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Microsoft (Presumably) Scorpio Focused E3 2017 Brief

The the second (unofficial) day of E3 has begun and today we have two new press conferences to get through. First, and arguably most important, is the Microsoft conference, which is planned to run over its 90-minute time slot today. The biggest piece of the conference is sure to be the official reveal of whatever "Scorpio's" real name is as well as some of the accompanying software. 

ReCore [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

ReCore would be a really solid entry into an otherwise under-appreciated genre, action/adventure, if it wasn't held back by a host of technical problems. The game lends concepts from titles like Zelda and Mega Man, but falls short on the excution of a lot of its great ideas.

The Pros: 

+Unique and fun take on action combat.
+Plenty of diversity in corebot customization.
+Beautiful world, both open and dungeons. 
+Plenty of great ideas.

The Cons: 

-Loading times are painfully long (even reloading sections).
-Stuttering/lagging and massive frame drops.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
6

If the idea of a Zelda-esque adventure title in the far-flung future created by gaming God Keiji Inafune and the creative minds behind Metroid Prime sounds like an exciting prospect, then you might appreciate the amount of fun I had with the first hour of the Microsoft Studios project ReCore. Unfortunately, that kind of high octane excitement is quickly removed due to a host of technical issues that hold the game back from being truly great and instead produce something that I would merely define as "good."

Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Fast & Furious is one of the biggest movie franchises out there, and now they are teaming with Forza Horizon 2, one of the best racing games, for an experience that is intended to suck you into the movies and Forza with a bite size offering completely for free. Yes, for free, AND you don't even need to own Forza Horizon 2 to enjoy it. While it may not feel like a true Fast & Furious experience, it's a great showcase of what Forza has to offer for those new to the series.

The Pros: 

+It's FREE (until April 10th)
+Very easy 1000 achievements and only takes 2-3 hours.
+You get to drive some amazing high-end cars.
+Very smart way to promote Fast and Furious plus Forza Horizon 2 demo.
+Ludacris actually voices his character in the game as narrator.

The Cons: 

-Aside from the supercars, it doesn't really feel like a Fast and Furious experience.
-Only one radio station.
-Limited selection of cars.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

While Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious might be a mouthful (simply referred to as Fast & Furious from here on), it's an interesting take on DLC even though it's clearly promoting the upcoming movie (which looks great) that tries to do something different with an already proven franchise. First and foremost, this Fast & Furious DLC is completely free AND is a standalone offering, so you don't even need Forza Horizon 2 to enjoy it.

Ori and the Blind Forest [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Greatly inspired by games of past and present, Ori and the Blind Forest is the epitome of the 'Metroidvania' genre and is enveloped in a strikingly elegant art style coupled with an emotional story and soundtrack to make a very memorable experience. Ori and the Blind Forest has had a lot of hype behind it since it was revealed and I'm glad to say that it not only lives up to it, but exceed expectations. 

The Pros: 

+Stunningly gorgeous visuals and art style.
+New benchmark for Metroidvania's.
+Impressive storytelling with very little use of dialogue.
+No loading times or reused assets.

The Cons: 

-Massive difficulty spikes at random.
-Some sections require absolute perfection and multiple retries.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Unveiled almost a year ago at E3, Ori and the Blind ForestUnveiled almost a year ago at E3, Ori and the Blind Forest caught a lot of attention almost instantaneously simply for its unique visual art style which is quite impressive during the onslaught of E3 reveals and AAA games. Ori has been four years in the making and is heavily influenced by the classic and current games such as the Metroid series, Legend of Zelda, and Rayman.

ScreamRide [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

If you were to take the basic components of Rollercoaster Tycoon, BoomBlox, and Mario Kart roll those into one downloadable title and layer it with a bunch of dark Portal-esque humour, you'd get what ScreamRide is trying for. I say trying because it feels a little clunky putting all those things together in one game and the longevity of the package will be based entirely around its community.

The Pros: 

+Destruction Mode is a lot of fun, just straight up.
+The tools for creation are vast and easy enough to use.
+Playing as the rollercoaster-rider is a lot more fun than I would have guessed.

