E3 2011 Microsoft PR Conference : key highlights.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Activision

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Activision opened the show with the first gameplay footage of their newest release in their action packed franchise. As always, Xbox 360 owners will get all the content first for this game.

Make sure you ask Santa for this one!

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Tomb Raider – Crystal Dynamics

Go on the adventure that made Lara Croft into the tomb raiding femme fatale we came to know. This game will bring more realism than ever before, watch your step, Lara is fragile and might just break something. Survive in hostile environments and find your way in dark places.

Electronic Arts

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EA announced this year that their most successful EA Sports games would have Kinect integration. Fifa, Madden NFL and Tiger Woods PGA will now be controlled with the wave of a hand, or the kick of your feet.

Other than their sports series, EA also showed some new footage of Mass Effect 3, which will also have Kinect features.

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Ubisoft

Ubisoft took the stage this year at our keynote to present their Kinect integration for Ghost Recon; Future Soldier. In this game, you will be able to fully customize your weapons with the power of Kinect, it’s quite amazing, really!

Additionally, they announced that all of their Tom Clancy titles from now on will have some form of Kinect integration.

Exciting!

New dashboard experience and partnerships – Microsoft

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Apart from games, we’ve also announced the new look and feel of the Xbox Dashboard, new features will be added such as Bing – which will allow you to search your console for the content you want. YouTube – To have your favorite video you would like to share with family and friends on your TV. UFC* – for all of you who like to play rough from time to time. And Live TV* – To watch the show you want, when you want.

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Gears of War 3 – Epic Games / Microsoft Game Studios

Marcus Fenix is back and about to go out with a bang! This year, Epic games will bring us the final chapter in the Gears of War Saga. Cliff Bliszinski showed us new campaign footage his game together with rap icon Ice-T.

Run to the store as fast as you can and place your pre-order, you don’t want to miss out on this epic game!

Ryse – Crytek / Microsoft Game Studios

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Last year we’ve teased you all with “Project Kingdoms”. This project now has a name; Ryse. You are a Roman gladiator and have to battle through enemies with the power of Kinect.

For this title we’ve partnered with Crytek who is renowned for their amazing graphics and physics. (Crysis, Far Cry, …)

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Halo: Combat Evolved – Anniversary – 343 Industries / Microsoft Game Studios

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Halo: Combat Evolved, we’ve decided to re-release the shooter that spawned an entire new generation of shooters. Experience Masterchief’s story like never before with new features, better graphics and online play!

Forza Motorsport 4 – Turn 10 / Microsoft Game Studios

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Are you a car fanatic? Then this is something for you! Turn 10 promises us the best looking game for this year with a wide variety of manufacturers, TopGear integration, amazing online gameplay and the power of Kinect.

What are you waiting for? Start your engine!

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Fable: The Journey – Lionhead studios / Microsoft Game studios

The world of Albion is in danger, and heroes are not born, they are made. Become a hero in the newest chapter in the Fable saga, and enjoy the world of Albion like never before thanks to the power of Kinect.

Disneyland Adventures – Frontier Games / Microsoft Game Studios

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There is a little child in all of us, and whether you would like to awaken that child or play this game with your actual children, this  game will shower you with magic fairy dust and bring you to the enchanting world of Disneyland.

Go on many different attractions and interact with your favorite Disney character. Anything is possible!

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Kinect Star Wars – Lucasarts / Microsoft Game Studios

Step into the world of Star Wars with Kinect, play as a Jedi, eat Stormtroopers as a Rancor monster, fight of the empire in you X-wing or go into a podrace.

Kinect Star Wars is fun for everyone, thanks to a wide variety of game modes.

May the force be with you.

Sesame Street: Once upon a monster -  Telltale games

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Education made fun, thanks to the crew of sesame Street, learn to count with Elmo and overcome your fear of monsters with the Cookiemonster, This game will entertain the smallest gamers among us with an endless amount of fun.

…and cookies!

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Kinect Funlabs – Good Science / Microsoft Game Studios

Always wanted to experiment with the technology behind Kinect? Then this is your chance, play around with Kinect Funlabs and amaze your friends when you scan your favorite toy and use it on your Xbox 360. Take pictures of yourself and experiment in a 3D world, want to know more? Then power up your Xbox 360 and have a go! Funlabs is available today!

Kinect Sports Season Two – Rare ltd / Microsoft Game Studios

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The best-selling game for Kinect gets a sequel, Kinect Sports Two is more than 6 new sports, and it’s twice the fun with improved Kinect tracking, more fun activities and the sports you’ve been asking for!

If you liked Kinect Sports, you’ll love season two!

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Dance Central 2 – Harmonix / Microsoft Game Studios

Can’t stop your feet when you hear a tune you like? Than this is what you’ve been waiting for, Dance Central 2 is better than ever with versus mode, over 40 tracks in the box and the possibility to transfer all of you Dance Central 1 songs and download content to this new version.

