LTTP Impressions on E3 2011 + The Worst of E3

Posted by TurboMan (7605 posts) -

I made a video!

Sony

No bombshells were dropped, but Sony showed off a good smattering of their exclusive software. Uncharted didn't really amaze as much as the Uncharted 2 demo did, but that franchise is pretty much set in stone right now on how those games are going to be when they come out. Resistance looks really bland, you can tell that Insomniac is ready to move away from that franchise. The crazy 3D TV that removes split screen is insane in my opinion, can't wait for that to come out... might end up being my first jump into 3D.

I was very disappointed in the lack of major software to support the Move. As an early adopter, I feel that I need something better than NBA 2k12 dumbing down controls, and bullshit shovelware. Ken Levine saying something about move makes me hopeful, but not seeing anything was a huge disappointment. The announcement of Sly 4 proved that Sony still has its head in the right place.

The Playstation Vita price announcement just about steals E3 for me. Uncharted PSVita and whatever that other game that was shown doesn't look impressive to me at all, but the promise of that machine at $249 puts me on board that bandwagon.

Microsoft

Damnit, Microsoft, I tried. Sony let me down this year, and I was yours for the picking. You didn't have much exclusive titles going into this, so I was prepared to have my socks knocked off... but I got nothing in return except a bunch of poor looking Kinect games. I'm going to let you in on a secret: showing off third-party games doesn't make your console look any good. Oh, you have Kinect support for Ghost Recon? I'm sure the six people that use that are thrilled.

The Kinect Fun Labs is a refreshing idea... that technology needs to be spread to as many people as possible.

Nintendo

Wow. What a lifeless company nintendo is. Oh, you have a touring Orchestra that's touring this fall? Fantastic. Another Zelda game is coming out? Cool. Another Zelda game is coming out after this Zelda game on your new console? Incredible. You're remaking a Zelda 64 and Starfox 64 game? Edgy.

Wii U? Fuck U.

When the only exciting announcement to me is that your making a sequel to Luigi's Mansion, then you need to go back to the drawing board.

Quickies:

EA: Solid lineup of games

Ubisoft: Maybe the best conference....Rayman:Origins looks incredible, and Far Cry 3 is a nice surprise... host was terrible.

Konami: Absolutely Awful.

#1 Posted by TurboMan (7605 posts) -

I made a video!

Sony

No bombshells were dropped, but Sony showed off a good smattering of their exclusive software. Uncharted didn't really amaze as much as the Uncharted 2 demo did, but that franchise is pretty much set in stone right now on how those games are going to be when they come out. Resistance looks really bland, you can tell that Insomniac is ready to move away from that franchise. The crazy 3D TV that removes split screen is insane in my opinion, can't wait for that to come out... might end up being my first jump into 3D.

I was very disappointed in the lack of major software to support the Move. As an early adopter, I feel that I need something better than NBA 2k12 dumbing down controls, and bullshit shovelware. Ken Levine saying something about move makes me hopeful, but not seeing anything was a huge disappointment. The announcement of Sly 4 proved that Sony still has its head in the right place.

The Playstation Vita price announcement just about steals E3 for me. Uncharted PSVita and whatever that other game that was shown doesn't look impressive to me at all, but the promise of that machine at $249 puts me on board that bandwagon.

Microsoft

Damnit, Microsoft, I tried. Sony let me down this year, and I was yours for the picking. You didn't have much exclusive titles going into this, so I was prepared to have my socks knocked off... but I got nothing in return except a bunch of poor looking Kinect games. I'm going to let you in on a secret: showing off third-party games doesn't make your console look any good. Oh, you have Kinect support for Ghost Recon? I'm sure the six people that use that are thrilled.

The Kinect Fun Labs is a refreshing idea... that technology needs to be spread to as many people as possible.

Nintendo

Wow. What a lifeless company nintendo is. Oh, you have a touring Orchestra that's touring this fall? Fantastic. Another Zelda game is coming out? Cool. Another Zelda game is coming out after this Zelda game on your new console? Incredible. You're remaking a Zelda 64 and Starfox 64 game? Edgy.

