Who Wins Best Media Briefing for E32010
I'm going to have to go with Nintendo. I was thinking about Sony at first. But that was because of Twisted Metal and Infamous 2. However, Nintendo brought out a whole new handheld. Proving that 3D can be done without glasses, pictures can be turned into 3D pictures, and you can adjust how you want your 3D. Not only that, Kid Icarus looks pretty bad ass.
You guys are probably going to think I'm just a fanboy, but I was probably the most interested in the Xbox conference. I think the Nintendo one announced better games, but there was something I liked about the Xbox one. Maybe it's that Kinect is the most interesting motion controller of the bunch in my eyes. Plus, Harmonix dancing game!
So yeah, I liked the Microsoft one, but Nintendo realistically was better.
Though I liked Nintendo's press event, it was only because the last few years were absolute garbage. So my expectations were rock bottom. I was hoping they'd burn up. But it was overall very well executed.
But I'm gonna have to go with Sony, it had more WTF moments than any of the others. Gabe Newell coming onto stage admitting that he was wrong, has got to be one of the best E3 moments ever.
Ubisoft wins because their briefing was just bat shit crazy.
In all honesty though I would have to say nintendo won this time. They had the best conference. Reggie messing up his lines. Live demo folks situation. Crazy trailer for the 3DS featuring Iwata, Miyamoto, and Reggie. Most importantly new games revealed that I'm actually interested in.
Nintendo by a landslide. Why? Well, let's see...
Game, Game, Game, Game, Game, Game, Game, Game, Game, Game, 3DS
Down the line, flowed really well, lots of enthusiasm, everything you could ask for almost. Not to mention the plethora of 3DS titles that were shown afterwards.
Microsoft. I'm growing tired of traditional, or 'hardcore', gaming. I'm hoping the Kinect will be a bit of a breath of fresh air in a sea of horribly derivative games I seem to find myself in. Having said that I doubt they'll push it far enough, but it still excites me the most.
Sony cause the new zelda looked like...well zelda. Donkey Zong was probably the best thing there along with the 3ds. But infamous 2, killzone 3 footage, sly collection(probably not many people care but i loved those games), Portal 2 on PS3, kevin butler, news on a cheap Move and a kick ass new twisted metal made me very happy indeed. Maybe if other M and zelda looked good i'd go with nintendo, but golden sun, donkey kong and 3ds just don't hold up again the flood of awesome that was sony's press conference.
As a gamer, I don't see why anyone would consider this a competiton, and reading through these threads it's really easy to spot the fanboys.
But in terms of putting on a good show, Microsoft easily win. They showed some great tech, and it was all very entertaining.
In terms of games, Nintendo triumphed, it was a huge turn around for them from the past few years. The 3DS looks great and their Wii lineup isn't shabby.
And well, Sony had some cool promo videos.
Easily Sony. They didn't make total tards of themselves using their motion controls and am mildly interested. Gabe Newell and Portal 2 on PS3. Kevin Butler. A release date for Gran Turismo 5. Still supporting the good PSP (i.e. not the PSPGo) and awesome PSP commercial with Kevin Butler. Oh yeah, and Twisted Metal!
" I say Sony. Kevin Butler, Portal 2, Infamous 2, and Dead Space 2? Good stuff. Although in fairness, I didn't catch the entire Nintendo press conference. Edit: Oh! And LittleBigPlanet 2! "Yeah, Dead Space Collectors edition is a great buy, especially with Dead Space: Extraction now for the Playstation 3. It was a great game on the Wii that was totally overlooked.
Nintendo, although the first 10-15 minutes were very awkward and unnerving with the clunky Zelda controls and your Wii party debuts, the rest of the show was phenomenal. The only major Nintendo franchise that got left out was Star Fox (and even that was shown on their website afterwards.) What I love about Nintendo games is they actually have a personality to them, and when they're revealed you can get behind them. The games that were shown were games that we as gamers wanted. It wasn't Modern Shooter number 3 or Action Adventure game 2 or some iteration on Tiger Woods' golf.
My issue with Sony's press conference is that it was full of third party video games we have already learned about (EA Day 2!), as well as SEVERAL boring video game montages. Those deserve to be shown over your booths down in the game floor, not taking up 5 minutes a piece of your conference. The best parts of this conference were Kevin Butler's speech, Portal 2 with Gabe, and Twisted Metal. Unfortunately only one of these three is actually (probably) a playstation exclusive.
Quick Edit: Also, if you can announce that games such as Assassin's Creed, Metal Gear Solid, Saints Row and Kingdom Hearts are coming to a Nintendo console as a SIDE NOTE and still feel pretty confident with your lineup, that is why Nintendo was awesome.
I didn't watch Ubisoft's or EA's conferences so I'll just give my impressions of the Big 3.
1. Nintendo - They seemed to know that a large part of the competition's conferences were going to be chock-full of motion control tech stuff, and they decided to go the other way with it. They just stuck to the games, and it worked. Almost every title gave me a sense of giddy joy that I haven't felt for a while. There was some talk about the 3DS at the end but even there they seemed to focus primarily on the games for the system and less on the system itself. This may be the year I buy a Wii.
2. Sony - I was pretty scared that we weren't going to get a lot of exciting game announcements once they started in on the Move segment, but they saved themselves in glorious fashion at the end with a ton of exciting reveals. Also, while I'm still on the fence about the whole motion control fliggin-flaggin, the things they were doing with Move sure gave me hope for some really neat things in the future. I'm not sure if Sorcery really excites me as much as a game as it does as a tech demo for things to come. But it's far more exciting than an on-rails star wars game.
3. Microsoft - I had a hard time mustering much enthusiasm for Natal/Kinect/Ultimate flailing challenge 2010. While the tech really is neat, it just doesn't seem that it's capable of anything more than mini-game collections, on-rails games and sports titles (though they can always prove me wrong). The lack of any type of stick or d-pad that can be used as a way to move about the game world seems to really hinder it's ability to do anything interesting. The titles they mentioned early looked great (Dead Space 2, Gears 3, COD, etc). But everyone knew they were happening already and that really deadened the impact they could have had had the developers/Microsoft not jumped the gun with their announcements.
Microsoft Wins. Why?
Kinect - it actually works and works well. I was thoroughly impressed with all the things it can do (voice, tracking, motion, etc)
ESPN on 360 - this is huge news in entertainment (cable companies will lose subscriptions)
Games - Gears, MGS Rising, Halo, Black Ops.
I thought Nintendo did excellent. why?
No Cammie - Seriously leave your mom at home.
3DS - looks cool and end of show, try it out thing was a great move
Games - here's where they lose points. Zelda controls looked janky. Zelda, Goldeneye, Kirby, DK, Mario sports. New games, yes, but no new IP. Kirby and DK look fun however. There was just too much "hey, remember X franchise? well here is an update!"
Sony did great also. Why?
Games - Plenty of game trailers and real-time demos
Kevin Butler - It's nice to see them embrace the marketing thats working and working well
Move - again, looks great and more precise the wii motion plus. move games look fun
Portal 2 - this was a hell of an announcement!
PSP - a new marketing strategy is not the answer. They need to update the hardware, give another analog stick, and integrate the PS Network more.
At the end of the day - we all win.
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