Xbox One Gets an E3 Week Price Drop

Microsoft’s Xbox One S console is getting a $50 price cut — for the week of E3, at least. The discount is set to remain in effect from June 11 through June 17, according to gaming website IGN.

 

With the price drop, several models of the Xbox One S are selling as low as $249.99, all including a pack-in game. This differs quite substantially from the Xbox One’s original retail price. The console launched in November 2013 at the price of $499.99, and included an accessory that Microsoft has since unbundled — the Kinect camera.

 

At the time of writing, retailer Best Buy currently lists two discounted Xbox One S models: one that bundles popular title Minecraft, and another with first person shooter Battlefield 1. Each bundle also includes a controller.

 

The discount comes ahead of Microsoft’s E3 press conference, which takes place on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 3PM eastern. In that conference, Microsoft is expected to unveil the next iteration of the Xbox One, currently code-named Project Scorpio, as well as release details on the system’s pricing. Xbox head Phil Spencer has said in the past that the console would launch at a “premium” price, though now that Microsoft has dropped the price of the original Xbox One several times, it’s unclear what exactly premium could mean when compared to the lower-priced option.

 

One thing is for certain; by dropping the Xbox One S model by $50 for the week, Microsoft has set off a firestorm of speculation on social news websites like Reddit, where Xbox One owners are reading into the lowered Xbox One S price as a sign of what Project Scorpio might cost.

 

“Big red flag that Scorpio will come in at $399,” said Reddit user Indiscretion, commenting on a story about the Xbox One S discount.

 

“If I was a betting man, my money would be on $499,” added user LaboratoryManiac.

 

Both will likely know the price of Project Scorpio very soon.

 

First Ad For “Call of Duty: World War 2” Focuses On Multiplayer Mode

Sony just released the first official ad for the latest Call of Duty game at the E3 2017 Convention. This game, entitled Call of Duty: World War 2, will focus on the European theatre between 1944 and 1945.

 

A few of the famous battle areas gamers can expect to play in include Normandy, the Ardennes Forest, Crimea, Aachen, and even on the English Channel. The ad shows intense battlefield and aerial combat.

 

The main storyline of this game will follow an American rookie soldier named Ronald “Red” Daniels. Daniels serves is the United States Army, 1st infantry Division, which is still an active military division.

 

Gamers will get to experience a few other perspectives in this highly anticipated game. A few of the secondary characters in this Call of Duty title include an African-American soldier, female resistance fighters, a British officer, and a child.

 

The trailer didn’t show much of the first person narrative in Call of Duty: World War 2. Instead, developers decided to highlight the game’s popular multiplayer mode.

 

Call of Duty: World War 2 will be the second title in the franchise’s history that focuses exclusively on the Second World War. The first major title focusing on World War 2 was Call of Duty: World at War in 2009.

 

Video gamers seem most impressed by Call of Duty: World War 2’s new multiplayer features. For example, players will have to choose between five different divisions in the game’s new Divisions multiplayer feature. Each division has certain strengths and weaknesses, which makes it extremely important to choose the right division for different circumstances.

 

People who pre-order this game will get a private beta version of Call of Duty: World War 2. Sony didn’t say exactly when this beta version will be released, but promised to have it finished before 2018.

 

Unfortunately, Sony executives didn’t say much more about this game in their conference. Sony does expect to release Call of Duty: World War 2 on November 3rd for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. Sledgehammer Games is developing this title.

 

Nintendo Unveils New Trailer for Super Mario Odyssey

At this year’s E3 presentation, Nintendo gave fans a more detailed look into its latest game to feature mascot plumber Mario. While fans only saw glimpses of the title in a sizzle reel for the new Nintendo Switch, including the appearance of properly-proportioned humans living in a New York City-inspired area known as “New Donk City,” its latest video features over 150 seconds of footage.

 

The video opens with a long shot of a luxurious grass field, with a waterfall flowing in the background. A series of heavy thuds can be heard, sending a flock of birds flying away as the thuds continue and the camera zooms back to reveal a T-Rex tromping through. As the dinosaur turns around and issues a cry, the camera shows Mario’s signature red cap, with eyes, atop the T-Rex’s head; a moment later, Mario bursts forth with a “woo-hoo!” What follows next is a series of clips from the impending 3D platformer.

  • Mario is shown riding around the streets of New Donk City in a yellow scooter.
  • Mario running across a field of white and black as a full moon shines ominously in the night sky.
  • Mario abandoning his normal clothes for a poncho and sombrero in an arid desert laden with stone ruins.
  • More footage of the dinosaur world shown at the start, with water cascading through the ribcage of a triceratops fossil.
  • A shot of Bowser in a matching white suit and top hat with Princess Peach held captive under in one of his arms.
  • More evidence that the weird hat-creature prevalent throughout Super Mario Odyssey’s media can assume a variety of hat forms. Furthermore, the hat can be used as either a short-range projectile attack or to possess and control various creatures and objects.

