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Microsoft Keynote Blog From TGS 2008
Posted By: Mike D'Alonzo - Wednesday, October 08, 2008 10:24 PM

We're here at the Tokyo Game Show 2008, and it's time to see what Microsoft has up their sleeve, as they are prepared to give us a keynote and announce some new stuff while they do it.

12:03 PM - The Last Remnant trailer. We meet the principals, the graphics are kind of awesome, there's some gameplay footage that looks medieval and futuristic at the same time. Some Lovecraftian villains, swordplay, discussions on arrogance. Also, there is a character in this game that is frightfully close to Jar Jar Binks. Also, killer haircuts. Releases 11.20.08. Everywhere.

12:08 PM - We meet Peter Schappert, Corporate Vice President, LIVE, Software and Services Business, Microsoft, who points to his heroes, Miyamoto-san and many others, who emptied his pockets of quarters when he was a kid. Talks about MS's desire to help bring Japanese designers' games to the world. Talks about the importance of online connectivity to creativity and distribution, and the importance of affordable next-gen entertainment. Especially in Japan. Then, we get a sales forecast, talking about how robust the sales of 360 have been worldwide, especially since they dropped their prices everywhere. There's a 60% increase in Japanese games on 360 over the original XBox. He estimates that $1 billion will have been spent on Japanese gaming via 360 by the holidays.

12:12 PM - Let's meet the games. We talk Star Ocean: The Last Hope, the newest in the series that has spanned three generations of platforms. Then, a trailer. Game history starts in 2064, in a world on the brink of destruction. The mission in space begins. In 2087, the warp drive is invented, and it's on. Maverick pilots, hot chicks, aliens, and a young girl in space, in a lushly created environment. We get some gameplay involving what looks like some pretty deep maps. Releases 3.3.09 in North America. Releases 2.19.08 in Japan.


12:16 PM - Up next is Biohazard 5, also known as Resident Evil 5. We see a trailer. Death worms, know the drill. The setting is an abandoned town that has been the victim of a nasty...something. There's horror in the air. Feral people speaking in tongues in the street. People gone completely insane and attacking. Lots and lots of blood.  RE5 looks awesome. Great fighting, footage, etc. Launches on 360 on 3.12 in Japan, 3.13 in the US. Then Schappert talks 99 Nights 2, a huge action title.

12:22 PM - Surprise! Tekken 6 is coming to XBox in Fall of 2009. We see some footage in a trailer. This game is already playable in arcades here in Japan, but it is coming to XBox 360.

12:25PM - XBox Live Arcade has some cool announcements, including Space Invaders Extreme, Arkanoid Live!, Metal Slug 7, King of Fighters 98, and R-Type Dimensions.

12:30PM - XBox Live Community Games - a sharing service that allows young game designers to bring their games online. One thousand submissions already.

12:33 PM - XBL now has 14 million members online. Schappert pimps the new XBox Live experience, and shows it off. We meet the avatars and see their customizability. You can take a picture of your avatar and use it as a gamer pic, or you can just use your old one. This whole thing is VERY Wii-like. We see the My XBox page, with new achievement cards, etc. Totally new themes that look really cool. Interactive games channel. Games database with information on each game, literature, boxcover art, etc. You can browse the marketplace by icon, and a new guide allows you to go anywhere and do anything, old blade style, with the touch of a button.

12:40 PM - Schappert announces that the new XBox Live will be released Nov. 19th for free, and at the touch of a button. It will be worldwide, all at once.

12:42 PM - Halo news. We get a Halo Wars demo from Graeme Devine, the lead story writer.  Halo Wars is a prequel, set 20 years before the original Halo. You command the whole UNSC arsenal, whole armies. Devine then plays a level of the game. It's an RTS. You build stuff, mobilize troops, etc. Similar elements from Halo. Some sounds, weapons, Warthogs, etc. Also, The Flood is involved somehow.

12:47 PM - Schappert says that they've been working with Bungie and that Halo 3 isn't quite done...we get a trailer for the new Halo 3 Recon. It's a new campaign for Fall, 2009. A prologue to Halo 3, told from a completely different perspective. New multiplayer maps and all. The footage is awesome. showing the destruction of a city and military action afterward. New Halo stuff!

12:51 PM - Schappert sums it up and says goodbye.


