E3 2011: A Look At Microsoft's Exclusives

By Colin Tan on June 7, 2011, 3:50AM EDT

Microsoft's E3 2011 press conference is wrapped up and they announced quite a few new exclusive titles. Some of them we already knew about, or were fairly certain of, but there were also several surprises for good measure. A brief description of what we saw for the major announcements follows.

Gears of War 3
Microsoft's press conference didn't blow the lid off Gears of War 3 because, really, a great deal about the game is already known. The multiplayer beta has come and gone, and fans generally know what to expect from Marcus Phoenix's next adventure. The on-stage demo shown did reveal a new boss, and highlighted the game's co-op focus, as Cliffy B teamed up with Ice Tea. Yes, Ice Tea the rapper.

Originally teased last year at Microsoft's E3 2010 briefing, Crytek's next project, Ryse, appears to be a action-adventure brawler set during the decline of the Roman Empire. It will support Kinect, and possibly feature branching moral choices. The trailer continuously contrasted two distinct approaches to each situation, but this might amount to nothing, as very little is known about the game.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Ten years ago, Halo: Combat Evolved revolutionized first-person shooters on consoles. Microsoft has decided, possibly in leu of Bungie's exit from the franchise, to remake the original game in glorious high-definition and keep the franchise in people's minds. The anniversary edition will also feature online co-op, and other Xbox Live features introduced since Combat Evolved's debut.

Forza Motorsport 4
Turn 10 is at it again. The Forza developer continues to churn out installments at a rate that puts Gran Tursimo to shame. Motorsport 4 will, as previously announced, feature Kinect support in the form of head-tracking and voice recognition. Enhanced online features will also play a role, as Turn 10 is promising monthly downloadable content, and community updates. It all sounds good in theory, hopefully they deliver.

Fable: The Journey
Peter Molyneux walked on stage during the Kinect portion of the media briefing. Unfortunately, he wasn't there to show a fully realized version of the Milo demo two years prior. However, he did show an interesting take on the Fable universe with Kinect support. Fable: The Journey will allow players to conjure different spells by mimicking what their character would do in a realistic way. It's unclear whether The Journey will be the next true installment in the series or an off-shoot. Either way it's an intriguing concept.

Halo 4
That's right. Halo 4 is in development by someone other than Bungie. Rejoice!(?)

Microsoft also showed a variety of Kinect titles, which can largely speakbfor themselves. They include: Kinect Disneyland, Kinect Star Wars, Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster, Kinect Sports 2 and
Dance Central 2.

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