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Wishes for E3 2012

June 1, 2012 1 comment

E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, when the gaming world holds its breath to learn the latest big announcements from game companies the world over, is almost upon us once again. Every year, people wait to see what kind of hidden treasures are coming from the likes of Activision, Microsoft, Naughty Dog, Sony, and Nintendo. And every year, everyone has their own dream announcements they hope to see – admit it, you have some too. Here are mine:

  • A new Descent or Freespace game: Oh man, those could be sweet. No guarantees, since I wasn’t all that impressed with Descent 3, but I would love to see someone stick to the best parts of those games and make something fresh.
  • Mirror’s Edge 2: The original Mirror’s Edge was different, innovative, and despite a few flaws, fun. Running at high speeds across roof tops, jumping, rolling, and climbing was pretty sweet, right up until some bug got me killed. I’m sure that, with the experience gained from the reception of the first game, DICE could make something great!
  • Half-Life 3: Yeah, it’s probably not going to happen this year, given their previous comments, but a guy can dream. By the way, if they do announce Half-Life 3 (or Episode 3, or however they number it), it had better come with some pretty major innovations. A gravity gun and see-saw puzzles just ain’t gonna cut it anymore (I’m not sure they did in the first place). That’s not to say that they shouldn’t stay true to the source material, but I think some additions are in order.
  • Real Innovation: As much as I like the Modern Warfare trilogy, I think the last one was about as far as they could go without making some pretty major changes. While I’m not a big fan of Treyarch, it’s good to see Black Ops II taking some risks with things like branching storylines. But I want big, game-changing innovation like Mirror’s Edge’s parkour mechanic, or something else we haven’t seen before. And I’m not just talking about Call of Duty. Warning, though: don’t make it a gimmick!

That’s just my two cents. In just a few days, we’ll find out if any of these will become reality. Got any E3 wishes of your own? Leave a comment!

E3 2011 Keynote Analysis

June 7, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m not actually at E3 per se, but that won’t stop me from giving some objective analysis of the recent E3 keynotes from the major players. Let’s start with the major points from Microsoft:

  • Modern Warfare 3: Not surprisingly, it looks pretty good. The combination of the Call of Duty franchise coming back to Infinity Ward‘s capable hands and the lessons learned from Black Ops (both the positive and negative experiences) give this a lot of potential. I’m not crazy about Elite, the paid subscription service, but it’s optional so I won’t complain. And please tell that was another round of Hans Zimmer‘s phenomenal musical handiwork I heard. 🙂
  • Tomb Raider: Could be good. I’ll watch it with cautious optimism.
  • Mass Effect 3: I was pleased with the second installment in the series, enough to make me look forward to the third.
  • Kinect everywhere: With Kinect up and coming, it would have been easy for all of the products to be gimmicky, horrible shovelware. Microsoft’s keynote managed to come up with a collection of useful, sensible applications of the Kinect sensor… mostly. Tactical voice commands, head tracking, interactive menus, and so on.
  • XBox: Live TV, Bing, Kinect Fun Labs, Interface upgrade, etc: This was a great move for the XBox interface and platform, as long as it’s not weighed down too heavily with extra fees.
  • Big Name Sequels: Gears of War 3, Halo 4, Forza 4, Fable: The Journey. Yeah, these will probably be pretty solid. I’ll be interested to see how Halo evolves now that 343 Industries is developing.
  • Minecraft: Did not see that one coming. Still, nice to see an independent developer doing so well. I wonder what Mojang will pull out of their hat for this.
  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary: The original Halo, remastered with modern graphics and art. The loved, classic multiplayer with XBox Live support. With any luck, they won’t mess significantly with that wonderful game balance. Must… keep calm. YEEHA–, ehem. Should be good, yes.
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E3 2010 Thoughts

