Posted 03 May 2005 - 02:13 PM
Hironobu Sakaguchi is creating a game called Blue Dragon and there should be more information at the E3 Expo concerning this title. He, of course, is one of the creators of Final Fantasy. Bill Gates talked about Xbox 360, and here's an article of what he mentioned:
Speaking to the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in Seattle, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates revealed that the next-generation Xbox will ship later this year and it will be more of a digital entertainment hub than its predecessor, making it even more of a PC hybrid than ever.
Gates told the journalists gathered at the annual meeting that Xbox 360's user interface will be similar to that of the company's Media Center edition of Windows XP.
"If you're used to that menu, when you use Xenon you'll see a menu a lot like that that lets you get photos, TV, music and all those different things."
Two action games will be available for the Xbox 360. One currently called Huxley which is a massively-multiplayer first person shooter that has an epic scale. The graphics aren't quite as impressive as other next generation games, but it definitley sounds like an amazing product.
The second game is based on another cryptic message from Our Colony showing this image:
It's similar to the graphics displayed during the demo of the Unreal Engine 3.0 technology and a game which is called Gears Of War which features the creatures, environments and mechanics shown during the demo. Here's an image from the demo:
And here's Quake IV which will be available for Xbox 360.
Posted 04 May 2005 - 03:20 AM
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Posted 04 May 2005 - 01:47 PM
All four of those buttons are there. The "L" and "R" triggers are behind what will become the "Black" and "White" buttons. If you look to the top you can see the latter two have become shoulder buttons, the "L" and "R" buttons are hidden behind it.
The only things that I don't like about that pad is the lack of the L&R triggers and of B&W buttons
Posted 04 May 2005 - 01:53 PM
Posted 04 May 2005 - 03:19 PM
Anyone interested in Perfect Dark Zero? I thought so. Anyone think professional gamers already have it good? Playing videogames, getting paid... how about trying out new games like Perfect Dark, ostensibly to put their feedback into the multiplayer, tell them ways to make it more competitive and fun? Yeah, they get to do that, too. Check it out.
Well if you think about it, Zyos had just come back from London, from playing Perfect Dark Zero on Xbox 2 and stuff. They said he had jet lag, which is understandable.
While you're there, read the rest of that interview, as well as the interview with Team 3D and Str8 Rippin. All very cool.
Posted 04 May 2005 - 05:37 PM
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Posted 04 May 2005 - 07:51 PM
Confirmed Xbox 360 Titles So Far: (Note: This list was not compiled by me.)
Developed by Criterion - Published by Electronic Arts. Black is being touted as a revolutionary first-person shooter that makes you feel as close to the power of your weapon as possible. It's being described as some as doing to the FPS genre what the Burnout series has done to the racing genre. The game has alread earned high praise from the media who were lucky enough to see an early build at E3 '04.
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Developed by Rare - Published by Microsoft. The original Perfect Dark on the N64 was one of the most highly-acclaimed FPS shooters of all time and this prequel has been one of the most heavily sought-after games in recent memory. Rare hasn't quite been the same as the Rare of old in recent years, but they can redeem themselve with a blockbuster release of PDO, which has been *heavily* hinted at by many Microsoft officials in the know. Story: A secret war has begun - between shadowy corporations bent on world domination. Joanna Dark and her father Jack are caught up in the fight for the future of the planet. A routine bounty hunting mission rips open a global conspiracy that will change Joanna's destiny - forever.
Developed by Bungie - Published by Microsoft. Whether it's touted as Halo 2.5 or Halo 3 (or both) another installment in the highly popular Halo franchise is guaranteed to be released early on in XBN's lifecycle because it's easily A) One of the most anticipated sequels of all time B) a lock to sell millions of units and console C) the one franchise that signle-handidly helped Microsoft compete with Sony and Nintendo. The story has purposely been left unresolved and many lofty features the Bungie team hoped to include in Halo 2 were left out.
