Microsoft’s Press Briefing At E3 2012

From Usher performing, to Master Chief making a comeback, today had a lot of cool content displayed at the Microsoft press briefing. I’m sure you’ve already heard TONS of news about E3 from TV and other websites, so I’m just going to take this time to talk about what my favorite moments were at the Microsoft press briefing. If you think I missed something important, post a comment below!

Microsoft started of their show with a demo of Halo 4 gameplay footage. They showed some significant changes, including new weapons and an all new enemy. The next game shown was Splinter Cell: Blacklist. It seems like the Splinter Cell franchise is slowly getting more and more action-oriented, instead of just stealthy. We saw that a bit with the last game, and it looks like we’re getting even more action in this one. The only thing I didn’t like was the Kinect integration into the game. Once again, it feels like they stuck in Kinect integration after-the-fact. I mean, do we really need to yell out “hey you!” to our Kinect in order to get someone’s attention in the game? It just feels unnecessary. Another game filled with action was Gears of War: Judgement, based on the Gears character Baird’s past. We still don’t know a whole lot about gameplay, but I’ll be sure to keep an eye out at E3.

Afterwards, they had a huge section on sports and Kinect, which I had very little interest in. ┬áThe only thing I’d like to point out is the fact that Microsoft did the same thing that Nintendo is doing, and now we don’t even have to pay for a new controller or console. If you haven’t seen yet, Nintendo’s new console, the new Wii U, has a controller with a screen on it. Well now with Microsoft’s new plan, we can use our existing phones and tablets as secondary screens for added gameplay. I just think that Nintendo now has to do something incredibly substantial with their console exclusive games, or Microsoft just took their one main advantage away.

This is the newest character in the Tomb Raider franchise, as well as the first weapon you will get in the game: the bow.

The next game that I was excited to see was Resident Evil 6. We can finally walk and shoot at the same time! Something so small shouldn’t be something to be excited about, but the game really did need it. I’ll definitely be checking out this game as they release more information. Afterwards, we saw some news on Dance Central (the only game that I think is fairly good on Kinect), including a performance by the one and only Usher! The game looked pretty good, but again, I don’t have a Kinect, so I won’t be buying it. We also saw a demo for the new Tomb Raider game. With a lot more action, I hope that they haven’t gotten rid of all of the puzzles that the old games were known for. Last but not least, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was shown, including a demo of the campaign. Although it does look a lot like all of the other Call of Duties (what did you expect?), it’s cool that they’re going into the future for the next installment in their campaign. Can’t wait to see what else they have in store!

That’s it for this year’s Microsoft briefing! I’ll be heading down to LA for the next 3 days to check out E3 for myself, so stay tuned to see the posts I’ll be making, and follow me on Facebook to see the pictures I take!

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