This could very well be the final E3 before Microsoft’s next generation console is unveiled to start the third generation of console wars. This allows Microsoft to release an amazing slate of Triple A titles in the coming year. One title that will be front and center this year will be Halo 4. After receiving a teaser trailer at last years E3 there is little doubt of a playable demo this year. An annual release of the newest installment of the Call of Duty series is also immanent.

Apart from the games will also be the extension of more Kinect services on the Xbox. The interesting part will be how many new titles will be announced with the limited time left on these current consoles.

Hit the jump for E3 play by play.

Keynote available online at: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/e3/

The Microsoft Keynote starts with a Halo 4 introduction cinematic follow by in game footage from a playable demo on the stage. This came a little early in the show I feel.
Microsoft President of Interactive Entertainment, Don Mattrick, starts off the show as the introductory speaker. He leads with the Splinter Cell: Blacklist cinematic trailer, followed by an onstage demo by Alex Parizeau and Maxime Beland from Ubisoft. Splinter Cell: Blacklist is due out Spring 2013.
Head of EA Sports, Andrew Wilson, demos the FIFA 2013 Kinect controls. He is joined on stage by Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana to demo the Madden 2013 Kinect controls.
The trailer for Fable: The Journey is followed by Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft Studios.  Phil talks about the large library of games set to be released in the coming year. He then drops the trailer for Gears Of War Judgment due out in 2013, also shown is a first look at something gear-heads have been looking forward to: Forza Horizon.
Yusuf Mehdi, Head of Marketing and Strategy, tells us about all the new content being added to the Kinect Bing voice chat feature. As well as, announcing new partnerships with Nickelodeon, Paramount Movies, Machinima, and Univision as additions to the already large library of Xbox content providers. Apart from the television and cinema additions to the Kinect were also the additions to the sports viewing partners on the Xbox. Xbox will be adding NBA LeaguePass, NHL GameCenter, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPN U.
Stefan Olander, VP of Digital Sports for Nike, introduces the Nike Plus Training System for the Kinect.
Mark Whitten, Head of Xbox Live, unveils the Xbox Smart Glass system that connects your existing tablet and smart phone devices with your Xbox. We get started with a Sherlock Holmes and Game of Thrones connectivity features. Tablet gameplay features are also shown for Maddenand Halo 4. Mark announces that a version of the Internet Explorer browser will be coming to Xbox. To show us the features of IE for the Xbox he runs a Prometheus video trailer as well as an Aston Martin webpage search.
Game Director, Daniel Bisson and Studio Head, Darrel Gallaher from Crystal Dynamics, show off a playable demo of the new Tomb Raider.

Phil Spencer returns to announce Ascend: New Gods and Matter both due out in 2013

Executive Producer, Hiroyuki Kobayashi and Game Director, Eiichiro Sasaki from Capcom, play a demo of Resident Evil 6. Followed by another playable, this time Kinect-only demo of Wreckateers by Alex Ruiz from the Xbox Live team.          
Trey Parker and Matt Stone come on stage to introduce South Park: Stick of Truth and are followed by the announcement for Dance Central 3 with a live performance from grammy winner, Usher. Donn Mattrick closes the keynote with a 15 minute live demo of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
The Microsoft keynote was strong they had some hard hitting titles like Halo 4 and Modern Warfare. The gameplay footage from Splinter Cell, Tomb Raider and Resident Evil 6 was amazing. The Gears of War and Fable announcements strengthened the lineup of exclusive titles slatted for release. Microsoft needed to bring out a star studded lineup of games in what could be the final E3 before the next console war begins and I think they most certainly did.

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