TIME e3 2015

You Can Play a New Version of Gears of War Today

Microsoft

A slick new version of a beloved favorite

Microsoft’s E3 2015 presentation didn’t disappoint. Along with demonstrations of the upcoming Halo 5, Forza 6, and Gears 4, the company announced a new remastered version in the Gears of War franchise.

The so-called Gears of War Ultimate Edition is bringing the beloved original game to Microsoft’s current-generation console, the Xbox One. The company said the new version would run at a higher, 1080p resolution and that gameplay would be 60-frames-per-second. The franchise consists of four third-person shooter video games that pit humans against burrowing aliens and has generated over $1 billion sales, according to Microsoft.

What’s more, a beta version of Gears of War Ultimate Edition will be available on Xbox One on June 15.

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Here’s Everything Microsoft Announced for Xbox at E3 Today

Microsoft had a busy Monday

Microsoft had a plethora of Xbox news at E3 2015 on Monday dealing with titles from Halo 5 to Minecraft. Here’s a roundup of everything you might have missed:

Xbox One is getting backward compatibility. It will launch with 100 titles later this year and let you play the Xbox 360 games you already own for free.

Halo 5: Guardians has a new multiplayer mode. It’s called “Warzone,” and it looks like the Battlefield series, with 24-player modes and maps that are up to four times bigger. Halo 5 is out Oct. 27.

Microsoft is making a new Xbox One controller. The “Wireless Elite” has highly customizable buttons and works with Windows 10 as well:

Forza 6 has a release date. It’s out Sept. 16. Get ready to drive real fast, again.

So does Dark Souls III. Well, it’s “early 2016.”

Gears of War 4 is coming out for “holiday 2016.” Here’s a gameplay preview, while a remastered version of the original is out today to tide you over.

You’ll be able to play some Xbox One games before they’re finished. It’s called Xbox One Game Preview and it’s similar to what Steam does with Early Access.

Microsoft rebuilt Minecraft for the HoloLens. And it looks flipping fantastic.

TIME e3 2015

Fallout 4 on Xbox One Has 1 Hugely Important Feature

Bethesda

Something console gamers have been hoping for for years

Bethesda’s upcoming post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 4 was the breakout title of the early hours of E3 2015. The studio showed off new footage during its press conference on June 14. The game, which will be available for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4, is due to be released on November 10, 2015.

The Verge reports one additional piece of major news about the upcoming game: Mods created for the PC edition will be compatible with the Xbox One version. Few details were given, but if that is the case it would represent a huge advancement for console gamers, many of whom have long been clamoring for mod support.

Typically, PC versions of titles like Bethesda’s Skyrim have had a robust after-market community of programmers making content that can upgrade or alter gameplay. But because of the relatively closed environment of consoles, this hasn’t carried over to those users.

The site also reports the feature was not mentioned as an exclusive to the Xbox platform. That means Playstation 4 users may also get the feature.

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Watch the New Trailer for Forza 6 on Xbox One

Launch scheduled for Sept. 15

Microsoft gave fans a glimpse of the upcoming Forza Motorsport 6 during its presentation at E3 2015 Monday.

Forza 6, available exclusively on Xbox One, combines impressive graphics with new features such as dynamic weather, allowing users to race in night, day and rain, according to Microsoft. There are also 26 locations, 24-car multiplayer and over 450 Forzavista cars, including the new Ford GT.

Forza 6 will launch on Xbox One on Sept. 15.

TIME e3 2015

Watch: Super Mario Bros’ First Level Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

This looks a lot harder than we remember it

E3 2015 kicked off with a big bang this year. On Sunday night, developer Bethesda held its first-ever E3 press conference unveiling a raft of new games including Doom and Fallout 4. Nintendo, meanwhile, revived its Nintendo World Championship event, at which two new games—Earthbound Beginnings and Blast Ball—were announced.

The Japanese gaming company also showed off its upcoming title Super Mario Maker, a sort of level editor that allows players to create and remix their own worlds for the classic side-scroller. For a demonstration of what can result from giving up that kind of control, look at the footage around the 3-hour, 30-minute mark in the video above to get a substantial gameplay session. It begins with a recreation of the ames World 1-1 stage found in the original Super Mario Bros. Things get pretty wild, pretty fast.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Halo 5 E3 Demo

Halo 5's E3 spot was short but impressive, including a monumentally grand multiplayer revelation

Mincing no words, Microsoft led its E3 2015 press conference with Halo 5: Guardians, segueing to in-game footage moments after the curtain came up. The watchword for the demo: scale.

Here’s a breakout of what we saw.

It looks like Halo multiplied by Battlefield wrapped in Jupiter Ascending

Halo‘s looked pretty much like Halo since its inception, so what’s Microsoft doing to make the franchise’s Xbox One debut momentous? Blowing stuff up, as in way up. After the demo’s corridor-crawl through trademark neon-glowy environments crosscut by tracer fire, we caught glimpses of giant screen-crowding enemies, crazy-big spaceships, and cyber-insectoid-thingies I wouldn’t want to have to fight with a whole battalion of Master Chiefs.

Master Chief is in the club, Locke is not

The demo was from Spartan Locke’s perspective, but when Locke ran into a glowering Forerunner enemy, we learned Master Chief is in the game’s mythic skull and crossbones club. Locke? Not so much.

It’s all about cooperative play this time

Microsoft calls Halo 5 its “biggest, most ambitious Halo yet,” with “seamless drop-in, drop-out cooperative play.”

And Warzone, a new multiplayer mode, looks epic

Instead of player versus player, Microsoft’s hyping this as “player versus everything.” Think 24 players, vehicle, mech and infantry combat, A.I. controlled adversaries, two squads — one led by Master Chief, one led by rival Spartan Locke — and environments four times the size of any previous Halo map. Microsoft calls it a “giant leap” forward for the franchise.

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Watch: Halo 5 Has a Crazy New Multiplayer Mode

It's set for an Oct. 27 release

Microsoft showed off new multiplayer gameplay footage from the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians at E3 2015 Monday.

Halo 5, developed by 343 Industries and published by Microsoft, will be available exclusively on Xbox One, said Bonnie Ross, head of 343 Industries, during Microsoft’s presentation. Halo fans were treated to a glimpse of the new Warzone multiplayer mode, which features up to 24 players and artificial intelligence-controlled enemies.

Additional features were also added to the single-player mode, such as squad-based shooter mechanics. Firefly actor Nathan Fillion is reprising his role as a voice actor on the franchise.

Halo 5 will launch on Xbox One on Oct. 27.

TIME e3 2015

Microsoft’s Xbox One Just Fixed Its Biggest Problem

Something players have been clamoring for since day one

Microsoft is adding backward compatibility to its Xbox One console, the company announced at its E3 event Monday to great applause from the crowd. The feature will let Xbox One owners play older Xbox 360 titles on their new console, with added features.

“Last year, the team decided to tackle a feature that has consistently been at the top of your request list,” said Xbox head Phil Spencer. “Your Xbox 360 games, the games you’ve invested your time and money in, and the games you want to continue to play, will be playable natively on your Xbox One.”

The Xbox One backward compatibility will roll out by the holidays with around 100 titles at launch. Players will not be charged to access the Xbox 360 games they already own, the company said.

TIME e3 2015

Surprise, You Can Play the New Fallout Game Right Now

This is the best E3 surprise ever

Game maker Bethesda’s first E3 press conference included one very cool surprise: a new Fallout spin-off game that is available right now.

After showing off its new consoles and PC titles Doom and Fallout 4, Bethesda unveiled a new iOS and Android game dubbed Fallout Shelter. It’s not directly connected to Fallout 4, but rather something Bethesda Studios game director Todd Howard said the company wanted to build for mobile devices “because it couldn’t be done anywhere else.”

In the game, which looks a little like the diorama-style bases in Firaxis’ XCOM reboot, you craft and manage your own vault, working to keep its occupants productive and happy. Howard says the game is free, as in genuinely free, without paywall timers, Internet connection requirements or build queues.

Fallout 4 is coming out November 10, 2015. Fallout Shelter, a game no one had the faintest clue was coming, is available on the App Store.

TIME e3 2015

Here’s a First Look at the Incredibly Violent New Doom Game

It's intense

Bethesda kicked off its first E3 press conference with a splashy, gore-filled peek at its long anticipated Doom sequel.

The demo began on a Martian research facility, in a fiery foundry-like level. Long, steaming corridors were garnished with hellfire, demons and screams. This installment appears to be unabashedly violent, which is to say quintessential Doom. There are a few wrinkles, such as various Mortal Kombat-ish close quarters finishing moves and a chainsaw that now eviscerates bodies segment by segment.

The most interesting wrinkle? “Doom Snapmap,” an in-game level editor designed, says Bethesda, to let any player craft complex maps or fiddle with the game rules on the fly. When you’re ready, you just push a button to play, or share your creation with anyone in the world.

The company didn’t reveal details about multiplayer, but said more information would be doing soon. Doom ships in spring 2016 for PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One.

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