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E3 2012 has wrapped up, and I have now watched Microsoft's, Nintendo's, and Sony's E3 press conferences over the last week. While watching each conference, some parts of them multiple times, I usually had me a cup of coffee next to me with more coffee in the pot. I tried to make sure I was alert when watching them, and paying attention to what was being said and shown.
With a week having now passed since the conferences, what are my caffeinated thoughts on Microsoft's 2012 E3 press conference and what coffee roast grade do I give it? Let's take a look!
I don't own an Xbox 360, and it's the only "current" generation home console that I don't own. I did own an original Xbox though and have friends with Xbox 360 consoles, so I'm somewhat familiar with the exclusive games the console offers. So, with me not owning an Xbox 360, Microsoft probably had the most to gain from a strong conference and in attempting to sway people like myself that perhaps don't own one of the console yet.
Seeing Halo 4 start off Microsoft's conference this year I thought was pretty cool. The production values of the CG, and apparently live action, in the trailer shown seemed extremely high, and those production values remained not just in the Halo 4 showing, but for the remainder of Microsoft's conference. While I do not own any of the Halo games on the original system, I did play through both of them, and even completed Halo 3 on the 360 with a friend. Knowing how the Halo series has been important to Microsoft, I thought it was great to see the game get the initial spotlight.
Overall, I remember seeing 16 games specifically shown and/or talked about in some fashion during Microsoft's conference, and almost all of them had a trailer of some effect, even if it was only a 3D model with a voiceover such as LocoCycle's announcement.
I found the Smart Glass portion of the conference too long and it appeared scripted to me, and not an actual live demo of the application. One of the videos during the demonstration started playing about 1-2 seconds BEFORE the command was given for it to play, which is why I think the Smart Glass portion was simply a script being read from the teleprompter, while keeping up with what was happening on the screens.
While the Smart Glass portion was a little long, it definitely was not the worst portion of Microsoft's conference though. The bitter will be revealed a little later.
How did Microsoft end their conference? Probably with the biggest game of 2012, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. They allowed more than 10 minutes of their show just for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The single-player campaign portion they showed, definitely looks to continue the over-the-top action of the recent Call of Duty games, and appears to be very well produced.
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While this will be a mutli-console release, I thought the use of Kinect's microphone to call out to an enemy, was an interesting use for the accessory. I'm used to the slower paced movement in the original Splinter Cell games, but seeing the new game's combat and movement system in action, I thought was pretty cool, and hopefully the game keeps a good balance of the old game-play mechanics with the new.
So, overall I would give Microsoft's conference just under a "Dark Roast" coffee grade, for them sticking with the general rule of "Starting Strong, Ending Strong", but the middle could have used a little more work.
Bitter - Usher, not just introducing a game, but then taking stage and dancing for an entire song. E3 = Electronic Entertainment Expo, not Choreographed Concert Caper.
Sweet - High production values, and most of the games talked about had trailers, and many had "live" stage demos.
Agree or disagree? Think Usher's part was the best part of any E3 conference, ever? Any game in particular stand out to you, like Splinter Cell Blacklist did to me?
If you're interested in the Xbox 360, a new console bundle was released last week as well: