Microsoft Press Conference Recap

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Microsoft just made a great deal of announcements in Los Angeles, CA at the Galen Center to kick off the start of E3 week and there is tons of things to go over. So take a look below as we provide you with a recap of the most important news and release dates of upcoming games for the Xbox 360 system. We will be having more coverage throughout the week so make sure to stay tuned for videos, screenshots, and more details of all things E3.

The Master Chief stands in an open field and overhead views the damaged USNC ship Infinity. Your objective is to investigate the crash. Cut to a forested area where the chief is met with grunts and elites, but the elite that is about to attack evaporates as it is shot with an unknown weapon by an unknown enemy. As the chief continues through the area he is ambushed by a new enemy type. After a encounter with the enemy the chief picks up a new weapon called the lightrifle which is Forerunner in design. The gameplay also shows a new visor mode that allows the chief to see an x-ray view of all the new enemies that are around him. The demo ends with a flash of multiple scenes and awaking an ancient force.

Ubisoft announces Splinter Cell Black List and shows a walkthrough of a level taking place in the desert. Shown in the video is a new feature called “Killing in motion” similar to the execute motions in Splinter Cell Conviction. With the use of Kinect, players will be able to distract enemies by whistling or talking to the enemy moving them away from their posts and setting up a kill. Sam also has the ability to use tactics directly in the battlefield and is shown off by calling to a team mate for assistance to take out a placed turret. The game will ship in Spring of 2013 and will feature single player, co-op, and spy versus mercs.

EA announces Fifa 13 with Kinect functionality. With the season manager you can substitute players and change plays on the fly with voice commands. Be careful with your choice of words against the refs as they might penalize you and your team.

Madden NFL 13 with Kinect functionality and brings out Joe Montana to demo the Kinect functions. He uses the Kinect to change the play, call the snap, and changing the route players before the play starts. With voice commands players can call the play, the person they want to run the play, and which direction. Kinect functionality can be used on both offense and defense. Madden NFL 13 will be available August 28th 2012.

Next being shown was a video montage of Fable the Journey that will be available later this year.

The next installment of the Gears of War franchise is being shown in a video montage and is announced for a 2013 release.

Forza Horizon is now on screen giving the audience a preview of what the next game will look like with music by Modestep – Show me a sign.

Starting this fall Bing search will be able to search by categories and will have an improvement to make searches faster. Now with more services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Xfinity, and more there will be tons of great content to view with the power of your voice. New partners include Nickelodeon, Paramount movies, and Machinima for the core gamers. Sports fans will be able to now view NBA gametime and leaguepass directly to Xbox Live. Next season hockey fans will be able to watch NHL broadcasts with home and away broadcasts. Later this year Watch ESPN will expand to include ESPN 1, 2, and more. There is a video preview of all the sports available for Xbox Live and how it will function.

Xbox Music will bring 30 million tracks and will be available for Xbox 360, tables, Windows 8.

Kinect for Xbox 360 is bringing a world class partner to evolve what we think about fitness and that is Nike. Nike + Kinect training. The same techniques used in the Nike training camps will be used in the game and will make assessments every four weeks and have access through your phone. With Xbox Live, users will be able to search to compare and compete with other Nike + users.

Xbox SmartGlass will transform all your devices, Iphone, Ipad, Windows phone, and Android. With Xbox SmartGlass users can transfer movies between devices such as going from a mobile device to the console and resuming where you stopped it. With Xbox SmartGlass there will be more than a single screen experience and provide rich and deep information to the user. Now with SmartGlass, devices will be able to control the console in another way. Through the power of Xbox SmartGlass and Xbox Live Internet Explorer will be available to use later this year and have the power of Kinect voice commands.

Internet Explorer for Xbox. This is something you’ve been asking for, and we waited until we could deliver a web browser experience truly optimized for the TV. You’ll be able to easily find and view the internet content you crave on the best screen in the house. And, with the power of Kinect and Xbox SmartGlass, you’ll able to navigate websites with any device or the sound of your voice.

Crystal Dynamics takes the stage with Tomb Raider and playing through a section later in the game. Lara is seen running alongside a mountain trail with a bow and arrow taking aim on some unsuspecting enemies. As she starts her attack she knocks over one of the men over the edge of the mountain. She is talking to Sam on the radio and she is in need of help. Lara moves into the next section to light one of the arrows on fire and ignites a pool of gas that is forming from a leaking container taking out a few of her foes that are in the way. Lara finds herself slipping down the river avoiding obstacles and crashing into the cockpit of a plane and the glass breaks away as she was barely able to grab a parachute. There is a quick time event allowing Lara to pull the cord on the parachute and land in a forested area. With the release of Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamic announces that the first piece of DLC for the game will come first to Xbox 360.

