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E3 2012: Halo 4, Splinter Cell and Lara lead MS presser

Monday, 4 June 2012 10:51 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Microsoft’s E3 2012 press conference was headlined by Tomb Raider and Black Ops II gameplay as well as the first showing of Halo 4′s campaign and the announcement of Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

MS E3 2012 presser – at a glance

Call of Duty: Black Ops II gameplay was shown. Xbox 360 will have timed exclusive DLC.

Halo 4 campaign demoed.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist was confirmed and shown.

A playable section from the later part of Tomb Raider was seen, looking for all the world like Uncharted. Xbox 360 will get timed exclusive DLC.

Gears of War: Judgment was trailered.

Harmonix announced Dance Central 3. Usher played a track for it.

Madden and FIFA will now have Kinect controls. Madden’s out August 28.

Forza Horizon is releasing October 23.

Xbox Music was announced and demoed. It’s out this year for 360.

SmartGlass, a Microsoft app which syncs iOS Windows and Android tablets and phone with 360 was announced. It’s out this autumn.

Internet Explorer coming to Xbox 360 this year. It can be controlled by phones, tablets and Kinect.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 press conference in Los Angeles today was dominated by a predictable showing of strong triple-A software and the impressive announcement of SmartGlass, an app for synching mobile devices with Xbox 360 and Live.

A Halo 4 trailer kicked off the event, showing single-player action, Master Chief moving through jungle with Cortana talking in his ears.

The first showing of the game’s campaign, the demo saw Chief fight against “defence AIs” that were “definitely not Covenant” and ended up in a tense fight against a non-organic enemy. He ended up using Forerunner tech.

The plot seems to have something to do with an AI being put into service seven years ago and only having a year to live. The demo was greeted by loud cheers.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist, as expected, was confirmed with a trailer. The game’s story sees a group of nations create a blacklist, which amounts to attacking US troops. A section on the Iran-Iraq border was seen, with Sam Fisher killing, climbing and “taking out targets quickly and fluidly”.

A Kinect feature was shown, with the player saying, “Hey, you,” at the screen in order to attract an enemy. Fisher entered a heavy firefight, ordering in airstrikes using Kinect voice commands. Ubisoft described the game as “the most ambitious Splinter Cell yet,” with co-op, campaign and Spies vs Mercs. It’s out spring 2013.

It’s in the game

EA Sports boss Andy Wilson then came onto stage to confirm Kinect integration for FIFA and Madden. Players can talk to other players and even swear at the referee.

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana showed off the Madden Kinect functionality, speaking to the game to make pre-snap calls.

Madden 2013 is out August 28.

Fable: The Journey came next with a new trailer, showing the fireball-throwing seen at Microsoft’s San Francisco Spring Showcase this year.

“Only the best games are on Xbox,” said Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Studios . “This will be the biggest year for games on Xbox.”

He showed a trailer for Gears of War: Judgment, a touch of CG showing Delta Squad in chains. It’s out “2013″. A Forza Horizon trailer followed, showing Imprezas and other road cars racing to dubstep across an island. It’s out October 23.

A string of service announcements started with confirmation that Bing voice search is to be expanded into 12 different languages this year, potentially reaching another “half a billion people”.

Nickelodeon, Paramount, Machinima and a Spanish video provider were all confirmed as new live partners. NBA and NHL programming was confirmed for Xbox 360.

Xbox Music was announced and trailered, which will add 30 million tracks to Xbox 360. It’s out this year. Nike was confirmed as a major partner for Xbox, in a collaboration described as “the future of fitness”. Nike’s Stefan Olander talking about the sports manufacturer’s digital services before announcing Nike+ Kinect Training, a system which provides a “personalised digital training experience”. You get phone updates every time you’re due a workout, and assessments every four weeks. It also hooks you up with like-minded gamers. It’s a retail product: box art was shown.

There was a nice surprise among all the predictability. Xbox Live boss Marc Whitten came out to show Xbox SmartGlass, which hooks up Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices together. You’ll be able to watch a movie on your tablet, then stop watching and start watching again at the same place on your 360. This was an impressive demo. Whitten’s phone and tablet were feeding info on Game of Thrones to him while he watched it on TV, with all devices synched.

Further, Madden was shown being controlled with a tablet, and Halo 4 Waypoint updates were seen being transferred from game to a tablet in real-time. With SmartGlass, you’ll also be able to control the 360 dashboard using your phone.

Internet Explorer was announced for Xbox 360 this year. Whitten controlled it on the screen using his voice through Kinect, playing Flash movies from the internet on his TV.

“This is the web transformed for TV,” he said.

He moved the cursor around on the screen using his phone. You can pinch and zoom on your mobile device. SmartGlass is out this autumn. Windows 8 integration was also confirmed.

Uncharted waters

Then we were back to the games. Crystal Dynamics showed Tomb Raider in playable form. It was “from later in the game,” and showed Lara using cover and her bow and arrow in a firefight. This looked very much influenced by Uncharted.

Lara was trying to find her friend, Sam, running and jumping over slat bridges and using a rope slide. She used flaming arrows to ignite enemies, swapped the bow for a shotgun and performed knife kills. There was a section in fast-flowing water where she had to dodge obstacles as she was pulled down a river.

She eventually parachuted over a cliff and glided through a forest, falling through pine trees in Rambo-esque fashion.

The first piece of Tomb Raider’s DLC will be a 360 exclusive.

Spencer came back out to announce some exclusives. Ascend New Gods from Signal Studios was shown, a fantasy action title in the vein of God of War. LocoCycle from Twisted Pixel, and Matter, from a partnership with Gore Verbinski of Pirates of the Caribbean, will both release next year.

Capcom showed a playable section of Resident Evil 6, with Leon dutifully refusing to abandon survivors and throwing grenades at the horde. The demo culminated with Leon running away while everything blew up, a helictoper crashed and Leon and companion fell into a group of zombies. Something to note: there were a bunch of QTEs in this.

Alex Ruiz from the Xbox Live team showed of Kinect Live title Wreckateer. This was shown in San Francisco earlier this year. You essentially catapult rocks at castles with your arms. It’s fun.

South Park: The RPG was also seen. This is from THQ and Obsidian. There was a trailer and some gameplay. It looked simple and funny, as you’d expect. Trey Parker and Matt Stone came out on stage and ripped the shit out of Microsoft. The crowd liked it a great deal. They said they needed the game to feel as though you were playing in an episode of South Park, so it had to have a “crappy” look. In the game, you’re the new kid in time and are trying to become the fifth boy in the group.

Harmonix announced Dance Central 3. Microsoft managed to get Usher on stage performing a track. He got a big cheer.

Don came back on with a “wow”.

“That was really great,” he said, saying the Microsoft is “ushering” in a new, golden age of entertainment.

The final game was Black Ops II, obviously. Mattrick confirmed that 360 would, again, get exclusive content. A new demo was shown, this time of gameplay. It started in an APC, with protagonist Mason protecting the president. They were driving down an LA freeway when a helicopter got rocketed, someone shouted “holy shit” and everything turned black.

Gameplay included climbing on top of vehicles and using a futuristic heavy machine gun. Chatter included “sitrep” and “RPG”. There was a sniping section involving rounds which could be charged to be powerful enough to shoot through walls.

The freeway collapsed and the demo moved to close combat in buildings and streets. This looked very much like Call of Duty, so worries the future setting would dilute the formula may well be unfounded. The fighting took place around the Staples Center in LA. A building collapsed and the president was rescued. Mason took off in a plane (an “FA38″) and protected the car driving the president, firing rockets and machine guns at enemies.

Hit this for information on the rest of E3′s Monday conferences.

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102 Comments

  1. Moonwalker1982

    One thing is for sure people, it’s gonna be alot better and more entertaining than last year.

    Last year the only good thing was Tomb Raider. Furthermore it had MW3 mehhhh, and Kinect nonsense. Now we’ll see…

    Tomb Raider
    Halo 4
    Gears of War: Judgement
    Capcom will show something (resi 6 and/or Lost Planet 3?)
    Square Enix will show something too (unless its Tomb Raider only, could be Hitman as well)

    Alan Wake 2 maybe?

