Gone are the days of E3 and it's huge gaming booths with booth babes and games for all to play. Instead now it is an industry-closed event that gamers only get to listen to via chats, videos and live blogs.
E3 was quite a dissapointment all around no real ground breaking announcements were made. Each of the big 3 came up pretty lame. I grade it as a failure form the perspective that E3 was supposed to focus on games and it didn't do that IMO.
I don't if I'd say a total failure, but there were no big reveals to make the crowds go ooh and ahh. I think everyone was expecting something like that, but there was nothing there to get extremely excited about that wasn't already known.
Umm, I think that the FFXIII was a pretty HUGE reveal. I mean it had the whole gaming community Buzzing hardcore for two days! How much bigger then that could it have been? It was a straight sucker punch to Sony that they were unable to recover from the following day. Just that move alone gave the show to MS by default. (All polls all over the web agree with that, so if your gonna disagree please provide proof to back it up.) But in general, it was quite dissappointing because we were expecting SOOO MUCH MORE!
FFXIII was a giant reveal but it was a revela of a game we had seen already. The news was that Sony was getting screwed, still big news though. But htere wasnt really one game that people were like OH MY GOD! MAG and God of War were possibly the closest things, MAG was all CGI and God of War was just a teaser. Gears 2 was nice but we had already heard about it so it wasnt jaw dropping.
if you are a fan boy, of course that announcement was huge, if you are a gamer, that announcement meant nothing, had SE shown gameplay videos or a live demo then that would have been huge...E3 WAS a failure cause we didn't see anything amazing that we didn't know before, like Gears 2 looking amazing, Resistance looking amazing too and Resident Evil looking great...after that zzzz zzz zz zzz zzz B O R I N G!!!!!!! EDIT: Thinking about it a little bit more, the conferences where a failure but the games shown and demos where great, Gears 2, Resistance 2, InFamous, Mercenaries, Force Unleashed, NBA Live 2009, Killzone 2, Little Big Planet, Resident Evil, Dead Space...i mean there are a LOT of great games coming out, and they showed a lot of great live demos from these titles on E3, actually all the live feed from the games was far more interesting that the conferences...
It's not going to be the way it used to be. It has changed and is how it is now. Losing the Booth Babes was the officially the end.
The conference realy didnt showcase games, I think it focused more on look at our numbers and what we have done. Press conferences for me were like this: MS > Nintendo > Sony
I'd agree with that. Even without the FF13 announcement, I think MS had the best of the Big 3.
other then the FFXIII announcment how was microsoft's the best? they showcased multiplatform games, and didn't announce one REAL exclusive(the sing-star wannabe doesn't count). it was just a bunch of loaded statments about how the 360 would "eventually" outsell the ps3. and I can so see how NINty's conference was better thatn Sony's. caused I'd buy animal crossing and WiiMusic over God of War anyday./end sarcasm. Sony did their presentation with class, made a bunch of announcements, actually showed some new exclusive games, showcased games for 09, had the most games, and topped it off with one of their biggest franchises.
Aside from Sony Showing Games, M$ showing they Copied again ,Nintendo being meh~ M$ buying games,Netflix/PSN Movies aree not really worth the news from a GAMES CONVENTION so yea SONY>>>M$/*N Thats how it went believe it or not.
yes,overall e3 was so disappointing ps3,I was expecting team ICO secret project and other secret sony games ms,I was expecting alan wake,bioshock2 qnd splinter cell:convection nintedo,worst press conference ever,I was expecting new starfox wii,new zelda game or that new RETRO STUDIOS project sony was very good ms was decent nintendo was a total failure
Nintendo really elt us down. No punchout, no zelda, no metroid, shoot not even a mario title?! PS3 I felt was weak because tehir announcements were just so slow and many of them we new abot already, also the lack of killzone was surprising. MS I liked the avatr and dashboard info as well as the final bombshella bout FFXIII, they droped that news and then ran. lol
I like it so far. been watching Game spot E3 live coverage in last two days, and there were ton of awesome games. today is last day and they will have Soccom and halo Wars among others, cant wait to check those two.
E3 was good overall. Fanboyism aside Sony had the better conference, followed by Microsoft. Nintendo is simply horrible.
