Wow . . . Was E3 awesome or what? I personally was very happy with E3, there were TONS of good games shown, and GameSpot in particular gave us an in-depth look at all the upcoming titles that I am looking forward too, so that was really cool.
This E3 was a hectic time for me as I was busy with my web-site partner posting as many articles as we could possibly get done onto www.videogamesblogger.com, and man was that a lot!
It paid off too, the second day of E3 was our best, with our site garnering 26,000 visitors and we posted a whopping 30 articles! Just for comparison sake, a typical day has us doing 8 to 10 articles, so we effectively did triple the amount of work! But our visitor numbers raised by 4,000 in a day, so it worked out quite well! :D
I also posted my long delayed review for the Xbox version of Fatal Frame. It's up on the site now and I think it looks REALLY nice with all the pictures, videos and artwork. I had to do extra duty to get all that stuff and so I'm quite proud of it. I think it looks excellent. If it's not on the frontpage then you can still access it easily under the "EZ Review Links" page on the left sidebar.
So what games did I most enjoy seeing at E3? Well nothing was really much of a surprise. As far as the press conferences go, Microsoft's was actually my favorite, cause, as PrincessZelda said, they showed off the most games that I am totally looking forward too.
Such as: Mass Effect, Rock Band, Halo Wars (looks awesome even though I'm not a Halo fan), Dynasty Warriors: GUNDAM (looks sweet), Stranglehold, Lost Odyssey (JAW DROPPING! I can't wait for this game!), Resident Evil 5 (Big surprise, wasn't expecting this and while I still don't quiteunderstandwhatitwillplaylike, it definitely got my attention), Grand Theft Auto IV (first GTA I'm actually thinking I'll play), Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (looks insane), Assassin's Creed (Nuff said, plus check my myspace blog out to read about how I'm in love with Jade Raymond! :D But what gamer nerd isn't?), Scene It (Always wanted to try this . . .), Too Human (Can't wait!), Bioshock (looks good), and there's a ton of little titles that don't stick in my mind but if I saw them on the shelf or on Marketplace I'd probably pick them up. Oh, and the Disney deal, SWEET. I love Disney, and since some oftheold animated movies are hard to come by, having them on Marketplace for download is a great idea, as is getting every upcoming Disney movie. Smart move by them.
Nintendo: Their conference was majorly disappointing. They showed off Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, which looked like the best Zelda since Link to the Past! I was majorly impressed with it and I can't wait to get it. I was less impressed with their showing of Metroid Prime 3, which didn't look like anything special although I know it definitely will be! I was obviously taken by surprise at the announcement of Mario Kart Wii and glad that they are bringing it online, but the footage didn't do anything for me. Looked like Mario Kart, def. fun. They're online explanation wasn't convincing at all, and the video they played during the intro was hilarious and awesome . . . Until they showed it again . . . then again . . . and again . . . and once more just to put the nail in the coffin. Worst decision EVER.
Did you see how everyone cheered at first?! They were so ready to love on Nintendo and Nintendo just squashed those dreams with their overabundance of "Wii love ourselves!" videos and a super, super boring, long and drawn out numbers speech. I was impressed with the Wii Zapper and thought it was and is a very cool peripheral, I'll definitely be getting one. But come on, it could look better than a piece of plastic that they'll be selling for $20. TheSuperSmashBros. Brawl footage did nothing for me and of course, the whole of Nintendom let out a collective "SIGH" when Nintendo failed to drop ANY bombs and failed utterly to give us the two things we most wanted (and expected), Sonic as a playable character in Smash and that Brawl would be online. Stupid, STUPID move. And then there was Wii Fit . . . I love it. I think it's great. Ingenious even. I'll be getting one. But I'm sorry if it didn't get me so super excited. Was it fun, light-hearted and pure Nintendo? It was, but regardless Nintendo had no big announcements (I do think the upcoming Touch Generation titles sounded cool though and long overdue for US release) and hardly anything new . . . I give it a big MEH. But regardless, they still DO have a lot of upcoming games I can't wait for and will DEFINITELY be buying. Such as the ones mentioned above (Super Smash Bros. Brawl, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Super Mario Galaxy which I forgot to mention and Wii Fit and the Wii Zapper game collection, whatever it will be). Which is plenty actually. But still a weak press conference.
