Microsoft’s presence at rAge expos in the past has been quite noticeable, even if they’ve not made huge fusses over their display and the games that will be on show. It’s a show of the quiet strength the Xbox brand continues to show in South Africa, which started with a strong following for the Xbox 360. This year, for rAge Cape Town, Microsoft’s not showing off any Xbox 360 titles, putting all their focus instead onto their Xbox One, now into its third year of service. Here’s what you can expect to play at the expo.
Halo 5: Guardians
Developed by 343 Industries, Guardians follows Master Chief once more into the far reaches of the galaxy. This time, he’s searching for Cortana, and he’s taken the entire Blue Team with him. Naturally, there are some people in the chain of command who frown upon this sort of thing, and a crack search team is put on the job to find Blue Team and Master Chief, and bring him back for questioning.
Halo 5: Guardians is one of Microsoft’s fastest-selling Xbox One titles of all time, and boasts a Metacritic score of 84. Tarryn will be the first one to tell you how good it is.
Forza Motorsport 6
There’s a rather bizarre feeling that I get whenever I play Forza that I find myself liking it more with each time I get to play it – but I can’t tell you why this is, or why I really like it. It’s just rather… good? It’s not Project Cars (but it feels like it’s on the same level), and it’s certainly no Gran Turismo, but it’s a fine racing game in its own right, and some of Turn 10 Studio’s best work to date.
Play it at rAge, and then perhaps buy it at the BT Games stall just a short walk away!
Minecraft for Xbox One
By now you should have had some exposure to Minecraft. You should have. It’s almost a criminal offense not to have played it for at least an hour and kill off your character by burrowing into a vat of molten lava. It’s the most fun you’ve had with blocks since you started playing with LEGO.
You’ve heard that Ubisoft’s new shooter is rather good, right? Well, it is, and rAge is your last chance to play it for free before you face the difficult decision to buy it or… to buy it. Things are still settling down in the online campaign, and many teething problems are still being sorted, but if you have a group of four friends ready to take back New York by force, then this is a must-play.
Mortal Kombat X
This game is the closest you can get to being a violent, murdering maniac and feeling a sense of achievement when you finish the match beat your opponent into nothing but a bloody mess. Mortal Kombat is one of the most memorable franchises in history, and X is just such an unbelievably good game.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Another smash hit for Microsoft in 2015, Rise of the Tomb Raider recently got a PC release on the Windows Store and Steam, and it’s a great addition to the series revamp by Crystal Dynamics. Rise follows Lara Croft as she ventures into Siberia in search of the legendary city of Kitezh, whilst battling a paramilitary organization that intends on beating her to the city’s promise of immortality. Scarred emotionally and physically from her time on Yamatai island in Tomb Raider, Lara soldiers on, now more confident in her abilities.
Of course, the game retains the many, many chances that players get to see Lara die gruesomely as a result of their failure, so it’s still aiming to keep you on the edge of your seat.
I’ll be honest, I don’t get the attraction of sports games, but then again I’m a racing fan with more racing games in my collection than anything else, so perhaps it’s the same energy in a different place. Still current in the world of soccer, FIFA 16 is probably the most realistic game in the series to date, using EA’s custom Ignite engine to power the game’s advanced physics engine. Bring a friend along and FINISH HI-er, challenge them.
rAge Cape Town expo takes place this weekend starting 18 March 2016 at the Grandwest Casino and Entertainment Center in Cape Town. Read all about it here.