Posted by MastrChieaf - Sunday, October 19, 2008 12:52 PM
Just about every game on Xbox Live
Too Human
Ninja Gaiden (1 and 2)
and so much more.Any game that I can buy for the Xbox360 and the PS3 or the Xbox360 and my pc,im getting for the 360.The only game's on my PS3 are only for that system.As for my pc the only game for it is spore(wich is awsome).If you dont like these games I dont care becuase I do.RROD go and tell your mommy that people online are being mean to you becuase I like my 360,I give this comment a 5/5 :) .

Posted by REDZ3RO - Monday, October 13, 2008 9:29 AM
Portal 2: Still alive (Soon as well).

Posted by REDZ3RO - Monday, October 13, 2008 9:28 AM
Gears of War

Gears of War 2(soon)

Halo 3 (Its not GREAT, but it was somewhat Fun)

Crackdown (I enjoyed it more then GTA4.. NO WAY!)

Blue Dragon

Lost Oddysee

Ninja Gaiden 2

Portal 2: Still Alive (Arcade)

geometry wars 1 and 2 (Arcade)

I can't really think of them all...

But all I can say is I know someone will be like "Hey, that game sucked" or "Hey that one wasn't any good" Or "It was ok, but not great."

My point is... "I" Enjoyed playing them. So if I and many others enjoyed these games... Then someone is doing a good job keeping us gamers happy.

Posted by ps3rocks030 - Sunday, October 12, 2008 4:28 PM
i wonder if any of you xbox 360 fanboys can list one good 360 exclusive.

Posted by loco91 - Saturday, October 11, 2008 6:15 AM
RROD nothing you say matters here.

Posted by SilentSniper - Thursday, October 09, 2008 8:59 PM
xbox live will be released for free??

Posted by Sirwolflion - Thursday, October 09, 2008 6:45 PM
cool. hope the new xbl is good.

Posted by A_Killer - Thursday, October 09, 2008 4:06 PM
Just so it is known, I own all three of the major systems and the one that gets the least use is the PS3 there is just nothing fun to do on it. Hopefully LittleBig Planet will change this fact and force me to give my PS3 the honor of sitting next to my 360 by the TV, instead of collecting dust up in my closet.

Posted by A_Killer - Thursday, October 09, 2008 3:58 PM
____________________________ ______________________

Posted by RedRingOfDeath:
"Funny, when I listed Tekken 6 as a PS3 exclusive you guys said it sucked but now that the Xbox 3FixMe is getting it, look how happy you are."
____________________________ ______________________

the reason y no self respecting 360 owner cares when a game is listed as "exclusive" for the PS3 is because that is the same as labeling it as either pitiful and no one wants it (example, Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire) or in some rare occasions we know the label translates to "coming soon to 360" so either way there is no reason for 360 fans to get excited about something they wont play on a half-rate system such as the PS3

Posted by PurpleMongooseNinja - Thursday, October 09, 2008 8:54 AM
GT5 too big for 360, so is final fantasy 13..anyone hear how many discs it's gonna take to put it on 360? oh yeah square enix said "since they use dvd technology still it will be close to 7 discs" so there.
and for the record there's good exclusives on each system so relax 360 fanboys you can have FF13 its ONE game in long list for the ps3. R2, LBP, KILLZONE 2, MGS4, GT5, GOW3, MIRRORS EDGE DLC, and SOCOM
and i'm not a ps3 only owner i have a 360 too and i am kinda looking forward to banjo...but not too much else.
i think its cute when 360 owners get excited for a title from the ps3 to get to their system.

Posted by Topper60 - Thursday, October 09, 2008 8:18 AM
i dont know about the "we dont have any games comment" the ill have hours upon hours in gears 2(horde!!!!!), fable 2(CO-OP!!!!), and Left for Dead(ZOMBIES!!!!). thats plenty for me to satisfy me for years!!!lol not to mention CoDWOW and RE5 next year. i dont know about you guys but i cant afford much more than that.

Posted by Ulrichgaming - Thursday, October 09, 2008 8:02 AM
as long as the game does not get gimped due to it being multiplat...

Posted by Ulrichgaming - Thursday, October 09, 2008 7:58 AM
I have to say this statement is correct...

Posted by RedRingOfDeath:
"Funny, when I listed Tekken 6 as a PS3 exclusive you guys said it sucked but now that the Xbox 3FixMe is getting it, look how happy you are."

for me... is Tekken6 coming out on the PS3... yes, yes it is... so where ever else it shows up makes no difference to me...

