The conference started with gameplay footage of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, showing a unique underwater mission as a squad swam about planting explosives on the hull of a submarine before storming it after it surfaced, then escaping the ensuing battle on speed boat. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is due for release in November.
Next up, Crystal Dynamics show off gameplay of Tomb Raider. A much more human Lara Croft escapes from unknown captives, getting injured, feeling fear and relying on survival instincts – integrated as a vision mode which highlights objects – to frantically escape the collapsing cave structure.
EA Sports then take the floor to announce Kinect functionality for four upcoming titles: Tiger Woods, Madden, FIFA, and an unannounced sports title to be revealed later in the week. Additionally The Sims 3 Pets and Hasbro Family Games 4 were confirmed for Kinect compatibility.
Bioware then showed off Mass Effect 3 gameplay and show the Kinect support through voice recognition. The demonstration showed choosing dialogue options, and ordering team mates to use abilities and change tactics.
Ubisoft then come out and show Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, featuring Optical camouflage, and next generation Cross-Com HUD and tactical display. The Kinect functionality allows for weapon customisation with gestures and voice, exploding the gun down to its individual components. Also full control using Kinect is teased. It’s all confirmed that all future Tom Clancy titles will support Kinect.
Next up, new Xbox Live features and tweaks are announced. Increased partners for Xbox Live aims to bring more feature to the system, including YouTube, the Bing search tool for searching through the marketplace via voice control with Kinect, and more live TV including UFC fights with interactive menus and community features. More to be announced later this year.
Next came a whole host of footage of Xbox exclusive titles:
Gears of War 3 was demonstrated. Showing off coop, mechs, and absolutely gorgeous visuals.
Crytek announce a new title, Ryse for Kinect, based in Ancient Rome.
Halo HD footage is shown, confirming online multiplayer, coop and competitive, for the HD remake.
Forza 4 footage is shown, confirming Kinect voice control and head tracking. Forza 4 is due out in October.
Lionhead show Fable The Journey, a Kinect title that looks like a first person rail-shooter, casting spells against enemies. Due out in 2012.
The big surprise announcement of Minecraft coming to Xbox 360 Kinect.
Kinect Disneyland Adventures footage shown. You’ll be able to explore the entire park through Kinect, play rides like flying with Peter Pan, falling through the rabbit hole etc. Kinect Disneyland Adventures is out later this year.
Star Wars Kinect was finally shown and it looks fittingly grand, although it still seems to suffer from a delay in controls, and 1:1 is still questionable.
Double Fine also show off their Sesame Street Kinect game, which looks like a fantastic kid’s game.
Kinect Fun Labs was then announced, which will act like a hub for new Kinect software and community created content using Kinect, including Kinect avatar scanning creator, kinect finger tracking allows you to draw in 3D and the ability to finally create digital version of physical items. Kinect Fun Labs is available to now.
Kinect Sports Season 2 was announced and will include Skiing, baseball, golf, darts, tennis and American football.
Dance Central 2 was announced and will allow simultaneous two-player dancing as well as backward compatibility with Dance Central’s DLC songs.
Call of Duty DLC was confirmed as continuing to be available first on Xbox 360.
Last, but certainly not least a new trilogy of games were announced, with the new trilogy beginning in 2012 with the release of Halo 4. The footage was short and sweet but Master Chief is back and I for one couldn’t be more excited.
Well that’s the round up of Microsoft’s Conference. Sony is up later tonight and we’ll be gathering all the news for you to post straight after the conference here on Midlife Gamer.