    So sure….most of these are multiplatform, but it will make for a much nicer conference. No doubt we’ll get Kinect too though, there’s no way around that.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    OH FUCKING MAMMY, BRING THE NOISE! Pumped!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. The_Red

    @1
    I actually think this year is gonna be worse (MS Conference). I agree that Tomb Raider was the highlight of their show but it’s because it was a new game (No gameplay was shown before) and it looked awesome. Even if a great new demo gets shown from Tomb Raider or BioShock or Dishonored or etc, it won’t be that fresh since all have shown gameplay footage before.

    Plus MS is really gonna try and hype Kinect as a TV center with Tablet features for Xbox 360 so that even MORE non-gaming stuff will be shown. Gears Judgement is just another Gears. Halo 4 is really predictable and not much can be said.
    Alan Wake 2 is the only thing that could matter to me and even then there aren’t many people that love that game as much.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. AHA-Lambda

    I can’t say I have high hopes for this one, having awful flashbacks to those 2 fucking disney kinect kids from last year… eurgh >:(

    I fully expect, as per usual for MS, that the 3rd parties will steal the show at their conference.

    Oh and MS? Once again great job in diversifying your 1st party offerings. Yay, another Halo, Gears, Fable and Forza. Christ, try a little harder, no?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    I reckon it’ll be very similar to last year. CoD, Tomb Raider, etc.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. G1GAHURTZ

    Pat, I thought you were supposed to be hyping this thing up…?

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    No hype whatsoever unless some megaton NEW exclusive comes (not gears of war and halo 4)

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    Microsoft, unlike Sony, actually seem to know how to keep things secret until their conference.

    @6 OMGBLOPS2EXCLUSIVEFOOTAGEANDTIMEDEXCLUSIVEDLC11!1!1!1!1

    #8 3 years ago
  9. G1GAHURTZ

    Shouldn’t you be working or something…?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. The_Red

    @8
    Couldn’t agree more.
    I really don’t understand why everything from Sony either:
    1) Is revealed by THEMSELVES before E3
    2) Leaked through a really stupid mistake like Big Daddy in Playstation All-star.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    @9 Not until the conferences start. I’m not there this year anyway. Got other guys on the show floor.

    @10 It’s been relatively quiet on the spoiler front this year compared to the last few years, honestly, though still embarrassingly full of leaks.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Patrick Garratt

    @6 – Heh. Next year will be different, I think.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    As much as i like halo 4, alan wake 2, another fable ( a good one like 1 and 2), forza motorsport, etc i really hope they have a few surprisses like a new rare game, i hope it is killer instinct or a new banjo, and other suprisses as well, something on the exclusives front, it doesnt matter where they come from, (sony, microsoft and/or nintendo), i love exclusives, they are the main reason for having a console (insert all of them).

    #13 3 years ago
  14. The_Red

    @11
    Yeah, it hasn’t been as bad as the full Last Guardian leak a month before E3. That was the worst one in my humble opinion. Seriously, how do you leak a FULL 3 minute trailer of the first gameplay reveal of one the most anticipated PS3 exclusives ever?

    So far the worst case for Sony’s E3 2012 has been Big Daddy in Sony SBB (Unless Diablo 3 for PS3 is not a baseless rumor).

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Ireland Michael

    @14 God, I hope we see something on the Last Guardian. PLEASEPLEASPLEASEPLEASEPLEASE!

    #15 3 years ago
  16. ManuOtaku

    “14 and #15, not to be a prick or anything, but this is a microsoft e3 post, could you talk about that, i got the feeling later you will have the sony post just to talk about the sony tittles, sorry.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    @16 Dude, it was a bit of conversation. I’m interested in both.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. manamana

    Microsoft should have the least interresting show of all three, I guess.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Patrick Garratt

    Be good if Phil Harrison turns up.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. The_Red

    @15
    So true. Goddamit what happened to team Ico :(

    @19
    That would be EPIC. Now that I think about it, seeing him on stage would be another way to make MS conference really interesting for me (The other being AW2 reveal).

    #20 3 years ago
  21. G1GAHURTZ

    @19:

    Now that would be LOLtastic!

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve just been told that Harrison won’t be on stage.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. G1GAHURTZ

    Everyone should boycott the MS press conference until they get him presnting the first half an hour…

    #23 3 years ago
  24. DSB

    @22 Awwwww…

    But Paa-aat… I wanna see the cloo-oooown!

