Although E3 2012 wasn't Microsoft's finest E3 presentation, it was certainly better than last year's casual Kinect-fest. We got to see a fair number of interesting games for core gamers, and absolutely no five-year-olds were called on stage to wrestle with imaginary tigers. Here are our top five Microsoft conference moments:
You've got to give it to Twisted Pixel. That company's trailer for a previously-unknown game was one of the more memorable moments of Microsoft's conference. A long, slow buildup about a master assassin in training describes her many accomplishments, only to reveal at the end that "she" is a futuristic motorcycle. We have no idea how LocoCycle will play, but it sure looks intriguing.
With all the pomp and ceremony surrounding E3, it's always nice to have somebody show up to take it down a notch. It was refreshing to see South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone take the stage with some good-natured ribbing at Microsoft's focus on Kinect and social network integration. The two went on to give an informative and entertaining presentation of the upcoming South Park RPG being developed by Obsidian. Take note, E3 presenters: this is how to show off your stuff.
Can Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 do well with its futuristic setting? The trailer shown at E3 paid homage to Independence Day with its imagery of a major city under siege by a mysterious, possibly extraterrestrial threat. Black Ops 2 was especially nice to see on-screen as it was one of a crop of shooters this year displaying true-to-life color. Are shooters finally emerging from the monotonous brown and gray cocoon in which they've been sleeping for the past half-decade? We certainly hope so.