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Microsoft showcase – full report on Gears of War 3, Crysis 2 and more

Friday, 25 February 2011 04:54 GMT By Justin Kranzl

Last night’s Microsoft Showcase turned it up to eleven. We have a full report from Justin Kranzl.

Event report: Xbox Showcase 2011

Date: Feb 24, 2011

Venue: Terra, San Francisco

Gears of War 3
The big kahunas. It was hard to miss Microsoft’s monster franchises at their Xbox Showcase event in San Francisco. The first thing people saw as they entered the venue were two rows of five Xbox 360s running a build of Gears of War 3. Next to them – more banks of consoles, this time running the new Halo: Reach Defiant map packs. Double the trouble? For first person shooter fans – sure.

However Gears 3 was clearly intended to be the big first party gun at the event. The build, likely to form the basis of the soon-to-be-released multiplayer beta of the game, offered team deathmatch with a little twist. In addition to the standard scoring regime – points for kills, assists and the like – players had a strong incentive to not hurl themselves carelessly into battle. A shared pool of “lives” amongst your team meant teams featuring the kamikaze-inclined were at a distinct disadvantage to more cautious types.

One side product of the mechanic is more players were actively trying to revive fallen comrades. This in turn lead to cunning players resisting the temptation to finish off fallen foes in favor of trying to lure more victims into the killing field. It lead to a clash of two standard gamer behaviours: the hero urge, where players dash in under heavy fire to rescue a downed teammate, and the desire to score as highly as possible. Players who resisted the urge to pick off a crawling enemy for a few points generally helped their team more in the games we played.

Highlights

Gears of War

Halo: Reach Defiant maps

Torchlight

Child of Eden

Fable III – on PC

Crysis 2

The Gunstringer

If one word could sum up the experience, it would probably be “balanced”. Gears masters “the formula” – the tricky equation of just long you should have to pump bullets into an enemy before they drop. Not that a standard stream of automatic fire was the only option on offer. Players who were deft at sneaking up on others made good use of the sawed-off shotgun, which at close quarters will kill a player in one shot. The lengthy reload time was a fitting punishment for those who got it wrong.

Also the option of using a “retro lancer” meant players could plunge a bayonet – as opposed to the standard lancer chainsaw – into people foolish enough to venture into melee range. Melee is generally an unpleasant range to be in for the less-proficient Gears 3 player. In addition to the risk of being chainsawed, bayonetted, or one shotted by a sawn-off shotgun, players also have to heed the melee attacks in game. Land a couple of these and your foe will hit the deck, ready for a curb-stomping finisher that will have vegans cringing. This too is an example of sound balancing – the time between melee attacks means the onus is to strike first and accurately. Don’t expect too much in the way of flail-spam melee encounters here – it’s a more precise, deadly affair.

The maps too extended the balance theme. Even on the relatively spacious confines of the Thrashball map, players trying to set up camp and snipe with impunity found there were too many entry points for a savvy foe to track them down and brutalise them. Some maps – like the nigh claustrophobic Trenches (our fave) managed to walk a very fine line between offering short-to-medium range shootouts and ample opportunity for melee engagements. We didn’t play any map where conflict devolved to players settling for plinking at each other from long range.

Gears of War 3’s public beta is expected to go live “mid April” – plenty of time for the Epic team to decide what four maps will be included. Voting is currently taking place on the Gears Facebook page.

Crysis 2
While Gears of War 3 and Halo: Reach’s new Defiant map pack monopolised space upstairs, EA’s Crysis 2 lead a charge of plucky third party games aiming for much the same market.

Crysis 2 was our early candidate for “game most likely to steal the show from Microsoft” for a couple of reasons. One, EA had the stones to demo the game in 3D only. If you weren’t wearing the glasses – and sitting at eye level – you were missing out.

Crysis 2 executive producer Nathan Camarillo made two pretty surprising assertions. First, the game’s detail level and framerate are unaffected by 3D mode. Camarillo stated there was no performance hit – a claim reminiscent of Mark Lamia’s one applied to Call of Duty: Black Ops’ 3D mode. Camarillo said the 3D mode wasn’t just tacked on, but had been something the team had been working on for the past couple of years.- when 3DTV was really in its commercial infancy.

The second revelation (at least to me) was how Crytek are addressing the “problem” of a dimmer games experience – something people may have noted in relation to Killzone 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops’ 3D modes. The solution is nothing grand – it’s a simple crank of the gamma up a couple of notches. Camarillo likened it to adjusting the f-stop setting on a camera – only in this case you’re not letting more light in, the game is putting more light out.

It’s a simple enough answer. Hands on, the game is super sharp. The visual acuity on a 3D TV – the screen being used was a LG – is something else. However strolling about underneath the towers of a stricken New York by its very nature is a gloomier affair than gambolling out on the sunlit plain – we’ll wait to check out some sun-drenched climes before we know if a simple gamma fix is all that’s needed.

