Posted by: kurtsh | June 2, 2009

NEWS: More E3 Announcements from Microsoft

Wow.  The hits just keep coming… like aftershocks… from Microsoft’s E3 announcements:

  1. Xbox Live users will be able to download full Xbox 360 games to their hard drive.  Games can be purchased via credit card or Microsoft Points.  Mass Effect, Assassin’s Creed, and Civilization Revolution announced.
  2. Avatar Marketplace will allow you to download new apparel/items for your avatar on the Xbox 360.  There will also be purchasable apparel to make your avatar really unique. 
    And there will also be awardable apparel and items that you can get as a result of completing certain quests during certain Xbox 360 games.
  3. Halo: ODST announces 4 player co-op gaming in a special mode called “Firefight”.  Featuring vehicles and ability modifying skulls that one can carry, Halo: ODST will make a team-tacular good time.
  4. 1 vs 100 beta goes live tonight in US at 7:30PM.  Yep.  That’s right – the Primetime BETA finally gets released to you scurvy dogs.  It’s YOU vs THE MOB.  Or you get to be one of the MOB… and win real prizes like free Xbox Live Arcade games and stuff.  And you get to use your Avatars as representation as you play the game. (My wife and I have been playing in the evenings… and it’s good family fun!  Especially when they ask questions like, “What is the name given to the Washington DC area in the game ‘Fallout 3’?”  <—Actual game question!)
  5. The Project Natal Sensor is far from being “just an add-on camera”.  The sensor is the world’s first to combine an RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone, and custom processor running proprietary software.
    Unlike 2D cameras and controllers, Project Natal tracks your FULL BODY movement in 3D while responding to commands, directions, and even differences of emotion in your voice.  When Project Natal is ready, it will work with every Xbox 360 so people who have never picked up a controller can finally join the fun.

    …and finally…

  6. OMFG.  It’s Halo: Reach.
    For those of you who don’t know what the implication of that is, here’s 4 words:

                      MASTER CHIEF IS BACK!

    …in the prequel that started it all.  I realize that many of you haven’t read “Halo: The Fall of Reach”, but it was probably the best book about the Halo franchise I can remember.  The Fall of Reach was where you first heard of Master Chief and his origins… where the Spartan program came from… why Reach, a planetary outpost, was so important… and who Captain Keyes was and what was the Pillar of Autumn doing jumping to the location of the original “Halo” from Halo: Combat Evolved.

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