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E3 – Microsoft Conference – The things I liked

Hello everyone and welcome back to the old me that actually watch E3 news and blog about it! Just watched the whole Microsoft Conference live, and that means XBOX 360 and Kinect. Following is the list of things that gets the thumb up from me.

1. Tomb Raider
I just love the look of this. Me and my brother was watching it and we bought nodded to his comment: This feels like Resident Evil 4 did when it came out at first. He hit the nail on the head, it really does feel like a new beginning for Tomb Raider, and in a great way! The in game presentation we just saw started with Lara being captured and trapped in a cave. Plenty of action, new look and feel and a style that will redefine how see Tomb Raider. I love you new Lara, if the game is as good as your new style, this will be a huge hit.

2. Minecraft On xbox 360!
It’s true! Notch you little bugger! Getting deals with huge companies like Microsoft without telling us before hand. You sneaky man. I love Minecraft, don’t play it much but I love it, and the fact that this will make the game even bigger. I don’t mind it, don’t mind it at all. As it is now, Minecraft on console will be exclusive for Xbox 360. Oh and also, you will be able to control the game with kinect… don’t know why that would matter…

3. Modern Warfare 3
I love the game series so I have to mention it, but really, honestly? It was one of the less exciting Call Of Duty game presentations. Still want the game though.

Let us continue with the less interesting moments and parts…

1. RYSE
Have you heard of it before? You know what it is? Didn’t think so. Go go games about Rome!

2. Kinect
So much Kinect!? It feelt like any movie trailer right now ending with the words NOW IN 3D! Either they’re having problem selling the damn thing or they are just very happy about having it. Don’t know what it is. But most games showed was about the whole Kinect business. Don’t care for it.

3. Halo 4
This is the start of a trilogy apparently that will keep the Halo series going. I’m sorry, great looking trailer. But… I’m just not interested

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Yu Gi Oh – Coming to xbox live.

Believe it or not, the Yu Gi Oh card game is coming to xbox live! A game that is currently one of the biggest trading card games in the world, and it was just a matter of time til they moved a step beyond the PSP and NDS. What I dont like at this moment is the fact that you will have to buy packs with microsoft points to get more and new cards? Maybe there is a ingame function to get new cards as well, otherwise I see alot of players just sticking with what they start of with, if they will get it all knowing this.

Maybe it works more like a bonus pack, that gives you thoese extra and better cards. We’ll just have to wait and see about that. Here is the quoted info on the game, followed by a few pictures:

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels

Features
Complete with the most robust card offering and the opportunity to purchase additional card packs through XBOX Live Arcade Marketplace to expand your deck
Includes cards from Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX and 5D’s
Complete against the most popular Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s characters during the finals
Battle through Single player or compete in 4 player tag duels with text and voice chat ability
Includes 3 modes of play:
Rank Match- Compete against Yu-Gi-Oh! fans of the same rank and ability
Quick Match- Jump right into the action and compete against any Yu-Gi-Oh! fan
Custom Match- Battle your friends and completely customize the rules of play
Complete with live leader boards to track your rank as well as your friends

/Nurgle
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Resident Evil 5 Desperate Escape – Review

This is the second of the new mini games for Resident Evil 5. This time the two playable characters are Jill and Josh, if you’re a RE5 player you will understand that this mini game plays out during the main story from RE5. Just like the main game and Lost In Nightmares, Desperate Escape should be played with a friend, this way you will really enjoy the game and what it gives you, trying to figure out how to make it through the levels with the highest chance of Survival.

This time Jill and Josh are trying to make their way to help Chris and Sheva, and the way there is packed with enemies, gates and “mini bosses”. The puzzles are more violent compared to Lost In Nightmares, you’re constantly being attacked while trying to make your way forward, finding keys and doors to get you to the next area. It’s one long adrenaline rush that won’t let you rest until it’s done. The game won’t frighten you or make you twist around when something jumps in front of you, but it will keep you glued to the screen.

The stress will come back when you notice that the ammo can sometimes run low if you try to defeat several of the enemies. I recommend playing at a higher difficulty level to really get the most out of Desperate Escape (same for Lost In Nightmares), the challenge is still not a long one, but it will keep you entertained, and there is a replay value to try and all the achievements (if you’re like “that”).

There isn’t much of a story in the game but I don’t want to give out the ending for those looking for that in the games. If you don’t want to know the end bit, simply stop reading now, and go on to the “Welcome back” part.

THE END – great welcome! The best part of Desperate Escape is the ending bit, where you and you’re friend or AI buddy will play a horde like mode. A timer will start and you have to survive for 5 minutes, the area have some ammo and healing items ready, but after that, it’s all about what the monsters drop for you. This one area could have been a optional game of its own within Desperate Escape, it’s really enjoyable.

WELCOME BACK – so welcome back. Lets round it up, length wise, it’s pretty short of a game, but it will keep you entertained through the whole thing, it’s fast and action filled, the only place where it’s lacking is the story which sadly is pretty much nonexistent. I still recommend it for all the Resident Evil fans that want more.

