E3 2012: Cool impressions

Posted: June 13, 2012 by Tony Polanco in PIECE OF MIND

The Electronic Entertainment Expo has come and gone so it’s time to break the show down to its constituent parts and talk about what we liked and didn’t like. This might get messy in both good and bad ways so prepare yourselves. This is what the staff of CoolStuffTheBlog thought of E3 2012.

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E3 2012 was one that was full of promise and potential. Filled with rumors of the next gen and killer games. However, it failed to live up to the hype. What was shown at the main conferences was dull and expected. A disappointment overall to gamers.

Microsoft delivered some good news, but some of it was already known or expected. And some of the titles they wanted us to get excited over are not console exclusives. Halo 4 is their big title, but we all knew it was coming and would be the big return of Master Chief and the proving ground for 343 Studios taking the reins from Bungie. Items like Xbox SmartGlass were very exciting, if nothing else being a shot in the arm to Sony and Nintendo if Microsoft plays their cards right and developers can leverage SmartGlass properly. Definitely a game-changer.

Sony failed on every level to honor their fans. They showed a blatant clone of Super Smash Bros., they failed to show any new or interesting PS Vita titles, and then spent a good part of their conference on the joke that is Wonderbook. Wonderbook could have only been there to make the shareholders happy because it certainly wasn’t for the rest of us. The best things they had to show us was “The last of us” and “God of war: Ascension”, but didn’t mention anything about Sly Cooper or any other key titles. And again, we hear about numbers during a conference, when this show isn’t about numbers! Also, the Playstation Vita just now is getting PSOne Classics? Really Sony? Fail.

Nintendo was kind of in the middle here with a lackluster show of titles for Wii U, the best being ZombiU from Ubisoft. I mean, I like to see a new Mario game and all, but Mario just now getting an HD treatment seems a little late to the party. Also, Wii U seemed to boast alot of titles but all the ones that weren’t first party titles, with the exception of ZombiU and Scribblenauts, were just ports of games that are already out for PS3 and Xbox 360. Also, no Zelda, no Metroid, no Donkey Kong, no other exciting first party titles. Pikmin 3 looks cool but is not my cup of tea on a console. And NintendoLand seems like an interesting evolution from Wii Sports but didn’t show too much promise looking at some of the mini games.

The strongest content came from the game publishers themselves. Ubisoft, Konami, Capcom, and EA are delivering some exciting stuff in the next year or so.  Below I’m listing what I’m looking forward to after this E3:

  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • Tomb Raider
  • Watch Dogs
  • The last of us
  • Halo 4
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate
  • Star Wars 1313
  • Xbox SmartGlass
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth

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This was an E3 that was in a transitional phase. The next gen is almost upon us but isn’t here yet so Sony and Microsoft where just playing to their strengths and showing off titles in long running series. We got to see some amazing trailers for Assassin’s creed 3, Tomb raider and Far cry 3. Although we got to see many returning franchise games, there were also a good amount of new IPs as well. Sony had The last of us and Beyond: Two souls. These two titles prove that the current gen is still going strong even near the end of its life cycle. Ubisoft had the incredible Watch dogs which is supposedly going to come out on current gen systems but seems to be a glimpse of the future. There were very few surprises at this show but it was still an improvement over the last few years. Although I enjoyed what was on display this year, E3 2013 is the one where we’ll see some truly special things happen.

I was originally going to stick to 3 games, then it went to 5 then I decided to screw it and just list whatever I wanted. Anyway, let’s get down to it. Here are the games I found most impressive at this year’s expo.

  • Star Wars: 1313
  • Watch dogs
  • Beyond: Two souls
  • The last of us
  • Assassin’s creed 3
  • Tomb raider
  • Splinter cell: Blacklist
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This E3 didn’t “WOW” me. I mean, there were were some cool things shown but not like E3s of the past. It definitely is the end of this console cycle. One thing I did find cool was seeing software companies thinking about the future and showing off their new engines. I also liked seeing how Microsoft is getting into device interactivity with their new Xbox application; SmartGlass. Sony definitely should be keeping an eye on this one, especially with all the products they make. It’s odd that all of Sony’s devices don’t have the ability to communicate with each other. It’s kind of a shame, but Sony’s new Android tablet may communicate better with an Xbox than it will with the PS3 because of SmartGlass.

To me the show stopper this year was Ubisoft. They really pulled all the stops and put on a pretty entertaing show and had a lot great stuff to show. I was really impressed with the updates they did  to the gameplay of  Splinter Cell and with their new game, Watch dogs.

  • Star Wars: 1313
  • Watch dogs
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Beyond: Two souls
  • The last of us
  • Splinter cell: Blacklist
  • Assassin’s creed 3
  • Xbox SmartGlass

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So there you have it kids, your humble staff’s impressions of E3 2012. While we all had more or less mixed feelings about the show, it’s clear that we’re all looking forward to next year’s expo which should have new consoles by the big boys, Sony and Microsoft. Until then, E3 2012 is officially in the books. Come back here next year for our thoughts on that show and as always, come back to this site daily for lots of Cool stuff.

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