E3 2010: The good, the bad and the ugly

June 19, 2010

Hello ladies and gentlemen and gamers. We all each year unite at the time of E3 anticipating if any new hardware or games are to be revealed. I’ll be talking about the major highlights of the event and I will definitely talk about the major disappointments, such as the rumoured PSP2 was non-existant.

The Ugly

Microsoft’s Kinect. If anyone watched the very disappointing Microsoft conference you would know. A demonstration with a virtual tiger and a girl were shown, demonstrating some of Kinect’s features. Ever felt like you want to play skipping with a baby tiger? Well now you can for a £135. Oh wait, you will also need a 360 with that or Kinect would be useless. There also has been reports that Kinect is laggy and not as precise as one could think. Also Microsoft didn’t even have one secret weapon up its sleeve, not even one. By far, Microsoft had the worst conference at this year’s event and I can’t believe I actually continued to watch it.

An Xbox 360 Slim was also shown at E3, yet it didn’t seem to have lost much weight from the original. I guess Microsoft didn’t make a good diet plan along the span of 4 years. Yet the colour of the 360 has gone back to black and rather than getting the Red Ring of Death you will be introduced with the Red Dot of Death this time around. The slim has been confirmed to still scratch discs if the console is moved while the disc is still running. Overheating problems have yet to surface as the console hasn’t been released as of yet. WiFi is now ready from the get go on the slim and another plus is that it makes less noise than its predecessor, although it still uses the same hardware as the last 360 that has been plagued with overheating problems, what the hell is Microsoft thinking?! The console will be available on July 16th for £199.99.

On a sidenote, does anyone remember what the baby tiger’s name is, in the Kinect demo?

The Bad

As much as I like Sony their conference was pretty disappointing too. Only one new PS3 exclusive was revealed (Twisted Metal) and I’m not counting the game where you’re Harry Potter, Sorcery. I don’t understand why Sony announced all its big games before E3. Tt basically uses  the conference to promote the PlayStation Move as much as it can and to show its the next big thing this generation. The PlayStation Move is a device where it can motion capture your actions and basically display them on-screen. Many upcoming games will be integrating the PS Move such as Killzone 3. The PS Move was being showcased and talked about for the most part of the conference and even after Sony moved on to revealing some games, it revealed the games that will be integrated to the god damn PS Move. After the PS Move was moved offstage it was time for Sony to showcase some games, so guess what happens?! EA comes on stage and start showcasing their games. This is one of the first times Sony gets a 3rd party company to come and discuss their exclusive plans and promote their games at E3 on stage. I guess it was worth seeing the very awesome Dead Space 2 video. They announced that Dead Space 2 will have the Wii game Dead Space: Extraction only with the PS3 version, with the new Medal of Honor coming with a remastered MoH: Frontlines (my favourite MoH). So if you want 2 extra full games, make sure you purchase the PS3 version of both games. Very good deal, so be on the look out for that.

Playstation Plus was then unveiled with what exclusive features, I mean exclusive content you will be getting if you subscribe for £50 a year. You will basically get:

  • Exclusive content
  • Invites to game betas
  • Receive discount on items at the PS store
  • Receive a free downloadable game each month
  • Other useless things

The downside is that there isn’t very much difference and in my opinion it isn’t worth dashing £50 each year on a service that does not bring anything new to the table such as the many features that gamers have been waiting for since the PS3 has been released, cross game chat anyone? Since this new service is being introduced, there won’t be any features taken away from the original PSN service. Everything that is available right now will still remain available. PlayStation Plus will be available worldwide on June 29th

The Good

Who would have thought it, the Nintendo conference was by far the most entertaining of the 3. With many exclusive games revealed such as a new Zelda, Kirby and more surprisingly some new hardware! The Nintendo 3DS took E3’s spotlight. It’s basically a Nintendo DS with a new analogue stick and 3 camera lenses that will allow you to take pictures of yourself and import them into the game. This way you can play as yourself in 3D without the need of 3D glasses! That’s right, play 3D games without the stupid looking glasses that make your life so dark when watching 3D movies.

Another big surprise was a fat bastard (Gabe Newell) coming on stage during Sony’s conference to confirm that Portal 2 will be heading over to the PS3. Valve finally decided to develop games on the PS3? Also the rumoured Twisted Metal has finally been confirmed and some of the game modes were shown. They looked really fun to play and the game didn’t seem to distance itself from the destruction and dark humour that made the previous games in the series enjoyable.

The Nintendo conference also had hot models roaming around showcasing the 3DS. Nintendo by doing this automatically bags E3 2010.

On a sidenote who is everyone with in the World Cup?

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  1. It was freaking Skittles…. I remember because I ripped my eyes out at that point of the show..

    Microsoft….. wtf?

    I’m buying a PS3… that was the last straw.

  2. Haha that was it. I give you credit for even remembering the tiger’s name. Yeah PS3 has many awesome games coming out. Also the Wii has many exclusives being developed.

  3. Just had to comment on your sentence about moving a console while a disc is still running…WHY THE FUCK. WOULD. YOU. DO. THAT? Seriously, it’s not built like a Walkman. It’s built with a lifter inside of the console that raises the disc up and shines a laser on it. NOT a snap-to-fit CD/DVD-ROM.

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