Posted by GreenQuadrant - Thursday, October 09, 2008 7:49 AM
Please stop. It's too damn early!

Posted by RedRingOfDeath - Thursday, October 09, 2008 7:28 AM
Don't forget, Halo 3 was a huge dissapointment so people will not be fooled the next time. I smell desperation. We don't have any games, I know, just make another Halo. Pathetic.

Posted by RedRingOfDeath - Thursday, October 09, 2008 7:26 AM
Funny, when I listed Tekken 6 as a PS3 exclusive you guys said it sucked but now that the Xbox 3FixMe is getting it, look how happy you are. We didn't care about stealing Bioshock. Played the demo and don't like it by the way.

Posted by GreenQuadrant - Thursday, October 09, 2008 7:16 AM
Tekken 6 on Xbox 360? I seriously did not see that coming...

Posted by BluRayKiller - Thursday, October 09, 2008 6:23 AM
@ ____thehaters

You can blame that on Microsoft for sure.

If Bungie didn't give up the rights to Microsoft in order for them to become an independent game developer again, there wouldn't be so many Halo spin-offs.

Bungie did a great job when they owned the rights to make sure that if it was Halo related, it not only tied into the original story, but it had the same feel and design.

That is why Halo 3: Recon will kick ass.

Halo Wars looks great, mostly due to the design company working with Bungie.

The only one I think might be an "epic fail" in my mind is this Halo that Microsoft is making for it's new system later down the line. The only tie to Bungie guy.

Posted by phukthehaters - Thursday, October 09, 2008 6:03 AM
Enough with the freakin halo already. Is that what they do when they can't think of anything else. Well i guess it will always sell well but it is getting a little old.

Not that halo isn't a good game but if i was a fan i would want them to slow it down a bit. You don't want them to screw it up like lucas did with star wars, if they haven't already.

Posted by Delaystation_3 - Thursday, October 09, 2008 5:32 AM
tekken 6 ? what the hell! i never imagined in a million years MS would get a tekken game. i think i just heard RROD faint. halo 3 recon will be awesome and i'm glad to hear about 99 Nights 2. i think the first one was underrated. ps3 has a strong 09 line up and i think 360 09 line up is starting to shape up very nicely. i'm glad to hear about some new titles coming out of MS. :)

Posted by GhostMLD - Thursday, October 09, 2008 5:29 AM
ps3 lost another exclusive (tekken) lol.

Halo 3 recon, despite what ps3 fanboys say will own PS3 holiday 09. After all.....its Halo.

Posted by BluRayKiller - Thursday, October 09, 2008 5:20 AM
...and I don't care what RRoD says, Halo 3 Recon looks kick ass. Sucks we have to wait until Fall '09 for it, but it will definitly be worth it.

So with Tekken 6, Final Fantasy 13, and Halo 3 Recon...the 360 is strong once more. :)

Posted by DatNasty1216 - Thursday, October 09, 2008 3:23 AM
wow microsoft only announces another stolen game

Posted by MarvelouzThaGreat - Thursday, October 09, 2008 2:42 AM
Tekken 6?!
Damn, we taking all of the PS3's exclusives! lol At this rate i wouldnt even have to buy a PS3 after all!!!
Too bad we cant get GT5..I think its too big for the 360 :/ lmao

Posted by xSniper209LHSx - Thursday, October 09, 2008 1:28 AM
Final Fantasy 13 is supposed to be released in 2009 for the xbox 360 also...HAWX was also pushed back to 2009 i heard...

Posted by adversary1999 - Wednesday, October 08, 2008 11:54 PM
Crazy.Never expected Tekken 6. I mean I won't play it. But WOW.

@ RROD and other xbox haters: yeah, us xbots are gonna pay so much for the new xbox live. Seeing how $0 is such a high price to pay for anything.

lol naw, just messing with you guys.
No flames just peace.
Piece of CAKE!!!!!!!!

Posted by MrFishBulb - Wednesday, October 08, 2008 11:53 PM
Gotta wait another year, but still Tekken 6 on 360 is awesome news!!!

Posted by N8R - Wednesday, October 08, 2008 11:43 PM
Tekken 6 + Live = hell yeah.

Posted by BigusDickus7845 - Wednesday, October 08, 2008 11:07 PM
Tekken 6 is coming to the Xbox 360, and both Halo 3: Recon and Halo Wars are looking good for 2009. The coolness is coming!!

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