Time for my Best of E3.
I already covered the conferences extensively in the forums so I will just give awards out.
Nintendo - It was the perfect conference. Game after game being shown and the majority were brand new, mega announcements. It had Zelda, Metroid, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Mickey, Goldeneye and even Kid Icarus. Plus the blowed everyone away with the 3DS lineup.
Ubisoft - I don't know what was going on here. It had a mix of some great games and some craptastic games that make your head hurt. The conference was painful at times to watch.
Greatest conference of all time:
Konami - Magical, majestic, stunning, spectacular, mindblowing, surreal, just a few adjectives you can use to describe this one of a kind conference. It was also comedy of the year, I have not laughed so hard in a long time.
Most disappointing conference:
Microsoft - I wanted them to show my why I would want Kinect and they completely ignored me. I expected much more from them.
Games Special Awards
Biggest surprise announcement:
Kid Icarus - It's been in rumor hell for years now, we finally think it will never happen and BOOM, its the launch game for the 3DS. I was completely shocked.
Game I thought would be complete trash but it was actually impressive:
True Crime - This was shown on G4, I was very close to just skipping it cause its True Crime. But what I saw was a game that looked like Yakuza but with incredible graphics and modern animation. A very detailed world, a great chase sequence and a brawler type combat system that is great to watch and probably to play. I was very impressed.
Game that will most likely break the Sonic Cycle:
Sonic Colors - This time I am not crazy, this Sonic game looks like the real deal. You can read any preview, watch any video, it is the best of Sonic Unleashed polished and better than ever.
Deus Ex Human Revolution - Yeah I know Star Wars had another awesome trailer but last years was better. This year I have to hand it to Deus Ex which had a trailer that can match up with the very best of the movie industry. After the trailer was over I wanted to go to the theater and pick up my ticket, then I realized it was a game.
Best new IP:
Journey - A unique looking game with a concept made just for me. A game all about exploration and discovery. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.
Best new gun:
Red Faction Armaggedon Magnet Gun - This gun can be a game changer. I thought nothing of the new RF game until I saw this baby in action. It has the ability to bring any two objects together, combine that with a fully destructible environment and you have gold.
Rage - So pretty and shiny with a perfectly smooth 60 FPS. A world where every inch is hand crafted. Amazing enemy animation. Above all it looked different, we have so many sequels, many look alike this is new.
Best stylized graphics:
Kirby's Epic Yarn - Woah, this game is stunning to look at. I never knew yarn could make for such a beautiful look but it does. The game world moves like interactive fabric, it is so unique.
Games Genre Awards
Best Racing game:
Gran Turismo 5 - It only does EVERYTHING. Racing game of the forever.
Runner Up: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit
Best Puzzle game:
Portal 2 - The portal gun is more than enough to make excellent puzzles but Valve decided to introduce a ton of new features which makes my brain hurt already from thinking about how complex they will get. I cannot wait.
Runner Up: ???
Best Music game:
Rock Band 3 - Keyboard!! Also a ton of new features that make this seem like a worthy new addition to a genre that is getting very stale. This category was no contest.
Runner ups: Dance Central, Michael Jackson
LittleBigPlanet 2 - At this point its sort of an insult to just call LBP2 a platformer but it is still the backbone of the game. It promises to take what you could do in LBP and multiply it by 100. I cannot imagine what will be done with this game.
Runner ups: Sonic Colors, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby's Epic Yarn
Vanquish - Its a sea of first person shooters and sequels to great third person shooters, I bet many of those will be great but one stands out as being different and being right up my ally. Completely over the top, fast paced, non stop action. A mix of Bayonetta and Gears, I am in love.
Runner ups: Gears of War 3, Dead Space 2, Crysis 2, Rage, Halo Reach, Bulletstorm, Call of Duty Black ops
Deus Ex Human Revolution - I don't know what this game fits under, eh I will put it here. Incredible demo that proves this is the true sequel we have been waiting for. The stealth elements seem improved, the action can match up with the best out there and it looks to have one hell of a world to explore.
