Looking Through the Smart Glass at Microsoft’s Press Event
|Welcome to Metanorn’s exclusive E3 coverage by your’s truly, steev! I am a guest writer over from Anivision.org and I am here to satisfy all your Microsoft E3 2012 Conference Needs. Think of me as a pimp and Microsoft is my hoe.
I have split the conference into 4 categories: Games, Sports, Entertainment, and Smart Glass. I will go over in detail about what was presented and have videos of what they showed. I even added convenient links to guide you through the coverage in ease. I probably over did it when it comes to design, but hey, anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
- SMART GLASS
|This year Xbox showed off a lot of game titles. The best part of the conference was that they shied away from doing too many Kinect games. Kinect was their focus last year and we got a ton of those games shoved into our faces, whether we wanted them or not. Their exclusives really didn’t change too much, but with a strong showing from Halo 4, Forza, and Gears of War, there is at least something worth talking about. Like last year, instead of a lot of exclusive games, they are getting the DLC first. Many PS3 owners might be sighing from the news, but this seems to be how Microsoft is supplementing it’s lack of exclusive titles over their rivals.||- HALO 4
- SPLINTER CELL: BLACKLIST
- TOMB RAIDER
- RESIDENT EVIL 6
- GEARS OF WAR: JUDGMENT
- SOUTH PARK
- BLACK OPS 2
- OTHER GAMES
|To be honest, I wasn’t too impressed by the end of the Halo demo. At first I was excited, especially when I saw the insanely high level of detail in the graphics and the more gritty hardcore video. I thought that 343 studios was going to evolve the Halo franchise into something that we haven’t seen before. After the gameplay started I realized that wasn’t going to be the case. Halo 4 is taking the same, albeit successful formula, and making just another Halo game. ODST and Reach, story wise, have been the best in the series because they changed what we already knew. Each campaign had something new to bring to the franchise and I loved them for it. Halo 4 is going back to the Halo 3 style and doing very little in terms of innovation for the franchise.
The game does intrigue me though. The new aliens have a cool style to them and you can’t deny that it is a graphically impressive game. Easily the most impressive they showed at their E3 conference. I think I will be eagerly awaiting the game, but I don’t think it was the slam dunk I was looking for.
|SPLINTER CELL: BLACK LIST|
|One of my favorite games from 2010 was Splinter Cell: Conviction. They took the stealth genre and changed it in a way that it was no longer how slow you could move, but how fast you could kill people before they notice you. One thing I noticed in the trailer is that they ramped it up and made it much more action oriented. I can say that it makes me excited to see them take it to another level. They even demo’d some new Kinect features like being able to say, “Hey!” and getting the attention of the guard. They are really using Kinect very minimally, but it will help improve the gameplay quite a bit. They only teased the single player as well, but I am excited to see how they include co-op as well.
It isn’t all rainbows and sunshine though. Just looking at the brief trailer we learn that Sam is now the leader of Third Echelon, which is disappointing to say the least. I liked him in the last game because he was a man seeking to destroy the system. The more rogue elements made the story more intense. All in all, I am still super excited about the game and will definitely be getting it when it releases early next year.
|They didn’t really show much more than what they already have in the past, but it still was a great presentation. I don’t know about you, but this is easily the game I am most excited for in 2013. The new dark story really hits with me as I get the feeling that this will not be a pleasant story. I am even speculating already that the ending won’t be all kittens and fluffy bunnies either. They are trying to push the envelope with this game.
If you are complaining that this game looks too much like Uncharted with boobs, then I can agree with you. At the same time, Uncharted was really just Tomb Raider with a cocky lead and, well, other ‘cocky’ things. I don’t mind them copying the more cinematic experience that Uncharted has. That is mainly because this game does look way more intense. Uncharted is an awesome franchise, but the games aren’t really intense. Tomb Raider will be and that is what is going to set it apart.
|GEARS OF WAR: JUDGMENT|
|Gears of War 3 might have been the final of the trilogy, but it isn’t the final in the franchise. Judgement is going to be a prequel of one of the most popular characters in the game. It will take place 14 years before the first game. There will be even more multiplayer modes. They will allow for the Horde Mode to be a vs. mode where players can fight each other as either the Horde or the men.
