E3 2011 – Microsoft impressions

That was a pretty great press conference, actually – a lot better than I thought it would be.  I’m definitely glad to own a Kinect unit, that’s for sure; sure it’s been dry lately, but there’s a lot of really cool stuff coming.

OK, running down the list here…

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 – that was a pretty great looking trailer, certainly; I’m kinda lukewarm on the COD series in general, and especially in light of the Infinity Ward craziness, but I could see myself renting this and enjoying the single-player campaign.

Tomb Raider – whoa.  Looks fantastic.  Love that Lara isn’t sassy and full of quips – she looks scared and vulnerable and the animation really reflects this well.  Nice QTE stuff, very Heavy Rain-esque.

EA Sports – not a lot revealed here, though it’s about time that Tiger Woods got some Kinect support.  (Not sure it’ll improve the putting game, but still.)  I wonder what the 4th game will be (besides Madden, Tiger and Fifa).

Mass Effect 3 – OK, here’s where the Kinect integration got exciting.  Voice recognition for dialogue trees is really cool.  Not so sure about giving combat orders through voice, but still – the conversation stuff looks great.

Ghost Recon Future Soldier – that Gunsmith thing looks fucking insane.

The new dashboard looks pretty rad.  YouTube is a great addition, and if there’s Kinect voice search to go along with it my wife and I may never leave the couch.  The Bing! stuff is interesting, too.  I’ll be more interested in the Live TV stuff if they get Time Warner Cable involved.

I don’t give a shit about the UFC, so…

Gears 3 – that looks like Gears 3.  At this point, my live stream was starting to fall apart, so I had a really tough time seeing how good this actually looked.  I wonder who would win in an arm wrestling / machismo contest between Marcus and Duke Nukem.

Ryse – OK, that’s a hard-core Kinect game.  I might need to get in shape in order to play this one properly.

Halo CE Anniversary – This sounds great in theory, but unless they fix all that backtracking in the 2nd half I kinda don’t give a shit.

Forza 4 – there’ll be more of this at the show, right?  Hard to judge from a trailer.  Still, I’m a fan of the series and this looks promising, as always.

Fable Journey – first person on-rails spellcasting?  OK…

Minecraft/Kinect – Fuck and yes.

Disney – don’t care.  Super-happy children freak me out.  Nobody should be that cheerful.

Kinect Star Wars – my wife will love the shit out of this.  Controls still look laggy, though, and I wonder if Kinect will record video of us playing and have us be the new Star Wars Kids.

Once Upon A Monster – if my wife and I ever have a kid, we’ll be playing this.  Hell, even if we don’t, we’ll be playing this.  THIS is how you have kids on stage, also.

Kinect Fun Labs – so this is where we get to play with all the cool Kinect hacks that were on YouTube last year?  SIGN ME UP.

Kinect Sports 2 – again, my video connection shorted out here, but I saw the intro, and I can at least get behind some of the sports involved.  Still not sure I’ll care after a week or so.

Dance Central 2 – I only know about this from Twitter.

Halo 4 – Yeah, I guess that’s pretty big news.

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