MS bringing Killer Instinct, Battlefield 4, Forza 5, Ryse, “other suprises” to PAX Prime 2013

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PAX Prime practically takes place in Microsoft’s backyard and the consolemaker will have a large presence at the show, taking over three booths (#412, #422, and #432) and a hefty chunk of the Washington State Convention Center. But they only plan to have eight games on display, and one of them is on loan from Electronic Arts.

Four Xbox One games will be playable on the show floor including Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome, Turn 10’s Forza Motorsport 5, Double Helix’s Killer Instinct reboot, and DICE’s Battlefield 4.

Microsoft also plans to erect a massive theater in their booth that will showcase developer-guided demos of four additional games on a 30-minute rotation. The rotation includes new looks at Rare’s Kinect Sports Rivals:, Capcom’s Dead Rising 3, the game creation game Project Spark, and the lone Xbox 360 game in their booth, Fable Anniversary. According to Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb, “other surprises” may be in store for the Xbox booth as well.

This year’s PAX Prime expo runs from August 30 through September 2. More details on all of the demos can be found after the break.

Hands-On Demos

Ryse: Son of Rome: PAX Primers will be among the first to play Ryse: Son of Rome’s co-op multiplayer experience: Gladiator mode. Set in the Roman Colosseum, Gladiator mode plunges you into the brutal world of gladiatorial combat, where you fight cooperatively with your friends against an ever-changing array of enemies, to the roar of thousands of spectators.

Forza Motorsport 5: North American fans will get their chance to go hands-on in the Forza Motorsport 5 pits and experience this year’s biggest automotive journey starring the world’s greatest cars and tracks. This is your chance to experience the all-new physics engine and take one of the fastest cars in the world, the McLaren P1 on the fan-favorite Laguna Seca race track.

Killer Instinct: Killer Instinct is back again with classic characters, an enhanced combat system and vivid graphics – reimagined for a new generation on Xbox One. We expect nothing but the best from a title with a pedigree as one of the most beloved fighting games of all time.

Battlefield 4: Known for their world-class multiplayer, DICE is bringing Battlefield 4’s epic 64-player battles, vehicular combat and all-out warfare to North American fans this week. Gamers will have a chance to go hands-on with the “Siege of Shanghai” beta launching in early October. With the release of Battlefield 4 this holiday, players will experience an all-new level of destruction and dynamic environments with a game-changing concept called Levolution, and for the first time for Battlefield console gamers, 64-players running at 60 frames-per-second on Xbox One.

Developer-Guided Demos

Kinect Sports Rivals: We’re planning to make a big splash with the Kinect Sports Rivals demo, showcasing the Champion feature (where even I can look athletic) and a new sport made possible with the all-new Kinect technology – Wake Racing (where I don’t look athletic).

Dead Rising 3: The team from Capcom Vancouver is onsite to show fans a demo from the third installment in the blockbuster Dead Rising franchise, available exclusively this November for Xbox One. The demo will feature a special look at the huge variety of combo vehicles in the game like the devastating RollerHawg, a hybrid between a motorcycle and a steamroller that can be used to mow down every zombie in its path. Visit the Xbox booth to see all the zombie-killing fun in action, and pick up some fun audience giveaways.

Project Spark: The darling of any industry insider, gamer, indie enthusiast, or recovering Minecrafter. Project Spark empowers creators to build, play, and share whatever they can imagine and create in the game. It’s simple, powerful, fun, and powered by a dynamic community for endless opportunities to play and create!

Fable Anniversary: Fable Anniversary is the spectacularly remastered version of the bestselling RPG on the Xbox, filled with new content including an updated interface, and achievements to bring the best “Fable” experience to the fans. Whether you’re a Fable fan old or new, you’ll be able to experience all the magic of the game that started it all on the show floor!

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