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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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    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]