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Microsoft's stage at E3 2011  (Source: gamrzz.com)
Microsoft will release new titles like "Halo 4" and "Minecraft" for Xbox 360/Kinect; Certain Kinect titles and the Xbox 360 dashboard can be controlled with voice recognition

Microsoft's keynote at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has revealed new video game titles for Xbox 360 and Kinect as well as a range of new features that will allow users to control their gameplay like never before.

Microsoft is an American public multinational corporation that develops, manufactures and supports computing-relating products and services'. It was established in 1975, and is well-known for its computer operating system Microsoft Windows, its video game consoles Xbox and Xbox 360 as well as Kinect, its mobile Windows Phone OS, and digital services like Zune and MSN.

At E3, an annual trade show for the computer and video games industry where video game developers show off their upcoming games and hardware, Microsoft began its keynote with a live demo of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3." The demo portrayed an underwater mission led by a SEAL in a submarine. New York is in ruins, and at the end of the demo, Glen Schofield, head of Activision Blizzard's Sledgehammer games announced the game's release on November 8.

Don Mattrick, head of the games business at Microsoft, then introduced more games like the new "Tomb Raider." A demo played, showing a younger Lara Croft hanging upside down in an underground cave. Lara looks more modern, and the game's environment looks uncharted. She must escape the cave and a stranger who is pursuing her, and as she escapes, everything is collapsing around her. She is stuck on an island, and attempts to survive her first "coming of age" adventure. The game will be released in 2012.

Peter Moore of Electronic Arts (EA) then announced the upcoming release of EA titles for Microsoft's Kinect, such as "FIFA," "Madden NFL," "Tiger Woods PGA Tour," and one additional title yet to be announced.

Next up was Ray Muzyka of EA's BioWare division, who not only discussed "Mass Effect 3," but also introduced a new voice recognition feature for Kinect. This allows the user to issue voice commands with or instead of a controller during gameplay. A player can control Commander Shepard with a Xbox 360 controller while using voice commands to attack enemies. It is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2012.

Yves Guillemot, chief executive of Ubisoft, came on stage next after a demo of "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier" aired. Voice recognition through Kinect will allow the user to create a custom weapon in the game's menu system. A player can say "optimize for close combat" or "optimize for range," and the weapon will be reconfigured. User's can also shoot using hand motion on Kinect. According to Guillemot, all Tom Clancy games will use Kinect from now on.

Marc Whitten of Xbox Live announced that Kinect can be used to control the Xbox 360 dashboard. A user can say "Xbox Games," and the games menu on the dashboard will appear. In addition, YouTube will soon come to Xbox Live, and Bing voice search will be available on Kinect. Microsoft plans to increase the number of partners by a factor of 10, "and the number of content will go from hundreds of thousands to millions."

A clip from "UFC Undisputed" played next, followed by Epic Games' Cliff Blezinski who introduced "Gears of War 3." Blezinski was joined by rapper Ice T on stage, where they played a level of the game that takes place two years after the end of "Gears of War 2." Marcus, Dom and others fled to a ship for safety, but are attacked by a large sea monster. Jacinto doesn't make it to the ship.

Crytek then announced "Ryse," which is a game of Roman warfare that will be linked to Kinect and will allow players to fight with their hands.

Other games set to be released for Xbox 360/Kinect are "Fable: The Journey," "Minecraft," "Disneyland Adventures," "Star Wars Kinect," and "Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster" Other new Xbox 360/Kinect titles are a new Kinect Sports game called "Kinect Sports: Season Two," which can be played using voice commands, and MTV's "Dance Central 2," which will feature 100 new pop dance songs.

Kinect Fun Labs, a new feature for Kinect, was announced by Kudo Tsunoda. This feature allows users to take a picture of themselves, and it will generate an avatar that mimics what you look like as well as your clothes. A different app allows you to make finger movements that will draw light sparkles on the screen.

Perhaps the most anticipated Microsoft news was the announcement of "Halo 4," which is the first installment in a brand new "Halo" trilogy. Other "Halo" news includes the release of "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary," which is a remake of the original from 2001 and will be available November 15.


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full of win
By Smilin on 6/6/2011 5:44:29 PM , Rating: 3
What I saw during the presentation:

The age of Kinect shovelware is over. There are some hits coming out now. Mass Effect using voice to control game dialog and send orders to teammates rocked. Tom Clancy's crew figured out a way to use a gun with Kinect that works. Crytec was looking good. Sports season 2 is as well.

The 360 now owns the living room. IPTV is coming, Youtube is coming. UFC PPV is coming. This joins Zune, Netflix, Hulu, as well as media center extensions. Voice powered Bing to search all of them at once will rock.

Minecraft console exclusive was a big score.

Importing YOU to your own avatar is cool. Importing other physical objects is pretty nifty too.

