E3 2011 Live Blog: Microsoft Press Conference

#1201 Posted by TepidShark (1044 posts) -

Well it is food time before EA starts.

#1202 Posted by kristov_romanov (438 posts) -

@blackblade500 said:

I feel like I am the only one excited for Halo 4, I love the Halo Story and world that was created around the halo franchise.

You aren't the only one mate. I can't wait.

Was surprised when Cortana turned up. I didn't see the leaks because I got up at 2.30am here to watch the conference.

#1203 Posted by leejunfan83 (902 posts) -

all the bitching on this thread is lame there are still a bunch of great 3rd party games coming out for the xbox this year microsoft did good enough to me they backed their new product i don't even have a kinect or xbox and i was sold 

#1204 Edited by Smokey_Earhole (470 posts) -

@PenguinDust said:

Oh, two more things. The Kinect Sports presentation made me feel like I accidentally turned into a Nintendo press conference, it was so lame. Those two football guys, ugh I wanted someone to run up and shiv them between the ribs on stage.
In closing..."FISTBUMP!"
#1205 Posted by RockAction (376 posts) -
@Hizang said:

I don't have a Kinect, I don't follow Halo, man...

good point, i am in the same boat; i was hoping reach could get me into halo as i didn't enjoy CE when it came out, but it was basically the same game, so unfortunately i'm not excited for the remake or the 'new trilogy' 
 
also, although some of the kinect stuff looked entertaining - such as the finger tracking / scanning - any gameplay they showed looked boring and overcooked; i really can't imagine myself shouting squad directions at the screen in ME3 and the Ghost Recon thing which did look cool, would lose its impact pretty soon 
  
and i also don't enjoy the gears games so thats that as well 
 
they didn't really have a lot to offer unfortunately; but i think for microsoft it makes perfect sense; make the 360 the platform that you play all your multiplatform games on, throw in a couple of fan favourite games to keep the core happy and expand the casual market with kinect but for the industry it doesnt do much if they aren't pushing for new IPs
 
@Scooper
said:
A new Trilogy and they aren't even waiting for the next console.  
yeh i found that odd too; not even announcing a new game in the series but specifically stating that its a trilogy, and if its late 2012 launch even with a COD-like yearly release schedule that still means late 2014 for that trilogy to conclude; unless that's what they're going for, i think sony and MS said they'd hold off on announcing new platforms until  2013, so 2014 launch and halo 6 swansong for 360 seems appropriate 
 
still underwhelming press conference; though i didn't expect much going in after the past couple years
#1206 Posted by Jedted (2260 posts) -

Interesting press confrence.  The ME3 voice commands were the most interesting, IMO. 
 
Wonder if they'll have any gesture commands for interupts. 
#1207 Posted by DetectiveSpecial (444 posts) -

@elcalavera: I know - but this conference was for you and me. They gotta convince me to buy that for my kids, and that showing didn't do the trick.

#1208 Posted by Rasgueado (702 posts) -

@MaFoLu said:

Kinect Minecraft will be really fun, swing your arm to mine!

Then never be able to use you arm again...

I'm willing to bet that you'll primarily play the game with a controller, but when you need to move icons like you would have with a mouse... that's where the kinect stuff will happen.

#1209 Posted by crusader8463 (14326 posts) -

Looks like I won't need to dust off my 360 any time soon. Just more stupid kinetic and gears/halo stuff I couldn't care less about. Oh well.

#1210 Posted by atomic_dumpling (2442 posts) -

The Kinect demos looked entirely prerecorded. I wonder if anything was actually played on stage.

#1211 Posted by MeatSim (10609 posts) -

That was a lot more Kinect talk then I wanted.

#1212 Posted by TepidShark (1044 posts) -

One thing surprisingly missing from the Press Conference, was the Gears Kinect game, I think it was supposed to be called Gears of War Elite.

#1213 Posted by Seraphim84 (400 posts) -

The hitting in that Star Wars game was really really wimpy lookin. Disappoint.

#1214 Posted by downtime58 (224 posts) -

This conference reminds me of the Nintendo conference a couple years back...I kept thinking, "I guess this isn't for me." 
 
