E3 MS Press Conference Summary: Part 1

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Okay, so the Microsoft Press Conference is over and so I have decided to package all of the major juicy details into one big round up. I will be giving the same coverage to Nintendo and Sony once they have their turn, so keep checking back to the site this week for all the gaming industry goodness

So what can you expect? Well, some of the rumours that have made their way onto the internet were proven true and some were nowhere to be seen. Some gameplay footage was shown, some new partnerships were announced and to top it all off, it ended with something that I can’t describe as anything less than an absolute shock.

Please note that there is so much to cover that I will probably not be able to mention everything.

All in all I will say that it was a really strong showing from Microsoft, I can’t wait to see what Sony and Nintendo have lined up. All the info and details from Part 1 after the jump.

The Big Hitters

Microsoft showed off gameplay of 4 major games during the conference, Fable 2, Resident Evil 5, Fallout 3 and Gears of War 2. All had a strong showing and I suggest you check out your favorite video site to check out any footage that may get released soon.

Fable 2 is set for release in October of this year, Gears 2 in November and Resident Evil 5 is set for release on Friday the 13th of March 2009. Fallout 3 is also set to receive exclusive downloadable content for Xbox 360 and PC and Resident Evil 5 will have 2 player online cooperative play.

Cliff Bleszinski did also announce a new mode for GoW2 multiplayer called Horde, which will allow you and 4 friends ( 5 in total ) to fight off wave after wave of locust, working as a team to survive.

Hit the Arcade

To strengthen the Arcade line-up, Microsoft announced some new titles. Firstly, a new Geometry Wars has been announced and looks to have multiplayer as well. Galaga Legions, the first true sequel to Galaga was also shown. But now the really exciting announcement. Portal : Still Alive has been announced exclusively for the Xbox 360 later this year, I am not entirely sure if it will be only on XBLA or if it will be on shelves as well.

Last Updated: July 15, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since ’08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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