I just finished watching the Xbox E3 Media Briefing and I can sum most of it up
in one word. Kinect. A lot of great games and features were presented and a few
not so impressive things were shown as well. I will save you 90 minutes by
giving you the super abbreviated version.
EA Announced that they will bring Kinect to
some of their well-established sport franchises like PGA, Madden, and Fifa.
Actually, just about every game had Kinect integratation.
- You will be seeing Kinect features added to games like Mass Effect 3 which will offer
voice recognition in real-time. At first the demo looked unimpressive. However,
I could see some useful benefits to using the voice commands during
battles. It offers a much easier way to control your squad.
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier caught my attention with the Gunsmith mode
which offers the ability to completely customize your weapons through the
use of Kinect gestures or voice commands. Oh yeah, you can create up to 20 MILLION different weapons.
- It was also announced that going forward all Tom Clancy titles would integrate Kinect
into its games. I just hope they only add features that add to the
experience and are not there just because it was announced it would be.
I love the Forza Motorsport franchise so I have been excited to see more about
Forza 4. I won’t bother you with details. Watch the video it speaks for itself.
The worst thing that I saw during the briefing was the demo for Fable the Journey. It is very sad to ruin such a great game. It is nice that the guy was seated while playing but I really don’t want to do all those annoying hand gestures. Watch and you will agree.
Kinect Star Wars is a title that Dezign Grrl and I have been looking forward to for a
long time. The graphics look amazing and it has tons of potential. The trick will be to see if they can make the game fun and engaging and avoid making it repetitive and boring. I would sure love some online lightsaber duels! Yeah, I am a nerd.
Kinect Sports has remained my top pick thus far since Kinect launched. I was
happy to hear that Kinect Sports Season 2 will be adding sports like golf,
football, darts, skiing, and tennis.
As a Windows Phone 7 user and from a graphic design perspective I love the new
changes coming to the Xbox Live Dashboard visually. The Metro styling that looks
much like my WP7 has me hooked. The addition of YouTube to the new Xbox
experience is something that I have wanted for a long time. Also, it was announced
that they are working with local providers to provide live TV. I may never turn
my Xbox off! Read more about the new features on Mashable.
A teaser trailer for Halo 4 releases for the holiday season 2012.
Last but not least. This was my favorite announcement for the briefing but I have heard a lot of others who are not
impressed at all. I first bought my Xbox and converted from my Sony Playstation-Only ways after playing Halo a few times at a friend’s house. Now they are remaking and remastering the original Halo game
and bringing it over to the Xbox 360 – Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary. This is the best ever (for me at least)!
There was a lot more info that I left out and some great games for kids as well. You
can catch a lot of the briefing on the Xbox Live dashboard and around the web. Better start saving some pennies for this fall!