The big press conferences are over, and now itís time for the gaming industry to report on interviews, hands-on time with games, and private demos but I want to give my impressions up to Tuesday night of E3.
This press conference, honestly, entertained me the most of the Big 3. While their first party non-Kinext content is lacking, I enjoy the pace they move the conference at. The only times during the conference in which I got bored were when the little kids came out and started jumping up and down, and yelling over Kinect games.
I enjoyed the third party demos of Mass Effect 3, Modern Warfare 3, and Tomb Raider. All three were AAA productions and all games look to be must buys. I think the hardcore Kinect games such as Fable, Star Wars, and Ryse all look like fun for gamers who own Kinect. They are unique experiences.
Honestly, Kinect is a fascinating technology, but it isnít anything that will change the way hardcore gamers will game. It has limitations, and hardcore gamers will prefer their controller for Halo, Mass Effect, and Gears. Kinect offers fun new experiences though, and I think we need to accept that. Kinect is for families and people who want unique experiences. I donít want to play Uncharted with Kinect or Dance Central with a normal controller. Different experiences for different products, and I think the products they showed off looked shallow but fun.
When it comes to the hardcore, they did ok but nothing mindblowing. The key for Xbox 360 is to create new IPís. They cannot live off the same IPís over and over again. Halo, Gears, Forza, and Fable can only take them so far. Buy some quality first party studios.
ButÖ For what they did show, I was content. Halo CE: Anniversary is a great buy for $40, Gears 3 will be a GOTY candidate, Forza 4 had a great trailer with the Kanye West ďPowerĒ song featured, and of course the beautiful CG cinematic of Halo 4.
The one thing you gotta love about Microsoft is that they never keep you waiting too long for games (unless youíre Alan Wake). They usually deliver within a year or two of announcing a title (take notes Square Enix).
A lot of people said Sony won E3, but I donít agree. They had great content shown, but when your two big surprises are Sly 4 and Dust 514 you leave a lot to be desired. A release date for The Last Guardian or Final Fantasy Versus XIII would have sufficed, but instead they played it safe. They were successful in showing good content, but not having a great press conference.
Uncharted on PS3 and Vita looked fantastic. Must buy for owners of both consoles. Focusing on UC3, I must say that this game is a cinematic experience like no other. It really amazes me when you look at a game like Uncharted 3, and imagine where we were 20 years ago. Imagine where weíll be 20 years from nowÖ
Resistance 3 looks incredible, but I worry that it will not sell too well this Fall. A lot of quality FPSís are coming out, and I look at Resistance as a niche shooter. The game looks amazing, so I hope it lives up to the hype and gets a lot of marketing support.
Vita did what it was supposed to do, was priced well, and had interesting content. The most interesting thing about Vita is if Sony can steal Wii Uís thunder by having Vita do the game functionality without having to buy a brand new home console.
Overall, Sony did good but I wish Kevin Butler would have appeared along with Last Guardian, FF Versus XIII, and one big surprise (Portal 2 level surprise).
Best Nintendo presser in 5 years. Very good conference all around, but they did have boring moments at points. The beginning was exciting with the orchestra, but after a while it dragged.
But the content they showed was awesome. Skyward Sword looks amazing, and a must buy for Nintendo fans. The 5 core 3DS games (Luigis Mansion 2, Kid Icarus, Mario 3D, Starfox 3D, and Mario Kart 3D) are all fantastic IPís and are system sellers for the 3DS. If I was a huge portable gamer I would totally buy a 3DS. My problem is that when Iím out I donít like to game, and the 3D effect gives me headaches, but thats just me.
The Wii U stole the show though. Great idea, concept, and tech. I can only hope though that they made the console slightly future proof. Yes, all third party games will be available now, but for how long? If Microsoft announces a new console next year for 2013, does that mean Nintendo only caught up for 1-2 years with current graphics?
While, I know Nintendo doesnít care about graphics that doesnít mean the hardcore gamer doesnt. If they want to bring Xbox 360/PS3 owners to the Wii U they need to show off impressive tech that will be worth a possible $400 entry. I can play Darksiders and Batman already, but will Zelda/Mario in HD glory blow my mind. I can only imagine what is possible with this tech, but is it a Day 1 or a wait and see.
Overall, the 3DS library impressed and so did the potential gameplay mechanics in Wii U. I canít wait to hear more from Nintendo at TGS.
No one blew me away this E3, but each conference entertained me. I canít complain about any of the big 3 and am excited to see this content be released. While I do think this E3 is all about the third party developers, I think the 1st party software and hardware developers really showed off some great stuff. I thought Nintendo had the best content, Microsoft presented it the best, and Sony had the best game (UC3).
Great showings and my two cents
PS: EA had the best conference out of anyone read