June 18, 2010 - What a week gaming had! E3 2010 proved to be the year of motion controls and 3D gaming going mainstream. Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony all had strong showings, as did software-focused giants EA and Activision. Some were a little disappointed with what Ubisoft had on display, but you have to commend their ambition.
Things got started on the weekend when Tomonobu Itagaki, of DOA and Ninja Gaiden fame, announced his latest title (the first for Valhalla Studios) Devil's Third. This is to be a third-person action title that is reminiscent of games such as Bethesda's Wet and perhaps a touch of Ninja Gaiden for good measure.
On Monday, Microsoft got the festivities started with their media event. The house that Gates built definitely had a focus, and that was Kinect. The project-formerly-known-as-Natal is Microsoft's response to Nintendo and Sony's motion controls, though they've opted for a controller-free approach. We learned a lot about this system last year, with details leaking out every couple of months or so, but what we really got to see is how nice it will be to control menus and multimedia via the sophisticated camera and microphone device. What wasn't so nice, and which will undoubtedly plague Microsoft going forward, is the lack of truly compelling launch software - the best app we've seen so far was definitely Harmonix's Dance Central. Kinect will ship to North American retailers on November 4th and will feature 15 titles at launch.
Microsoft also confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops' add-on content will be coming to Xbox LIVE first. The length of the timed exclusivity is unknown, but it will apply to all future content - yes, Microsoft has wrapped up timed exclusivity for all Call of Duty titles for the next three years.