Thursday, 2 June 2011

Electronic Entertainment Expo Excitement

What? It’s June already!? Well then, that must mean E3 is almost here. Yes, the gaming Christmas that is a sweaty bitch to professionally cover returns again for the third year since its restoration to public spectacle. What is there to get excited about this year?

I suppose the big news is that Nintendo definitely have something huge to unveil. A new console from the innovative bods that will hopefully one-up all current gen machines with something more than just fancy graphics. Can Nintendo re-invent the Wiimote? Stirring rumours suggest the new console will have a high definition touch screen built into the controllers. It sounds exciting, but if true that’s going to make local multiplayer damn expensive.

Can Sony and Microsoft top that? Based on their performances last year, you’d have thought that the other big console dogs will be out to sink Nintendo this year. It’ll be interesting to see how they step up their game.

Sony will probably break out the NGP, which may possibly have had its name changed to PlayStation Vita. I suppose that’s better than Next Generation Portable, but to me it sounds more like a Sony brand of bottled water. I’m very interested to hear more about this new handheld. The reveal alone made me hold off on instantly purchasing a 3DS. Well, the reveal, and the lack of launch games. I just hope it doesn’t rely on that gimmicky rear touch pad. A gentle caress is not a suitable control scheme replacement for buttons.

More rumour mill grindings have suggested a new console from Microsoft. Last month it was reported by an industry insider somewhere that the innards of a new Microsoft console were at a games studio housed in a PC case. It’ll be interesting to see something come of that. I don’t care what Microsoft say about the future of their motion control peripheral. As far as I’m concerned, Kinect has failed. It certainly hasn’t enticed me with the wonders of arm jiggling.

I’ve already said that the game of E3 that has my knickers twisted into a wreath is Hitman: Absolution. Other than that it’s probably a mix of the usual excitement list. Uncharted 3, Gears of War 3, Bioshock Infinite, Mass Effect 3 and Zelda: Skyward Sword are all high on my list of things I want to know about. High in the ranks of my hyper-optimistic surprise appearances are Halflife 2: Episode 3 and Metal Gear Solid 5, both of which have been confirmed as no shows. Ah well, I can always hope that Gabe Newell and Hideo Kojima are just hideous teases.

I’ve just realised the especially sad detail that every game I have listed is a sequel to a series that already has at least two entries. Some more originality would be nice to see again.

Roll on June 7. It’s been a good year for gaming so far, and from what I can tell, it’s only going to get better.

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