Saturday, 2 June 2012

E3 excitement rising

PhotobucketAs I’ve already written an E3 speculation blog this one will merely serve as my anticipation builder before the inevitable wave of disappointment and talk of wasted opportunities that will likely follow. Despite usually feeling let down by the mammoth gaming megatron E3 sets out to be, I never fail to build up excitement like a dog longing for a meat and biscuit buffet.

Snippets that have leaked so far all look promising. Well, apart from that Hitman: Absolution trailer. It was awesome cool and action pumped; exactly what the Hitman games are not about. Not in my eyes anyway, although we’ve all been guilty of equipping the pimped out assault weapons and gunning down rooms full of anything with eyes and a smile, just to vent the frustration of all the failed ‘perfect hit’ attempts. However, the E3 demo preview over at CVG has slightly restored my faith in the potential sneakiness the game will offer, so I’m really looking forward to some proper gameplay footage next week.

What I don’t understand is the over-analysis of the nuns with guns featured so prominently in the trailer. Many femme-journos and a few of their male kin have been speaking out about the over sexualisation of gunning down ladies clad in sexy leather outfits. Have these people never seen Saints Row, GTA or upcoming zombie slayer Lollipop Chainsaw? The combination of violence, boobs and skimpy attire is nothing new to any media, and this whole uproar just seems like a pointless punch thrown to stir up controversy. I bet the chauvinistic pig men that put that trailer together are laughing at the tremendous publicity hive being shaken.

Other pre E3 leaks that make my trousers rise above my ankles include the mention of Splinter Cell: Black List, Gears of War: Judgement and Star Wars 1313. While they aren’t fresh settings, the tiny information nuggets dropped thus far suggest they might be trying something new. Talking of new things though, I’m hoping for a long look into Naughty Dog’s sans-Drake adventure The Last of Us. In fact, I’d be very happy not to see the much loved Nathan Drake at E3. I’m happy to give him a break.

So with the major platform holder conferences taking place on Monday and Tuesday we’ve got a fun week ahead of us. It’s nice they coincide with the Queen’s 60 year throne shenanigan holiday days. It means a lot of us get to step away from the tangles of bunting and flag memorabilia to indulge in gaming news as it happens. Although I’m sure only the dedicated will be up for Sony’s 2 am Tuesday slot. Happy E3 everyone!

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