Microsoft E3 Press Conference

Microsoft E3 Press Conference

In an effort to keep all you Feeders up-to-date on the happenings at the MS Press Conference we’ll be updating this space with as many of the major announcements as possible.

Press Conference to begin 1:30EST
Rockband: The Beatles trailer has kicked things off. Demoing the game with the song Day Tripper.
More game play footage – Looks awesome
Full album downloads coming – Starting with Abbey Road
Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison were brought out…. Yoko…..? Really?!?
Paul and Ringo came out – That’s much better: Quick and easy Hello and they’re gone.
RockBand: The Beatles hits Sept 9

10 World Premier games to be shown, New ways to connect with friends.

Tony Hawk: Ride – Tony is there with a new skateboard peripheral(looks pretty sweet) – Damn he’s getting old
Looks and sounds to be extremely cool – wonder what the weight limit is =\
New Tony Hawk: Ride trailer/featurette kicking off now.
Shows how the new peripheral works in game – Very cool! I’m no boarder but this just might make it into my basement.
Game is in the demo booths – if you’re lucky enough to try it, we want to hear from you!

Modern Warfare 2 Trailer
Showing off live gameplay – DAMN!!! Looks pretty Snow level in the mountains. Player is climbing the mountain – Now it jumps to actual game footage with some pretty snazzy looking weapons.
Big firefight now – Looks just as chaotic as any CoD game. Looks awesome.
2 new Modern Warfare Map packs coming

Final Fantasy XIII news coming
A little history about the FF series
World Premier and 1st look at FFXXII on the Xbox 360
Some very pretty visuals and a “Mega-Boss” battle
Odin revealed for the 1st time.
Target Spring 2010 release date

Exclusive Xbox 360 Releases now
Epic to release Xbox Live Arcade Game – Mic is cutting out but it’s Ok cause Cliffy B is wearing a shirt with Big bad Bill Gates’ Mugshot on it.
Game is called “Shadow Complex
over 120 hidden items and 10hrs of gameplay _ not bad for a Live Arcade title. Kinda reminds me of Contra.
Coming this summer

JoyRide for XBLA
From BigPark (recently acquired by MS) Coming this month.

Sequel announcements
Crackdown 2 confirmed (I should try Crackdown)

ZOMBIES!!!! (Geekgasm)L4D 2? Chainsaws, guns – ZOMBIES
NOV 17

Splinter Cell Conviction
Sam Fisher is back and just as bad ass. Looks to be on the run this time from his own agency. Dark environments mean lots of hiding places to attack from. New Weapons (EMP Grenades) and added abilities like pull enemies out of windows to their death.

Forza Motorsport 3
Beautiful car in the background. Beautiful graphics – Crashes (I’m mediocre to it. Not a racing game fan). Biggest racing game ever made. Xbox live user created content. New set of customizeable tools (these look fun). HD video editing and uploads. Looks like fun for those of you with the time and energy.
Forza 3 ships in October this year

Halo 3 ODST
Game footage on now – Looks and feels like Halo
New Halo pistol
Loads of in game footage – Wow. This is going to sell like mad.
New coop gamemode
Sept 22nd it ships

New Bungie Top Secret Project
Familiar music….Halo Reach?
Planet is getting throttled by bombs dropping
Halo Reach CONFIRMED! Fall 2010
Halo 3 ODST gets you a multiplayer Beta invitation

Alan Wake – Took them long enough.
Trailer telling his story – My god I can’t get over the graphics of the games that are coming out! This game is stunning.
The game looks to play out like a TV series with cuts to what happened previously – Constant commentary – like the book is being read as you play though it. Some battle footage. Very cool
Looks like it’s going to deliver something I was hoping from Resident Evil 5….Fear
Good demo – Best one yet in my opinion
Alan Wake hits shelves in the Spring of 2010

Music is coming to Live! Via
Coming later this year – No additional charge

Netflix to get better – Sky TV bringing Live TV and movies to the UK
Video service relaunching with full 1080p, instantly available – Fully On Demand
moving from 8-18 countries this fall

One more feature coming to live – Movies, tv and music shared among xbox live friends and users over the net. That is HUGE!!!

More ways to connect with your friends? Facebook partnership coming to Xbox. (WTF!?)
1st peek at Facebook on 360 – uses the familiar NXE interface – find all your friends on FB who use Live – can basically do anything you ant with FB that you can do on your PC.

Twitter on XBL – Meh

Kojima comes to Xbox – Metal Gear Solid Rising – Lightning Bolt Action – Teaser trailer for a game with Raiden.

New Webcam style controller (codenamed Natal)- only….there’s no controller…Probably more for the casual gamer from the looks it it. Soccer game looks like it could be fun for those who like Soccer. Video conferencing – Yikes: I see potential for…interesting uses. I think it just used voice activation too…Neat. No release date yet- just said ” will sell in the future”.

Steven Spielberg is on stage, talks about Project Natal and history with gaming.

Natal features:
* Facial recognition between avatars, avatar will mimic movement of users.
* Hand gesture for movement between menu items
* Ricochet full motion movements for games. No controller “Waggle” commands – Wii pot-shot?
* Paint Shop (was that the name?) – paint like a pro; announce colour and move hands accordingly. Looks to me like alot of fun. – they used the silhouette of 2 people to recreate the image of an elephant. Ok..I don’t want to lie….I think I love that paint app. I want to play with it right now.
* Works with all 360s (no HDD required?) and dev kits shipping out today

Peter Molyneux just came out – this could be the “Megaton Announcement”?
Lionsgate has had Natal for a few months. Feature about Natal and Lionshead…

Holy crap she’s interacting with a character on the TV with her voice and he’s reacting very realistically. The kid (Milo) is displaying realistic emotions too in reaction to what she says. WHAT? Interacting with water displays your reflection and enables you to play with the water, pass drawings into Milo.

