GBAtemp E3 2010 Coverage - Microsoft

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  1. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    [​IMG] GBAtemp E3 2010 Coverage - Microsoft
    A write-up of Microsoft's conference!
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    Welcome to the start of the GBAtemp e3 coverage. For those of you not aware E3 is one of the biggest games related conferences anywhere and is traditionally where a lot of the biggest news on gaming gets released first.

    Today is the turn of Microsoft to show what is coming up for the xbox 360 and this is our writeup of the press conference- while we mainly cover Nintendo consoles on this site we do also have a fair portion of our userbase well versed in all matters 360.

    2010 is an interesting time for consoles as once again we find ourselves nearing the traditional end of a consoles lifespan (although this time around companies are striving to delay that) but more importantly the developers have had five years to get to grips with the hardware and the games of the last few months have certainly shown this. E3 is less about the past and more about the future though so moving on.


    Starting at the end the 360 slim was detailed- somewhat smaller than an original 360 and has wifi (802.11n) inbuilt. Cost is $299 (comes with 250 gig hard drive) and apparently ships to stores today. More as and when a teardown appears.

    Originally part of the kinect presentation but of interest to those who are not about to spring for a kinect various US centric sports were shown thanks to new/renewed/enhanced hookups with ESPN and sports center to be delivered via live and free to Gold members.

    Back to the games though MS broke with tradition and rather first rattle off some impressive sounding stats that make it seem like they are the cutting edge they jumped right into the games.

    The Games

    [​IMG] Call of Duty - Black Ops
    Some of the story mode was shown and gameplay looked to be halfway between crysis, the more traditional COD type of gameplay and the recent Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
    The early call would be that it will probably be great for those that already like COD but will not do much to win anyone over.

    Also announced was a DLC time delay exclusive with activision as it pertains to COD.

    [​IMG] Metal Gear Solid: RISING
    A fairly radical shift from the stealth (ish) roots of the series, on display here was the “cutting” engine and indeed enemies, scenery (or parts thereof) were shown being sliced up as your sword strikes it rather than the prerendered animations you usually get. Lots of slow motion and other things included.

    360 Exclusives

    [​IMG] Gears of War 3
    4 player co-op is sure to interest people and it looks to be somewhat polished on that front with co-op related moves, an interesting move where the player sticks a grenade onto a meatshield and sends them back towards their associates. A new race with a heavy emphasis on mutations and some destructable walls/cover by the looks of things.

    [​IMG] Fable 3- For one of the first times Mr Molyneux did not run his mouth all that much. The third game in the series is set 50 years after fable 2 and was mentioned having something of a kingdom simulation (you get to play as ruler). Set to ship this year on October 26th .

    [​IMG] Crytek appeared with something of a new franchise (indeed just about the only one of the show) called (presumably for the purposes of the presentation) codename kingdoms. No more was revealed other than it having some Roman centurions- people are reminded that crysis 2 is coming out his year so it might be a while before we get any more info/see the game.

    [​IMG] Halo: Reach- Set for release in September it details the beginning of the whole story. Gameplay looked much like the other halo games that have come before it.

    Not so many games in the Microsoft conference but EA, ubisoft and more do have their own conferences over the course of the next few days so expect more to come in as it rolls on.

    Kinect(formerly Natal)

    The rest of the presentation was devoted to this (probably something to be said for them announcing the rest of the presentation would be 360 exclusives after MGS rising). Many things were demoed and the general opinion of gbatemp's IRC channel was “underwhelming to say the least”. For those that missed it the kinect/natal project is something like the eyetoy for the PS2 but taken a fair bit further- it has cameras and so motion sensing abilities among other things- the aim it seems to move away from controllers and towards "natural" interfaces.

    Kinect appears in the US on the 4th November 2010 with a bunch of launch games many of which were detailed in the conference,

    First though the key word was “simple”- make it so anyone can use it.
    Waving hands around was a popular choice and voice control was another

    Feeding into the Live thing they announded a windows/MSN messenger linkup between the 360 and PC clients. Usual voice and video extras that you could expect. The ability to watch a video at the same time as someone else was also demoed (not sure how well that would work with lag and upstream of connections but as a tech demo it was not bad).

    Onto the kinect games. Avatars were the order of the day for graphics for the first demos.
    Kinectamals- a virtual pet game and presumably the logical conclusion of last year's “pet boy” game that was demoed.

    A sports game that looked something like Wii sports meets track and field (the people run on the spot in that case to do hurdles).

    This was followed by a montage featuring football (soccer), bowling, table tennis, boxing and netball.

    In a further bid to make handlebar syndrome acceptable a mario kart style game was demoed.

    Kinect adventures- perhaps best described as the eyetoy ninja on rails.

    Ubisoft then appeared to demo a fitness game. While it will certainly be less pronounced by shipping “lag” was a common word. A fair clarity/resolution was achieved though.

    Dance central- closer to music games than dance dance revolution and co. Much like music games DLC, DLC and DLC again was promised.

    Lucas arts detailed what was surely a tech demo with a star wars- rail shooter/slasher

    A new Forza game was shown- looked to be far better than the kart type game but otherwise was a by the book driving game with. Had an interesting looking CAD like mode as well. Set for release in 2011.

