Friday, July 25, 2008

The Good and Bad of E3 2008 - Nintendo and Microsoft

My last E3 article... Nintendo and Microsoft only because those were the Media Briefings I watched, maybe I'll watch Sony's sometime and post something, but it's unlikely.

The Good
  • Animal Crossing: City Fold announcement and footage/creator interview (looks very cool).
  • WiiSpeak peripheral announcement (aka the Wii's voice chat).
  • Guitar Hero: On Tour sequel will feature "trading songs" feature (allowing Guitar Hero: On Tour and Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades to trade songs).
  • Wii Sports Resort announcement (looks really entertaining).
  • Wii MotionPlus demoed (allowing 1:1 motions of the Wii).
The Bad
  • Cammy Dunaway (god she's annoying).
  • Shawn White demoing Shawn White Snowboarding (looks mediocre, and the Flying Tomato's pretty annoying too).
  • Wii Music (um...).
The Unexpected
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars announcement (for the DS).
  • No news of "core" games. Pikmin? Mario? Zelda? Punch-Out!!? Nintendo franchises (Other than Animal Crossing)? o_O
The Good
  • Fallout 3 demoed (looks very cool).
  • Resident Evil 5 demoed and co-op announced (co-op looks very sweet).
  • Fable 2 demoed (looks interesting, especially the co-op).
  • Gears of War 2 demoed (looks very, very bad ass).
  • Geometry Wars 2, Galaga Legions, and Portal Still Alive annouced for XBLA.
  • Netflix for Live users!
The Bad
  • Microsoft Miis, er, I mean Avatars.
  • The new Dashboard (looks quite a bit like Apple's Cover Flow).
  • "Casual" games: You're In the Movies, Lips, and Uno Rush.
The Unexpected
  • Final Fantasy XIII for the 360 announcement (no longer a PS3 exclusive).
  • No showing of Microsoft's rumored motion controls or remote (thank god!).

The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected
  • May be coming soon (don't count on it)...

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