Microsoft E3 2009 press conference roundup: Halo: Reach, Metal Gear Solid: Rising, Left 4 Dead 2, Crackdown 2, Halo 3: ODST, Project Natal adds motion and voice interactivity to Xbox 360!

1 June 2009
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E3 Expo logoThe Microsoft E3 2009 press conference was held today and showed off a ton of new footage and some new game announcements.

Here’s a list of the keynotes:

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  • The keynote opened with Lips 2 and 1 vs. 100 trailers. The 1 vs. 100 game show Beta starts tonight at 7:30PM.
  • A new The Beatles: Rock Band animated trailer was shown. The game will have 45 songs on-disc. And “All You Need is Love” downloadable song will be available at launch exclusively on Xbox Live, with all proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
  • An extended Modern Warfare 2 trailer was shown. The first single player gameplay was shown on a snowy mountain. Two maps (or was that map packs?) for Modern Warfare 2 are to be timed exclusives for Xbox Live. Release date is November 11th, 2009.
  • Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series sold over 85 million units. First-look premier of Final Fantasy XIII running on Xbox 360. Trailer is in English with English voices plus subtitles. Lightning and Sudds, 4 active time gauges, more slots, and more skills you can use are shown. The enemy will attack continuously with wider tactics. Battle ends with Odin summon. Release date in Spring 2010 in America.
  • Epic announced their first Xbox Live Arcade title: Shadow Complex. Inspired by Metroid and Castlevania. Release date in Summer 2009.
  • Joy Ride is a FREE Xbox Live Arcade racing game that puts your Avatar in the drivers seat. Release date in Winter 2009.
  • Crackdown 2 announced for Xbox 360 with teaser trailer.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 was announced by Valve for Xbox 360 and PC with teaser trailer. Release date is November 17th, 2009.
  • Splinter Cell: Convictions finally showed up again. The Sam Fisher you know is dead, his daughter was killed, so he doesn’t play by the rules anymore. The character of Sam Fisher is still voiced by actor Michael Ironside.
  • Forza Motorsport 3 lets you stunt drive and have highly customizable cars with details paint jobs. Release date in October 2009.
  • Halo 3: ODST takes place weeks before the start of Halo 3. You play the Rookie, voiced by actress Tricia Helfer of Battlestar Galactica fame, dropped in New Mumbasa city. Sound-suppressing weapons and new visual modes (heat detection, and visual cues via A.I. helper). Flashbacks let you play from other ODST team members’ perspectives at different times during the game to discover the story behind New Mumbasa. Game will have an all-new co-op mode! Release date is September 22, 2009.
  • Bungie secret project unveiled. Halo: Reach release date is Fall 2010. Multiplayer Beta access coming with Halo 3: ODST pre-order.
  • Alan Wake was shown off my Remedy. In-game story unravels as a psychological thriller novel. Light from your flashlight in combination with your gun kills the enemies in the darkness. Release date in Spring 2010.
  • Music is coming to Xbox Live. Access radio stations for free worldwide for Xbox Live Gold members.
  • Netflix movies will no longer have a queue, videos will play instantly.
  • Watch live TV from SKY on a console for the first time ever without the need for additional hardware.
  • 1080p video on the Zune Marketplace for videos. Instant access to movies and TV shows. From 8 to soon 18 countries will get access. Watch everything together even if you’re not in the same room.
  • Facebook and Twitter partnerships announced for Xbox Live. Facebook Connect lets you post screenshots and texts in real-time. Twitter’s also updated continuously. Both are coming to Xbox Live in Fall 2009.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Rising was announced by series creator Hideo Kojima. Coming exclusively to Xbox 360. Teaser shows the star is Raiden with lighting bolt action.
  • Microsoft introduces a new way to play with no controller needed to play. Thanks to the new Project Natal camera you are the controller. Looks like the EyeToy series of games. A skating game lets you scan/photograph your own skins for in the game. Video chat lets you interact with. Voice recognition added to games like 1 VS 100. Motion control navigation added to Netflix and the Xbox 360 itself.
  • Steven Spielberg talks about this Project Natal as “It’s not about reinventing the wheel, it’s about no wheel at all.” He’s starting work on games for it. I liked Boom Blox on Wii a lot, so it’ll be interesting to see what he can come up with when he’s not filming movies.
  • Ricochet is a tech demo for a soccer ball kicking game, you can move around in 3D space with your whole body as you kick or punch them back. A Paint Party tech demo lets you paint over pictures with your hands and color choices are voice activated.
  • Peter Molineux praises Project Natal after working with it for a few months. Game project demo: A boy called Milo talks back to a woman giving feedback to what he’s doing. Her hand movements are being recognized in the environment. She draws on paper, then scans it in in front of the camera and the picture and colors are given to Milo in the game! Seaman of the new generation? A landmark in computer entertainment?
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