October 05, 2005

X05: or Yee Ha For The 360

Microsoft recently held a press event, mostly for the upcoming Xbox 360 console, in Amsterdam. Firstly I'd like to say that I can't imagine more interesting conversations between game journalists than those that likely occurred at this convention in Amsterdam. Secondly, we now have a flood of media to consume of the games coming out in a month and a half.

Most importantly, Bioware, maker of the best RPGs around, announced a new unique game ip for the 360 at the event called Mass Effect. Here's the official site, which includes a trailer. Voodoo Extreme also snagged some hot pics: 1, 2, 3, and 4. This game will be awesome. Trust me on this.

Silicon Knights made one of the few games that you really had to play if you had a Game Cube, Eternal Darkness. In fact, it was one of the few that if you didn't get to play it, you really missed out on something special. That said, they have in the past had some problems with completing their games in a timely fashion. Still, they've announced an exclusive game for the 360 and I'm sure that when it comes out it will be great. 1, 2, 3, and trailer.

IGN has an interesting interview with Bethesda, the maker of the totally awesome looking game The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.

Gamecloud has a nice collection of pics from 3rd party games.

Gamespot has word that the launch lineup, that is, the games that will be available on Day 1 of the Xbox 360 launch, will be finalized very soon.

Finally, though there's a lot of speculation about when Halo 3 will launch, Robbie Bach, head of MS' entertainment division, just said in an interview that they'll ship it when it's done and not sooner. Sure, there will be pressure to get it done for the PS3 launch, but given that there's no hard launch date for the PS3 it's more likely that they'll launch sometime within six months than on the actual day. Better to be polished and complete than on any specific day.

Thanks to VE and EA for the links.

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Jason said...

Eels-Fresh Feeling

Did I read that right? Is Halo 3 going to come out for the PS3? If that is true that would be supremely awesome. I have never really played Halo before because I do not have an Xbox, and I am definitely interested in playing it. Being a loyal Playstation owner means that you do not get a great selection on FPS. I will definetely be picking up the PS3 and am up in the air about the 360 so having Halo 3 on the PS3 would kick ass.

Drew said...

I believe you read that wrong. THe idea is for Halo 3 to come out as close as possible to the launch date of PS3 to steal its thunder.

MosBen said...

Yeah, since Bungie, the makers of Halo, are completely owned by Microsoft you're not going to see that on any other system.