Well I sat down ready to be impressed with what Microsoft would have to offer us at E3 this year and as I watched I began to wonder if they had built a 360 into a Kinect camera.
They started the show off with what else, but Modern Warfare 3.
It was a game demo of a section in New York, it looked polished and as usual had the feeling of a Jerry Bruckheimer Movie.
Next up new Tomb Raider, and I have to say, that this was probably my pick, they look to be taking it down the survival horror route and that can’t be all bad.
Mass Effect 3 with Kinect, it used voice recognition for dialogue options and combat, it looked a bit gimmicky, have a look and you decide.
Ghost Recon – Future Soldier, you guessed it, more Kinect, this time to change your weapons, 20,000,000 apparently.
There was a cool trailer though.
Halo Combat Evolved – Anniversary trailer, not much else to say really.
Next up, Cliff Blezinski and Ice T gave a demo of Gears Of War 3, it look bigger and bad asserer, not a lot else to add, it’s more Gears Of War.
Codename Kingdoms now renamed Ryse from Crytek, finally showed itself, again it appears to be an on rails Kinect game, but at least it looked gritty and brutal, this may be the one shining Kinect light.
Forza 4 up next, there was Kinect, but they seemed to focus more on community features, which I have to admit did look pretty cool.
And then it happened, Peter Molyneux stepped out on stage to show us Fable The Journey, the word underwhelmed describes my feelings about this, it was basically a first person on rails game, and it looked pretty average at best.
The next big one was Kinect Star Wars, oh my god this looked pretty, but also pretty average, the guy on stage swinging his arms around and trying to headbutt the TV didn’t help.
Finally to end the show, they gave us………….Halo 4 and that was that, no new IPs, all sequals and Kinect, maybe Sony and Nintendo can do better, as Microsoft were distinctly average.
Probably the biggest announcement for me was Minecraft coming to 360, it’s saying something when an indie game announcement makes you excited.