I feel as if my nerdy little heart can no longer take much more of this! Exams are looming over my head but this is E3 and it happens only once a year. In this venerable carnival of fantastic games, how can one resist? Without going too far into detail, I guess that I should, at the very least, link to some of the amazing cinematic trailers that publishers have been dishing out in addition to a few juicy tidbits from the conferences.
Microsoft Press Conference
First up this year is Microsoft with their conference consisting primarily of Halo and Kinect. To be honest, I was hoping for a lot more. It could have been Microsoft’s show. I was expecting a surprise (is it ironic to expect a surprise?) hardware announcement or some several exclusives to make up for the rather lacking software and what did I get? Halo 4 and a Halo HD remake. Oh, also Kinect. A LOT of Kinect. I really wish that they would leave Master Chief alone. He deserves some rest after all those times he saved the universe. Having Bungie going back on their word simply disappoints me more, the series was supposed to have ended. At the very least, there is Sony’s conference to look forward to.
Sony Press Conference
Next up for the “Big 3” would be Sony and headlining for them is the PlayStation Vita along with tons of Uncharted and several other smaller pieces of news. Of course, the biggest announcement would be the NGP, now named PlayStation Vita, which is Sony’s new handheld system. This made their show in my opinion. Having been assailed with hacking attempts, causing the PlayStation Network among other things to falter, this was a make or break moment for them. Their lineup of games for this season is superb. Uncharted looks amazing as does Resistance 3. However, Vita with its dual touch pads, dual cameras, an OLED screen, GPS, six-axis motion sensors and a three-axis electronic compass was the highlight of the show. I was expecting the price to be around 400 dollars seeing as how it’s such a spiffy piece of tech but it’s much lower than that. The Wi-Fi version is priced at US$249 and the 3G/Wi-Fi model is priced at $299. That is CHEAP considering this is Sony. There is so much technology crammed into this gadget! I’m grateful that it’s affordable.
I’m so glad that their focus was less on Move and more on their fall lineup. Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and God of War will be leading the PSP this September. Sony unveils a PlayStation 3D T.V. Resistance 3 was played and this time it’s pure gameplay footage! Bioshock was announced for the PlayStation Vita. PC Gamers and PS3 owners will finally connect with Dust 514, a first person spinoff of EVE Online. Nathan Drake showcased the expected graphical splendor that Uncharted fans will not doubt love and even more Resistance this time in the form of a trailer! Sony came and left leaving me wanting more. I knew that their Fall software lineup would be stellar but it was just announcement after announcement after trailers. That’s just the way I like E3.
I guess now it would be Nintendo’s turn to show Sony what’s what. Because I know so little about what they are going to show, I have close to no expectations. They’re shrouded in mystery. A new console is on the way but we know next to nothing about it and that’s just the way they like it.
–The Old Republic opening cinematic. It’s amazing. ;D
-Mass Effect 3 will hit North America on March 6th. March 9th for Europeans.
-The new Insomniac game: Overstrike. It’s like TF2 meets Ratchet&Clank meets Borderlands.
–Far Cry 3 gameplay.
–Assassin’s Creed: Revelations cinematic trailer.
–Ocarina of Time 3D CG scenes! I had a nerdgasm when I watched this.
–Bioshock Infinite gameplay trailer. My second nerdgasm. I’m very excited for this game. It will probably be my game of the year when it comes out. Although, Deus Ex and Skyrim may have a gripe with that.
-My third and fourth would be the two Mass Effect 3 trailers and the seven minutes of gameplay for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
-And for Serenata, a Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailer.
Please fill me in if I missed anything. There is just so much content and so little time to sift through it all.