That picture above is how I feel after all the press conferences were said and done at this week’s E3. Don’t get me wrong there were tons of great games to look at and I will be telling you my favorites at the end of the week but as far as the actual press conferences go, they were disappointing.
If there was a winner I would have to say it would be Sony. They showed off Quantic Dream’s new game Beyond: Two Souls starring Ellen Page, some God of War: Ascension gameplay, announced that Assassin’s Creed 3 would have Playstation exclusive content and closed the show with with some new gameplay from The Last of Us that wowed not just the audience and me but the guys I was watching it with who don’t even own Playstation 3.
On the low end of Sony’s time was the massive lack of Vita support. Sure they announced the Assassin’s Creed game we all knew was coming and showed a minute teaser but there was only mention of Call of Duty and absolutely no mention of Bioshock or any other triple A title in the works. Worse yet was that there was no price drop. It shows me Sony may be a bit blind as to what is going on. They are bleeding money. Their stocks are the lowest they have been since 1984, the 3DS is kicking Vita’s ass in sales and while the Vita’s game library is large number wise most games could be considered forgettable.
3DS sales surged after their price drop and are still going strong. Why not at least go to $199 and give Vita a fighting chance? You have to have people playing these things to sell games. Who wants to develop for a system that is considered a worldwide disappointment? Help yourselves Sony. We want to give you money. Let us.
Microsoft brought some Halo 4 to show and had a quick teaser for Gears of War: Judgment but beyond that it was mostly third party games. Which is great and all but this is Microsoft’s time how about use it to show off some first party development? Something tells me that the reason they didn’t have any new IP’s to show or focus on is because we are late in the 360 life cycle and they may be focusing their first party game attention to the next generation XBox.
That is not to say the 360 is dying, far from it. Microsoft unveiled Smartglass which basically turns your tablet or smartphone into a pseudo 360 controller which sounds cool in design but I doubt I will be using it very much. You now have your phone, tablet, Kinect and controller to control your XBox. What I would like are some great looking new IP’s to be excited about playing.
The Kinect was almost an afterthought on Monday. After the sensor has been a focal point for the past two (or three?) shows the big announcement we got this year was that they were adding languages to the Kinect voice integration. No real games to speak of so if you want to you can now look up the awesome The Last of Us video from Sony’s show on YouTube in Portuguese with your Kinect.
Now we come to Nintendo who had me wrapped around their finger before the show started, full of hope about the Wii U. I was ready to be blown away with how the controller will truly add a new depth to gameplay like the Nintendo 64 and Wii have. Cut to over an hour later and Nintendo had taken my soul and crushed it. In my E3 wish list I said that Ninrendo needed to prove that the Wii U was not going to be a Wii 1.5 with a tablet and that is exactly what Nintendo spent over an hour showing me.
Miyamoto brought out Pikmin 3 which looked fun and after that it didn’t just go downhill, it started like an avalanche that rolled straight down to the pits of boring gaming hell. Not even New Super Mario Bros. U could bring this back to life because they showed off New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS a few minutes later which looked like THE SAME GAME. No big new open world Mario game, no Zelda, no Metroid, no Kirby, not even fu**ing Donkey Kong.
Things got no better when they rolled out the third party games….or should I say game. WB Games showed off Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition which showed the Wii U is perfectly capable of handling a nine month old game with a tablet controller. And that was about it. A sizzle reel was shown after showing games like Darksiders 2, Aliens and Mass Effect 3 coming but nothing else. I don’t want a system that is on par with what I have now. Make a leap. The only game that was shown that looked like it took full capabilites of Wii U’s controller was Ubisoft’s Zombi U. The look and concept of the game had a little bit of a fresh feel to it and was the only thing in the entire press conference that I felt I would truly want to play on the system.After that I spaced out and it all became about Luigi’s Mansion minigames and Nintendolands and I had given up at that point.
I love Nintendo. I truly do. I wanted them to knock this out of the park and what I got was an hour long Casey at the Bat.