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This year Microsoft’s media briefing did not disappoint as Phil Spencer promised to devote the “entire briefing to games!”  Immediately, you could hear the applause around the theatre.  Last year, there was a lot of disappointment as Microsoft spent a lot of time talking about other features on the Xbox One like the Kinect and the TV features.  They seemed to learn from this mistake as they enthralled us all with game after game!

Further excitement came when Spencer stated that all the games shown during their media briefing would first get add-on content on the Xbox One!

The briefing began with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We saw new footage that included gameplay.  I’m not a huge fan of the Call of Duty franchise, but I may just check this one out.  It also helps that Kevin Spacey is in the game. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be out on November 4, 2014.  Here is the gameplay that was showed:

Dan Greenwalt, Creative Director, came onto the stage to talk about Forza Motorsport 5 and unveiled the “nuburgring” which is available TODAY for free to those that own the game. Ralph Fulton, Creative Director, presented Forza Horizon 2 which will be available September 30, 2014.  The game will be in 1080p, have 200+ cars, include various weather conditions, and drivatars.

I’ve been highly anticipating with glee, Dragon Age: Inquisition.  Microsoft and BioWare unveiled a new trailer for the game, which will be available October 7, 2014.

Another game that garnered a lot of excitement from the masses is Sunset Overdrive. We saw a bit about this game last year, but this year we got to see a lot more of this game!  Ted Price, the Founder and CEO of Insomniac Games, came on stage to talk more about the game.  Sunset Overdrive will be available October 28, 2014 and  is exclusive to Xbox One.

Ori and the Blind Forest is a new IP from Moon Studios that looks absolutely stunning.  I’d love to see more of this game before it comes out this fall, but so far I like what I see.  Ori and the Blind Forest will be available Fall 2014.

A Microsoft briefing wouldn’t be the same without some Halo for us all! Bonnie Ross, Studio Head at 343 Industries, presented a spotlight on the much anticipated Halo 5:

Then we were presented with the Halo: The Master Chief Collection.  The collection will include Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4, Halo: Nightfall, and access to the Halo 5: Guardians Beta.  Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be out on November 11, 2014.

A very nice surprise to the mix was the Rise of the Tomb Raider world premiere! We will get to follow Lara Croft after the last installment to see how she rises from what she went through to become the character we know and love.  Rise of the Tomb Raider is expected to be available Holiday 2015.

Ken Lobb, Creative Director at Microsoft Studios, expressed his passion for reviving games that garner cult audiences as classic games.  He then presented Phantom Dust, an absolutely beautiful game.

Scalebound is a new IP that shows a lot of promise from Platinum Games.  This game is one of my favorites so far from what I’ve seen at E3. It is absolutely beautiful and I would love to see more

Microsoft wrapped up the media briefing with Crackdown.

Other games that were shown included Evolve, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Dance Central, Fantasia Music Evolved, Fable Legends, Project Spark, Inside from Playdead, The Witcher 3, and The Division.

I’m VERY impressed with Microsoft’s E3 Media Briefing. They brought it with the games and I even got a look at new games that definitely interest me.

To look at the rest of the trailers that were shown at Microsoft’s media briefing, check out their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjBp_7RuDBUYbd1LegWEJ8g.

What did you think? Let us know in the comments!

By Tiffany Marshall On 9 Jan, 2014 At 06:46 AM | Categorized As News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Earlier today Lionhead Studios announced 3 preorder bonuses for Fable Anniversary.  The 3 preorder bonuses are the Pirates Preorder Pack, the Snowspire Preorder Pack, and the Apollo’s Preorder Pack.

The Pirates Preorder Pack consists of a pirate outfit and a pirate cutlass.  The Snowspire Preorder Pack consists of a snowspire guard outfit and a “Jackarse” or rather a fish bat sort of weapon.  The Apollo’s Preorder Pack consists of Apollo’s outfit and a crossbow.

It seems as though you will have to look to specific retailers for specific preorder packs but there is no word on which will offer which packs yet.  The packs will be available on Xbox Live later this year.

Don’t forget! Fable Anniversary first editions will come with bonus content even if you don’t preorder.  The bonus content will consist of 5 outfits, 2 weapons, and an avatar item.  The outfits are labeled “Scythe’s Outfit,” “Black Graduate Outfit,” “Red Profit Outfit,” “Blue Guard Outfit,” and “Red Guard Outfit.”  The weapons are the “Lute Weapon” and the “Will User’s Sceptre Weapon.”  The avatar item is a lion head – “10th Anniversary Lion’s – Head Avatar Item.”

Fable Anniversary will be released on February 4, 2014 in North America, February 6, 2014 in Asia, and February 7, 2014 in Europe.

The image is from the Lionhead Studios blog which can be found here.

First edition copy information can be found here.