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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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Star Wars – Old Republic (Trailer)

I told you that I would show you didnt I? 😉

/Alex
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E3 News 2 – EA conference.

So lets get togehter and look at what EA had to show us this year. I must say that I wish that DICE had been there to tell us about Bad Company 2. No such luck im afraid, no showing of Army Of two: 40 days either. Sad, would have been a good showing.

The games that really stood out this evening were:
Need For Speed – Shift
The cockpit vision for this game was insane, the graphics as well. Im not much for motorsports game (or sports games for that matter), but this looks intresting and I will look into it.

Mass Effect 2 (Tho it was a bit short).
Not much to add to this really. Mass Effect 2 continues the saga!

The Saboteur
This game just keeps on growing on me, the trailer still looks awesome, and the ingame photage impressed me. A gta4 meets assassins creed in world war II… cant be less than perfect.

Crysis 2 (announcment)
Announced for 360, ps3 and PC. Awesome for all console gamers out there. Not much was revealed about this title except for… well… the title.

APB – All Points Bulletin
It started by looking so good with everything that you could customize, a open world like gta, but it kinda made me lose intrest half through the trailer. To repetetive… but it looked great and may be worth looking into in the coming months.

Star Wars – Old Republic.
The trailer that kicked your ass! Literally. Even tho im not a big mmo fan this trailer… wow let me tell ya… well acctualy. Let me post it once I find it shall I? You will have to make it out for yourself.

Brutal Legends
Ozzy and Lemmy!? And Jack Black! Humour assured… the game itself… well who cares did I mention Jack Black and Lemmy?

Other titles mentioned:
Dantes Infero
Sims 3
Littlest Pet Shop
Charm Girls
Dragon Age
Fight Night Round 4
EA Active Expansion
EA Sports – Mixed Martial Arts
EA Sports online
EA Team Builder (to customize your teams in EA sports games)
Grand Slam Tennis

So overall… im not impressed really. APB looks intresting but wasent making me go: omg omg omg! The Saboteur was the best part for me personally. Good game looking good and I want to see more!

/Alex
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EA live in 20 minutes!

Dont miss this one, be sure to check it out live cause that’s when its best. 😉 Am I right people?

Go here: http://www.gametrailers.com/e3/video-press-conference/ea

/Alex
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Project Natal – The Future Now?

Project Natal was just announced by microsoft on E3. Its a mix of motion capture, voice recognition and … well insane ideas and capabilites. No need for a controler. I believe tha Microsoft has managed to take it that extra step. Finaly! Inovation!

But… really is it? I think Nintendo tried to nibble on this idea with Wii, I believe that becuase of their step forward with a motion controller. The gameindustry is finally ready and brave enough to take the next step. Not only may this change the way we play games, but also change how we see interaction with other things in our normal day lives.

The porn industry has been moving the film buisness forward, taperecorders, video, dvd, blueray and so on. Has been becuase of that industry, but ofcourse that has also changed how we take part of new family entertainment. In the same way, this may change how companies look at interaction with computers and even televisionsets. Ofcourse new things are always under development and tested but will this be a kickstart? Ofcourse Project Natal is created by Microsoft, and maybe they are looking for more possibilities with this new baby?

Please dont make this another bluescreen!

/Alex
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E3 – So far

What I think that is. I cant really see how Nintendo and Sony will break Microsoft now. It was an incredible showing they had earlier. The new Project Natal and the incredible AI milo. The whole update with Twitter, Facebook and Last Fm.

It sure was a great show they put up.

Also breaking the news about Metal Gear Solid: Rising. A completle new Metal Gear Solid game for xbox360. I guess the PSP release wasent the big deal (thank goodness).

Im guessing that we will know more about this in about… now its 2 hours. Thats when the kojima countdown reacher zero. Lets hope for more detailed news about this release.

/Alex
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E3 News 1 – Xbox360 news

So whats gonna happen to xbox 360. Trying to stay updated as i write this so bare with me.

A few things that will be happening to the xbox are as follows:
Twitter will be availabe on the xbox360, and so will Facebook. They are really trying to make this a better social network/experience than before.

Last FM will also be added to the 360 for a free music experience! 🙂 Will see how that goes. The video and music part of xbox live will now be availabe to several new countries, I believe it was up to about 18 (currently around 8).

And guess what? Motion controller? Wait what? Use your body only?
Project Natal – you will use your own body as a controller. And it acctualy seems to work?! Thats just insane.

More will be coming soon! Stay tuned!

/Alex
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Alan Wake – Metal Gear Solid for 360.

Its true. Metal Gear Solid will be comming to the xbox 360, as it seems. The game will be called: Metal Gear Solid: Rising. More news about this will be released in about two hours (hopefully).

And finaly! Some photage of Alan Wake, isnt it about time?
Take a look first ingame photage:

/Alex
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