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Ubisoft E3 Conference – What I liked

And what about Ubisoft’s E3 conference and how they did, and what I found interesting. It’s kind of interesting how everyone said that Ubisoft was the worst conference so far. I will just say that I don’t agree, they showed a lot of interesting titles and they’ve learned from the past. It was fun, games that deserved time got it, times that needed less time had less time and so on. The only real complaint being that the Rayman demo took a bit to long, but it was fun to watch and so it’s fine.

There was a lot of interesting things here so let’s just take a quick look on each game here shall we? If needed, I will just make a separate post later if it’s interesting enough. So here we go:

1. RAYMAN ORIGINS
Not a huge title and not something I’m going to discuss further then: it looked fun and sometimes you need a fun side scroller.

2. FARCRY 3
I’m not a huge fan of the earlier Farcry games, but the feeling from the whole idea of “insanity” made me interested in it. The look of it is okay, not nearly as good as other first person games that have been shown so far. I bet all of you out there that enjoyed the other Farcry games will be looking forward to this.

3. GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER
Thank you Ubisoft! Finally! God I’m so thrilled about this game now. I’ve always been a huge sucker for co-op, not multiplayer craziness but co-op, where you and your friends fight through missions with all the skills and laughs you can muster. They just showed us a good looking FPS game with a 4-player enabled co-op. If I find 2-3 other guys to play this with, I will be playing this shortly after release!

4. GHOST RECON ONLINE
Guess what, they’re releasing a online FPS game. Guess what? It will be free. Guess what? I’m guessing it will be fun!

5. ASSASSINS CREED REVELATION
I’m going to let the trailer talk for itself here. I will probably make a post about this game later on anyway. ^^ (Also: LOVE THE SONG!)

Minecraft coming to Xbox 360

I already mentioned this in the post about Microsoft’s EA conference. So here are two videos for your viewing pleasure. 🙂

Battlefield 3 at E3 (EA conference)

So EA just finished their live show, to be honest I’m not a huge fan, I don’t like sports game, and because of that I feel a bit “meh” most of the time, going through so many different sports games.

Anyway.

A thing I want to mention before going into Battlefield 3 and how that will kick the ass out of MW3 (my opinion) let’s talk about some shit talk from EA. They start by saying that they will keep it simple, their show will be all about the games and game developers, unlike certain other companies that bring celebrities on to the stage. Being a hint towards Microsoft for bringing out ICE-T during the showing of Gears of War 3. And after a while… there they go bringing in American football all-stars on to the stage. When that happened… well let’s just say my jaw dropped.

BATTLEFIELD 3
This is the shit right here! The demo EA just showed for the game was stunning, looked great, and made you feel like this is an actual FPS trying to stimulate a somewhat more realistic warzone. It made me drool and long for this game so bad.

If Modern warfare 3 is the arcade game of war.
Battlefield 3 is the war simulator.

IMPORTANT DATES AND INFO ON BF3
They also announced a few other important things. To begin with: RELEASE DATE OCTOBER 25. This if I remember correctly a date not earlier revealed.
OPEN BETA in September. Online stats and community will be free! They mentioned to send a message to MW3, we do the same thing for our players, but free. Let’s see how they will react to this fact, will the new MW3 Elite online thingy also become free within time to fight against BF3?

E3 – Microsoft Conference – The things I liked

Hello everyone and welcome back to the old me that actually watch E3 news and blog about it! Just watched the whole Microsoft Conference live, and that means XBOX 360 and Kinect. Following is the list of things that gets the thumb up from me.

1. Tomb Raider
I just love the look of this. Me and my brother was watching it and we bought nodded to his comment: This feels like Resident Evil 4 did when it came out at first. He hit the nail on the head, it really does feel like a new beginning for Tomb Raider, and in a great way! The in game presentation we just saw started with Lara being captured and trapped in a cave. Plenty of action, new look and feel and a style that will redefine how see Tomb Raider. I love you new Lara, if the game is as good as your new style, this will be a huge hit.

2. Minecraft On xbox 360!
It’s true! Notch you little bugger! Getting deals with huge companies like Microsoft without telling us before hand. You sneaky man. I love Minecraft, don’t play it much but I love it, and the fact that this will make the game even bigger. I don’t mind it, don’t mind it at all. As it is now, Minecraft on console will be exclusive for Xbox 360. Oh and also, you will be able to control the game with kinect… don’t know why that would matter…

3. Modern Warfare 3
I love the game series so I have to mention it, but really, honestly? It was one of the less exciting Call Of Duty game presentations. Still want the game though.

