E3 Starts With A Smash (Microsoft Impressions)
Gears of War 2, Fallout 3, Resident Evil 5 who cares! Microsoft started E3 exciting gamers everywhere and while I may be a Nintendo fan, Microsoft’s presentation convinced me that Xbox 360 is the way to go for hard-core gamers everywhere (me being one of them). Microsoft announced at the their conference presentation that in the fall when you turn on your 360 you will see a whole new interface. Microsoft has made it easier for gamers casual and hard-core alike to maneuver through the menus with ease, but the most important and most exciting news in my opinion that was announced at E3 was Microsoft’s announcement of making it easier for the 12 million Xbox 360 owners to connect with each other.
First Xbox 360 owners will be able to create detailed personal avatars of themselves. Don’t worry 360 owners these are nothing like Mii’s us Nintendo fans have to use, in fact they are much cooler looking and offer a lot more customization. By customization I mean from the shoes you wear to the type of shirts you wear. Microsoft said that they will continue to update the avatar system and even allow the user to change their clothing based on the season of the year (summer, spring, fall and winter). Now the avatars won’t be like the Miis where they will be only used in one game or two games, the avatars will be in a recently announced plethora of games. Microsoft’s new deal (with a company who’s name escapes me) allows Xbox 360 users to play actual game shows like 1 vs. 100 where everyone in the game show is user controlled from the crowd, to the contestant, to the mob of 100.
Next Microsoft has made it much easier for 360 users to connect with their Xbox Live friends and to do more activities together. Users can get together with friends and do many things such as sharing pictures playing Xbox Live Arcade games and even play game shows together. Microsoft announced a group Xbox Live Arcade, but not get into great detail about this. Pictures were shown and from what I saw it looks impressive so be on the look out for that.