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.
VOTE FOR YOUR FAV GAMES [here]
And checkout Gamespot’s top picks [here]
Don’t like my opinion? Think I left something out? That’s fine, I only write about what I find interesting. Leave a [message] or [submit] a pic of your fav games, trailers, and reviews on this years event!
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.
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.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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?
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?