One of the most annoying trends in video games is the word exclusive, which perhaps once meant limited or restricted but now, thanks to Microsoft and Sony, means absolutely nothing. Todays big exclusive is PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds. Which probably isnt an exclusive.
I’ve got many a fond memory of Age of Empires, a series of real-time strategy games from Microsoft that were pitch-perfect in their balance of exploration and conquest. While Age of Empires II was the highlight for me, I never quite got into its third instalment. It was a fine game, but something just felt…off. Maybe it was the dramatic shift to 3D visuals in an age where such graphics were still in their infancy in that genre, or maybe it was the odd resource-gathering system. Perhaps the fourth time is the charm then, as Microsoft unveiled Age of Empires IV last night.
Microsoft is gearing up for the Xbox One X launch. And you can bet they're hoping for good things. But is this move, towards power, a good one for the company? Is this a good way to stand out for them?
Xbox One X is finally up for preorder! Which means this holiday season Microsoft is going to be bust promoting and telling you why you need and Xbox One X. But, with Sony's PlayStation 4 nomination this year with must have exclusives, important marking deals, and record high sells. Microsoft is at a bit of a disadvantage, but the Xbox does have something up it's sleeve, why PUBG is a bigger deal than you think.
Alex S. from Link-Cable writes: "At this years E3, Microsoft lifted the veil on the worlds most powerful console with the reveal of the Xbox One X. And since that faithful day in June gamers have been waiting with bated breath to get their hands on a system with that much under the hood. But whats a game console worth if there are no games to play on it? And with this weeks announcement that Crackdown 3 would be delayed to the spring of 2018 it begs the questions should Microsoft delay the Xbox One X and launch it when they have games available to show off its unprecedented levels of power?"
Age of Empires 4 has been officially announced with Homeworld and Company of Heroes developer Relic Entertainment making it, while IP-owner Microsoft Studios will publish.
This will be Relic's first stab at the series, as the franchise's developer, Ensemble Studios, shut down in 2009 as its senior staff disbanded to start up a handful of different companies. As a result, there hasn't been a brand new Age of Empires game since 2005.
"We can't wait to tap into our strengths as a studio to fuse historical context with deep strategic gameplay, and to bring this franchise back to the forefront of gaming and into the hands of its beloved community," Relic said in its