Motion control is the name of the game at this year’s E3, and day two marked presentations from two names who, if not bigger than Microsoft, have been in the game just a little bit longer: gaming stalwart Nintendo and marketing machine, Sony.
Both conferences lacked the star-power of Microsoft: when you’ve got half of the Beatles and a big Hollywood director, where can you go wrong? (Actually scrap that, Ubisoft had James Cameron, and look how that ended up.) But that said, both had their fair share of surprises, both expected and otherwise.
Unfortunately for Sony, much of the weight behind their surprises had already been leaked with this weekend’s reveal of the PSP Go, the only new console to be revealed at this year’s E3. Significantly smaller than the original PSP, the GO promises downloadable content, media playback and 16GB of storage.
In terms of gaming, Sony showed a lot of footage: over a two-hour conference, it could really be considered the downside of their presentation that they showed a lot of footage as part of montages for the PS2, PS3 and PSP, naming few games. Some games were exclusive to the brand, others not.
Nope, it’s not a Futurama post, but rather a run-down of some stuff from yesterday’s E3, with some pretty amazing videos.
Day One of the Expo kicked off with presentations from Microsoft, EA and Ubisoft, with some overlap between them, but a whole host of impressive trailers and videos…and some not so impressive.
We’ll start off with the least impressive of the bunch and Ubisoft: Microsoft and EA were both tough acts to follow, but Ubisoft really didn’t give much away. A witty introduction from TV presenter Joel McHale led to Ubisoft’s director’s dicussing their attempts to cross media barriers and offer a multimedia approach: director James Cameron took to the stage to discuss Ubisoft’s involvement in his upcoming Avatar movie and the tie-in game. In what is probably the most disappointing and lengthy discussion ever, Cameron spoke at length about the film’s plot and effect, along with his hopes and expectations for the game…and showed nothing. Read more…