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Patrick Garratt

    :(

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Patrick Garratt

    I’m sure he’ll be doing teh reel next gen reveal next year.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve embedded the Gamespot stream in the article, so you can watch the conference here.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. daytripper

    I hope it’s great just to piss some of you off

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Annoyinglobster

    I haven’t had a good laugh today, I hope the kinect demo’s help

    #29 3 years ago
  30. daytripper

    @29 the gifs are always great, neogaf always has some of the best Kinect piss take gifs :-)

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Patrick Garratt

    OK. 30 minutes. The liveblog’s active. I am so ready. Readier than ever.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. mojo

    teh youtube link in this article will be live when?

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Patrick Garratt

    10 minutes

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Sadismek

    Wow, it seems I’m a bit earlier in the presentation than you guys. Johnny just said Cortana appeares and that happened to me 2 minutes ago… Woo

    EDIT: What the hell, when that guy started speaking arabic, again, Johnny said Mattrick is saying that thing about Xbox uniting all your things in the same place

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Sadismek

    Double post! Sorry.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. Gekidami

    “Number one in the US to number one world wide”
    Its always good to open on a lie.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. manamana

    God, Splinter Cell is dead. Fisher is on a Ghost Recon killing spree with a sign here to kill five enemies in a second cakewalk. Absolute letdown imo.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. Sadismek

    Damn Splinter Cell looked amazing! The climbing reminded me of Assassin’s Creed. I wonder if this is using AnvilNext. The way he run over obstacles was reminiscent of the ACIII’s gameplay video.

    ^While I agree that there was a tad too much combat for a Splinter Cell, I quite liked what I’ve seen. That red sign over the enemies’ head is bullshit.

    P.S. Why is the site loading so slowly?

    #38 3 years ago
  39. Kona

    I’m sorry but that gameplay and those animations looked like they were taken straight out of Uncharted.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. Gekidami

    So thats Gear of War: Judgement. Moving on.

    #40 3 years ago
  41. AHA-Lambda

    fuck this is awful…once again

    #41 3 years ago
  42. Gekidami

    ^ Patcher warned that MS told him this wasnt going to be about the games but the interface and other features. Though its funny they’re name dropping Halo 4 at every occasion, just to make sure the public are still awake.

    #42 3 years ago
  43. absolutezero

    I sure do love all these games Microsoft.

    I don’t think I would have understood TV on the Xbox if it was’nt for that aspirational trailer.

    #43 3 years ago
  44. AHA-Lambda

    I don’t feel well playing my drinking game, everytime they mention entertainment or kienct I need to take a drink =/

    #44 3 years ago
  45. Razor

    MS, what happened. It started so well.

    #45 3 years ago
  46. AHA-Lambda

    Why call it Xbox music if it’s on windows 8? why?!

    #46 3 years ago
  47. absolutezero

    You’ll die!

    #47 3 years ago
  48. Razor

    Get this guy off the stage.

    lol

    #48 3 years ago
  49. absolutezero

    Im watching the fucking TV I don’t want to look at a map for fuck sake.

    “I know you all love cars”

    aha ha ha ha ha

    #49 3 years ago
  50. G1GAHURTZ

    Are you telling me I can control my 360 with my iPad???

    oh my daaaaaays!!!

    #50 3 years ago
  51. absolutezero

    Now thats pretty fucking stunning.

    #51 3 years ago
  52. manamana

    SmartGlass is looking absolutely amazing but why are they spoiling so much of Tomb Raider …

    #52 3 years ago
  53. Ireland Michael

    *falls asleep*

    #53 3 years ago
  54. Patrick Garratt

    Sorry for the formatting on the article. We’re getting hammered. Trying to sort it now.

    #54 3 years ago
  55. Edo

    Tomb Raider looks spectacular!!!

    #55 3 years ago
  56. absolutezero

    The pacing off this Resi gameplay is all over the fucking place.

    Quick kill. Quick kill. Escape. Cut-Scene. Sliding. Door. Running away.

    BAM BAM BAM BAM

    Also Grenade indicators, proper third person controls and I dunno. I dunno man.