Personally, I am not a huge Gears of War fan. This does give a great exclusive title to Microsoft that it desperately needs. Epic does a great job with each game so I am expecting this game to be even better than ever.
|RESIDENT EVIL 6|
|If you were thinking to yourself that you really wanted to see some Leon, then you are in luck. Two Capcom executives went on stage and played 5 minutes of Resident Evil 6 and it was all Leon. In my opinion, Leon was far more of a BAMF than Chris, so I am glad to see him back, but that is off topic.
Getting back to the Demo, one thing you notice right off the bat is they made it much more action heavy. There was diving, cover, and even some movement when Leon shot. So Capcom isn’t just pushing RE toward the Action genre, it is now a full-fledged action game. I don’t hate that because I still think RE5 was the best game in the franchise. I do think that they are keeping a bit of the Horror elements by reintroducing Zombies from previous games, but overall it will be action oriented.
|SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH|
|I am not going to lie, I am super excited about this game. You might be wondering why this game is even worth talking about, but it is quite simple. This isn’t your average game. It is going to be a full-fledged RPG and it will stay true to its style.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker came on stage and talked about how they want it to be like no other Sout Park experince. As a South Park fan, I can’t wait.
|Black Ops 2|
|If you don’t know me, well, I am a Call of Duty Fanboy. Not the annoying type, but the one who plays tons of hours of Multiplayer and even though I might play another game for a while, I will always come back to Call of Duty. Black Ops 2 looks like an amazing Call of Duty game. They are going into the future and adding things that have never been done before. Treyarch proved with World at War that they know how to make a game that is unique to the franchise and they continued on with Black Ops. Black Ops 2 should be an epic game and one not to be missed. Don’t just hate it because it is popular, it actually is a good game.
Really there was no surprise here. They demo’d some of the campaign, which does surprisingly look good. The new jet fighting sequences should prove to be a lot of fun too. Most of us though are waiting on the multiplayer details, which won’t arrive till September.
|The big push for Kinect this year didn’t come from regular games, but instead it came from the sports and fitness division. I am not too surprised about this. One of the big reasons the Wii did so well was because many people went in for it because of their fitness programs. It shouldn’t be surprising that Microsoft wants to be apart of it. It also partnered with Nike so that you can train on a whole new level. Another thing they highlighted was that there are going to be several new sports that will be available to watch Live through your Xbox 360.||- EA SPORTS
- NIKE+ KINECT
- SPORTS TELEVISION
|The most interesting thing coming to Kinect comes with EA Sports games. Both Fifa and Madden will offer in game voice support that will alow players to issue commands and call out players. It will even keep track of your voice and if you dislike a Ref’s call in Fifa and say something you shouldn’t, then the game will respond to you. That adds a new level of involvement that you haven’t seen before in video games.
Personally, I don’t really have any strong emotions toward this, but I do understand that this could be a very interesting thing. I know people that do enjoy sports games and being able to switch formations and plays easily will dramatically improve play. It should be more interesting once they get this kind of functionality into all of their games.
|If you are like me, then the one thing you probably don’t do enough is exercise. Good news, you can now do it with a personal trainer from Nike! Through the power of Kinect and Nike+ technology, they have created a way for you to train with a personalized workout regiment develop just for you.
They even use Nike’s patented training regiment that was developed for professional athletes. You can track loses and watch your body change from the deformed blob it is into a greek god.
|It should be no surprise to you that Microsoft is still pushing for sports broadcasting on their Xbox 360. This year they will be bringing NBA and NHL to Xbox 360, making it the must-buy console for all you sports fans. The way you can control the sports you want to watch is absolutely amazing.
To top it off, the entire ESPN package is coming to 360 now. That means you can watch ESPN, ESP2, ESPN3, ESPN U, and ESPN News all from the confort of your 360. You’ll be able to keep up with your teams and watch all the games you want.
About the Guest Writer: steev-sensei
|Growing up in an unhealthy environment, filled with nothing but the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre and computers, lead steev to the man he is today, a slightly disturbed video game loving anime otaku.||Link||Twitter // Google+ // Anivision|