That time of the year is coming and this is going to be a bumpy ride. Each company has to show it their all this time around. Last E3 was all about hardware. Both Sony and Nintendo focused their attentions on their respective consoles and showed off what could be. Also, Microsoft mainly focused on the Xbox 360 hardware and what Xbox Live is going to offer the gamers. That was in the past...Now it's E3 2007 and now all the companies can't hind behind their hardware anymore...This E3 will mark the year of the software...No more hiding, it's time to show us what you've got!
In this blog, I will be running down the show times for each company that is to present this week. Including the big three (Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo) to the big third party developers. These are going to be my prediction of what's going to happen in the show. Let's begin.
Tuesday, July 10 2007
Microsoft Press Conference: 8:30pm - 9:45pm
Microsoft has come along way in the video game industry. With the Xbox, being the under-dog, they managed to improve on many things on the Xbox 360. This year though, is going to be challenging as now Sony and Nintendo unleashed their consoles...MS has to now do something spectacular to keep their lead. At this year's E3 MS is mainly going to focus new software for the xbox 360 and VISTA. For Xbox 360, MS is going to focus on Halo 3. I predict that they are going to show the single player demonstration to hook the audience...After the demo is over, Peter Moore is going to come out and say how MS is successful of reaching their goal of selling more than they expected to with a year and a half, totally ignoring all the technical issues with the hardware. He may mention some solutions on how they are going to fix that problem, but I doubt it. Then after they will just show more trailers and demos for other first party games like Mass Effect and Too Human.
Then when he's done with the Xbox 360, Bill Gates will come out and talk about VISTA and how he's going to "revolutionize" the way you play games on the PC. Few games will show up, that might be interesting. But the only thing that's going to stand out is the PC version of Gears of War...Other than that, nothing much to talk about.
Wednesday, July 11 2007
Nintendo Press Conference: 9:00am - 10:00am
Nintendo this year really doesn't have to do much in the case of software for the Wii.They some software that they might show, but I don't think that they are going to put that much effort is because the Wii sells no matter what...And that's the point of E3 is to have items there to sell. The one thing that I'm interested to see and predict that Nintendo will do is introduce the different color Wii's, which were introduced at E3 '05. These colors include white, silver, red, green, and black. Also, some release dates for games like Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Mario Galaxy
Nintendo, though, will most likely focus on the DS lite and all the games coming out for that handheld.
Picture of the colored Wii's I predict to be announced at E3.
Sony Press Conference: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Well, well, well...I guess it's time for Sony to show us what they've got planned for E3. The night before their press conference, Sony will show a two hour demo for KillZone 2 as an "invite only" presentation during Microsoft's press conference. This game will have mixed reviews, at first.Sony is hyping the game to look in "par" with the E3 '05 CGI demonstration.I predict that Sony is going to fall short of their promise...But looks aren't everything...The meat of most poeple's previews will come from the gameplay they show...If they show solid gameplay rather than focus on the graphics of the game, then KillZone 2 may have a shot of being a "Halo Killer". I predict during their press conference is them showing off the new rumble controller from the start. Also, with some some live demonstration of KillZone 2 (maybe 10 minutes worth) to give poeple, who didn't go to the demonstration the night before, a little taste of what they missed. Other than that, they are going to take most of the time showing what games to expect to come with year, along with some hands-on demos to try to impress poeple...Also, they are going to reveal that a PSP "lite" is in the works and will be released at the end of the year. They really need to show 110% of effort (mostly on the PS3) to make it through the year.
Activision: 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Off the back, most of the presentation is going to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. This game just looks amazing. But this one is different than most of Call of Duty titles. Usually, a Call of Duty game is set in World War II, but this game breaks tradition and trys to get more of a modern day senario (hence the name Modern Warfare...:P). Based on the second trailer (a few lines, that are said, are in Russian so if you want me to translate for you, since I know Russian...Please let me know) is set it Ukraine, which is really not the feel I was going for in the first trailer. Other games, though, are might steal the spotlight. One of the major examples is Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Who doesn't like a Guitar Hero game? With the third installment of the series, it would bring back the great multi-player aspects of the game, but this time we maybe able to use the instruments found in Rock Band.
Thursday, July 12 2007
UbiSoft- 10:30am - 11:30am
Well, this gaming company, I expect to win a few nomination for Game of E3. One of the title's I believe that is going to on the list is upcoming stealth game, Assassin's Creed. There is no doubt that Assassin's Creed isn't going to raise a few eye-brows during the E3 coverage. The game was shown last year, but it's going to available for the press to get their hands on for the first time this year. I predict that this game is going to win best E3 game and has a chance of being 2007's game of the year. Also, there are a lot of rumors going around that Haze is going to be a PS3 exclusive now. I predict that the game is not going to exclusive, but they will announce that the "timed exclusive" status of the PS3 version will be longer instead.
Well, I'm done giving my prediction for E3 this year. But whether or not these do come true...We can all agree that we're all going to be broke by the end of this year. This is one of the best years for gamers yet. Be sure to comment about some of your predictions and wishlist for this years E3 event. This yearis going to be interesting...:wink:.
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