Today marks the official start to 2012’s Electronic Entertainment Expo with all the big publishers press conferences before the expo is opened up to the public tomorrow. E3 is the place for the video game industry to make all it’s big announcements, unveil their largest properties, and give gamers a chance to get some hands on experience playing some of the most anticipated titles of the year.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of individual games, here are some of my general impressions thus far.
-Better looking: this goes without saying, but every year developers push the bounds of their respective hardware with bigger worlds, smoother gameplay, and better graphics with more attention to detail. While just a few years ago characters were just simple skins wrapped around a 3d model are now more interactive than ever. The new Madden takes into consideration where on your player gets hit or clipped with a new run time physics engine; or grab the knife out of your targets belt before making him you victim in Far Cry 3. Of course the resolution and level of detail is off the charts, games find new and more innovative ways to act with your environment, and the graphics are more Hd-ier than ever as Nintendo is finally poised to enter the next gen market with the Wii U later thus year. Which brings me to my next point:
-Hardware: I have yet to see any games utilizing new hardware or peripherals. Hopefully Nintendo has finally realized that we don’t want another piece of white plastic clogging up our game rooms. The sole exception to this is the addition of the Wii U’s tablet controller. Ubisoft is include support for the device in many of it’s new releases; none featured more prominently than in Rayman where a new character is utilized entirely through swipe movements. As for me I think it’s nothing more than playing ipad level games on your tv especially since you can only have one player linked into the game via a tablet at any given time; but who knows maybe it’ll be cool to be able to use it as a portable screen/controller to play Mario Kart from the can.
After a full day of Star Trekking, Stan Leeing, and Bruce Campbelling I skipped the Geek Nation after party as I was just too wiped out. I drove back in a homewardish direction and stopped off at a local pizza/sports bar for a slice and a drink. The assortment of baseball, basketball, and for whatever reason softball games on the screens held no interest for me; however the Stan-Lee (see what I did there?) Cup finals were on one solitary screen. However, to see that screen I had to stare thru a table of a gaggle of college girls; the type that would normally frequent a sports bar on a saturday night. After several minutes of intense staring at the screen one girl whispered to another who quickly turned around looked at me and rolled her eyes.
Now I’m certainly no Chris Hemsworth (if you want to see him check out my full day coverage of Philly Con) but I’m not the worst thing to look at either.
Two things ladies:
A- I’m watching the hockey game not staring at your boobs; you’re gossipy high pitched woo’s are no match for brutal non-stop action and
B- I’ve literally just spent all day around girls dressed in leather and spandex, if really anything at all; representing some of the most well developed characters in popular literature; frankly you are boring by comparison.
That is all; stay nerdy my friends.
This weekend marked the passing of yet another year for the Philadelphia Comic Con. Once a con plagued by terrible under-attendance and being kinda under-whelming in general, I must say has shown up this year in quite a grand fashion! Unlike San Diego, where everyone makes their big announcements and the entire con has shifted focus from comics to general pop culture, Philadelphia Wizard World contains not a single gaming console, major network, or Sony branded anything on the floor. You won’t find 300 person long lines for swag giveaways at the G4 booth, and i find that quite refreshing. Just comics, toys/t-shirts sporting comics, the creators of said comics, and the fans that love comics; what can i say it’s a freaking comic convention. This con is perfectly suited to it’s size. Is the floor crowded? Yes. Claustrophobicly so? No. Are there lines to get into the panels? Yes. Is anybody left out because the room was full? No. This was really a joy to be at. Also because there’s no big spoiler alerts, new announcements, or exclusive toy lines to write about; figured I’d just give you some pictorial love of the panels I attended along with some of my favorite quotes from each!