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E3 2010, Julian’s Impressions

June 19, 2010

So E3 is officially over, no more conferences, announcements or big huge mega coverage (for the most part).  So now that the beast is sleeping again let’s take a trip back to this week and see what I personally enjoyed/didn’t enjoy and things I’m looking forward to or curious about.

Let’s start with Nintendo since there are a few things on them I’d like to say.  While not a Nintendo fan and don’t particularly care for most of their announcements, I’m glad they finally got the memo and had a good conference this year.  Kirby: Epic Yarn looked interesting however I don’t see the need for it to be  Kirby game, it does not have his trademarked powers and I personally believe if what I’ve seen is more or less the bulk of the gameplay, then Nintendo might as well have just made a new character and made a new IP.  The bulk of the games shown I wasn’t really impressed with but the bulk of the gaming community (well gaming press community) is which is due heavily to nostalgia, which I also think gives Nintendo a pass on more than a few things.

Which leads me to the 3DS, which I do think looks good and they are doing a lot of things right, it just seems they are releasing the original psp but in the form of the DS + 3D.  It seems Nintendo has payed no attention to people complaining that the psp needs not one but two analog nubs and did exactly what the psp did, put in one analog nub, granted in the Dreamcast/Xbox style of analog placement.  I do like that it seems the 3DS will have a SD slot for expandable memory for the game installs and hopefully will tie in to more game downloads.  However when it comes to Nintendo and online services they’ve been very archaic.

To really get me into the 3DS Nintendo needs to do a few things, first release new interesting titles and not just 3D remakes of older ones (StarFox 64 3D, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D etc I’m looking at you), secondly make a good online service.  No more downloads linked to a specific device and re-downloads costing cash, no more separate “wallets” for the Wii and DS/3DS, and no more friend codes.  One thing that irks me about the current DS versus my psp is that while my psp uses the same wallet for games my ps3 does, it also allows me to play some games on both platforms, specifically the PSone Classics.  The current DS does not have this, you would need to buy two separate versions of the game to play on each platform.  While I don’t plan on owning a wii just making this simple change to show that they are series about the online service is a big step.

Now stepping away from Nintendo it’s time for the games I’m looking forward to and interested in.  While this year Sony did not talk about a lot of Playstation 3 exclusives for this fall the exclusives & third party exclusive stuff really hit home for me.  I”m not a big fan of realistic racers so Gran Turismo 5 is off my list, but Socom 4 & Little Big Planet 2 look great and give me a reason to think about picking up move.  Medal of Honor looks interesting, especially since the Ps3 limited edition (which is the only edition and is still $60) comes with Medal of Honor: Frontline, and once I get my hands on the beta I’ll have better impressions on the game.

Now most of the games I’m excited for are coming out in 2011, which seems to be a big push for Sony game wise. Killzone 3, Infamous 2, Twisted Metal are all 2011 titles and all three look amazing.  I’m probably more excited for Twisted Metal as that looks to be a multiplayer powerhouse and I loved the dark humor of the old games.

I’m mixed when it comes to the Move, games like Killzone 3, Socom 4 and Dead Space 2 help sell me on the device but I”m worried about the number of hardcore games that will support it consistently.

Overall I liked E3, Microsoft was a real downer (which is why I left them out only bad things to say), Nintendo’s next handheld has a lot of promise but also a lot of things it has to overcome for me and the hardcore games coming out this year to next year look interesting.

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