Today was the first day of Microsoft Gamer's Day 2008 and 360-Hq has a giant update on it
Following up on our previous MGD Article After the first day of Microsoft Gamer's Day 2008 it appears a lot has turned out true and if I had to take a guess more will be announced tomorrow and the next day for the Microsoft event.
To start things off and to make it easier I will go down the list of what has been announced, describe it, and there will be links at the bottom of the article.
Gears of War 2
A very minor update and really more info about what has been shown. Cliff Bleszinski demonstrates the Gameplay Trailer again. Not much new info about it except to still expect in November 2008 and the battles will be on a much larger and more intense than ever scale. Although there haven't been many details there have been quite a few new screenshots, below is a sample. At the bottom of the Article there will be links to all the Gears of War 2 Screenshots.
Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
Officially announced and a lot of details released. First of all the game is set to release September 2008 and is bigger and even better than the original. First of all I will describe what to me seems to be the newest and most innovative feature, The Vision Camera Card Scanning. Dubbed as the Piñata Vision, it involves the use of the Xbox Live Vision Camera and you put piñata card with its unique barcode up to the camera and the game will automatically add that piñata/item to the game. It seems gimmicky but the games premise is sending piñata's to parties all over the world to save them from evil, so it seems like it could work well. Here is Rare's official description of it
Plug in an Xbox LIVE® Vision camera and interact with the game through the use of printed cards featuring a unique barcode. Flash a piñata card up to the Vision camera, and the content will drop directly into the game.
Seems like an innovative idea for Xbox and could end up selling a lot of consoles. But wait don't think thats all to set this Piñata game apart from it predecessor, there is co-op! now you can simply plug in a second controller and friends or family instantly have access to a second set of tools the same as the first player, now you can work together to make the best Viva Piñata garden! Hopefully more details will be released tomorrow and you can be sure to get the info from 360-hq!
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
Formerly known as Banjo Kazooie 3 or Banjo Threeie, it has now been announced the new Banjo Kazooie game will innovate on the way you play a platformer by making vehicles that you customize the main component. It seems like it could really help the failing Platformer genre and breathe new life into the two console generations old "Banjo Kazooie." Also new to this title will be multiplayer both locally and through xbox live. Expect co-operative and competitive multiplayer modes. Here is the first real trailer with gameplay footage! Expect to see the full version of the game this Holiday Season 2008 (October - December)
Set to reinvent the popular series and bring many wanted features to the table. This game is set 500 years ahead of the original Fable so you can expect to see a lot of new innovations including weapons such as guns. That’s not all expect to see a host of co-op and xbox live options when the game releases this Holiday 2008 Season.
Here is the official description of what’s new
You'll have even more choices to continuously shape who your characters become in a world 10 times the size of the iconic Xbox game. Fable 2 introduces a host of exciting new features, including a first-of-its-kind Xbox LIVE Arcade experience, and a genre-stretching multiplayer experience, allowing you to easily play Fable 2 with friends and family side-by-side from the comfort of a living room couch.
There were not so many details released today but more of a media update so be sure to check out the screenshots at the bottom, also here is the official video!
Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One
The Announcement of next week's arcade title comes as bit of a surprise, as it is based on the popular Web comic. Expect a full RPG like experience with customizable characters on the Xbox Live Arcade this May 21 2008. Set at retail of 1600 MS points ($20 USD) this should be one really long and good game! Expect to see the same sort of content you see in the Web Comics with the same art and comedy style. I don't think too many details will be released about this title so be sure to check out the screenshots at the bottom!
With the much anticipated and much delayed RPG there must be some good news eventaully right? Right! The game will release August 19 2008 in North America! Also the game will feature online only xbox live co-op play so you can play with friends online! Words can't describe how much this game has been anticipated and delayed but it looks like it is really coming. Check out the new Screenshots and we even have a wallpaper for you and your pc!
Ninja Gaiden 2
The highly acclaimed Ninja Games sequel only got a very minor update with no new media but still some news. The games release date has been bumped up three days to June 3rd 2008! Also there has been some light shed about downloadable content.
With the release of Gamerpics and Themes, available on Xbox LIVE beginning today. The Gamerpics packs include five new images each, at 100 points per pack, and the Themes, which focus on heroes and bosses, are 150 points per pack ...
Additional Ninja Gaiden II download content will be available on May 20, with subsequent releases throughout the summer.
I think this might be a typo on Microsoft's part seeing how May 20th will have already passed by the games release. I think they mean June 20 with more releases throughout the summer of 2008. If it is not a typo expect to see the new content in spring/summer of 2009!
Well that wraps up today’s 360-hq coverage of the 2008 Microsoft Gamer's Day Conference going on in San Francisco, USA. Expect to see more tomorrow after the second day of the conference. Until then enjoy the new information and be sure to check out the Screenshots! Also feel free to comment about any of this in our forums and let us know what you’re excited for and what you think about these new games!