FF13 X360 was a disspointment i was really disspointed and suprised
but honestly, it was one of the only things announced at E3 that was exciting-if that hadn't happened, the most exciting things would have been some Dutch singer not many people have heard of performing, the already assumed GOW3 announcement (no details and all), and Iwata calling himself a paradigm changer...
i actually enjoyed e3...why is every always so damn negative about stuff...people must really be bored and have nothing better to do...or just have had troubled childhoods...its mind bottling...by the way i am aware i just typed mind bottling!
lol @ mind bottling. I dont want to be negative, I guess my expectations were a lot higher. I thought we would see new Zelda and Metroid game
The Killzone 2 multiplayer is what made E3 a success for me personally
Hey, I love games and it showed me loads of stuff to look foward to: GOW2 and Fable 2 are getting so close I can touch 'em! Resistance2 and Killzone 2 are still top of the shopping list. Portal on live will be great. Tons of PSN goodies - the fat princess game is a work of conceptual genius! Loads of PSP stuff I'm stoked for, like the new resistance, patapoon 2, Loco Roco 2, a portable Supre Stardust etc.. Fallout 3 and Resi 5 are both great looking multi plats that make me drool. I'm well up for the DC universe MMO title, and Motorstorm 2 looks like its going to be hot. Infamous looks brilliant, and a must buy from what I've seen. MAG looked facinating, one to keep an eye on for sure. God of War 3 will surely be amazing, nice to have it confirmed at last. I guess if your a jurno looking for free hand outs and a tone of cheesy booth babes to oggle at, it just isn't the same... But theres plenty of new games or 'just about to come' games that got me excited. I'd rather thay had an E3 than they didn't...
I hear ya but everyhting announced was a sequel of some sort or a game that we already new was coming. Nothing was a real surprise, Killzone, Gears, God of war, Animal crossing - everyone knew these were coming. MAG and GTA DS were probbaly the biggest surprises of the conference.
It didn`t have the surprise factor many were hoping for, with the exception of FF13 going to 360 (and to a lesser extent MAG, even though it was CGI). I must say the stuff shown after the press conferences has been great. I think Gamespot`s (believe it or not) behind the show was been more impressive actually (some of the "interviewers" there though...) Seeing more in depth of Killzone, Infamous, R2, Star Wars FU, Fallout etc has shown me great games. Sad not more of them was included in the press conferences instead of DC Comics etc. Hope Leipzig and TGS after that, can pick up the pace a bit.
Couldnt agree more man. The videos after the press conferences were pretty good, they should have been the press conferences themselves. We got a ton of information after the fact which was odd.
Yeah i know. In a way i guess it`s good, so that E3 lasts a bit longer, but still. I find it strange that huge companies with media background `s like Sony and M$ can`t pull off better conferences. I mean they were both fine (and a lot better than Nintendo`s), but i wish they could`ve shown more or other games than what was did. Maybe Leipzig will change it though, we`ll see.
true say, even tho i enjoyed sony e3 they did not give me what i was expecting, as for ms "wtf" there big thing was a game that will also be on the ps3 and exlusive to the ps3 in japan. people are making a big deal out of ff13 but are forgeting that gta4,and dmc4 was also multi plat and it did not hurt sony?, and ms needs ff13 in japan more than europe and america....then we have nintendo >do i need to say more< the worst out of all of them,i so hate the wii y it still sells like that is beyond me, u girls and parents that by the wii just by a ps3 or 360...-_-
microsoft made me laugh at thier embarrassment & then I cursed them for being dirty bastards but that's just the usual & then I felt sorry for the hardcore xbox360 gamers for being sold out. Sony was the only big boss to show up & impress the world, gave us hundreds of entertainment with the video store & just look at all the hype Sony is getting now. It was funny to see everyone make excuses for xbox360 failure. I loved the video of devs confessing the power of the cell. that sealed it for me & psp! Ftw psp is back & better than ever. nintendo was... Cute?!? who knew xbox360 had wii-envy? Sony killed E3! And if it wasn't for ff13 I would not be able to remember ms conference. ms even gave free advertising for Sony! I was like, jeez get off of my ps3 dik. LOL! I can't wait till xbutts start playing dress up & I'm creating my space in home. seriously, ps3 ftw!!! LOL
i was disappointed ms is going with stupid user mii ripoffs. i like the 360 blades on my dash i don't want a new U.I. No new i.p's announced either wanna see the new controller, and how it will be impemented into banjo nintendo now thinks their loyal hardcore fans will be satiated with wii music, wii sport resort and animal crossing. WTF???? nintendo may sell alot of units in hardware but software is abysmal. Most people i know will pick up a wii or ds and have a game or two then get board and never use it again. my 19 year old sister bought a ds lite with pokemon played through it once and gave me a crispy new ds free. sony talked too much about the 9 year old ps2, MOVE THE F(_)CK ON!!!! but i still found sony to be the leader of the three this year really talking about long term exclusives
although i think nintendos conference needs to be thrown out entirely. what were they thinking? but sony and ms: there was good stuff in each but way too much wasted time on both sides. sony shouldn't have talked about the ps2 so much and ms....what was up with the on-stage game playing? that was painful to watch.
