Wednesday, July 11

random E3 notes

- sick of game journalists that keep saying that they're "so tired" from all the running around and partying. suck it up and shut up! otherwise i'll be happy to take over for you next year.

- Assassin's Creed('s producer, Jade Raymond) still looks hawt.

- interview Morgan Webb had with Stan Lee in which she asked him about Spidey: Friend or Foe was priceless. first, he name-dropped Activision like 3 times right off the bat. THEN he didn't even know the correct title of the game. and FINALLY, in a generational gap moment, Morgan asked him about the co-op and he thought she was talking about some agreement between tenants. just priceless.

- Peter Moore playing Rock Band at the MS conference was hilarious. "let's pump it up to 11!" how about you just try not to fail out (happened twice) and/or not pause the damn game (also happened). lol!

- crickets to the announcement of the Halo 3 Collector's Edition 360 Console - and rightfully so. we don't need all these special edition consoles. didn't they learn after seeing that the Core system didn't sell nearly as well as the Premium, and that the 20GB PS3 did so poorly that Sony dropped it completely? just give me a damn console that's uniform all over. if you want to offer us color choices, be my guest. and if you don't agree with me there, how about this - stop focusing on SE consoles and just give me my damn 65nm processor so the 360s stop overheating and cost less to produce!

- despite some questionable animations in places, Kane &Lynch: Dead Men has made it to my list of must-haves, if only for the cinematic presentation in the gameplay and the fact that you're playing a crime drama! freakin' sweet.

- Spidey: Friend or Foe is OFF my list of must-haves after seeing and hearing about gameplay. it's a beat-'em-up for kids, with no online co-op. i'm itching for a good Spidey game, especially after Spidey 3 was so bad... but this doesn't look to be it. i'll keep my fingers crossed for Ultimate Spider-Man 2.

- Unreal Tournament III is now on my list of must-haves because it looks phenomenal and you'll be able to play player mod maps on PS3. 'nuff said.

- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is now on my list. it's been creeping up the past month or so with all the teaser trailers they've been putting out, but now that i saw an actual demo of the game, it's a must-have.

- cautiously excited for Too Human, Infamous, and Killzone 2. none of these are out this year, so i will wait to see more trailers for them in the coming months before i get too excited.

- Nintendo has lost me. i'm completely turned off - no, rather i'm completely unaffected - by any and all of the main Nintendo franchises now (Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Smash Bros., Mario Kart, etc.) and i really worry about how the Wii is becoming a casual gaming machine... the implications that has for the market as a whole. don't get me wrong, there's still a small part of me that is tickled when i see Nintendo franchise games, and i probably will still get a Wii with some of the games - including the casual games - but based on what happened to me with my Gamecube, i doubt i'll play much of any of them. it all just worries me, this casual system for "everyone." and it's leaving me unimpressed.

- Sony has me on board for the PS3. they had me at "price drop" and then just kept showing me the exclusive games: Metal Gear Solid 4, Final Fantasy XIII and XIII Versus (i'm assuming), Heavenly Sword, Folklore, Unreal Tournament III (exclusive for a while), Killzone 2, Infamous, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Lair, Warhawk, Home, LittleBigPlanet, Pain, White Knight Story... and with these first generation games looking as good as they do, i'm SUPER excited for second and third generation PS3 games.

- i'm still on board with Xbox 360 even though i'm very put off by the fact that mine failed after only 6 months of casual use. the sheer fact is, MS has got some pretty sweet exclusives themselves - Mass Effect, Bioshock, Too Human, Halo 3, Eternal Sonata... and i'm sure i'm forgetting a few. also, for some reason, in my mind every time i see a game that's being developed for PS3 and 360, i automatically gravitate to the 360 version unless i hear the developer talk about how they made it with the PS3 in mind. sure, right now maybe i'm doing it because i don't have a PS3 yet, but what happens when i get one (which will be soon, see above)? what then? i'll tell you what - if my 360 breaks AGAIN i'm going to permanently make mine Sony.

- kawitchate

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