Wii U? Fuck U.

When the only exciting announcement to me is that your making a sequel to Luigi's Mansion, then you need to go back to the drawing board.

Quickies:

EA: Solid lineup of games

Ubisoft: Maybe the best conference....Rayman:Origins looks incredible, and Far Cry 3 is a nice surprise... host was terrible.

Konami: Absolutely Awful.

#2 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

The Wii U is going to be awesome. I can't wait to get my hands on that new controller.

#3 Posted by BonOrbitz (2216 posts) -

@Claude said:

The Wii U is going to be awesome. I can't wait to get my hands on that new controller.

It's too early to tell if it's going to be awesome, but it's also too early to say "Fuck U." I'm certainly curious, and am excited to see some HD Nintendo games and (hopefully) improved third party support. Nintendo may seem "lifeless" this year, but I think they're opening up possibilities for next year.

#4 Posted by StriderNo9 (1138 posts) -

All of it was just so painful.

#5 Posted by TurboMan (7605 posts) -

@bonorbitz: It was just too safe. Yes, the controller is pretty cool in concept, but so was the Wii-Mote. Nintendo is incredibly single-minded when it comes to software design these days, so when their big announcement for the WiiU was Smash Bros.... I got super angry.

#6 Posted by BrickRoad (704 posts) -

I sometimes wonder what E3 would be like if it wasn't full of awkward and embarrissing moments. Would we enjoy it more or less? I just... can't tell. It's almost like the bad makes the good seem better, a relief of sorts. The WiiU was announced really poorly, people shouldn't be confused about your product after a press conference.  Maybe I'm getting cynical, but nothing at this years E3 made me excited about games.  Skyward sword and PSO2 are the only games I'm actively seeking information about, and PSO2 wasn't even at E3, I think. Despite all this, I'll be watching next year expecting something different. ... Did... I ever tell you the definition of insanity?

#7 Posted by Kjellm87 (1728 posts) -

@TurboMan said:

@bonorbitz: so when their big announcement for the WiiU was Smash Bros.... I got super angry.

I sure didn't. :D

Time to visit the Dojo again.

#8 Edited by BonOrbitz (2216 posts) -

@TurboMan said:

@bonorbitz: It was just too safe. Yes, the controller is pretty cool in concept, but so was the Wii-Mote. Nintendo is incredibly single-minded when it comes to software design these days, so when their big announcement for the WiiU was Smash Bros.... I got super angry.

I think all of the E3 was too safe, but that's the sign of our times. I wouldn't get super angry about SMB being their big announcement because I walked away from the event thinking that Nintendo wanted to focus strictly on third parties when it came to WiiU software (hence the developer interviews and video of Darksiders II, Ninja Gaiden, etc.) and seeing how they weren't all that successful on the Wii in the first place. I'm cool with that because I want them to show more focus on that than first party stuff.

Sure, I was disappointed that we didn't see more first or third party games in action, but that's just because I'm impatient and want information now. As a business they have a plan and timeline in place... Who knows? Maybe they learned something from the 3DS launch and just want to show off some of the WiiU hardware to inspire publishers and build up one hell of a third party launch lineup?

I'm just happy that we're getting another potentially fun system on the way...

Edit: By the way, great video and what timing!

#9 Posted by Winternet (8025 posts) -

You sure did make a video.

#10 Posted by FreakAche (2954 posts) -

LTTP? Link to the Past?

#11 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

Pretty much agree with you dead on, with the exception of Nintendo. It may have been more Zelda, Mario, etc, but I don't think I'll ever become sick of those franchises. The games looked great and the system at least has some interesting possibilities. My only real problem with Nintendo was the lack of release dates for anything. The 3DS still has no games, the Wii is completely dead and the Wii U didn't seem to be past early concept stages. I was also annoyed that they so obviously held back releasing the e-store (that the 3DS badly needed sooner) just so they could hype it at E3 here and their announcement of Smash Brothers was clearly a desperate attempt to say "hey, we have a big announcement! (that we haven't started working on)".