    #56 3 years ago
  57. MadFingerz

    “IE for your Xbox!” Woot!!

    -_-

    Tomb Raider is looking damn cool indeed.

    #57 3 years ago
  58. Ireland Michael

    Tomb Raider looks phenomenal, but the rest of this is dull as mud.

    #58 3 years ago
  59. Razor

    Erm… Usher?

    #59 3 years ago
  60. Gekidami

    Well at least journos who are there can say they saw a live Usher concert…

    #60 3 years ago
  61. AHA-Lambda

    south park saves the show! :D

    *cue usher*

    FOR FUCK SAKE MICROSOFT!!!!!! ARGHHHHH!!!!!

    #61 3 years ago
  62. pukem0n

    holy crap, why the fuck is Usher performing some crappy song? wtf?? just W.T.F?

    #62 3 years ago
  63. polygem

    halo 4 opening was mindblowing. tomb raider was great. the rest was a huge pile of shit. right now theres usher on the stage. it can only get better. what a douche. not sure if i will survive this…just show more halo. the only reason i got a 360 these days.

    #63 3 years ago
  64. Razor

    Well that was pitiful.

    #64 3 years ago
  65. Da Man

    The bits of TR they showed were boring, obv it’s just for advertising. The rest is rather impressive.

    Halo4 day one.

    #65 3 years ago
  66. absolutezero

    BAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMM

    Inception

    BAAAAAAAAOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM

    Kinect.

    #66 3 years ago
  67. ManuOtaku

    Its already over yet?, darn i was hoping for a new killer instinct, banjo and too human games, and/or more information on alan wake 2, as much as i like halo, forza, tomb raider and gears, they need something new IMHO.
    Hey and the south park game will be awasome.

    #67 3 years ago
  68. absolutezero

    Explosions pew pew pew explosions. Up your arse. Go here use this. Explosions. Pew nyeaworroroeee.

    Revolutions in the campaign. Choice!

    Rappel and shoot the dudes or stand on the bridge and shoot…the…dudes.

    #68 3 years ago
  69. Gekidami

    Its over. Well, two words come to mind:
    “Filler” & “Multiplat”.

    #69 3 years ago
  70. polygem

    halo 4 and tomb raider….anything else i wont need. that was a shit ms e3 presentation! halo 4 looked insaneley awesome though.

    #70 3 years ago
  71. triggerhappy

    All very disappointing apart from Tomb Raider. Even RE6 was a bit meh.

    #71 3 years ago
  72. jdfoster00

    AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL

    #72 3 years ago
  73. lexph3re

    Welp…. That killed my E3 boner

    #73 3 years ago
  74. Froseidon

    I dunno about that conference, I mean, I prefer Xbox above all but that seemed rather abysmal. Gotta admit, Usher didn’t make it better at all.

    The only good parts were (in order):
    - Halo 4
    - Gears of War
    - Splinter Cell
    - Tomb Raider

    The rest was shite if you ask me. I do not give a flying f*** about inter-connectivity to my phone. If I wanted that, I would have gotten a windows phone.

    Also that woman with the Kinect game annoyed the living shit out of me. She was worse than the kids in 2011.

    #74 3 years ago
  75. Erthazus

    GUYS, SELL YOUR PC’s because XBOX 360 HAVE INTERNET EXPLORER NOW!

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111

    #75 3 years ago
  76. Da Man

    Methamphetamine is bad. Don’t you ever forget that, kids.

    #76 3 years ago
  77. Ireland Michael

    I love how half those game trailers were half cutscenes.

    #77 3 years ago
  78. Dragon246

    Hooray!!! Now you can use IE on xbox to download firefox for xbox!!!

    #78 3 years ago
  79. Christopher Jack

    Snooze fest, the streaming app intrigues me & I’m ofc interested in Halo 4, but everything else? The fuck?

    #79 3 years ago
  80. Gekidami

    Why happened to the Crytek Kinect game? Considering the amount of barrel scraping MS did, i assume this game is either canned or on hold?

    #80 3 years ago
  81. daytripper

    In terms of gaming announcements that was piss poor, some are of the opinion they are keeping a lot of stuff back for next gen, I am not that confident. For me the reasons to keep a 360 when I have a ps3 and 3DS are diminishing.

