By Gigastormz 2 Comments
Unlike most people on my Twitter feed or in my friends list on GameSpot/GiantBomb, I actually have to WORK during the day this week.
So this blog is a little outdated. Since I was not able to watch the Microsoft Press Conference live (and instead had to imagine everything while reading various tweets when it was live), I recorded the broadcast on Spike TV and watched it when I got home from work. Here are MY thoughts on the Microsoft E3 2010 Press Conference:
Call of Duty: Black Ops: "Meh" Not interested, next please!
Metal Gear Rising: Looks pretty cool! Seems like it could be a brawler?
Next some dude comes out on stage and introduces the next segment of the show. He says that from now on that the rest of the games are Exclusive to Xbox 360. So that means Metal Gear Rising is on PS3 as well??
Next up is Gears of War 3: I look forward to playing 4 player co-op, but I can't say I'm too excited about Gears at the moment. On a side note, some of that fake banter between the 4 players "playing live" on stage was just awful (that would be a sign of things to come for the rest of the show).
Fable III: Looks ok, I guess. Not excited at all at this point.
Codename Kingdoms by Crytek. Another God of War rip-off game? Or is it 300 the video game? No idea.
Halo Reach: Ok most of this trailer was completely boring...that is until the player hops in a space fighter that is launched into outer space to continue the battle up there, and you control the spaceship? WHAT?! That sounds cool, but I can't say that I'm a fan of space flying games (like Colony Wars). The problem I have with space flight games, is that there is no horizon line and it gets very disorientating. I feel like the ship is never moving forward, just spinning around in one spot. If it's done right, than the space combat could be really fun.
And this essentially is the end of Microsoft's Press Conference as far as I'm concerned. The rest of the show is about "Kinect," Microsoft's attempt at copying the Wii, "but better." I don't want to use my "hands" to control the Xbox. I also don't want to lose my voice talking to my Xbox.
VideoKinect: If I were watching this live, my tweet would have been, "god this fake banter between the two chicks is so fucking boring." So does this make the 360 Vision Camera obsolete now? I guess so. Looks like we have an even more advanced way for pervs to show their junk to people on camera.
ESPN3: ESPN news and sports games on my 360. Big deal. If I were watching this live, my tweet would have been, "it seems like the people in the audience could care less about this shit."
Kudo Tsunada segments (have no idea how to spell his name and I don't fuckin care): Kudo sounded bored the entire time. My fiancee walked into the room during this segment and said "this dude is creepy. He needs a haircut." LMAO! The forced interaction between all the people playing the various Kinect games is so, so bad (and fake).
Kinectimals? Seems like Nintendogs but more interactive, and you can have a pet Tiger or Cheetah! Is this the result of that Natal "Milo" tech demo? I wonder if Nintendo would put Love Plus on this (or whoever developed that game). If so, the Otaku freaks that think the 2D characters are their girlfriends will REALLY think the on screen characters are their girlfriends (or wives in some cases). I wonder how the character on screen would react when an Otaku spanks his monkey? LOL Um, yeah, no thanks.
Kinect Sports? The track & field segment they "demo'ed" on stage looked no different than Track & Field on the NES with that floor mat device that you ran in place on. Some of those other sporting events they showed would be better experienced in real life. No thanks. I hardly play my Wii as it is. I don't need more motion control shit.
Kinect Joy Ride (and Forza on Kinect): like Mario Kart on the Wii but with no steering wheel. I don't understand how that will work since there is no force feedback when you are just holding your hands in front of you "pretending" to hold onto a wheel.
At this point I fast-forwarded thru the Your Shape Fitness Evolved part. Fuck that shit.
Harmonix revealed a dancing game in the same vein of Rock Band, Guitar Hero and DJ Hero. No thank you.
Then they showed a Star Wars game using Kinect. It looked pretty lame to me.
Finally, the new Xbox Slim was revealed. I won't be buying one until my 360 red rings again. Looks ok though. The 250 GB hard drive is nice. Don't care about built in Wi-Fi (but I personally know that some people do). It will be available for sale this later this week I think? Only the people in attendence ALL got one for free! It's just like fucking Opra. AND YOU GET ONE AND YOU GET ONE AND YOU GET ONE!! I wonder if Sony will give away free PSP2s today? I think that was the end of the show, but the Press Conference went a bit long and my DVR stopped recording at this point.
Overall, the Microsoft Press Conference was extremely disappointing. There isn't really one game (or one thing that was announced) that I'm really excited about. Metal Gear Rising was probably the coolest thing shown, but it seems like that will be on PS3 as well. Usually, there is an extremely big announcement at the end of a press conference, but there wasn't much one this time (unless I missed it, if so please let me know). The Xbox 360 slim is nice and all, but everyone knew it was coming. Sony and Nintendo don't have to try very hard to top Microsoft this year.