E3 2010: Who Won The War?

Heading into this year’s E3, the 3 console giants came in with one thing in mind: outshine their competitors and make waves in the game industry.  This year’s event may not have received the major hype seen in previous E3’s, but within the first 3 days leading into E3, content that was to be revealed at the 3 major press conferences created major sparks in the gaming community.

Microsoft Conference

Microsoft started off “The Show” with a bang by unveiling their control-free device, Kinect, a project that was previously known as Natal, along with a performance by Cirque du Soleil. Microsoft revealed new previews for titles like Halo: Reach, Gears of War 3, and Metal Gear: Rising.  They capped the event by unveiling their new Xbox 360 model, of which attendees were treated with one of their own.  While the show created buzz across the net over the Xbox give away, I consider it to be the weakest event compared to Nintendo and Sony.

Nintendo Conference

In some eyes, gaming pioneer Nintendo had lost the magic that once made it great.  Despite having most console units sold compared to its competitors, the system has since been riddled with below average ports and few successful big titles.  However, when Nintendo began their press conference, they aimed to change that image and restore the glory to the name of one of the longest standing gaming empires.  First, Miyamoto himself joined the event to unveil the new Zelda title, Skyward Sword.  Also unveiled was the impressive Epic Mickey, along with the return of Nintendo favorites Donkey Kong Country Returns and Metroid: Other M.

The event was off to a great start, but it was still only building momentum for what was to come.  Nintendo would pull a classic title out of its library to be reintroduced to a new era of gaming, GoldenEye.  One of the most revered titles in first person shooter history was to be recreated for the Nintendo Wii and available for online multiplayer. With Nintendo still holding its trump card for last, officially revealed for the first time, Nintendo presented its new handheld, the Nintendo 3DS.  A portable device capable of playing 3D games, 3D movies, and capturing 3D photos.  Also unveiled was the long awaited return of Kid Icarus in Kid Icarus: Uprising for the 3DS.  Attendees of the event could not help but hope that Nintendo would pull a Microsoft and send everyone home with a new 3DS.  Sadly that was not the case, but everyone was able to take a personal look at the new handheld with the aid of some very helpful ladies.

Sony Conference

Last but definitely not least, Sony headed into E3 ready to make a big impact in gaming at this year’s event.  The press conference started off with a stunning display of new 3D technology for the new title Killzone 3.  What was shown was quite impressive and breathtaking, even though it required wearing 3D glasses.  The new technology was said to be available as soon as next year through a simple firmware update, but only for those with a 3D TV.  Other titles also getting the 3D treatment are Motorstorm: Apocalypse, Gran Turismo 5, and WipEout HD.  Along with a much hyped appearance by Kevin Butler, Playstation presented an amazing demonstration of their new motion controller, the Playstation Move.  The controller is arguably better and more precise than its competitors.  While the Playstation Move has specific working titles, it is also an alternative control option for other PS3 titles.  Lastly, Sony unveiled a new trailer for Portal 2 and a preview of their new online subscription, Playstation Plus.  Needless to say this was a huge E3 for the gaming industry, and a huge E3 for gamers.

Overall I have to say the best in show goes to Nintendo, I have long lost interest in anything Nintendo related, but this year they had some amazing titles to show.  Not only that, the new Nintendo 3DS really blew me away, especially seeing all the upcoming titles that are expected to hit the handheld like Kingdom Hearts 3D, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Super Street Fighter 4 3D, Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, and Star Fox 64.  Microsoft didn’t show anything new, and the Kinect, while cool, reminded me of the original EyeToy.  Sony’s 3D demo was really cool, but the fact that you are going to need to replace your already expensive TV for a far more expensive TV, is really going to limit the audience because of the high price.  The Playstation Move was really awesome and looks promising, but I did not like the fact that the Move Bundle is going to costs $99, and the PS3 and Move Bundle is $399.  All in all it was quite an impressive E3 and I look forward to seeing what’s in store for next years event.

To view videos of the full press conference click the links below:

Microsoft Press Conference

Nintendo Press Conference

Sony Press Conference

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