Gaming preview: Alan Wake
After a four-year hiatus, Microsoft held its X10 conference this week in San Francisco primarily to announce a bunch of release dates for some notable 360-only games due out this year. The company also flexed its exclusivity muscles by showing off some content that'll only be available on Xbox 360.
We've got all the highlights from the event below, along with all of the show's debut trailers in the video playlist to the right.
- Halo: Reach: No solid release date for the game, but Halo 3: ODST owners can get a taste of the title's multiplayer offering May 3. You'll need the original ODST game disc to play on Xbox Live.
- Alan Wake: This creepy psychological thriller about an author who must unravel the truth about a mysterious force plaguing a mountain town finally has a release date, May 18 (Xbox 360 exclusive).
- Dead Rising 2: The sequel to the zombie apocalypse title from Capcom will hit stores in August, but Xbox 360 owners will be able to get exclusive content just before its release with Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, available exclusively on Xbox Live.
- Modern Warfare 2: The first downloadable content pack for the insanely popular shooter will hit the Xbox 360 first this spring.
- Final Fantasy XIII: The RPG franchise makes its debut on Xbox 360 with a special-edition bundle that'll pack in a 250GB hard drive, two wireless controllers, exclusive add-ons for the game, and a copy of the title for $400 on March 9. 1-2 of 22Scroll Left Scroll Right
- Splinter Cell: Conviction: The Sam Fischer saga continues on April 13. After multiple delays, Xbox 360 and PC gamers will be able to guide Sam on a tale of revenge.
- Lost Planet 2: Lost Planet 2 will hit consoles on May 18, but Xbox 360 owners will be able to play as their favorite Gears of War characters as a bonus addition.
- Xbox Live Arcade: While Microsoft first debuted Game Room at CES 2010, the service will launch in March on Xbox Live. Also hitting XBL in March is a revamped version of the Nintendo 64 shooter Perfect Dark along with the army men game Toy Soldiers, and the top-down racer Scrap Metal.
- Also making headlines at the show with release dates of "this year" were Crackdown 2, Fable III, and Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing (DLC). Microsoft also reinforced that Project Natal will make it in time for the holidays.
For the latest on specific titles from the event, make sure to check out GameSpot's coverage of X10.