E3 Wrap-Up

With the doors closing to another exciting E3, we look back at all that has transpired.  There were some huge expected surprises and many games to get us excited for the upcoming year.  We walkthrough  a few of our favorites and some of the games we plan to keep an eye on.

Kinect

Kinect

Hate the name but love the ideas.  Between Microsoft’s Kinect and Sony’s Move I think that Kinect has more opportunities to shine.  While there may be problems with playing on your couch (See Kotaku’s thoughts) it still offers more flexibility to game developers.  The Playstation Move just feels too similar to the Wii controls and does not excite me as much.  I’m afraid though that the price point (possibly $149.99 according to Amazon) might make the install base smaller for game developers.

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS

I was excited for this new Nintendo handheld before any specs or pictures were even available.  This is because the idea of having a 3D experience all wrapped up into an affordable system, that doesn’t require glasses, makes me squeal with excitement.  Now after hearing many reviewers hands-on experiences it sounds like my expectations will be exceeded.

Classic Nintendo Remakes

Some of them may have been tech demos but it’s no doubt Nintendo it aware of the many unused series it has on hand.  Starfox, Donkey Kong Country, Kid Icarus and Kirby all had some screen time.  Some showed off the power of the new 3DS and others we’re just remakes that fans have been dying for.  It should be interesting to see if Nintendo opens up it’s floodgates unlike the small trickle of games it usually releases from it’s hit series.

Metal Gear Solid: Rising

Metal Gear Solid Rising

Raiden has transformed from the unwanted hero to the bad-ass super ninja in Metal Gear Solid 4.  Now we will get to play as the cyborg Raiden and from the gameplay footage it looks like it’s going to be a lot of slicing and dicing.  Many have compared it to Ninja Gaiden and have said it is possibly even better than the Itagaki series.  One thing I’m hoping for is that this MGS game comes without the long snorefest cutscenes.

Arcade Titles

As we’ve seen since the introduction of Xbox Live Arcade, downloadable titles have become incredibly popular.  This E3 has shown that the market for downloadable games is even more popular with the huge wealth of titles announced.  One game I am looking foward to is Shank.  The artwork by Jeff Agala looks amazing and the animations are fluid.

Gears of War 3

Gears of War 3

4 player co-op gameplay was shown at the expo and it looks like Epic has made enough changes to keep the gameplay exciting and new.  The new enemy Lambent create nervous twitch gameplay similar to that of Dead Space.  But it’s always nice to have some buddies around to rip through the enemy hordes.

ESPN on Xbox

ESPN Xbox Live

Many people thought Hulu was going to be announced on either Xbox or PS3 as a new feature, but the big surprise was ESPN.  Free for Xbox Live Gold users, you will be able to watch over 3500 live games, most in HD.  Unfortunately, according to CNET, your ISP will need to be affiliated with ESPN in order to get the service.  You can find the affiliates list here.

There are too many games to list everyone of them here.  One thing is for sure, everyones wallets are going to a lot lighter this year.  Let us know some of your top picks from E3 in the comments below.

Written by Bryan

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