Posted by: kurtsh | July 15, 2008

NEWS: E3 Highlights from my perspective

Here are a few things that seriously caught my attention at E3 today.

  1. image FALLOUT 3 WILL HAVE XBOX-EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT!
    Fallout 3… produced by Bethesda Softworks… was announced to have, just as with earlier title, Elder Scrolls Oblivion: Shivering Isles, ’substantial exclusive downloadable content’…
    only available on Xbox 360.  (And Games for Windows!)
  2. PORTAL:  STILL ALIVE… XBOX-EXCLUSIVE!
    Portal:  Still Alive, the hit game from the Orange Box (The 5 title game set from Valve containing Half Life 2/Intro, Half Life 2/Episode 1, Half Life 2/Episode 2, & Team Fortress) will be coming this fall…
    only available on Xbox 360.
  3. FINAL FANTASY XIII COMING TO XBOX 360 AT RELEASE
    WOW.  This was a doozy.  Final Fantasy XIII, after being a Sony exclusive for 13 iterations, will be released on the Xbox 360 the same day that it’s released on the Playstation 3.  God bless Hironobu Sakaguchi.
  4. NEW SYSTEM CONSOLE CAN RIP OF GAME DISCS TO HARD DRIVE FOR FASTER PLAY
    This was actually on Major Nelson’s blog – not the E3 announcement.  There’s a feature in the new system console update coming this fall that will allow game discs to be copied to the hard drive for much faster load times and playback.  You will STILL need to have the game disc in the system however game data will be loaded off the hard drive for high performance load times.
  5. XBOX 360 HAS MORE UNITS SOLD IN THE US THAN WII OR PS3
    SVP Don Matrick, "When it comes to hardware, we’re in fantastic shape. According to NPD, we’re leading the market with the largest install base in the US, more than 5m ahead of PS3; in software, ahead as well, 2.7b in the last 12 months.

    In the last year 3rd party revenue outpaced the Wii and PS3 combined. I’m willing to declare here, today, that Xbox 360 will sell more consoles worldwide than PS3 and Wii. We’ll offer an array of consoles with prices for everyone. …A year ago, 6m people were connected to Xbox live, and it’s doubled, a new member joining every 5 seconds."

  6. 5 PLAYER COOP ON GEARS OF WAR 2
    Gears of War 2, available November 7th, will have a special 5 player coop mode called Horde where you basically fight off waves and waves of enemies.
  7. XBOX PRIMETIME “1 VS 100”
    Endemol & Microsoft will partner to bring a massively multiplayer online version of “1 vs 100” featuring real prizes.
  8. XBOX LIVE TITLES
    Geometry Wars
    UNO rush
    Galaga Legions
    (Note:  This is a true sequel to the original Galaga by Midway.  This looks really GOOD!)
  9. AND EVERYTHING ELSE
    1. Netflix Partnership
      Partnership with NetFlix will make Netflix movies streamable to the console
    2. New system console & avatars
      New System Console will feature a 3D look and provide avatars… more on this later.  This is SERIOUSLY going to rock.  The people doing this console work really have been silently working on good stuff.
    3. NBC Universal partnership
      NBC Universal will be providing content to Xbox Live including movies & TV shows
    4. GTA4 XBOX-EXCLUSIVE content
      Grand Theft Auto 4’s XBox 360-exclusive content is still coming this fall, in case you forgot
    5. New Game:  SCENEIT?  BOX OFFICE SMASH
      A new version of the Big Button game and it will use the avatars of the new System Console.
    6. New Game:  YOU’RE IN THE MOVIES
      Featuring the Xbox Live Camera which records scenes, digitally synthesizes items on you, and puts you in prescripted movies.
    7. New Game:  LIPS 
      Karaoke Game feature microphone and sing-along gaming with point matching people that hit the appropriate pitch.

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