Microsoft Press Conference Wrap-Up | E3 2012 Coverage
There was a lot of buzz leading up to the Microsoft press conference with hopes of some significant news from the Microsoft camp and they did not disappoint. In addition to the exciting changes to the Xbox interface they’ve revealed a whole slew of game related announcements.
Microsoft kicked off their event with a gorgeous preview of Halo 4. Master Chief witnesses a ship fall out of the sky and, like the hero he is, decides to go help. Traveling through the forest he encounters a new type of enemy. These enemies also introduce new weapons that Master Chief can use. The game looks incredible and much more cinematic than previous entries.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Blacklist marks Sam Fishers return to gaming. There is still the stealth aspect to the game, but now players have more gadgets and weapons at their disposal. For example, when a minigun pinned down Sam, he was able to call in, using the Kinect voice command features, an airstrike. They also introduced a feature that allows Sam to take down multiple enemies in rapid succession while traversing through the environment.
Kinect Support for Fifa and Madden
Fifa and Madden now have voice commands to offer a greater degree of control over the game. Fifa players can now do things like call for the ball or tell the AI player to take a shot. In Madden, players can call out an audible and even certain players to change plays before hike is called.
Gears of War: Judgement
Not much gameplay was shown, but players can expect a third-person shooter like the other entries to the franchise. The game is a prequel the focuses on Baird and Cole before they became soldiers.
Ascend: New Gods
A cool new action game that can be played on your Xbox or on a Windows Phone. Players can play with or against other players on either platform.
The reboot to the long running franchise, Tomb Raider takes the franchise in a very different direction. The preview focused on using elements, like lighting fire, to take out enemies in an effective matter. The game is also more cinematic, taking cues from Uncharted.
Resident Evil 6
The preview showed off the Leon Kennedy side of the campaign. This game continues the more action-oriented evolution of the Resident Evil franchise. The action is similar to Resident Evil 4 but Leon is much more agile and efficient. He uses moves like rolling and diving on the ground, to killer moves that take out zombies in one hit.
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Not much gameplay was shown about the game but the team looks like they have gotten the humor and the style right. Matt Stone and Trey Parker have worked directly on this game so the story should stand up to the cartoon.
Forza Horizon wants to take the customization ad driving mechanics from Forza and put it on a bigger scale. The game is an open-world game set on the backdrop of a music festival. Players will encounter other drivers on the road and will be able to challenge them to races.
Only a short teaser of this game was shown but considering that the game is coming from TwistedPixel, makers of Gunstringer and ‘Spolsion Man, bodes well for the expectations of this game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Black Ops 2 marks the attempts of change for the franchise. Black Ops 2 takes place in the near future, which not only affects the setting but the gameplay as well. The guns are familiar, but they now have futuristic attachment, like a bullet charger that shoots through cover.
Along with the title-specific announcements one of our favorite bits from Microsoft was the incredible extesibility that SmartGlass promises to add to the gaming experience. Smart Glass allows players to use smartphones and tablets to enhance their gameplay experience. Smart Glass can unlock secrets and content as you play through games or can over a different control scheme for games. It also works with watching media on the Xbox. You will be able to start a video on the Xbox, leave, and then finish the video on your Smart Glass enabled device.