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Microsoft’s E3 conference is go! They are set to announce sequels to big franchises (Mass Effect, Halo, Gears of War, Forza), preview upcoming major blockbuster titles like Modern Warfare 3, Ghost Recon and showcase new ways to make use of the awesome technology packed into Kinect.

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In this post, we will cover games.

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3

The conference started with a gameplay demo of Infinity Ward’s highly anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. As expected, the demo was full of explosions and outright epic moments and Activision, as expected, said that this is the biggest and most exciting Call of Duty game ever. Things to note for Xbox 360 gamers is: Add-ons and map packs will launch on Xbox 360 first.

NEW TOMB-RAIDER GAME

The second game to be shown was a new Tomb Raider game. This umpteenth game in one of the longest running game series is a lot more intense than previous games. It’s being billed as more of a survival horror game than her usual adventurous romps. It will be released in Fall 2012.

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KINECT SUPPORT FOR FUTURE EA SPORTS’ GAMES

Next up, Peter Moore from EA Sports talked about how upcoming games like Tiger Woods, Madden and FIFA will support Microsoft Kinect. He then went off the stage, no questions asked!

MASS EFFECT 3

For the fourth demo, BioWare’s Ray- Muzka talked about Mass Effect 3. The premise of story is of an Earth that has been taken over and you have to take it back. BioWare’s signature action RPG gameplay and the usual feature of changing the entire story of the game by making different choices is, of course, built-in! It will have support for Kinect (voice recognition).

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GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLIDER

Another game with excellent support for Kinect shown at Microsoft’s conference is Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Solider. This is really the first A-list game we saw that featured deep support for Kinect. You can shoot, bark orders to your teammates, customize your weapon etc. You will feel like you’ree there in the game instead of your mother’s basement. Of course, you can play with just your controller and I’m sure gamers would love giving Kinect a try with this.xbox microsoft e3 2011 announcements modern warfare 3 halo 4 kinect mass effect

GEARS OF WAR 3

Now we move on to first party games. Gears of War 3 was shown first. The demo was short but showcased large scale battles. Expect a first class audiovisual experience with this one!

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After GoW3, Microsoft showed a game called fighting game called Ryse. You kick and head-butt yourself, Kinect captures your movement and translates it into on-screen action. Get this: it’s developed by Crytek, the developers behind the stunning Crysis series!

HALO COMBAT EVOLVED: ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Before you have a heart attack, this is not Halo 4. Microsoft is prepping an HD remake of Halo: Combat Evolved, the game that helped launch the original Xbox. It’s called Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition. Essentially, what you get is the original Halo – intense single player, mutliplayer and all – with high-def graphics. In stores on November 15th, 2011.

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FORZA MOTORSPORT 4

Racing Simulation fans ought to be excited at the showing of Forza Motorsport 4 at E3. It’s got support for Kinect (head-tracking for an immersive first person experience). It will be the biggest Forza yet. Coming this Fall!

FABLE: THE JOURNEY

Next game in the Fable series, named Fable: The Journey, was also demo’d on stage. There’s Kinect integration for casting spells, riding horses and attacking enemies. Coming 2012!

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MINECRAFT, DANCE CENTRAL 2

The indie game that’s taking the PC world by storm – Minecraft - will land on Xbox 360 with Kinect support this winter.

Harmonix (the developers behind Rock Band) showed Dance Central 2. It’s pretty basic. You dance like you’re ordered. The more accurately you groove, the great will be your score.

HALO 4

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Microsoft ended their E3 keynote with the announcement of Halo 4. It was really a tease. Master Chief is ordered to wake up! He gets out of his cell and is flung through a destroyed space station.  Coming Holiday season, 2012.

Watch the trailer below:

KINECT-SPECIFIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Microsoft did a great job at showcasing games specifically made for Kinect. First up: Disneyland Adventures. The entirety of Disneyland is recreated for kids to play around with at home.

Star Wars for Kinect was also shown and, as expected, you use Kinect to make use of The Force and splice/dice the enemy with your lightsaber. There’s even voice recognition so you can say “Light saber: on”. Cool, huh?

Kinect Sports 2 is also coming with six new sports.

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Kinect will also get features like Me (which analyzes your face, hair and clothes and the output is: a custom avatar!), Fun Labs (tool for the Kinect community to develop their own experiences) Sparkler, Object Capture (scan objects like, say, a stuffed animal and Kinect works it magic to bring it to life!).

A highly entertaining keynote by Microsoft. I was floored at the new stuff they managed to do with Kinect. 2010 was the biggest year in Xbox history… 2011 just might be even bigger!

Your move, Sony.

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