Sony: I missed the very beginning of this conference so I have yet to see Patapon. I was unimpressed with the PSP "redesign"
but I haven't bought one yet so it's all the better for me and I thought it was a good move on their part. New colors was definitely
a good move, though I'll probably get something other than black. Echochrome looked mind-blowing! So simple yet so complex! This shows just how good Sony is at making games and innovating, they really are just as good as Nintendo when you think
about it. Infamous looked really cool. I think the NC Soft thing was a big deal, and although they don't have a huge number of games I am looking forward too, they do have some very cool exclusives, like Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Ratchet & Clank: Future Tools of Destruction, Lair, Warhawk, Heavenly Sword, which looks a lot better than I thought it did initially, I'm now looking forward to it (I wasn't before) and of course, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, which looks amazing (I actually would rather get it for 360. Bwa ha ha ha hah!).
As for other games that I got to see, well there were a ton of them but unfortuneatly they all slip my mind when I'm trying to think of them, lol. Isn't that always the case? But if you go through my wish list . . . Well actually, I'll go ahead and consult my E3 2007 Page at my web-site to see what games I'm looking forward too.
. . . and there's lots! Brace yourself!
Guitar Hero III looks great, I'll probably buy it for 360 (Rock Band too), Spider-Man Friend or Foe looked cool and it's a neat idea, Tony Hawk's Proving Ground looked impressive even though I'm not a fan. The Witcher looks AMAZING. I'd like to play it if I had a nice enough computer. Godzilla Unleashed looks great. The GCN version was fun so I'll probably get this version. All of Atlus' games look interesting and fun (Dragladen, Ontamarama, Persona 3, Touch Detective 2 ½, Trauma Center: New Blood), I'm totally looking forward to Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles (I love the emphasis on story), Dark Sector impressed me
def. looks fun and cool. Dragon Blade for Wii looks great, about time we had a Devil May Cry-****action game for the Wii. Turok looks FREAKIN' INCREDIBLE! That's easily one of my top 5 most anticipated upcoming titles. Age of Conan is an online title I might buy if I played MMORPG's and Conan the Barbarian also looks AMAZING. I'll definitely be trying that out.
From EA: Blocks looked fun to me, Crysis looks as incredible as ever and I'd buy that if I had a good PC, Hellgate London impressed me, looked a million times better than last year. I can't wait for My Sims! Looks SO CUTE! Smarty Pants looks like a totally fun party/trivia game that I'd definitely like to try out with a group of friends (Jasmine please play with me! :P), The Simpsons Game looks like LOTS of fun! I was totally taken aback by how innovative it is. They are really mixing genres and it looked totally unique! I'm not even a Simpsons fan (at all) and I would buy this game!
Demenitum: The Ward is TOTALLY one of the games I'm gonna buy for DS. I love Silent Hill and this game looks amazing. Being able to write on the screen to solve puzzles is such a freakin' cool idea. Can't wait to get this. And on that note, Silent Hill Origins looks great. I'll definitely be picking it up when I get a PSP. As for Silent Hill 5 . . . Meh. I need to see more on the game, but the teaser totally did not tease me. And hopefully that was only place-holder voice acting. But I'm sure the Konami team won't let us down. It gives me chills to think what the Silent Hill team can do with next gen graphics!
As for other GameCock titles (of which Dementium is one they are publishing), Fury sounds GREAT. A fast-paced almost fighting game (but with magic) like MMO, I'd definitely like to try it out. I think it's free too. :D Legendary: The Box looks
FANTASTIC. The trailer blew me away. And it amazes me that no one has really done a FPS against mythical creatures . . . only monsters. No griffins and such so it definitely looks uniqe. So I can't wait to see more of this game. Mushroom Men is intriguing . . . but I need to know more about it.
Koei's Fatal Inirtia didn't impress me, BUT I'm sure it'll be a fun game. It's something I might randomly pick up years down the road since I love me some action racing titles (F-Zero, Extreme-G, Mario Kart, etc.). Star Wars: The Force Unleashed definitely impressed me and it's the first Star Wars game I'm actually looking forward too. The trailer was awesome.
For Microsoft, I forgot to mentionMistwalker's Blue Dragon, which I definitely want to get when I buy a Xbox 360. The PC version of Gears of War also impressed me. That fight was awesome! Viva Pinata: Party Animals is a smart idea and that trailer made me laugh, so it wasn't too shabby at all and I think they could make a cool party game of it. Looked fun.
