When the curtain fell on E3, I nearly shed a tear. Although it wasn’t the strongest show they’ve ever had, it was still good, and very fun to watch. I enjoyed throwing on my headphones at work and listening to the interviews while I did my work. I’ll miss that for the next year.
Walking away from the conference, I must say there was some buzz around two particular coming PS3 exclusives.
The Last Of Us had us all thinking a new Uncharted was on the way. What we thought was Drake, was simply Joel. Along with Joel, his daughter Ellie. Set in an postapocalyptic type world, the trailer opened up with Joel leading his daughter through some buildings and ruins of their city. We got a glimpse of the combat system, and how the AI driven Ellie interacted with you. The graphics were stunning, as most games of this caliber are these days. If you haven’t seen the gameplay video yet, you can check it out here: E3 Last Of Us Gameplay Demo
Another game that completely blew me away was Beyond: Two Souls. Staring Ellen Paige, this game starts off with Ellen at the Sheriff’s office. He had found her on the side of the road, and was trying to help her. She was speechless, and that’s where the suspenseful, well executed cinematic story began. The visuals in this game are completely unreal. Ellen’s character looks just like Ellen. The other character models look like real people. You can see it here: E3 Beyond: Two Souls Gameplay Demo
I watched some of the “Best of E3” awards go out as well. I wasn’t particularly impressed with GameInformer giving one to Hitman. I always feel that GI is the hype machine for established names, giving no real value to content, innovation, or just plain awesomeness. They’re looking for the safe sale, which is understandable.
If I was in charge of passing out a “Best of E3” award, I’d break it into categories. I don’t really see how you can claim a shooter is better than an MMORPG, or that an MMORPG is better than a shooter. In truth, they’re apples and oranges. They don’t compare. So here are my “Best of E3” choices based on category.
MMORPG: The Elder Scrolls Online
Adventure/Action: Beyond: Two Souls
FPS: Halo 4
Portable: Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation
Hardware: Wii U
Those were my favorite of the favorites. Best of the Best. I found E3 2012 to be the year of sequels, but I also found it to be the year of Sony withstanding the knock out. They race between the Xbox 720 and the PS4 should be a great one. We could see more and more high quality games between the two. I’m anxious to see what they offer at E3 2013.
Until then, keep on gaming!