E3 2012 Day 1 – Microsoft

Here’s my takeaway from Microsoft’s E3 conference.

Games I thought looked pretty cool

  • Halo 4

    Gives me a serious Metroid Prime vibe; for me, that’s a good thing.

  • Splinter Cell Blacklist

    High tech ninja infiltrator Sam Fisher.

  • Tomb Raider

    Origins story for Lara Croft looking like a grittier Uncharted.

  • Resident Evil 6

    Looks brimming with over-the-top action. Looks fun, but doesn’t look like a survival horror. This is just one of 3 campaigns in the game, however.

  • South Park: The Stick of Truth

    Just like an episode. Crappy.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

    “Blops2” Live gameplay demo

There were lots of Kinect games and integration to apps looked well done, but didn’t really interest me that much. Smart Glass looks like a great idea, but it won’t have the 100% penetration of the Wii U GamePad. Also, it seems most games simply use the microphone of Kinect. Is it possible to use a $10 mic as a replacement for most functionality?

Favourite Quote: Matt Stone and Trey Parker came out to present “South Park: Stick of Truth”, one of them mentioned how a lot of effort went into the look of the game. “It had to ‘look’ like an episode of South Park… which is pretty crappy.” I love these guys.

Biggest Surprise: Actual applause when IE was announced for XBox.

Best Music: Forza Horizon trailer

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