Sorry to all the Cos Players who liked ot come dressed up...sorry to all the gamers that made the trek to E3...but this being Press only has made the coverage of this event VASTLY better. All the gaming sites/mags/TV in attendance are getting good looks at a TON of games. That is good for the majority as opposed to years past where they had to wait in lines and missed out on more than half the big games and usually only got enough time to cover 1 or 2 games a day. E3's format is for the best. Let shows like PAX and TGS be open to all...
last year sony unveiled a lot of stuff that was no where near release, and most of it we are still waiting on and they got rippied for. Aside from MAG and GOW III everything they announced is this year or early next year, same thing goes for msft. I like the new approach. at least this way we don't have to wait a year or more to get the games they showcase.
I didn't care for ps2 statements but I guess that's sonys way of saying that its still competing, still selling & will still have support just to shut m$ up with the whole we are the because we sell more with our headstart speech. whats ms selling now? We are the best t-shirts? the hardcore for casuals! Cancel the account. But I will try to understand if you wait till gears. I would use a free trial if I were you. LOL! they are treating gamers like gamers treat old games. they traded you for the money spenders! LOL! love it or leave it. Its the American way. Xbox live is gonna be pretty quiet when they find out about the avatars. yikes, that is ugly. I couldnt imagine the horrors you guys go through. Especially, since some of you care more about sales than playing your favorite game. Sad. Hope you learned your lesson when you support a greedy, shady corporation. What happened to all the fpshooter fans of xbox360? all Sony needs now is the xbox360 install base. the real shooters & action crazed gamers are thirsting at the ps3 line up. Xbox360 just don't make the cut anymore. whats your gamerscore? Have you had reset before? Have you had multiple red ring failures? do you really want to pay for cross game chat & invites? are you a ghey lil avatars mii? or do you want the real hardcore experience? trade it & get creative.
I think because of how heated the console wars have gotten. People think they're going to pull some crazy punches at E3. That simply wasn't the case. With exception of the whole FFXIII thing. But Sony delivered the most exclusive games on PSN, PS3, and PSP. High quality, varied, and unique PSN games like Fat Princess, Ragdoll Kung Fu, Flower, SOCOM, Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Bootay, Crash Commando, Siren, Pixeljunk Eden. Then Of course the PS3 with Resistance 2, LittleBigPlanet, Killzone 2, Valkyria Chronicles, Infamous, DC Universe, Naruto: UNS, Buzz, The Agency, Motorstorm 2, God of War III annoucement and MAG announcement. Then the new PSP games like Resistance Retribution, Stardust Portable, Patapon 2, NBA 09 and Locoroco 2. Sure they all aren't massive AAA AAA AAA titles or nothing. But the variety and quality is definitely welcomed. It all still adds to the ever growing list of PS3 games. And of course there's a luttboad of other exclusives that weren't even mentioned. A list I do not need to make.
The G4 game coverage has been interesting. Finally get to see more games in action that I've only seen trailers for. Mercs 2 looks awesome, better than I expected. Dead Space looked neat. I like how they said MS and Sony won't allow a game that you can't pause, so they had to nix the no pause idea they had (whew, now I can finally pee in peace or call my mommy during the scary parts). Explosions in LBP were cool, although the hands on they showed was kind of too frantic for a good demo. Face Breaker didn't demo well. Never got to see a broken face. MK vs DC was interesting, although I kept waiting for the intense gore. Still should be fun and he did let slip a few new names one being Capt. America. I can't remember who else. Tomb Raider didn't do much for me. I hope the game play is better than the demo. I have high hopes for Dragon Age, but the demo was a bit lame. Still, it's Bioware and fantasy, it's almost a slam dunk.
G4 had decent coverage, but even they were surprised by the SOny one, afterwards Adam Sessler turned ot thte others with this WTF look on his face. COrrection Dude - Captain America is Marvel, not DC, he can't be in the DC universe game.
I could have sworn he said Capt. America, but yes you are correct it couldn't be him. Adam Sessler has the oddest body movements I think I've ever seen, followed closely by Jeff Keighley's on air bouncing up and down.
