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E3 Roundup

This is a repost of a previously published article.

So, the week has passed and the powder keg that is E3 graced us with a slew of news, with highlights including the Wii U, Halo 4, the focus on Kinect titles, a Bioshock project on the Playstation Vita (formerly NGP) and lots of games.  As you can see, besides the already known announcement of a new console, E3 2011 was a little short of excitement especially when compared to the massive free-for-all that was E3 2010.

In short, E3 was a bit of a disappointment.  Most of the things that came out of it were already known or leaked beforehand, including Nintendo’s new console.  Therefore, it is indeed acceptable for one to feel a little “jipped” when trying to sum up the events of E3.  On the other hand, this year was full of gameplay demos showing everyone not just little teasers of what is to come, but giving some real demonstration as to what they will be playing.  This includes relatively long gameplay clips of titans such as Battlefield 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.  Alongside that, we saw some more Gears of War 3 gameplay, quite a lot of demos from games coming to PS Vita, and some big-publisher titles like EA’s Need for Speed: The Run, and Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.

The big highlight of the show was the Wii U, Nintendo’s response to demands from the gamers.  The console sports technical specifications that live up to the current generation, and backwards compatibility for the majority of peripherals and software from the original Wii.  That means you’ll be able to use your motion controllers with the new console.  In addition, the Wii U introduces a new controller that contains all of the same buttons as a current generation controller, but adds a touch screen in the middle of it.  This acts as a second screen that can work either in conjunction with the big TV, or as an independent screen where the player may continue playing whilst the TV is turned off or the channel is changed.  So really we’re looking at a current gen console with a little add-on.  Oh I forgot to mention that the console will contain quite a few of the upcoming 2012 titles, and is looking to be released next year.

To sum up the Wii U, all I can say is….it’s about time.  Nintendo finally listened to the outspoken and horde that is the gamer nation.  As for the rest of the show, I hate to say that it was mediocre but I simply cannot deny it.  At least we got to see some great gameplay, and personally…Gears of War 3 is exceeding my expectations.

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