Xbox 360 Launch Lineup
âKameo: Elements of Powerâ¢â (MGS-Rare Ltd.). Renowned game developer Rare introduces âKameo: Elements of Powerâ¢,â a mystical action-adventure game available exclusively on Xbox 360, in which the ability to morph into unique and incredible warriors allows Kameo to search out and battle ever-present evil. Boasting impeccable next-generation graphics and innovative gameplay, âKameoâ shines as a giant leap in game development. Continuing its legacy of creating dynamic puzzles, immersive combat and enormous environments, Rare fuses multiple genres to create a strikingly fun gaming experience destined for widespread appeal.
Â· âPerfect Dark Zeroâ¢â (MGS-Rare Ltd.). Joanna Dark returns in the Xbox 360-exclusive âPerfect Dark Zero,â the prequel to the international award-winning and multimillion-selling first-person shooter âPerfect DarkÂ®â from famed game developer Rare. 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 planetâs future. A routine bounty-hunting mission rips open a global conspiracy that will change Joannaâs destiny â forever.
Â· âProject Gotham RacingÂ® 3â (MGS-Bizarre Creations Ltd.). The popular âPGRÂ®â franchise zooms onto the Xbox 360, expanding many of the âProject Gotham Racingâ features that gamers have grown to love. âPGR 3â creates the ultimate roster of the hottest supercars in existence, introduces them to the high-definition era, and drops them into a completely new gaming world, where style rules the road. Racers define and create individually customized gameplay, and can race each other â online or offline. The âProject Gotham Racingâ franchise is designed by Bizarre Creations, a long-established independent games developer, based in Liverpool, England. Bizarre is focused on producing high-quality, playable games that make the most of the advanced technology for which they are designed. Bizarre Creations can be found on the Web at http://www.bizarreonline.net or http://www.bizarrecreations.com.
Other great games announced or shown at X05 included these:
Â· âCrackdownâ (MGS-Real Time Worlds). âCrackdownâ pushes the action-driving hybrid genre into the next generation with the introduction of the first truly 3-D persistent playground, highly innovative cooperative gameplay, and an extensive prop interaction system all while taking place in a massive and highly stylized urban center. All strategies and tactics are acceptable provided players clean up the streets. Players roam a virtual city built to encourage and allow the full width, depth and height of the space to be explored and exploited. âCrackdownâ will offer free-form gameplay, over-the-top action, and, for the first time in this genre, online cooperative play.
Â· âGears of Warâ (MGS-Epic Games Inc.). Blending the best of tactical action games with the best of survival horror titles, âGears of Warâ is the first game developed by Epic Games exclusively for Microsoft Game Studios and Xbox 360. âGears of Warâ thrusts gamers into a deep and harrowing story of humankindâs epic battle for survival against the Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet.
Â· âToo Humanâ (MGS-Silicon Knights). In âToo Human,â players are treated to a nonstop barrage of action powered by the seamless integration of melee and ranged firearms combat and fueled by breathtaking visuals previously not possible thanks to a powerful combination of Xbox 360 and the Unreal Engine 3. Battles unfold in awesome scale as players engage with vast numbers of enemies.
Â· âMass Effectâ (MGS-BioWare Corp.). Set 200 years in the future in an epic universe, âMass Effectâ places gamers in a vast galactic community in danger of being conquered by a legendary agent gone rogue. A spectacular new vision from legendary developers BioWare, âMass Effectâ challenges players to lead a squad of freedom fighters as they struggle against threatening armies to restore peace in the land. âMass Effectâ is the first in a trilogy of games with an overarching story, where the real conflict between organic beings and artificial intelligence comes to life in startling clarity.
Â· âFIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cupâ (Electronic Arts). EA celebrates its new exclusive FIFA World Cup interactive entertainment partnership with the release of âFIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup,â a game that immerses players into the emotional intensity of the next-generation football. Utilizing the power of the Xbox 360, fans will be able to revel in the worldâs most sophisticated representation of football ever. Experience a newly enhanced gameplay engine that delivers extremely responsive controls and greater level of depth. New physics and animations mean that players will now react more realistically to every tackle, shot or pass of the ball. For the first time youâll see and feel the joy, anguish and pain of 90 minutes of soccer in a videogame. Through the power of high-definition technology youâll see how the detail of the players is accurately recreated in fine detail. The power of the Xbox 360 truly brings to life 80,000 chanting fans in a stadium and immerses you in the emotional intensity of FIFA World Cup football.
Â· âSaintâs Rowâ (THQ Inc.). Under threat from rival gangs and corrupt officials, the 3rd Street Saints must conquer the city of Stilwater or face destruction. From the spectacular opening battle to regain control of the local hood, âSaintâs Rowâ offers an unparallel level of freedom to explore this living, breathing city. Players are free to engage in the multitude of different activates at their leisure, all while building up respect in a gameplay-rich world. Build enough respect and the 3rd Street Saintâs lieutenants will trust the player with more dangerous missions.
