You, Me and E3: XBox is Ready to Rock (Right In My Ear)
First day of E3 is technically tomorrow, but let me tell you, our GotGame team is pooped out from all the press conferences today!
Today was probably the busiest day of E3 Week, with press conferences from Microsoft/XBox, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Sony/Playstation. Which would have been fine, if it had all been in the same general vicinity. Nay nay. It involved a lot of hightailing it around Los Angeles. We did more backtracking than in most Metroid games. But the content was awesome.
So you all saw my write-up of the Microsoft presser, held this morning at the Galen Center. Frankly, I was none too impressed being on USC’s campus, being a UC kid myself, but I digress. The XBox stuff was amazing, but it was really loud! Not like “I’m old turn that sh*t down” old. Not even like “I’m trying to study for an exam, can you turn stuff down” loud. More like “we are sitting in the subwoofer and we all have hangovers from pre-E3 parties” loud. Break out the Advil.
They had gameplay footage of Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and the retooled Tomb Raider. Microsoft made no secret that they were pushing the Kinect. It added some good elements to the play, like the ability to call out orders and distract people. It’s possible that they’re looking to add in the Kinect to more games other than dance games. They demonstrated this technique in Madden NFL 13, but if you’re looking for new Kinect games… kinda looks like they’re going in a different direction.
Xbox won the celebrity challenge (that I just made up) featuring South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Hall of Famer quarterback Joe Montana, and singer/actor Usher. Aisha Tyler was over at Ubisoft, which she’s awesome, but just one hot gamer babe versus a slew of celebrities wins the day.
The other really big push was that XBox really wants to wrap together all aspects of your entertainment life. Not just games, but TV, movies, music, and more. They’re doing this with a program called Smartglass, which will tie together your XBox, TV, and mobile devices. I have to admit, it looks really interesting, and you don’t have to buy extra peripherals. They’re also getting into your workout by partnering with Nike and their Nike Plus program for Nike Plus Kinect Training, which offers personalized workout plans reformulated every three months for continued challenge.
Stealer of the show was the trailer for South Park: The Stick of Truth. Not only does it look like a good adventure/RPG, it’s got the same South Park humor. Also, there was a really short teaser trailer for a game called Matter. I don’t know what it’s about but it looks really interesting.
All in all it was a really great presser. Not quite as great as Ubisoft’s was, but still pretty good.
P.S. Pink’s Hot Dogs FTW!