Yesterday we talked highlights so today it is the turn of lowlights. No, I haven’t accidentally cross-posted from my hair care blog, we’re still talking E3. As we sat around the dying embers of the news feeds reflecting on what it was we did not like about this year’s show the mood in the Towers darkened and deepened. (Which coincidently is how this hair care blog defines lowlights.)
Some on the team, especially Toby enjoy surprises. Remember that the next time you see him carrying something fragile and find yourself in possession of an inflated, empty crisp packet. I also suspect he may have suffered at least one PS3 hardware failure.
[drop2]Now, if you can stretch your memory all the way back to Sunday you may recall reading Kris‘ most recent Sunday Thoughts. Those thoughts contain a few none-too-subtle hints about what it was about E3 this year that got his goat (in the sense of the turn of phrase, not what happens when Sony gets your goat).
The lack of surprises, and the fact that Tretton has the audacity to stand on a stage and talk about how amazed he is regarding customer loyalty, while Sony continue to ignore the prevalent yellow light of death issue.
It’s got to be a tie between the Nintendo and Ubisoft conferences. I mean both had some good, fairly interesting games at them but the presentation was absolutely awful. It’s hard to decide if Mr. Caffeine or the Wii U announcement was worse, but at least Nintendo had Reggie talking like a robot to make me laugh.
He was not the only one of us to suffer some consternation at that particular element of Nintendo’s presentation. Try to put yourselves in the shoes of our resident news hound, Dan, as he tried to sniff out the facts from the curiously obtuse descriptions on offer:
Biggest letdown was Nintendo confusing everyone with the Wii U. Was it a new console? Just a new controller? Some clarity at the time would have been appreciated.
To provide a sense of editorial balance it is appropriate that I include Jim‘s least favourite thing now lest you all start thinking we don’t have a bad word to say about anything Microsoft presented during E3.
[drop]Kinect was not the only motion controller whose E3 offerings were met with derision from members of the team. Both Chris and myself singled out the PlayStation Move as being significantly deficient in showing anything promising for the next year. There were the vague hints contained within Ken Levine’s mutterings regarding Bioshock Infinite’s Sony-encouraged PS Move flip–flop but nothing tangible. I will spare you my own ramblings on the subject as Chris put them much better:
Kinect. Prior to E3, I had been flirting with the idea of picking up a unit, especially as there was much talk surrounding how Microsoft and partners were planning on integrating motion controls into upcoming titles. However, what we got was a messy chain of child demonstrations and laggy footage. Though the Ghost Recon “Gunsmith” feature was fantastic to watch, in practice I can’t help but feel that it would be more of a hindrance than anything else.
PS Move shows all the signs of becoming an afterthought for Sony, with its primary use now being an alternative control scheme in FPS titles. Apart from a glimpse in a montage, the only time PS Move featured in Sony’s keynote was the awful looking Medieval Moves, as the excellent looking Sorcery faded to a long-distant memory.
Medieval Moves by the creators of Sports Champions seems to be a game built around the weakest two components of their former title, featuring ranged attacks from its Archery mode & melee attacks from the Gladiatorial mode, tied together by a rather pathetic looking on-rails game, something which Kinect has been heavily criticised for in the past, but in comparison to the likes of Ruin, Star Wars, Disneyland and Sesame Street looks distinctly last gen and absolutely rubbish.
With that we wrap up our collection of what left us feeling most disappointed during this year’s E3 happenings.
How about yourselves? What was your biggest flop or failure, source of disappointment or disillusionment?