The Big Three’s Press Conferences – E3 2008
July 16, 2008 § 5 Comments
So the big three: Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony have all had their chance to show off their top games and new features for the coming years, and of course the Clockwork Manual is here to fill you in on what they covered.
Microsoft went first with their presentation on Monday. Of the three, Microsoft spent the most amount of time actually showing us games, along with quite a few “Exclusive to 360” stickers slapped on the front. Among the big games shown off were Gears of War 2 (of course), Fallout 3 (with 360 exclusive downloadable content), Lips (Microsoft’s answer to Singstar), Resident Evil 5 (co-op, hell yeah!) and Fable 2 (we saw an in-game wife, but not a whole lot else).
Also shown for the first time (officially at least) was the new Xbox dashboard complete with brand new Mii’s, I mean Avatars! Yes we all saw it coming but now it’s official – 360 owners will be able to create a digital representation of themselves for use in-game. The new dashboard does look very cool, completely ripped out of Windows XP Media Center, but cool all the same.
Then came the news that every Sony fanboy had been dreading, the news that Final Fantasy XIII would be coming to Xbox 360 at the same time as the PS3 when it’s released in Europe and North America. It’s worth noting that this won’t be the case in Japan, Square Enix it seems knows what platform its Japanese gamers want the play the game on first.
Apart from a surprise performance by Duffy, the press conference passed without any real fireworks being lit, something which again occurred this morning with Nintendo’s hour in the spotlight. Aside from much gloating about how much of the market share Nintendo has managed to get its grubby mitts on, no games were revealed that would really appeal to the hardcore gamer.
Games announced were Wii Music (aside from the drums this looks pretty standard, you have no real input to the tune aside from deciding the rhythm with random button mashing), Wii Sports Beach Resort (making use of Nintendo’s new peripheral for some…sword fighting?) and Animal Crossing – complete with online play. Also shown off was Shawn White’s Snowboarding’s use of the balance board included with Wii Fit to carve your way down the mountainside, complete with uncomfortable demonstration by Shawn White himself.
So the last two conferences failed to excite, but surely Sony’s would come and really light up the sky with a whole host of games specifically targeting the hardcore. Whilst it managed to show off some interesting footage of games we already knew existed (Resistance 2, DC Universe) the real stand out moment of the show came with the announcement of Massive Action Game (MAG, don’t worry, just a placeholder) from Zipper Interactive featuring, wait for it, two hundred and fifty six player online matches. I think we can say Resistance’s multiplayer has well and truly been trumped. They plan to keep such massive games interesting with the use of eight man squads in the game, within which you can organize, and work together to rack up as many frags as possible.
So far this year’s E3 has been quite the uneventful beast, with no really huge software announcements to report. Here’s to hoping the week ahead will garner more surprises.