In what I'm sure will be one of dozens of E3 press conference impressions blogs, I am going to share some of my thoughts after watching the "Big Three:" Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony strut their stuff on stage over the past two days.
Granted, I may not have the consoles for most of the games I will be talking about, but that doesn't mean I can't be just as excited about them as other people, so bear with me here…
--I was thrilled to see even the smallest of teaser trailers for the South Park XBLA game. I literally squealed when it appeared.
--Need for Speed continues with Undercover – I look forward to learning more about this one, as NfS is one of my favorite franchises, no matter how overdone some people may think it has become.
--Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise – After watching the TV show a few times, I have developed a fond appreciation for these little guys. The original game is one I definitely want to play, and this is no different. My attention was especially caught by the piñata card feature that seems to resemble Eye of Judgment, in that you hold a piñata card up to a camera, and voila – instant in-game version.
--Midnight Club: Los Angeles – This is one I am mildly interested in. I had fun with the first game back on the PS2, but even though the racing there was fun, my main source of entertainment instead came from slamming into pedestrians and watching the ragdoll physics send them 20 feet into the air. Well that, along with the female pedestrian in the London section of the game that would scream all sorts of gibberish when you got close to her, gibberish that would send me into giggling fits that would last for long stretches of time. Seriously, there would be times that my mother and I would be crying from laughter after listening to this particular stretch of sound effects, but that's just my being easily amused, I guess.
--Fable 2 – While I heard a lot of positives about the original Fable, I also heard just as many (if not more) negatives, with most of those negatives concerning unfulfilled promises on the part of Peter Molyneux. However, this is one that (barring any unforeseen circumstances) will be appearing at Gen Con next month, so I was really excited to see that the demo of the game appeared to be a lot of fun. I definitely look forward to getting my hands on this one come August.
--Pokémon Ranger sequel mentioned – I think the five year old inside of me just jumped for joy. ;)
--Animal Crossing: City Folk – Now the adult me just jumped for joy. After spending countless hours tending to my towns on both the GC and DS versions of the game, this is literally the game that could make me open my wallet for a Wii.
--Spore Creatures – Since I know I will probably never be able to play the PC version of the game, seeing as how my PC is a steaming pile of crap, I am happy to say that this seems like a viable alternative.
--Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars – Ok, Brandy, try to stay calm; you know how bad the GBA GTA was…Must. Stay. Calm… But it's GTA!!! *insert fangirl squeal here* I am going to try my hardest not to get my hopes up for this one, as I definitely fear being let down, but either way, I will be trying my hardest to get a review copy of this or something, even if that something means buying the game at retail.
Alright, yes, we get it…2008 is apparently the year of the PS3. You didn't have to tell us that many times for it to sink in. And was it just me, or did anyone else find the majority of Sony's conference downright, dare I say it, boring? I seriously almost fell asleep once they got to the section of trailers for the PS2 showing the same Madden and Tiger Woods crap that we've seen for years (sorry sports fans, but apart from the very short bits on Mercenaries 2 and Yakuza 2, I couldn't have been more apathetic).
Now, don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Sony as an overall company. Hell, I own more games for the PS2 (100+) than I do for any other console, so please don't start any elitist or fangirl crap on me here; I'm just trying to say that the conference really wasn't what I was expecting, as apart from the Resistance 2 footage (which was cool), everything else was pretty dull.
Granted, I'm no real businesswoman, so I can't say what I would have done to make it better, but at least the hinting of a price drop would have been nice (and no, the 80GB deal doesn't count, as I'm still not paying $400). I know Sony said "no price drop," but that's a crock of **** in my very humble opinion, unless Sony wants to continue eating even more than the 3.3 billion dollars that they've already lost with their newest endeavor. As Denis said, talk about shooting yourself in the foot…
However, there is one bit of praise I can shoot Sony's way, and that's the addition of Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) into the major Sony family as a whole. SOE is a current staple at Gen Con (I had the privilege of meeting quite a few of the gang last year), and I am looking forward to seeing them again this year. That being said, DC Universe Online looks to be shaping up pretty nicely, so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this one in real life as well.
So, that's that! I look forward to reading all of your reactions on the conferences as well!
Until next time all!