So Xbox had a wonderful 2015. They had an excellent release year with lots of wonderful exclusives and games as well as great E3 announcements everybody was excited about.
At E3, it was announced that games would be backwards compatible. The crowd was overjoyed. They followed that up with a massive upgrade to their gamepad in the form of their Elite Controller. With a sleek design and button mappings as well as extra sensitive touch, this controller will be used by the gamer elites everywhere. One of the other major highlights was the announcement of the next Gears of War game. It will very interesting to see where story will go from here in the Gears universe.
There was also a great lineup of exclusive games. No one predicted the release of Halo 5 would be as explosive as it was and the fact that the multiplayer is better than what’s been in the past couple years, the reviews were quite high, 9/10. Xbox visited old classics like Gears of War in the re-mastered HD version. Also, Rise of the Tomb Raider was one of the most exclusive games and the best adventure game to follow up the reboot of the Tomb Raider series, garnered equally high scores. Many games were released throughout the year as part of the Xbox one lineup like Fallout 4. There was even the announcement at E3 that mod, or user created game modifications, would be usable by Xbox One players!
But the biggest news was the backwards compatibility. When it was announced you could be able to play certain games from your Xbox 360 library onto your Xbox one; gamers who are still on the fence with whether or not they wanted to invest in the Xbox one console almost had their decision made for them. It also gave Xbox One owners the ability to play old favorites all over again.
This holiday season has proved great with several console bundles as well as a rapid price drop to be able to get Xbox One. Great bundles like Halo 5 and Fallout 4 had excellent skins and release packages with tons of special content. Loads of deals were offered for the console itself, some with upgraded hard drive space and options to get multiple games for free!
Wonderful releases in the sports and racing world like FIFA 16 and Madden are a welcomed site, as well as the wonderful racing games like the exclusive Forza 6: a great racing simulator that trumps Gran Turismo.
There were some revisits to old classics like Resident Evil and Gears of War series which seeing them in wonderful HD is truly great. Black Friday sales really enhanced the Xbox and Microsoft sales program. Being able to buy classic games as for 40 to 50 percent off really boosted gamers libraries in addition to being able to purchase some games on Xbox 360 and hopes that one day they will be backwards compatible.
In addition to exclusives there was still a great complement of fantastic games. Dying Light took a new concept on the zombie fighting with wonderful parkour mechanics. Battlefield Hardline had a great turn on cops and robbers. Mortal Kombat X continued the great fighting game in all its glorious gore. Wolfenstein The Old Blood took us back to the Wolfenstein days of killing Nazis. The Witcher 3 was a fantastic open world fantasy game from CD Projekt Red. Elder Scroll Online took us back to Tamriel and finally offered the ability to play with friends over Live. Batman Arkham Knight ended the series, and everyone loved to finally drive the batmobile.
The end of 2015 was a busy year for Microsoft, and gamers have been reaping the rewards. I know that I will be busy for months to come, exploring the vast wasteland of Boston, to ending the reign of the Taken King, to replaying greats like Halo Reach and Bioshock. I cannot wait to see what they will have in store for us in 2016. What did you think was the best news from Microsoft this year? Or the best games to play? Post your comments below!