I get it from a business-sense...gamers have bought their Xbox's...now it's time to appeal to the casuals. Still I keep wishing for more games that speak to mature audiences like an L.A. Noire, and instead we get a plethora of half-baked mini-games.

#1215 Posted by Winternet (7936 posts) -

What happened to the banners? Weren't supposed to be banners for each press conference?

#1216 Posted by PenguinDust (12414 posts) -
@atomic_dumpling said:
The Kinect demos looked entirely prerecorded. I wonder if anything was actually played on stage.
That thought occurred to me too.  Especially the golf portion of Kinect Sports.   I suspect there was quite a bit of smoke and mirrors going on in that presentation.
#1217 Posted by jkuc316 (981 posts) -
#1218 Posted by leejunfan83 (902 posts) -
@PenguinDust: question in years prior what did Mircosoft show you that impressed you that was a first party IP?
#1219 Posted by downtime58 (224 posts) -
@mrv321: You make a good point - I wonder the same thing with past Nintendo conferences...if the point of coming to E3 is to get game enthusiasts excited about your products, perhaps you should show products that appeal to them.
 
Casual gamers are not watching livestreams of E3 in the middle of the afternoon...gamers are...if you want to appeal to ma and pa casual gamer, do it on the Today Show.
#1220 Posted by PenguinDust (12414 posts) -
@leejunfan83 said:
@PenguinDust: question in years prior what did Mircosoft show you that impressed you that was a first party IP?
The first Forza, Alan Wake last year, the DOA games (not first party, but they were exclusives), the first Mass Effect (before Bioware was an EA property), the second Fable game, even though it was abandoned, I was intrigued by the initial Milo thing.   But, I get your point.  It's mostly a 3rd party line-up for Microsoft, which still doesn't give me, personally, much reason to get excited about the Xbox for the next year and a half.
#1221 Posted by leejunfan83 (902 posts) -
@Branthog: I don't think you had realistic expectations 
#1222 Posted by kmg90 (410 posts) -
@leejunfan83 said:
all the bitching on this thread is lame there are still a bunch of great 3rd party games coming out for the xbox this year microsoft did good enough to me they backed their new product i don't even have a kinect or xbox and i was sold 
the key term is 3rd party, which means Publishers outside of Microsoft, which the way things are nowadays if it's not published by the first party company (SCEI, Microsoft Game Studios). there's a big chance that the game is available on more than one platform, and there little to no differences between versions of the games. Where it's all about preference rather than exclusivity of features or content.  There was nothing groundbreaking or worthwhile showcased, including Kinect, which in my opinion offers very little in terms of innovation and immersion. While it is impressive technology, the Kinect in its current state, is very restrained. Not only is the motion detection delayed, but I see very little opportunity for application in any games outside of rail shooters (see latest Harry Potter game) and shallow mini games.  
 
I was really looking forward to seeing any Kinect-based game that could show off its potential that hasn't been implemented so far, and all I saw was more sports and mini games, now with more voice-recognition which really isn't that much impressive. there were numerous games on the PS2 that featured voice commands including one which all control was done via voice commands (Lifeline)
 
  

( as a side note I should point out that I dictated this entire message via Dragons NaturallySpeaking program, which was first released in 1997 and pretty much has little to no errors when it comes to recognizing vocal commands. exhausted that the technology is so mainstream that Windows Vista and 7 come with built-in voice-recognition support.) 
#1223 Posted by Piranesi (452 posts) -

A little too safe and comfortable from Microsoft. Very similar to last year's presentation.

Xbox 360 looks close to the end of its lifecycle so they aren't going to be too inventive (beyond the KinectHacks stuff).

A real shame about the lack of new ideas and IPs - too many sequels of cash cows to generate much interest and excitement. If the money's still coming in, they can sit back while they develop the new console.

As Sony is still shell shocked from the recent unpleasantness, this E3 is open for Nintendo to sweep everything else away.

