E3 – Wrap Up

That loveable E3 event has come and gone and with it, memories that may or may not last a lifetime.  I assume that depends on your age and if you were an attendee or stuck at home.  “Why, when I was younger, E3 was full of magic and loveable creatures… and boobies.”  Yes, yes it’s true.  I can admit that the nostalgic value of E3’s past is always fun and at one time I would gather all the videos I could find and put my own E3 presentation together for some friends.  It was good times.  No, scratch that, it was a blast and just happened to be in an era of years for me that were good all around.  Rambling, rambling, misfits and dwarfs. 

E3 is always a gaming event to get excited about though and this year did have a ton of promise, but as I’ve noted in an earlier post, I didn’t feel it lived up to it.  More or less, I felt it was a semi-sleeper besides a few things.  I blame this mostly on the press conferences. They were lackluster and uninspiring.  Sure, there was the bright spot here and there thrown out, but mostly it had a ton of lame acting and really awkward interaction.  Although Nintendo did put on a good one for once (they have had real horrible conferences the past few years that felt comatose.  Nope, this year they surprised most everybody with coming out and having an excellent line-up of titles with and showing off that sweet device – the 3DS.  So let’s start with that.

Nintendo wasn’t holding back this year and it showed (thankfully).  It seemed they really had it together and really knew what to bring.  It wasn’t overdone, it was just right.  And we managed to see plenty of games that appeal to everyone.  So below, for the viewing pleasures of those who actually look at this place, are some pretty cool trailers or gameplay moments for some upcoming Wii games (all trailers courtesy of Gametrailers.com):

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword:

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Link is back and fans rejoice.  This Zelda title seems to have an interesting art direction as it seems to combine the slightly mature style of Zelda with a bit of that Wind Waker look.  There are arguments on both sides if that direction is good or not.  Personally, I enjoyed the look of Twilight Princess.  The game definitely makes heavy use of the motion control and carries the typical Zelda-style gameplay elements.  No doubt it will be a big seller.

Zelda was a bit of a surprise title.  People semi-expected it but no one was really sure if Nintendo would, considering they haven’t even really mentioned the idea of a new Zelda title anytime soon.  But, alas, it was there in big way but there was one other title that people really wanted to see (well at least I did) and that one was Metroid: Other M.  This is the latest Metroid game that looks to bring a mixture of 2D and 3D elements into its gameplay mechanics.  The interesting thing behind Metroid: Other M is that it is being developed by them fine folks at Team Ninja.  And from the looks of it, they are doing a hell of a job.  I mostly passed on the Prime titles because I just couldn’t find interest in them.  But Other M looks to be taking Metroid to this fantastic direction and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Metroid: Other M

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There were two other titles that seemed to be getting a major buzz for the Wii.  Titles that slightly came out of nowhere, but look quite good.  Whether or not I’ll actually get around to them remains to be seen but they have that uniqueness factor with them.

Kirby’s Epic Yarn:

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Epic Mickey:

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Kiddy titles or not, the games look impressive for their respective genres.  It is all about the fun factor, after all.  Of course there were other titles shown but I think the above really had most of the buzz for the Wii.  Even the new Donkey Kong Country had a mixed reception although it looks to bring Donkey Kong back to his Super Nintendo style of roots.

Now onto the 3DS

I don’t think I need to keep saying how much I am hyped for this thing, but damn it, I am!  While I do think the glasses-free 3D technology they are using is a big selling point (and I do enjoy 3D), they also have mentioned a nice set of games that appeal to all gamers.  Impressions from the floor was that the 3D effects look great and they do indeed pop Out of the screen.  Of course, there are probably some technological difficulties such as the viewing angle.  Apparently if you are viewing it at an angle the effect becomes a bit distorted.  Nonetheless, the idea is fantastic and since I’ve never owned a DS, this will be a great system for me to grab for next-gen handheld gaming and I can finally start growing a DS collection considering it is backwards compatible.  Oh, and the 3DS games do look pretty damn good.  Attempting to fully show off any game footage won’t work as well considering the 3D effect won’t be there, but seeing how Kid Icarus looks even without it is a major boost for this tasty little system.

