Now that E3 2009 has come to a close, what games/peripherals/announcements lit a fire under your pants?Gamepro's Best Of E3 2009 AwardsXbox 360Alan Wake
looks like it's coming along nicely and will provide something unique and immersive.Shadow Complex
coming to Xbox Live Arcade definitely looks like something I will want to play.
I'm always interested in the evolution of the Castlevania series, which brings me to Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow
(360/PS3), even though I haven't tried out a 3D Castlevania since it's 3D debut on the N64.
At first look Brutal Legend
(360/PS3) might just look like another free-roaming platformer (albeit with the spirit of Guitar Hero combined with God Of War gameplay)
, but with Tim Schaefer behind the helm and Jack Black doing the voice-work, it could be a stand-out.
Now I've never actually purchased or played through a Splinter Cell game. When forced to choose I always take run-and-gun gameplay over stealth. But I have to admit, the demo of Splinter Cell Conviction
which was played through for audiences was bad-ass.
I'm sure Halo ODST
will be a big seller. Although I just played through Halo 3 not that long ago so forgive me if I'm not busting a nut.
The Final Fantasy franchise (Final Fantasy 13
) and the Metal Gear franchise (Metal Gear Rising
) are coming to an Xbox console for the first time!, which can't make Sony very happy. Although I'm still waiting for Konami to announce the coming of the PS3's highest-rated game, Metal Gear Solid 4, to come to the 360. Which I believe is only a matter of time.
The announcements of Facebook/Twitter/Last.fm on Xbox is definitely cool, but the biggest news has to be Project Natal
Now whether or not I buy into the scope & depth of the Project Natal promo video (which of course any veteran of the scene knows better)
, if it's even half as dynamic & accurate as it portray's it could eat-away at some of Nintendo's profit-margin.
The potential of Natal is really up in the air at this point. At best developer's could find clever ways to incorporate control schemes utilizing Natal within otherwise standard controller operated games. At worst it could be nothing more than Microsoft's version of Sony's Eyetoy/Playstation Eye.
While I wasn't necessarily impressed by the demo's of Ricochet or Paint Party, I did see potential in Lionhead Studio's Milo & Kate (even though any trained eye could see that Milo's reactions were pre-scripted)
I mean let's get real for a moment. No hardcore gamer is going to want to come home from a long day and want to exert that much energy playing a game, waving your arms and jumping around and carefully annunciating every word spoken to your television and such. That's one reason I think the standardized controller will never go out of style. A mature gamer is going to desire to sit down and relax his/her body while gaming. This is one reason why the Wii is never going to fully attract core gamers, apart from a few select titles.Nintendo Wii
Nintendo was up to their antics hawking more peripherals for the Wii than you can shake a stick at, from the Wii Motion Plus with Wii Sports Resort
to Wii Fit Plus for the existing balance board to the announcement of the (useless) Wii Vitality Sensor.
First party games to look forward to include Super Mario Galaxy 2
, New Super Mario Brothers Wii (which if it was released on Xbox would be nothing more than a $10-15 Live Arcade title!)
, and Metroid: Other M
which is a joint effort with Tecmo's Team Ninja and Nintendo.
Third party includes two on-rail gun games Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
and Dead Space Extraction
I watched every segment of Nintendo's E3 press conference and cringed every time Cammie Dunaway
took the stage. What an annoying bitch. Enough with the hand gestures and driving every point into the ground!Playstation 3
The big exclusive game here is of course God Of War III
. I do not own a PS3 and do not know of the PS3 offerings at E3. Feel free to fill me in of any other noteworthy future titles.