Posts tagged e3 2012

E3 2012: The Best Of

Sorry I was out of commission yesterday, my home network chose this week to shut itself down. 

SO as to not repeat myself I’ll just quickly go over the things that positively stood out to me this year…
Hardware: Nintendo seemed to be the only one offering up something tangible as far as gaming goes, with the WiiU. While Microsoft’s Smart Glass will be cool, it seems that they are slowly bringing computers and consoles together…which I’m not a fan of. And Sony’s Wonder Book or whatever it was called…get real. 
Software: I’m calling it a lack-luster year full of tons of games that all look the same. Tomb Raider, Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed III, Beyond Two Souls, Resident Evil 6…they all have the over-the-shoulder view…and are games that require you to battle your way through cinematic type puzzles. 

FAV GAME: Obviously Halo4.
FAV TRAILER: Surprisingly I’m going to give it to The Last Of Us. 
FAV TECH: I really like the possibilities that the WiiU offers.


And checkout Gamespot’s top picks [here]

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E3 2012: Sony Press Conference

I haven’t actually paid attention to anything Sony has released at E3 since the launch of the PS2. And this year I really tried, but they made it pretty hard…

By now you guys should all know where I stand on morals and values, that being said, I can’t actually share the video with you due to excessive use of explicit content. That doesn’t even matter, cause all they showed were rehashed projects from studios claiming to show us something new. All I saw were games that already exist with new character skins, and the exact same gameplay characteristics. Granted that could be said about all the developers BUT Sony is really good at just one game…adventure/puzzle games like Uncharted…boring! 

The only thing that stuck out was The Last of Us. I love games that force you to become fully immersed in the environment; no soundtrack, no HUD, just you and the game.   

E3 2012: Nintendo Press Conference

After being pleasantly surprised with their cute lil pre-show video announcement, they followed up nicely this year by appealing to our inner-child. While Sony and Microsoft showed off their ability to get gritty with different adventure/shooter games, Miyamoto gave us a happier side to gaming. It was nice to see him (and Reggie) be silly and candid with the audience, treating us like fellow gamers and not just profit margins.

WiiU: It’s clear that this is what they are pushing! Keeping the console the same, and only adding a bigger library to their handheld line, it seems that the big N really wants the “U” to be their answer to Apple’s iPad. While Xbox and Playstation are still working with motion control, Nintendo is pushing forward…

Mario: He’s everywhere! I expected to see the regular names announced; Star Fox, Metroid, Zelda, etc. and while Pikmin was the game-of-choice this year, they decided to show off many different sides of the Mario franchise.

Games: Again, while others (like Microsoft) spent SO MUCH time doing boring playthrough’s on sequel after sequel after sequel it was nice to see Nintendo give us something fresh. ZombiU alone makes me want to purchase the device, and releasing Mass Effect 3 makes me want to hold off on playing it for my 360!

Nintendo Land: I think this is a fun take on an overused idea. Playstation has “home”, Xbox has “live”…both are ways of integrating some sort of social networking system into gaming. Both work, but you can tell it’s forced. Nintendo Land is exactly what they said it was “the only Nintendo-themed amusement park on the planet”. You can interact with your friends, AND play games, AND explore a world all at once.

Overall I think it’s nice that N isn’t pushing for the best graphics, or edgier characters, but simply giving their fans what they ask for. Whereas Sony and Microsoft are bent ontellingus what we want.


HALO 4: INFINITY [trailer]
E3 2012

This will be 343’s great contribution to the franchise. Yes, they’ve expanded the storyline that we love…but this…this changes how everyone will play Halo forever.
To take something like multiplayer, that Halo1 re-invented and Halo2 perfected, and turn it into part of the single player campaign is genius!
And something like co-op, that has always been a dumbed down version of the game for simplicity sake, and create an entirely alternate (yet parallel) story is - again - reinventing how we play video games.
I know many won’t agree with me, and that’s okay. But I think Halo4, in a very subtle way, has stolen E3 this year. Not directly…but by giving us foreshadow of what’s to come.
Halo2 got me into multiplayer games, #3 got me into XboxLive, Reach made me care about things like loadouts and items, and I can see #4 making me care about my performance as a gamer :)

E3 2012

Prequels are becoming more and more popular, and my love for them is dwindling. I really enjoy the GoW franchise, so EPIC better not screw this up. I already don’t care about Baird as a main character, however, I’m excited to pick up the game at a time in the story where the war is apparently even more brutal than in the last three!

Check out these interviews to learn more…
[Machinima]  [IGN]

E3 2012: Microsoft Press Conference

I know I’m late to the party with this one, I had to work :P
I gotta be honest; not much is exciting me this year. There’s the obvious things that I’m stoked for - Halo4, Resident Evil 6, and the mysterious Gears Of War game - but it seems that this year they’re really focused on the non-gamer aspect of gaming…geeks should get that.
Even the new South Park game looks more interesting than the horde of random trailers that are littered throughout the boooring event. SO I’ll share my thoughts on the few things that stuck out to me…

Xbox Smart Glass: It seems counterproductive to create a product that can integrate their competition (i.e. iPhone) into their software. BUT I’m already someone who usually has my iPad in one hand with the controller in the other, so this seems like a natural progression for me.

Fitness: The ONE thing that makes me want to upgrade to a Kinect, is the idea of combining video games with healthy living.

Internet Explorer: Really? Do people still use that???

Usher: With the company hitting rock bottom after the music-game fad died, they’re now trying to push a crap load of dancing games by showing us that people as cool as hiphop artists play it! Right? …right?


RESIDENT EVIL 6 [trailer]
E3 2012

It really looks like Capcom is going to keep pushing this until the story ends with the world exploding! AND this means I really really need to finish #5 :P 
It’s nice to see zombies as the villains again, I guess that’s why I haven’t bothered to pickup the franchise since #4. This looks like a nice return to the classic way of playing through an RE game; zombies, guns, and high tension action.
Not a the top of my “must play” list, but definitely on my “need to check out”.  

WATCH DOGS [trailer]
E3 2012

Forget what I said about only posting at the end of each day. There’s more content that I find interesting than I had previously thought. 

As for this game; it looks like a futuristic Assassin’s Creed…which is what Ubisoft is great at doing. They have their niche, and they know it well. I’m just hoping this game doesn’t let me down like AC2 did.
The concept is fun, the message is genius, but after watching the gameplay trailer I think I could get bored after a few hours. I know it’s realistic and awesome and all that buuut I just feel like this is such a predictable game. 

E3 2012 [Day -1]
Wii U(niverse)

So apparently people are more excited for this years event than I thought…jumping the gun and unloading stuff on us two whole days before it actually starts! Thanks Nintendo for the heads up…anyway…
I LOVE what they’re doing here; instead of trying to compete with other tablets, they are taking what works on the 3DS, the Wii, Kinect, and the iPad and combining it into one solid entertainment platform. Last year I was skeptical, this year they solidified me as a buyer.

if you want to see the funny “zombie” commercial here it is…

E3 2012 [Day 0]
Halo 4: First Official Trailer

For their pre-show press conference, Microsoft released the ever-popular live-action trailer for the new Halo game. In a twist, it was blended to reveal all new gameplay footage!

My Thoughts: I’m SO happy to finally see where Chief ended up after #3, and I think it’s great that they’re expanding the story of the UNSC. The gameplay looks sleek, fun, and easy to adapt to. And the new characters (believed the be Forerunner’s) …yup…I approve! I’ve heard that they’re calling this the “Forerunner” saga, making the original trilogy the “Flood” saga…I’m okay with that :)

Checkout what others thought:
[IGN]  [Kotaku]