X16 – Xbox Developers Conference Recap

X16

Recently we got to check out X16, Xbox Canada’s Developers Conference hosted in Toronto, Ontario Canada. We got a chance to play some of the latest and greatest games Microsoft and it’s 3rd Party developers have to offer and in this article we will share with you our thoughts on what we got to play, and give you a preview of what’s to come in the next few months!

There was a large selection of games to play at X16. Many of which are currently out (Deus Ex, Quantum Break, Halo 5 etc) but we did get some hands on time with Dead Rising 4, Forza Horizon 3, Cuphead, Outlast 2, ReCore and Gears of War 4.

Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon 3 Jungle Trucks

Wow this game is beautiful! We got to play a short demo which consisted of 3 different cars and slightly different tracks. Starting off with mainly paved road driving which really felt like the Horizon 2 driving experience. Second section was all off road, driving felt VERY different but it worked perfectly,  and finally the 3rd section was the classic “Race this aircraft” with a mix of road and off road driving. The landscapes are amazing and very detailed! This game is going to be amazing! Check out our extended preview here!

Release Date: September 27, 2016
Retail Price: $59.99USD/$79.99CAD (Standard Edition)
Xbox Play Anywhere: Yes (Digital only)

ReCore

ReCore

There hasn’t been much promotion in regards to this game as others. We got to sit down and play for a bit and were completely blown away by it. It plays amazing. Controls are tight, graphics are beautiful, it’s fast paced but not overwhelming and there is a decent amount of strategy involved, but it’s not overly difficult. I can totally see how it has that MegaMan feel, but it also has some nice RPG elements and battle system feels similar to that of Boaderlands (damage markers). This  game has a lot of potential to be a great new IP. We’re super excited to play the full game at launch, be sure to check out our full review in September.

Release Date: September 13, 2016
Retail Price: $39.99USD/$49.99CAD
Xbox Play Anywhere: Yes (Digital Only)

Outlast II

Outlast II

Here’s this thing about Outlast II. I hate horror games. I played the first in the series when it originally launched and found myself changing my underwear on a regular basis, staying up all night and terrifying my neighbors with my blood curdling screams. If you played the first Outlast you’ll love this one. The story is a little more in depth than the first, but it’s just as scary! We played this game with headphones on in a dark corner of X16. I didn’t make it through the whole demo because I couldn’t stop screaming. This game is intense and hopefully I’ll have the courage to play it when it’s released!

Release Date: TBA
Retail Price: TBA
Xbox Play Anywhere: No

Dead Rising 4

Dead Rising 4

This game is as you would expect it to be. Loads of fun! They’ve done a lot of work on this one; making it easily accessible for people to pick up and play whenever they want. The game has the player going back to visit  Frank West as he returns to Willamette. The map isn’t any bigger than previous games, but they expanded it inward, meaning they opened up the interior of buildings. The game takes place during the holiday season (specifically around Black Friday) when there will be lots of people out to become infected.  Items will now be found in places you would expect them. The hardware store will have building equipment for example; wood, nail guns, shovels etc. Customization options are expanded and little things like costume changes are much faster. For example, walk up to a store window with a snowsuit there, break the glass, press B to change costume. Since there is no time limit on this one you can technically find everything in one go but then it might be more fun to unlock stuff playing the game through multiple times. But to each is own.

Release Date: December 6, 2016
Retail Price: TBA
Xbox Play Anywhere: No

Cuphead

Cuphead

Cuphead really stole the show for us. We didn’t know much about this game going in and weren’t sure what to expect. However, in the 10 minutes we got to play the game it won our hearts! Beautiful visuals, amazing music and solid game play are what makes this something you will definitely want to check out when it’s released. The game is already running at a smooth 60fps, but animations are at 25fps (It’s part of the game design!) A lot of work has gone into this game already and it is apparent that the small development team is pouring their hearts into this game. We haven’t played a game so accessible, yet difficult, in a very long time. Be sure to check out or full review when it’s released.

Release Date: TBA (2016)
Retail Price: $14.99-$19.99
Xbox Play Anywhere: Yes

Gears of War 4

Gears of War 4

Things have come quite a long way in the Gears of War series, and the 4th entry to the main timeline is really pushing the game in new directions. We got some hands-on time with a campaign level and it did not disappoint. Controls are tight, graphics are stellar, voice acting is what you would expect from the Gears of War games. I couldn’t tell you exactly what was happening story wise but I can say there are some great new enemies to cut down and a slew of new weapons at your disposal.

Release Date: October 11, 2016
Retail Price: $59.99USD/$79.99CAD (Standard Edition)
Xbox Play Anywhere: Yes

Steep

Steep

The newest game from Ubisoft has you taking to the mountain in a variety of different sporting equipment. Drop wherever you want and ride the slopes on your snowboard or ski’s, or if jumping is more your style you can glide through the air in a wing suit or para-glide to the base of the mountain. One really cool feature is the ability to change equipment whenever you want or even just remove it all together to trek through the deep snow to find that perfect place to launch your board! It’s been some time since we’ve had a winter sport game and Ubisoft seems to be taking it to the next level with Steep. We’re excited to take on the mountain when Steep releases.

Release Date: December 2, 2016
Retail Price: TBA
Xbox Play Anywhere: No

 

X16 was filled with so many great games and we are super excited to play them all when they are released. The next year is going to be a big one for gamers on Xbox and Windows 10. Be sure to keep an eye out for updates and reviews on these great upcoming games!