Let us continue with the less interesting moments and parts…

1. RYSE
Have you heard of it before? You know what it is? Didn’t think so. Go go games about Rome!

2. Kinect
So much Kinect!? It feelt like any movie trailer right now ending with the words NOW IN 3D! Either they’re having problem selling the damn thing or they are just very happy about having it. Don’t know what it is. But most games showed was about the whole Kinect business. Don’t care for it.

3. Halo 4
This is the start of a trilogy apparently that will keep the Halo series going. I’m sorry, great looking trailer. But… I’m just not interested

Kojimas Secret

Who knows what it means. Anybody? <.<
Link: http://www.konami.jp/kojima_pro/e3_2010/

/Nurgle

Nintendo DS-3D!

Yes, apparantly Nintndo is planning a new “DS” with the ability to play games in 3D without 3D glasses. Insane if its true! And we will know more after this E3 (or before if leaks happen).

March 23, 2010

To whom it may interest:

Answer: Release of a new portable console

The company Nintendo (Kyoto, President Satoru Iwata)
Nintendo will release 3DS “(temporary name)
during the tax year end in March 2011, games can be played with 3D effects without any special glasses.

“Nintendo 3DS” (temporary name) will become the new portable console to replace the “Nintendo DS series, which combined sold over 125 million copies until the end of December 2009, and will contain bakward compatible the Nintendo DS series and the Nintendo DSi series.

We plan to announce more details at E3, which is scheduled for June 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, USA.

/Nurgle
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Best and Worst Of E3

May be a bit selfish, but this is simply the best (and worst) of E3 according to me. What made me smile and exactly why? Some of you will agree with me ofcourse and some of you will… Well probabaly go: “Bananaballs!” If you do, please point out what you thought was better (or worse) at this E3. 🙂

The Worst:
5. I was not there!

4. Bad Company 2
The lack of… was the problem.

3. Nintendo’s Conference
Im not sure about this one.. but.. was it just me that got really dissapointed? It was not enough Wooo moments. And its not like the…

2. Wii Vitality Sensor
…would save them? Who, why and what the hell is going on Nintendo?

1. James Cameron’s Speech.
Im sorry about this one but, to much time, not enough pictures, read my other post on this and why I skipped to write about Ubisofts “keynote”.

THE BEST PARTS:
Number Five – Live Online
Thank you to everyone and all that worked with the recording and beeing able to see some “Keynotes” online. For the people not beeing able to be there. It was 85% of the E3 experience. Thank you again.

Number Four – Alan Wake
When I first saw this game, the very first trailer and read about the story. I knew I wanted to play it, to see ingame photage and know that this game will be coming out. Is a happy day for me.

Number Three – MAG
256 players at the same time!? I was drooling at this point. Teams, teamwork, objectives, just imagine the kind of battles you can fight, and imagine what teamwork can do in this game!? Im gonna get a PS3 as soon as this gets released.

Number Two – Metal Gear Solid for 360
I applauded. No im not kidding. “Here’s i Hideo Kojima”. One of the biggest smiles I have ever had. Finaly MGS for 360, i’ve been waiting so long. Tho, a bit dissapointed when I found out it was not exclusive for the 360.

Number One – Project Natal + Milo
The biggest, baddest and greatest showing ever. Im sorry if you dont agree, but we’ve seen motion controlers before. We’ve seen what we need to use in order to play thoese kind of games. A controler, a camera something that works together with the game. In what way was this really about “motion”. Project Natal has given the words “motion control” a new meaning. Your body is the new controler. This together with the new AI project called Milo. We saw something that might be the begging of game AI and player interaction. Im seeing the future and im longing to try it out.

/Alex
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Sony Conference at E3

So what can I say. Overall this was a great show. Alot of great games announced a few suprises and even tho their motion capture control that they showed was not as impressive as Project Natal by Microsoft. The feel of the whole show and all the great trailers made this overall better. PSP GO was talked about and several new PSP games were announced such as Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.

Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker seems to be a multiplayer experience for the PSP. Hideo Kojima was also sure to mention that the game was not a spinof from the metal gear story, but a new episode of the saga already loved by so many.

Resident Evil for PSP was just mentioned and sadly not alot of information was given on this title.

