Microsoft E3 game announcement round-up

Tuesday, 2nd June 2009 00:29 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


In case your mind is boggled with all the game announcements and news from the Microsoft press conference at E3, we have a nice little list for you.

You like lists anyway.

So far, here is what Microsoft announced for Xbox 360:

  • 1 vs 100
  • Alan Wake
  • Crackdown 2
  • Forza Motorsport 3
  • Gears of War 2: Dark Corners
  • Halo 3: ODST
  • Halo Reach
  • Joy Ride
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Shadow Complex
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction
  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Modern Warfare 2
  • The Beatles: Rock Band
  • Tony Hawk: RIDE

Extra details are after the jump. For all our news from the conference, hit this.

1 vs 100 (Microsoft Game Studios)
“Are you ready to win big? The 1 vs 100 U.S. and Canadian beta launches today, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. PDT. For the first time, 1 vs 100 on Xbox LIVE combines the best of TV gameshow experiences with social gaming to create the largest interactive game show in the world. Based on the hit TV game show of the same name, 1 vs 100 Live is regularly scheduled and features a live studio host who provides comedic commentary throughout the show and fresh content from a team of trivia writers and experts. Players can play as ‘the one,’ ‘the mob’ or ‘the crowd,’ for the chance to win real prizes. Check your local Xbox LIVE listings to join 1 vs 100 Live.”

Alan Wake (Remedy/Microsoft Game Studios)
“Alan Wake is the all-new psychological action thriller from the renowned creators of the Max Payne franchise. Coming in spring 2010 and exclusive to Xbox 360, “Alan Wake” will immerse players in an intense cinematic thrill ride of dreams and reality, where light is the only ally.”

Crackdown 2 (Ruffian Games/Microsoft Game Studios)
“The sequel to the award-winning Crackdown, Crackdown 2 is the premier open-ended action experience that lets you be judge, jury and executioner for a vast city. Coming exclusively to Xbox 360 in 2010, Crackdown 2 will take multiplayer2 gaming to unprecedented levels for the ultimate cooperative and competitive multiplayer experience, providing you and your friends with the complete freedom to explore, destroy and play as you return to restore justice and peace to Pacific City — by any means necessary.”

Forza Motorsport 3 (Turn 10/Microsoft Game Studios)
“Launching this October, Forza Motorsport 3 is the definitive racing game for everyone from hardcore tuners to anyone who’s ever dreamed of driving at full-throttle. Backed by breathtaking HD graphics and bone-jarring physics, you’ll take the wheel of more than 400 of the most-beloved cars on over 100 renowned real-world tracks and exotic road courses from around the globe. Forza Motorsport 3 includes driving assists and adjustable skill levels to make the game a gripping pick-up-and-play experience for audiences of all ages and skill levels, while new customization and sharing tools will further fuel the imaginations of the thriving Forza Motorsport community on Xbox LIVE.”

Gears of War 2: Dark Corners (Epic Games Inc.)
“The Gears of War 2: Dark Corners Game Add-on includes seven brand new multiplayer maps and a new campaign chapter, Road to Ruin. Dark Corners launches on Xbox LIVE Marketplace on July 28. The entertainment blockbuster of 2008, Gears of War 2 has now surpassed 5 million copies sold worldwide.”

Halo 3: ODST (Bungie)
“Launching Sept. 22, Halo 3: ODST is a new game in the landmark Halo saga that lets players experience the events leading up to the epic story told in Halo 3 through the eyes of a special forces ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper). In addition to an all-new campaign, ODST includes three new Halo 3 multiplayer maps and the complete, stand-alone Halo 3 multiplayer experience.2 The game also introduces Firefight, an exciting new cooperative multiplayer mode that pits up to four players against increasingly challenging waves of enemies. As a special bonus, Halo 3: ODST also includes an invitation to the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta on Xbox LIVE. Also, launching on the same date with Halo 3: ODST is the Halo 3: ODST Collector’s Pack, which offers Halo fans a new and exclusive wireless controller and the game title in one package at a great price.”

Joy Ride (Big Park/Microsoft Game Studios)
“Avatars, start your engines! Full of wild driving fun, Joy Ride will get your adrenaline pumping as you tear up the track with your friends, or jump, flip and trick your way through the Stunt Park as you work with the whole community to unlock rewards. Joy Ride is completely free to download and gives you all new ways to play, whether you’re looking for a quick game or a deep, custom social experience, all on Xbox LIVE.2 Design your dream car or purchase new tracks, game modes and avatar items. You can share the racetracks and game modes with your friends so no one is ever left out.”

Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve)
“Left 4 Dead 2 is the sequel to the best-selling and critically acclaimed cooperative multiplayer smash from Valve, creators of Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress and Counter-Strike. Introducing melee weapons and new enemies to the original’s award-winning gameplay, L4D2 casts players as one of four new ‘Survivors’ battling zombie hordes as they travel from Savannah, Ga., through New Orleans’ French Quarter.”

