Gifts Galore...Bloggingbaby Holiday Contest, Sponsored by FAO Schwarz. | Add to My AOL, MyYahoo, Google, Bloglines

Best of E3 2006 from TeamXbox


The guys over at TeamXbox.com have whipped up their "Best of E3" feature to give gamers the heads-up on what shined through at the convention. You can probably deduce from their name that they didn't nominate certain companies or their products (we're looking at you Sony and Nintendo). So with that said, here are a few noteworthy awards for everything Xbox.

Best Graphics: Gears of War / Runner up: BioShock
Best Action Game: Lost Planet / Runner up: Too Human
Best Racing Game: MotoGP '06 / Runner up: Test Drive Unlimited
Best Sports Game: Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis / Runner up: NCAA Football 07
Sleeper Hit: Just Cause / Runner up: Dead Rising
Best Xbox 360 Game: Mass Effect / Runner up: Gears of War

So what do you think? Of course, don't forget to check out the full feature for write-ups and other nominations.

Check out Saints Row footage from E3


There's some good E3 footage of Saints Row available for those of you wishing to get a taste of GTA on steroids. The similarities between the two are evident, but this title takes some of those elements and ups the ante. If you want to check out the impressions from the show floor, go here.

First impressions: Too Human


The big issue with Silicone Knight's Too Human is going to be the camera. It's completely controlled by the game, and you have to fight the urge to try and swing it around with the right analog stick when it gets in an awkward spot. It also likes to take a wide angle view leaving your human looking like an ant on the battlefield. The game puts you in the role of an Unreal Tournament-type warrior with the ability to make some pretty colors with a sword. You can bust out combos with the right stick and take out waves of insectoid enemies or dual wield a pair of laser guns and blow them away. The combo action is supposed to be super-deep but it didn't feel that way when I played. Pressing B at certain times  launches your most powerful attack, which looks cools but unleashes a looong canned sequence.  I assume you unlock more moves as you progress. The framerate hitched when things got crazy.

Not sure why I keep thinking of this game as an RPG when it's the total opposite. Maybe the title is a little too esoteric. I'd call it a sci-fi 99 Nights with a little less foot traffic.

First impressions: Splinter Cell: Double Agent


The Splinter Cell  series always set a graphics and gameplay standard on the original Xbox and the franchise's first attempt on the 360 continues to impress. This  is one intense demo. It's starts with a literally mind-blowing execution sequence followed by the most harrowing parachute jump I've ever seen in a game. Ubisoft has gone for shocking violence with this entry. You can tell the guy in the pic above won't be dancing a jig any time soon, and his death convulsions before he finished the job with a grenade are a pleasantly disturbing  touch. The initial gameplay will be familiar to Sam Fisher vets, although the controls probably need to be tweaked a bit. The level I played seemed to lean a bit more towards blowing people away than stealth, but I may have just been trigger happy. I appreciated how Ubisoft squeezed something to do into sequences that formerly would have been straight CGI. Overall, Double Agent oozes next-gen production values and looks to offer a gritty tale to frame the well-rendered blood and guts. It may be my favorite demo so far.

Uno theme decks on the way


I had a quick chat with Joshua Howard of Microsoft Casual Games, project manager for Uno, Totem Balls and Lumines, not to mention the revised in-box games (think Solitaire, FreeCell) that will be included with Windows Vista. According to man behind the wild cards, downloadable theme decks are headed to XBLM, starting with a replica of the 35th Anniversary deck that  Mattel is selling in stores. Most of the theme decks will be based on first party MS titles like Kameo and will cost you a few MS points, although the possibility exists for sponsored editions. You don't have to own a theme deck to see it when you're playing a friend who does.  Josh talked up Mattel's enthusiasm for Xbox Live Arcade, which bodes well for future possibilities involving  their trademarks. The gamercard pictures you see in the screenshot above are where the video chat windows will go when the 360 camera is released. Apparently, getting the space to re-size properly was a real pain in the ass. By the way, if you want to go mano y mano with the Uno dude, Josh's gamertag is rather low key: joshuah.

First gesture-based XBLA game still in the dark


I was pretty eager to get my hands, or rather my flapping arms, on Totem Balls, the first  Xbox Live Arcade title to make use of the 360 camera for gesture-based gameplay. Totem Balls has a tropical island theme. You control a little a totem pole-looking character by moving your arms up and down at your sides (a motion that resembles the funky chicken) as he collect balls that balance on his head. Unfortunately, it turns out the still-unpriced Xbox 360 camera has the same studio-like light requirements as the Sony EyeToy, making the game basically unplayable in the dim, romantic glow of the Xbox Live Arcade booth -- much to the chagrin of the Microsoft staff on hand. Despite keeping the gaming press in the dark until the emergency floodlights arrive, they claim it's a superior product.

