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E3 Thoughts

Posted by Kohaku , in Video Games Jun 08 2012 · 184 views

E3 Microsoft Nintendo Sony
So, now that all of the Electronic Entertainment Expo press conferences are over I figure I will give my final thoughts on them. They are graded in the order that they took place. And, it is totally unbaised. Yup. No bias here.

Microsoft:
  • Halo could be fun, but it is being done by a new studio so it could still suck
  • Fable looks interesting
  • Xbox is not the number one selling console, like they said.
  • Splinter Cell looks like Metal Gear Solid
  • Kinect, Kinect, Kinect
  • Gears of War looks exactly the same
  • Tomb Raider, what the heck have they done to Lara?
  • Resident Evil looks very samey
  • Dance Central, do we want more dancing games?
  • Another Call of Duty, we really don't need more of these.
  • Bing
  • Smartglass looks to be interesting, but I have a lot of issues with how it will be executed
  • Nike
  • Usher
Final Grade: D



EA:
  • Dead Space looks kinda fun with the Co-op
  • SimCity is always welcome
  • More Sports game rehashes
  • Battlefield 3 will take more money. DLC
  • Still not sure on Star Wars
  • Medal of Honor looks exactly like every other shooter we've seen
  • UFC, I've never cared for these games/sports
  • Not sure on Crysis
Final Grade: F-



Ubisoft:
  • Avengers has potential to be an awesome superhero game. Still need to see more.
  • Rayman Legends looks incredible
  • ZombiU has potential to be a fun Zombie game
  • A ton of Wii U games
  • Assassin's Creed 3 looks amazing
  • Watch Dogs looks incredible and I love the concept of it
  • Just Dance 4, See above on dancing games.
  • Far Cry, looks good, but do we need another shooter? And isn't this the tenth game with a bow and arrow?
  • Splinter Cell
Final Grade: B



Sony:
  • Beyond: Two Souls looks interesting
  • More Assassin's Creed 3
  • God of War looks crazy
  • Last of Us looks kinda cool
  • Super Sony Bros. More PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, also coming to Vita
  • Seriously they even tagged it with Super Smash Bros.
  • Bribing Journalists with a year of PlayStation Plus
  • Wonderbook
  • Book of Spells, this has made even some diehard Harry Potter fans sad. Also, the demo failed.
  • I still hate quicktime events
  • WONDERBOOK
Final Grade: F-



Nintendo:
  • Miiverse looks kinda interesting.
  • Black Wii U looks nice
  • Pikmin 3 looks adorable
  • Multiple video services
  • Use the Wii U Gamepad as a TV remote
  • New Super Mario Bros. U for Wii U and New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon for 3DS (Give me Paper Mario!)
  • Some good games getting ported, like Batman Arkham City and Assassin's Creed 3
  • Scribblenauts looks like a ton of fun!
  • Wii Fit U... I know I could use that one XD
  • Castlevania looks like fun
  • Lego City Undercover looks like a different take on the Lego games, it reminds me of Lego Island. Which is a VERY good thing.
  • Non-Specific Action Figure
  • Too much Mario?
  • Not sure on Nintendo Land
  • No huge reveals during the conferences
  • Playing it a little too safe
  • Where is my Animal Crossing?
  • WHERE ARE THE GAMES NINTENDO?
  • They showed a lot of stuff, nothing that really made me go "Wow that is amazing!"
Final Grade: C+

So... overall no one really had anything new and amazing. Except for maybe Watch Dogs. A sad and disappointing E3.

Best Part of E3 was:
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Although... Even though Wreck-It Ralph wasn't showed at E3 it is another awesomely memorable gaming thing to have come out this week. Seriously, you should go watch that trailer now.

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I'm slowly warming up to Tomb Raider.
I saw some more gameplay later that looked exactly like I hoped the game was.

Other than Watch Dogs and ACIII, my favorite games weren't even shown at the press conferences. :P
Quantum Conundrum
Lego Batman 2
Lego Lord of the Rings

Those five games are easily the best things to come out of E3 this year.
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Booker DeWitt
Jun 08 2012 09:18 AM
Dancing games are bad, but Wii Fit U is good? IT DON'T MAKE SENSE. And I wouldn't really class a black Wii U as a major positive, nor ports of games forming the core of what Nintendo has to show for Wii U.

Though I agree with you on most stuff. I'd move Tomb Raider and Sony Smash Bros to positives, mind, and God of War to negatives, definitely. I was never big on TR but this new one looks very good, and Sony Smash Bros is a rip off of a good game, and you can play as a Big Daddy, so it's fine by me. Not going to be mindblowing, but enjoyable.

Down with games like Call of Duty and Gears of War. I'd really like the market to be full of thinky-thinky games. Games like Watch Dogs, or The Last of Us, where you can FEEL the effort that has gone into the game. Also I worry that Dead Space 3 is going to get a bit Gears of War-y....hopefully it'll be fine in the end. At least Isaac Clarke is a better character than those in GoW.