Runner ups: Fallout New Vegas, Star Wars The Old Republic
Best Fighting game:
Mortal Kombat - Screw MvC3, screw Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat is BACK! Its 2D, it's more brutal than ever and it is a clear return to it's roots. It even borrows elements from SF to you know make it a decent fighting game. I am very excited.
Runner up: Marvel vs Capcom 3
Best Action/Adventure game:
Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword - This one is easy for me. The king of the genre, all other games will try to mix various elements together and none will do it as well as Zelda. I know nothing about the game except that it will control unlike any Zelda game and the combat seems to be flat out better for it. Combat is but just one element of the series and I have little doubt all other elements will come together beautifully.
Runner ups: Metal Gear Rising, Epic Mickey, Castlevania Lords of Shadow, Infamous 2, Star Wars Force Unleashed 2, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Enslaved
Best PSP game:
:lol: , ok fine, God of War
Best DS game:
Okamiden - This system is clearly on its way out, still has a few games I want to try out. None more than Okamiden, sequel to one of my favorite PS2 games.
Runner up: Sonic Colors
Best PC Exclusive:
Star Wars The Old Republic - I would fear for my life if I got into this game. I saw some footage of it and it almost looked like an action game, what kind of MMO is this. It looks incredible, it's made by Bioware so you know the story will be incredible. If this were on consoles I would be all over it.
Runner up: Civilization 5 cause everyone else said so.
Best Wii Exclusive:
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword - Kirby looks cute, but its probably a short simple game. DKC never really cared for it and it is probably just like the SNES games. Epic Mickey, does seem amazing, unique and shows a ton of promise but it is unproven and I wonder if the 2D levels will overshadow everything else. Metroid will be Metroid which has never been as good as Zelda. Now that I got everyone angry I will shout out my love for my favorite franchise of all time, Zelda. It will be incredible, it will be a masterpiece, it may be the best Wii game of all time, the sky is the limit on this one.
Runner ups: Epic Mickey, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Sonic Colors, Metroid Other M
Best 360 Exclusive (PC doesn't count):
Halo Reach - I was ready to give Gears 3 this award but then I saw extended footage of the space combat in action and I was sold. I am glad Halo isn't just sitting back and doing the same old thing. It is promising to introduce brand new game mechanics and really take the franchise to a whole new level.
Runner ups: Gears of War 3, Fable 3, Kinectimals :P
Best PS3 Exclusive:
LittleBigPlanet 2 - Now a game creator rather than just a level creator. The new features are more than enough to make this a worthy stand alone package. I bet the campaign will be better than ever but its the possibilities of the level editor that makes this by far my most anticipated PS3 game.
Runner ups: Gran Turismo 5, Infamous 2, Killzone 3
Game of the Show
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword
Deus Ex Human Revolution
Winner of my Game of the Show E3 2010 is:
Nothing at E3 had my jaw on the floor, had my brain doing backflips at the possibilities of what I saw on screen like Portal 2. Valve only had a 13 minute presentation but it was a perfect demo showing off new concept after new concept. Tractor beams, vacuum vents, laser deflectors and liquids that can make you move faster. Thats what they showed us, who knows what else is in store. They said there will be two separate campaigns one single player and one co-op, each unique. Each will be twice as the first game. With Zelda they didn't show much of anything, I am excited cause I know I will love it but they didn't really impress me in the same way Portal 2 did. Now get a portal gun in my Zelda game and we have the best game ever.
Best New Hardware at E3:
I want to end this post with the 3DS cause above all I think this is the most important thing shown at E3. I predict that this will be a bigger product than the DS which is already the best selling handheld ever. I predict this will be a revolutionary new device that will change not only gaming but all portable devices. Within the next few years prepare to see Iphones in 3D, cameras in 3D, PDAs in 3D and of course the PSP2 will be 3D. It will start the strongest movement to get rid of the need for glasses. This device will be GIGANTIC. I have not even mentioned the game lineup which is an all-star list of franchises. It wouldn't surprise me to see a Halo game on it. This kind of hardware shows why Nintendo is so far ahead of everyone else.