My Top 5 Favorite Parts of Microsoft’s E3 09 Press Conference
I just finished watching Microsoft’s E3 press conference live on G4, and I have to say I walked away impressed. Part of me wants to run through every game and bit of news mentioned in the presentation, but doing so would mean that I would need to do the same for the other press conferences in order to be fair. Chances are I wouldn’t want to, and then you as the readers would be left with only Microsoft impressions and little else, leaving Frayed Wire’s E3 coverage skewed and incomplete.
It’s because of this that I have to decided to take a more personal note in this and future E3 2009 posts. After all, that’s what blogs are for, right? To provide a personal look at the author. If you want in-depth E3 coverage, watch G4 TV like I’ll be doing the next few days, or go to a gaming website such as IGN and read everything they have to say.
The way Frayed Wire will be talking about the important things that go on in the press conferences will be me, Josh60502, giving a top 5 list of what I enjoyed most from the presentation. Here are my impressions of Microsoft’s show:
#5. Left 4 Dead 2 Trailer
I was totally surprised and caught off guard by this. The first Left 4 Dead came out only a year ago, so the fact that Valve is already working on a sequel is not what I expected to hear. Seriously, what happened to Half Life 2: Episode 3? But still, the trailer appeared to show a more cartoony look to L4D2 than what was in the original, though the excessive blood and gore shows that the cartoony look is certainly not to make the game more kid friendly.
#4. Metal Gear Solid Coming to the Xbox 360
The Playstation is losing exclusives by the year, and finally one of the biggest Sony franchises has made the jump. Now I’ll admit that this is somewhat low on the list, but that’s only because I really don’t know much about the MGS series. If I had played one of them, maybe this would be higher up, but I do know that everyone I know who has played Metal Gear Solid 4 says it is incredible. This move has placed the Xbox 360 farther past the PS3 in this generation’s console wars.
#3. Facebook and Twitter Expanding Xbox Live’s Social Capabilities
Those addicted to social networking sites Facebook and Twitter are going to love this: Xbox Live users will soon be able to access Facebook and Twitter from their Xbox 360’s. I can see this feature drawing in many people to try their family member’s 360 that would normally not do so, just to see how this will work.
#2. Modern Warfare 2 Gameplay and Xbox 360 Exclusive Maps
This looks to be the biggest blockbuster game release of the year, and the amazing gameplay footage was made even greater by the announcement that the Xbox 360 version of the game is going to have two exclusive maps at launch. I’m really getting excited for this one.
#1. Project Natal
The star of the press conference and most likely the whole show was Project Natal, the codename for Microsoft’s controller-free technology. The tech demos shown included a Breakout type of game with the player using their full body as the paddle, a painting application, a video showing possibilities for the tech, and an incredibly impressive video surrounding a digital character that players could talk and interact with… all without a controller of any sort. Maybe I’m just being overly optimistic, but this stuff looks amazing. After learning about Project Natal, games like Modern Warfare 2 and Final Fantasy XIII looked boring, with restrictive controls and caveman technology. Seriously. I find it hard to believe that any other company will unveil something in their press conferences that tops what Microsoft has created.