So far at least MS owns this E3 and it made the WWDC something to yawn at.




RE: full of win
By BZDTemp on 6/6/11, Rating: -1
RE: full of win
By room200 on 6/6/2011 6:42:08 PM , Rating: 3
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LOL - I call fanboy!


Pot, meet kettle.


RE: full of win
By BZDTemp on 6/7/2011 6:50:48 AM , Rating: 2
Considering I have the original XBOX, where btw. I was a Live betatester, and I have a 1st gen 360 bought from new you're wrong - I know the Microsoft platform pretty well. I think it's fair to say I have a good basis for calling like it is rather than just bringing fanboy ramblings.


RE: full of win
By therealnickdanger on 6/7/2011 7:38:09 AM , Rating: 2
I was very excited because I have been waiting for a Live-enabled Halo remake since I was a beta tester on Live. I personally think Halo 2 is the worst game ever made, Halo 3 is slightly better, and Reach improves a little over that. None of them hold my interest like the original. If they hadn't changed the engine, I would have very few complaints, the series as a whole would have been way better. Basically, I'm stoked for the Halo remake, but really disappointed that they "upgraded" the engine. Why couldn't they just improve the graphics and sound like Perfect Dark? At least you still have the option of playing the classic mode for the campaign... *sigh*

Looks like I'll be playing Halo PC until I die.


RE: full of win
By Smilin on 6/6/2011 6:42:54 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
LOL - I call fanboy!

To me kinect still looks like a lagfest and...
Your second statement tells me you've never used one. Combine it with your first and you're a hypocrite.

quote:
Forza was show with almost no real in-game action and instead showed pre-rendered stuff
You don't get it. That wasn't pre-rendered . It was the Kinect driven experience where you can view your car like you were walking around it in a show room.
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You must be kidding - comparing to WWDC is just stupid! WWDC stands for World Wide Developer Conference, it's not an Entertainment Expo it's for Apple developers with emphasis on tools, OS and so on.
I'm fully aware of what the WWDC is. No need to insult. In addition to being a dev conference It's where Apple loves to make their most earth shaking product announcements...like vendors at E3. The earth didn't move this year. WWDC was pretty lame compared to previous ones.


RE: full of win
By BZDTemp on 6/7/2011 7:08:01 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Your second statement tells me you've never used one. Combine it with your first and you're a hypocrite.


That is where you're wrong. I tested it for about a week shortly after it came out here and then passed it on to a dance crazy girl. Just like you I have however not tried the coming games which is why I wrote "looks like" so I'd say you're the hypocrite. (Unless of course you have had inside access to test what we saw in the MS press presentation). Now please tell - did you honestly not see the lag in the Kinect presentations?

As for Forza I'm sorry for misunderstanding the show room thing. However I find it hard to care for some gimmick in a game which is to be about driving just like I don't care fro the showroom/photo stuff in GT. If I want to just oggle over cars it's more fun to visit the Porsche/Lamborghini/Bentley/Lotus dealer down the road - they even let me fondle the cars :-) (http://mla.dk/)

PS. The WWDC may not have rocked this year but I still don't get why it's relevant to bring it up in this context.


RE: full of win
By ekv on 6/7/2011 3:52:02 AM , Rating: 2
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Importing other physical objects is pretty nifty too.
My apologies, but my first thought was 'I hope Rep. Anthony Weiner is not allowed...'

Otherwise, agreed. Microsoft is very quietly putting together a killer console for the living room. Got a buddy that just turned off the TV (cable prices suck around here), and going w/ Netflix & Hulu. 360 platform is a no brainer.


I wonder is ME3 on PC will have voice commands.
By stm1185 on 6/6/2011 10:12:40 PM , Rating: 2
If all Kinect on Xbox 360 is doing for ME3 is voice commands, then shouldn't the PC version be able to do that with a simple microphone!




RE: I wonder is ME3 on PC will have voice commands.
By Manch on 6/7/2011 10:10:09 AM , Rating: 2
You would think. Ubisoft implemented voice control with End War and it worked pretty good. I still play that game. Using the connect as a mic....yay... I'm honestly more interested in using the kinnect for my PC as a controller. I got some software that allows me to do it. It's pretty cool. Wasn't there supposed to be kinnect support for netflix?


By Smilin on 6/7/2011 3:22:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, Kinect works with both Netflix and Hulu now in addition to Zune. The only part missing Kinect now is DVD playback.

It's pretty slick. "Xbox, rewind... faster ... play"


Terrible presentation
By KoolAidMan1 on 6/6/2011 7:01:30 PM , Rating: 5
Bunch of Kinect BS and on-rails gamepad shooters I couldn't care less about. The Microsoft booth at E3 was terrible last year and it'll be even worse this year, ugh.




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