Did we all enjoy E3? I did apart from a few two minor complaints about the live streaming cutting out frequently, and the spam on the chat which seemingly nothing was done about, of course it's always easier to be critical than to give praise and the coverage of E3 this year was, as usual from Gamespot, perfect with a great mix of games on show (it is just a shame though that the publishers/developers were showing very little footage and were in some cases simply re-showing what we may have seen during the 1st and 2nd day conferences).Of course there were so many good things about E3 that they far out weigh the couple of bad things, and this year's E3 was as good as many expected, and wow what a selection of games.
It's amazing really, even though the emphasis does seem to be on sequels, HD versions of old games, etc, that when there are new IP's there's usually something we'd not be expecting (like Watch_Dogs and Beyond: Two Souls).For me as a gamer and someone that's been gaming for nearly 30 years (nearer 28 to be honest as my first gaming experience was probably on the ZX-81 when I was 9 or 10) I never get bored of gaming but then it's not something really that seems to ever get stale. I mean of the current generation of consoles I only own a PS3 but there are enough new games and console exclusive IP's to keep me coming back time and again to that little charcoal colored hunk of plastic, wires, circuits, etc (and the same is true for all you X-Box360 and Wii owners.
And that's kind of the sense I got with two games I saw at E3, The Last Of Us, and Watch_Dogs.
Watch_Dogs (http://uk.gamespot.com/watch-dogs/platform/ps3/) was unexpected, it looks like one of those games you hear nothing about, it arrives, and your hooked straight away while still not knowing much about it (always the sign of a good game?), from what we've all seen though not surprised how popular it seems to have been as one of the main highlights of E3, like many I'll be watching out for it next year and hopefully finances permitting making it a first day purchase.
Another first day purchase is going to be The Last Of Us (http://uk.gamespot.com/the-last-of-us/) a game I've been aware of since before the official announcement (well it was all over the internet for days before, sure someone somewhere lost their jobs for that). There are so many good things about this game, the fact it's by a company I really like in Naughty Dog from Crash Bandicoot through to Uncharted they seem one of the few publishing houses we can trust not to try ripping us off like some *cough* EA *cough*, and they make bloody good games, etc, etc. The video at E3 seemed to just show what they'd been saying about your companion being able to help you if you got in trouble with enemies and the AI being really good, the graphics and game play though look so good
I suppose the only possible problem is the papers who will no doubt wrongly say it is too violent (we all know what the British media is like lol), ignoring the fact that it's probably more realistic in it's violence and lessgratuitousthan many other games which, of course the British Press never let such things as actual facts get in the way of a good story so don't be surprised if there are at least one or two articles in certain tabloid papers between now and release.
There was so many other games too, the new Medal Of Honor game (I may be in the minority that really enjoyed the re-birth of the series 2 years ago, maybe it was too easy but it was a bloody good first person shooter even if there were aspects that could have been done better), Splinter Cell Blacklist, Beyond: Two Souls (I loved Heavy Rain, may not have been great and relied too much on quick time events but hopefully Quantic Dreams will learn from that game and this will be as good as it really does look). Like many I'm unemployed so have to manage my money carefully so hopefully will get a job soon to allow me to put some away for games (or I'll sell stuff I simply no longer need) so on the one hand have other priorities which leave me less and less time for playing games on my PS3 or console, but as a gamer I'm looking forward to this forthcoming year as it has the potential to be as good a year as 2011 was.