Instant on 1080p – share video, music and games with your friends, best controller ever (?) via NATAL (you the player).

IMHO: Pre-E3 Predictions

E3 is back and it’s coming at us with a vengeance. After the changes were made and reports labelled the new E3 as a failure of epic proportions – Now they’ve gone back to the old format and given us what we all wanted to see – Booth Babes included!

With E3 just a day away, we here at Feed Your Console are getting all jacked up just thinking about all the possibilities. The other day Jason, Matt and I had the opportunity to talk about what we’re hoping to see or what we think is going to go down. Without further ado, here’s what we’re predicting. This year is set to blow us all away with some incredible software and maybe a little hardware

The Big 3 Predictions:
Josh: MS has been suspiciously quiet leaving many to speculate that they might not have much to say – I’m of the opposite opinion. I think this is Microsoft’s biggest year at E3 since announcing the Xbox 360. The new Motion sensing camera/control is going to be announced but they promise some huge news. Even though Bungie is off on their own, MS isn’t about to let the Juggernaut that is Halo to go the way of the DoDo bird – Halo 4 or some other form of Halo will be announced, along with a new Perfect Dark game, and more exclusive releases/content. I predict that Microsoft is going to steal the show this year.

Matt: Looking forward to a few more details on the latest Halo game – rumours of a 5 man crew where your the rookie of the squad. Also I predict we will see the launch of at least two new exclusive titles (but I don’t think 3 or 4 would be out of line) – something that they have hidden and will push as a showstopper this year. Lionhead games is also looking to make a splash – Might we hear for Fable 3… I’ll also add to my predictions a new motion sensitive controller (ala six axis controller) for the Xbox.

Jason (aka slayerAgamon): True, Microsoft has been awfully quiet, but they don’t have a reason to be making too much noise right now. They DO have the system to beat right now in my opinion. I do expect some exclusives to be mentioned for the fall/winter season, but other than that I want to be surprised by them at E3 so I’m purposely trying not to look for intel on what’s coming. Either way, I think whatever they come up/out with is going to be a tad above the rest. No gimmicky controls, just good solid gotta have it titles and incredible frame rates, resolutions, etc.

Josh: Despite all of their rebuttals, I think we’re all in agreement that Sony is hard at work putting together a new slim PS3 – to be released this year. There’s a possibility that they’ll decide to hold onto this information, to release at another time but it doesn’t make much sense. Further to that point, expect to see a new PSP2 (leaked pics as of last night here) without the UMDs and large internal capacity.

Matt: Will we see the long awaited price drop on the PS3- I highly doubt it but I’ve been surprised before. More likely we will see a slimmed down light PS3 leaving the current 80 GB version where it is with all the bells and whistles (being the same price as an Xbox Elite). Unlike Josh I think Sony has been holding their cards close this year and will come out strong at E3 – wowing gamers this year and possibly offering the upset win over Xbox. God of War 3, Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time, and more will be the keys to show success this year.

Jason (aka slayerAgamon): Sony may win me back this year if they do a few things right. God of War 3 should be a winner. If its waded down with too much forced six-axis mumbo jumbo, I’ll be forced to take a hammer to the huge paperweight its become. I’m looking forward to the slimmer PS3 and new PsP all together. My gut tells me Sony will release a core PS3 system to help bring on a price drop. Simultaneously, they will release different size hard drives to the consumer…or simply allow a person to hack it and add their own 3rd party storage component. Not that Feed Your Console condones such behavior but…

Josh: Nintendo has done nothing to inspire me for a very long time. The little white box from Big N needs something big and they need it soon. New 1st party titles featuring some original Nintendo mainstays – Mainly Mario, Zelda, Kid Icarus, Metroid or Star Fox. If any of these games are announced, don’t expect anything until sometime in 2010.

Matt: Another Mario and more first party titles galore will be found from Nintendo. Hype about motion plus and the revamping of old favourites from past Nintendo days will be in abuncance. Along with a smattering of next generation updates for the newer titles (Wii Fit Plus I’m looking at you) will be the show here. Meh – Prove me wrong Nintendo I dare you.

Jason (aka slayerAgamon): At this point, my Wii’s sole purpose is to play Resident Evil shooters, and Nintendo will do the franchise well with 3 new R.E. titles this year exclusive to the console. This plus an exclusive Dead Space title…HOT.

Most Anticipated Games
Josh: Kojima’s been teasing us for weeks with images of Snake and Raiden from Metal Gear Solid (website here) and Mass Effect are the 2 titles I’m most looking forward to seeing more of. Sony’s upcoming Heavy Rain also looks to be a showstopper this year as we’re likely to see more footage and with any luck, get a final Release.

Matt: Ghostbusters, God of War 3 and Mass Effect 2 are the titles I’ll be watching for. I can’t get enough of Mass Effect and the previous God of War titles, these are mainstays in my rotation when I’m looking for the familiar and comfort zone gaming.

Jason (aka slayerAgamon): God of War 3, Dead to Rights (HD) and Uncharted 2 are my must haves for this year. The only bummer is that the majority of these will probably not come out until the holiday season *grumble*. Oh yeh, Ghostbusters and Dead Space (Wii version)will tie me over until the winter season fo’sho!

Josh: I’d love to see a relaunch of Kojima’s series Snatcher – Sadly I’m certain to be disappointed.

Matt: WiiWare announces the Return of JumpMan on the C64 emulator.

Jason (aka slayerAgamon): Microsoft gives in and finally releases a Blu-Ray add on for the 360.