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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.

Halo 2 Anniversary is also coming, with fully remastered graphics. And, unlike Halo Anniversary, this game keeps Halo 2's multiplayer intact. Halo 2 Anniversary is only bringing back six maps, but presumably more will come post-release.

If you still need more Halo, the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta kicks off in December.

New and shiny

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Tomb Raider

There were a few more surprises at Microsoft's press event, including a new Tom Raider. Microsoft unveiled Rise of the Tomb Raider during the conference, and outside of that abysmal name I am very interested. 2012's Tomb Raider brought the franchise back with a vengeance, and this game looks (according to the trailer) like it will delve into the psychological trauma done to Lara by her first adventure. Very keen.

Microsoft also showed off Scalebound. All I saw in the trailer was dragon-murder-after-dragon-murder, so I'm not sure what this game will be about. I'm guessing it has something to do with murdering dragons.

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Phantom Dust.

And if you want old franchises resurrected, Microsoft has your back. Phantom Dust, the original Xbox cult classic, and Crackdown, the game that sold me on an Xbox 360, are getting new installments. Ken Lobb said Phantom Dust, an action/strategy game, is one of the series he's always wanted to bring back since its inception in 2004. Crackdown, the superhero-cop open-world game, is returning but hopefully done right this time--Crackdown 2, released in 2010, was a muddled mess of a game.

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A new Crackdown is incoming.

Outside of the trailers, details were scarce of what these games had to offer. There's only so much you can pack into 90 minutes, after all.

There weren't a ton of surprises during Monday's E3 opener, but it's not a bad haul for Xbox One owners. Games like Halo 2 Anniversary, Crackdown, and Forza Horizons 2 should keep you warm through the winter if you bought an early Xbox One.

We'll see you back here in a few hours for EA's press conference, as we continue this day of announcements.


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