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What to Expect From E3 2010 – Microsoft

Out of all the big three companies’ showings at E3 this year, I’m most excited to see what Microsoft has in store. Part of this is because I own an Xbox 360 and not a PS3, but the biggest reason is because of how fantastic their press conference was last year. The incredible lineup of games combined with the unveiling of Natal made for a highly enjoyable show, and I’m absolutely stoked for their next one. Granted, it probably won’t be as flashy for a number of reasons. First off, I see no reason why the Beatles would need to show up. Second, I’m expecting it to be big, so the top-notch presentation won’t catch me off guard like it did before. Perhaps most of all, Natal is no longer a surprise. Now, instead of hyping the “controller-free experience”, Microsoft needs to prove that it’s worth everyone’s time.

It’s certainly something different, but is it something that everyone will want to shell out money for? What will be the one killer app that gets everyone enthusiastic about Natal? A casual Wii Sports knock-off won’t do it for me, even though I’m sure we’ll see something like that at the show. Apparently Fable 3 is going to use it somehow; I think it will use it quite a bit to be honest with you, considering how prominent Peter Molyneux (the head of the Fable games) was in that Natal video from last year. Fable 3 is one of the big Xbox 360 games people are looking forward to hearing more about, as are Gears of War 3 and Halo: Reach. I’m sure by the end of the show, some other game(s) will be at the top of everyone’s wish list as well.

Just like last year, I think we’ll see a barrage of cool looking games. Some of them will probably be multi-console, but Microsoft seems to have a way of getting the exclusive coverage on them. Just like we saw Modern Warfare 2 last year at Microsoft’s conference, I predict the first real gameplay footage of Call of Duty: Black Ops will be unveiled here as well. Keeping in line with last year’s Call of Duty coverage, I’m guessing, will be the announcement of exclusive Xbox 360 DLC, at least for a certain period of time.

Some game that no one was expecting will probably show up and wow everyone. Will we see more of Metal Gear Rising? Or maybe Rockstar will pull in with a Grand Theft Auto V debut trailer. If that happens, it will probably come after some lesser cared about (but still anticipated) games such as Rock Band 3. In fact, that game might open up the conference much in the same way The Beatles: Rock Band opened up last year. Hopefully we’ll get to see the new keyboard peripheral teased in the Green Day: Rock Band demo.

I have a feeling that the most talked about moments of the entire E3 show will take place at Microsoft’s press conference. They’ve got a lot they can show, and if last year’s conference is any indication, it will leave us all wowed by the end.

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  1. joewillbeatjohn
    June 7, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Doubt it. Sony is obviously going to blow them away. You xbots just get exclusive info because you are paying Bill your money to play online.

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