It’s almost here!
Known as “the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games and related products”, the Electronic Entertainment Expo or “E3″ trade show kicks off June 5, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It’s truly one of the most exciting times of the year for any fan of gaming or the culture surrounding it!
There are a lot of reasons to be excited about it this year as the biggest names in gaming are making some big announcements. Let’s take a look at some of the bigger stories that could potentially come out of the show this year.
Sony – Playstation 3/PS Vita:
Sony has some pretty big titles coming out, and they’re expected to show them off. One of the most anticipated is The Last of Us, a survival game that has you playing as a man in charge of transporting a small girl through a dystopian version of earth that has been ravaged by a mutating disease. Think zombie survival game with an emotional human touch! Also, Sony is expected to give us more information on one of it’s flagship sequels, God of War: Ascension, as well as it’s newest fighting iteration Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale.
As for the PS Vita, dwindling sales have made it essential for Sony to make some sort of big announcement, hopefully a few AAA titles for the handheld. It needs a boost, and it needs it bad. There has been talk of a Vita version of Playstation Battle Royale All Stars, and we’ve already seen screens of a few other games coming to the system, so we’ll have to wait and see what is revealed! Personally, I’m hoping to hear of a Final Fantasy VII PS1 port, but I think that may be wishful thinking. Perhaps with Cloud storage? Ok, sorry, I’ll stop.
Microsoft – Xbox360/Kinect
Microsoft has been slowly moving the Xbox360 away from the hardcore gamer market for a while now. Their E3 presentations – while I wouldn’t call them boring – have lacked a certain excitement that other companies deliver. They’re usually Kinect focused with a few big games to announce. Their big game this year? Halo 4 of course! Master Chief is back and that combined with the likely probability of them showing some gameplay footage of the new COD: Black Ops 2 will make their presentation hopefully a little more inticing that usual. Expect a few new dashboard apps as well as some (possible?) Windows 8 compatibility teasers.
It is slowly becoming more of a casual gamer machine, leaning heavily towards social media and video services with the gaming angle being focused more prominently on easy, pick-up-and-play games that appeal to everyone. It’s sad when you figure that most of the hardcore online console gamers choose Xbox360 as their platform of choice, yet the company seems intent on creating a less hardcore environment that may soon alienate the users that have made their brand so successful. We’ll have to wait and see if this trend continues at E3.
Nintendo – Wii/Wii U/3DS/DS
Though not showing off many games, this is probably going to be one of the most important expos in Nintendo’s history, as they will have to sell the gaming public on their new console, the Wii U. This will hopefully be the first time that we get to see a number of different demos for the new system, and Nintendo, as a result, should have a pretty exciting conference. Most notably, the Wii U will be showing off a new Super Mario game, which should effectively put the place in an uproar. Also, if prayers are answered, there should be a demo of the new Smash Brothers as well.
Aside from the major announcements, I’m excited for some of the games being demoed or shown at the expo. Hitman: Absolution is one that I can’t wait to finally see in action. Obviously Assassins Creed III is high on my radar. Sleeping Dogs and the new Tomb Raider reboot are also big games for me as I’ve been a big fan of the latter for many years. And even though I’m not so much interested in its gameplay, I’m looking forward to NHL 13…simply because I buy it every year.
Lastly, one that has just been brought to my attention, LucasArts will be unveiling it’s new Star Wars game entitled Star Wars: 1313. According to IGN.com, Star Wars: 1313 is ‘billed as a “mature” Star Wars title. [It] takes you deep into the seedy underworld of a densely populated planet, giving you access to an array of “exotic weaponry” in your quest to take down targets and “uncover the truth surrounding a criminal conspiracy.’ Sounds interesting, though whether the gaming community ready for another Star Wars iteration this close to receiving Star Wars: The Old Republic will be a point detrimental to the game’s potential success.
What are you looking forward to this year? Let us know! All in all, I think we’re looking at another exciting expo!