Thursday, 16 June 2011

Electronic Entertainment Expo Reflection

In keeping with this blog’s usual pattern of timeliness and up to date views, I’m going to tell you all about my opinions of E3. Unfortunately I cannot say that my slightly late reaction time to the event is down to my slow recovery time from a shock and awe induced coma. Quite the opposite I’m afraid. E3 2011 just didn’t excite me all that much.

The major platform holders really didn’t inspire me this year. If I had to pick a winner, I think I’d back my earlier predictions and say Nintendo took it again. The WiiU Zelda tech demo was amazing, especially with the inventory on the controller’s screen. They would have to be on the Kerry Katona scale of crazy not to make a full Zelda title that looked like that footage.

I’m struggling to remember anything of interest that Microsoft brought up. I know that we all learned Mass Effect 3 will support Kinect. Now you’ll be able to say the voice commands to pick dialogue options, and the ominous Kinect bar of wonder will translate that to the game. I can’t help but ask; wouldn’t a microphone do exactly the same thing and not require the purchase of a £100 piece of equipment?

Halo 4 was also teased, but that just made my trousers go slack. I’ve never seen the appeal of Halo. To me, it’s a series that has never really progressed much. What people see in the green armoured genocide fetishist is beyond me. The remake of Combat Evolved would have interested me, perhaps have filled me in on what all the hype was about. That was until I found out that they are going to slap a £35 or so price tag on it for a game with no original content and some pretty graphics smeared on top. No thank you.

Sony’s conference doesn’t conjure up any exciting memories either. The NGP is now the PlayStation Vita (I still think it sounds like a bottled mineral water more than console) and Uncharted 3 looks good. That’s about it off the top of my head. I’m still looking forward to the Vita, but only if it is affordable at launch and has a good selection of games. The $249 WiFi model sounds nice, but you can just tell the price conversion will not be favourable to the pound.

I was far more impressed with what third parties had on offer. I’m very happy with what I saw of Hitman: Absolution. The level looked very impressive, especially how the room of police reacted to their colleague being a hostage. I just hope that the similarities to Splinter Cell: Conviction that the Internet is crying about stops at the UI. I want to go through the game and get a perfect silent assassin ranking like I did with Blood Money, Contracts and Silent Assassin.

Other than that, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations looks pretty sweet, although I’m not sure about the Abu Hamza tribute hook replacing one of the hidden blades. Lara’s new adventures also look very good, even though they have the distinct scent of Uncharted about them.

Even though E3 was ultimately disappointing, it still looks like a good year for gaming, even if it is mostly made up of threequels rather than new concepts.

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