Â· âFull Autoâ (SEGA Corp.). Combine fully-automatic, weapon-equipped vehicles with highly detailed and interactive urban environments and you have âFull Auto,â the most destructive racing action ever experienced in a video game. This racer allows players to choose from a wide selection of unique vehicle designs and arm them with any combination of machine guns, cannons and other deadly weapons. The rules of the road donât apply in this high-octane, no-holds-barred competition. And once players have honed their skills against computer opponents, they can jump onto Xbox LiveÂ® and take on real players in both destruction-heavy lap courses and last-man standing arena matches.
Â· âCondemned: Criminal Originsâ (SEGA). âCondemned: Criminal Originsâ allows players to experience a heightened level of psychological tension as they use their instincts, forensic tools, and melee/firearms combat to track serial killers and bring them to justice. Gamers will play as Agent Thomas, a detective in the FBIâs Serial Crimes Unit, whose pursuit of relentless serial killers leads him through gritty, life-like environments filled with sociopaths lurking on the brink of humanity.
Franchise titles that will make their debut on Xbox 360 were also announced, including these:
Â· âSuperman Returns: The Videogameâ (Electronic Arts). âSuperman Returns: The Videogame,â developed by Electronic Arts-Tiburon in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics, features storylines from both the movie that will be released in 2006 and more than 60 years of comic book content. âSuperman Returns: The Videogameâ combines strong creative vision and compelling new technology to deliver a powerful and emotional gaming experience to consumers. Gamers will experience a real sense of flying while mastering Supermanâs unrivaled superhero powers to save Metropolis.
Â· âCall of Duty 2â (Activision Inc.). The sequel to Infinity Wardâs 2003 Game of the Year, âCall of Duty 2â delivers an unparalleled portrayal of the cinematic intensity and chaos of battle as seen through the eyes of ordinary soldiers fighting together in epic WWII conflicts. The sequel offers more immense, more intense and more realistic battles than ever. âCall of Duty 2â features stunningly lifelike graphics, advanced AI technology, dynamic sound effects, the most authentic squad combat and astonishing action in new historic campaigns.
Â· âCastle Wolfensteinâ (id Software). id Softwareâs newest chapter in the legendary âWolfensteinâ series will deliver players deep behind the enemy lines of a war-torn Germany, where Nazi experiments with technology and the supernatural threaten to turn the tide of World War II. Utilizing a revolutionary new graphics technology targeted specifically at next-generation hardware, this new âWolfensteinâ experience will draw players into a world of unmatched exploration, action and espionage.
Â· âThe Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivionâ (Bethesda Softworks LLC). âOblivionâ is the quintessential role-playing game for the next generation and another leap forward in gaming. Step inside the most richly detailed and vibrant game world ever created. âOblivionâ is the latest chapter in the epic and highly successful âElder Scrollsâ saga and utilizes the latest next-generation video game hardware to fully immerse gamers in the experience. With âOblivionââs powerful combination of free-form gameplay and unprecedented graphics, players can unravel the main quest at their own pace or explore the vast world and find their own challenges.
Â· âTom Clancyâs Splinter Cell 4â (Ubisoft Entertainment). âTom Clancyâs Splinter Cell 4â will thrust players into a new breed of gameplay that promises to innovate and revolutionize the âSplinter Cellâ franchise. Ubisoft is taking the saga of Sam Fisher into entirely new territory, expanding the story and depth of his character.
Â· âQuake 4â (Activision, id Software and Raven Software Corp.) is the sequel to the award-winning and historic âQuake II.â In a war for Earthâs survival, against an unrelenting enemy, the only way to defeat them is to become one of them. Built on id Softwareâs revolutionary âDoom 3â technology, âQuake 4â also features fast-paced multiplayer competition modeled after the speed, feel and style of âQuake III Arena.â
Â· âMotoGP Ultimate Racing Technology (URT) 2006â (THQ). âMotoGP URT 2006â takes the franchise to the next generation as the only official game of the MotoGP Championship on Xbox 360. Developed by the same team behind the award-winning âMotoGP URT 3â and created exclusively for the Xbox 360, MotoGP URT 2006 looks set to create a new definition of high speed for racing fans looking for the fastest thrills on the fastest console.
Commenting on the announcements made at X05, Peter Moore, corporate vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Publishing for Xbox at Microsoft, said: âThe biggest and the best names in publishing are committed to the success of Xbox 360, and looking at the titles we have announced tonight we are very excited. From exclusive titles to debuting the next installment of some of the worldâs best-loved franchises, Xbox 360 will redefine gaming and entertainment. The high-definition era of gaming starts now.â