    #81 3 years ago
  82. FuriousMachine

    I’m ready to call the E3 winner. Didn’t see Nintendos pre-E3 thingie and, obviously, the other press briefings haven’t even started yet, so on the basis of only having seen the MS presser, I can declare a winner.

    A little bit about me (so you get the context). I’m a 37 year old “core” gamer and own an Xbox 360, a PS3, a PC built for gaming, a Wii (connected but effectively discontinued after I got House of the Dead: Overkill for the PS3 with a Move-gun), a PS2 (basement) and an original Xbox (also basement).

    I suffer from shooter-fatigue (FPS and 3PS) so the bookending of Halo 4 and BLOPS2 gave me nothing. GoW:Judgement also failed to inspire as I’m still trying to get through GoW2. Resi 6 seemed to take the series into the action/shooter range where any sense of suspense seems to have been replaced by action set-pieces/cutscenes and QTEs. No biggie, the only Resi title I actually ever played was Resi 4 on the Wii, so I’m not heavily invested.

    Furthermore, I live in Norway and have a Kinect that is gathering dust due to the fact that my living room is too small. The Nyko add-on helps a bit with the Golf on Kinect Sports 2, but everything requiring any sort of precision is out the window. I have yet to be able to start Gunstringer because it’s impossible with the lack of precision Nyko brings to the table. Additionally, no voice recognition (I speak English quite well and with a solid American accent to boot, I am told, but alas, I’m not allowed to converse with my XBox until it understands my native language which I loathe to use with my games and other software anyway).

    The cool new apps? Not available in Norway and probably won’t be for quite some time.

    So, Kinect and Apps: Does not apply.

    Smart Glass and IE: Potential! As long as web-browsing can be done with Smart Glass alone (not sure, streaming died at that point) and isn’t reliant on Kinect Voice Recognition, that’s cool. Smart Glass could, with proper implementation, make Nintendo look a bit silly with their proprietary tablet-controller, as the potential here is to make any tablet and smartphone just as powerful. Will it, though? Probably not. When did they first start touting Live Anywhere (which this effectively is)? 5 years ago?

    The new IPs could be fun, but didn’t really excite. I was reminded of Ryse. Trot out a new IP and never hear from it again (until next-gen, possibly?)

    The new Tomb Raider and Splinter Cell looked good! Some excitement there for me! (But where’s Ironside?!)

    So all in all, close to 90 minutes that for me and my gaming profile made me question my Xbox future. Thankfully, there’s plenty of Xbox history yet to be enjoyed. As soon as I hit “Post Comment” I will dive into Lost Odyssey.

    So why am I willing to declare this an E3 winner?
    Trey Parker & Matt Stone

    All your arguments are invalid :-D

    #82 3 years ago
  83. manamana

    Yes, its confirmed: Microsoft only has Halo4 as a game and SmartGlass as a gimmick. What a letdown. The rest is up to Sony now.

    #83 3 years ago
  84. Monk

    ” Hooray!!! Now you can use IE on xbox to download firefox for xbox!!!

    Craaaaaaaaaaaaaap, that`s awesome :D.
    Really, what a crap conference that Halo which
    I don`t really like, save it for a little, TR and
    RE is not exclusive so whatever !

    #84 3 years ago
  85. OlderGamer

    Meh. More shooting, there is a shocker.

    I am guessing if you went into this a MS fan, nothing changed. And if you tend to like other things, you still do. Is the TR game exclusive? And how exciting to have Kinect do more, ‘eh? I kid. IE thing could be nice, we will see what kind of choping they have to do to it(But kind of confirms IE for Next gen too). More service choices for XBL is a good thing too, paying for each service, not so much. But hey thats the way it works.

    Next.

    #85 3 years ago
  86. G1GAHURTZ

    xbox-glass looked cool!

    #86 3 years ago
  87. Erthazus

    @85,
    Tomb Raider is not exclusive of course.

    #87 3 years ago
  88. Gekidami

    @81
    We’ve heard that kind of wishful thinking in the past already. I remember their E3 about 2 years ago where the excuse was “They dont announce games long before they come out”. Yet throughout the year up in till the next E3, nothing. And last years E3 they announced stuff that has still yet to see the light of day. So MS apparently ‘holding back’ for the next gen? Yeah, i dont really buy it.

