US 9am: Galen Centre: Sitting and waiting for the magic :)
US 9:24am: "Please take your seats the briefing will begin in five minutes..."
US 9:30am: It's about to begin
US 9:30am: Modern Warfare 3 opens this event with Robert Bowling playing the game live, a minute in "Please reconnect your Xbox Controller" appears on-screen...
It's an underwater mission following SEAL Team on their way to a sub - very atmospheric
Following the sub now, and adding a an explosive to its tail before surfacing in a war-ravaged New York (presumably the Hudson River).
Honestly, despite not looking as good as BF3, the game really is leaps and bounds above all other CoDs in terms of visuals
They've entered the sub and are fighting deck by deck to the control room for the launch keys; the SEAL Team are launching the missiles from the sub...and head to the top of the sub before jumping in a rubber dingy to engage in an on-rails-esque vehicular spectacular; full NAVY around them, shooting out enemies on different ships, exploding platforms and finally boarding a chopper...
US 9:40am: Glen Schofield and Robert Bowling address the crowd...
They thank the crowd and fans of the series for their continued support...
US 9:41am: Enter Don Matrick...
"We've got the hottest games"
"More Kinect titles"
"Better ways to watch TV"
US 9:43am: Live Tomb Raider gameplay...
Lara is captive and hanging upside down, apparently on an island somewhere
She escapes hanging upside down by sacrificing her body to immense pain. Once free she's walking through caverns underground. Her health appears to be a big part of the game, along with her fears. She's reassuring herself the whole time (apologies for spelling)
Visually the game looks *okay*
Puzzles in rooms underground abound - still very much Tomb Raider.
Playing with puzzle triggers, Lara sets off an event that means she's running from the caverns Indy Temple of Doom style... the camera shifts a lot for dramatic effect, but doesn't appear conducive to gameplay. Nat Drake is still the new tomb raiding king IMO
US 9:49am: Peter Moore comes out as head of EA Sports and says they have four Kinect Sports titles on the way.
Dr Ray Muzyka comes out - Mass Effect 3 time (brb)
JK, "Mass Effect 3 is all about kick ass action" will also support Kinect with voice recognition, about to demonstrate in real-time
Game looks rad, as expected...
It's definitely working, they guys are demoing the tech by saying the normal lines you would select via controller or mouse
Holy shit, in combat announce commands via voice to your team, such as "move up" or "attack" or "singularity"
Not sure how it will work for such a a long game, but a great implementation of Kinect for a core game finally
US 9:56am: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier trailer...
Yves Guillemot comes out - "we have been big believers in Kinect from Day one"
Demoing Ghost Recon with Kinect - customise 20 millions different weapons through gesture and voice.
Through a series of voice commands such as "Randomise" you can create various weapons, and then use them in-game with actual gunplay gestures... honestly didn't look very fun, but was functional and working in real-time...
US 10:02am: Xbox Live time. Demoing Kinect voice control over the dashboard... cool but *yawn*
Increasing partnerships on Xbox Live (including YouTube) by a factor of 10... we'll likely only get YouTube in Australia (will suss this later today)
Surprise! Bing is coming to Xbox Live (hardly a "partnership")
ZOMG! They just announced On-Live TV and mentioned Foxtel in AU... did we lead the way? But this is old news, and was pretty much expected.
UFC guys comes out and mentions being able to control your UFC viewing as well as play.
US 10:10am: Phil Spencer comes out and starts talking about TV on Xbox Live... "but at its core, Xbox will always be about games".
All the next batch of games on show will be Xbox 360 exclusives, opening with Gears of War and good ol Cliffy B just came out. He's about to show a section of the campaign in co-op, Ice T comes out to help him out
Marcus and co are on the deck of a ship essentially fighting a giant sea-monster
The guys finmd and use "Silver Backs" - Mech Suits, which are pretty cool.
This is an A-Typical Gears boss battle, but it's a guilty pleasure to be sure... hahaha Bodycount are apparently reforming to perform a special song for Horde Mode
New Crytek game set in Ancient Rome. Called "Ryse", it's a first-person Kinect game where you motion actions... *cough*
US 10:21am: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary -m a fully remastered Halo, newly revamped visuals, online co-op and classic MP maps
Now it's Forza Motorsport 4 time - will support Kinect Voice and Headtracking; releasing October 11
US 10:24am: Molyneux is out to reveal Fable The Journey
"Heros are no longer borne, they're made"
Watching a a CG trailer, followed by a gameplay demo, in real-time, featuring horse and carriage gameplay where you control the reigns... ah, it's an on-rails Kinect adventure through Albion in the first-person. Hrm...
Phil Spencer just announced Minecraft making its console debut on Xbox 3w60, with... you guessed it, Kinect support. This Holiday season...
Kinect Disney... go to Disneyland through Kinect (exactly what you're thinking it might be)
US 10:32am: And... Kinect Star Wars... features Pod Racing, flying and Saber fights, but you have to say "light saber "ON" :(" it's also pretty much on-rails and honestly, very, very static in its depiction of movement. Pretty sure it's the antithesis to what being a Jedi or Sith is about... C3P0 has better movement
US 10:37am: Tim Schafer comes out to introduce "Once Upon a Monster" a Sesame Street game, again, Kinect enabled (but this one makes sense)
US 10:42am: Kudo Tsunota comes out and reveals Kinect Fun Labs - basically their portal for all Kinect open dev stuff
Make yourself as your own Avatar
Kinect Sparkler: Uses Kinect finger-tracking and is a very, very basic 3D imaging program... not really worth the stage time
Kinect Googly Eyes allows you to use Kinect to scan in objects... hrm, how will they moderate sex toys?
Kinect Fun Labs goes live from today.
US 10:48am: Kinect Sports Season Two. Golf, American football...
Harmonix comes out with Dance Central 2, carry across all tracks from Dance Central 1.
US 10:55: Don Mattrick is out reiterating everything we just saw, but like a decent band, they'll have an encore... I'm goimng to call it now - Halo 4 will be the end of show trailer (with Kinect support :P)
Start of a new trilogy...