as far as the ratings from the E3 convention goes.
Game Informer (in my opinon) is one of the most objective, fair and trusted review sources out there for a long time. I've been reading them since I can remember. (many years ago, lol) There are just a few things I would like to go over that I wanted to talk about.
Game Informer Ratings:
Microsoft E3 Report Card: B
Playstation 3 E3 Report Card: B-
Nintendo Wii Report Card: D
Now, I want to talk about why (being a 360 fangirl) I may actually purchase a PS3 in the near future and still refuse to buy a Nintendo Wii. This will be a biased post so be prepared. I won't discuss the 360 as I am already biased towards it and just think they rule the world and all people in it (rolls eyes).
First off, the Playstation 3. I will concede one area to Sony, controllers... they have 360 beat in that area with the D-Pad alone. However, that's not a convincing reason to be the factor in deciding to purchase their system. In an interview with Shuhei Yoshida - President, Sony Worldwide Studios, Game Informer asks him many questions but the one that stood out was this:
Q: "Do you have any philosophical differences with the previous head of Sony's worldwide studios, Phil Harrison?"
A: "I don't think we have philosophical differences, but he was more pushing for that vision of, "Yeah let's go to the mass market. Let's make the games simple, easy and fun from a European standpoint." and we were more - I was head of U.S. Developement - more focused on conventional, core gamers' games."
Simple, Easy and Fun doesn't necessary equal a great game and I couldn't agree with Mr. Yoshida more. I believe that with the departure of Phil Harrison (which was a good thing for Sony) the company can get the "ball rolling again" and start making games that appeal to the core gamer market for Sony. I've never really cared for Sony and have always loved my 360 but after reading this I realized that Sony really does want to compete. Now they have a different vision and I think we will start seeing some great and epic games coming on their system.
Q: "What is your opinion on Square bringing the formerly Sony exclusive Final Fantasy XIII to the Xbox 360?"
A: "From a business standpoint, that's something that people have expected because of the effort it takes to make a big title like that. They must have pressure from stockholders to recoup as much money as possible. But I'm curious how they will do a Final Fantasy game for the 360 They might have to do a three- or four disc set. And personally, I was the account manager for SquareSoft when they started working on Final Fantasy VII, so I have some personal attachment to that franchise and that team..."
Another thing I found interesting was that Mr. Yoshida felt a personal connection to the series as well. I can agree with his point of view, Sony has had Final Fantasy for many years and this one game (FF XIII) that could have pushed them over the top and perhaps put the pressure on Microsoft went multi-platform and instead stole some of Sony's thunder. Granted, Microsoft may truly have to create FF XIII with a 3 to 4 disc set however, it will be done and people will buy it regardless. It's smart business to not restrict a title like this to one console. However, I can understand Mr. Yoshida's feelings, it's almost that of being robbed or having something taken away from you.
However, this is a mature man talking about the situation. Unfortunately "fanboyism" clouds the minds of countless gamers and they all take to the forums and yell and cry about how FF XIII was stolen from them.
To quote a line from one my favorite movies of all time: (to the fanboys) "It's not personal Sonny, it's just Business." (Godfather, Part I)
So stop your crying, you are still getting the game. I'll concede the fact that it will probably look beautiful on the PS3 but we're still getting it too so shush.
So after reading the entire Q & A section I really felt like Sony realized what they needed to do now to be a true competitor. Perhaps the greatness that Sony once was in the past will return again with this man at the helm.
Am I convinced enough to buy a PS3? Let's just say I am "seriously" thinking about it.
(Article Credit: Game Informer Magazine, Issue #185)
Part II - Nintendo's Q & A Session.
I think their conference was dismal and to me they failed their core gaming market, but oh wait. They aim for casual gamers! Leaving core gamers behind, a smart move? I think not.
Questions, I have for Nintendo
"Ok, so where do you all go from here?"
"How long do you intend to ride the wave of casual gaming and start making serious core titles, (Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Mario Galaxy not withstanding, because you can't talk to a Nintendo fanboy with out them throwing these two and only these two titles out there as a shield.) for the core gamers?"
"Honestly Nintendo, what else do you have to offer?"To be continued...