GOOD
+ Action filled & fun
+ Barry & Rebecca in mercenaries
+ The ending

BAD
– Still short for a DLC
– Lack of story

/Nurgle
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March 2010 – Best Game Month in a long time

March is intense this year. Many great releases, dlc’s and expansions to look forward too. These are just a few of the ones that Im looking to get.

XBOX 360:
March 2nd: Resident Evil 5 – Desperate Escape
March 4th: Bad Company 2
March 9th: Final Fantasy XIII
March 19th: BlazBlue – Calamity Trigger
March 19th: Metro 2033 – The Last Refuge

PC:
March 12th: Dawn Of War 2 – Chaos Rising
March 18th: Command & Conquer 4

DS:
March 29th: Pokemon Heart Gold

/Nurgle
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New Natal Video!

I must say, this just seems so awesome. Wii-mote in all glory but this… blows me away.

/Nurgleprobe
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Best and Worst Of E3

May be a bit selfish, but this is simply the best (and worst) of E3 according to me. What made me smile and exactly why? Some of you will agree with me ofcourse and some of you will… Well probabaly go: “Bananaballs!” If you do, please point out what you thought was better (or worse) at this E3. 🙂

The Worst:
5. I was not there!

4. Bad Company 2
The lack of… was the problem.

3. Nintendo’s Conference
Im not sure about this one.. but.. was it just me that got really dissapointed? It was not enough Wooo moments. And its not like the…

2. Wii Vitality Sensor
…would save them? Who, why and what the hell is going on Nintendo?

1. James Cameron’s Speech.
Im sorry about this one but, to much time, not enough pictures, read my other post on this and why I skipped to write about Ubisofts “keynote”.

THE BEST PARTS:
Number Five – Live Online
Thank you to everyone and all that worked with the recording and beeing able to see some “Keynotes” online. For the people not beeing able to be there. It was 85% of the E3 experience. Thank you again.

Number Four – Alan Wake
When I first saw this game, the very first trailer and read about the story. I knew I wanted to play it, to see ingame photage and know that this game will be coming out. Is a happy day for me.

Number Three – MAG
256 players at the same time!? I was drooling at this point. Teams, teamwork, objectives, just imagine the kind of battles you can fight, and imagine what teamwork can do in this game!? Im gonna get a PS3 as soon as this gets released.

Number Two – Metal Gear Solid for 360
I applauded. No im not kidding. “Here’s i Hideo Kojima”. One of the biggest smiles I have ever had. Finaly MGS for 360, i’ve been waiting so long. Tho, a bit dissapointed when I found out it was not exclusive for the 360.

Number One – Project Natal + Milo
The biggest, baddest and greatest showing ever. Im sorry if you dont agree, but we’ve seen motion controlers before. We’ve seen what we need to use in order to play thoese kind of games. A controler, a camera something that works together with the game. In what way was this really about “motion”. Project Natal has given the words “motion control” a new meaning. Your body is the new controler. This together with the new AI project called Milo. We saw something that might be the begging of game AI and player interaction. Im seeing the future and im longing to try it out.

/Alex
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Project Natal – The Future Now?

Project Natal was just announced by microsoft on E3. Its a mix of motion capture, voice recognition and … well insane ideas and capabilites. No need for a controler. I believe tha Microsoft has managed to take it that extra step. Finaly! Inovation!

But… really is it? I think Nintendo tried to nibble on this idea with Wii, I believe that becuase of their step forward with a motion controller. The gameindustry is finally ready and brave enough to take the next step. Not only may this change the way we play games, but also change how we see interaction with other things in our normal day lives.

The porn industry has been moving the film buisness forward, taperecorders, video, dvd, blueray and so on. Has been becuase of that industry, but ofcourse that has also changed how we take part of new family entertainment. In the same way, this may change how companies look at interaction with computers and even televisionsets. Ofcourse new things are always under development and tested but will this be a kickstart? Ofcourse Project Natal is created by Microsoft, and maybe they are looking for more possibilities with this new baby?

Please dont make this another bluescreen!

/Alex
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E3 – So far

What I think that is. I cant really see how Nintendo and Sony will break Microsoft now. It was an incredible showing they had earlier. The new Project Natal and the incredible AI milo. The whole update with Twitter, Facebook and Last Fm.

It sure was a great show they put up.

Also breaking the news about Metal Gear Solid: Rising. A completle new Metal Gear Solid game for xbox360. I guess the PSP release wasent the big deal (thank goodness).

Im guessing that we will know more about this in about… now its 2 hours. Thats when the kojima countdown reacher zero. Lets hope for more detailed news about this release.

/Alex
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Alan Wake – Metal Gear Solid for 360.

Its true. Metal Gear Solid will be comming to the xbox 360, as it seems. The game will be called: Metal Gear Solid: Rising. More news about this will be released in about two hours (hopefully).

And finaly! Some photage of Alan Wake, isnt it about time?
Take a look first ingame photage:

/Alex
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EA announced: Battlefield 1943 challenge!

So EA just announced on twitter:
“Battlefield 1943 Coral Sea Challenge announced: extra map unlocked when communities on XBL and PSN reach 43 M kills each”

So what does this mean. Well just what it says! Such a wonderfull way to give players new maps. Make it a community effort! Everyone is a part of getting the new game content.

How many bodies will you put in the 43million kills pile? 😉

/Alex
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