Was the WORST E3 I can remember. BTW, that picture is flawed. Bruce Lee kicked Chuck Norris' ass, and still could were he alive.
that's a given.
the new psn titles were hot, first look at "i am alive". watching some real RE5 gameplay. more indepth look at resistance.(they upped the gore! and a new 44 mag pistol!) got to see a demo of facebreaker.(and i liked it) my #1 disappointment was: where was naughty dog? a huge ps3 1st party game-maker coming off the success of uncharted. are they making part 2? what about the rumored new jak and daxter series? i thought sony really dropped the ball on this. #2 heavy rain. been talked about for a long time and still no concrete info? overall, show has been ok so far. since it's been revamped, i don't think it's reasonable to expect a tidal wave of huge announcements anymore.
The conferences weren't too bad but it could have been better. I think personally that Sony won with their exclusive games and presentation.
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Probably if you're a hardcore Nintendo Fan, or an RPG Lover without an Xbox 360. For us Xbox 360 owners, this one was one of the best E3 Microsoft has held. Gears 2 looked groundbreaking, Fable 2 much, much better than expected (and showed in previous builds) Banjo Kazooie very entertaining and the demos of the multiplatforms Fallout3 and Resident Evil 5 were shown under Xbox 360 and ran great. A completely overhauled dashboard awaits for us this year with the excellent option to be able to install every single game out there. Really useful for RPGs like Fallout 3 (Oblivion took a while to load) Mass Effect 2 and to reduce the texture pop up in the few games that suffer from it (GTA IV i.e.) Overall, this was an excellent E3, at least for Xbox users. Microsoft is back on top of the wave.
i enjoyed this years E3. as a Playstation 3 fan, i'm pretty excited about what's coming to the console exclusively this year, as well as the multi-plats. exclusives i'm excited about: Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty (coming this year) Fat Princess (coming this year, i'm assuming) Pixel Junk Eden (coming this year) Crash Commando (reminds me of a beefed up Contra) Flower (i loved flOw; relaxing games are a nice change of pace) Loco Roco 2 Patapon 2 Resistance: Retribution Resistance 2 (this year) GOW3 MAG hell, i'm even looking out for Motorstorm 2 (this year) inFamous Killzone 2 there was a lot discussed for the Playstation 3, and even the PSP that the gaming media ignored in favor of "OMFG!FFXIIIONTEH360!!!11 1MICROSOFTWONE3!!!" i don't see how having a press conference full of third party multi-platform titles available in the next year trumps a press conference full of first party, EXCLUSIVE titles releasing within the next 5-8 months (there are only five months left in 2008, and Killzone, inFamous, GOW3 are slated for the first 4 months of the new year) seriously, Microsoft showed of third party title after third party title, and called it a wrap?? after the Press conference, i didn't hear about much of anything concerning the 360 and it's titles releasing this year. no Fable 2. no Gears 2. no Too Human. nothing. after the Sony press conference, i got videos, trailers, interviews, etc of Ratchet and Clank: QFB Fat Princess Pixel Junk Eden Crash Commandos Resistance 2 Resistance PSP Killzone 2 single and multi-player (videos and interviews) MAG interview inFamous gameplay demos, interviews, and trailers. basically, everything they showed off at their press conference, and stuff they didn't, i got info on. as a Playstation 3 gamer, it's hard for me to get pissy because they didn't any OMFGMEGATON!!!! announcements (though MAG was certainly a surprise) Nintendo was a total failure at this years E3 in my opinion, and Microsoft had a good press conference, with very little substance that belonged EXCLUSIVELY to them and their console. to me, Sony had the better E3 (as well as the third party devs). just look at the main pages of ign, 1up, etc, most of it is Sony coverage, with a few scattered 360 and Wii stuff to make it seem like their exclusive showings weren't a total loss.
E3 2008 a Total Failure???? Loot-Ninja=Sony fanboy
It was a fine year the only failure was nintendo.
2008 E3 was not a failure it was just a repositioning year for the industry. MS struck first with them attempting to appeal to not just the hardcore but also the casual. FF13 announcement to me was shocking but not something that would make or break the show. Sony is just trying to keep the consumers it has happy with more first party exclusives and seems to want to try a Word of Mouth type of advertising. With games like Mag and DC online it seems they are aiming for current consumers to talk to newer consumer to spread the word for the PS3. And Nintendo has pretty much said F*CK U to the hardcore and is sticking to the consumer base it has and trying to expand themselves in that market. Next year should be slightly better but I wouldn't expect another great E3 until 2010, that when some huge announcements will be made.
E3 really is poor in comparison to its former glory days and really for me anyway bring on the Tokyo Game Show.
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