E3 2011: Day 1 Microsoft Press Conference

Finally, the Electronic Entertainment Expo is here. For those of you who don’t know, E3 is the biggest gaming event in the world which takes place every year in Los Angeles. After a little more than an hour the first press conference is now officially over. But before I specifically mention all the major announcements let’s make reference to some of the rumors that were taking place minutes before the conference started. There was some specific information that leaked from the E3 section in the Xbox.com website, stating that Microsoft was going to announce Halo 4, Halo: Anniversary and Dance Central 2. All these rumors were in fact true.

Besides this interesting piece of news, it should be noted that there weren’t many surprises and most recognized critics had previously predicted that Microsoft was going to present many new titles with Kinect support. After all, more than 10 million units have been shipped since its release, but still many people are waiting for the peripheral’s “killer app.” Here’s the list including every single game that appeared on the conference just some hours ago:

Modern Warfare 3: a release date has been officially confirmed, November the 8th.

Tomb Raider: was presented by Crystal Dynamics.

Mass Effect 3: It’ll have Kinect support and the voice recognition technology will be used to initiate dialogue trees.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier: it’ll also have voice recognition and Kinect movement to introduce different commands or to optimize your weapons.

Gears of War 3: Ice-T actually played the demo version of the game in the show floor. Soon, the band “Bodycount” will be presenting a new song based on the game’s “Horde Mode”.

Ryse: the new project of Crytek studios, which by the way also includes Kinect support.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary: this is the full remake of the game that massively popularized first-person shooters on home consoles. The game will mark the 10th anniversary of the Halo franchise and it’ll include a remastered campaign, a new co-op mode and 7 classic maps.

Forza Motorsport 4: will have Kinect integration like: voice recognition, a new technology called headtracking. Additionally, monthly expansions will be available soon after its release. The game will be released on October 11th.

Fable: the Journey : presented by Peter Molineux the game will have exclusive Kinect Support and is expected in 2012.

Minecraft: yes, you’ll be able to play this popular PC game on your Xbox 360 really soon. It’s expected to be released on winter and will have full Kinect support.

Disneyland Adventures: This exclusive Kinect game allows players to wander around a perfect recreation of the Disneyland Parks. Also, they can be part of different engaging mini games. It’ll be released during the Holidays.

Kinect Star Wars: the title is pretty much self-explanatory.

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster: A new Kinect title presented by Tim Schafer from Double Fine.

Kinect Fun Labs: Presented by Kudo Tsunoda this is basically a collection of mini games which lets you use many Kinect features. For example, through “Kinect Me” you’ll be able to create avatars of yourself, and through “Kinect Finger Tracking” you’ll be able to take pictures of different objects in 3D. The title will be available today at Xbox Live.

Kinect Sports Season Two: the sequel to one of Kinect’s launch titles. This is another collection of mini games which allows you to play sports like tenis, football, darts, baseball and many more.

Dance Central 2: the newest Harmonix’s game. It’ll allow you to import all the songs included in its prequel.

Halo 4: Master Chief is back!!!


Moreover, the New New New Xbox Experience is here. Its main feature is a redesigned Dashboard, giving it a refreshing new look. The menus will include voice and gesture recognition to perform different actions like accessing and selecting them. “You Tube” support has officially been announced, as well as the integration of “Bing” as the default search engine for the console. These new services add to the already existing ones like Hulu Plus and Netflix. Finally, something that most people were expecting was the possibility of using Xbox Live as a television. Live TV officially comes to the Xbox. The service will be available in the US and internationally (through different local providers). Lastly, Xbox live will integrate UFC through different interactive tools, though not many details were given. It seems like Microsoft is trying to make the Xbox and its popular internet service much more approachable. Allegedly, most of these features will be available next fall.