First impression: Moto GP '06


At the THQ area, they were proudly showing off their incredibly gorgeous Moto GP '06. This title shines bright and controls very well for the Xbox 360. Despite not even being played on a retail console, the demo was enough to satisfy my need for speed.

Continue reading First impression: Moto GP '06

Much a dew about nothing


How disappointing it was to discover this Xbox-360 branded Mountain Dew tanker truck wasn't really filled with sugary green liquid. Apparently, it helps them save on gas.

E3 literally in the bag for Microsoft


Unlike Sony and Nintendo, Microsoft doesn't have much signage outside the LA convention center or in the lobby, choosing instead to pour their efforts into several 18-wheelers worth of booth. However, they did sponsor the swag bags pictured above, ensuring everyone will think of the Xbox 360 when they dump their haul at the end of the day. Shrewd. Ignoring the Joystiq poll slanted by raving Nintendo fanboys, is it now safe to say MS has E3 in the bag?

Grand Theft: MS robs Sony of GTA exclusivity

Console war vets nearly spilled their hot coffee Tuesday morning when Peter Moore's GTA tattoo-baring stunt at Microsoft's E3 keynote was over-zealously interpreted to imply exclusive rights to Grand Theft Auto IV. It quickly became clear that Sony didn't get jacked quite that badly. The first next-gen installment in Rockstar's amazingly popular yet politically touchy series will be released on both consoles simultaneously in October 2007. It's still great news for 360 owners, who won't have to wait an extra 12 months to run over high-polygon hookers. Conversely, it's a potentially signifcant blow to the golden kneecaps of the pricey PS3. Loyal Sony fanboys who go into usurious debt in order to purchase that caviar console would presumably prefer a little alone time with those dead prostitutes, at least until they get their credit card paid off. So much for what was once a major selling point. Sony may not have an edge when it comes to grand thievery, but they still have a license to steal -- from their customers.

Halo 3 trailer: See it again for the first time

Here's the Halo 3 trailer again, embedded for your puny viewing pleasure. If you want more pixels and have no luck with XBLM, try Xboxyde's 720p torrent or Bungie's large Quicktime version. Oh yeah, Bungie reminds the world this baby is real time with an appropriately sarcastic announcement:

Nobody saw it coming. Halo 3! Who knew? For the last year or two, people have speculated about what our next project was and surprisingly, in all that time, not a single person guessed that it would be Halo 3. Not
one.

We declare it the best kept secret ever.

...We won't ruin the content of our short presentation by describing it frame by frame, but we will note that everything you're seeing here is being rendered in real-time on the Xbox 360, using the current version of our Halo 3 game engine. The HDR lighting, self-shadowing, GPU-run particle system and many other effects should make it intact (and more) to our final game.

Worth repeat viewing.

Lost Planet demo lost, but not for long


It looks like the Lost Planet demo was briefly available on XBLM a day earlier than scheduled and then yanked. Photographic proof above. It should be back tomorrow. Gamers who were lucky enough to grab it early, please report your impressions.

Xbox 360 Fanboy bloggers (30 days)

# Blogger Posts Cmts
1 Richard Mitchell 199 42
2 Ken Weeks 87 0
3 Dustin Burg 40 0

Xbox 360 Fanboy Contributors

# Contributor Stars Cmts
1 Tucker 10 46
2 epobirs 10 56
3 jc 8 143
4 refinedsugar 7 115
5 Tom Crymes 7 61
6 H880 6 81
7 Alex Keen 5 27
8 Sense 5 86
9 Morgon 4 25
10 Pixelantes Anonymous 4 54
11 EatingPie 4 31
12 SuicideNinja 3 15
13 Dirk Dorkelson 3 62
14 pennywise969 2 111
15 Oozer 2 30
16 bv 2 9
17 aZTEKv2 2 10
18 Don Wilson 2 124
19 Spartacus 2 16
20 Nick Spacek 2 17

Most Commented On (60 days)

