8 June 2011

E3 2011 Press Conference's Round- Up

Microsoft revealed a whole host of new games and features for Xbox 360--no PC presence.

  • Kinect support is coming to four EA Sports games, including the Tiger Woods, Madden and FIFA series.

  • Mass Effect 3 will support Kinect voice control for selecting conversation options and commanding squad members in combat.

  • The new Tomb Raider veered wildly into the realm of 'torture porn' in a demo section shown on stage.

  • Youtube and Bing search are coming to Xbox Live.

  • All future games in Ubisoft's assorted Tom Clancy franchises will "leverage" Kinect on Xbox 360, as was demonstrated with Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.

  • Live streaming TV is coming to Xbox Live this fall.

  • Ice-T has reformed his thrash metal band Body Count to record a song for Gears of War 3. Yup.

  • The oft-rumoured prettied-up remaster of the original Halo: Combat Evolved was confirmed for a November 15 launch.

  • Little "gadgets" and toys for Kinect are coming free through the Kinect Fun Labs.

  • Crytek's mysterious Xbox 360 exclusive has been revealed as an Ancient Roman Kinect-controlled first-person melee game, named Ryse.

  • Minecraft is coming to Xbox 360 this winter with Kinect support.

  • Lionhead's Kinect exclusive Fable: The Journey was announced.

  • Double Fine's Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster is completely adorable.

  • Kinect will let you virtually visit the Magic Kingdom in Disneyland Adventures.

  • Exercise substitute sequel Kinect Sports Season Two was announced.

  • Dance Central 2 was announced, boasting multiplayer.

  • A new Halo trilogy is planned, kicking off with Halo 4 in the 2012 holiday season.

Sony ended there E3 2011 press conference, leaving a handful of announcements in its wake. If you weren't glued to the live streams, here's what you missed:

  • Sony revealed the PSP successor is named the PlayStation Vita surprising no one. The announcement that the handheld would retail for $249.99 (Wi-Fi only model) and $299.99 (3G/Wi-Fi model) is still shocking. The handheld is launching globally by the end of 2011.

  • Ruin, an action-RPG for the NGP and PS3 was announced. Also announced was the ability to play the same save on either platform, similar to Kojima's "Transfarring" announcement last week.

  • BioShock Infinite will include Move support. Irrational's Ken Levine also announced a new BioShock game will come to the PlayStation Vita.

  • Developer CCP announced Dust 514 is a PlayStation 3 exclusive.

  • Sly Cooper returns with Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, coming in 2012.

  • Resistance 3 will get its own Sharpshooter Move bundle, like SOCOM 4 did before it.

  • God of War Origins announced, collects the PSP games for the PS3. Both that collection and the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus collection will arrive this September.

  • Sony announced new hardware! No, it's not a system, silly... it's a 24-inch 3D monitor and Active Shutter glasses in a bundle that includes a copy of Resistance 3 and an HDMI cablefor $499.99. The monitor also allows two players to play at once, showing each player a different view of the screen. It's magic or something.

  • PlayStation 3 will receive new media from CinemaNow in America. CinemaNow is a provider offering a similar service as Netflix.

Nintendo ended its E3 2011 press conferenceby winning the console war in my opinion, debuting several 3DS games and the announcement of its new console. Here's what you may have missed...

  • Despite rumors of pushing it back to their next console, Nintendo confirmed that Skyward Sword would be coming to Wii this holiday season. We did, however, later get extremely brief hints at an HD Zelda.

  • On the Zelda tip, Nintendo announced several plans for the 25th Anniversary, including Link's Awakening coming to the 3DS Virtual Console today, Four Swords coming for free in September, a series of symphony concerts, and two CDs.

  • Before taking the wraps off of the console, Iwata teased that it will "serve every player."

  • Nintendo announced and/or detailed five first-party 3DS titles, most of which are coming this year. Mario Kart 3DS, Super Mario 3DS, Star Fox 64 3D are coming this holiday season. Kid Icarus: Uprising will feature 3v3 multiplayer. And a new Luigi's Mansion was announced without a release date.

  • Finally, Nintendo named its next console Wii U. It features HD and a touch-screen controller as rumored, along with some other features like the ability to play games remotely on the controller. It's scheduled for release in 2012.

  • Among the first titles mentioned for the Wii U was the next Super Smash Bros, which will also come to the 3DS.

  • Nintendo also has several third-party publishers on-board to port games like Darksiders 2, Batman: Arkham City, and Metro: Last Light.

  • Plus, TT Games is making an exclusive open-world Lego game for the Wii U and 3DS.

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