- Tilius
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When you think about it, Nintendo is actually being rather strategic about the games they'll have at launch. Wii Fit and NSMB were two of Wii's biggest cash cows, so launching with those games pretty much guarentees the monies for Nintendo at launch.

Personally, the two launch games I'll get are Pikmin 3 and Rayman Legends. I'll get Nintendo Land if it's discounted, but even then it really needs to be a pack-in.
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Dancing games are bad, but Wii Fit U is good? IT DON'T MAKE SENSE. And I wouldn't really class a black Wii U as a major positive, nor ports of games forming the core of what Nintendo has to show for Wii U.

Though I agree with you on most stuff. I'd move Tomb Raider and Sony Smash Bros to positives, mind, and God of War to negatives, definitely. I was never big on TR but this new one looks very good, and Sony Smash Bros is a rip off of a good game, and you can play as a Big Daddy, so it's fine by me. Not going to be mindblowing, but enjoyable.

Down with games like Call of Duty and Gears of War. I'd really like the market to be full of thinky-thinky games. Games like Watch Dogs, or The Last of Us, where you can FEEL the effort that has gone into the game. Also I worry that Dead Space 3 is going to get a bit Gears of War-y....hopefully it'll be fine in the end. At least Isaac Clarke is a better character than those in GoW.

- Tilius

Namely the reason Wii Fit U is a positive is it will encourage both myself and my boyfriend to exercise more. The pedometer will also encourage us to take walks/runs.

I find the Black Wii U to be sexy, so it gets a plus. :P

After seeing Tomb Raider, I have some serious issues with it, which I don't really wish to get into on here. As for Super Sony Bros. it seems to me like they are alrady running out of characters so now they are going to add third party characters. And, I honestly don't like the kill system in it at all.

Agreed.

When you think about it, Nintendo is actually being rather strategic about the games they'll have at launch. Wii Fit and NSMB were two of Wii's biggest cash cows, so launching with those games pretty much guarentees the monies for Nintendo at launch.

Personally, the two launch games I'll get are Pikmin 3 and Rayman Legends. I'll get Nintendo Land if it's discounted, but even then it really needs to be a pack-in.

They are, but it is a little too safe. They needed something that would impress everyone. Honestly, I know I want NSMBU as I know the game will be fun.

Pikmin 3 looks amazing as does Rayman Legends, but the one I'm looking forward too the most is Scribblenauts Unlimited. Someone made a living ferret-headed lamp. It shoots out librarians. This game has so much want from me. You can literally create anything.

Also, I'm hoping Watch Dogs will come to Wii U, and they did say it is a possibility. Heck, Miyamoto even gave it a thumbs up after a private viewing.
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Interesting how you're quick to say "We don't need more dancing games," and "We don't need more CoD," but you're totally fine with more Wii Fit and more Mario. Paper Mario is great, but I'm getting sick of all this New Super Mario Bros nonsense. It's a cash cow, nothing more: there's practically no innovation. Just the same product repackaged.

Yeah, I'll admit it: I'm bitter.

Also, how can you come to the conclusion that Microsoft did better than Sony? Your pro-to-con ratio for Microsoft is 1:6, while your ratio for Sony is 1:1.75.
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Hahli Husky
Jun 08 2012 01:24 PM
My biggest thought during E3 was basically "Yep, there's nothing new under this sun ... " It's mostly remakes and sequels, which is annoying.

I mean, it's all mildly cool. Some things are neater than others. But mostly I'm sad that they didn't talk about the next Animal Crossing. :< UbiSoft never disappoints, though, and their line up makes it better. :)
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Interesting how you're quick to say "We don't need more dancing games," and "We don't need more CoD," but you're totally fine with more Wii Fit and more Mario. Paper Mario is great, but I'm getting sick of all this New Super Mario Bros nonsense. It's a cash cow, nothing more: there's practically no innovation. Just the same product repackaged.

Yeah, I'll admit it: I'm bitter.

Also, how can you come to the conclusion that Microsoft did better than Sony? Your pro-to-con ratio for Microsoft is 1:6, while your ratio for Sony is 1:1.75.


I also said that I need exercise. And for me, I don't mind more Mario, I love the NSMB series so for some games it is all a matter of taste. I'd rather see more of the colorful world of Mario than the brown world of most of these shooters.

One word. Wonderbook. Worst press conference ever.

My biggest thought during E3 was basically "Yep, there's nothing new under this sun ... " It's mostly remakes and sequels, which is annoying.

I mean, it's all mildly cool. Some things are neater than others. But mostly I'm sad that they didn't talk about the next Animal Crossing. :< UbiSoft never disappoints, though, and their line up makes it better. :)


Definitely needed more Animal Crossing. Honestly, I was shocked at how good Ubisoft looked. Normally, I'm not a fan of some of the things they've made, but they impressed me this year.
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