    I think the real horror of all of this is that outside of E3, MS really dont announce games. Unlike Sony, they dont hold random events throughout the year where they invite the press to see a new games. So this is pretty much every exclusive for the remainder of 2012 and a good part of 2013; Gears of War: Judgement, Halo 4 (which they announced a year ago), three other IP’s that by all accounts sound like they’re going to be Live games, and Live games.

    Theres no real point in even acting surprised, fact is, this is been par for the course with the 360 for at least the last 3 years now.

    #88 3 years ago
  89. Da Man

    Fact is: the video games I like are good, the ones I dislike are bad.

    Is angry video game nerd posting on vg247?

    #89 3 years ago
  90. Patrick Garratt

    OK. We’re approaching normal service again. Sorry for the slowness. We’re getting absolutely battered. This article’s been edited now. Still working on it, though.

    #90 3 years ago
  91. Lewis247

    Halo 4 demo was a total treat, I want it so bad! Tomb raider looks absolutely stunning, can’t wait.

    I thought to myself ok, kinect stuff isn’t interesting but nothing TOO embarassing so far… Then, Usher came on.

    NOOOOOOO.JPG

    They just had to ruin everything.

    #91 3 years ago
  92. Ireland Michael

    @91 It wouldn’t have been so bad if he had been able to dance…

    …or sing.

    #92 3 years ago
  93. Dragon246

    We have at least now have an unanimous winner for the coveted “Wooden spoon” of E3.

    #93 3 years ago
  94. polygem

    @91: i´d sign that.
    @92: LOL. indeed.

    #94 3 years ago
  95. Dragon246

    “even swear at the referee”
    And get red carded for free. A really well thought implementation of kinect I must say.
    “Only the best games are on Xbox”
    Looks like the only time in this conference he forgot about kinect.
    “This will be the biggest year for games on Xbox”
    Yeah sure. This is better than NO games at all. Sony and nintendo fans would vandalise their conference if their show was this piss-poor.

    #95 3 years ago
  96. Dimaco

    Hell, didn’t watch the whole thing, but from the comments it looks like this wasn’t exactly a big deal… can’t wait to see what Sony comes up with now!

    #96 3 years ago
  97. daytripper

    @88 I am surprised actually, a little, I expected one full retail big game to be announced but more fool me I suppose. I honestly believe they wont announce a new system next year, I think they will milk this kinect/apps/give em a halo,gears,fable,forza for 360 route for as long as possible.

    #97 3 years ago
  98. polygem

    @97: yea, but i really doubt they´ll get away with it again next year. halo 4 is amazing. that saved their butts. but next year they have to show next gen halo´s, gears´,forzas´ etc… or they will get lynch mobbed….

    #98 3 years ago
  99. daytripper

    @98 I think you will get a forza 5 on 360, gears on 360, halo dlc on 360. Dunno, I am not as passionate as I once was about games, something is missing, would love either ms, sony or nintendo to give me that passion back.

    Must say Halo4 looked good and some of the third party stuff was good, Tomb Raider especially (she looks like Cheryl Cole yum) but nothing to make me really excited.

    #99 3 years ago
  100. polygem

    yep. same here. the magic is gone.

    #100 3 years ago
  101. OlderGamer

    @99 and 100

    I told you it would happen ;)

    Actualy I bet it is just fatigue. This gen has dragged on for what seems like forever. And even the biggest IPs feel stale. For the record, I wouldn’t be amazed if MS held on to this gen one more year. If Sony decides to push cloud and sit tight. I doubt MS will make a move forward. The platform holders like the long gen cycles. It means cheaper hardware, more bundle options, more pub fees, and more focus on services.

    And no one to show them up and upstage them.

    Xcept if WiiU does fly off the shelf. Or PC market continues to really grow.

    I expect MS to bring out new hardware next year. I just wouldn’t be blown away if they didn’t.

    #101 3 years ago
  102. daytripper

    I think the E3 comment sections today so far has been good, people expressing opinions without much petty insults.

    #102 3 years ago

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    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]