Halo 4 screenshot
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Microsoft faced a bit of a backlash from gamers following its E3 press conference, with many accusing the platform holder of not bringing many new games to the party.

However, Microsoft has hit back, claiming its line-up is "first class".

"We're very happy. I'm bound to say that because I'm biased, but generally, over the course of the last 24 hours since our press conference, the reaction from people has been very encouraging," Xbox Europe boss Chris Lewis told VG247.

"We're very proud of the fact that this is such a powerful line-up, the greatest line-up of games ever. We were unashamedly putting Halo 4 up there front and centre. We're very pleased with the reaction, not only to that title, but to Gears of War, Forza Horizon and Fable: The Journey, of course. Having Usher on stage to help us talk more about Dance Central 3 we thought was powerful and worked very well."

Pressed on whether the line-up is perhaps slighter than usual because of a move to the next generation, Lewis said: "I'm not convinced I agree with you. If I'm allowed to disagree with you, then I'll take the opportunity. I look across the line-up of the sequels, the new IP, Wreckateer, Matter, LocoCycle, and all of the third-party line-up; especially for Europe, FIFA 13 looks amazing; what we have by way of our deep relationship with Activision and what we're doing there with Call of Duty; I look at Ubisoft.

"I think the line-up is first class, and very deep and very wide."

What did you think of the announced Xbox 360 line-up? Let us know in the comments below.

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Clockpunk's Avatar


And I'm saying your comments on the article (about the xbox lineup) could also be levelled against the PS3.
Posted 13:20 on 06 June 2012
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munkee@ Clockpunk

This isn't about me and Xbox. It's about the article.
Posted 13:19 on 06 June 2012
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Clockpunk@ munkee

Minecraft says: 'Hello, I'm the best selling title on Live and I don't have guns in any way shape or form'. :p Sony is no different - don't kid yourself on that front.

Every argument you lay out above could be levelled at your beloved PS3. Resistance, God of War, Gran Turismo, the increasingly combat-focused Uncharted... they tick the exact same boxes in your description. Both companies are heading towards the exact same ground, just with different franchises at their helm.
Posted 13:07 on 06 June 2012
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Money talks. Keep feeding the right people money and they'll keep telling you how great your show was. They'll convince themselves of how great your show was.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. The Xbox brand is aimed at a mainstream American audience. It presumed that they want guns, sports and TV. Xbox relentlessly delivers guns, sports and TV. A lot of people will be happy with this.

Halo, Gears and Call of Duty? ***** yeah.. GUNS!!
Forza, NBA, NFL, FIFA and Madden? ***** yeah.. SPORTS!!
NBA, NFL, Madden, Netflix, etc..? ***** yeah.. TV!!
Add to this a pop culture reference in the form of Usher (kids love Usher, right?) and you've got yourself a 5* conference.

It's a mainstream culture box. That's not necessarily a negative. It's just what makes them a lot of money. If they had a show that presented all of the above things, then genuinely, in their eyes, it was a great success.
Posted 12:59 on 06 June 2012
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But what they *did* show, core game wise, could be argued as first class. Halo 4, Gears, Forza: Horizon... yes, not many, but their quality (and pedigree, hence my initial comment) does indeed look 'first class'.
Posted 11:51 on 06 June 2012

pblive@ Clockpunk

But this is focused on the E3 showing. Microsoft are just ignoring the issue that they didn't show enough of what the customer wanted.

There is no doubt that the MS line-up has been good, that's not the issue here. There's no question that the next year will be another good year for MS, but they just didn't do their games justice at the conference and that's what everyone's complaining about.
Posted 11:47 on 06 June 2012
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Clockpunk@ pblive

Sales figures for previously released titles in the respective franchises, along with the reception that the latest iterations are generating.

If the formula/line-up ain't broken, why change it?
Posted 11:42 on 06 June 2012
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"the reaction from people has been very encouraging," Must of been talking to a very select set of people.
Sequels are all we get these days, and as they make the most cash they are the games they show. Not willing to support a new IP until it sells a bucket load, they its time to ring it dry and put it as a front runner
Posted 11:31 on 06 June 2012

pblive@ Clockpunk

Sales figures for games not yet released?

The problem with E3 (and not just MS but Sony and Nintendo too) is that it seemed that only a small amount of what was actually at the show was announced at the big conferences.

Loads of other games, including first party stuff, got announced in small drips through the press as they wondered around the show later on, or earlier in the week.

It's madness not to focus on core games at E3, how many people who want Sing, Dance Central 3 or Wonderbook would be watching the E3 conferences? Better to focus those on specific advertising.

I guess it all comes down to what they want their sponsors to see,
Posted 11:29 on 06 June 2012
altaranga's Avatar


They're hardly going to claim that their "line-up is second rate, and very shallow and narrower than Grace Jones' butt crack" are they?
Posted 11:21 on 06 June 2012
Clockpunk's Avatar


Their sales figures tend to support this, I would day...
Posted 11:19 on 06 June 2012
dudester's Avatar


We want our customers to bend over and take it deep and wide no we will provide you with much but keeping buying stuff! yo
Posted 11:09 on 06 June 2012
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Posted 11:06 on 06 June 2012

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