I wasn't really expecting anything huge, but it was a very disappointing show all round. Tomb Raider and Rayman were the standouts for me, they both looked incredible.

#12 Posted by Yanngc33 (4496 posts) -

The kinect children will forever haunt my dreams

#13 Posted by Brake (1105 posts) -
#14 Posted by sushisteve (186 posts) -

I think it's a little disappointing for Reggie to say basically "you guys want us to make new games but you complain if we don't make the old ones again and again, whaddaya want out of us?" A company making the kind of money they do should have more developers than just Miyamoto creating new IPs. The DS showed that Nintendo could get some solid third party support and put out more than just lazy ports.

#15 Posted by maxB (318 posts) -

Dont see how you can say wii u is bad before getting your hands on it, seems like it has potential.

#16 Posted by creiij (65 posts) -
@Yanngc33: Yea, and they will probably be beaten up by other kids just for selling out...
#17 Posted by rmanthorp (4009 posts) -

@ChineseTea said:

You are now a Kotaku article.

Haha no one wants that burden!

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#18 Posted by SockLobster (456 posts) -

Do you even enjoy games?
 
There's more to E3 than the conferences, they are mainly to keep investors happy, fucking deal with it.

#19 Posted by TurboMan (7605 posts) -

@SockLobster said:

Do you even enjoy games?

Absolutely!

I enjoy good games the most!

#20 Posted by sam89 (41 posts) -

@TurboMan

Did you go to E3?

#21 Posted by McQuinn (651 posts) -

"Wii U Fuck U" 
 
Perfect summary 

#22 Posted by Zaxex (591 posts) -

Pretty much agree with everything there, though I don't think exclusives matter as much as you think they do. If you could only play exclusives you'd have slim pickings on any console. Maybe they're a reason to buy a console, but once you have it the multi-platform games represent the vast majority of titles; including in my opinion, the best games.

But yeah; nothing spectacular, I think expectations have to be checked going forwards. Sony have their exclusives, which are probably more numerous than Microsoft's at this point. But they're sequels of IPs that were invented in the early days of the PS3; at this point you know if you like those or not. Couldn't care less about the Vita. Same deal with Nintendo; I bought a Wii and an original DS, I don't play either of them so I won't be buying Nintendo consoles too soon. Microsoft did fuck up a little with the Kinect stuff. Who? Who?! In their right mind thinks the awful, awful acting in those demos or generic gameplay is going to sell people on their products. Maybe I'm overestimating the human species or something. And as much as I like my Xbox 360, Microsoft's insistence that Kinect be implemented in "every genre" is downright ludicrous. And I recently bought a Kinect!

At the end of the day who gives a fuck? Nintendo will make the consoles and handhelds for kids and people who love old games re-delivered. Sony and Microsoft will emphasise their motion controllers, in an effort to beat Nintendo to little avail. The Xbox 360 and PS3 will be around for a while and continue to probably have the best shared selection of games to keep us occupied. The Vita and Wii U will probably be moderately successful and very like those companies' former products. And the PC probably still exists.

Also Assassin's Creed in awesome, despite all this.

#23 Posted by wealllikepie (757 posts) -

great job with the blog jeremy

#24 Posted by EverydayOdyssey (172 posts) -

I love this video. Great job.

#25 Posted by damnboyadvance (4061 posts) -

I think Nintendo is becoming more and more of a joke. Besides the really cheesy, joke of an orchestra at the press conference, they built a system that's more confusing than innovative. Something that nobody really wants. Something that is supposed to be next generation, but barely surpasses the Xbox 360 and PS3. The Wii U isn't even really cool. It's just... dumb. I'm sure not going to buy it, unless Nintendo can hold it up with some quality games that you couldn't get on another console.

#26 Posted by Legend (2659 posts) -

@TurboMan: Holy shit! That video got 350,000+ views on youtube! Did you expect it to get this many hits?

#27 Posted by dudeglove (8020 posts) -

Jesus christ, you're becoming a YouTube star.

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