E3 06: 360 gets second wave of games

Forza Motorsport 2, Fable 2, Shadowrun, Xbox Live Arcade games revealed at Microsoft's pre-E3 event; a few Vista exclusives also announced.

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LOS ANGELES--The announcements of Halo 3 and Grand Theft Auto IV at Microsoft's pre-E3 press conference may have left the Graumann's Chinese Theater shaking, but there were also many other games announced besides those two behemoths.

Peter Molyneux's Lionhead Studios, one of the newest members to Microsoft's troupe, is bringing the sequel to Fable to the Xbox 360. The game was presented as a trailer, and it appears to retain many of the features that made the original so unique--specifically the ability to make choices that affect the gameworld. No release date was announced.

Forza Motorsport 2 will also speed onto the 360, which will be that series' first appearance on a next-generation system. The racing sim will be heavy on customization, and the trailer shown appears to emphasize the ability to swap out car parts and apply different paint jobs. Forza Motorsport 2 is scheduled for release this holiday season.

Shadowrun for the Xbox 360 was also revealed, confirming some pre-E3 rumors that have been circulating. The game is based on the pen-and-paper game of the same name from the early 1990s, and it will be a cross-platform title, allowing 360 and Windows Vista users to take each other on in multiplayer. Shadowrun will be available at the launch of Windows Vista.

The psychological paranormal thriller Alan Wake also made an appearance at the event, answering the question of which platforms the Remedy-developed game would be on. Alan Wake, which debuted at last year's E3, will be exclusive to the Xbox 360 and Windows Vista. No release date has been set yet.

Xbox Live arcade will also get a whole slew of new games in the future, including Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, and Rally-X from Namco; Frogger, Contra, Super Contra, Track & Field, Time Pilot, and Scramble from Konami; Sonic The Hedgehog High Speed from Sega; and Lumines Live from Q Entertainment.

Lumines Live brings Tetsuya Miziguchi's PSP puzzle game to Xbox Live; however, the familiar J-pop and techno tracks featured in the handheld version won't be included. Instead, the game will take advantage of Microsoft's new agreement with Warner Bros. Music and will feature the label's music and music videos as the soundtrack and background of the game.

Xbox Live Arcade has also become a place where independent studios can easily get their games into the mainstream, and five new indie games will hit the service in the future. PopCap Games, who scored a Live hit with Zuma, will release Heavy Weapon, an action-oriented shooter. Other games include Cloning Cycle (Wahoo Studios/NinjaBee), RoboBlitz (Naked Sky Entertainment), and Mutant Storm Empire (PomPom).

For more on Microsoft's pre-E3 conference, read GameSpot's coverage of the event.

Discussion

72 comments
dorky_yorkie
dorky_yorkie

.....alan wake......360 only?......a sad day for me........

LaP
LaP

Alan Wake vista only ? WTF. Sad i wont be able to play this game. I hate marketing moves like this one.

vlsi0n2156
vlsi0n2156

I'm impressed also. Many many many great titles coming.

Hoopin4thelove
Hoopin4thelove

sorry sony u yellow belly sap suckers hahahaha eat this for dinner.........

skyline808
skyline808

I am looking forward to HALO 3 , sad that it's the last one i still hope it isn't but anyway i also am looking forward to forza 2 wich i loved and once again microsoft will win the system wars because it has great games coming and alot of them,,, take that sony.

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

in my view the 360 does have the better line up of games fable 2 mass effect halo 3 huxley too human also that the 360 will win this console war

jacash3492
jacash3492

Fable 2?!?!??!?! OMFG i need to get to EB games when it comes out. It will be a great RPG no doubt.

rgobantes3
rgobantes3

gizmo_logix, It will take a while for Wii and PS3 to catch up if they catch up at all. There's no way in the world Wii and PS3 will be caught up with Xbox 360 come January 2007. 360 will be #1 in January 2007. Sony, Nintendo and game developers can not create all the consoles and games (unless they stop producing games for 360) to catch up with 360. Please keep in mind Sony, MS or Nintendo's definition of gaming market is worldwide. I'm interested to hear the logic behind your statement on 360 will be #2 console in November. Before you answer, please read what minerI99 has posted.

