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If you’ve been following for awhile, my love of video games is pretty obvious. The NBA Finals will slow things down, but I plan on doing write ups on the big press conference like I have the last few years. After the jump, a few things I’m thinking going in, what I’d like to see, and what I don’t want to see.
Microsoft led off, Sony will cap the night. I’m betting on a Vita price cut and a lot of info on it throughout. Hoping to hear about some God of War, more about Smash Bros. Playstation version, and hopefully some new Bioshock footage, and more. Away we go.
So the console I use the most leads off this year’s conference? Works for me. I like watching these and just going with a stream of consciousness on my thoughts, using the all new, limited edition, BULLETPOINT feature (note, may not actually be new or limited). Jump with me and let’s get a little nerdy, shall we?
If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, you know I love me some video games, especially E3 week (see here). I’ll try to catch up on the press conferences once I’m home from work, and give my thoughts like I did last year. For those of you who don’t give a damn, I’ll be sure to put in a jump so I don’t take up too much of your dashboards. As for things I’m looking forward to and what I’m expecting, here’s some early bulletpoint thoughts, cause bulletpoints are my fave.
Clearly yall get how this goes by now. It’s late at night, so I’ve heard some of the info about Nintendo’s new hardware before watching this, so it won’t be completely new. That being said, this has been the press conference I’ve been looking forward to the most just out of sheer curiosity about Project Cafe, aka, Wii U. Plus there are rumors of a true Kirby game. I love Kirby. So hopefully this will be spoken of. Sadly I think there will also be a lot of talk devoted to the 3DS, which, well…handhelds mean nothing to me. With all of that out of the way…To the bullet points!
Yall know the drill by now. I’ve already been through the XBOX presser here, expect the same set up here, but Sony flavored. As for what I expect, this could be interesting. First, Sony has to deal with all the PSN shenanigans that have taken place w/ the hacks that have taken place. They’ve gotten murdered lately, especially having gone down the week that Portal 2, Mortal Kombat, and Socom 4, all huge multiplayer games, dropped. After that, I can’t wait for some Uncharted 3 info. Sadly a lot of this will likely be on the NGP, and I just don’t care about portables. We’ll see though, some rumors make it sound like this sucker is a ps3 in a can pretty much. Even worse, I’m hoping we don’t have to spend the whole time hearing about 3D like last year. Hard to blame Sony, one of the biggest 3D TV producers around, from this type of nepotism though. Plus, there’s always Move (dismissive hand wank). I’m just hoping for some Kevin Butler. If Sony is smart, he would be a good tool for the PSN apology, but who knows. Jump around for the livemind.
Oh E3, you are so much fun. Microsoft is leading off E3 this year. I wonder how they decide order between the big 3? Anyway, this seemed to work last year, and it’s more fun for me to write, so I’m going to just type this sucker stream of consciousness style as I watch it. I’ll probably at least mention everything in the press conference but since I have it recorded, I’ll probably fast forward through things I don’t care about (read anything with Kinect in the title pretty much). Sadly I’m guessing that a looooot of time will be spent on Kinect. Not saying I blame them, but meh. To not clog the dashboards of 95% of the people that dont care, follow along after the jump won’t you?
Tomorrow kicks off E3 2k11, and since I’m a huge nerd that loves video games way too much, I’m gonna have several posts about the big press conferences. Kind of like the ones I did last year. If these types of things bore you, I’d advise unfollowing for the week. I’ll miss you, but I’d understand. That being said, here’s some of the stuff I’m looking forward to and expecting to hear about.
Both last year and this year’s E3 conference featured absolutely epic trailers for the new Star Wars: The Old Republic game. Here’s what I don’t get though, this is an MMORPG yes? I get that it’s the 1st one with full voice acting, but when would a game like this ever have a cutscene like the ones they’ve shown? To be fair, MMORPG’s aren’t my thing, so this could be me just missing the point. But I don’t get when you would ever see anything like these awesome trailers in a game like they’ve made. Am I missing something?
I liked the way the Nintendo breakdown went compared to the Microsoft one, so I’m going with some more BULLET POINT MADNESS, stream of consciousness for this one. Before we get to it, I’m expecting a whole lot of Playstation Move talk, much like we got with the Kinect focus during the Microsoft presser yesterday. Sony also seems to be making a big push with 3D (helps when you have 3D TVs coming out to sell as well) so I’m guess we will get a lot of that. I’m pretty on record as being anti the new 3D trend, but maybe Sony will change my mind a little bit. Also, I’m not a handheld gamer, so I will probably gloss over PSP announcements. If you are looking for those, sorry kids. Also worth noting, I do not have G4 in HD, so I may not get all of the graphic greatness of some of the videos. Come on down the nerdy rabbit hole with me after the jump.
