, Halo Wars 2 is launching on February 21, 2017 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, as an Xbox Play Anywhere title. Available for pre-order now, Halo Wars 2 will include two... Read more

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Resident Evil VII: biohazard Coming to Xbox One on January 24

Capcom’s Resident Evil has set the standard in survival horror since it debuted back in 1996. And while Resident Evil 6 took the venerable zombie-blasting series in exciting new directions when it released four years ago, the next entry, just unveiled at E3 2016, looks to be a resoundingly creepy return to those jump-scare mid-‘90s roots everyone remembers. And the best part? It’s coming a whole lot sooner than anyone expected. Resident Evil VII: biohazard is hitting Xbox One on January 24th, 2017. Evoking a simple-yet-frighteningly effective “don't go into the basement” aesthetic, Capcom’s gameplay trailer showcased an abandoned, dilapidated house possibly located in... Read more

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