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Forget entertainment, Microsoft keeps the focus on games during E3 opener

Hayden Dingman | June 10, 2014
Microsoft held a press event to mark the start of the E3 gaming expo Monday, and nearly every one of the event's 90 minutes was focused on games instead of hardware.

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The first surprise of the day came next: Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition. (I might be missing a few modifiers in that title.) Four Dead Rising characters are back in... something silly. You're running around killing zombies, scoring points, doing challenges, and so on. Plus, it's available for download as of Monday on Xbox One.

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The Dead Rising 3 DLC.

While the recently-removed-from-the-Xbox-One Kinect didn't get a lot of love in Microsoft's press conference (finally), Harmonix did come out to talk about its upcoming game, Fantasia: Music Evolved, and reveal it's working on a new, digital-only Dance Central game titled Dance Central Spotlight. That approach allows Harmonix to get top hits into the game faster. Both are coming this fall.

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Fable: Legends

Multiplayer Fable? Yes. Four-player cooperative Fable is coming, under the name Fable Legends. It's less of an RPG and more of a pure combat experience. The most interesting piece is that your challenges are player-controlled. Like Evolve, the game is actually four versus one--a player, termed "the villain," places all traps and monsters for the other four to contend against.

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Project Spark's Desert of Death.

Project Spark, Microsoft's game-creation-software-and-game a la Little Big Planet, is getting a new environment this year: the Desert of Death. And Conker, of Conker's Bad Fur Day fame.

We saw a ton of indie games this year, as Microsoft looks to counter last year's impression that the Xbox isn't for indie games. As part of a whirlwind trailer, Microsoft demoed a new (beautiful) platformer titled Ori and the Blind Forest, Double Fine's Massive Chalice, and...Threes? Yes, the mobile hit Threes is coming to Xbox One. No, I don't know why.

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Playdead's Inside has shades of Limbo.

Also, Playdead finally announced its follow-up to Limbo, titled Inside. It features the same grey, grey, and more grey aesthetic as Limbo, though it's definitely a distinct world. There's something very police state-y about the game, though details are scarce.

As rumored, Halo is coming to the Xbox One--all four Halo games, in fact. It's called Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which brings all four Halo games under one interface. Every multiplayer map, every singleplayer mission--it's all here and fully unlocked.

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Microsoft unveiled a new Halo 5: Guardians trailer at its E3 keynote


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