Day one of E3; The highs & the lows

So the first & biggest day of E3 is over and done with, and in a way I could not be more relieved. Living in the UK meant that I was up until 3am watching everything, and had been watching it for 10 hours straight after a morning at work as well. I have never wanted to just curl up and die in bed more so than I do today. Anyway, yesterday had some highs for me, but also a lot of lows. Here’s a brief look at what I reckon to E3 so far;

The Highs

  • Dance Central 2 is getting a campaign mode. I mentioned that I wanted something like this in my Dance Central review previously so I am quite excited to try this out.
  • Need for Speed; The Run. I’m not a massive racing fan, but the NFS games have always intrigued me and this just looked stunning. I’m not sure about the QTE’s in the out of car sequences, but we shall see.
  • The new SSX looks awesome amounts of fun. I haven’t played SSX since the N64, so this had better be good.
  • Overstrike announced by EA. Looks like a fun to play TPS, capable of four player co op.
  • Battlefield 3. this looks amazing even though I haven’t played any of the series before. Infinitely better than COD already in my books /controversy
  • Raving Rabbids coming to the Kinect. I don’t like the Kinect, but I like Raving Rabbids. Instant win for me.
  • Assassins Creed Revelations. A gameplay trailer was shown and it looks like an incredible ending to an incredible series. I just hope we get to find out what it’s really all about in Ezio’s final chapter.
  • Cross platform functionality between the NGP/PS Vita & the PS3.
  • YouTube partnered with XBL.
  • New Tomb Raider. Live demo was shown & it looks incredible, although they may want to consider investing in a new voice actor for Lara.
The Lows
  • Way too much emphasis on Kinect. Not everyone wants this peripheral, nor do they have the money to afford this peripheral.
  • Fable with Kinect. This looks awful. Who the hell wants an on the rails RPG adventure game in 2011? I don’t care if it has motion control, it looks terrible.
  • Just Dance 3 is going multi platform. This might be a good thing, but I’m unsure. Just Dance on the Wii has unresponsive controls and a tiny catalogue of tracks that come with the actual game. Will they learn from this mistake on the other consoles?
  • Driver San Francisco. This wasn’t so much a low for me, as a bit of a confusing moment. Only because I remember playing a demo of this in London a year ago. I honestly thought this had been released already. Old news.
  • Cross platform functionality between the NGP/PS Vita & the PS3.
  • The Sims Social. I was initially excited about this last night, but I think I’ve changed my mind. It’s a little bit stalker-ish and looks like EA’s answer to Habbo Hotel.
  • ME3 uses Kinect voice recognition. Some people were excited, I thought it was pointless. Don’t be so lazy and just use the controller.
  • Kinect Disneyland Adventures. Enough said.
  • Bing partnered with XBL.
So far there are few things that have wowed me without then delivering some form of disappointment. I am interested to see what Nintendo pull out of the hat today though as so far Microsoft have failed me miserably, and EA & Ubisoft are beating the top dogs.  I won’t be impressed with the Wii 2 if that is announced, nor do I care about more remakes for the 3DS.
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2 thoughts on “Day one of E3; The highs & the lows

  1. You stayed up for the whole event? Wow. I only managed up until Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed reveal. My highlights were the new Halo triology, Far Cry 3 and Tomb Raider.

    How on earth am I going to afford all these new games??

    • There were several times where I nearly fell asleep, but random exciting announcements kept perking me up.

      I think we may need to rob a bank or something to be able to afford all of this =/

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