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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 Live Reactions

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Hey, it's the closest thing to regular E3 order.

Even though E3 2022 doesn't exist this year (and the illegitimate hodge-podge of events under Geoff Keighley doesn't count), one of the mainstay sponsors of it, Microsoft, still did a digital event of game announcements on the second Sunday of June at 13:00 Eastern, JUST like they did at E3 2021. So they're ready either way.

In terms of KoopaTV staff readiness to react to the 90+ minutes of presentation material, we have myself and occasionally Heavy Lobster reacting in text below this embed of the event.

[12:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: https://www.twitch.tv/xbox

~22 minutes until the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022!
[12:57 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: 5 minutes!
[12:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (I dunno why they're starting at 13:02 and not 13:00.)
[1:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Crud I spilled my milk.
[1:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Coming in here and there's someone with a gun in...a  school?
[1:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: This seems like bad timing.
[1:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Though I guess it'll always be bad timing.)
[1:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It even takes place in the United States! ("Redfall Massachusetts")
[1:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Portrays gasoline prices as around $3.30 per gallon.
[1:05 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So clearly not in current times.
[1:05 PM] HeavyLobster: I don't like a first-person perspective. It doesn't make me feel like I'm the playable character. Third person makes me feel like I'm guiding a buddy through the game.
[1:05 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Given the character designs here, that may be a good thing.
[1:06 PM] HeavyLobster: I mean that's standard for AAA W*stern games, which I tend to not play.
[1:07 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: If they said what game this is, I missed it because I was wiping the table of my spilled milk.
[1:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...Oh, it's literally just called Redfall.
[1:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Play it day one with Game Pass! ...First one many such notices.)
[1:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: WHAT
[1:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: HOLLOW KNIGHT?
[1:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: WAIT WHAT
[1:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: This is Silksong isn't it? Why is it on the Xbox presentation? We just had a Nindies the other month. <_<
[1:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Also playable day one on Game Pass)
[1:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: OMG IT'S SPLAT-... nevermind.
[1:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Alien drug cartel... with a talking gun in space.
[1:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Also in first-person, but it lets you see the talking gun talk to you.)
[1:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There's a talking knife, too, named Knifey (?).

Xbox Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 High on Life talking weapons first person knife gun faces
I just really like the timing of High on Life showing your weapons talking to you and having personalities
right after we have the criticism about first-person perspectives damaging characterisation.


[1:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "High on Life" coming October 2022.
[1:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well,  I guess that addresses the criticism we just had.
[1:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And here's Sarah Bond, saying "for the first time ever" their show is focused on games we can play in the next twelve months.
[1:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They've... never done that?
[1:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Riot games Marc Merrill is coming on to talk about something.
[1:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "We're bringing our biggest PC and mobile games" to PC, including League of Legends and Valorant.
[1:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: *to Game Pass
[1:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They're showing a montage of their games but I'm not saying anything because I don't care.
[1:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (To be more specific, I anti-care.)
[1:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Riot segment is done, time for a walking simulator where the trailer has this woman with the same walking animation but the background keeps changing.
[1:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Nevermind, not a walking simulator, there's crawling too.
[1:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ....oh, and killing.
[1:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...including pushing a dude into a gang of carnivorous rats?
[1:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "A Plague Tale Requiem" well that makes the rats make sense.
[1:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Car porn segment. (Forza Motorsport)
Except no physical car.
[1:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: NEVERMIND THERE IS A PHYSICAL NON-GAMEPLAY DISCUSSION ABOUT FORZA.
[1:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: On a stage.
[1:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: A car would appear from the ground or something I suppose.
[1:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "This is the most technically advanced racing game ever made."
[1:20 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I feel like they made this exact claim last year.
[1:20 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There's a "48 times improvement in the fidelity of our physics simulation."
[1:21 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They're focusing on, like, individual grass blades.

Xbox Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 Forza Motorsport graphics details grass traffic cones
I mean... yeah, it's... pretty nice grass, I guess.
If you're stopping by to look at it, you're gonna lose your race.


[1:21 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Which I assume you won't have the time to appreciate while racing.
[1:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They claim this adds "new depth and drama" to the racing experience.
[1:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They're talking about how the time of day changes, which impacts the temperature, which impacts the temperature of the road, which... impacts gameplay somehow.
[1:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They're spending, like, a full 15 seconds on this car to feature "car damage" scratches and ray-tracing.

Xbox Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 car damage details graphics ray-tracing scratches
Car damage is a subset of car porn where you get off on the car NOT being in pristine condition.


[1:24 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Car porn finally over.
[1:24 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: FLIGHT SIMULATOR?
[1:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: THEY WENT FROM CAR PORN TO PLANE PORN
[1:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Plane porn way better)
[1:26 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: HELICOPTERS with GIRAFFES

Xbox Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 Microsoft Flight Simulator helicopter giraffes safari 40th anniversary
Unlike, say, a racing game, with Microsoft Flight Simulator you absolutely can take the time to examine the scenery. (Team Plane > Team Car, always.)
ShinyGirafarig should appreciate the giraffe photo here.


