Psst, your inner nerd is showing. That's about right whenever you hear that E3 is abuzz and goosebumps soon cover your arms. It's a nerd nirvana and since it's decision to make it an industry only event in 2007, the videogame-starved public just have to look at the media to deliver all the news that happen so far. Currently E3 (the Electronics Entertainment Expo) is running until Thursday and we're half way into what they had to offer. So much from the big three's press conferences (Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft) and so little time to soak all that it is, so I'll just write in about some of what I thought was the biggest highlights from each of the major keynotes.
As far as Microsoft goes, to have exclusive rights for Left 4 Dead 2 is good and all, but didn't quite wow me at least enough to warrant it being an exclusive. At least not as much as Forza 3 did during it's demo. Racing haven't looked so good since the last time I was at the track. Fast cars, smooth graphics, and drifting; man there's a lot of drifting. Pretty bad ass in my opinion. Also a big shock was the non-exclusity of Final Fantasy XIII, so that really brings in the question whether I should get a 360 or a PS3 for my next console of choice, since I currently own a Wii as far as current generation consoles are concerned. What I was shocked at was all the star power that Microsoft tried to put into their presentation; Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr coming out to introduce Beatles Rock Band. Holy poop-on-a-stick the two remaining members of the Beatles, needless to say that was EPIC!!! But in all efforts, not much but a lot of glitz and glamor, and them trying to spawn off of motion detection sensor for the 360 as well, way to walk on Nintendo's ankles for that one. Oh, and the new Halo games were pretty sweet as well, especially Reach, just saying.
Playstation goes for broke with having an exclusive Metal Gear game for the PS3 but no Snake in the game, kinda skeptical on that one in my opinion, but if they can pull it off well than kudos for them. Playstation also trying to capitalize on motion sensoring controls as well (but that even pales in comparison to what Microsoft was trying to do). As far as additional gaming, they decided to make two big Final Fantasy announcements: 1) Final Fantasy VII available as a download at their online store for the PSP and 2) Final Fantasy XIV; another MMORPG and to be released shortly after FF XIII comes out for the PS3. Why make another MMO Square-Enix, haven't you learned your lesson from FF XI? But Sony wasn't out of tricks yet, they came out (offically) with a new version of the PSP called PSP Go. God of War 3 was also a good showing for their press conference as well with showing actual gameplay looking pretty intense.
Nintendo, the name says it all from the casual gamer, to the hardcore gamer, to those who don't even know what the hell a videogame is (and for that one, where were you ever since circa 1973). The giant came out swinging (literally) with an advancement for it's WiiMote demoing their Wii Motion Plus, an attachment for the WiiMote to respond better to more actively intensive games, by playing the sequel to the best selling game of all time Wii Sports Resort and Red Steel 2. Nintendo also going back to it's roots barraged with an onslaught of Mario titles for both it's Wii and DS library. A remake of Super Mario Bros. for the Wii is slated to be available this holiday season which has 4 player co-op, but doesn't mention of any online compatibility. But for the most badass showing for Nintendo has to be the new Metroid, Other M, slated to be released in 2010 is action packed and very obscure on where the story line has our femme fatale heroine Samus Aran in this epic.
That's it as far as games are concerned, but I just wanna emphesize on the many, many different ways that are out there. Since I mentioned earlier, E3 is an industry event where the players who work in the industry come and gather for showing off their new goods. We, having to just rely on our own devices, have various means to view such greatness even though we're not on the showroom floor. I mean theirs various different videogame trade mediums out there such as screwattack.com, 1up.com, G4, Spike, hell even CNN and my local news outlet were covering snippets of the event. No matter where you are, you're gonna know about E3, unless you're in a cave on a deserted island in the middle of the ocean surrounded by a ring of volcanic faults that are ready to erupt and sink said pathetic island to the sea with the slightest mention of E3. It's every-friggin-where and you can't stop it. And the best part, there still two more days of it. That's nerd nirvana for ya.
BootLeG sampler.. Signing out...