Halo 4 – 343 Industries / Microsoft Game Studios

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Master chief is back! And will be ready to save us and the rest of the universe yet again holiday 2012!

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Thanks Guy Spaey for this summary !
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XBOX LIVE NEWSBEAT: VOL. 5, MARCH 10, 2010

 

 XBOX LIVE NEWSBEAT: VOL. 5, MARCH 10, 2010

 IN THE SPOTLIGHT With St. Patty’s day right around the corner, take the celebration with friends beyond the green get-up and Irish pubs – grab your controller and keep the Xbox LIVE Arcade Block Party rolling! Block Party’s “Scrap Metal™” (Microsoft) speeds onto Xbox LIVE Arcade on March 10 and the time has come to fire up your Farsight in “Perfect Dark™” (Microsoft Game Studios) on March 17. Still looking for that perfect party outfit, stop by the Avatar Marketplace on Xbox LIVE so your Avatar isn’t tardy for the Xbox LIVE Block Party! Purchase one of our amazing gamer tees, and find out who got Pwned!

Get ready for big Game Add-ons, an epic Multiplayer Unlock event and more!

Can’t get enough multiplayer fun? Pick up the Xbox 360 Elite Spring bundle that comes with a premium Xbox 360 Elite console for $299 and blockbuster hits, “Halo® 3: ODST” (Microsoft Game Studios) and “Forza Motorsport 3” (Microsoft Game Studios) at no additional cost. Available now, the “Halo 3: ODST” game disc will also grant access to the hotly anticipated “Halo: Reach” (Microsoft Game Studios) multiplayer beta on Xbox LIVE, which begins May 3!

Face off in the upcoming “Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2” (Activision/Infinity Ward) Multiplayer Unlock event running from March 12 [9:00 am PT / Noon ET] – March 15 [9:00 am PT / Noon ET], during which Silver Xbox LIVE members will be able to enjoy online multiplayer in the game, a benefit usually reserved for Gold members. And later this spring, Xbox 360 owners will be the first players in the world to fully experience the “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” content pack! Check out how acclaimed developer Infinity Ward took gamers back to the action-packed world rife with political intrigue, betrayal and heroism in “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” which shattered Xbox LIVE launch records and became the largest entertainment launch in history.

And if you’ve been inspired recently by the Winter Olympics, you can go for the Gold too. Between March 15 – 31, when you buy a 12 month Xbox LIVE Gold membership or renew your existing membership, you instantly get an additional two months of Gold for free!  That means two extra months of full access to the best online gaming and social entertainment network in the industry.

 

Avatar Marketplace 

In the mood for a little luck o’ the Irish? Charm your friends and enemies alike in an array of St. Patty’s day offerings in the Avatar Marketplace, beginning March 11. Once the jigs come to a halt and leprechauns head back to their pots of gold, kick off Block Party with a bang by getting your avatar to strut their stuff in gear from “Scrap Metal™” (Microsoft) and “Perfect Dark™” (Microsoft Game Studios) before each game. The “Scrap Metal™” collection will be available March 11 with “Perfect Dark” following suit on March 18. Partied out? Don’t worry – the “Alan Wake” collection on March 18 will have you clamoring to be a part of the action.

deal of the week 

Get ‘em while they’re hot!  Deal of the Week delivers an eclectic mix of blockbuster games and game add-ons this month including:

“Fable®” Originals” (Microsoft Game Studios)

March 15 | 800 Microsoft Points

Peter Molyneux’s groundbreaking role-play/adventure game allows you to create your life story from childhood to earthly departure. Will you choose the path of righteousness or succumb to the devil on your shoulder? Every action changes the world forever and, as dramatic as it sounds, its fate is in your hands. So, who will you be? Rated M for Mature and available everywhere except Korea and India.

“Fallout® 3” Game Add-ons (Betheseda Softworks)

March 22 | 400 Microsoft Points

Enter the expansive world of “Fallout 3” that will have you battling super mutants in a fight for survival against the terrors of the outside world. The shockingly realistic visuals and oodles of player choice will keep you coming back to this game again and again, and so will the game add-ons: “Operation: Anchorage”, “The Pitt”, “Broken Steel”, “Point Lookout”, and “Mothership Zeta” for half their usual price!

Xbox Live arcade

Xbox LIVE Arcade delivers quality downloadable games at a great value and the Xbox LIVE Arcade Block Party has officially started! Get “Scrap Metal” and “Perfect Dark” while the party is hot!

