Thursday, July 17, 2008

E3 Roundup!

Been following events from E3 with interest this year, I want to be more active with gaming although I don't think I will reach the level of interaction that I had when I was an Xbox MVP in the near future. The industry seems to be having a large emphasis on music interaction lately, if you haven't heard of such games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band then you must have been living in a hole.

Fresh from Nintendo is the introduction to Wii Music which works with the Wiimote, Nunchuck and Wii Fit Balance Board. They were designing this game alongside Wii Sports, Wii Play and Wii Fit and it does look impressive. Also introduced was Wii Sports Resort which looks worth picking up.

Sony spoke a lot about the Playstation brand and the direction they are taking the PS3, features like video, photo and the Blu-Ray success. They spoke about the sequels that have been successful on the console (Grand Theft Auto 4, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue etc) and then moved on to Little Big Planet which is like a user created social network. Discussion moved on to the PS2 and the Playstation Network although what they announced is what Xbox Live users have had for ages. Home sounds like it has potential and the Playstation Store I think will be very strong. MAG also sounds amazing and I would like to participate in that online!!

Microsoft's announcements were what interested me the most as I can't wait for the likes of Gears of War and Fable 2 to be released. Then there is also Banjo and Kazooie coming to Arcade which will definitely get a download. Microsoft are very confident with the Xbox 360 and even went as far as releasing this quote - Xbox 360 will sell more consoles this generation than the PS3. Where does that leave Nintendo?

There were the usual partner announcements but what got me the most was that the Xbox Live dashboard will be completely re-invented. Looks good and I really like the Avatars designed by Rare, these are apparently like Nintendo Mii's which can be imported into games. There was a lot of focus on the music based games from Microsoft as mentioned above and they introduced Lips for karaoke. They finished with a big announcement that Final Fantasy 13 will be available at launch simultaneously with the PS3 version.

Lots on the agenda and something for all the fanboys to get excited about!!

Zemanta Pixie