Xbox Singapore Showcase 2016

Written by on September 20, 2016

On September 2, we at Radio Heatwave got the chance to attend the Xbox Singapore Showcase 2016 and boy was it good.

Xbox One S

Xbox One S

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The event kicked off with the introduction of the new Xbox One S. The slimmer and upgraded Xbox One S delivers Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray and streaming, High Dynamic Range and IR blaster, allowing you to control IR compatible devices such as a TV or sound system. This packed console even has a massive storage of 2TB. Additionally, the console comes with an enhanced wireless controller, with two times the wireless range and Bluetooth technology that allows the use of the controller for your PCs, tablets, and even phones! It has a textured grip design, allowing you to have a more comfortable experience. We were then teased with Project Scorpio, the next generation of Xbox consoles with integrated VR and Xbox One and One S compatibility, which promises to be the most powerful console yet.

Xbox Wireless Controller

Xbox Wireless Controller

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Xbox also announced Play Anywhere, an amazing new system that allows gamers to play on both Windows 10 computers and Xbox consoles with a single digital copy of a game! The first Xbox Play Anywhere title will be ReCore, a brand new original IP from Concept and Armature Studio that was launched on September 13, 2016.

 

The Play Anywhere system was demonstrated adeptly at the showcase, with several Play Anywhere titles available for demo on both PC and Xbox. In fact, the Killer Instinct station showed a player using a Xbox One console to play against a PC player!

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle

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Last but not least, the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle was announced for the stunning price of $699. The beautiful red, rigged with blood stains and laser-etched scratches on the chassis comes with:

  1. Limited Edition X Box One S 2TB console
  2. Limited Edition Crimson Omen new Wireless Controller,
  3. Full game download of Gears of War 4: Ultimate edition, including exclusive in-game items
  4. Gears of War 4 Season Pass
  5. Six Gear Packs

Pretty sick, isn’t it?

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle

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Moving on to the games! We had the pleasure of playing several new games that are slated for release in the coming months and these are our first impressions.

 

Disclaimer: All first impressions are gleaned from the demos and the gameplay provided at the Xbox Singapore Showcase 2016.

ReCore Box Art

ReCore Box Art

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ReCore

Release Date: 13 September 2016

First Look: At first glance, ReCore seemed to be a third-person shooter following the lines of other shooter games such as Gears of War and Dead Rising. However, upon playing the demo, we concluded that it is instead a puzzle platformer, with a healthy mix of third-person shooter thrown in. In ReCore, you fight with your trusty gun, which shoots in 4 interchangeable colours and the even better Corebots, which come in different colours and models too. The combat system has a lock-on feature that pretty much aims for you but doesn’t detract much from the fighting.

 

Instead, the fighting focuses more on your movements and tactics, deciding which Corebot to use and which colours on your gun to switch to. You alternate between a regular stream of bullets and a chargeable energy shot, which explodes upon contact. All in all, the combat isn’t too difficult for a novice to pick up and get used to. However, the game is engaging enough for players to continue staying interested despite the combat’s simplicity.

Forza Horizon 3 Box Art

Forza Horizon 3 Box Art

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Forza Horizon 3

Release Date: 27 September 2016

First Look: How were we supposed to focus on driving when we’re too mesmerised by the breathtaking scenery? Forza Horizon 3 is set in Australia and having been to Australia ourselves, it does a pretty good job in capturing its beauty. The driving was smooth, which is the trademark quality of Forza Horizon.

 

Players can race on different terrains ranging from beaches to deserts to jungles, with each terrain offering a different experience and requiring different cars. Featuring over 350 cars, 150 more than its predecessor, Forza Horizon 2, it was a pity that we only had a limited amount to time to explore the new vehicles. The game lets you explore your chosen car too, allowing you to pop open the bonnet, press every little button, and basically letting your inner car-freak go wild. It’s a beautiful driving game every car and racing game lover must buy.

Gears of War 4 Box Art

Gears of War 4 Box Art

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Gears of War 4

Release Date: 11 October 2016

First Look: The demo we played was a mission facing a new enemy, The Swarm, with the goal to shoot their brains out. The graphics were beautiful and crisp and one area where the game really shone was the sound design. When we put on the headphones and started playing, the amazing sound transported us straight into the battlefield and had us fully immersed in the game. It sounded so realistic that it was almost possible for us to play with our eyes closed!

 

Another cool aspect about Gears of War 4 was the new and improved Horde Mode, which features a combat class system that allows players to pick one out of four classes – the Sniper, the Engineer, the Scout, and the Heavy. With the new Horde Mode, you can plant fortifications and deploy turrets to aid in the massacre of The Swarm.

Dead Rising 4 Box Art

Dead Rising 4 Box Art

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Dead Rising 4

Release Date: 6 December 2016

First Look: The first thing you’d notice about Dead Rising 4 is that it’s set during Christmas and it is a pun galore. Next, you’d see a zombie running straight at you as you’re trying to take a selfie. That’s right, you can take a selfie at any time in the game (at your own risk of course). In Dead Rising 4, the developers reworked the combo system and added a new weapon system, the Exo Suit. With the Exo Suit, you can equip heavier and bulkier weapons like a flamethrower, a minigun, and a parking meter. With this new array of weapons, you get to mow down zombies with greater efficiency. When it came down to the gameplay, Dead Rising 4 was smooth and classy with its combat system, allowing us to swing our hammer-mounted grenade at our enemies when we wanted to, shoot our firework crossbow right at a zombie’s head, or launch a weird plumber device that kind of works like a pipe bomb in L4D2.

 

Dead Rising 4 has also reworked the crafting system, removing the need for crafting benches, allowing you to make improvements to your weapons on the fly. Additionally, two zombie classes have been added. Fresh zombies which are faster and less shamble-y and Evil zombies which have been left to fester and are now upgraded and un-deadlier (geddit). All in all, if you’re looking for a game to let loose and slay zombies with ingenious weapons, this is the game for you.

 

Writer: Joel Ng

Editors: Prashain and Christy Heah


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