Recent Comments

Weblogs, Inc. Network

Consumer Add RSS
AdJab AOL | Yahoo
Autoblog AOL | Yahoo
AutoblogGreen AOL | Yahoo
Autoblog Spanish AOL | Yahoo
Autoblog Chinese AOL | Yahoo
Autoblog Simplified Chinese AOL | Yahoo
Blogging Baby AOL | Yahoo
Card Squad AOL | Yahoo
Cinematical AOL | Yahoo
Download Squad AOL | Yahoo
Divester (scuba) AOL | Yahoo
Engadget AOL | Yahoo
Engadget Mobile AOL | Yahoo
Engadget Chinese AOL | Yahoo
Engadget Simplified Chinese AOL | Yahoo
Engadget Japanese AOL | Yahoo
Engadget Spanish AOL | Yahoo
HD Beat AOL | Yahoo
Joystiq AOL | Yahoo
Luxist AOL | Yahoo
PVR Wire AOL | Yahoo
Slashfood AOL | Yahoo
Styledash AOL | Yahoo
That's Fit AOL | Yahoo
TUAW (Apple) AOL | Yahoo
TV Squad AOL | Yahoo

Technology

Add RSS
CSS Insider AOL | Yahoo
Digital Photography AOL | Yahoo
Flash Insider AOL | Yahoo
Google (Unofficial) AOL | Yahoo
JavaScript AOL | Yahoo
Microsoft (Unofficial) AOL | Yahoo
Office AOL | Yahoo
Open Source AOL | Yahoo
Peer-to-Peer AOL | Yahoo
Photoshop (Unofficial) AOL | Yahoo
RSS AOL | Yahoo
SAS (Unofficial) AOL | Yahoo
Search Engine Marketing AOL | Yahoo
Social Software AOL | Yahoo
Tablet PCs AOL | Yahoo
TUAW (Apple) AOL | Yahoo
VoIP AOL | Yahoo
Yahoo (Unofficial) AOL | Yahoo

Travel/Destinations

Add RSS
Gadling AOL | Yahoo
Blogging New Orleans AOL | Yahoo
Blogging Ohio AOL | Yahoo

Wireless

Add RSS
BBHub (BlackBerry) AOL | Yahoo
Engadget Mobile AOL | Yahoo
Engadget: GPS AOL | Yahoo
Engadget: Wireless AOL | Yahoo
The Wireless Report AOL | Yahoo

Video Games

Add RSS
Blogging E3 AOL | Yahoo
DS Fanboy AOL | Yahoo
Engadget: Gaming AOL | Yahoo
Joystiq AOL | Yahoo
Nintendo Wii Fanboy AOL | Yahoo
PS3 Fanboy AOL | Yahoo
PSP Fanboy AOL | Yahoo
Second Life Insider AOL | Yahoo
WoW Insider AOL | Yahoo
Xbox 360 Fanboy AOL | Yahoo

Media & Entertainment

Add RSS
Cinematical AOL | Yahoo
Design AOL | Yahoo
Digital Music AOL | Yahoo
Droxy (Digital Radio) AOL | Yahoo
DV Guru (Digital Video) AOL | Yahoo

Finance

Add RSS
Blogging Stocks AOL | Yahoo
Apple (AAPL) AOL | Yahoo
eBay (EBAY) AOL | Yahoo
Genl Electric (GE) AOL | Yahoo
Google (GOOG) AOL | Yahoo
Microsoft (MSFT) AOL | Yahoo
Time Warner (TWX) AOL | Yahoo
Wal Mart (WMT) AOL | Yahoo
Yahoo! (YHOO) AOL | Yahoo

Business

Add RSS
Mortgages AOL | Yahoo

Life Sciences

Add RSS
The Cancer Blog AOL | Yahoo
The Cardio Blog AOL | Yahoo
The Diabetes Blog AOL | Yahoo
Medical Informatics Insider AOL | Yahoo

Personal

Add RSS
Brian Alvey AOL | Yahoo
Jason Calacanis AOL | Yahoo
Judith Meskill AOL | Yahoo
Ted Leonsis AOL | Yahoo

Events

Add RSS
Blogging BlogHer AOL | Yahoo
Blogging DEMO AOL | Yahoo
Blogging E3 AOL | Yahoo
Blogging ETech AOL | Yahoo
Blogging Gnomedex AOL | Yahoo
Future of Music AOL | Yahoo
Blogging Milken AOL | Yahoo
Blogging Sundance AOL | Yahoo
Blogging Web 2.0 AOL | Yahoo
Live 8 Insider AOL | Yahoo