[1:26 PM] HeavyLobster: Top Gun Maverick was roughly 90% plane porn. Not a bad movie.
[1:26 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary.
[1:26 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: wtf they're flying in space
[1:27 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: HALO INFINITE ADD-ON TO MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR??
[1:27 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Oh yikes it's the Blizzard Entertainment segment.
[1:27 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Featuring Overwatch.
[1:27 PM] HeavyLobster: Ew
[1:27 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I thought we'd be spared the segment because the acquisition hasn't been completed yet!
[1:28 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Overwatch 2"
[1:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Featuring their "new hero"...
[1:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Who is a product of the Diversity Space Tool.
[1:29 PM] HeavyLobster: Many such cases!
[1:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "To be continued" hopefully not in this showcase.
[1:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (To clarify, the Diversity Space Tool was my observation, not one they made.)
[1:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Pete Hines of Bethesda appearance, talking about Redfall which we saw earlier.
[1:33 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And The Elder Scrolls Online with a trailer.
[1:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Fallout 76 apparently is still being actively supported.
[1:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Todd Howard will reveal more about Starfall "later in the show."
[1:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But first, Forza Horizon 5!
[1:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Featuring Hot Wheels?
[1:37 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: If we have two different car porn segments, can we get a second plane porn segment?
[1:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "My dad tells stories of a terrible war that was fought across the sky."
[1:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, that sounds like it could be a plane sky battle.
[1:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But no it's some dinosaur thing.
[1:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: NOT A PLANE
[1:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (It's ARK 2023)
[1:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: This trailer features a grown-looking person pulling out their own umbilical cord?
[1:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Ew???
[1:40 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's called SCORN, releasing October 21, 2022. Seems gross!
[1:40 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: This new game had a tent with an upside-down Triforce.
[1:40 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And they want to kill the god(desses).
[1:41 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Since the Triforce is the gift from the goddesses, it being upside-down in this world with the god-killing woman seems fitting.
[1:42 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And it's even in third-person.
"Flintlock The Siege of Dawn"
[1:42 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Uh oh, new game from Mojang... but NOT a Minecraft game.
[1:42 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ........well it looks like one.
[1:43 PM] HeavyLobster: Minecraft 2?!
[1:43 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Also I just realised I should've turned on closed captions a long time ago.
[1:43 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: A lot of squealing Minecraft pigs.
[1:44 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "This is the legend of a united Overworld. ...United by you."
[1:44 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Minecraft Legends, a new action strategy game coming 2023.
[1:45 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Meanwhile, this new game features a benevolent robot that can wreck things but also water plants.
[1:46 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Multiple robots.
[1:46 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Lightyear Frontier"
[1:46 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's like the Robo tending-the-forest scene in Chrono Trigger, but a whole game (and 3D).
[1:48 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: This game has a dramatic bird screech, but it really features a car. ...Well, it really features a super-creepy mansion.
[1:48 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Or maybe the mansion is normal, but there just happen to be demons squatting it.
[1:49 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...well there's more than just the mansion. "The Last Case of Benedict Fox"
[1:49 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ("Fox, look out behind you!")
[1:49 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Eek, someone just greeted me with "Bonjour."
[1:52 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (There was a whole trailer for "As Dusk Falls" releasing next month but I was so turned off by "Bonjour" I ignored it.)
[1:53 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There's a NetEase game with millions of players on the screen that they said is enjoyed "worldwide"...
[1:53 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I don't think Europe-made games or Japan-made games have to go and say they're enjoyed "worldwide."
[1:54 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I think that's a China thing.
[1:54 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Anyway, it's coming to Xbox. "Naraka"?
[1:54 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Hard to tell from that logo.
[1:56 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: eek
[1:58 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Grounded" freaks me out; featuring shrunken kids out in the yard versus insects.
[1:58 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Y'know, I dunno why I like Pikmin.
[1:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...Zombie game now?
[2:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Yuck.
[2:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I haven't taken a screenshot since the giraffes in Microsoft Flight Simulator, but everything after that has been creepy stuff or bad stuff.
[2:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Not a zombie game but a necromancing game, which is... similar.
[2:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's Diablo IV!
[2:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I thought Blizzard's segment was done with a while ago.
[2:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And now there'll be more gameplay of Diablo IV on screen, captured on Xbox Series X.
[2:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "It's not for the faint of heart." Guess I'm out.
[2:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But they keep talking about character customisation and player choice and non-linearity.
[2:05 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Including multiplayer boss raids.)
[2:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sea of Thieves?!
[2:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: You can now own your own ship and decorate. (...This wasn't a thing?)

Xbox Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 Sea of Thieves singing pirates become a captain orb
I guess the song here was enough to get me to screenshot something.