#1224 Posted by leejunfan83 (902 posts) -
@kmg90: so you were looking for a sequel to Brute force and Kakuto Chogin the Kinect intergration did look quite impressive . Realistically what were you expecting?
#1225 Posted by Creamypies (4012 posts) -

@Branthog said:

@creamypies said:

@Branthog: Your definition of retarded is confusing to me. It's the best dance game out there.

Yeah, I'm a straight middle aged male, though.

I feel sorry for you that you feel that age and sexuality effect a persons enjoyment of dancing.

#1226 Posted by phantomzxro (1532 posts) -
@leejunfan83 said:
@Branthog: I don't think you had realistic expectations 

I don't think his expectations are too far out there. Most xbox fans or xbox owners just wanted  a Non kinect new IP to get hyped for. This conference showed all the same games that xbox fans are use to and xbox owners may be bored of or not interested in. In that sense i can understand people being disppointed.  Most of the kinect games they showed were very tech demo on rails feeling. The few jems like dance central 2 and having it use voice commands better is cool but not a highlight i would say.
#1227 Posted by leejunfan83 (902 posts) -
@phantomzxro: But how often does Microsoft introduce new IP's? I mean Alan Wake isn't exactly a critically acclaimed game. I know Microsoft by now I don't expect or even trust the quality of their potentially new IP's. I knew going in this E3 was all about strengthening the Kinect 
#1228 Posted by UnrealDP (1217 posts) -

"Minecraft is coming to the 360 with kinect support".....I don't even, what?!?!
#1229 Posted by Snigs (46 posts) -

Anyone know where I can download the conference? I wasn't able to catch the stream...

#1230 Posted by leejunfan83 (902 posts) -
@Snigs: youtube is restreaming it as we speak
#1231 Posted by Phoenix87 (448 posts) -

Overall I would give the Xbox press conference a D- at best. Absolutely boring and offering nothing new. Don't give a damn about Halo 4 or Gears of War. Don't care about Kinnect either.

#1232 Edited by Hairydutchman (1039 posts) -

Great conference, I laughed myself silly
 
Good thing I don't have a 360

#1233 Posted by core1065 (535 posts) -

@Absolute_Zero: I was talking about Kudo. cool shades are permanently attached to Ice T's face.

#1234 Posted by core1065 (535 posts) -

@Dynamix: I was talking about Kudo. Ice T has to have shades on, its the law. He has diamonds for eyes, he would blind the whole audience.

#1235 Posted by Delta_Ass (3231 posts) -

The hell is a hoard mode?

#1236 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2661 posts) -

Any links for a restream?

#1237 Edited by Keeng (998 posts) -
@Rolyatkcinmai said:

Any links for a restream?

I hear YouTube is doing it but I haven't found it yet. Gamespot has it as well.
#1238 Posted by aidros (218 posts) -

I knew investing in that Messenger pad was worth it! Easy search on YouTube for Me!

#1239 Posted by Absolute_Zero (241 posts) -

@core1065: Well I think Kudo has to for medical reasons (don't quote me). But if not for that reason, trying to be like Ice T is a noble goal (which was what I originally meant).

#1240 Posted by Xpgamer7 (2343 posts) -

Interesting but nothing really worth noting.

#1241 Posted by m2cks (574 posts) -
@creamypies said:

@Branthog said:

@creamypies said:

@Branthog: Your definition of retarded is confusing to me. It's the best dance game out there.

Yeah, I'm a straight middle aged male, though.

I feel sorry for you that you feel that age and sexuality effect a persons enjoyment of dancing.

And gender, as a matter of fact.
#1242 Posted by phantomzxro (1532 posts) -
@leejunfan83 said:
@phantomzxro: But how often does Microsoft introduce new IP's? I mean Alan Wake isn't exactly a critically acclaimed game. I know Microsoft by now I don't expect or even trust the quality of their potentially new IP's. I knew going in this E3 was all about strengthening the Kinect 

True but that does not write off it's a problem microsoft needs to fix , they are following a little to closely of what nintendo did with the wii  focusing a little to close to trying to get the causal market. They could have worked on one new (nonkenect) to get some people excited. So i think their show was standard not bad but not great. which is not a good standing when sony and nintendo had pretty solid showings.
#1243 Posted by BlinIKI (4 posts) -

nice 

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