 

While Super Mario Odyssey is currently without a rating from the ESRB, it will likely follow other Mario titles and be rated “E for Everyone.”

 

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Gameplay Released

At the recent E3 2017 video gaming convention in Los Angeles, game-play simulators were set up to demonstrate the soon to be released Star Wars game, Battlefront 2. They also released samples of the video online, which have been astounding gamers. The video looks extremely sleek and realistic, and the style of play appears to have addressed some of the concerns that stemmed from the release of the first Battlefront.

 

In this game, possibly more so than even the first, you get to play through some of the pivotal battles of the entire Star Wars universe. It now includes some action from the most recent sequel in the saga, “The Force Awakens”. You will fly some of the most epic ships, like the Millenium Falcon and an X-wing. There will also be hero versus hero mode, which allows you to pit different characters from the saga against one another, like Rey, Han Solo, and Darth Maul.

 

The improvements appear to come in how they have designed the class system for characters, each with individual and specific abilities and weapons. Blaster slingers, like Solo, have an array of weapons to choose from. Jedi, like Rey, or Sith, like Maul, have multiple lightsabers.

 

This requires more of a team element within the game, where you have to match the skills of the squad mates more than was required within the original. This gives more direction and realism to the battle sequences, rather than more of a random approach.

 

The ground vehicle and space ship control seem improved as well. They are more like a real part of the game rather than just a tagged in afterthought. There are also still plenty of single-player battles to try.

 

Check out this video of the clone trooper game play, complete with the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” voice actor for the clone army troopers, as well as the ever-annoying battle droids. Have fun blowing them up, especially once you get one of the AT-RT walkers.

 

What’s New at E3 and Twitch

It’s that time of year for E3, the most important gaming convention in circulation today. Sony has began selling gold Playstation 4 consoles — no, not real gold, silly — for only $249 at E3. This models are identical to existing ones and are only available at E3.

 

Bethesda Softworks recently made public that Skyrim will soon be available on the Nintendo Switch. Bethesda also stated that Fallout 4 and DOOM will be available on existing consoles in virtual reality form. Dishonored will also be getting new downloadable content, recently announced on Monday, June 12, at E3.

 

Fortunately for Xbox fans, Microsoft has announced as of June 11 that their new Xbox One X will have backwards compatibility all the way back to original Xbox games. Backwards compatibility is the ability to play games on current, advanced consoles that were designed for previous, outdated consoles.

 

Ubisoft made it known that they will soon release several games, including The Crew 2, Assissin’s Creed Origins, and Skull and Bones. The Crew 2 includes fast-paced Formula 1 racing, speed boats, and other fast, thrilling vehicles. Assassin’s Creed Origins is the newest installment in the Assassins Creed series, with roots reaching back to Assassin’s Brotherhood: Age of Ancient Egypt. Skull and Bones is a pirate ship battle simulation game that allows up to five players on each side. Maps will be totally explorable and have customizable ships.

 

Twitch has made it possible for their partners to sell games directly to consumers. Only large-scale, official partners with thousands of viewers are able to distribute their games directly. Streamers will be able to showcase their upcoming games directly to gamers, then sell games on conveniently on their respective sites. Twitch affiliates are also authorized to now advertise games sold by Partners, in which they keep a 5 percent commission.

 

The Most Important Video Game Show Is E3

The video game industry continues to get bigger with each passing year. Literally billions of dollars are spent by people around the world every year on the latest games and consoles. The game companies also invest huge amounts of money in developing games that will attract the attention of people and get them interested in buying them. There are a wide variety of video game shows and conventions that are held for the purpose of giving video game companies a chance to show their latest products. The largest of these shows is called E3. It is held in Los Angeles every year. There will be a big change to E3 in 2017. It will be open to the public for the first time ever. Needless to say, gamers are very excited about the chance to play some of the most anticipated games months before they are able for the public to buy.

 

E3 has only been open to people in video game industry until this year. The people who organize E3 thought that including the public this year would be a good idea. The gamers who show up would be able to promote the games they play on social media. Therefore, they would be acting as a free promotional tool for the game makers. It remains to be seen which companies will have booths set up and which games will be available to be played. Some of the companies are being very secretive because they do not want details of their games being released before the show. The organizers have not said if the public will be allowed to attend E3 in future years.

 

Some of the video game companies will have contests at E3 which will give fans the chance to win some of their games. It remains to be seen what the contests will involve. There is certainly much more excitement around the E3 show than there has been in a long time.