Mirror's Edge 2
Honestly didn't see that one coming, but I am happy nonetheless. While the first game wasn't very remarkable, I just love the art style and the stark contrast the game presents compared to every other post-apocalyptic-near-future-world that exists. Chock me up to interested.
Didn't see this one coming either. Quite surprised, but personally don't care. I've never really paid attention to fighting games much, yes even Super Smash Bros. I have a feeling this will be one of those games that we think will be amazing, but the newest generation of kids won't understand why they should care (kinda like DuckTales).
Sidenote: Quite disappointed with the way they handled the demonstration by bringing out a woman to play multiplayer with and "destroying" her while simultaneously saying shit like "just give up... it will be over soon." Scripted or not, that scene was appalling.
Minecraft on Xbox One
I'm... actually quite disappointed by this as well. Setting aside the hilariousness of how all the devs up on stage talk about "realistic graphics" only to trot out one of the most unrealistic styled games ever, the fact that Minecraft is on the Xbox One kinda feels like a let down. Last I heard, Notch was highly disappointed with Windows 8 and was considered not porting Minecraft to Microsoft based machines. I think there would be so many more opportunities for Minecraft to appear on things like the 3DS, or Vita, and it's disheartening to see none of those visions come to light. I love Minecraft and I want the potential of the game to be explored, not hindered.
Xbox One for $500
Not surprised at all. I knew they couldn't keep it under $300, despite what everyone else was saying. I'm sorry Microsoft but $500 for a souped-up TV system is insane, especially in this economy. If the PS4 can't somehow come under the $500 pricetag, I'm going to be very disappointed this gen.
Xbox One In General
All our fears were confirmed. The Xbox is capable of all the worse DRM anti-piracy bullshit we all were begging them not to implement. Their only saving grace was that they're gonna let the publishers decide to implement the features if they want, meaning that no two game for the system will be alike and that companies like EA and Ubisoft will likely leap at the opportunity to squeeze as much money out of consumers as possible.
While Microsoft DID show off a lot of games, many of which are exclusive, I am sorry but I can't justify this system. I can't justify a console that won't let me play games I bought if I don't have an internet connection. I can't justify a $500 machine that will render both the console AND the games it plays obsolete the second Microsoft decides to shut down their servers come next gen. I can't justify the creepy "always watching" Kinect or the complete lack of indi game development and backwards compatibility. I also haven't watched TV in over a decade since I got Netflix and started streaming video online rather than paying for cable. Even with the exclusive games... I'm sorry but I just can't do it. There's nothing of value here for me personally. Of course you are free to disagree, but from my point of view this is the worse console I've ever seen produced. I'd rather play a CD-I game than the Xbox One.
Not out of the woods yet
I know this is gonna make me sound like a Nintendo Fanboy but... why aren't more gamers siding with Nintendo this gen? Even the PS4 has pulled some really bad stunts and while they are making up for it simply by virtue of "not being Microsoft," there is still a lot wrong with the PS4 as a device. Meanwhile Nintendo has backwards compatibility to 30 years worth of gaming history, it's DRM free, it supports indi development, it features a controller more-so than motion controls, you can play games away from your TV, the ability to switch between gaming and your TV is far less intrusive than the Xbox One's, there's a strong online community, the online is free, and while not AS tech-heavy as the PS4 and One, it's still a very impressive machine. Seems to me like everything gamers want is in the Wii U, yet no one is talking about them at all. It's all about how the PS4 will "beat" the Xbox One. Wii U isn't even brought up as a side note. I don't get that...
Anyway, we still have Sony's press conference and Nintendo's livestreaming event. Don't forget you can go to select Best Buy's in North America and demo Nintendo games!
Reading: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
Watching: Doctor Who