The Cons: 

-Xbox 360 version doesn't have community content.
-The longevity of the game is entirely community dependant.
-If people don't make new rides you'll run out of stuff to do quickly.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

ScreamRide serves as the latest in a series of Microsoft Studio attempts at games that focus on community. Plenty of games have released under the banner, primarily for promotion of Xbox Live's Marketplace and in most cases the Games with Gold feature. Sometimes this has given us some fantastic games and other times it's become nothing more than a failed experiment.

Fable Legends Will Be Free to Play, Characters for Puchase

Last year's E3 seemed to be all about the multiplayer experience. While we haven't returned to full couch-coop era of gaming, we did get a bunch of announcements of games that were going to revolve around four player cooperative play. One of the most surprising of those announcements, in my point of view, with the introduction of a new Fable game, Fable Legends.

Perhaps even more surprising, then the original multiplayer-focus announcement of the game, is the news that comes today: Fable Legends will be a Free-to-Play title.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

A collection of four Halo games should have been a cause for much rejoicing for Xbox fans. However, somewhere down the development road the team behind the game collection forgot what made Halo successful the first time around: Multiplayer. Without a working multiplayer at launch (or indeed for a week afterwards) this game feels half-complete.

The Pros: 

+Halo 2's visual upgrade is nothing short of stunning.
+Having the ability to go through all 4 main Halo games again is awesome.
+The menu navigation and selection is slick and easy to use.

The Cons: 

-The game was released before it was completed.
-Multiplayer is still having issues getting started a week later.
-Playlists should be customizable, instead of just preset.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
6

While we might not hit every single game for review, I'm sure some of you have been wondering where the Halo: Master Chief Collection review has been. It's understandable, especially considering the fact that we've live streamed several hours of the game on our Twitch stream. So here's the down low: We received a review copy of the game about 2 weeks before it came out, however there were issues with the multiplayer/co-op that were going to be addressed in a patch.

The Halo Hype Train

CHOO-CHOO! All aboard the Halo hype train! In a few short weeks (13 days exactly as of this post) Halo fans are getting a massive collection that we've been wanting for quite some time. It's no secret that I'm a massive Halo fan. I have all the novels, read all the backstory lore, have all the comics, multiple special Halo artworks, and enough Halo toys to probably open my own store, so to say I'm a Halo fan is an understatement. I don't usually buy into hype, but when it's for one of my favorite games ever, it's hard not to.

Sunset Overdrive [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Ready for the shortest "overall feeling" I've ever written? Sunset Overdrive is fun, pure and simple.

The Pros: 

+Addictive World Traversal Mechanics
+Fantastically Funny Story-line, Dialog, and Characters
+Awesome Character Creation and Customization
+So. Much. Fun.

The Cons: 

-The uh... logo screen is a bit busy-looking?
-People keep comparing it to Infamous, for some reason...
Seriously though, there are no complaints here!

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
10

Before I received my copy of Sunset Overdrive for review, I had watched a developer introduction to the game at one of the conventions who was talking about the concept for the game. It’s stuck with me the whole way through; in particular one specific line.

I don’t remember the quote word-for-word, but the basic gist of it was: “We wanted everything about the game to be fun, even dying is fun.”

Forza Horizon 2 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Horizon 2 feels like the core concept for the design team was two fold: Freedom and Fun. The game allows you wishfulfillment in the form of not only a cross-continental road trip with the breath-taking beauty of Europe but a phenominal level of car customization to make exactly the kind of ride you've only ever dreamed of (unless you're super rich).

The Pros: 

+In Depth Car Customization
+Wide Open Road and Exploration
+Beautiful Scenary to Drive Through
+An Impressive and Ever-Expanding Car List

The Cons: 

-There Could Be More Options for Upgrades
-The Road Trip Story Line Progresses Too Quickly (if you stick with one car class)

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Ever since I was a child I was influenced by my father's extensive love and knowledge of automobiles. It shaped how I viewed transportation as a whole, and for decades since has been the root of my fascination with classic cars. It’s a hobby that I would absolutely love to have as my own, but as a mere writer there’s no way I’ll be able to collect like the comedians with millions in the bank to fuel their passion for automotives and its sports.

Thankfully as gamers, we’re not wanton for venues of wish-fulfillment.

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