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Well E3 2008 has officially ended now we can take in all of upcoming announcements from the big three Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. Here are my thoughts about the conference and good and bad of each Company.
Let’s begin with announcements made for the Wii. Animal Crossing: Cityfolk looked magnificent and will utilize Nintendo Wiispeak Voice Communication. Nintendo has thrown its hat into the music ring with a demo of the exciting looking Wii Music. Another game announced with a Nintendo device was a sequel to the very fun Wii Sports, Wii Sports: Resort. Resort will use the new Wii MotionPlus device, an add-on that will allow for more precise WiiMote controls. A surprise announcement that was revealed for the DS was that Rockstar will be bringing its flagship franchise to Nintendo with Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, bringing some much needed credibility to mature gamers who see the system as being for kids only.
Nintendo’s conference was a lot more laid back than usual with no major announcements aside from Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and the new Wii accessories. The company disclosed no news on their flagship franchises, Mario and Zelda, only that the teams are hard at work on new titles. Considering that games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero will be utilizing downloadable content for the Wii there were no discussions of a storage device and not a whisper about WiiWare.
PS3 will have a price drop as the the 80 GB will retail for $399.99 USD in September 2008. Playstation Home was teased again bringing together the Playstation Network with games, content, and social networking. The company also announced that the PSN video delivery service would begin later (midnight) after the company’s conference with content ready for download including movies and TV shows straight to their PS3 and then copy it to a PSP. The company has already formed partnerships with many studios including, Sony Pictures, MGM, Lion’s Gate, and Warner Bros. Another feature on the PS3 will be the ability to capture footage from your game and send it to YouTube. A few of the games announced included Resistance Retribution , Star Wars Force Unleashed, and Madden NFL 09, all for the PSP. Among the game highlights revealed for the PS3 included Little Big Planet, a God of War 3 teaser trailer, DC Universe Online, and Infamous . DC Universe Online will allow players to create their own supervillian or superhero and fight alongside or against the heroes and villains of the DC Universe. While MAG, an MMO, can have up to 256 players with 8 players squads as the players character grow through three levels to become the best soldier to lead their squad..
After months and months hearing about the avatars and trophies to rival the achievements list of Xbox Live, Home still hasn’t been released and there still is no tentative release date for it. Sony has done all it can to continue being the best with its all-around mainstream media approach to the video service and exclusivity with third party vendors but now that appears to be dwindling with Final Fantasy XIII also being released for Xbox 360. Finally, Sony lacked a truly huge announcement when it came to new games. Sure, they gave us a teaser of God of War 3 but, in the grand scheme of what Sony usually brings to E3, that is nothing. Maybe because E3 came on the heels of the success of Metal Gear Solid 4 they didn’t feel the need to release any spectacular news or rumors about upcoming titles.
Now because of all the news, announcements, and demos Microsoft rolled out, I might leave out a few things, but that’s why the internet created links. Microsoft had an impressive amount of intel at the conference that excited and surprised many. Fallout 3 was presented with impressive gameplay footage and an interesting teaser trailer. The game will include downloadable content, but no details were given exactly what that would entail. A playable demo of Resident Evil 5 was shown with the team-up mechanic on display and news that there would be online co-op gameplay included with the title. A very detailed and cinematic trailer of Fable 2 was shown for the audience with a detailed environment. It was revealed that the game will have co-op gameplay online, the ability to get married, have a home, and make real decisions that affect everything in the world. Gears of War inpressive demo, with the announcement that a new mode multiplayer was announced, as Horde will allow up to five players to take on horde after horde of enemies.
The Xbox 360’s main screen will no longer consist of simple sliding screens on its user interface, as the user interface will be getting a major overhaul. No longer will gamercards be the norm as Microsoft has announced Avatars, channels and “live party” for chats and games. Xbox Live Primetime was also announced and will be coming to system this fall. Its a cross between web 2.0 and videogames. The first release for Primetime will be 1 vs. 100. Other Xbox live goodies that will eventually arrive include, Geometry Wars 2: Retro Evolved, Galaga Legions, and Portal: Still Alive will come with new achievements and levels this fall. The company also announced a new television and movie partners with NBC and Universal, so now you can see every Scrubs or Monk episode you may have missed. Aside from the new partnership with NBC, Microsoft will also have a new media partnership with Netflix. Debuting this fall, Live subscribers with a Netflix subscription will be able to access its entire library through their 360 console for no additional cost. Finally, the big shocker of the entire conference is that Final Fantasy XII has a new home on the 360. Gone is the exclusivity of Sony and welcome the possibility of more Square Enix (cough*Kingdom Hearts 3*cough) or other third party games making their way to the Xbox 360. The fellas at Microsoft even threw it in Sony’s face that they lost it.
I only wish Microsoft didn't keep Bungie quiet about there upcomming game they are working. Inside sources believe they pulled it seconds before Microsoft Keynote.
Microsoft by a wide margin. Microsoft clearly came into this conference to prove that it could not only be a video game entertainment system with a heavy load of upcoming games but also a mass-appeal, mainstream entity that will pull in hardcore gamers and the casual family crowd