E3 2011: Microsoft Press Conference

Well folks, yesterday kicked off another year of E3 and things have been really heating up so far.  First up, was Microsoft who started the show off with Modern Warfare 3.  Is anyone really surprised? I have to admit, what I saw I thought was impressive.  But honestly it really just looks more like Call of Duty.  Where is the innovation? Where is the change? year after year we keep getting an almost identical game from the year before.  In all honesty, I can’t really talk because I’ve bought every Call of Duty game from Modern Warfare 1 and up. There’s no doubt that it’s a great franchise and a stellar title.  But having a new one every year is just getting old too me at this point.  I need something new, I want something different.  Maybe Battlefield 3 can fill that void.  We will see.

After the Modern Warfare 3 showing, we got to see the new Tomb Raider title that’s coming out in 2012.  I have to say It looked very interesting.  I was never a huge Tomb Raider fan, but it seems like this game is going in the right direction.  It definitely gave me an Uncharted kind of feel, although the QTE’s could kill it for some people if there is a lot of them.  Only time will tell, but so far the game looks promising.

Following the showing of those two titles, it quickly turned into a Kinect press event!  I have to admit, I’ am not a fan of motion gaming.  Playstation Move, Kinect, Wii, never has done it for me.  I would rather play my games and not talk to them.  Besides, what If I have guests over at the house and I’m downstairs and they hear me talking to my T.V.? it would be pretty uncomfortable.  Anyway, while the Kinect may not be for me, I see why so many people enjoy it.  The technology behind it is really quite impressive, and we haven’t really seen anything yet.  It is nice to see some of the “core” titles like Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Mass Effect 3 and Ryse offering Kinect support.  Even if players don’t want to play that way, they can always pick up a controller.

Another game that we all know would make a big splash was Gears of War 3.  I mean, lets face it, this is Microsoft’s bread and butter for 2011.  It looked like Gears of War. nothing too fancy, just Epic playing things safe and giving fans what they want.  Let’s hope they have that Multiplayer down to a science this time around.  I have faith that  the game will most definitely deliver come this September.

We also got to see what new touches they are adding to the dashboard.  The Kinect capabilities were very sweet.  Sadly, telling my 360 too put a movie on for me doesn’t justify the $200 price tag.  I could really take it or leave it when it comes to adding YouTube and Bing, but the Live TV has me pretty interested.  Being able to watch live television on my 360 is something I’ve wanted and hoped it would happen sooner rather than later.  Grant it, it’s not going to force me to cancel my cable just yet, but it’s definitely heading towards that direction.

One of the last big surprises we got to see was the announcement of Halo 4, coming Holiday 2012.  I can’t say I was totally shocked, but at the same time I didn’t see it coming until all the news before the presser started breaking out with “rumors” of a Halo 4 announcement.  Is it really a rumor at that point? Anyway, I’m sure just like the rest of Halo franchise, they will sell ridiculous amount of copies and it will be the game that everyone wants that Holiday.

Overall, because Kinect doesn’t really do it for me, I came away unimpressed with the Microsoft Press Conference.  If you are a fan of the Kinect, then you probably enjoyed it more than I did.  Besides, Microsoft is doing a great job at trying to accommodate to every kind of gamer, and why wouldn’t they? that’s where the real money lies.

Check back tomorrow when I give my thoughts on the Sony Press Conference.


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