E3 So Far

With Monday rapidly coming to a close, I thought I’d share some impressions of what we’ve seen so far.

The EA Press Conference showed some really good stuff. Mass Effect 3 was suitably impressive. Insomniac’s new multi-platform game, Overstrike, was shown and while there was no gameplay footage, it certainly looked like a beautiful and potentially very fun game. I have every confidence in Insomniac given their track record. With 4 player co-op, this could be another winner from one of my favorite studios.

The trailer for SSX showed that EA also appears to be on the right track. We saw some wild action very reminiscent of SSX Tricky and learned that images from NASA were used to recreate all the major mountain ranges across the world to serve as your playground. When the two snowboarders jumped off the cliff and one of them was in freefall, it looked like she was about to pull the ripcord on a parachute. I’d love to see that added into the game. Instead of just resetting to the track, you open a parachute and glide down to a spot where you can continue your descent. We’ll have to see if anything actually comes of this.

FIFA looked like it had some really nice improvements and the new connected world they’re building could be an amazing new innovation for all sports games. The seeds of this were laid down over FIFA World Cup South Africa and FIFA 10 and 11 and it’s exciting to see where they’re taking it.

Sony obviously spent a ton of money on their show and I think it was well worth it. Very impressive from beginning to end, they had LA’s famous food trucks out when everyone arrived along with Sweet Tooth’s truck. Live spots were being filmed for the PlayStation Blog, well almost live. They actually had a 10 minute delay for fear of someone cursing. You may have noticed that Glenn appeared on the Blog, interviewed by Jeff Rubenstein, if you didn’t you weren’t following our tweets…

The stage inside was massive. It was a really nice set up that took advantage of the unique space to show off an impressive list of games. Highlights for me included Bioshock Infinite, Uncharted 3 and all the PS Vita stuff. I’m not high on the name myself but I guess I’ll get used to it. I know for sure that I want a 3G, WiFi model when it comes out. Speaking of Vita, a game set in the Bioshuck universe designed specifically for the Vita? Oh hell yes.  The 3D across all the games looked solid and for Resistance 3, it looked on par with SOCOM 4.  The effect of the rain on the screen in 3D was really amazing.  I’m dying to play that game now.

When the televised part of the show ended, the curtains rose and we were all invited to come down and play all the games we saw. The layout of food and drinks was again very impressive, and likely very, very expensive. We got to see a new PixelJunk game called Sidescroller which we should have a lot more coverage on in the coming days. It’s a 2D sidescrolling shmup and it’s a lot of fun. Jane’s Addiction took the stage right in the middle of all the demo kiosks and played an excellent and surprisingly long show.

There are a lot more games to talk about including Starhawk, Twisted Metal, Ruin and more. We’ll be seeing the Nintendo Press Conference in the morning and then a few appointments including several breakout sessions with Sony.

It’s been an exciting first day and I’m still hoping for more surprises as the week goes on. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.

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  • Anonymous

    Sony has won E3, unless Nintendo pull all the stops out? Watching a few different feeds last night and missed Glenn. Ended up watching the Playstation Blog via the PS3, perfect picture all the way to the UK.

    I’m just starting to get used to the name Vita, could of been alot worse I suppose. loving all the games on it and all the possiblites of connection to the cloud and PS3. The price is brilliant and shocked alot of people, hopefully it’ll be close to the exchange rate in the UK but I doubt it.

    Nice write up Josh.

    PSN ID: ChazzH69

  • Mass Effect 4!!! Holy Cow!

    • yeah…. I was a little out of it when I wrote this up, now fixed

  • Thank

  • And you didn’t even mention the quick little flurries of good-stuff Sony dropped. Sly Cooper sequel? Dual-vision 3D monitor? That all too short Star Trek clip… Sony hit with so many heavy punches that its too easy to forget the stuff they just had enough time to jab with. Awesome press conference. Expect everybody in the “media” to believe that somehow Nintendo (though I am interested to see that next system) will top it this afternoon.
    And Jane’s Addiction live…. Christ I wish I could have caught that.

  • And as for the name “Vita”…. does anybody else think Iron Butterfly when they hear that?

    • Yay, someone else. Totally comes to mind. Was singing it to myself last night.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome glance at EA conference with online multi-player for Battlefield 3 and congrats to Insomniac for there new IP it looks promising.  

  • I think I see glenn  in the back ground of this video also Josh might be there has well don’t know what they really look like
    http://www.gamespot.com/shows/tonight-on-the-spot/?event=tonight_on_the_spot_ngp20110606&tag=topslot;img;1

    • Josh is in full beard this week- unless he shaved it off this morning.

      • well you watch it it is only 12 minutes long and it is about vita but I think they are there around 5 mins in

        • Nope, not us, but we’re in Pulse on PSN several times.

  • Anonymous

    I was very surprised to see the Vita priced at $249.99.  There’s no doubt that I will be picking up one now.  It will be hard to move away from my PSP GO however.