So, I'm going to do a short roundup of E3, with my take on some stuff. This won't be doing anything differently from everyone else doing the same thing, but I'll try to make it short and sweet.
-Nintendo had the best presser, bar none. Don't call me a fanboy, but I may have to sell my first born child and my soul to Nintendo for not only giving a glasses-free 3D platform, but putting Starfox, Kid Icarus, Metal Gear, Ocarina of Time, Street Fighter, on that platform. I don't even own a Wii, but Reggie had me really excited for Kirby's Epic Yarn and the next Donkey Kong game. I haven't even mentioned that we had a new Zelda in there as well.
-However, Sony's press conference did not disappoint me. Killzone 3 looked gorgeous in 3D, despite the fact I'll never buy a 3D TV, the addition of Kevin Butler and his new sidekick Marcus was quite amusing, and of course, Portal 2 coming to PS3 with Steamworks has me quite excited for PS3 games to experience the awesome that is Steam. However, I was quite disappointed with Sony not mentioning Last Guardian or giving any time whatsoever either in the press conference or otherwise to the upcoming Persona 3 reboot on PSP. P3 is one of my favorite RPG's, and I was quite disappointed to not hear anything about the PSP release until yesterday when I saw a listing on Amazon.
-Microsoft has lost me. I understand they want the casual market with Kinect, but I don't think most of Microsoft's target audience even knows what Kinect is. Not to mention the fact that telling your average soccer mom or grandparent about Kinect in the first place will freak them out because the technology involved in the device seems intimidating. (I've tried this with my family) However, I was very excited to see Bulletstorm, which looks like a great relief from the current state of shooters. I'm not much of a Gears fan, so I can't really give an objective opinion of Gears 3's showing, but I'm interested to see what Epic can do with the Unreal 4 engine and the 4 player story co-op. The way Microsoft used Kinect in the press conference didn't really make sense to me, I mean, I don't know anyone who uses their 360 for chat or social networking, especially not video chat. What really made me cringe, however, was the ESPN segment. Who is going to want to watch sports on their 360 when they can watch regular ESPN programming on cable, or TiVo? If Microsoft wanted to do this, they should have put this as a press release pre-E3 or sometime after, because I honestly could not care less about sports trivia on my console, or watching sports on it. The only sport I watch is baseball, and I've got an MLB.com account for that. I don't need ESPN on my 360. I think it was a complete waste of time that MS could be talking about how their going to actually give a shit about PC gamers in the future.
-Something that surprised me about Nintendo's 3DS showing was that the new Pokemon games were not available to play. Pokemon has been a consistent Nintendo cash cow, with millions of fans, (myself included) I'm surprised that they didn't show Black/White on 3DS. From the screenshots I've seen of Black/White, 3D would work quite well.
A quick list of games I'm excited about from E3:
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Rock Band 3
Kid Icarus 3DS
Portal 2 (On the subject of Valve, where the hell is my Engineer update?)
Dead Space 2
Ocarina of Time 3DS
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Donkey Kong Country sequel (I can't remember the title)
Child of Eden
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (The game itself is meh for me, but I'm interested to see how multiplayer works)
One last thought: I'm hoping Kevin Butler and Marcus the PSP spokeskid get some kind of flash game made after them. I'd play it.