The Top 7... E3 announcements you missed

Ah, another E3 over. And what an E3 it was. It was a veritable clusterf*ck of news. Megatons were going off so often a casual reader couldn't possibly keep up. Hell, we here at GamesRadar barely could and it's our freaking jobs. So it can be forgiven with all the Natals, Metroids and Final Fantasy XIVs that some news that would have been a big deal any other week got missed. But GR has you covered with the 7 most important news items you probably weren't aware of.

1) You will be able to download real 360 games, but no new Xbox Originals

The Microsoft press conference was chock full of games and celebs, but there was so much going on that Microsoft had a post conference luncheon to cover the stuff that got cut from the show. And the biggest deal that could have even more impact than Project Natal on the market? The fact that, very soon, you will be able to download full 360 games to your system. The examples given were the original Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed and BioShock.

Above: If you haven't purchased Mass Effect by the time it's available to download, for shame 

Don't think crusty two year old games are a big deal? Think about it: this is a huge step towards original, full games like Mass Effect 2 and BioShock 2 being available for download on the same day. It might not make GameStop or Walmart happy, but the convenience of getting major AAA releases, not just bite-sized arcade games, whenever you want is a whole lot closer.

One unfortunate downside is that Microsoft will stop making any more Xbox Originals available. In several statements the company has made it official that after one final Xbox game, it's only committed to putting 360 classics available to download. Rats, looks like we'll never get to repurchase Blinx, what a shame.

2) Nintendo silently announces tons of games

Love it or hate it, the Nintendo press conference focused on a handful of important games, but they're a big company, so there's got to be more right? Well immediately following the end of their showing, for those who went to Nintendo's E3 page you got to see a ton of info on more than a half dozen games not seen at the press conference.

 Most strikingly, it had info on four new RPGs: Monado from Monolith Soft, Glory of Heracles, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorer of Sky and Fossil Fighters. Admittedly those are mostly aimed at the more informal RPGists, but what about the intriguing platformer/pinball mash-up Span Smasher? And lastly it announced Picross 3D, a whole new spin on the awesome and underrated puzzler. The most exciting news around the GR office was that not only is a new Professor Layton coming out, but it comes out in just two months. Looking at that list, it's odd they were left out considering Nintendo's desire to earn back hardcore cred.

3) The guy who wrote Apocalypse Now is making a game

John Milius is one of the heavyweights of cinema (at least he was in the 70s and 80s). His top credit is writing the cinema classic Apocalypse Now, but he was also involved in Dirty Harry, Conan the Barbarian and Clear and Present Danger. And now he’s entering gaming as a concept he created is being made into the game Homefront from Kaos Studios and THQ. The story sounds like Milius is ripping off his own film, Red Dawn, only replacing Soviets with North Koreans. You play as American soldiers out to free the USA from its evil occupiers, through violent and explosion filled FPS action. Not much else is known about it, but our interest is piqued.



Top 7


  • bran11290 - June 13, 2009 2:25 a.m.

    the only reason this seems this a microsoft based article is because microsoft likes to be known unlike ps3 and who wants to pay so much for a ps3 when xbox is just as good and the downloading games thing will still cost money if you have to buy microsoft points and they make the games cost the amount they would cost at a store and they better make the 120GB hard drive cheaper otherwis its not going to work out cause i have a 60GB and only 11GB left
  • legory - June 12, 2009 9:08 p.m.

    I may sound like a geek, but I'm super excited for the avatar clothes. :P Especially the ODST clothing seen in the article.
  • pogo - June 12, 2009 3:37 p.m.

    took em long enough to allow people to download 360 games from live
  • CanadianIdiot15 - June 11, 2009 1:06 p.m.

    Perfect Dark on XBLA? Now I can play without having to use the evil N64 controller! Win!
  • atomicred - June 10, 2009 1:34 a.m.

    Is it me or did this list go backwards?
  • OldSkoolNinja - June 10, 2009 1:08 a.m.

    Haha Perfect Dark. "Mine on your face" from TalkRadar such and such with the best video game presidents Top 7. Jesus I am a nerd for remembering that.
  • triforcerpgfreek - June 9, 2009 11:32 p.m.

    nonloading full 360 looks sick, but won't that fill up your hard dive pritty quick?
  • Spybreak8 - June 9, 2009 10:44 p.m.

    You know it really sucks when your ISP monitors how much you download. There would be now waaay I could even download one Xbox 360 game let alone demos that are 1 gig. >< I think Shadow Complex is more inspired from Metroid but yea can't wait for that and PD for XBLA!
  • disturbedanomaly36 - June 9, 2009 7:32 p.m.

    crap, Perfect Dark 64 on XBLA, im not useing xbox live any more, not even for downloads, and i loved the multiplayer on that game on my N64 and online multiplayer, oh shit, i would have too much fun with that cuz i loved those old shooting games, but i dont want to pay every month for online multiplayer, thats just a freakin ripoff, thats why im playing on steam now
  • Timothy_Lemon - June 9, 2009 6:17 p.m.

    i want customisable avatar tattoos haha
  • MacGyver1138 - June 9, 2009 4:01 p.m.

    Microsoft really, REALLY needs to let users add their own drives to the 360, or at least offer larger, fairly-priced drives. They are continuing their effort towards offering good content available for download, but a lot of us Xbox owners only have 20GB of space. I am unwilling to buy their 120GB HDD for 140 bucks, when a regular 120GB laptop HDD (which is what is used in the 360) can be had for 40 or 50 bucks. MS is doing a lot of things right, but this is one area that Sony has done far better in.
  • Awesomeitude1523 - June 9, 2009 11:42 a.m.

    this is why I love GR. I just wake up, already tired and half-asleep, to learn that Pikmin 3 AND a New Zelda are coming. *Yawn* Thanks GR, great article to help someone wake up, as strange as that sounds
  • VivalaCony - June 9, 2009 8:16 a.m.

    The Professor Layton one was obvious wasn't it? Its been out in Japan for a while.
  • KillerPotato - June 9, 2009 4:06 a.m.

    can't wait, looks promising
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 9, 2009 1:54 a.m.

    The downloadable games are a great option for broke motherfuckers like me who don't have a console yet.
  • Samael - June 9, 2009 1:36 a.m.

    @Jacob Indeed, that puzzles me. I'm sure Tdar will be perplexed as well.
  • NeoKef - June 9, 2009 1:31 a.m.

    Finally, something is done with achievements. All the crap my friends have given me about my gamerscore and why I get them is all going to be gone when my avatar shows up to parties on a boat!!!
  • Defguru7777 - June 9, 2009 1:26 a.m.

    Yay, Pikmin 3!!! I'm also reluctant to download full 360 games. It'll be good for hard to find games (Tales of Vesperia), but it'd take up so much hard drive space, it's not worth it. Isn't GTA IV alone 6 gigs? And then the expansions are like 2.5 to 3 gigs. Freaking insane.
  • alexmdy - June 9, 2009 12:24 a.m.

    I'm can't really be bothered with downloading 360 games, I tend to sell most of my games after I stop playing them, but unless they figure out some way to do it, like "trading in" 2 newer more popular games, 3 newer, less popular or older, more popular games, 4 older, less popular games or something like that then I doubt I will bother with it, unless I get a lower price by buying them off of XBL. Also, I'd be willing to bet the last Xbox Original will be Halo 2.
  • Hurricrane - June 9, 2009 12:10 a.m.

    damn, that means no one else will be able to experience the ecstasy that is Stubbs the Zombie captcha: Stark Sawmills, obviously designing weapons and ARK Reactors were not enough

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