On Hiatus/Retired

Add RSS
Telemedicine Insider AOL | Yahoo
SCM Wire (supply chain) AOL | Yahoo
Bluetooth AOL | Yahoo
RFID AOL | Yahoo
Ultra Wideband AOL | Yahoo
WiFi AOL | Yahoo
The WiMAX Weblog AOL | Yahoo
Wireless Dev AOL | Yahoo
Wireless AOL | Yahoo
Documentary Film AOL | Yahoo
Enron Blog AOL | Yahoo
Independent Film AOL | Yahoo
Magazine Design AOL | Yahoo
Nanopublishing AOL | Yahoo
Spam AOL | Yahoo
Unofficial Playstation 3 AOL | Yahoo
Unofficial Xbox2 AOL | Yahoo
Video Games AOL | Yahoo

Other

Add RSS
Weblogs, Inc. AOL | Yahoo

Powered by Blogsmith

Add RSS
Paper Magazine AOL | Yahoo
Razor Magazine AOL | Yahoo

Other Weblogs Inc. Network blogs you might be interested in:

PS3 Fanboy
  • Game publishers take it on the chin!
  • Some good news, from Best Buy
  • Playstation's official backwards compatibility list
  • (Y)our PS3 impressions, please!
  • Latest PS3 ad hits the Interweb
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
WOW Insider
  • Forum Post of the Day: Where's the flavor?
  • WoW Moviewatch: Take 40 druids...
  • Around Azeroth: Hallow's End creepiness
  • Breakfast Topic: The worst thing about being a....
  • Forum Post of the Day: Twinks ruin low level BGs
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
PSP Fanboy
  • PSP features more affordable games than the DS
  • Playing PSP, as art
  • PSP releases for the week of November 20th
  • [E]mulate seven consoles in one homebrew application
  • Homebrew developer Dark_Alex expresses confidence for 3.0
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Joystiq
  • A Wii smashing *yawn*
  • Wii FAQ with 44 answers
  • Small town scores big Wii numbers
  • Nintendo's Wii launch party (Universal Citywalk, LA)
  • Xbox 360 arcade stick
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Divester
  • DiversAtlas: More of the Same?
  • Nikon Releases the D40: Less Money for dSLR Goodness
  • DEMA 2006: DivePhotoGuide's Coverage
  • Previewed: The Shark is Still Working
  • Truk's Wrecks An Environmental Disaster?
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Autoblog Green
  • New Oxford American's Word of the Year: Carbon Neutral
  • Louisiana B2 mandate update: one million gallons of biodiesel in Pollock
  • New London taxi looks old-school, but with low-emission diesel inside
  • The greening of Denver International Airport, the first airport in EPA's Performance Track Program
  • The 2007 Women of Biodiesel calendar now available
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Engadget
  • NES Paul, the Gibson for gamers
  • Boston's mayor to bill Sony for mayhem at Copley Plaza
  • CE-Oh no he didn't! Part XVII - Ballmer to Linux users: You owe us
  • Palm taking orders for Cingular-branded Treo 680
  • Fedora Linux up and running on PlayStation 3 (with video)
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
PVR Wire
  • PVR Wire Weekly Best - Sunday 19 Nov 2006
  • PS3 camp out frenzy
  • TV Volume Regulator: for regulating your TV volume
  • It's not TiVo unless its TiVo
  • The Loop - New high-tech motion sensor remote
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Autoblog
  • VIDEO: Lamborghini Gallardo on patrol
  • Robo-exotica: NC State snags Lotus Elise for '07 DARPA Challenge
  • VIDEO: The Wonderful New World of Fords - 1960
  • H&R bringing 24k gold springs, 216mph A4 to Essen Motor Show
  • VIDEO: Team Panther slides. We catch their drift.
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Gadling
  • Word for the Travel Wise (11/19/06)
  • Garbage Truck Camper
  • Stink 0, Airlines 1
  • Los Angeles Loses Iconic Trees
  • Photo of the Day (11/19/2006)
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
AdJab
  • Clean the poo off your hands with poo
  • TBS celebrates funniest commercials of 2006
  • Microsoft spending $100 million on Zune marketing
  • Sears celebrates moms
  • Burger King has now angered Spain
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Download Squad
  • GiveawayOfTheDay.com
  • Extensive Stikkit review by John Gruber
  • FileShredPPC: destroy your data before selling your Pocket PC
  • Movidity: like YouTube for your phone, but newer and untested
  • Yahoo! buys MyBlogLog, Bix
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines