When we think of capital ‘B’ big nights in entertainment a few things come to mind; the Grammys, the SuperBowl, the presidential election. However if you’re a gamer, you’ve got E3, a whole week of video game industry news and events. The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo is jam-packed with press conferences and presentations from the likes of Microsoft and Nintendo, so much so that it’s tough to keep up with all the latest announcements. We’ve compiled a list of the five most exciting stories from the Biggest Week in Gaming.
Microsoft Makes a Splash with the Xbox One X
We’ve been hearing rumblings about Microsoft’s mysterious Project Scorpio for some time now, but it wasn’t until this week that we were given a name; the Xbox One X. AT $499, the new system from Microsoft will be the most powerful system on the market on its release this holiday season. The premium system boasts a higher bandwidth and a more powerful graphics engine than any of its competitors, including Sony’s Playstation 4 Pro.
A Remake of the Shadow of the Colossus
If you’re familiar with this PS2 title, you probably remember being blown away by the game’s jaw-dropping visuals. Between the size of the Colluses itself and the surreal magical landscapes, The Shadow of the Colossus was a striking testament to the rewards realized from a dedicated development team. If the images and video released from Sony’s press conference are anything to go by, the remake is sure to inspire the same sense of wonder that the original did over ten years ago.
New Metroid Title Announced
After a successful start to 2017, Nintendo turned heads again by announcing a new addition to its beloved Metroid franchise. This is the first installment in the series since the somewhat-underwhelming Metroid: The Other M for Wii. While we don’t know much about the specifics, talk of Metroid 4 is sure to get longtime fans more than excited.
Monster Hunter World
Who doesn’t have at least some desire to shoot their way through a world of oversized dinosaurs? After years of immense success in Japan, the franchise is looking at expanding beyond its cult status in the States. The new Monster Hunter title for PS4 appears to have made significant technological progress over previous installments.
Backwards Compatibility Comes to Xbox One
Have you been feeling a little bit guilty keeping your old Xbox games tucked away in a dusty box? Sure, you say you’ll pull them out eventually, but did you ever think you’d get around to it? At this week’s E3 event, Microsoft listened to all the retro-fetishists out there and announced that the Xbox One will soon be capable of backward capability. This means that you’ll be able to play original Xbox games on your new system with the added bonus of improved graphics. Score one for nostalgia!