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With great and awesome looking new Dashboard, Avatar System, exclusive arcade and retail games, trailers and not but the least Final Fantasy 13 Debut on X360, surely Microsoft's this year E3 Conference was a blast.
I am a fan of Gears of war and was excited to see a long gameplay trailer from upcoming GOW 2 and who can forget Fable - the Great Xbox/PC RPG game,one of my all time favourite. Now this is the time for Fable 2. Gameplay footage from Fable 2 was shown on the show and i liked the in game orb idea, each orb represents your friends playing Fable 2 at that time. This is quite innovative.
Microsoft introduced live arcade games like Geometry wars 2 & new Galaga and of course Portal: Still alive and surprise package South Park - portal and south park will be on my list and hope to see something great from those two titles.
Microsoft's new dash board amazed me, so far this is best looking and functioning dash board i have even seen, it even beat Playstation's XMB. In game Avatar is not a new idea, Mii done great job for Wii in this category. But XBox avatar looking sharp and addition of mood system is a neat idea. I waiting to see how the new gamecard looks like. All the menu in the dash board move like Ipod album selection.
XBox live will offer Netflix service. you can share and watch movies with your friends as well as tv shows together. Live will get another great enhancement - Primetime, here you can play play game like 1vs100 for real prize.
Two new games - Banjo-Kazooie and Viva Pinata 2 coming soon as well as community developed game like Word Soup. Hope to see more game from independent community developers in the near future.
Microsoft had something for family and party games too, new Scene It game looking fun and newly introduced You are in the movies showed some great prospect. It's like PC game The Movies, you can create movies in this game but difference is you will be the actor - using motion sensing technology you will be able to record you movement by playing some minigames.
Guitar Hero - World Tour from Activation and Red Octane this year too. This game will offer exclusive album and will come on x360 only.
Another music game - Lips, looks like great party game to me and with Zune/ipod integration playing your favorite music would be hassle free. Anyway i have very little knowledge on this game.
Rock band 2 is coming this September exclusively on 360. With impressive 84 tracks with includes songs from AC DC Guns & Roses, Bob Dillon. You will be able to use all the tracks from previous Rock band that will save some of your money and trouble.
At the end of the show 3 exclusive titles from Square Enix Were shown - these are Star Ocean, Last Remnant and Infinite Undiscovery. The Last Remnant is also coming to PC - great news for me.
But Microsoft held the surprising news (Shocking for PS fanboy) until the last moment and it was Final Fantasy 13s landing on X360. i couldn't get a good screenshot of this game, here is one i was able to grab.
Though microsoft didn't offer anything revolutionary i was pleased with the total performance this year.