So actual Gamescom (well the press preview day) was on the Wednesday and de brevren were keen to get us there early doors.
We headed straight to the Xbox stand (with our priority passes *cough*) to check out all the new stuff. We had our Xbox Ambassador tags on and it was amazing the amount of people who stopped us and wanted to know more about our role. We felt all spesh.
First up, then, was a go on the Kinect Sports Series 2 tennis (seeing as ol’ Martina Hingis was hogging it yesterday):
We also had a go on some of the other new Kinect titles, including Leedmees (look out for it, it’s kind of like Lemmings, but you create their platform with your body shape), and Burnout Crash (one of the new titles which will be available to download straight from Xbox Live, meaning it’s both cheaper, and there’s no plastic boxes, etc, involved).
The Mad Professor, of course, headed straight for EA Sports Fifa 12 (he even managed to get entered into a tournament where he got down to the last 8):
…although he was rather distracted on the way there as he got talking to some new friends:
and the boys got themselves pixellated by Minecraft too (soon to be on Xbox 360 – we heard tell…):
Later, we got to meet with Scott Henson, the developer of Kinect Sports Season 2, and find out all about it. He was such a nice guy and played a game with the Skaterboy while he was chatting away to us (he was competitive – apparently he got beaten by Martina Hingis and was not at all happy!!):
The new game, not out until 28th October, was nominated for Gamescom 2011 Best Family Game, and Scott told us that as well as tennis, it will include darts, golf, American football, baseball and skiing. There will also be some great touches like voice recognition, so when you’re playing tennis you can shout ‘objection!’ to get the point played in slo-mo, and loads of other great touches (which I cant tell you about just yet!).
We had such a fab time, met some wonderful new friends, and got spoiled rotten. The kids all bonded so well and had an absolute blast too. Thanks so, so much to Xbox and to the wonderful Kerry, who managed to get us all to the right place at the right time (just about – it must have been like herding cats). Mwah! x
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