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MicroSoft Pre-E3 Event (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on May 13, 2003 @ 1:09 a.m. PDT

Earlier today we had a quick press release with some of the highlights of the pre-e3 MicroSoft/Xbox press event held yesterday, now we have the first screens coming in from our reporter in the field. Later on we will have impressions/first look articles coming as well... For now enjoy the Halo2, Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Project Gotham Racing 2, Kameo: Elements of Power, Conker: Live and Uncut, True Fantasy Live Online, Xbox Music Mixer, Amped, BC, Links 2004, Crimson Skies, CounterStrike, Fable, Voodoo Vince, MidTown Madness3, TopSpin, Sudeki, NHL Rivals 2004 and NFL Fever 2004 ... Njoy!

"Halo 2" is the sequel to the highly successful and critically acclaimed game "Halo: Combat Evolved." In "Halo 2," the saga continues as Master Chief, a genetically enhanced supersoldier, is the only thing standing between the relentless Covenant and the destruction of all humankind.

Pushing the Xbox hardware to its very limits and utilizing Xbox Live in a way that Bungie believes will redefine online play, "Halo 2" will expand on everything that made the original game great. At its heart a compelling and captivating story, "Halo 2" makes revolutionary advances in design and technology.

Released in November 2001, "Halo: Combat Evolved" became recognized as one of the greatest achievements in video game entertainment. To date, "Halo" has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide and continues to be a top-selling title 18 months after its original release.

"Grabbed by the Ghoulies" is a humorous beat-'em-up adventure game that takes place in a haunted house full of crazed ghoulies. Gamers play the role of Cooper, a kid on a mission to rescue his girlfriend, who has been "grabbed by the ghoulies." Players will venture through the haunted and ominous Ghoulhaven Hall, battling it out with a variety of monsters while trying to escape the many tricks, traps and shocks awaiting them along the way. Packed with action, "Grabbed by the Ghoulies" is filled with unexpected surprises, and all that fail to get through Ghoulhaven Hall are imprisoned within and never seen again.

"Project Gotham Racing 2" is the ultimate test of racing skill, style and daring, rewarding drivers not only for how fast they drive but for how they drive fast. Drivers will earn Kudos and gain recognition for cornering on two wheels around the Sears Tower in Chicago, power sliding through the ancient streets of Florence, Italy, or maneuvering along the racing line through the slick streets of Edinburgh, Scotland, all while racing some of the most exotic high-performance vehicles available. Players also can challenge friends and other gamers online utilizing the Xbox LiveTM online game service or through multiplayer System Link.

"Kameo" is a magical, epic adventure full of magnificent exploration and intense combat. The future of the world depends on Kameo, who must capture, grow and unleash a wide assortment of incredible monsters to combat ever-present evil, and rescue her three Elemental Ancestors from the Dark Troll King, who threatens the planet and its wildlife.

In true Rare Ltd. fashion, the world is wondrous and immense to explore, the puzzles and challenges are brilliant, and the monster-oriented combat and exploration is innovative and unique.

Conker is back in an all-new Xbox LiveTM-enabled team-based shooter, "Conker: Live and Uncut." Conker is a cartoon rodent with a penchant for booze, wild women and lewd conduct, and the world he lives in is a reflection of him. With a wide variety of customizable multiplayer scenarios available, the game centers on teamwork and fun. Each scenario has its own objectives, rules, environment and back story that provide hilarious gameplay and wacky entertainment. Also included is the original, critically acclaimed single-player game, "Conker's Bad Fur Day," with never-before-seen, uncensored content and completely revamped, only-on-Xbox graphics and sound.

"True Fantasy Live Online" is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for Xbox in which hundreds of players can interact, socialize and adventure together to gain wealth and fame in a living fantasy world online. "True Fantasy Live Online" immerses players in an anime-inspired fantasy world where they can fly through the air on broomsticks, don the armor of royal knights and do battle with ferocious monsters, or even lead the simple but satisfying life of a cook who feeds brave adventurers.

"Amped 2," part of the new XSN SportsTM brand, is the ultimate freestyle snowboarding experience offering gamers an expanded library of tricks and a smooth new "tricking" style. Gamers can explore vast areas of wide-open, spectacularly rendered mountains packed with terrain parks designed by world-famous snow park architect Chris Gunnarson. They can play head to head with friends to compare skills or challenge up to seven others in various multiplayer modes. Utilizing revolutionary new Web-based technology, riders can easily organize their own triple crown from a centralized Web site, XSNsports.com, that pulls the information from Xbox Live. When ready to take it to the next level, they can connect to Xbox Live to check rankings and challenge the world's best virtual riders. Gamers can feel what it's like to live the life of a real pro snowboarder. They can travel the globe and pull sick tricks in front of sponsors, photographers and fans. They can build their fame and get photos and demo reels placed in the latest virtual snowboard magazine or video. They can climb to the top ranks of the sport and become a media superstar. And they can do all of this to the sounds of more than 300 killer alt-indie tracks.

Before there were roofs overhead, there were dank, dark caves echoing with the grunts of their prehistoric inhabitants. Before organized crops and farming, every new fruit and berry picked off the tree could either be sweet, delicious sustenance - or deadly poison. Every roar in the distance necessitated tribal unity; every rock shard and broken stick could be a weapon; every flame needed to be preserved. Before there was history, there was "BC."

"BC" is an original third-person action/adventure game that hurtles players back millions of years into prehistory, to the beginnings of humankind. Members of a clan take part in an epic journey of survival, battling against ferocious, prehistoric creatures and exploring and exploiting vast natural environments. New technologies and knowledge could be just over the next rise. If humanity is to survive, the tribe needs to evolve into a thinking, resourceful unit that can rise up to become the pioneers in a primeval, unpredictable world.

"Links," the best-selling* golf franchise for the personal computer, has been rebuilt from the ground up exclusively for the Xbox video game system to deliver one of the most realistic and competitive golf experiences. Utilizing revolutionary new Web-based technology exclusive to XSN Sports titles, gamers and golf fans worldwide will have the ability to organize and compete online in friendly matches with old golfing buddies and organize their own tours and tournaments from a centralized Web site, XSNsports.com, that pulls the information from Xbox Live. "Links 2004" also features top championship courses and top professionals, including cover athlete Sergio Garcia.

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