“Scrap Metal™” (Microsoft)

March 10 | 1200 Microsoft Points

In this fast-paced, top-down racing game, you’ll be taking corners at a swift drift with guns blazing. Take out the competition and fight your way through explosive, action-packed missions to defeat wily bosses to add vehicles to your garage. Cars are customizable and friend battles are at your fingertips when you play this game on Xbox LIVE. Let the pulse-pounding action begin! This game is rated E10+ for Everyone 10+ by the ESRB and will be available worldwide.

“Perfect Dark” (Microsoft Game Studios)

March 17 | 800 Microsoft Points

Galactic conspiracies run amok in this epic tale set in 2023 America. Now on Xbox LIVE Arcade, the classic shooter game that made its mark on the N64 console has been remastered—greater definition and detail support a silkier framerate than ever before. The Dark returns this month, so fire up your Farsight and prepare for some action. This game is rated M for Mature by the ESRB and available everywhere except Japan.

 Game Add-ons 

 

 “Forza Motorsport 3 Jalopnik Car Pack” (Turn 10 Studios)

March 9 | 400 Microsoft Points

Collect, race, and customize the world’s latest and greatest cars in the “Jalopnik Car Pack”! This DLC contains ten cars selected by the teams at Turn 10 and Jalopnik.com, one of the world’s largest automotive enthusiast communities. The car pack features the 2008 Mazda Furai, 2010 Jaguar #33 RSR XKR GT, 2009 Ford #40 Robertson Racing Ford GT Mk7, 2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage, 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic, 1992 Bugatti EB110 SS, 2011 BMW Motorsport Z4 sDrive35is, 2010 Audi TT RS Coupe, 2010 Aston Martin Rapide, and 2010 Honda Mugen Civic Type-R 3D. In-game credits are required to purchase these cars in Season Play. For more information, visit http://forzamotorsport.net/en-us/default.htm.

“BioShock® 2 Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack” (2K Games)

March 11 | 800 Microsoft Points

Step back into the unforgettable world of Rapture in “BioShock® 2” and expand your BioShock 2 multiplayer experience with a rank increase to 50, new weapons upgrades, 20 new trials, and 2 new characters. This brand new add-on will also be available on Games for Windows – LIVE.

“Dragon Age: Origins Awakening Expansion Pack” (Electronic Arts)

March 16 | 3200 Microsoft Points

Rebuild the Grey Wardens and battle terrifying new creatures utilizing all new specializations, spells, and talents.

“Lips” (Microsoft Game Studios)

Throughout March | 160 Microsoft Points – 440 Microsoft Points (listed below)

Grab a friend and harmonize to the beat with “Sexy Love” by Ne-Yo, croon to the soothing melody of “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones, or sing until you’re “Breathless” with The Corrs.  Each track is available for 160 Microsoft Points each through the Xbox LIVE “Lips” Music Store. To get your retro groove on, the Commodores Song Pack is now available, featuring a trio of their top hits including “Brick House,” “Three Times a Lady” and “Easy.”  Later this month, jazz fans are in for a treat with the debut of the Norah Jones Song Pack, which includes “Don’t Know Why,” “Come Away With Me,” and “Sunrise.”  As Song Packs are downloadable for 440 Microsoft Points each, it’s never been easier to get sing-along hits from your favorite artist!  For a complete list of “Lips” Game Add-ons for the month, check out lips.xbox.com.  Don’t forget to check out “Lips: Party Classics,” the latest title in the “Lips” family, available in stores worldwide now.

 

Games on demand

Games on Demand delivers the titles you want, whenever you want them, straight to your Xbox 360. The upcoming Games on Demand lineup includes Xbox 360 Platinum Hits from some of the biggest franchises on Xbox 360 :

“Guilty Gear 2 Overture” (Aksys Games)

March 9 | Japan

At the height of their powers, mankind created biological weapons called “Gears,” whose energy source came from what was known as “Divine Power.” However, one of these Gears turned on its masters and led an army of its fellow Gears in a bloody war against humanity. Humans responded by creating an order of knights whose sole purpose was the destruction of the Gears. At first, it seemed that they were successful, but the truth had yet to be revealed…until now. Learn the truth in Guilty Gear 2: Overture, exclusively on XBOX 360! Join with friends in team battle, or go at it alone in free-for-all with up to four players on Xbox LIVE®! Guilty Gear 2: Overture is Rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

 

Treat yourself to new, lower priced Games on Demand titles too, including:

  • “Kameo™: Elements of Power™” (Microsoft Game Studios) | Europe
  • “Mass Effect™” (Microsoft Game Studios) |  Europe
  • Perfect Dark Zero™” ( Microsoft Game Studios) | Europe
  • “Viva Piñata™,” “Viva Piñata®: Party Animals,” and “Viva Piñata™: Trouble in Paradise” (Microsoft Game Studios) |  Europe with “Viva Piñata™: Trouble in Paradise” also reduced in the US