Microsoft’s Gamescom Was Disappointing

Mike Ybarra would make for a terrible weatherman. “Nev, why is that”, you might ask. Well before Microsoft’s Stream the Xbox exec. Tweeted this gem.

For some, this tweet would imply a torrent of new gaming content but unfortunately, what we witnessed could at best be described as a ‘drizzle’. I don’t even know where to start but lets get into it.

The 90 minute livestream began with an announcement of 7 trailer premiers beginning with a trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Though the trailer was certainly presented well, showing off the game’s historical figures like Julius Cesar, Ptolemy and Cleopatra, it was entirely CGI. It didn’t get much better from here.

Microsoft proceeded to show us a bunch of recycled trailers and footage for games that we already saw at this year’s E3. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Forza Motorsport 7, State of Decay 2, and Sea of Thieves all showed off footage that has already been seen.

What’s even more frustrating is that the games that they did elect to show new footage for actually impressed. Shadow of War, Cuphead, and the handful of Indie games (which was my personal favourite segment of the stream) all impressed, which begs the question “why in the world did they not do this with every game?”

The meteorologist himself Mike Ybarra made an appearance detailing some of the new features coming to the Xbox platform. Some of these features were definitely interesting, the easy transferring of settings and data to the X1X and new light mode UI being the most intriguing.

Microsoft announced two new games. What were they? Jurassic World Evolution and Surviving Mars, two builders that, with all due respect, looked fairly average.

Without a doubt the most infuriating part of the livestream however came during the segment where Aaron Greenberg and Shannon Loftis took to the stage. Some of the statements that they made honestly makes me wonder if the Xbox brass thinks that we’re stupid. Sentences like Xbox having the “most diverse lineup of games” and describing Microsoft’s E3 as being a “monster” sincerely felt like an assault on my intelligence.

During this livestream, we saw more hardware variantions than games, and that is all that needs to be said for how that livestream went. I won’t even get into the entire segment that they dedicated to controllers so I’ll leave it at that. And seriousl,y if Mike Ybarra ever tells you to bring out the umbrella, don’t forget your sunscreen when you leave the house.

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