While rave reviews and record-breaking sales have gamers abuzz with the release of Grand Theft Auto 5, it can be easy to forget that the 8th generation of gaming is about to fully kick off. To prepare for both console launches in November, Microsoft and Sony have been showing off their wares at the Tokyo Game Show this week.
Microsoft does not usually have a strong presence at the expo, but there have been notable gameplay updates for two of their Xbox One launch titles, Crimson Dragon and Dead Rising 3.
Crimson Dragon will be available for digital download on Xbox One day one for $19.99. The game comes from the creator of the cult favorite Panzer Dragoon, with many seeing the game a spiritual successor to the 1995 Sega classic. Once slated for the Xbox 360 and controlled by the Kinect, the game is now making its debut on the Xbox One and has been overhauled to be controller focused.
Watch the trailer, revealing new gameplay footage revealed at the Tokyo Game Show, then check out new images of the game further below:
The game will mark a return of the on-rails air fighter genre, a genre which hasn’t seen many popular entries since the days of Star Fox 64. Hopefully Crimson Dragon can live up to that sort of pedigree and deliver a great arcade shooter.
Also on the exclusive front, Capcom further detailed the multiplayer elements of Dead Rising 3, another Xbox One launch title. Players will be able to jump in and out of a friend’s game, one playing as lead character Nick and the other playing as Dick, allowing them both the choice of sticking together to take on hoards of zombies, or splitting up, going their own ways and covering more ground. As with any game where players can drop in and out of co-op, there were questions about where this mechanic would leave the two separate players’ individual progress in the game.
Awesomely, the game will save whatever progress you achieve in coop, even when you revert back to single-player. This adds a unique nonlinear element to the game’s story progression. If you’re still in the middle of Chapter 1 but you join your friend’s game online and clear Chapter 3 together, Chapter 3 will become cleared on your own save file, meaning that once you clear Chapters 1 and 2, you’ll have the option of skipping 3.
Also revealed was the return of super combo-weapons, only this time players will be getting higher levels of customization to personalize their ridiculous contraptions of death. Super combo-weapons are made of “at least three components (and oftentimes multiple steps and blueprints)” and players will get their hands on weapons like the Flaming Katana, The Ultimate Grim Reaper, the massive traffic cone horn The Ultimate Powershout, and the Massive Bomb which is, well, a massive bomb. Many of these combos can be tweaked to the player’s desire, each having several variants available, such as the Freedom Bear which now comes with eight different versions of the teddy-bear with guns.
Below are Dead Rising 3 screenshots featuring the co-op characters and a variety of customized weapons and vehicles:
The Xbox One has slowly been trying to get back into gamer’s good books after early policies didn’t sit well with consumers. Though, since reshaping the infrastructure of the console, it appears to be in a better position going into its launch. With a strong game library already announced, of which a good deal are available on day one (including Crimson Dragon and Dead Rising 3), things are looking a little more rosy for the once controversial console.
Crimson Dragon and Dead Rising 3 will be available on the Xbox One at launch on November 22, 2013.