Reported by: Kyle Suggs
Computer Platform: Xbox
Produced by: Microsoft
Price Range: $200+
M A Y . 2 0 0 1 | L A , C A , U S A
My first impression of the system after seeing it through glass display was, "Man this thing is big!". And big it is. I stepped up to my first game and started playing and I thought, "Man this controller is big!". And big it is as well. The controller is very large and bulky and therefore uncomfortable. This was a major distraction. Although admittedly, the physical nature the consoles is not relative to the nature of these reviews, I must still say that it detracted from my fondness of the system and therefore may slant my overall opinion of it.
Although Microsoft may be new to the game console market, they are not new to games. Microsoft is the largest software company on the planet and with their deep pockets, have purchased several up and coming game developer companies for the purpose of boosting their exclusive gaming line up. This is very important for them since they need to give people a reason to buy their system over let's say a GameCube or a PS2. Currently, they have no momentum from a previous system to help with consumer confidence and expectation. So instead they are spending 500 million dollars on marketing (I told you they had deep pockets) and it shows. As I noticed all of the XBOX logos, banners, bags, merchandise which literally covers the entire LA Convention Center, I realized very quickly that Bill Gates is in it to win.
The XBOX's core audience will be game enthusiasts - people who love games. On paper it is the most powerful system boasting a 733 MHz processor and an broadband internet port connection right out of the box. Gates and company want the XBOX to appeal to serious gamers of the ages 18 and above. It is a risky endeavor indeed to go up against the likes of Sony and the big N but they have enough money and attitude to take huge chucks from each of their market shares.
|Mad Dash||Eidos||Cool foot race game that rocks!|
|Fuzion Frenzy||Microsoft||Exclusive XBOX title. Similar to Mario Party|
|Air Force Delta||Konami||Flight simulator|
|Project Gotham||Bizarre Creations||Race exotic automobiles through Europe|
(Not so family friendly - contains violence, mature, or occult/new age references)
|Azurik||Adrenium Games||I played (it was 70% complete) this and talked with the reps. This game will be highly sought after yet contains many occult and new age materials. Furthermore it is the bloodiest RPG (role playing game) that I have ever seen.|
|Halo||Bungie||Killing Aliens. This may be the XBOX flagship game.|
|Dead or Alive 3||Tecmo||This fighter game will be huge but not for the little ones.|
|Nightcaster||THQ||Dual combat system (you can wield two weapons at once).|
(Family? Forget about it - name says it all.)
|Silent Hill 2||Konami||Blood and gore for sure!|
Although the XBOX is a new system coming from a company new to the industry, it appears to have a bright future. Aside from it's huge price tag and huge controller the system will survive due to its parent company and the slew of exclusive game developers under its wing.
The games shown at e3 are a bit tame in terms of maturity and violence. However, many of these titles are incomplete and therefore the verdict is still out. From what I can see, the XBOX will have enough family friendly games at launch to make any parent who is thinking about getting this system for their little ones a little more comfortable.
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