This year’s E3 has come and gone, this year’s being remarkably better than what was seen at last year’s E3. Gone is the stale environment of suits and ties, back is the loud and vibrant atmosphere packed to the brim with loud music, booth babes, and big announcements. This year could decisively be named as the year of motion sensing, as Microsoft and Sony both unveiled their new offerings into the front of motion sensing devices.
Microsoft was first out of the ring with Project Natal which was unveiled Monday. The device requires no controller input, but instead uses the player’s own movements and reflects them on screen with incredible precision. Press your foot down, the car accelerates. Swing your hands, the sword comes down. Also, the team along with Peter Molyneaux showed off the first ever T-1000 with Milo, a special advantage taken with Natal that allows you to interact in completely spontaneous and new conversations with Milo, an on-screen pal. The technology was truly incredible, however I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the stuff that ends up forming Skynet. Microsoft also unveiled several new games and exclusives to the 360, including a new Metal Gear series also coming to PS3, and a few extra features. New games that hadn’t seen much light of day, along with new games were announced including Tony Hawk Ride, Left 4 Dead 2, Alan Wake, Halo Reach, and much info on Halo: ODST.
Sony came out of the corner the next day with an incredible lineup, along with new information and support of the PSP and its new iteration, the PSP Go, which will only support downloadable content, fully abandoning the UMD format. The team really showed their muscle with a wand-based however incredibly realized motion sensing demo that basically demonstrated any and everything we’d want in motion sensing, including some brutally impressive tech demos and implementations of the software, including several uses for sports and RTS games, considerations I had never made. The team also flexed out on stage by showing a lineup of strong titles for the PS3 including God of War III, the new Metal Gear Series and PSP Exclusive, Uncharted 2, and more.
Nintendo went on shortly before Sony, and to be honest, did an awesome job compared to last year’s conference. I will admit though whenever the female Nintendo representative that I had nightmares about for months last year came on stage this year, I immediately hit fast-forward. The team showed us what we wanted with some new demos for the Wii Motion Plus, but more importantly, revealed some true hard core titles like New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and one of my newly super-hyped games, Metroid Other M, being developed by the notoriously mature team, Team Ninja. Also, behind closed doors Miyamoto had a hush-hush meeting where we did set a date and early art (finally) for a new Zelda title set to debut more than likely late next year.
To be honest, this was probably my favorite E3 ever. This was way better than last year’s show. There were plenty of impressive titles for me to gawk at, and even a bunch of titles that I myself knew was going to be able to play. So cheers to E3, may it be this much fun for years to come, even though I was just watching it on G4 (that’s how much fun it is). This year’s E3 actually reminded me of the giddiness I experienced as a younger teen seeing all the new goodies being thrown around every year this time of month. E3 amazed this year, and I was left completely blown away. There were games, there were incredible demos, and enough surprises to keep my mouth on the ground. That’s what E3’s all about. (And yes James, you can copy this post.) Below is a list of what I thought were some of the most impressive titles that I can’t wait to get my hands on or hear more about.
- Heavy Rain-This adventure title from the makers of Indigo Prophecy gives you 4 different perspectives to one familiar storyline, and gives no forgiveness for player death. Instead, it switches you to another perspective.
- Splinter Cell: Conviction-Sam Fisher is back from the Ubisoft team with a brand new feel for the franchise and an incredibly inventive way to portray story developments without ever breaking the flow of action and not ripping off COD4.
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2-This time you’re under Soap’s command, and basically this looked kick-butt being demoed at Microsoft. The graphics are sharper, and the game just looks amazing.
- Metroid Other M-Team Ninja + Metroid Beloved Franchise = Earl Happy
- Super Mario Galaxy 2-This time with 100% more Yoshi!
- Alan Wake-This title hasn’t been heard from in like 5 years, and to be honest it looks awesome, so it’s nice to see they actually plan on finishing it.
- Forza Motorsport 3-Beautiful graphics and new features, plus an incredible design goal set this game to lofty heights, ones sure of accomplishing.
- God of War 3-Kratos stabs a chimera in the eye with its own horn.
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves-Nathan Drake returned, and he conquered in an incredibly striking demo that, as Naughty Dog puts it, puts it up to summer blockbuster standards.
- Assassin’s Creed 2-Ubisoft really showed their flex this year with an impressive demo and some great new variety.
Also worth mentioning-
- Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
- Rock Band: The Beatles
- Brutal Legend
- Mass Effect 2
- Gran Turismo 5
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii
- Rabbids Go Home
- Motorstorm PSP
- Rock Band Unplugged
- DJ Hero
- Red Steel 2
- Dead Space Extraction