minerl99
minerl99

If ANYONE say's "THERE AREN'T ANY GOOD GAMES ON THE 360". They are either: 1. - Not a real video game lover. 2. - Just like to compain... 3. - The consumate Fan Boy of another console/PC. All 3 Next Gen systems have some great games coming out. The PS3 has MSG4, FFXIII, Heavenly Swords and some others. The Wii has Red Steel and some some fun games (I'm a bit older, so I don't pay much attention to the Wii, but I admire their games and their controller). But as for the Sony vs Microsoft battle, Sony is way behind right now in game choices and will be for probably at least a year. That's a fact and not much can be done about it, but for Sony developers to program like hell and try to catch up. The console war isn't over, but to say Microsoft doesn't have a good lineup...... see 1,2 or 3 above. Gears of War... Too Human... Mass Effect... Chromehounds.... Lost Planet (the demo on marketplace shows this to be a sleeper hit...) Huxley and Shadowrun both with PC and 360 players fighting against each other. Huxley as a MMOFPS... Forza 2 with Force Feedback!!! There goes the month of Dec/Jan for me... I'm forgetting a ton, but these are just some of the really good looking titles I can't wait to play.

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

I just downloaded Lost Planet it's awesome and the controls are very, very smooth. I love Halo but guyz they will have to come VERY, VERY, HARD. The competition is going to be stiff. Gears of War, Too Human, and Huxley are going to be very hard to beat! I am rooting for Bungie, but I was very surprise that the "map editor" feature wasn't included in Halo 2. That's what made Far Cry really great! Hopefully Bungie adds the currents features of these great titles and then..add..MORE! But one thing is for sure, Shadowrun will be the sleeper that will make everyone sit up and take notice. And then there's this "little" title by an unknown developer called Mass Effect. I think the company is Bioware (never heard of them ..lol).

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Awesome! Now Ryu Hayabusa is needed 8)

foofightersrule
foofightersrule

About time they get some more games... It's been a while since a good game has came out... (Oblivion)

enoslives7
enoslives7

the 360 is gonna be another Dreamcast.....Sony will crush it, as usual...

terrabreak13
terrabreak13

anthony_basic said "lol holy shi!T contra on xbox live arcade! T hat owns!" It looks like these kids were not around when contra came out. I thought I was the only one excited about that. I'm sure it won't just be a emulation but actually playable over Live with a friend. Now thats hot. And for the Sony lovers talking about the 360 not having rpgs, there are actually more rpgs anounced for the 360 than any of the other systems. And there will be more on the 360 first. Don't expect FFXIII until 2008. There is no way SE can release 12 this year and 13 next year. So all you sony rpg gamers are in for a long wait.

anthony_basic
anthony_basic

lol holy shi!T contra on xbox live arcade! T hat owns!

Sweendrix
Sweendrix

PS3 premium and 1 game: $700 Xbox 360, Nintendo Gamecube, and two games: $700 dollars. Halo 3 and Zelda Twilight Princess: Priceless

TheTrooperUK
TheTrooperUK

I couldnt agree more with mattro........BUT before you shout fanboy at me,let me just get one point across....the fact that people/gamers are saying this and that about certain consoles is so MAD.....seriously all of you need to step back and think about how sane you are.....Why....well who gives a toss which company is better and so forth......WE the gamers are the ones that matter & its us that are truly the winners....IT DOES NOT MATTER WHICH CONSOLE YOU CHOOSE TO BUY.....there are great looking games on each system....however I personaly wonte be running out to get a PS3....NOT BECAUSE I HATE THEM...but because I have baught a 360 & i am sure that PS3 will have great games as does 360 and Wii....but for me to spend another load of $$$ on PS3 is crazy as it is basicaly the same as what I am currently enjoying with my 360. But alas i know some little kid will now bash my comment with a childish naieve answer.......and again thats ok because one day you will grow up and be wiser in thaught.....BUT anyone else should question their sanity if they are adults posting such so called FANBOY comments. Cheers all

thatguytony
thatguytony

Been watching the trailers that are on Xbox Live, things are looking up. Makes me happy that I took a chance and bought a 360 (especially after Sony dropped the hefty price tag of the PS3).

xbx4ever
xbx4ever

Overall a great E3 for the 360

mattro11
mattro11

And another thing, (I'm raving again) Sony are going to find it hard to convince 5 to 10 million 360 owners to drop Usd599 (1000Aud) + games on a console that offers nothing really new or better than the one they already have. Regardless of which has the more processing power, (if any) the graphics are going to be much the same, game choices are much the same, (unless you like eccenntric Asian games) so really, you'd be better off putting the cash towards a HDTV or send the missus on a 2 week holiday by herself!!!

