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The big companies have had their presentations and conferences, by this point, so I feel that we’re at a place where I can weigh in on what I liked and disliked about E3, this year.
LIKES: I honestly can’t think of ANYTHING that stood out. They really hammered home the SPORTS aspect, this year, which totally does not appeal to me. It just seems like the focus of the 360 this year was that it’s a media hub. And while that’s nifty, it’s not necessarily what I’m looking for from a console.
DISLIKES: Was there anything I outright hated? No. Plenty that didn’t appeal to me, but, I know are good ideas for people that are into those things.
LIKES: Very few. Beyond: 2 Souls looked VERY interesting. People tend to complain about ‘playable movies’ like this; games that are heavy on narrative. But this one piqued my interest. Also, Ellen Page is the lead, so that sells me on spot.
The Assassin’s Creed series is not exclusive to any console. But Assassin’s Creed Liberation IS exclusive to the PS Vita. And it looks great. Set in the revolutionary war (like ACIII), you play as a black female assassin. There’s sure to be an interesting story there. And the Vita definitely needs some games. It’s been on shelves since March and has had next to NO attention from developer OR gamers. It’s got a lot of potential but no games to show off. But I’ll get to that in the next section…
DISLIKES: Where do I start? A lot of their showcase was of games that are on OTHER consoles, as well as the PS3. And the exclusives they DID show were abysmal.
Sony All Stars is exactly what it looks like. A complete rip-off of Super Smash Bros from Nintendo. It’s completely shameless. The gameplay looks like a bad mod of a Smash title, using a few Sony characters (and not classic ones either) and now THIRD PARTY characters like BIG DADDY of Bioshock. Sony’s REALLY showing a lack of creativity here.
Book of Spells looked like a rushed attempt at being ‘innovative’. It looked very gimmicky and even had difficulty working on stage. While I think kids would dig it, especially POTTER kids, I think it’ll lose it’s charm after an hour.
We’re getting another God of War. Anything new this time? No? Okay moving on…
What really gets under my skin about their presentation is this push of ‘Cross-Platform-Gameplay’ between the PS3 and Vita. I’ve not seen any of this yet. Especially not to the scale they put forth in their speech. They really tried to hammer home that the Vita is a viable system with HUNDREDS of games. What games? Where? I’ve yet to see ANY new games for it. And, I’m sorry, you can’t count PSN Market PSP GAMES. It’s taken them THIS long to promise us PSOne classics on it, a feature that was promised for LAUNCH. Sony REALLY needs to step up their game with the Vita or it could end up like Sega’s Game Gear; a great system with a lot of potential but nothing worthwhile.
LIKES: Some people have said ‘not enough’, but, I’m pretty hyped for the line-up they announced for the coming Wii U.
Project P-100 looks like A LOT of fun. Though I don’t feel it shows off the new hardware well, it has a lot going for it, in terms of gameplay and multiplayer.
Batman Arkham City Armored Edition showed off some great potential for Wii U’s new controller, all essentially what I predicted for the port.
New Super Mario Bros U looks to be the same as previous entries, but, borrowing a bit from Super Mario World on the SNES. Innovative? No. Fun? Most definitely.
Nintendoland looked nifty. But more like a placeholder for a new Mario Party. Either way, I know some people that ARE psyched about playing it.
TANK TANK TANK!!! is my favorite title, so far. I got vibes of Twisted Metal and Destroy All Monsters. This is gonna be a great online game. Simple enough to pick up but it looks like it could give just enough challenge to bring you back each time.
DISLIKES: I’m going to have to agree, to a degree, with the consensus that something was missing. I feel like the Wii U is STILL missing that killer app that makes it a must buy. It’s great to see Nintendo welcome back core gamers with stuff like Zombie U and Assassin’s Creed III, though. But they’re still going to need a big draw besides the new controller to get the sales that the Wii did.
Overall, Nintendo had more for my interests than Sony or Microsoft. Which, I expected. Microsoft’s aim seems to be at pleasing everyone, now. And I feel they may be stretching theirselves with the media-hub aspect, a bit. Sony DEFINITELY needs something to reinvigorate them, because their showing was poor and backed by promises and bad attempts at ‘innovation’, much like LAST YEAR’S E3.