Final Fantasy XIII was ofcourse shown with a great new trailer that would probably take your breath away if you were there in person (That was some huge screen they had to show trailers on). Soon after this trailer they also announced a Playstation 3 exclusive game: Final Fantasy XIV – Online. A new online game in the FF univserse, and maybe this time it will truly break out as a great game (looked good from where I was sitting).

The live multiplayer presentation of the game MAG made my jaw drop. When they told us about this PS3 exclusive game with a multiplayer capability of 256(!) players at the same time. This may just be the game that pushes me over to get a PS3 now togheter with Killzone 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4.

Sony was finaly able to really show what the PS3 can do and the quality they’ve been aiming for. Even tho its been slow uptil now, the tide seems to turn as several new and great games are exlusivly released for PS3. A few examples are:

The third game in the ICO saga called: The Last Guardian. To really understand and see the artistic feel of this game I will urge you to go and look for the E3 trailer of this game. It looked amazing!

ModNation Racers which is somewhat of a followup on Little Big Planet gives us a world of racing where we can customize, create and share anything and everything. A casual game for gamers? Intresting.
Ofcourse this also gave us my favourite quote from this E3: “I like mountains, he likes cheep.”

Several other games that are worth and will be mentioned in this blog within the coming days:
God Of War III
Assassins Creed 2
Uncharted 2
Assassins Creed Bloodlines
The new motion controller from sony.
PSP GO and and PSN.

And much much more.
Thank you Sony for a great show.

/Alex
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Ubisoft Conference – I skipped it.

Not saying that I did not watch it. Cause I did. But I did not feel the need to post about it here. The overall comment would be, draged out, to much talk about avatar without acctualy showing ANYTHING, and the games we wanted more of just entered and left real quick.

The two higlights of the two hours:
Assassins Creed Trailer.
Splinter Cell Conviction demo showing.

These were great. But only covered 1/20 of the whole conference. If anything I dont even want to know about avatar now.

A tip for anyone making a presentation about a imaginary world:
SHOW pictures so that people can relate to what youre saying. Its not fun to hear about diffrent alians and planets and places and creatures and so on. Without acctualy getting a peak. We were follwing that speech blindly without any chance of making a proper mental picture. I tried… but it was hard.

/Alex
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Nintendo Conference at E3

So what exactly did we get out of this. Some good news for fans of Nintendos game series like; Super Mario and Metroid. No real big news in console itself except for more accessories including the Wii Vitality Sensor that checks your heartrate. What exactly will they do with that?

So real no big wow moments from the conference, the ones that really pushed the whole think up to: OK status was the following:

New Super Mario Brothers Wii
A game they really wanted to push. And it looked fun for a casual, play with friends kind of game. So this may acctualy be a new best seller. What you think?

Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers
A FF game for the Wii is coming! I love FF games but im not sure how well it translates on to a Wii console. Wont be the same kind of exerperience will it? Will just have to wait for more news on FFXIII.

Kingdom Hearts
Not much to say here. Kingdom Hearts whoo.

Mario & Luigi: Bowsers inside story
Just me or did that look like loads of fun? Sure looked entertaining enough to get when its released. Mario games always seem to have that dont they? The fun and joy of casual gaming. ^^

Golden Sun DS
I used to love these portable games. Golden Sun is a RPG that fits more people then just the hardcore RPG fans. Tho I always prefered the 2D kind of feel in these games.

Super Mario Galaxy 2
Well its …. the second Super Mario Galaxy!

Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicle / Dead Space Extraction
Same kind of game get the same spot here hehe. Two games I acctualy want to try out and play. Sadly the lack of a wii will stop this from ever happening. :/

And the big cannon:
Metroid: Other M
“Can we bring new mature games out as well. Ofcourse.” I was acctualy hoping for a complete new game here and was kinda on the edge of my seat untill I saw the first five seconds and just thought: Another Metroid game…?
I was right. Before you use the word “new” in pressreleases. Be sure to acctualy make it feel new.

So overall. It did not beat down Microsofts awesome performance. Alot of people were hoping for Nintendo to make a great show out of this and it sadly didnt happen. That is not to say tho that they DID show alot of good games! Even if they dont suprise us and kicks the game industry in the balls, it keeps putting out descent family friendly titles that just keeps sellin.

Vitality Sensor… what the…?!

/Alex
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