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E3 2012: what we know now

Insights and opinions with Anotherdae, Verdeberg and Zoidberger:
ANOTHERDAE
Had to hold off and let E3 2012 sit in before starting a recap post for this year. My gut reaction (which you can find examples of on Twitter) was disappointment. I knew going in we weren’t getting any new consoles, that we hadn’t previously seen, so there was a lackluster ambiance to the whole event. You could almost see the strain in the G4 and Spike on air staff desperately looking for a story to latch onto that they could use as the headliner. Instead, we saw a lot of cool new games and a few new tech demos that are all very cool but either too expected or lackluster.

VERDEBERG
I felt a lot like this E3 was a summer movie announcement where 85% of the new movies were sequels. I didn’t see a lot of innovation or anything else I’ve come to expect from an E3.

ZOIDBERGER
I agree with Verdeberg, this E3 felt like a summer of movie sequels. The annual tour of Modern Warfare, Halo 4, Dance Central 3 and others just shows how safe the game industry is being with their funds for game development. Innovation carries the risk of failure where as past success bring with it the customer base and community support. With that being said games like Beyond: Two Souls and the new Tomb Raider reboot really stood out to me.

Dead Space 3 is yet another sequel in the works


ANOTHERDAE
I’m starting to wonder if there will even be next gen consoles at all. With the advent of browser gaming and streaming services like Onlive it only makes sense to me to remove the costly hardware the video game industry is a custom to. Cloud gaming is already serving to store our game saves removing the hard drive necessity. Though storage space will be a major issue. 
ZOIDBERGER
I predicted in the Microsoft keynote recap that we wouldn’t see the next generation console war start until next years E3. The other big two (Nintendo already announced the Wii U last year) wouldn’t risk unveiling their systems only to lose interest when the last of the two steals the spotlight at next years E3. You always want that momentum on your side the closer you are to release, which is why, releasing it this year would have made no sense for either Sony or Microsoft.
I agree that Cloud systems will play a part in the next generation of games. I cringe at the thought of web browsers on my video game console. The game controller doesn’t allow for easy browser navigation. I turn on my game system to play games not to browse the web. With the growth of tablets in the last two years I see the need for a browser diminishing in our game systems. I am also curious as to how far the processor and graphical envelope can be pushed by these new consoles.
VERDEBERG
I’d expect that there will always be a need for a console gaming system, other than processor speed, I just don’t know where the big leaps and bounds will be. Where graphics are now, I wouldn’t expect much of a huge development there. I’d really hope that loading screens will be a thing of the past also hoping that “casual/mobile gaming” or touchscreen controls don’t take up too much of developer’s time. Much like how the Wii sparked a scramble for motion controlled gaming, I’d hate to see another gimmick take focus.
I also hope that with stronger processors, larger and longer, more involved games will become more standard. Stronger processors are the one big advantage PC gaming has over console gaming.
One big disappointment I’ve experienced with the new crop of action adventure games has been that game time in main campaign story modes has been sacrificed in lieu of an involved multiplayer experience. I would really like to see a better balance between the two. 
ANOTHERDAE
This E3 has reminded me of a fun fact: I don’t like waiting for new games to release. I hate hearing about and seeing teasers for games a year-plus from release. Yes, I like to know everything, so this issue won’t change, but I wish they would take a more queues from companies like Apple and release games and hardware the same day as an announcement. 
ZOIDBERGER
I agree with the “hate to wait” but as we have seen with blockbuster movie sequels you need the “hype” to move units. You need your fan base to get excited and you also need to give time for people new to a genre or series to familiarize themselves with the product. I to also hate to wait, but I understand the marketing strategy behind it. 
VERDEBERG
100% agree. Don’t tout a game as the next big step in gaming and then reveal that the release is another year away. That is basically saying that the games I buy in the meantime are totally not worth it. If a car maker made a mass consumer announcement that their next breed of cars would require two thirds less gas as the current crop, people would wait to buy.
Metal Gear Rising Revengance, along with a host of other
announced titles, will not be released until 2013

ANOTHERDAE
Looking forward to the new Need For Speed game from Criterion. I know Verde’ and Zoid were both big fans of Criterion’s Burn Out Paradise too. If this is anything close to what a sequel to Burn Out would look like, I’m on board. 
VERDEBERG
Beyond: Two Souls looks rad. I’ll be watching for that. I’ve really grown to love games that play like really good movies with a strong focus on story and characters. Also the new game from Naughty Dog, The Last of Us. Naughty Dog won my allegiance with the Uncharted franchise. 
ZOIDBERGER
I need to do one of two things, either punch Verdeberg in the face for taking the two games I was going to mention or check my room for hidden cameras. Apart from Beyond: Two Souls and The Last of Us, I am genuinely excited about the Tomb Raider reboot. It looks very gritty and much darker than the previous Tomb Raider installments. Looks like a complete remake in the game engine with a more Uncharted feel to it. 

