Microsoft E3 Press Conference Report Card
There is one thing that these press conferences are designed to do, get gamers excited about what is to come, and Microsoft definitely did this in spades. New games, new hardware, and Kinetic made for a great opening to E3. So just how good did Microsoft do this year?
So how do you grade something like this, well first you must let all your fanboy bindings float away into the ether and ask yourself, what did I see that made me happy:
Metal Gear Rising – This was not a surprise, yet the gameplay was very surprising. The new gameplay element allowing you to slice any enemy up into pieces just looked freaking awesome. Me and my friends about crapped in our pants over the gameplay footage. Imagine the hours wasted slicing watermelons!
Kinect – It is really hard this day and age to get a fair overview of an piece of hardware. Lurking in the shadows are B.O. ridden and virgin fanboys with the cry, “it’s just a Wii knock off”, or “it’s lame”. If you wade through the fanboy nonsense you can actually get a look at what could be a very cool way to game. Of all the Kinetic titles shown most were geared more to a casual crowd, which is awesome because I currently have a niece and nephew that always want to play but can’t, because the controller is too hard to play with for them. The so called “hardcore gamers” will cry foul, but all I have to say is Star Wars baby! If something like Kinetic does not get you at least a little bit excited about what it can do then you have lost all your childlike feelings towards games and you have become what you once despised…a bitter jaded gamer.
Halo Reach – With the beta long and done we all really wanted to see what the single player game looked like, and as a Halo fan I was not disappointed! Not only is it the best looking Halo game to date, the scale is impressive, and when we got a glimpse at the battles in space I about blew my lid. Sorry to geek out so much but Halo has been such a great franchise that anytime we get to see something new about it I can’t help myself.
Gears Of War 3 – Do I need to say anything else. The games looks amazing. It looks as if Epic has added a faster pace to the game with more big action moments. With an improved horde mode and 4 player Co-op….oh damn this game looks awesome.
Xbox Slim – While they may not have named it the Xbox slim there is no doubt that Gamestops around the country are getting calls asking how much their current fat 360 is worth. Wether you like the design of the console or not, you have to like added features, even if built in Wifi is late to the party, of course no self respecting online gamers uses Wifi. Probably the biggest thing is that fact that the DVD drive is now as they say “Whisper Quiet”. I have been contemplating the switch myself. I am not quite sure yet, but knowing that next gen hardware is probably not gonna surface for a while I might just make the plunge.
ESPN Integration – Can I get a hell yeah? Being the sports fan that I am I was really excited to see this coming to the 360. The streaming of live games will be awesome. They did not show this off too much, but with its Kinetic integration it looks to be another great addition to the 360. Helps to make up for the fact that we did not see Hulu make an appearance.
The above does not even cover everything shown at the press briefing. The Kinect hardware is very impressive, and hopefully we will see some more hardcore games as time goes on. We also have Fable 3, Crackdown 2, and Call of Duty Black Ops to look forward to as well, plus a few games that I can’t remember right now/ The rest of 2010 is gonna be awesome!
Final Grade A-
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