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X’10 Event Roundup

August 26th, 2010

This fall Microsoft will finally be able to battle the Nintendo Wii on the same playing field with their motion sensor gaming experience Kinect. Recently we had the chance to test out the controller-free experience at Microsoft’s annual preview event X’10. From the first videos of when Kinect was called Project Natal up until the other day, the experience seemed a little weird since there was no controller but after trying it out and playing a few games it is the real deal.

Not having a controller does take some time to get used to but once you realize that all it takes to start a game is a simply hand gesture the thought of a controller simply disappears. We got to try out Kinect Adventures which put two of us in a water raft and had to maneuver the raft together by simply moving to the left or right and jumping at the same time. Kinect is a lot of fun and I can see how games that require the character to move a lot will be interesting to play but the draw back might be in the fact that only two people can play at a time. Although that might affect some it can easily turn into an awesome party tournament. Kinect is set to hit stores this November.

Next up was a personal favourite of mine NHL 11. Every year EA Sports makes the slightest change to the game resulting in a much better game. And this year is no different. Some of the new features are broken sticks, disallowable goals and a new physics engine that makes hitting a whole new experience in NHL 11. However the best addition is the all-new faceoff engine. The new engine allows you to have more control of your player during a faceoff. Just like the real NHL you can now tie up your opponent, spin and kick the puck back to your defencman and even shoot directly off a faceoff! Although they seem like small and minor additions they make the game more realistic than ever!

What came as a surprise were a few remakes that look great! Mortal Kombat and Sonic the Hedgehog look like they are making a comeback. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 will be available later this year on Xbox Live and will definitely be picking that up once its out. I didn’t get a chance to test out Mortal Kombat but was able to see someone else test it out and it looks great and will bring back all those classic Mortal Kombat fights in HD! Mortal Kombat is rumored to be released in early to mid 2011.

Rock Band 3 does not only introduce a new instrument to the game, electric keyboard, but it also sets a new bar for music games going forward. RB3 will have a pro mode which gives a more realistic experience by playing the instruments to a precise and accurate matter. This will make the player feel like they are playing the real instrument and not just pressing buttons.

Last but certainly not least was Assassins Creed Brotherhood. This installment of Ubisoft’s smash series is a sequel to Assassins Creed II but is not the third and final game. You still play as Ezio and are still based in Italy, Rome to be specific. What is new about Brotherhood is that you have the option to play multiplayer. One of the type of multiplayer modes is called ‘Wanted’ which is similar to a deathmatch but instead of it being a free for all you are assigned a target and must assassinate your target without breaking cover or getting assassinated by someone else. Being a big fan of the previous two releases I will no doubt get a copy of this and look forward to some multiplayer action!

There you have it, a quick round up of some exciting games coming to Xbox 360 in the fall and in the new year. If there are any games you think I should check out please let me know in the comments section.

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