X06: The Barcelona IGN Top Five

Now that the sangria is completely out of our systems, focusing on what actually happened at X06 this year is a little easier. This year, Microsoft rose above the fray and demonstrated character, future thinking, and some seriously big guns. Sure, some of that was easy given that it's a Microsoft event and there are no competitors. But the big M threw out a handful of serious announcements and then backed it all up with a gaggle of games.
For instance, this year's most hyped game, Gears of War, was playable, and there certainly wasn't any lack of Halo. Just the opposite, in fact; we got three Halo announcements. So much for not overshadowing Gears of War. Director Peter Jackson talked with a mostly ethereal tone about an interactive story-based experience that's not a game, yet not a movie, and convinced some folks while others were simply impressed that he showed up in Barcelona at all.
The show consisted of first-, second-, and third-party games, PC games, and Xbox Live Arcade titles bringing up the rear. All of the titles we originally saw at E3 re-appeared, sans Too Human, which was delayed until next year along with Crackdown, Mass Effect, and Forza 2 (but at least the latter three showed). Approximately 70 games were discussed in all, about 47 were fully playable. Among the most impressive of the bunch, however, is only one real surprise (Alan Wake). The simple criteria for the top five best picks is as follows: the games had to be playable by somebody at the show. Halo Wars, for instance, was ineligible to make the top five, as was Halo 3, because the first showed only in CG form and the latter didn't show at all.
That's it. Onward to the top five…

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all these games just look INSANE. PS3, wii have nothing even close to these!

god damn. bio shock looks nutty. mass effect!


soccerstar6400d ago

i wonder why? maybe because 360s been out for a year now and the other consoles are just now launching and btw game journalists have been saying ps3 launch games look almost as good as second gen 360 games if not better

THELANDSOFSAND6400d ago (Edited 6400d ago )

its sony's fault for delaying so long and setting back their developers and the wii just doesnt have the raw power.

and as far as the games are concerned, all the PS3 ones i have seen from TGS look like 360 launch titles at best and bad PS2 games at worst.

these top 5 360 games are stunning, PS3 just doesn't have anything close.

TheMART6399d ago

I don't agree Soccerstar, if you talk about Gears of War, Too Human, Lost Planet, Bioshock for example, there is nothing like it in graphics and gameplay that will be on Wii or PS3.

Simply untouchable. Go watch the ingame footage of Gears all over the site for example. There was no ingame footage (if there already is footage) from any other console that showed this.

360 just delivers and damn there are too much great exclusives coming that'll drain our wallets!

calderra6399d ago

As said elsewhere: Do you think Xbox 306 developers are just going to stop working and give PS3 a chance to catch up?

If it looks better now (and it does), it'll continue to look better well into its lifecycle. As Sony devs just begin to tap the PS3, 360 devs will already be diving into the hardware and pulling up stunning new levels of detail.

Will PS3 overtake 360 someday? If they really are comparable in power, yes. But it won't happen anywhere near PS3's launch.

Darth Gamer6399d ago

Lets just say, that The 360 is just coming into light as well as the PS3. Yes, the 360 has been out for a year but that realy does'nt matter. WHAT MATTERS, IS WHATS HAPPENING NOW. And if the games for the two systems are compared (Right now) The 360 wins hands down. Yes, I do own a 360 and an original XBOX, but I also own a PS1 and a PS2 and plan on getting a PS3 so iI am not a fanboy of any brand. I'm Strictly speaking that if I was someone who is looking to purchase a new next-gen console for the first time, the 360 would be a very hard system to pass up. The price is right and the games coming out in the near future are fantastic. Not saying that motorstorm and R:FOM don't look great but IMO I don't think they can stand up to what Microsoft has lined up.

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soccerstar6400d ago

Also i cannot wait to play these games on my 360 is gonna be a blast

Anerythristic266400d ago

You add Splinter Cell to that list and it is literally all the games I KNOW I'm buying. Cool story.

UrbanJabroni6399d ago

...look so damn good? There is something about these that just look a lot better than the _exact same_ screenshots we have seen from other sources. They are crisper, much more detailed, and for some reason the graphics themselves look better.

Anyone else see this? Am I missing something> If this is just the quality of whatever output they were using(?) I NEED to know so I can use it myself.

These games, while they always looked good, have not looked THIS amazing.

DC RID3R6399d ago (Edited 6399d ago )

if you ALL remember ps3 SHOULD have been released @ the start of the year!!!!
yet i hear sony fans screaming 1st gen ps3 games look as good as 360 2nd gen games.
sony devs have had PLENTY of time to optimize ALL ps3 1st gen launch titles, and in a way, thay've had an extra advantage!!!

most 360 1st gen games were rushed anyway, so, really if the ps3 is ALL THAT, then the games being demo'd should BLOW all the 360 games out the water!!!!


yeh, motorstorm looks very impressive graphically (although plays very slow), but if it was released at the start of the year (like it was supposed to) it would have looked SH*T, plain and simple!!!!

lair looks good NOW, but has serious framerate problems, if it WAS released when it WAS supposed to, i wouldn't wanna imagine how SH*T that would have looked!!!

XBOX 360 has proven ALL doubters wrong that it can easily stand toe to toe with what EVER sony puts in front of it, and the games shown @ xo6 demonstrates that perfectly.


Antan6399d ago

apart from final dev kits only arrived in june...........

TheMART6399d ago

Well you can even argue about motorstorm quality.

Yes it looks allright, but just as a just over last gen top notch title. Next gen, uhm like the CGI they showed us? For sure NOT!

And let alone the graphics, what about the gameplay, physics and AI? The motor crashing in the wall and just landing on two wheels? I think it will only be interesting for 10 minutes to play.

Actually by the time that SOny delayed already, the devs on the PS3 had enough time to call these second gen titles actually also! And if I just compare what games there are this Christmas (not calling them launch, first, second or whatever gen) and beginnen 2007, then 360 got the best looking ones with best gameplay, physics, animation and whow factor

Gears of War
Lost Planet
Too Human
Alan Wake
Mass Effect

There is nothing like it on any other console. Period. Haven't seen ingame footage like that anywhere for PS3 or Wii so that's just plain simple!

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Rumored Gears of War Collection is at the top of my 2024 Xbox wishlist

As the long-rumored Gears of War Collection looks like it may finally materialize on Xbox, the timing could not be better as Gears 6 and movie news swirls.

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1Victor87d ago (Edited 87d ago )

(Insert “It should be multi platform if Microsoft investors wants more money” JK here)
All jokes aside congratulations to all the gears fans it will be a blast I remember having fun on the first one on my 360 elite till got RROD and quit Xbox all together but that’s a story for another day.
Congratulations 🎊 🍾 🎉 🎈 🎉 🙏

Wyesvin87d ago

I'm excited for this just aslong is on the pc also cause I don't have the newest xbox console.