Monday, 21 June 2010
Wait, why are you looking here?! It was the biggest gaming week of the year, E3. Because of this, every gaming company takes all their focus off anything they're doing, and focus 24/7 completely on E3, so there are no reviews what-so-ever this week. Sorry, have to wait till next week for Toy Story 3 reviews! =P
=What came out this week=
- Toy Story 3 (PS3, 360, Wii, DS, PSP & iPhone)
- Storm Over the Pacific (PC)
- Tehra Dark Warrior (PSP)
- Making History II: The War of the World (PC)
- Naval Assualt: The Killing Tide (XBLA)
- The Book of Unwritten Tales (PC)
- Mass Effect 2 Overlord (PC)
- Kid Adventures: Sky Captain (Wii)
- Legend of Kay (DS)
- Puzzle Quest 2 (DS)
No Small highlights and no Small Notes, this is full dedication to E3.
The first two days of E3 were completely for the big conferences by 360, EA, Ubisoft, Nintendo & Sony. (With an smaller conference, no video, of Konami's conference).
So, what were the biggest surprises at the big three conferences?
For Microsoft where everything else was "Just Ok", the big surprise was quite obvious, the ending. Not the actual ending of the show, but what was shown just before the show ended, which was done quite cleverly. Throughout the entire conference, there had been a 360 sitting in the middle of the stage with no connections in it at all, not really noticable. As the end of the show came around, Don Mattrick kept talking mysteriously, as he walked towards the 360 and slowly pulled off skin of the 360 to show the new 360 Slim! It was a nice sleek black design with new features; 250 GBs, built in wi-fi, whisper quite, and would be sold for the same price as the old, $300 (Note: The old 360 was dropped to $250).
Runner-up Surprise? None. The show was this bad.
For Nintendo, there was too many surprises that barraged the floor, period. This includes:
- -The very first game to start off, is Zelda: Skyward Sword.
- -Revival of old GBA fan favorite, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
- -Even though it was leaked, the showing of GoldenEye 007 for the Wii
- -After 7 years of not having his own game, Kirby: Epic Yawn is revealed.
- -Donkey Kong: Country Returns is revealed for this holiday
- -Revival of an old old character, Kid Icarus: Uprising
- -And the many games to come for the 3DS, including Kingdom Hearts, and MGS game, Resident Evil and others.
- Overload much?
Runner-up surprise? 3DS having an analog stick.
For Sony, there were surprises for sure, but by far and large the biggest surprise that was shown at the Sony conference was the one that GLaDOS had to "deploy" on us. The biggest surprise of this conference and possibly the biggest of show, was Gabe Newell coming on stage at the conference and announcing pOrtal 2 would come to the PS3 WITH exclusive content. Let me help you realize just how big a surprise this was.
Gabe Newell, president of Valve is a very open person to the media, and not afraid to hold back comments. With this said, on 2007 he very widely said to the media that making games on consoles was garbage and a waste of a time. Not only this, but pointed the big middle finger (not literally) at Playstation and creating games on the PS3, saying that developers should NOT create games on the system, it caused too many problems.
This created bad blood between Playstation and Valve, and Playstation fanboys could not stand Gabe Newell from this point on.
Runner-up Surprise? Twisted Metal returns to the PS3.
For what happened during these two days, check out these two pages of what happened in each conference.
First Day of E3: http://undethronedking.blogspot.com/2010/06/first-day-of-e3-review.html
Second Day of E3: http://undethronedking.blogspot.com/2010/06/second-day-of-e3-review.html
So, who won the show? Everybody is weighing in.
IGN makes the debate on who won saying that Nintendo was just one surprise after the other, with so many games and the 3DS, it was an all show show-off. Overall, they say that Nintendo and the 3rd-party games did the best. IGN [UK] Also weighs and and generally all said Nintendo owned E3 altogether.
1Up.com says the "Best of Show" was the Nintendo 3DS.
Midlifegamer.net has a mix of answers but all generally say, Sony won E3.
This is just the general direction of what is being said around the net, and even polls on sites follow it. There is no huge outbreak of any gaming site or community saying Microsoft won. Sony is at a solid 2nd place with about 35% of people saying Sony won the conference. Because of the 3DS, Nintendo deciding to not show the "Vitality Sensor", not going with a bunch of horrific family orientated demos, and sticking to what everybody wants, great games, Nintendo won the conference by a wide margin.
Who do I think won E3? I put it in order.
(0. The Fans)