We were invited to attend the Xbox One lock-in event at GAME in Sheffield on 12th November to get some hands on time with the new console and four of the launch titles that will be available next week. More than 70 people turned up between 8 pm and 10 pm to try out the six units which were on display at the event, demonstrating Ryse, Dead Rising 3, Forza and FIFA 14.
Feedback from the public was overwhelmingly positive as Nathan and Mark from the Xbox One Promo team, whipped the crowd into a frenzy with goody bags, jelly beans, dog tags and hands on time with Microsoft’s next generation console.
People we spoke with, told us that FIFA 14 not only looks better on the Xbox One, but plays better too; they felt more processing power meant better physics, providing a more fluid experience with more natural transitions. Ryse looked really impressive and was a lot of fun to play, but a lot of players we spoke to wondered how long it would hold their interest?
Andy from the Gaming Council who had played the game at the Eurogamer Expo, told us the game was vastly improved since with the control system having been reworked considerably. Martin, Luke and Stuart, gaming students in Sheffield, praised the visuals of Forza and were impressed with the level of detail on the vehicle models and background alike.
The implementation of the rumble triggers which provide feedback when braking and accelerating was praised by Phil, who had also played Dead Rising 3, describing it as “ridiculously good fun”; we played it too and the game not only looked great, but we were impressed with the number and variety of undead shambling towards us… not to mention the variety of methods to dispatch them with fan favourites being the Steamroller and flamethrower! Perhaps Charlotte summed it up best when she said “I just love Zombie killing… …It’s therapeutic when you’ve had a crap day, smashing shit out of some zombies.”
Wise words indeed! The Xbox One is released worldwide on 22nd November 2013.
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