mattro11
mattro11

thought i'd wade in with my 10c worth, I brought a 360 on release day (night) here in Australia, and i think m$ has done a great job of it, i had both a ps2 and xbox1 but this thing changed my whole entertainment forever, it's replaced my dvd, i stream all my music and really appalling 80s music video's straight to my big screen and amp, even the wife is impressed.(and man, it takes a lot to impresse her :-). With the old xbox live i could take it or leave it, but with the new 360 version it is sooooo good, and THAT is going to be $ony's undoing in my opinion, how are they going to convince gamers to abandon their current buddies on a Friday night session of g.r.a.w. and start all over again with whatever similar game $ony has to offer. I don't know about you, but the friends list is just that, the guy's i play with on-line are a great bunch of guys and girls and the laughs and bull$&^T we have are priceless, almost as good as a night out at a bar!!!! If m$ is right with 10 million units sold before $ony has the ps3 then sorry guys it's game over in the west. It'll still dominate japan and other asian countries but i could care less, but in Australia, Europe and the States m$ has this thing sown up, just don't drop the ball now guys!!!!! P.S great job at e3 gamespot crew!!!!!!!

Spookhouse1
Spookhouse1

fantastic!!!! Shadowrun confirmed :))) Fable 2's pretty good news too. But i bet Alan Wake's a bit of a slap in the face for Sony, that and GTA 4. Definitely way better than E3-05. Now lets see some Mass Effect.

kodiakscraps
kodiakscraps

After their head start, the best Microsoft can come up with this year is announcing 2 games (Halo 3 and GTA 4) that you can't even play for at least another year. Microsoft just fumbled the ball and let Sony right back in the game.

isachatr
isachatr

Best E3 conference... Microsoft, a lot of games,but not any games,great games, halo 3, GTA 4, Gears of War, Shadowrun, and the list goes on an on. MS is really challenging sony

gizmo_logix
gizmo_logix

Hey, rgobantes3, The PS3 isn't even out yet. So, think about this. 360 comes out a year before the PS3, then shows 2nd wave of games at this years E3. And even after alllllllll that....it's still the 2nd best console. M$ is trying the best it can. Sony is still the gamers console of choice even though it's not even out yet. And when it comes out, that's when the real comparison will happen. M$ needs to go against a Sony console that isn't even out yet. M$ hates competition. Just wait...til November when Sony starts kicking M$'s azz!

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

I'm surprised that the Gamespot articles on the press conference don't really hightlight the demo where they are editing content for Forza 2 on the PC, and then playing it on the 360. This is what Microsoft should have leveraged from the start, but I'm glad to see that it will make it's way into this new console generation.

goat2001
goat2001

hey dukerav I couldn't agree more. Check my post a which was a few before yours. I understand rooting for a console but to say another one sucks or it is this or that is just plain nonsense. Fact is all 3 consoles will be cool and will offer gaming experiences that you might only find on another console. Whether it be an exclusive title like Metal Gear Solid 4, Halo 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess or a unique experience with Xbox Live, Wii-mote, or gaming on the Blu-ray format.

rgobantes3
rgobantes3

360's lineup is better than PS3's in this year's E3. The truth of the matter is that majority of people choose their system of choice either by price or good available games. Sony is losing on both counts now. Come next holiday season, Sony will also be losing on both counts. MS corrected mistakes from the original xbox strategy and it is working well for them. MS is killing Sony slowly like how Windows and Internet Explorer killed their competition. Sony is in trouble. Their gaming division provides most of their income. They need to rethink their strategy. Sony Fanboys should provide helpful suggestions instead of bashing the 360.

royalda
royalda

I was pretty hyped about the Wii, well at least before I saw those god awful graphics and those god awful physics their touting. Seriously though, I believe they striped all the best parts of the Unreal Engine. But &(*, when I heard GTA was cross-platform I was amazed (because now I knew it wouldn't take full advantage of the PS3's superior technical benefits), got to hand it to them their annoying bribes really paid-off. Oh yeah don't believe those Shadowrun gameplay running of VISTA! Seriously they admitted those titles were only running on Vista (you know the latest Direct X 10, GTX 7900). Lastly, the PS3 looks good, intuitive even, but they seriously need to gain Big-guns worth of AMAZING games... *tsk *tsk *tsk What a waste of great hardware. Also, they should seriously have to make a better online system. If their playing up stuff like this, SONY will fail. Well I also believe most of you are concerned of Price (not that I really care, since i'm not middle class), and your pretty much right... This won't sell a lot...Period if the price doesn't come back down (On top of that they stripped those nice juicy, beefed up hook-ups).