Kid Icarus: Uprising

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And how about some Metal Gear Solid 3D shots?

Alright, so we know Nintendo had a big E3 and I think I wrote enough about Microsoft on Monday, but what about those Sony folks?  Did they come to play?  Ah, kind of.  They had a decent showing but there sure were a lot of montages *insert random 80’s style montage music*.  Alright, Sony did announce some interesting things however such as their push for 3D content.  They plan to have around twenty titles in glorious 3D by next year and of course as I’ve said in my pre-E3 post, they were definitely trying to sell their line of 3D-enabled Bravia televisions.  No biggie.  Again, the 3D stuff is very difficult to show because unless you’re there to see it, you just can’t see it.  In spite of that, they did show off some new and better videos for some of their games.  Let’s take a look at some of these:

Killzone 3:

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Gran Turismo 5:

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Sadly, there was no sighting of The Last Guardian to be found.  That was one title that I was truly looking forward to seeing.  But seeing Twisted Metal was a nice surprise and a game I’m highly looking forward to.

As for the Move…

What can you really say?  Sony is definitely trying to get into the motion control market with the Move, but I don’t think it quite got the reception that they had hoped for.  This doesn’t mean they already lost some type of war however, as Microsoft’s Kinect also failed to really drop any jaws.  The Move does have some cool things going for it such as the 1:1 movement ratio and catering to casual and hardcore gamers.  But the price isn’t all that great, especially if you want to play with multiple players.  But hey, it does offer some cool stuff:

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One of the biggest moments of Sony’s conference wasn’t anything dealing with a game.  In fact, it was everybody’s favorite personnel – Kevin Butler.  He made his way on stage to discuss a few matters at hand and gave a very heart-warming gaming speech.  How can you go wrong with Mr. Butler?

Good times, Good times.

As I’ve said, I covered quite a good bit of Microsoft’s conference on Monday.  After having the week to digest it, I really have to say that it wasn’t as impressive as I was hoping for.  Yes we’re getting the Slim 360, and we managed to see some really cool live gameplay at the beginning from Gears of War 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops.  But the rest of the show had a lot of “zzz” time and even though I was highly looking forward to seeing Kinect, I’m not so hyped on it anymore.  You got to go more than just casual with those games Microsoft.

All three companies did show some cool things though but without a doubt, Nintendo laid waste to all of them, which is pretty funny to say considering how bad they have been the past few years.  But they did nearly everything right and just had a great showing.  It was fun, exciting, and slightly surprising.  I’m not even that much of a Wii fan, but you have to give props where it’s due.  And 3DS, I’ll be seeing you on launch day whenever that is (hopefully this year!).

Well, I would like to end this but there are more than just three names at E3!  How about some friggen’ games from the actual publishers?  Trailers galore!

Rock Band 3 (Get to see some real action with The Doors):

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PowerGig: Rise of the Six String(not too fancy looking as one would hope):

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EA Sports: MMA (this game is looking a lot better than in previous builds.  Could definitely give UFC Undisputed a good run):

XCOM (Back for the attack.  XCOM is coming with a new style that may or may not piss off fans):

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4 (Sonic returns in an ode to its old familiar days. Looking sexy):

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NHL 11 (More action!  Here we see a game in progress and how the physics work):

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Silent Hill 8 (Silent Hill returns again… Will this console version be better than the previous attempts?)

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Need 4 Speed: Hot Pursuit (familiar name, new game.  Criterion Games takes a shot at the franchise and it’s looking fresh):

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Child of Eden (Okay, here is a possible reason to want to own the Kinect):

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Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (Ghost Recon goes all futuristic on us.  Nice invisible camo!):

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And to end this, what better way to take a look back at E3 2010 then to see some of the dumbest things that occurred during it.  Courtesy of Gametrailers.com who put together this rather great montage, enjoy the funny side of E3:

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Looking forward to another year of awesome games, tech, and whatever else they give us.  It’s going to be a fun ride, guys.


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