E3 Press Conference Wrap Up – Your Thoughts?
Well guys, the main press conferences are over and now that you’ve had a day, what’d you think? While this article is intended to be informative, I’d love to read your opinions on the topic at hand. Which one do you think brought their game: Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo?
In a nutshell:
Sony brought us information on some new games in the works as well as more insight and gameplay on ones we already knew about. Games such as God of War: Ascension, Far cry 3 and Assassin’s Creed 3-all included live demos or gameplay footage. New games included Beyond Two Souls, a very promising PS3 exclusive developed by Quantic Dream, the same developer of the critically acclaimed Heavy Rain, Playstation All-Stars, a game that has clearly taken the idea from Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. while still having it’s own style using Playstaion characters, and the Playstaion Move’s Wonderbook, a new series of interactive storybooks which include Digg’s Nightcrawler J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore.
But the game that everyone is talking about is Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. The grim and gritty action/survival game was shown as the closing of Sony’s conference. While it is developed on the same engine as and has similar gameplay as the Uncharted series, the atmosphere and environment is completely different. Violent and intense with beautiful surroundings, The Last of Us looks to be another brilliant PS3 exclusive. Check out the gameplay below.
Microsoft opened their conference with some intense Halo 4 gameplay followed by a plethora of shooters and sports games as well as gameplay of the new Tomb Raider and Resident Evil 6-which we were also told that every single RE hero is in this new one. One device Microsoft unveiled was the XBox Smartglass. According to CNet, who got an in depth look at the new tablet, says the “Xbox SmartGlass isn’t definitely intended for Xbox Live Gold members, but the apps and services it works with suggest it will be. They go into further detail about watching video, interacting with games and predictions on future apps.
A highlight that most would agree with would be the surprise appearance of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the geniuses behind South Park, when they came on stage to reveal new details of their MMO The Stick of Truth. They went into some details about gameplay an storyline and what to expect in the upcoming year. They promise that it will be as if the player is in an actual episode of South Park.
Of course everyone was expecting Nintendo’s entire conference would be about the new Wii U. But not only did they show off what it can do, such as a central media hub, they also introduced some games that even I don’t think I couldn’t predicted including Mass Effect 3 and Batman Arkham City, games of which have already been out on the 360 and PS3. With Nintendo finally shoving out an HD system, third party developers can now have a bigger hand in the legendary company. Assassin’s Creed 3 will be coming to the Wii U as well as a new Marvel game, Marvel’s The Avengers: Battle for Earth. An exclusive coming for the Wii U will be Zombie U, an apocalyptic game that uses the innovative features the Wii U has to offer. Check out the gameplay trailer:
And finally, it wouldn’t be a Nintendo conference without some first party games. They announced a new Mario Bros. game, obviously, as well as the new Nintendo Land, a game where your Miis can visit other Miis online in a central hub, surrounded by mini games based off of Nintendo classics such as Animal Crossing and Zelda. Not much on the 3DS, but later today, Nintendo will hold a small conference on just 3DS games.
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