Xbox Insider – Xbox Media briefing

Hi everyone, it’s your Xbox Insider TheGamerSheep here reporting from E3 in Los Angeles!

The Xbox Media Briefing may not be the official start of E3, but it’s definitely the first major event and it did not disappoint! Even at 9am the line of attendees waiting to get into the Galen Center was massive.

The briefing kicked off with an epic Halo 4 presentation and light show, featuring a live-action short that turned seamlessly into a gameplay demo. It was easily the most exciting news from the event, with a sneak peek at the new enemies Master Chief will be facing off against as well as a look at the hero himself. The graphics are fantastic as well, definitely giving H4 a shot at the best-looking Halo of the franchise.

Ubisoft were up next with an unexpected look at Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which appears to be taking a step in a more fast-paced, action-oriented direction, but still features the stealth we all know and love. They have also incorporated Kinect into the gameplay, so when Sam Fisher needs someone distracted, it’s you that’ll be saying ‘pssst, over here’.

Sports fans will be happy with what EA have in the works. We got to see gameplay demos for Madden 13 and FIFA 13, and both feature excellent Kinect integration (including yellow and red cards for cursing at the game!).

We got a short look at the new Gears of War: Judgment. Details are patchy, but it appears as if Baird is the main character so expect a lot of wisecracks.

Gameplay demos were shown for both Resident Evil 6 and Tomb Raider, both of them coming across as welcome additions to each franchise – RE6 is more action-packed then ever, and Lara Croft’s latest outing is gloriously cinematic while maintaining the delicate balance between exploration and combat.

Usher was on hand to promote Dance Central 3 and he rocked out with his recent track ‘Scream’. If you were a fan of the previous D.C. games, start stretching now because you’re going to work up a sweat!

Finally, the Xbox briefing wrapped up with a look at Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2. I know there are a lot of different opinions flying around, but it looks pretty great; I can’t wait to play with all the new tech in-game, and the futuristic setting works really well.

Next up was the EA briefing. Highlights included Dead Space 3, which introduces drop-in drop-out co-op multiplayer, along with a whole new storyline and updated graphics. Also, EA announced that they are the new home of UFC games, a bit of news that was met with thunderous applause.

Finally, it was time for Ubisoft to unleash their lineup, and the standout by a long shot was Assassin’s Creed III. The new character and setting are wicked, and the updated weapons manage to pile on even more assassin-y goodness. They also unveiled a new title (a refreshing change from all the sequels) called Watch Dogs, a futuristic third person shooter that puts you in the shoes of a hacker in a world controlled by computers.

It’s been a crazy first day as the Xbox Insider, and L.A. is such a busy city! It’s full of weird and interesting characters, like the guy in full military outfit who was screaming at people while riding around on a bike. The food portions are huge, and the cars are huger. Stay tuned, I’ll have more news coming soon!

TheGamerSheep, Xbox E3 Insider