The biggest gaming event of the year has officially kicked off, and the first day of E3 2012 has already come to a close. It’s hard to believe how quickly this week goes by every year. Regardless, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Nintendo and Sony have all held their press conferences and brought out their biggest guns to show off just what their vision for the next year or so of gaming looks like. As always, the forums and social media are ablaze with reactions of excitement, disappointment, fan boy bliss, and everything in between. Here are my thoughts on what we we’ve seen so far.
E3 2012 Archive
Ubisoft has officially announced that Sam Fisher is back in Splinter Cell: Blacklist and for the first time ever, is better with Kinect! Taking place six months after the events of Splinter Cell: Conviction, the nations of the Middle East have consolidated their efforts and demanded that the US pull out all troops from the region, or they will release a super secret file known only as the “blacklist”. In an act of desperation, the US calls in Sam Fisher to wage a one man war against the nations of the Middle East and stop the leak of this crucial information.
A demo of the game (which can be viewed above) was shown during Microsoft’s press briefing, which showed off the first gameplay which looks to please both fans of the classic stealth Splinter Cell games, as well as the new action oriented direction of Conviction. In addition to the new gameplay enhancements, Kinect owners will be able to use their voice to do things like distract enemies to sneak by, or flank them and take them by surprise. The announcement that the game will feature both co-op and the classic spies versus mercenaries competitive multiplayer also has fans buzzing. Splinter Cell: Blacklist will sneak or shoot (your choice) its way onto shelves in the spring of 2013.
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The Microsoft E3 event showed off what appears to be a completely revamped dashboard. While we’re still waiting on the details of exactly what that will look like, Marc Whitten just revealed that one of the upgrades is something we’ve been requesting for a while. Evidently Microsoft got the memo, because starting this Fall you will now be able to add your favorite games and media to the home page of your dashboard. According to Whitten:
Favorites allows you to personalize the dashboard by saving your movies, TV, games, music and the web right to the home screen in the dashboard. Favorites will make it easier and faster than ever to get to your favorite content on Xbox and Xbox LIVE.
Source: Major Nelson
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1:50pm- It looks like Microsoft is going to close the show with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 from Activision. The flying and driving of vehicles has been added to the game, a franchise first. All downloadable content will be timed exclusive for Xbox 360. The game releases this November.
1:44pm- Harmonix’ new game is being shown off. Surprise its Dance Central 3! And Usher is on stage dancing, showing off how to dance on Kinect in style.
1:40pm- The Obsidian developed South Park: The Stick of Truth is being show off. It looks hilarious. The creators of the show are coming out on stage now.
1:38pm- A member of the Xbox Live team has taken the stage to show off Wreckateer, the XBLA bound Kinect exclusive. The game hits this summer.
1:32pm- Capcom has taken the stage to show off Resident Evil 6. We’re getting a gameplay demo. The first downloadable content will be a timed exclusive for Xbox 360.
1:31pm- We’re seeing a trailer for the game from Gore Verbinski’s studio. It goes by the name of Matter, and is a Kinect exclusive. Coming in 2013.
1:30pm- LocoCycle from Twisted Pixel has been announced. No other details other than it features a motorcycle and is coming in 2013.
1:28pm- Ascend: New Gods has been announced from Signal Studios. It looks like a hack and slash. Incredibly violent and coming in 2013.
1:23pm- A couple folks from Crystal Dynamics are on stage showing off the new Tomb Raider. The first piece of downloadable content for the game will be available on the Xbox 360 first, before any other console.
1:22pm- Microsoft is highlighting some Xbox and Windows 8 integrations.
1:18pm- Internet Explorer is coming to the Xbox 360. It utilizes Kinect and allows you to browse the web using your voice. You can also use your tablet or phone’s touch screen as a mouse cursor on your television screen hooked to your Xbox 360. It will be available this fall. They’ve shown Prometheus, Game of Thrones and Aston Martin on stage today. Microsoft has good taste.
1:16pm- Additionally, Xbox Smart Glass will enhance games like Madden NFL 2013 and Halo 4 allowing you to draw plays in Madden on your tablet and instantly import them to your game.
1:13pm- Microsoft has officially announced Xbox Smart Glass. It allows you to sync media between your Xbox 360, tablet and mobile phone. You’ll be able to start watching a movie on your tablet and finish watching it on your Xbox, and so forth.