[2:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Alright, this game looks wholesome.
[2:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Just a little girl being sucked into...a mirror...
[2:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And Minecraft-y graphics.
[2:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Ravenlok" 2023. ...hm.
[2:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (She encountered all manner of creepy stuff, like mushroom freaks.)
[2:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Not like Toads though.)
[2:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Also this is waaaaay longer than the State of Play was, and they haven't even gotten to Starfall yet.
[2:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Oh. Shoot.
[2:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: STARFIELD.
[2:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Why am I thinking Starfall? ...The Dynamax move Max Starfall in Pokémon Sword/Shield for Fairy attacks?
[2:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: PHIL SPENCER
[2:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Phil Spencer says it's important to bring Japanese games to Xbox.

Xbox Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 Phil Spencer continue to bring more Japanese franchises Atlus Persona
Phil Spencer didn't appear until this moment near the end to segue to more Japanese games (Persona).
Powerful moment.


[2:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And here's one from Atlus...
[2:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Persona 3?
[2:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ....all of the Persona games?
[2:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Persona 3, 4, and 5.
[2:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: WHY IS XBOX GETTING PERSONA 5
[2:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ALTERNATIVELY
[2:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...WHY IS JOKER IN SUPER SMASH BROS.
[2:17 PM] HeavyLobster: They really put Persona 5 on XBox before Switch.
[2:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: HIDEO KOJIMA?
[2:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Bringing a "completely new game" no one has ever experienced before.
[2:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sounds like what was said about Death Stranding.
[2:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "never-before-seen concept" powered by cloud technology.
[2:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...He's not actually saying what this concept is.
[2:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Kojima Productions working with Xbox Game Studios on something we'll learn more about in the future.
[2:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They have a screen of the games they showed.

Xbox Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 coming to Xbox/PC over the next 12 months game montage collage
Yeah, Hollow Knight really isn't on here! So... is that the exception to releasing in the next 12 months?


[2:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...I don't actually see Hollow Knight.
[2:20 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Yeah Hollow Knight isn't on the screenshot wtf
[2:20 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Showing Starfield now to close the presentation with an extended trailer.
[2:21 PM] HeavyLobster: Todd sighting.
[2:21 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Todd Howard.
[2:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I don't count Starfield as plane porn BTW
[2:24 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Can we just say this is Metroid Prime 4?
[2:25 PM] HeavyLobster: No, because it exists.
[2:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: oh
[2:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Back in my day, Starfield DIDN'T exist.
[2:26 PM] HeavyLobster: Apparently it does now. MP4 is a myth.
[2:26 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: You can't prove that they're not the same game!
[2:29 PM] HeavyLobster: Does Metroid have character creation?
[2:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Todd really excited about this character creation.
[2:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Uhhhh I dunno, wot happened in Federation Force
[2:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They were just shooting at Metroids.
[2:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Or "Metropus"
[2:30 PM] HeavyLobster: Metroid Prime 4 cancelled in favor of Federation Force 2.
[2:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: You can build and customise your spaceship.
[2:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: You can probably build Samus's ship in this!
[2:33 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: 'kay is it over yet? No...
[2:33 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They want to show us "how big" the game is.
[2:33 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There are over 1,000 planets, "all open for you to explore."
[2:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So, uh, that sounds like a lot of content.
[2:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Some of them will be barren wastelands but hey!)
[2:34 PM] HeavyLobster: But will there actually be meaningful content across all 1000 worlds?
[2:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ......Well, before that question was answered, we get "PLAY IT DAY ONE WITH GAME PASS".
[2:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And closing montage.
[2:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Featuring Joker.)
[2:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (And Silksong.)
[2:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Done.
[2:37 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I suppose the biggest take-away is wondering if we'll see more of Silksong in the very near future!
[2:38 PM] HeavyLobster: Nintendo needs to hurry up and announce their Direct already.
[2:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Who says there will be one? :X
[2:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Though I hope it's not next week (or if it is, after work hours).
[2:41 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ....yeah.



Well? What did you think? KoopaTV's next point of coverage will be CAPCOM's presentation on Monday (with unrealistic hopes going into it). ...Anything else that'd be today will be ignored by this site. Feel free to tell the staff that this is a mistake.


The June live reaction log preceding this one was for Devolver Digital's Direct!
Here is that Monday CAPCOM Showcase 2022!
The Nintendo Switch is also getting those three Persona games!

8 comments :

  1. Giraffes in the Microsoft Showcase, Giraffes in the remastered Giraffe Simulator (https://thelastofus.fandom.com/wiki/Animals#Giraffes) in the PS State of Play, will a Nintendo Direct show Lord Winklebottom to top it all off?

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    1. The Last of Us wasn't in the PlayStation State of Play!
      It appeared a week later at the exact event we boycotted and won't acknowledge.

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  2. High on life seems kind of neat, but other than that I've never been an Xbox junkie, so I remain, unaffected.

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    1. I've been wanting someone to write guest content for Microsoft Flight Simulator for a while. :(

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    2. Flight simulators have gotten so advanced, it may be worse than flying an actual plane. Not all dreams come true, sad to say.

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    3. Maybe I should be more aggressive about it. >.<

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