Thoughts on E3

Going into E3, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Surely motion controls would be huge there, and I'm kinda on the fence about them. I don't have the automatic rage response that some people seem to, but on the other hand I haven't seen much that actually sells me on the concept. Or rather, much that sets the Kinect or Move apart from what we already have. As always, my main goal was games, both new releases and more info on games we already knew about.
 
And so, coming from that perspective, E3 2010 was a bit of a mixed bag. The big winner for me seems to be the 3DS. The original DS had a vast library of good games, and it looks like they're continuing that. Hell, they're remaking Ocarina of Time! Hell, Atlus is making Persona and Shin Megami Tensei games for it! That alone sells me on the concept, and in addition to that there's a lot of other games backing it up. By all accounts the 3D gimmick actually works and may in fact add to games. Color me surprised! Plus Nintendo had Skyward Sword which, technical glitches aside, looks interesting. And Kirby's Epic Yarn looks pretty rad too, digging that art style. Kirby and Kid Icarus are two franchises that I've never really played much of, so they don't bring the nostalgia factor, but they look intriguing nonetheless.
 
Sony's conference was a bit less exciting. Portal 2 was super awesome, and the Steam support is a pleasant surprise. Also Dead Space 2 continues to look great. Kevin Butler was good, Infamous 2 looked good, but apart from those, there wasn't a huge amount to get hyped over. Move continues to have me on the fence. Has potential, but haven't seen anything that really sells me on it yet. So that's a wait and see for me.
 
Microsoft was...well...it kinda sucked. Kinect doesn't look interesting to me at all, apart from that sweet futuristic interface, and apart that most of they games they showed we we already knew about, like Halo Reach or Gears of War 3. They continue to not do anything for me. Although the demo for Metal Gear Solid Rising was pretty neat. Loved the sword action. 
 
Apart from that, there were a few smaller games that caught my eye, like Journey, El Shaddai, or Rock of Ages. Wish Bioware had announced a Mass Effect or Dragon Age game, but I suppose it might have been a bit too early to hope for that.
 
But seriously, new Shin Megami Tensei? New Persona games? More Ocarina of Time? Games of show, right there.

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