The Tomb Raider (2012) reboot is looking to have a very different Lara Croft
ANOTHERDAE
Picking an E3 winner is a moot point, however, in my opinion Sony has their house in order the best. Lots of new offerings on many different platforms from them and Jack Tretton speaks very well. I was hoping to hear something new from them related to their cloud gaming deals. Either a new streaming way of playing games off your XMB or maybe the next “iteration” of Playstation. 
ZOIDBERGER
I think Sony came out as the winner this year but for a different reason, last year was a PR nightmare for Sony with the hacking of the PSN. This year was all about setting themselves up for next years presumed console unveiling. I think they did a great job last year PR wise and this year was to remind everyone of just how great the lineup of games the Playstation can have.
They were also less about the Playstation: Move compared to the amount of focus that Microsoft put into The Kinect. In my mind, the less they talk about those gaming peripherals the better. Sony also had the 2 games that came out of nowhere to really get me excited, Beyond: Two Souls and The Last Of Us. I feel that Sony was really humbled by what happened last year and this year they put their fans first with a slew of solid titles and a reminder of just how good Sony can be. 
VERDEBERG
2011 was a rough year for them as far as customer concerns go. With the hacking of PSN and the subsequent month-long outage. With this year’s lackluster PS Vita release they recorded a huge financial loss. To me its not about winners and losers, it’s about companies that are as loyal to me as a consumer as I am to them. The Sony E3 address was all about thanking their customers and I appreciate that. As a Playstation 3 owner I want to feel good about not having to buy another game system right away. As long as Playstation continues to keep me happy, I’ll keep buying Playstations. 
ANOTHERDAE
Sounds like we all have high hopes for E3 2013. With a year lacking in surprises expectations will be compounded. I expect a year of speculation and “leaked photos” ahead of us, so in other words, life as usual.

E3 2012: microsoft keynoteby zoidberger

This could very well be the final E3 before Microsoft’s next generation console is unveiled to start the third generation of console wars. This allows Microsoft to release an amazing slate of Triple A titles in the coming year. One title that will be front and center this year will be Halo 4. After receiving a teaser trailer at last years E3 there is little doubt of a playable demo this year. An annual release of the newest installment of the Call of Duty series is also immanent.

Apart from the games will also be the extension of more Kinect services on the Xbox. The interesting part will be how many new titles will be announced with the limited time left on these current consoles.

Hit the jump for E3 play by play.

Keynote available online at: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/e3/

The Microsoft Keynote starts with a Halo 4 introduction cinematic follow by in game footage from a playable demo on the stage. This came a little early in the show I feel.
Microsoft President of Interactive Entertainment, Don Mattrick, starts off the show as the introductory speaker. He leads with the Splinter Cell: Blacklist cinematic trailer, followed by an onstage demo by Alex Parizeau and Maxime Beland from Ubisoft. Splinter Cell: Blacklist is due out Spring 2013.
Head of EA Sports, Andrew Wilson, demos the FIFA 2013 Kinect controls. He is joined on stage by Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana to demo the Madden 2013 Kinect controls.
The trailer for Fable: The Journey is followed by Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft Studios.  Phil talks about the large library of games set to be released in the coming year. He then drops the trailer for Gears Of War Judgment due out in 2013, also shown is a first look at something gear-heads have been looking forward to: Forza Horizon.
Yusuf Mehdi, Head of Marketing and Strategy, tells us about all the new content being added to the Kinect Bing voice chat feature. As well as, announcing new partnerships with Nickelodeon, Paramount Movies, Machinima, and Univision as additions to the already large library of Xbox content providers. Apart from the television and cinema additions to the Kinect were also the additions to the sports viewing partners on the Xbox. Xbox will be adding NBA LeaguePass, NHL GameCenter, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPN U.
Stefan Olander, VP of Digital Sports for Nike, introduces the Nike Plus Training System for the Kinect.
Mark Whitten, Head of Xbox Live, unveils the Xbox Smart Glass system that connects your existing tablet and smart phone devices with your Xbox. We get started with a Sherlock Holmes and Game of Thrones connectivity features. Tablet gameplay features are also shown for Maddenand Halo 4. Mark announces that a version of the Internet Explorer browser will be coming to Xbox. To show us the features of IE for the Xbox he runs a Prometheus video trailer as well as an Aston Martin webpage search.
Game Director, Daniel Bisson and Studio Head, Darrel Gallaher from Crystal Dynamics, show off a playable demo of the new Tomb Raider.

Phil Spencer returns to announce Ascend: New Gods and Matter both due out in 2013

Executive Producer, Hiroyuki Kobayashi and Game Director, Eiichiro Sasaki from Capcom, play a demo of Resident Evil 6. Followed by another playable, this time Kinect-only demo of Wreckateers by Alex Ruiz from the Xbox Live team.          
Trey Parker and Matt Stone come on stage to introduce South Park: Stick of Truth and are followed by the announcement for Dance Central 3 with a live performance from grammy winner, Usher. Donn Mattrick closes the keynote with a 15 minute live demo of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
The Microsoft keynote was strong they had some hard hitting titles like Halo 4 and Modern Warfare. The gameplay footage from Splinter Cell, Tomb Raider and Resident Evil 6 was amazing. The Gears of War and Fable announcements strengthened the lineup of exclusive titles slatted for release. Microsoft needed to bring out a star studded lineup of games in what could be the final E3 before the next console war begins and I think they most certainly did.

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