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Brewed Thoughts about E3

June 19, 2010

E3 2010 has now finished, and I watched Microsoft’s, Nintendo’s, and Sony’s E3 conferences.
After many pots of coffee and a few days to let my thoughts brew, here are what I thought of the conferences; with Light, Medium, and Dark Roast awards(dark roast being the best, imo).

Here are my brewed thoughts about E3’s big three’s conferences.

Microsoft:  Microsoft started the conference by showing Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo: Reach, Fable III, Gears of War 3 and even a new game, Kingdoms; that is being developed by Crytek.
I think Kingdoms is the most interesting of those games, even though very little is known about it.  The remainder of Microsoft’s show seemed mainly focused on Kinect.  I was not impressed by anything that I saw with Kinect, as it still seems like an expensive version of the EyeToy.
I am a huge Star Wars fan, and even Microsoft’s Star Wars game for Kinect does not have me interested enough to purchase a Xbox 360/Kinect at this point to play it.
Microsoft ended their conference announcing the newly designed Xbox 360, that is now in stores.
Overall:  Light Roast
              Bitter:  Too much Kinect
              Sweet:  Crytek partnership may be interesting in the
long-run

Nintendo:  Nintendo’s show started with a trailer and game-play demo of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.  Miyamoto demoed the game live on stage, and while he had technical difficulties with part of the demo, I like how the enemies in the game change defensive positions, requiring players to pay attention to which way they swing the Wii Remote.  Other games shown during Nintendo’s E3 conference that stuck out to me were Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Disney Epic Mickey, and Goldeneye.
I think Kirby’s Epic Yarn appears to have some great ideas implemented into the 2D platforming genre, and I look forward to finding out more about the game.
Donkey Kong Country Returns has me really excited, as I was a huge fan of the original Donkey Kong Country back on the SNES and the game-play looks nice with some great attention to details in the levels.
Disney Epic Mickey looks like it is coming along nicely in production, and I think it will be interesting to see how well the use of “paint” and “paint thinner” is used in the game.
Last, but definitely not least, was the announcement/trailer of the new Goldeneye game being developed for the Wii.  I was/am a HUGE fan of the original Goldeneye on the N64, and I will be looking for more information on this Wii version in the next few months.
Nintendo ended their conference showing/talking about the Nintendo 3DS for about 25 minutes. What they showed and talked about with the 3DS, now has me more interested in it, than I thought I would be.
Overall:  Dark Roast
                Bitter:  No Conduit 2 trailer/game-play; not a lot of third party games demoed(Disney Epic Mickey was the only one?)
                Sweet:  Lots of new games(Goldeneye!?); little sales talk(only about 2 minutes worth this year!); 3DS looks solid, with great software support

Sony:  Ten minutes into Sony’s conference, the first game shown/demoed was Killzone 3; the game looks great graphically and I think the inclusion of the jet-packs will make for some interesting level designs and game-play. Before and after the Killzone 3 demo, there was a lot of talk about Sony’s support of 3D.
Then, a huge time slot was allowed to talk about and show the Sony Move controller.  My issue with what they showed, was that the “live” demos on stage did not really show anything that the current Wii Remote is not capable of already.
After about an hour of Move talk, they started rolling out the more “core” games and announcements for the PS3.  They showed/announced a lot of games in the last 50 minutes of their conference.  Dead Space 2 was shown, Medal of Honor was shown; Little Big Planet 2 was demoed, Gabe Newell announced Steam coming to the PS3 with Portal 2; they showed a trailer for inFAMOUS2.
Sony’s big exclusive at the end was announcing a new Twisted Metal game for the PS3.
Overall:  Medium Roast
                Bitter:  Long, with too much 3D talk, and too much Move talk; no games demoed for Move that showed why it’s really different from the Wii Remote
                Sweet:  Nearly the last hour of the conference was solid, with a lot of games being shown/demoed

Questions:
What did you think of E3 this year?  Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts on the conferences?

