Sound and fury…

by on Nov.16, 2005, under consoles, games industry, xbox360


The XBox360 launch lineup was announced recently, and I must say how fascinating it is to watch such big business in motion. Aside from an online hype machine unequalled since… um, never….it is surprisingly very hard to get excited. No really, have you seen the lineup for launch?

Amped 3 (2K Sports)
Call of Duty 2 (Activision)
Condemned: Criminal Origins (SEGA)
FIFA Soccer 06 Road to 2006 FIFA World Cup (Electronic Arts)
GUN (Activision)
Kameo: Elements of Power (Microsoft Game Studios)
Madden NFL 06 (Electronic Arts)
NBA 2K6 (2K Sports)
NBA LIVE 06 (Electronic Arts)
Need for Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts)
NHL 2K6 (2K Sports)
Perfect Dark Zero (Microsoft Game Studios)
Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)
Project Gotham Racing 3 (Microsoft Game Studios)
Quake 4 (Activision)
Ridge Racer 6 (Namco)
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06 (Electronic Arts)
Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (Activision)

I hate to sound cynical or close-minded (no really, I do!), but shooters on consoles are laughable. Maybe X360 will change that (but somehow I doubt it). So we have three shooters for the 360 lineup. And the rest are EA sports (I think EA bought all the teams) and one “RPG-lite” (Kameo).

This is as big a play as it gets in consumerland. An estimated billion dollars in development and marketing. Microsoft wants you to use this for everything in home entertainment central, literally betting that perhaps one day they’ll be able to get you to rent MSOffice on the “Office XBox”. But I digress! So this is big business. And what do we get?

A bunch of EA Sports games.

Anyone out there yawning? where in hell is the Nextgen? We’ve seen all of this. Its interesting to think that in a somewhat lacklustre opening salvo, could Microsoft be hurting its own future? If its content that matters, and they are spending all of this money for a launch, then one would think they’d have titles galore. So what else? Is it chockfull of goodies that any mediaphile would love? Sure, yeah. But again – we’ve seen it allllll before.

Big business, indeed. Wake me up when we hit Nextgen, k?

3 Comments for this entry

  • Erik Mann

    great topic, keep up the great posts, MMA
  • Kafka

    Yup, they threw it all in in hopes of inspiring the wannabe media junkies as well as the gamers.

    X360 outputs to HDTV, as I understand. If you don't already have that stuff, then there's certainly no harm in getting an X360 as a one-stop shop.

    Personally, I'm more interested in the games, and so far those are not a reason to get X360.
  • digi

    "Microsoft wants you to use this for everything in home entertainment central"

    Well poop on Microsoft and their specialty device. I recently picked up a mini-DVI -> composite/S-video adapter for 30 bucks and now my powerbook drives all media to my TV. DVDs, VCDs, files, streaming... you name it.

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