From the creators of Toy Soldiers, Signal Studios announces the exclusive title Ascend New Gods that is followed by a preview video of the game and will be available in 2013.

LocoCycle is announced by Twisted Pixel for a 2013 release with a video preview.

The final game in the set of exclusive games is called Matter and will feature Kinect functionality.

Capcom takes the stage and shows a Resident Evil 6 playthrough. Some of the notable things from the playthough is the ability to roll and avoid attacks, plus the ability to use close range attacks with the right trigger when in range of an enemy. In some sections of the demo players will have to time their button responses to the action to ensure that they are successful.

“Wreckateer” uses Kinect to put you in control of a massive castle-wrecking ballista. With the help of Wreck and Tinker, travel the land and destroy 60 castles using six magical projectiles, and explore the infinite ways you can wreak havoc with “Wreckateer’s” fully-dynamic destruction.

Now is the preview of the next South Park adventure entitled The Stick of Truth. Trey Parker and Matt Stone take the stage to describe the new RPG game mapping out the entire city of South Park. The game will be available March of 2013.

To provide a musical break, Usher takes the stage to demonstrate and to announce Dance Central 3 by Harmonix. While dancing on stage it is seen in the background that the moves he is doing on stage are in the game also.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 will have the exclusive first content on Xbox 360. Video is being shown of the mission taking place in downtown LA. The convoy has crashed and the player will have to use the turret to help take down the drones in the air. The objective is to protect the president as the drones have been taken over by the enemy. After the section with taking out some of the drones the player is given the choice to either snipe as overwatch for the team or rappel down. The person leading the demo chooses to use the sniper rifle and using a new blue scope has an ability to see through objects and still accomplish getting kills. The demo moves onto the next section that starts with the player using a wrist computer to control some of the drones and needing to clear the plaza. Players can use their wrist computer to set an area of attack for the drones that is indicated by a blue circle on the floor. As the player moves into the city streets a tower collapses leaving a wave of dust and debris filling the air. The player then jumps in a jet to provide protection of a convoy as it moves through the streets. That is the close of the gameplay and Black Ops 2 will be available 11/13/12.

That is the end of the press conference.

Updates from Marc Whitten not discussed in the press conference via Major Nelson.

Summer of Arcade. Each year Summer of Arcade delivers the most anticipated downloadable games of the season, and this year is no exception. With five back-to-back weeks of unparalleled releases, the fifth annual Summer of Arcade includes:

“Deadlight” (Tequila Works/Microsoft Studios). “Deadlight” is a puzzle platformer, where the player must take advantage of the main character’s agility to solve obstacles, and dodge zombies, manipulating the many interactive elements of the scenery. With more walking corpses than bullets, the feeling of danger is constant.

“Dust: An Elysian Tail” (Humble Hearts/Microsoft Studios). As the mysterious warrior, Dust, your action-packed journey will take you from peaceful glades to snowy mountaintops and beyond. Battle dozens of enemies at once with an easy-to-learn, difficult-to-master combat system, and uncover the story of an ancient civilization on the brink of extinction as you fight to uncover your own past in a gorgeous hand-painted world.

“Hybrid” (5TH Cell/5TH Cell). “Hybrid” is a pioneering third person shooter set in the near future, where global conflict exists between a species known as the Variant and a rebel human faction known as the Paladins. 5TH Cell strives to give players a completely new gameplay experience never seen before in the genre.

“Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD” (Robomodo/Activision). “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD” takes the best elements of the classic “THPS” games and gives them a fresh update to create an all new skateboarding experience. Tapping into fans’ muscle memories, and combining sharp visuals with the best controls ever in a Tony Hawk game, the feel is cutting edge yet timeless.

“Wreckateer” (Iron Galaxy/Microsoft Studios). “Wreckateer” uses Kinect to put you in control of a massive castle-wrecking ballista. With the help of Wreck and Tinker, travel the land and destroy 60 castles using six magical projectiles, and explore the infinite ways you can wreak havoc with “Wreckateer’s” fully-dynamic destruction.

Xbox LIVE Tournaments. We are working with Virgin Gaming to launch a new tournament service on Xbox LIVE, later this year. This new entertainment app will allow players to choose from a wide variety of free-to-play or paid-entry tournaments and head-to-head matches, for top titles from leading publishers. Xbox LIVE Tournaments, powered by Virgin Gaming, makes tournaments easy to join, fun and accessible to all types of gamers.

Let us know what you think of all the announcements and what was your favorite part of the press conference in the comments below or start a thread in the forums!

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