Well, as much as I’d like to actually be a game journalist and actually attend E3, I can only comment on what the big news sites are reporting on. I will say, though, that out of all the E3s I’ve followed (for years now) this one has me the most excited I’ve been about E3 in years. I’ll breakdown each showing from the big three, hopefully concisely and effectively, and you’re welcome to provide comment. Lets go:
Well, I think we can all agree that Microsoft pretty much MEGATON-ed us with their show. Crackdown 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and of course Kojima’s surprise appearance to announce Metal Gear Solid: Rising was pretty epic. It’s strange, though, one or two of the things we were supposed to be excited about didn’t really do much for me. This Project Natal business is for the birds. This will be nothing more than a tech demo for the next Xbox console. Good luck getting big budget support for a peripheral. Also, I don’t see myself going to my 360 for Facebook and Twitter. It’ll get used as much as my Wii’s web browser. There are those that’ll say, “hey! I like my Wii’s web browser!” I like mine too, but I’d be telling you a lie if I said I’ve used it more than twice.
Wow. Maybe it’s just because I went to lunch between the Wii Fit Plus announcement and the Mario Galaxy 2 reveal, but this was a blockbuster of a presser. There are a nice handful of games that I’m really, really excited for. Team Ninja’s Metroid: Other M?!?! I can’t wait. Mario Galaxy 2?!?! I’ll take what seems like a “Master Quest” for Mario Galaxy any day of the week. New Super Mario Bros. Wii? Um..Nintendo, I loved New SMB on the DS…but I don’t was Super Mario Four Swords. Please let this have a solid single player experience. If it does…then, it’s a Day 1 purchase for me. If not…tsk tsk…I’ll refuse to acknowledge it as the “next generation” of Mario. Also, Wii Fit Plus added exactly what I wanted from Wii Fit…the ability to set a timed workout “playlist” and online progress sharing. SOLD. Oh yeah, Layton 2 for the DS will make my wife happy when she’s not playing The Sims 3 (!).
It’s official, everyone. Sony hates gamers. They still feel like gamers have super deep pockets and want to grow old waiting for good games. God of War 3 and Uncharted 2 look amazing. I’ll keep Gran Turismo PSP in mind, even though I gave up on it 4 years ago when they announced AT THE SAME TIME THE PSP WAS ANNOUNCED. PSP Go? Fail. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker…Kojima, I pray to all things holy, please do not make this the recruitathon mess thatn MGS:Portable Ops was. You give me a real linear MGS game this time on PSP and I’ll send you a Christmas card. No lie. Final Fantasy XIV looks interesting enough…but I’m sure it’ll be fee based, so no thanks. Oh yeah, Sony…your waggle controller is stupid. Please stop. It’s not necessary. You need people on the couch playing your games, not jumping around their living rooms. That’s Nintendo’s job.
Well, that’s it. That’s my extremely biased account of the big three press conferences. I know there’s other developer specific conferences happening, but most of them I don’t care about unless something else new comes out of them.