Control in Crysis 2 – albeit on the console version, the only one available – is precise and sharp. There’s room for some flair in your play as well, players can make use of a feet-first skidding stop, complete with simultaneous gunplay for the dextrous. The game’s nanosuit also presents a sound layer of control complexity for punters seeking more from their FPS than the next wave of AI drones marching to the slaughter.


Twisted Pixel’s new Kinect title lets you pew-pew with your hand.

The best of the rest?
While Gears of War 3, Halo:Reach and a hands-off Batman: Arkham City demonstration dominated real estate upstairs (and Crysis 2 commanding eyeballs downstairs), it was fair to say the Xbox showcase was more than a two (or four) horse show.

Fable III on PC put in a strong showing ahead of its March 20 (EU) release. Xbox 360 players have the Traitor’s Keep expansion to look forward to on March 1st to boot. Twisted Pixel’s new IP The Gunstringer also showed a pretty handy way to use Kinect – literally. Players use one hand to control the marionette cowboy protagonist, and the other to aim and shoot. We saw a functioning cover system at play, as well as a third person mode racing/shooting mode as well. For a XBLA title the production values are high, reflecting the level of competition out there.

Speaking of which, XBLA also scored a 3DTV compatible title in the sequel to Dead Samurai, The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile. The side scroller showcases a 2D sprite-style but the addition of 3D support no doubt will make it an anticipated pick up for early adopters.

But of all the Xbox Live Arcade titles giving their full priced brethren a run for their money, it was Runic Games’ Torchlight port to Xbox 360 which stood the best chance of stealing the show. Like many games at the showcase, Torchlight was only on show on one unit, but the game looks to have made an exceptional transfer over to the console platform from PC, where it garnered no shortage of praise in 2010.

Runic CEO Max Schaefer – who worked on the original Diablo – agreed that the console version of the game not only borrowed from Blizzard’s hallowed dungeon crawler, but in execution owes some inspiration to the likes of Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance. Schafer said the success of BGDA on console proved the interface could work on console, and that elements of Torchlight were inspired by the top down, isometric title.

In practice, Torchlight just works. It’s the essence of pick up and play, which is ideal for the XBLA crowd. PC fans of the game can attest Shaefer and Runic have a real gateway drug of a franchise on their hands – plenty more players will be getting familiar with RPG conventions like gearing, talent trees and more. Priced at 1200 MS points – around the cost of a month’s subscription to a MMO – it should move at a tidy clip.

Child of Eden in action.

Probably the biggest fish out of water – flanked as it was by Halo: Reach and Gears of War 3 was Q Entertainment’s Child of Eden. The quirkily psychedelic music shooter’s Kinect version was available to play to punters who may have found the lustre of Halo’s armour fading or Gears’ bloodshed blending into the background. With Rez a decade old the time seems ripe, and Child of Eden doesn’t disappoint. Aside from subjective appraisals of the game’s abstract presentation the only real criticism we could make of the game was its on-rails nature. Players control the action via aiming a reticle (you couldn’t something this flamboyant a “crosshair”) with their hands, with special moves being unleashed by raising or clapping both hands. Then again, if any game gets a pass for taking you on a ride (on rails) it’s this one.

It won’t be every gamers’ cup of tea, but as project manager Lindsay Gray observed, for players looking for a different – yet still skill intensive – take on a shooter, it’s bound to leave a mark.

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10 Comments

  1. Gheritt White

    Do exclusives really make a difference this gen? They generate a lot of online buzz amongst super-hardcore enthusiasts and occasionally sell very well… but do they shift consoles?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Gheritt White

    …either way, this is a poor start to the year from MS. Why have they not invested in original first-party IP? When was the last time they published a non-Kinect game that wasn’t a sequel?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Getting a bit late to be announcing stuff for 2011 now. Poor show, Microsoft. What are you doing?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Nice write-up by the way, Justin!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. datamonkey

    I think MS put so many resources into Kinect the last few years they forgot about their traditional games. This is starting to show now.

    While PS3 is set to have its best year ever, mS is set for its worse. Or at least that’s how it looks right now..

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Moonwalker1982

    Damn, i really want to see something of Batman now.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    I believe exclusives DO make a difference Gheritt. If it wasn’t for Halo and Gears of War, I wouldn’t have bought a 360.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Brettman2008

    Every year is the same, Sony announce most of their exclusive titles early and Microsoft leave most of their big announcements to the E3 game show in June. I just wish everyone would wait til after the E3 to make a final judgement for the year. However, Microsoft should have had one big exclusive for launch in early 2011. By not doing this it allows Sony to fill the vacuum with their exclusives. 2011 is the 10th anniversary of Xbox so I think that there will be some blockbuster non-kinect exclusives announced at the E3, likely with the much rumoured Halo CE HD remake.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    @Brettman, ” Microsoft leave most of their big announcements to the E3 ”

    I can’t remember big announcements since E3 2009 from Microsoft.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    @8
    Except that MS has had about 3 poor E3′s in a row now…

    #10 4 years ago

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  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

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  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

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  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

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  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

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  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

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  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

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  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

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  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

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  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

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  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

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  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

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  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

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  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

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  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

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  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

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  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

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