    If you missed it you can catch it again in many places (those reading immediately it might take a few minutes for the live streams to be converted).
    [​IMG]Gametrailers E3
    [​IMG]Gamespot stream
    [​IMG]IGN E3 coverage
  2. giratina16

    giratina16 Born This Way

    Apr 10, 2010
    I'm disappointed with the new Xbox. Microsoft is blatantly copying the PS3.
  3. juggernaut911

    juggernaut911 GBAtemp Slut!

    Jul 13, 2006
    United States
    Dude, it was made from recycled PS3's. Duh!
  4. funem

    funem Retro Powered..

    Nov 4, 2006
    United Kingdom
    out of nowhere....
    Kinect, looks OK... but I don’t want to lose a game because I sneezed at a crucial point....
  5. Gh0sti

    Gh0sti iOS Guru

    Aug 19, 2009
    United States
    Inside you, all around you
    so mostly sequals, metal gear solid rising looks good, and metal gear solid 3, some nice new games, but nothing really new kenetics sounds stupid and looks stupid, those games were already made by nintendo they just put it into hd so stupid
  6. giratina16

    giratina16 Born This Way

    Apr 10, 2010
    Hmm I didn't know that, I'm not into Microsoft. In fact I hate Microsoft, it kills me that I have a Windows laptop.
  7. qlum

    qlum Posting when needed

    Sep 25, 2008
    The Pirate Homeworld
    fable 3 is not an exclusive anymore and comes to the pc
  8. Joe88

    Joe88 [λ]

    Jan 6, 2008
    United States
    even more to the fact that

    PS3 - Polished casing
    PS3 Slim - Matte casing

    360 - Matte casing
    360 Slim - Polished casing
  9. Avid

    Avid Member

    Jun 10, 2010
    United States
    Looks like the 360 slim takes shape of an X.
  10. cory1492

    cory1492 GBAtemp Maniac

    Jun 23, 2005
    Home, WhereElse?
    Thanks giratina16, made my day - I was definitely thinking along the same lines (took all the stuff they discarded from ps3 and stuck it in 360 - dust magnet finish and insensitive/tactile-less "touch sensitive" buttons)
  11. RupeeClock

    RupeeClock Colors 3D Snivy!

    May 15, 2008
    Microsoft's E3 was definitely a stinker.
    The bulk of it was sequels to FPS games, and the rest was Kinect having a whole ton of casual wii imitations.

    Kinect was a bad concept from the very start, the idea of not using any button controllers greatly limits the level of input, even with full body detection.
  12. Joe88

    Joe88 [λ]

    Jan 6, 2008
    United States
    ms tried to create hype last year with it, and fanboys for the last year going nuts ranting how much it will be better then wii and move
    now actually seeing it in action, that shut them up

    at the end of the day, its just a eyetoy clone (with almost the same exact games which are basically just mini games) and some OS support to along with it

    now as to if move will be just a wii controller clone as everybody thought or they will they prove people wrong, we will have to wait until the press conference tomorrow

    also this should probably be mentioned, ms's pre e3 event with kinect, was just staged
    it was just actors pretending to play the games
  13. RupeeClock

    RupeeClock Colors 3D Snivy!

    May 15, 2008
    Ain't that the truth.
    Strange, ImgUr added 110px to the bottom of that GIF...

    Anyway that Starwars game looks like crap too, the lightsaber movements were superfluous and unnatural.
    The whole game appears to be "wait for enemies to approach you and swing your imaginary stick".
  14. ismaelWii

    ismaelWii GBAtemp Regular

    Aug 25, 2009
  15. RupeeClock

    RupeeClock Colors 3D Snivy!

    May 15, 2008
  16. Ritsuki


    Mar 15, 2008
    ^I lol'd. Is it normal that the guy wasn't synchro with the avatar ?
  17. RupeeClock

    RupeeClock Colors 3D Snivy!

    May 15, 2008
    Two possibilities come to mind.

    1: He's an actor, it's pre-recorded.
    2: The game only looks for specific dance movements in accordance to the gameplay, and plays pre-defined animations rather than displaying the player's sloppy dance moves, at the risk of displaying glitches.
  18. Am0s

    Am0s Mojo Risin

    Jul 9, 2009

    lay on floor face down, stay perfectly still and wait for the calibration to complete rofl
  19. gary2010

    gary2010 GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 18, 2010
    United States
    i like the look of the new xbox i think i will get one when they are cheap enough but im not in to the kinect thing id rather use a control because im lazy lol
  20. mthrnite

    mthrnite So it goes.

    Former Staff
    Jun 30, 2006
    United States
    th' south
    MS basically had nowhere to go with the hardware beyond incorporating what they lacked from Sony and Nintendo.
    Motion control, built in WiFi and quietness (let's hope anyway.)
    Beyond that, storage bump, no brainer.
    Looks nice though, cute case.

    Kinect was very meh, but I guess they had to jump on that bandwagon and hype it as much as they could. Hopefully they won't feel the need to incorporate it into any real games.

    For me, all they had to say was "It's smaller and quieter" and I would have been satisfied. Really, the noise of a 360 is one of the most irritating aspects of it. Oh, and hopefully they got that whole RROD thing figured out by now.