Dead or Alive 4
Developed by Team Ninja - Published by Tecmo. The heads of Team Ninja and Tecmo have both expressed great admiration for Microsoft's upcoming next-gen console and have hinted at strong support. DOA4 has been confirmed by Itagaki himself and will feature the best graphics ever seen in a fighting game, online play, and (likely) new characters and moves. Where DOA Ultimate was essentially an online update to DOA3, DOA4 will be a completely new game in the popular franchise.
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivian
Developed and Published by Bethesda. The sequel to one of the best-selling Xbox RPG's will yet again release early in the life of Microsoft's console. The developer promises an open-ended RPG with great depth and upgraded visuals, AI, and an even grander game world.
Ninja Gaiden 2
Developed by Team Ninja - Published by Tecmo. Ninja Gaiden for Xbox was one of the greatest action games of all time, sporting razor-sharp graphics, unbelievable combat, and great gameplay. The sequel will likely see the light of day towards the middle of XBN's lifecycle. Expect a whole new adventure for our hero, Ryu, with new weapons, new environments, updated graphics, and more online competitions. Many of the compaints of the first (difficulty and camera) will likely be addressed in this much-anticipated sequel.
Madden NFL Football 2006
Developed by Tiburon - Published by Electronic Arts. This upcoming version of Madden Football will be the only game that included actual licensed NFL teams, stadiums, and players. Say what you want about EA, but you have to admit that Madden series has evolved into an extremely high-quality product, with accurate graphics, gameplay and tons (and I mean tons) of modes. It's time for the Madden series to receive an engine overhaul for the next-generation of systems, so expect this XBN version to be as close to lifelike as you've ever seen in a sports game. Online play will be awesome as well.
Developed and Published by Electronic Arts. You play as an original member of the Corleone family in this GTA-styled game based on the popular Godfather movie franchise and your goal is to successfully complete missions to rise in the ranks of power in the your mob family. EA wants to one up the GTA series with better graphics and a "create your own adventure" type of story where your actions and decisions result in a unique story centered around you. Will this be the first true GTA-killer? Did I just say that? I'm such an ass.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Developed by EA Canada - Published by Electronic Arts. Anyone who's seen the early test renders of what a next-gen Need for Speed may look like can attest to the fact that this return to its roots can end up playing and looking awesome! The emphasis this time around will be on police chases like in Hot Pursuit because running from the police is cool nowadays, right? But don't think it'll end there. Expect multiple game modes, including old-school racing and a robust online mode.
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
Developed by Digital Illusions - Published by Electronic Arts. The original uber-online World War II game, Battlefield 1942, was supposed to be released on Xbox, but never saw the light of day for whatever reason, unfortunately. To make up for it, Electronic Arts has scheduled a next-generation console release of a new version of Battlefield for XBN. Expect this game to feature tight graphics and center around the online experience (huge battles, clans, etc.). Don't expect controls or gameplay to be highly complicated because this franchise is surprisingly easy to learn, but difficult to master.
Developed by Big Blue Box - Published by Microsoft. Haven't had your fill of sequels yet? Good, 'cause here's another. Sure, Fable didn't live up to its hype--didn't deliver on its graphics, open-endedness, or much of anything else, but what it did do was create a fun little RPG that sold well enough (over 1 million!) to warrant work on a sequel. Eventhough this game took forever to come out, Big Blue Box still had features that were left out, and they will likely try to fit some of those things into the next iteration; whenever it comes out.
Developed by Criterion - Published by Electronic Arts. What else can be said about a franchise that has improved with each iteration? The most recent, Burnout 3, was easily one of the best games of 2004, although sales were lackluster. With tons of cars, modes, and hours of fun to have, Burnout 3 proved its worth and Criterion proved its skill. Burnout 4 will raise the bar of super fast-paced street racing even higher.
Project Gotham Racing 3
Developed by Bizzare Creations - Published by Microsoft. Not much has been said about this new version of Project Gotham Racing, but hints have been all over the place, and all the signs point to a next-gen online-enabled PGR at launch. While PGR2's sales left much to be desired, its quality is unquestioned. It integrated online play and features like few games before it. The second-best selling Xbox launch title will have a sequel on XBN that will wow just as much as the first did on the Xbox.