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>Brewed Thoughts about E3

June 19, 2010

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E3 2010 has now finished, and I watched Microsoft’s, Nintendo’s, and Sony’s E3 conferences.
After many pots of coffee and a few days to let my thoughts brew, here are what I thought of the conferences; with Light, Medium, and Dark Roast awards(dark roast being the best, imo).

Here are my brewed thoughts about E3’s big three’s conferences.

Microsoft:  Microsoft started the conference by showing Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo: Reach, Fable III, Gears of War 3 and even a new game, Kingdoms; that is being developed by Crytek.
I think Kingdoms is the most interesting of those games, even though very little is known about it.  The remainder of Microsoft’s show seemed mainly focused on Kinect.  I was not impressed by anything that I saw with Kinect, as it still seems like an expensive version of the EyeToy.
I am a huge Star Wars fan, and even Microsoft’s Star Wars game for Kinect does not have me interested enough to purchase a Xbox 360/Kinect at this point to play it.
Microsoft ended their conference announcing the newly designed Xbox 360, that is now in stores.
Overall:  Light Roast
              Bitter:  Too much Kinect
              Sweet:  Crytek partnership may be interesting in the
long-run

Nintendo:  Nintendo’s show started with a trailer and game-play demo of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.  Miyamoto demoed the game live on stage, and while he had technical difficulties with part of the demo, I like how the enemies in the game change defensive positions, requiring players to pay attention to which way they swing the Wii Remote.  Other games shown during Nintendo’s E3 conference that stuck out to me were Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Disney Epic Mickey, and Goldeneye.
I think Kirby’s Epic Yarn appears to have some great ideas implemented into the 2D platforming genre, and I look forward to finding out more about the game.
Donkey Kong Country Returns has me really excited, as I was a huge fan of the original Donkey Kong Country back on the SNES and the game-play looks nice with some great attention to details in the levels.
Disney Epic Mickey looks like it is coming along nicely in production, and I think it will be interesting to see how well the use of “paint” and “paint thinner” is used in the game.
Last, but definitely not least, was the announcement/trailer of the new Goldeneye game being developed for the Wii.  I was/am a HUGE fan of the original Goldeneye on the N64, and I will be looking for more information on this Wii version in the next few months.
Nintendo ended their conference showing/talking about the Nintendo 3DS for about 25 minutes. What they showed and talked about with the 3DS, now has me more interested in it, than I thought I would be.
Overall:  Dark Roast
                Bitter:  No Conduit 2 trailer/game-play; not a lot of third party games demoed(Disney Epic Mickey was the only one?)
                Sweet:  Lots of new games(Goldeneye!?); little sales talk(only about 2 minutes worth this year!); 3DS looks solid, with great software support

Sony:  Ten minutes into Sony’s conference, the first game shown/demoed was Killzone 3; the game looks great graphically and I think the inclusion of the jet-packs will make for some interesting level designs and game-play. Before and after the Killzone 3 demo, there was a lot of talk about Sony’s support of 3D.
Then, a huge time slot was allowed to talk about and show the Sony Move controller.  My issue with what they showed, was that the “live” demos on stage did not really show anything that the current Wii Remote is not capable of already.
After about an hour of Move talk, they started rolling out the more “core” games and announcements for the PS3.  They showed/announced a lot of games in the last 50 minutes of their conference.  Dead Space 2 was shown, Medal of Honor was shown; Little Big Planet 2 was demoed, Gabe Newell announced Steam coming to the PS3 with Portal 2; they showed a trailer for inFAMOUS2.
Sony’s big exclusive at the end was announcing a new Twisted Metal game for the PS3.
Overall:  Medium Roast
                Bitter:  Long, with too much 3D talk, and too much Move talk; no games demoed for Move that showed why it’s really different from the Wii Remote
                Sweet:  Nearly the last hour of the conference was solid, with a lot of games being shown/demoed

Questions:
What did you think of E3 this year?  Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts on the conferences?