Hello Gamespot! It has been quite some time since I've written a blog, so I figured with E3 2010 less than a day away it would be a good time to write another one.
I'll start off by getting a few things off my chest. The main problem I have this year is the fact that a lot of announcements that seemed like great E3 reveals have already been pumped out, with Rock Band 3 and the new Mortal Kombat being standouts for me. Now I realize Rock Band 3 had already been confirmed months ago, but the inclusion of the Pro Modes and new instruments would have made an incredible impact if presented at a press conference. As for Mortal Kombat, that is something almost nobody was expecting to hear about so soon (what with Midway's financial troubles and subsequent selling of its IP's). If they had saved their reveal trailer for E3 it could have been one of the most talked about games at this years show.
On the other hand these early announcements also have benefits. With E3 being the news juggernaut that it is, a lot of the smaller stories get lost in the sea of information. Now it will be easier for the media to scavenge out those smaller games that are tossed into a lonely corner of the show floor, since they now no longer need to spend time covering the larger stories.
On another positive note, and this one might be a bit of a stretch, is that we can now assume that developers/publishers are saving some MAJOR announcements for the actual show. We've already heard some pretty major things in the past couple of weeks, does this mean that they're going to be busting out the big guns for the press briefings? Hopefully that is the case.
Now there are some things I'm expecting to see at E3 this year, primarily from Nintendo. It seems that within the past year we've seen relatively few high-profile exclusives from The House of Mario. In fact, the only one that is confirmed for the coming future is Metroid: Other M. I expect Nintendo to reveal their plans for their core franchises, with the possibilty of a new Zelda title leading the pack.
Sony has gained a lot of ground in the past year, and they are well aware of it. The Playstation 3 has had an absolutely astounding software lineup since last years show. With Uncharted 2, God of War 3, Heavy Rain, ModNation Racers, and countless others Sony has released some of the most critically acclaimed exclusives available on a single platform, and consumers are beginning to take notice. With the upcoming Playstation Move this only seems like perfect timing. There is only one thing that Sony doesn't have over Microsoft, and that one thing is Xbox Live. Sony needs to keep their new customers roped in, so its almost a certainty that we'll see a redesign to the Playstation Network.
On the other hand Sony does have a HUGE problem; the Playstation Portable is essentially dying. Its safe to say that the PSP Go was a total failure, and the handheld's software lineup is horribly underwhelming. If Sony wants to stay in the handheld market, or at the very least stay competitive with Nintendo and the increasingly viable iPod/iPhone, they need a total relaunch of the system.
As for Microsoft, I'm not really expecting a whole lot. The big ticket for them this year is Project Natal. We will most likely hear about pricing and availability, as well as any other software support it will have. The possibility of Microsoft joining up with Hulu is something I'm staying quiet about. In my opinion it just seems kind of pointless, especially if they decide to throw a price point on it.
And as much as I would like to see SOMETHING from Valve, I've learned to not get my hopes up with them.
Now your probably saying to yourself, "Jake, all that is well and good, but what are YOU personally looking forward to?".
Since it's been a long time since I've used my Wii (Super Mario Galaxy 2 just doesn't interest me, crazy I know), I'm definitely looking forward to the possible announcement of a new Zelda title. The franchise is what got me into gaming at the age of three, so anytime there is a new one on the horizon its something I obsess over until its in my clutches.I'm also curious to see how well Nintendo's 3DS holds up, if it ends up making an appearance. If the concept is pulled off correctly, then Nintendo might have a winning product on their hands.
From here on, I'm switching to a bullet list. In no particular order:
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- Batman: Arkham Asylum II
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Dead Rising 2
- Dead Space 2
- Epic Mickey
- Fable III
- Fallout: New Vegas
- Gears of War 3
- Gran Turismo 5 (release date, for the love of God!)
- Halo: Reach
- Killzone 3
- Kingdom Hearts 3 (?)
- LittleBigPlanet 2
- Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
- Metal Gear Solid Rising (?)
- Metroid: Other M
- Mortal Kombat
- Need for Speed
- Portal 2
- Rock Band 3
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
- The Last Guardian
- Zone of the Enders (?)
So tell me, dear reader: What are you looking forward to at this years extravaganza?