Jackrm
Jackrm

Lumines on the 360!!! I love that game, now I'll be able to play it on the big screen.

dukerav
dukerav

All I can say is LOL to Des_Eagle and gizmo_logix. You two should seriously pull your faces out of Ken Kutaragi's backside, I mean my God ppl. I will admit to being somewhat of a 360 fanboy, but Wii has piqued my interest and I will probably entually buy one ( Red Steel, Metroid, stuff like that) And how anyone can say there no good nor will there be any good rpg's for 360, shall I direct your attention to a game called Mass Effect which by the way is being crafted by a little ol' company called Bioware (you may or may not have heard of them) Theres also a new company called Mistwalker which is headed by the creator of a little series called Final Fantasy, who are making two very intersting looking japanese rpg's. Theres also Fable 2 which I have to believe will blow the previous Fable away. Anyway I could go on and on but I dont care to. Ppl before you post plz do your homework on this stuff and check your fanboyism at the door. Anyone agree with me on this?

bsquash
bsquash

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gizmo_logix
gizmo_logix

Come November 17th, you xbox fanboys will be crying like babies! Waaaahhhh! And Arron_130. Do you think that the PS3 will cost $599 forever? Nope. Come late 2007, the price will drop. And late 2008 it will cost $399.00. The 20GB will be even cheaper. The value only gets better as time goes by. It wont matter if the 360 is cheaper. The fact will be that more and more people will be able for aford a PS3/HDMI/60GB/Built-in Blu-Ray PS3 as time goes on. So, go ahead and get your HD add-on. PS3 owners will be HD ready out of the gate. Once PS3 is released is when the best console comes out. You know it's true. Tick tock, 6 months away. And the games will look even better.

goat2001
goat2001

Why does anybody say the 360 sucks? Fanboys suck. Do you serious think the 360 will suck with games like Gears of War, Chromehounds, Too Human, GTA4, Mass Effect, Fable 2, Prey, F.E.A.R., Saint's Row, Xbox Live and umm that one game... oh yeah Halo 3. This is only a few of many promising games coming to the 360 not to mention titles that haven't been announced by developers such as Bungie, Team Ninja,Capcom and many other developers.

Des_Eagle
Des_Eagle

If 360 was the future of gaming, I would lose all hope. It is easily the most conventional and least innovative out of the three systems, and it is obviously lacking in the games department. At this time in the PS2's launch period, at least 25 great games were released. The Xbox 360 is already doomed, as it has completely fallen apart in Japan. The battle is now between the Wii and the PS3, as those are WORLDWIDE platforms. Accept it, Gates lovers, your system has officially reserved a third place spot. So much for their "excellent" business strategy. BTW, to anyone who thinks the 360 will ever offer any good non-FPS game, you are severely mistaken. If you have any faith in RPG's, Adventure, Puzzle, or pretty much anything, I highly recommend a Wii or a PS3. For RPG gamers like me, this is a no brainer. Thanks, MS, for making the last year in video games completely stale. At least you've shown us how bad things can turn out, and you've shown us a great example of what not to do in the next generation.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Some pretty good games right there... Alan Wake, Shadowrun and Fable 2 are added to my wish list.

jacques117
jacques117

xbox 360 will be the unstoppable blitzkreig in which everyone in the wake of its terror will bow to the awesomeness of its gaming content. Hile Halo, Hile Halo, Hile Halo. Oh, Fable 2 and GTA 4 will be no less of a dominant force in the gaming industry

barulez
barulez

xbox 360 will do very well this holiday season, keep going Microsoft.

acesion
acesion

Love the 360 now thier is no doubt in my mind 360 is the future of gaming hell yeah halo 3 time to practice with halo 2 cya.

