E3 '07: Xbox Live wraps up E3

Microsoft's Bringing It Home campaign concludes on day three of trade show; GHII tracks, game demos highlight week's offerings.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif.--Attempting to lend an as-if-you-were-there feel to this year's E3 Media and Business Summit, Microsoft's "Bringing It Home" campaign has been in full swing this week. While trailers and video dominated Microsoft's offerings, the online service also saw a substantive amount of demos, dashboard themes, and picture packs.

Officially kicking off Wednesday, Xbox Live was updated with a number of trailers. Included among these were teasers for highly anticipated games such as BioWare's Mass Effect, Mistwalker's Lost Odyssey, and Firaxis' Civilization Revolution. Also added was a dashboard theme and picture pack for Ensemble's upcoming real-time strategy game set in the Halo universe, Halo Wars, for 150 Microsoft points ($1.87) and 80 Microsoft points ($1.00), respectively. Picture packs were also added for The Idol Master for 200 Microsoft points ($2.50) and Double Dragon for 100 Microsoft points ($1.25).

Day two of Bringing It Home saw the addition of several more trailers for big-name games. While not as formidable as the first day's offerings, previews added to the service included Assassin's Creed, Eternal Sonata, and BlackSite: Area 51. Microsoft also made its press conference available for download, as well as a making-of video for Sierra Entertainment's The Bourne Conspiracy.

The last day of Microsoft's campaign resembled more of the first, with several dashboard themes and picture packs highlighting the update. John Woo's Stranglehold and Microsoft's first-party Vampire Rain both received dashboard themes and picture packs. Both dashboard themes run for 150 Microsoft points ($1.87) each, while Stranglehold's picture pack costs 100 Microsoft points ($1.25) and Vampire Rain's cost 60 Microsoft points ($0.75). A picture pack for Need for Speed ProStreet was also available for 150 Microsoft points ($1.87). Not short on video content, trailers were added for Skate, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, and Stranglehold, among others.

Microsoft also added several demos and downloads to Xbox Live this week. In addition to Blue Dragon, NCAA 08, and Ace Combat 6, demos for Stuntman Ignition, The Bigs, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix were made available for download. Harmonix's Guitar Hero II also received a new set of downloadable tracks, with covers being added for the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated," Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," and Judas Priest's "You've Got Another Thing Coming." The fourth track pack runs for 500 Microsoft points ($6.25).

Discussion

155 comments
packernation31
packernation31

Yeah not much showin here for me, I did try ncaa 08 demo and i actually hated it

AdmiralDan
AdmiralDan

ooJmong, what are YOU smoking> PS2? lol, what great games are left coming for that? The PS3 event was basically bringing attention to MGS4 and...well, yeah. And Home? What a joke. Sounds like something for losers and socialites, not gamers. Just look at games like All-Pro 2k8. Are they having Gamestop tournaments on PS3 online? No, only XBL.

ooJmong
ooJmong

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Frogman_7
Frogman_7

That while I agree that XBL is the best online service to date it isn't fair to say that the others are completely out of league. It seems that a couple of people have a misunderstanding on the Sony Network. You can download demos, game extras, trailers, and even arcade games just like you can on XBL. The selection just isn't nearly as complete as is on XBL, but then again Sony released their system like a year later, I mean I bought a 360 at launch and they had close to nothing on the service then except demos for launch titles. So stop bashing Sony, I'm going to be downloading the Heavenly Sword demo this thursday. As for demos on XBL I was really looking forward to a demo of Mass Effect or Bioshock but it seems neither have been announced, bummer.

ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

XBL kicks the crap outta Sony's Online (service?). Playing demos can be very funa and entertaining. It is also the best way to decide whether to get a game or not. I can spend all weekend just playing the newly added demos and watching some E3 videos... try doing that with the PS3. I do hate paying for points though...

Trision
Trision

I hope they release a demo for Mass Effect on XBL.

black0820
black0820

I have never seen so many crybabys. MS has revolutionized gaming by way of online and anyone that says otherwise is full of crap. You should all be grateful that not only you pay to play online with millions of people, you are also getting to play demos of great games yet to be realeased for free. When before you had to go and pay 5 to 6 bucks for xbox mag. just for a demo disk that usually had worst demos than what they are offering for free. STOP THE CRYING ALREADY!!!!!!!!!

thekey
thekey

First off I would just like to say MS brought XBL home. PSN's HOME has nothing on XBL. (Playedstation Network has 950,000 subscribers and it's free vs MS's XBL with 10 million subscribers / you get what you pay for...) Anyways Blue Dragon is amazing. Stuntman 2 is great, and Ace combat is HOT! and all of it was free free! PS3 is in trouble.