Shadow Complex (Epic Games Inc. and Chair Entertainment Group/Microsoft Game Studios)
“New from Epic Games and Chair Entertainment, Shadow Complex combines the best of old-school side-scroller design with modern, cutting-edge gameplay and incredible high-definition graphics. Collect power-ups, discover new abilities and evolve your character into a force of destruction as you explore an original story set in the world of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel, Empire. Shadow Complex marries the quality and depth of a full retail title with the accessibility you love, exclusively on Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE Arcade.”

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction (Ubisoft)
“Coming exclusively to Xbox 360 this fall, unleash the ferocious skills of renegade agent Sam Fisher and uncover a deadly terrorist plot in Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction. Completely reinvented and revolutionized, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction ushers in a new breed of action gameplay leaving players fully immersed in the life of the world’s most dangerous spy. Take full advantage of the 20 million member Xbox LIVE community in this latest installment of the award-winning Splinter Cell franchise.”

Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix)
“The world-renowned Final Fantasy will continue making its home on Xbox 360 with the upcoming release of Final Fantasy XIII, the eagerly anticipated title from Square Enix. Final Fantasy XIII uses the power and cutting-edge technology of Xbox 360 to deliver seamless transitions between real-time gameplay and in-game cinematics as gamers summon the courage to execute powerful attacks with an evolved Active Time Battle system and ultimately fulfill their destiny. Scheduled to be released only in North America and Europe.”

Modern Warfare 2 (Infinity Ward/Activision)
“On Nov. 10, 2009, Infinity Ward will make its return with the release of Modern Warfare 2 on Xbox 360, the most-anticipated game of the year and the sequel to the best-selling first-person action game of all time, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Modern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing saga with an unprecedented level of action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. Xbox LIVE gamers will also be the first to get their hands on two Modern Warfare 2 map packs coming first to Xbox 360.”

The Beatles: Rock Band (Harmonix/MTV Games)
“On 09.09.09, The Beatles: Rock Band will allow fans all over the world to pick-up the guitar, bass, mic or drums and experience The Beatles’ extraordinary catalogue of music through gameplay that takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band’s legendary career. In addition, The Beatles: Rock Band offers Beatles fans the opportunity to rock out with new hardware replica controllers modeled after instruments used by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr throughout their careers. And, for the first time, players will be able to download music and make a change: Available only on Xbox 360, all Apple Corps, MTV Games and Microsoft proceeds from downloads of ‘All You Need is Love’ will benefit Doctors without Borders.”

Tony Hawk: RIDE (Activision)
“Tony Hawk: RIDE redefines the sports genre by offering a dynamic hands-free gaming experience featuring an innovative skateboard controller. Using full motion sensing technology, players physically control the action by performing various movements and gestures on the board that directly translate into amazing tricks in the game. The skateboard controller provides an accessible and social gaming experience on Xbox 360 that allows players of all skill levels to battle for skateboard supremacy by challenging gamers worldwide over Xbox LIVE, the largest social gaming network.”



  1. No_PUDding

    It was great! I loved watching it. I forgot how wonderful E3 is.

    Alan Wake – Expected, a bit underwhelming

    Splinter Cell – Expected, and different, more shootery, but awesome

    Crackdown 2 – Looked great, crackdown with zombies, I assume.

    ODST – Expected, Halo 3 Redux.

    Reach – Expected, err wut?

    Left 4 Dead 2 – I think that’s pretty awesome, but I understand the Valve fans being pissed.

    All in all, I though it was superb show! Although nothing really unexpected or MEGATON ey. Maybe it’s unfair against the FFXIII announcement.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Razor

    I’m disappointed that Left 4 Dead 2 is going to be exclusive…I had hopes that the games may make their may to the PS3. Ah well.

    But seriously, only 12 months to make a sequel?

    #2 6 years ago
  3. No_PUDding

    Yeah, it’s odd. As I said, I am not so sensitive, but the reaction on GAF is not the reaction to a Valve game. I think it looks great. L4D was great fun.

    I wonder if the mod team (who amde L4D) have broken away somewhat and become a bit friendly with EA?

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Razor

    GAF isn’t as good this year as there’s no real megatons for people to go crazy about lol…not enough is known about MGS:R to warrant such a reaction…I still think (hope) that a proper MGS5 will be announced tomorrow.

    In general though I thought MS was solid, with the motion stuff being the best. Seen as they were/are no more games for MS to nick from Sony and nothing new to show, it looks like they’re really accelerating their hardware innovation…I really doubt Sony has motion stuff as interesting as that…assuming it all works as shown.

    Still, doesn’t stop me going crazy waiting for Sony’s conference :)

    #4 6 years ago
  5. No_PUDding

    Dude, they showed stuff liek that with EyePet last year. I thoguht it was like a copy-cat thing!

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Razor

    Oh yeah, but this looks more refined. Using it to browse through Live looks cool.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. No_PUDding

    That does look cool. But you could do that with EyeToy, and I don’t always want to be standing up.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Razor

    Well I guess we’ll see tomorrow what motion goodies Sony has…if it’s significantly better and more refined than Natal I’ll be impressed.

    But what I really want is that remote control car that you could control from the PSP that Sony patented ages ago. That looked genius.

    #8 6 years ago

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