MadonnaProject
MadonnaProject

I am seriously IMPRESSED.... first i was a little adamant. and i believed that if sony actually did bring out such a fantastic system it might hurt the 360. and i also bouught into the revolution hype. but the fact remains: --sony has a weak console, which is OVERPRICED, and their games are MOSTLY sequels which everyone was expecting. their controller is a rip off of microsofts pc hardware way back....and they also got rid of the RUMBLE....not to mention they have two confusing versons of a console which is not upgradable. so consumers stuck at the shallow end will be at a disadvantage. the console launch will be 10 times harder than the 360 and there will be HUGE HUGE shortages of the ps3. not to mention the fact that there are currently NO NEW GAMES which excite for the ps3 launch, apart from ONLY MGS4. and i seriously dont think final fantasy 13 is a launch title. the ps3 also has NO ONLINE plan to rival microsoft whatsoever. and there has been no indication of advancement in that field. looks like sony is overconfident and lagging way behind their competition. --the wii is what we have seen before. metroid and twilight princess were the only games i am looking foreward to. the rest of the games are the usual papermario, wario ware, mario, zelda....theyre NORMAL nintendo fodder than you can expect from ay nintendo console with your eyes closed, without any confirmations or press releases. sure their controller is innovative but THE GRAPHICS LOOK MORE LIKE A PS2. and the games confirmed for the wii are junk like spongebob, and other stuff i dont even remember. HECK EVEN RED STEEL IS ALREADY OVERLOOKED , ESPECIALLY AFTER HALO3 AND METROID PRIME 3 WERE SHOWN. people who went in to check out red steel are saying " oh yeah that looks nice" and then they talk about F.E.A.R and HALO 3. plus the sklow develo-pment process of nintendo games will ensure that the next mario and zelda for the wii will be released at least a year or two from now or the revolution launch. untill then theres metroid and zelda twilight princess (which is a gamecube game to be honest). and just some garbage like spongebob. and current generation graphics. --MICROSOFT....WOW. thats all i can say....they really really REALLY shocked and surprised me. i have a fairly powerful pc but i couldnt play f.e.a.r on it. and its coming to the 360. OUT OF THE CURRENT LINEUP OF GAMES XBOX 360 HAS THE BEST LINEUP. they have the best shooters, the best rpg's , the best racers, the best all genre games. and come on HALO3 PEOPLE. can u even look at the halo 3 trailer and even dare to say that thing is going in the wrong direction. already there is a FEVER PITCH for halo 3. i dont know if it shall come out this year, but halo 3 will definately come out in 2007. and they dont need to rush anymoe because sony seems to have screwed themselves over. Plus microsoft can easily integrate motion sensitivity into their controller. If the wii is even a little successful with their controller, you can rest assured microsoft will come with something similar. PLUS THERE IS LIKELY TO BE A PRICECUT IN THE 360 WHEN THE PS3 AND WII LAUNCH. if you ask me microsoft right now ha the best hardware, without all the unnecessary bells and whistles. because real hardcore gamers love the way games are being played and wouldnt change a thing. theyre not interested in a revolution in game control or a rehash like the ps3. its all been there and done that. the wii is all YEAH RIGHT CANT PLAY YOU WHEN I COME HOME TIRED AFTER WORK. so MICROSOFT is the way to go for me. i hope others are smart enough to see the same.

tomamagic
tomamagic

Lumines will be BIG on Xbox live

Aaron_130
Aaron_130

PS3 is doomed ... Wii is the innovation for the next gen, 360 is the common gamer's choice this time around, nobody is going to be stupid enough to buy a PS3 over a 360, for the price they are charging you can buy a Wii and a 360 for the same price as a PS3. I'm getting a Wii, i got the 360 already, that's next gen sorted for me ^__^ Sony is screwed, they need to re-evaluate the prices, and stop ripping other companies ideas off and slapping bigger price tags on them, the next gen war is between 360 and Wii, PS3 can just watch from the bargain bin. the cross platforming stuff with Windows / 360 was excellent to see, that was a real joy to watch. like most are saying, 360 is getting better by the minute. oh yeah, i forgot to mention; GTA 4 FOR 360 WOOHOO! (oh yeah, and Lumines ^_^)

markshell
markshell

Microsoft kicked Sony's ass big time. Actually everybody kicked Sony's ass. Including themselves.

sluGGish_09
sluGGish_09

I think that the war is over... Xbox, sony, Wii are all so even... Just pick... Halo, MGS, Or mario?

MadonnaProject
MadonnaProject

EEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOO........... COME ON PEOPLE THE FIRST GEN XBOX TITLES WERE QUITE GOOD, PERFECT DARK, PGR3, DOA, KAMEO. AND THE SECOND WAVE LOOKS AMAZING, ABSOLUTELY FRIGGIN FANTASTIC. AND THERES F.E.A.R. AND TOO HUMAN. WOO HOO.