Unreal Tournament 3 looked in-freakin'-CREDIBLE! I couldn't believe my eyes. It looks as good as Crysis. Not only that though, it looks SUPER, SUPER, SUPER FUN! I definitely would like to get it, and I've never been a PC gamer or Unreal Tournament fan. But how can you deny something that looks THAT good?!
For Nintendo I somehow forgot to mention Super Mario Galaxy, which looks AMAZING! Definitely better than Super Mario Sunshine.
It looks totally unique, innovative and, best of all, imaginative! And of course, how can you deny the total awesomeness of BEE MARIO!!!!!!!!! You can't! You must be the bee! 8)
Going down the list. Namco: I'll definitely be picking up Beautiful Katamari. My inclination is to get it for the Wii since I think that'll be great, but I think it's a really good fit on 360 too, although only as a download . . . I forget if it's coming to retail. If it is, then I'll probably get the Wii version instead. I didn't see Culdcept SAGA at the show but I've seen it before and I'll definitely like to get it. Monopoly crossed with Magic is a great idea, and the fact that it's online is ingenious. Plus I have a friend who LOVES the PS2 version but rarely can find someone to play with him, so this will make him happy! :D Eternal Sonata looks fun, if standard. Soul Calibur 4 didn't do anything for me and I never was a big fan of Soul Calibur, but I'll probably get it anyway. Soul Calibur: Legendslooks awesome! I can't wait to play it, I think it's about time we got a true sword-swinging action game on the Wii. Looks really fun and I can't wait to get it. I think it'll do wonders for the Wii too.
Surprisingly, NCsoft has several titles I'm looking forward too. Aion has a really cool concept, basically an MMO with "angels", if you will. Fantasy setting, cool art **** and you can literally fly around! Very neat. Tabula Rasa impressed me last year, and so I'm still looking forward to it. Even though I'm not an MMORPG player, I would definitely like to get into it sometime and this title looks as good as any. Impresses with it's fast-paced third-person shooter feel and sci-fi design. Lastly, I got a glimpse of Dungeon Runners and it seemed cool.
Sega of course has Nights:JourneyofDreams for Wii and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, both of which look interesting. I'll probably pick one, if not both up (definitely both eventually). Universe At War looks cool, and it's great that they finally brought the 360 version of Virtua Fighter 5 online.
Sierra has Geometry Wars: Galaxies for Wii, which I'm definitely getting since I haven't played the Xbox 360 version. Plus it'll just be funner on the Wii I think. The new Spyro doesn't look too shabby. Timeshift looks INCREDIBLE. My jaw dropped and it's improved ten-fold over E3 2006. I definitely think I'll pick it up despite not being a heavy shooters fan.
Square of course has a glut of games I'm looking forward too: Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates (Wii), Final Fantasy II: Anniversary (PSP), both Dragon Quest: Joker (DS) andDragonQuest Swords (Wii) sound fun, Front Mission DS and The Last Remnant.
For Sony, I was unimpressed with Killzone 2, even though it has really great graphics. It does nothing for me. Pursuit Force 2 sounds like an even better game than the first one, which I would've gotten if I had a PSP.
Dead or Alive Online was a crazy Tecmo announcement (A PC MMO Fighting Game apparently exclusive to China, though I bet they'll bring it elsewhere eventually) and I'm still looking forward to Ninja Gaiden: Sigma, despite not having played Ninja Gaiden Black yet. :P
And . . .OMG, have I reached the end? Well there are still even more games out there (I didn't see Devil May Cry 4 at the show, and it looks pretty amazing). So as everyone knows, there are a bajillion great upcoming games. But like most people, I probably will be sticking to the major ones, and probably Nintendo seeing as how I doubt I'll have a 360 or PS3 (hahahahaha) in time for the holidays (course, I may get another one for the holidays outside of Wii.
OH! I forgot to mention one of my most anticipated upcoming DS games . . . PAINT BY DS!!!!!!!!!! If you haven't seen it check it out at my web-site or here at GS (although they don't have much, but they do have screenshots). Yay for coloring! I love coloring, this game actually reminded me that I want to get some crayons so I can color! Hee hee hee *giggles like a little girl*
And so that is all! Thank you for reading whoever takes the time to actually consume this glut of text. Take care, and GAME ON!