Alright folks, if you’re anything like me, you’ve been paying entirely TOO much attention to E3 this year, even though we’ve said ourselves here at the rumblepack that this year’s conference would probably be pretty disappointing. Yet here I am, giddy like a schoolgirl who’s just made the cheerleading team. Thanks to news at E3, I’m pretty sure that in the next few months we’re going to see the best line-up of games across all 3 consoles that I can ever remember. Yippie-kay-yay, mother f*cker, get those controllers at the ready.
So instead of going through all the big 3 (Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft) and spouting what I like of each of them, I think I’ll just go through and list the things that I’m most excited for, starting with Adonis Golden Ratio review …
Release date SET!
DECEMBER 3, 2007!
Take off work, CAUSE HOLY GOD, IT’S FINALLY COMING!
Seriously Nintendo, 6 years is too long to wait for another smash.
(Btw, Donkey Kong’s back!)
Honestly, if that’s all of the information I got out of E3, I’d be thrilled. But we’ve got more.
This is coming out…BEFORE SMASH!?!?!
November 12, 2007!
Claimed by Reggie to be “in a sense, the true successor to Mario 64”
BOUT F*CKING TIME.
Com’on Nintendo. Mario game = Launch title. REMEMBER THOSE DAYS?!?! No? I didn’t think so.
Nintendo’s unveiled Mario Kart Wii, which looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. Online multiplayer – good, and for the first time ever, a…steering wheel accessory? Huh?
Well I guess we could have seen it coming, Nintendo and it’s “let everyone be able to play, no matter how much they suck” attitude coming in full force. But the good thing here is that you’ll be able to play however you want: I’m thinking we’re going to have a smash-brothers type system here where there’s going to four or five control types. The more the better I say, hopefully we’ll hear more soon.
Nintendo also unveiled their Wii Fitness game, which is going to require another accessory as well, this one labeled “the balance board”. Game’s going to allow people to work out with their Wii’s, and even includes Yoga exercises. Burn those calories, mom and dad!
Damn, they’re really going after these non-gamers, aren’t they?
Many of you could of guessed that I’m quite the Nintendo enthusiast, so what about Sony and Microsoft? Microsoft seems to be in a very favorable position right now. They’ve sold a great amount of consoles, have third party developers at their whim, and Halo 3’s right around the corner. With games like Mass Effect, Fable 2, and Project Gotham 4 all heading out of the gate, it looks like a safe bet that the American power-house is not only successfully appealing to their target demographic, but will safely stay in the console race for a good bit of time.
However, like the rest of the podcast crew, I really thought that Sony would need to step up this year if they wanted to catch my attention.
In my opinion…I’m not quite sure if they did. What I do know, however, is that at the end of this E3, I have a list of about 9 PS3 games that I’d really like to buy. They are the following:
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
- Little Big Planet
- Final Fantasy XIII
- White Knight
- Assassin’s Creed
- Tekken 6
- Soul Calibur 4
- Resident Evil 5
- Silent Hill 5
You might notice that only the top 3 of my list are currently “exclusive” titles for Sony’s system -the rest will be making their way to the 360 as well. Therefore, the deciding question has become for me: Is a 3 game difference enough to make me choose one system over the other? Especially considering that I’d be spending over $500 for my choice? At this point I feel like anyone really choosing between consoles is only really influenced by the exclusive games for that console. As a consumer, it sucks that those exclusive titles are usually pretty fantastic, no matter what console they come out for.
So where do I stand? At this point, I regrettably stand by the PS3. As a company, I do not like Sony AT ALL. I believe them to be one of the most arrogant, profit-driven, hard-headed companies I’ve ever heard of. If they declared bankruptcy today and all of their games would need to be reconfigured for the Xbox, I’d say Halle-freaking-liujah.
But right now, as someone who loves their over-the-top, cheesy, yet incredibly satisfying Japanese games, I’m going to have to stick by the Playstation 3. Until Konami, Capcom, Square and Namco all jump ship, it’s the best choice for my gaming needs. Plus that absence of a region-lock is pretty appealing from a japanese-bilingual’s point of view.
Of course I won’t be making any such decision until Fall and Winter, I still need to see where this ship in heading.
But in the meantime, I’ll be enjoying myself a little Metroid…Mario…and SMASH. (yeeeeeah, baby!)