June 16, 2013
Thoughts On E3: Games
This year’s E3 saw the reveal of a ton of great games, and an interesting turn of events in the conference halls. This is a blogging website so, what the heck, I’m gonna blog about what I thought of the games announced and featured at E3.
Just to preface, if you’re not aware of what E3 is, it’s a gaming expo where all the largest developers and companies in the industry hold press conferences and show off their new titles and consoles on the show floor.
Where do I start? I think I’ll go with Nintendo first since they have the smallest amount of games coming out for their system anytime soon. I’m really excited for Sonic Lost Worlds on the Wii U and 3DS, and I’ll probably be one of the four people that buys it for the Wii U. Of course, they announced a new Super Smash Bros. game for the Wii U. But this time, surprisingly, they’re also releasing a 3DS version. This will be the first Smash Bros. on a handheld system. New characters abound in this Smash Bros., including the Wii Fit Trainer, the Villager from Animal Crossing, and finally, after all these years, Mega Man will be playable in the newest Smash Bros. Also, Bayonetta 2 is a thing, which makes me happy.
Next, I guess I’ll look at Xbox 360 & Xbox One (not to be confused with the original Xbox) exclusives. The coolest thing that I saw in Xbox’s conference this year was Project Spark. Basically, this game is a simplified, while still deeply complex, integrated development environment (it lets you make games easy). Players have unlimited ability to make whatever kind of game they want by being able to program different objects and characters with different “brains” or A.I. programming that gives them different abilities and objectives. Halo 5 (just referred to as ‘Halo’ in the trailer) was featured with a brief trailer of Master Chief trekking across a desert in an awesome Jedi cloak. Also, in other pretty awesome news, Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, and Titanfall are coming to the Xbox One as exclusives.
P.S. Still not buying the console.
So, PS4 exclusives… honestly, PlayStation didn’t announce a lot of exclusives at their conference. Instead, they decided to feature gameplay from titles that were already in development for multiple consoles. PS4 this time around will be the home to several more indie developer titles such as Secret Ponchos, Transistor, and Don’t Starve. Other notable PS3 exclusives include Killzone: Shadow Fall, and inFamous: Second Son.
Okay, now for the multiplatform releases. Finally, in Sony’s conference, Kingdom Hearts 3 was announced for PS4, but it has been confirmed to also be released on Xbox One, which is out of character for Kingdom Hearts, known for its one system releases. Square Enix will also be releasing Final Fantasy XV (formerly Final Fantasy Versus XIII) for Xbox One and PS4. Also, former Halo developer Bungie’s new multi-platform MMO shooter Destiny was highlighted in Sony’s conference, and it looks amazing. In a surprising turn of events, The Elder Scrolls: Online will also be coming to Xbox One and PS4 as well as PC. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, a third-person action game will be coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360. For other notable announcements, Mirror’s Edge 2, a new Star Wars Battlefront, Assassin’s Creed IV, and Battlefield 4 are all coming to PS4 and Xbox One.
This year’s E3 was chock full of titles I’m stoked to see and play, and the return of many franchises that haven’t seen the light in a while.
How did E3 this year compare to previous shows? Leave a comment, tell me what you think!
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