1:06pm- Nike is teaming with Microsoft to bring a new Kinect enabled fitness game to the Xbox 360 called Nike+ Training. The app serves as your own personal trainer, giving you a workout regiment, as well as a plethora of information and reminders about your fitness and workouts. It will also be compatible mobile phones.
1:04pm- Xbox Music has been officially announced. It’s promising over 30 million tracks. The app will be available on the Xbox 360, Windows 8 PCs, mobile phones and tablets.
1:01pm- Nickelodeon, Paramount, Machinima, NBA Game Time and League pass, NHL Game Center are all coming to Xbox Live this year. ESPN is also getting enhancements, giving players the ability to watch ESPN 24 hours a day from your Xbox 360.
1:00pm- A Microsoft suit is displaying the Bing voice commands in various other language.
12:56pm- We’re seeing a trailer for the new Forza: Horizon. It finally features night time racing. It will release on October 23rd, 2012.
12:54pm- Gears of War: Judgement is getting the CG trailer treatment As previously reported, it’s a prequel developed by Peopl Can Fly, which will feature class based multiplayer. It will release in 2013.
12:52pm- We’re seeing a trailer for Lionhead’s Fable: The Journey. Kinect enabled of course! It will release this holiday.
12:50pm- Now we’re seeing Joe Montana show off off Madden NFL 2013. He’s using his voice to call plays, change them on the fly with audibles and tell the center to snap the ball. Madden NFL 2013 hits stores on August 28th.
12:48pm- EA has announced that Madden NFL 2013 and FIFA 13 will both utilize Kinect. In FIFA, you will be able to change formations and make substitutions using your voice. You even get penalties for swearing.
12:47pm- Splinter Cell: Blacklist will release during the Spring of 2013. It will feature single-player, co-op and the classic spies versus mercenaries multiplayer.
12:43pm- Splinter Cell: Blacklist will utilize Kinect. The game will recognize voice commands. During the demo, the player speaks to distract enemies.
12:40pm- A demo is being shown of the newly announced Splinter Cell: Blacklist from Ubisoft.
12:38pm- Don Mattrick has taken the stage. He briefly mentioned that the Xbox experience will be expanding to mobile phones and tablets.
12:32- The Halo 4 gameplay demo is live! It appears that the Forerunners are the main threat to the Chief.
12:30pm- And we’re live!
12:23pm- Hybrid, Deadlight, Wreckateer (Kinect exclusive), Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD and Dust have been confirmed to be part of Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade line up.
12:21pm- Microsoft has announced that developer Press Play has become part of Microsoft Studios.
12:09pm- T-minus 21 minutes until entertainment evolves! Hold onto your hats folks!
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The biggest gaming event of the year is almost upon us, with all of the industry’s heavy hitters preparing to bring out the big guns to impress both fan and investor alike at E3 2012. Every year, gamers tune in to the their televisions, internet streams and Twitter feeds to see what the year’s biggest announcements are. Here at Xbox Kinect Fans, we put our heads together to compile a list of what we want to see from Microsoft and the Xbox brand at this year’s show. So read on, get excited, and start counting down the days until Microsoft’s press briefing on June 4th!
The folks over at Polygon seem to have a secret tunnel leading deep into the Xbox 360 dashboard update headquarters. Hot on the heels of breaking the news about Kinect Play Fit, they’ve announced today that Microsoft will be bringing a modified version of Internet Explorer 9 to the Xbox dashboard. While the app will be optimized for Kinect motion and voice controls, folks with only a standard controller will still be able to get in on the fun. Although there is no release date as of yet, we can expect to hear about both the IE app and Kinect Play Fit at the upcoming E3 briefing.
Source (and image source): Polygon
OXM UK has published a feature centered around their predictions for Microsoft’s lineup at this year’s E3 expo. Among the outlets predictions is Kinect Sports 3: Summer Edition. This prediction however, might be more of an “educated guess”, than just a random thought. A Wikipedia page already exists for the game, which OXM just happened to stumble upon as they were doing research for their feature. Is this a leak on the part of Microsoft, or just wishful thinking by some Wikipedia loving fan? The true story will come with time, but the thought of Kinect Sports 3 appearing at E3 2012 certainly doesn’t seem to be too much of a stretch.
Source: OXM UK