The sun has set on this year’s E3 and it’s now time to name the winners, losers and what the best of the show was. All this of course is according to little old me. So let’s start this week off with a look back to what July 14-17 brought to the gaming world.
New Xbox Experience, Lips, Scene It? 2, Netflix, Final Fantasy XIII, Fable 2, Primetime, Marketplace via Xbox.com, Portal: Still Alive
Microsoft really answered a lot of skepticism with their keynote. What would they show? Who would present? Introducing the new Xbox redesign was a surprise that no one anticipated. It introduced an Avatar system to the Xbox 360 and brought with it a completely new user interface. It’s also bringing a host of other features like 8-party chat and a “play from the hard drive” option.
The Netflix announcement was also received very well. The Xbox 360 will be the only console offering this kind of movie download service. They kept things simple and precise during the keynote as they hit one strategic announcement after another. The games they showed were aimed specifically did a good job impressing both the hardcore and casual.
Wii Music, Grand Theft Auto for Nintendo DS, SPORE, Animal Crossing
Nintendo had an excellent strategy in my opinion. The presentation of that strategy was lacking but to pay little attention to both Sony and Microsoft and instead focus on competing within yourself was brilliant. Let’s face it…they have no competition this generation and I was pleased to see that they’re very much aware that their only real focus is on the Wii and DS. Their keynote was filled with a battle between the Wii and DS without much thought on Sony or Microsoft.
It’s one of the reasons why Nintendo has rebounded from a horrible showing with the Gamecube and have taken control over homes across the world. They worry about themselves and they always price things just right. It’s not about their games moreso than it is about being different and at the sweet spot in price.
God of War 3, Little Big Planet, Massive Action Game (MAG), $399 80GB SKU
Sony trickled in with their keynote and unveiled a few interesting things. The most exciting on the game front was the reveal of God of War 3. Resistance 2 didn’t look that great and although there was “actual gameplay” this time, it just didn’t wow me. And even though God of War 3 was simple CGI, it did get the juices flowing. Little Big Planet did as well.
I’m not sure about Zipper’s Massive Action Game but I listed it as a highlight simply because of how ambitious of a project it is. 256 players? We’ll see. I don’t have much to say except that it was a decent show but it was missing any real buzz.