GoddBless
GoddBless

I can't believe how many people are complaining about demos. How do you complain about something that's free? Also to the guy that said the Blue Dragon demo was over in 2 minutes is lying. The Blue Dragon demo lasts for an hour.

bobby126
bobby126

man all the new games are so cool

preplook
preplook

i wish/hope they make a demo for assassin's creed on xbox live

Dreski83
Dreski83

I have my fair share of gripes with Microsofts point system... even tho I buy tons of crap, I at least appreciate the little things like previewing what yer purchasing over the xbox website. Sure beats blind buying, but the points should be slighty... just a tad bit adjusted :oops:

southy787
southy787

Seems like Xbox Live adds a great deal to the argument for getting a 360...

steelersrule56
steelersrule56

its official microsoft has blown sonys brains out but they need to get rid of microsoft points. i hate those pieces of crap wasting everyones money.

easteast
easteast

I must play that Stuntman demo! :o

hotdork70minus1
hotdork70minus1

some people like the picture pack stuff and some don't . either way everyone gets a bunch of GAME demos for free... don't see them on PS3.

HRHippo
HRHippo

those tracks suck for GH2 where is texas flood and cowboys from hell

MfumeRising
MfumeRising

All of this lame-o crap should have been FREE FREE FREE. Not like I would have downloaded any of those incredibly excting picture packs, anyway...

haloj
haloj

It would seem that Micro$oft also "OWNS" everybodies bank accounts as well.

marco0798
marco0798

its not about buying out its the simple fact that microsoft OWNS the online console market

kmsgamer
kmsgamer

why isnt ps3 getting demos for the same games that the 360 is when the games are for both consoles. i swear microsoft has everyone bought out.

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

My 360 has been at the repairs center for 3 weeks. So i haven't been able to enjoy this the new stuff. :(

DaHunta90
DaHunta90

Man those GH track packs are expensive. $6.25 for three songs... stupid Microsoft forcing developers to charge more. Oh well, I still bought em.

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

microsoft was by far the best at E3 2007

pete_merlin
pete_merlin

mine only took a week to come back :D

Taegre
Taegre

Hopefully my repaired 360 will arrive soon (been waiting 3 weeks tomorrow). Some of these demos I have been waiting some time for.

flex49
flex49

i agree, TheoleDominion1...PS3 gamers have the right to complain because they have limited demos being released but these xbots complaining about free stuff is just unbelievable. And if you can't afford 100 pts for a picture pack then you really didn't want it anyway. good points mikado01....funny too :D

TheoleDominion1
TheoleDominion1

lol @ Mikado01 and Flex49. good one...lol. Goes to show, some people are so stupid they even have the nerve to complain about FREE stuff.

mikado01
mikado01

"Demo's were crap. Why diden't they give us bioshock or mass effect? Instead they give us harry potter? F**king microsoft." Maybe....now this might completely blow your mind......but... maybe just maybe the developers for those games didn't want to release a demo. Or maybe they want to keep those games completely under wraps until they are released. OK now clean your brains up off the floor now.

flex49
flex49

hey jesus_knight....i guess you work for free, right? stop complaining or i'll call the waaaambulance! all the demos are free, ok?

TreFacTor
TreFacTor

I'm highly dissappointed with the demos they made available.

westsidejedi360
westsidejedi360

Damn it, the one time i could've downloaded demos the interent jack wouldnt work. I wanted to try out The Bigs

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

microsoft is just charching for everything!

ftjx
ftjx

disappointing

shadowninja777X
shadowninja777X

i still hate it when they make you paid for pics pack

foolwestcoast33
foolwestcoast33

agreed dont whine they could give you nothing then you would have more to complain about

harrassee
harrassee

i remember downloading demos on the PC before broadband was really available. it would take half a day to download a demo that plays for 10 minutes! as for the paucity of demos (creed, bio?) i think that decision is as much the developer's as MS. i don't think MS can make (and i doubt they prevent a) developer from providing demos. i'm sure MS would actually like more demos as it could create more demand for 360 games and strengthen their position.

Brother_Beetz
Brother_Beetz

Lol someone mentioned before that we used to get our demo's from Mags not too long ago. This gaming movement is growing fast. We are slowely creeping up on Holodecks like in Star Trek .

DeathgiverX
DeathgiverX

They need to price the GH2 packs a bit more fairly I think, those are covers, which already lowers the value, and I would not be willing to pay $6.25 for just four songs even if they were the original ones.

Cabose420
Cabose420

saw some great trailers and stuntman seemed really fun to play. was hoping for an assassins creed demo, but kinda knew it was a long shot, with other games like mass effect. cant wait till the CoD4 beta comes out, want to try that out, this will probably be the first CoD game im looking forward to.

giraffepancakes
giraffepancakes

too much whining! just think if you owned a PS3, you'd get nothing to complain about except the price of the ps3 and the games i don't want to play.

salamancecool
salamancecool

Demo's were crap. Why diden't they give us bioshock or mass effect? Instead they give us harry potter? F**king microsoft.

The_Dark_Slay3r
The_Dark_Slay3r

Remember that MS are saving all their 2008 titles for X07..