So today as opposed to writing up my thoughts after watching the press conference, I’m going to just go flow of consciousness style as I watch, and then throw in thoughts at the end. That’s right kids, BULLET POINT MADNESS. I expect it will read much more the way my Twitter feed did during the EA and Ubisoft pressers yesterday. Forgive me if I run on at parts, but hey, that’s just how it goes sometimes.
Thoughts before it happens: I’m mainly hoping for a new Zelda, a mystery Mega Man appearance, mostly some new Kirby, and essentially more “hardcore” type games that aren’t just a waggle fest. Also, if I trail off during the handheld stuff, I apologize, but I just don’t care about the DS, DSI, 3DS, Game Boy Color, whatever we are on right now. In the interest of full disclosure, I was a Nintendo kid all through my youth. I never had Genesis, from NES through N64, I was pretty loyal. I’ve had a Wii since ‘07, so I’ve had a decent amount of time with the console.
And here we go, after the jump (tl;dr warning):
Well, if there’s one thing we should realize by now, it’s that the Wii really was a gamechanger. Sadly, this may not necessarily be a good thing. Xbox’s press conference this morning leaned VERY heavily on the once named Project: Natal, now being called Kinect. Certain parts of Kinect look pretty cool. The Minority Report style menu navigation is straight up future awesome. They also showed off a lot of voice control ability for everything from movies to music.
The games that were shown off though…well, they were either a dead ringer for Wii Sports, or Wii Fit. Joyride, the game announced last year for free is now under the Kinect umbrella as well. Kinetic Sports and Adventure look like they could be amusing, but they are still essentially just Wii rips. I can hardly blame Xbox, they know Nintendo has been printing money with the inroads they’ve made with the Casual gaming market, why not get a piece themselves. The workout games (I think 3 of the 1st 15 games announced would count as one) will appeal to the soccer mom crowd as well as letting Microsoft fight some of the gaming—>obesity advocates. Kinect Adventures reminds me of the old Nick Arcade show. Goofy, little replay value, don’t see it being worth much. Dance Central is, well, come on, it’s a dance game. Some may enjoy this one, but it’s not gonna work for me. Props for using Bel Biv Devoe’s “Poison” on the demo though. One of the most amusing little games shown was Kinectimals. If you can’t guess from the name, it’s you, playing with animals via the Kinect. You may recognize this as say, Nintendogs. However, credit to Xbox for upping the cute factor by using a small child and an adorable baby tiger. Would I ever play this, God no, but again, Xbox is looking to get in on the new market that the Wii opened video games up to. The one Kinect game that had a little bit of potential was the Star Wars game. If it can actually give you a solid lightsaber/force power gameplay experience, it could be pretty sweet. The Forza demo looked very pretty, but I don’t see a sim racer working very well with this type of tech.
For an announcement I actually cared about a little bit, Trey Wingo and Josh Elliot of Sportscenter showed up to announce an exclusive deal (Full story from Kotaku here) between ESPN and Xbox. There is a lot of potential here, especially for those who currently can’t access ESPN 3 like me due to their service provider (h8 u Time Warner). The ability to choose your team, do trivia, etc isn’t really a huge deal, but kind of amusing. If this isn’t shut down by blackout restrictions and doesn’t have an insanely long delay from live TV, this could be amazing. Lots of people have tried to ditch cable and use the internet for most of their TV needs. The main thing lost for this plan has always been Sports. This could take out that block and really allow a new way to do TV. Did I mention it is FREE if you already have a Gold account? You like free don’t you?
How about the games finally?
The last major announcement was a brand new Xbox 360. Where was this 2 months ago when my old one crapped out? For $300 you get a new, smaller Xbox with a 250GB harddrive, built in wi-fi adapter (bout damn time), and an allegedly “whisper quiet fan.” If you are looking for a 360, it’s a good deal, but this late it isn’t going to have a huge impact for most. Microsoft finished by going Oprah and giving everyone who was there a free one. Not a bad idea to try and garner some love after what was a very meh press conference.
Microsoft without a doubt is trying to get in on some of the new gamers that have been brought in by the Nintendo Wii. You can’t blame them with how much cash Nintendo has made with the Wii over the last few years. According to Engadget, the Kinect is going to come out at $150 with games costing the full $60 price tag we are used to. As of right now, I can’t see any reason why I would pick it up. The games look like Wii clones, years later and more expensive. While the hand controlled menu’s look awesome, video chat seems to work well, and ESPN integration all look good, none seem worth buying. Video chat works between Kinect and Windows Live messenger, but between things like Skype and iChat, if you have a webcam, this is still old news. Most of the games have been done on the Wii or even with the Playstation EyeToy. Not a great look from Microsoft, which is disappointing since they had the opening word. Sony is probably licking their chops right now.