Gears of War
Developed by Epic. What's being described as a third-person action game where you will be able to ride creatures and shoot stuff is yet another Unreal 3 engine-based game from Epic Games. You know it's going to look mindblowing. The question remains: How will it play and what will differentiate it from the rest of the 3rd-person action pack?
Developed by Team Ninja - Published by Tecmo. Code Cronus will focus on the relationship between Kasumi and Ayane. It begins at early childhood and moves on throughout the course of their lives. It will be an Action-Adventure game for Xenon. (credit: Das Scotter)
Developed by Rare - Published by Microsoft. "Blending the heady thrills of exploration and puzzle-solving with the adrenaline rush of real-time 3D battles, Kameo: Elements of Power is an ambitious title from the makers of GoldenEye and Banjo-Kazooie. The concept mixes combat action with creature transformations, letting the title's female star morph into monsters and use their special powers against others." -IGN This title was supposedly transferred over from Xbox to Xbox 360 dev kits in an extremely short period of time and probably made more "edgier" with some bits of generic rage sprinkled on for good measure.
Developed by Monolith - Published by Sega. "You are an FBI agent on the hunt in this gripping and sickening hunt for serial killers. The game is played in first-person perspective, and with the use of the Havok 3.0 physics engine and other advanced techniques, players can utilize anything in the area as a weapon when they've been cornered by their prey. -IGN" Early screenshots looked solid, though unspectacular (is that even a word? well, it should be).
Developed by Digital Extremes. An early trailor showed Dark Sector off as a first-person shooter based in a futuristic, sci-fi setting. Digital Extremes are the well-known creators of the Unreal Championship franchise, so expect lots of brutality and guns. Dark Sector was also one of the first revealed next-gen titles and the early trailor showed high amounts of polygons per scene.
Developed by Neversoft/ID - Published by Activision. Continuing the Quake series from the second iteration, where you battled the Strogg, Quake IV now gives you access to vehicles and teammates to wage your war against the enemy on their homeworld. Using the beautiful Doom III engine and including a fast-paced Quake III style multiplayer mode, this new version of Quake should invoke all sorts of fond memories of the fragging days of 'yore.
Speaking of platforms, VU Games also revealed that Scarface: The World is Yours will now also see a release on next-generation consoles in 2006. The publisher did not confirm the game for any specific device, but a source within the company did say that "there is talk of it being an Xbox 2 SKU."
Here's another game:
Huxley More Screen Shots Here
Posted 06 May 2005 - 01:40 PM
The Xbox 360's new logo:
A magazine called Edge will be previewing the Xbox 360 in their next issue, which will include actual pictures of the final hardware and screenshots. This issue will be out on May 17th. Pictures should be on the internet well in advance of that date. Here's more information.
This picture is believed to be of the hardware, either from the Xbox 360's controller or from the console itself:
This picture is believed to be from the load screen, prior to the game booting up:
Posted 06 May 2005 - 05:23 PM
MTV has accidentally revealed the launch month of the Xbox 360. The On-Air schedule featured in MTV.com has the following description:
This special highlights the exciting new generation of XBOX. Packages include: Tours of the design labs Interviews with the designers Behind-the-scenes and inside scoop Never-before-seen footage of new videogames. Trailers of the newest games that are due out in November for the new XBOX. The next generation will be revealed at an event at the Avalon club in LA, hosted by Elijah Wood and featuring performances by The Killers and Snow Patrol.
This follows Bill Gates' announcement at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers annual meeting that the cоnsоle will indeed ship later this year.
So far, MTV has revealed today the Xbox 360 logo and the cоnsоle's launch month. Mіcrosоft must love them!
No one will ever doubt that Microsoft owned the gaming community this year.
Posted 06 May 2005 - 10:16 PM
Posted 07 May 2005 - 05:47 AM
I just can't wait for it to come out, so my brain can explode from the graphics shotting into your eyes, making you into a vegetable, just by a mear look at the screen.
Posted 07 May 2005 - 08:15 AM
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