June 23, 2010 1 comment

Another E3 has come and gone. The dust has settled, and as usual, quite a bit of material has come out of it. Not nearly all of the content was enough to make me eagerly anticipate it, clinging to my seat to avoid an untimely fall off the edge from all the excitement, but there are a few things that I will be happy to see. Here are just a few points on the content from the expo:

  • High Hopes for Portal 2: As far as I’ve seen, from all the content in the steady flow coming from Valve, I have seen no reason to think that Portal 2 will be less than a glorious mountain of shining awesome. I am a big fan of the original Portal, and chances are good that a longer campaign, more varied environments and cooperative multiplayer will improve on an already great game. My only concerns are that they may not pull off cooperative portal action to its highest potential, and that they don’t do enough to expand and differentiate from the first game. Given how well Portal was constructed, though, I expect Portal 2 to be excellent until I see reason not to.
  • Slimming Down: The XBox 360 Slim is pretty sleek looking, and it’s features are pretty stylish too. Built-in wireless is nice, and a huge hard drive is handy for people that make use of the system’s vast media features. Perhaps the most happy feature, though, is the new physical design with improved cooling, which should cut down on hardware failure quite a bit.
  • Playing Catchup: Is it just me, or is PlayStation Move just trying to catch up to the Wii, and only marginally improving on it?
  • Playing Awesome, Hopefully: Microsoft Kinect (formerly known as Project Natal) however, beats the pants off of both Move and Wii motion tracking, and here’s why: First off, Kinect does not require a controller for each person. Secondly, Kinect tracks your entire body, instead of just your hands, which allows for a lot more than the other systems do. The only major concern here is whether the Kinect’s lag and precision are kept at acceptable levels. If not, making it work for action games will be a huge hurdle – but then, so far it seems to be focused toward the casual gaming crowd anyway.
  • Black Ops: Being the Call of Duty fan that I am, you didn’t expect me to forget about Call of Duty: Black Ops from Treyarch, did you? It looks great, but I don’t know if I’m ready to jump on the bandwagon yet. There’s a lot of potential there, but I haven’t played a lot of games by this particular developer, so I really can’t say. Will they live up to the high standards that Infinity Ward set with the first Modern Warfare? We’ll see.
  • Gears and Reach: Gears of War 3 definitely looks promising. 4-player cooperative Gears? Yes, please. Halo: Reach also has the potential to be great, and I’m curious to see how they pull off space combat, Halo style.
  • Loose Ends: Lots of potential in Super Scribblenauts, FEAR 3, and id software’s Rage.

There was a lot more than this in E3 2010, but these seemed to be the points that stood out the most. There are definitely some great items on the way out, and I’ll definitely be interested to see if the final products live up to the expected hype.

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E3 2009 Thoughts

June 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Here are some quick thoughts from me as I browse through the recent news from E3.

  • Starcraft II! This year! The original Starcraft was a great game that I have played a lot of in days past, so I can’t wait for the sequel. I’m a little apprehensive about their plan to split it into three separate games though.
  • I’m a big fan of Metal Gear Solid games, so it’s no surprise that I’m interested in the announcement of Metal Gear Solid Rising for the XBox 360. I’m also disappointed that Solid Snake will not be appearing in the game, but Raiden will be. Solid Snake is probably my favorite video game character ever, and Raiden… isn’t.  The creators have done such a good job with the others that I’ve played, though, so I won’t pass judgment quite yet.
  • I have mixed feelings about Halo Reach, if only because I have mixed feelings about previous Halo games. Halo was great, Halo 2 had some unfortunate problems, and Halo 3 was pretty good, with some problems. It has the potential to be a great game though. Same thoughts with Halo: ODST.
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is one of the best games I’ve played in quite some time, so Modern Warfare 2 is definitely something to look forward to. I mean, the trailer alone should get you interested, even if you haven’t played the original. 
  • Alan Wake looks awesome… ’nuff said.
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 looks like it has some promise. They continue to produce really fun environments and unique gameplay.
  • Supreme Commander 2… 🙂

Feel free to comment with some of your own impressions about E3.

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