Sony E3 2010 news conference highlights

Killzone 3 in 3D

Although the Killzone 3 trailer had all ready come out, Guerrila Games had plenty of announcements for their gritty fps. The game will have complete 3D integration as it was built from the ground up to support 3D. To take advantage of 3D, the player needs 3D glasses. Killzone 3 is also fully compatible with PlayStation Move. A hybrid jetpack and mech suit was featured in the live demo allowing the player to fly around and shower full metal jackets from above on the Helghan. Killzone 3 drops February 2011.

Opinion: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Killzone 2 was the best looking console game to date until Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, but Guerrilla Games have out done themselves again with Killzone 3.

PlayStation Move

Sony’s answer to the Wii Remote got a ship date and pricing. Move will be available on September 19th in the US and A. The motion controller will be $49.99 and the navigation controller for $29.99. A bundle with the PlayStation Eye, motion controller and Sports Champions for $99.99 was also announced. For people who don’t have a PS3, a bundle with PS3 system, PlayStion Eye, motion controller and Sports Champions will retail for $399. On day one, 15-20 Move games are slated for release.

Opinion: The pricing seems a little steep for both controllers. During the presentation when they showed the price of the first controller people cheered because it was only $49.99, but slowly became depressed when the next slide of the presentation showed the accompanying navigation controller for $29.99. Compared to the price of a full set of a Wii controller, the Move does come to the same price if the Wii Remote ($39.99), Wii Nunchuk ($19.99) and Wii Motion Plus ($19.99) are all considered.

Sorcery

Sorcery is a new PlayStation Move game debuting for the first time at the conference. Players take control of a sorcerer armed with a wand, controlled with the motion controller, to cast magical spells. Other game play features include concocting potions, summoning fire and moving objects with the wand.

Opinion: The Harry Potter game I’ve been waiting for can be found in Sorcery. Now I can have a legitimate reason to yell Expelliarmus and Stupefy in the house while not looking like a fool. Well maybe not.

Tiger woods controlled with PlayStation Move

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 sported a new control option thanks to Move. PGA Tour 11 looks to control even better than last year’s PGA Tour 10 for Wii that utilized Motion Plus for the first time.

Option: I legitimately want to buy this game even though I’m not that into golf. The one-to-one precision Move provides is the closest thing you can get to golf aside from going to an actual club and hitting the links.

Kevin Butler from the PlayStation commercials

He was rumored to make an appearance and rumored to not make one at all. Kevin Butler, PlayStation commercial extraordinaire, did make an appearance for the conference and he did not disappoint with the jokes.

Opinion: I love the Butler commercials and I thought his act might not play well live and in-person but he really delivered. Butler’s pot shots at Microsoft and Nintendo were far cleverer than the campy jabs by Reggie Fils-Aime.

Bobb’e J. Thompson PSP market campaign

Butler has a new side kick now to crack jokes with and it’s Bobb’e J. Thompson from the film Role Models.

Opinion: “Let’s dance, Ben Affleck!”

LittleBigPlanet 2

The new feature in LittleBigPlanet 2 allows players to make game play types. Players can create racers, RPGs, rts games, and many more.

Opinion: What made the first LittlBigPlanet great was the user created levels that implemented some sort of game play mode or mechanic. I played recreations of Donkey Kong Country levels, a side scrolling shooter and Duck Hunt. Media Molecule recognized this and did the right thing by implementing game play types into the game itself so users don’t have to try and crack the game to do so.

PlayStation Plus

A new subscription service for the PlayStation Network called PlayStation Plus will be available this September for $49.99 a year. Exclusive content and free content will be available to those who upgrade to Plus.

Opinion: PlayStation finally caved in and created a subscription service to compete with Xbox Live. I will have to wait and see whether it is worth it or not. It could take months. Although all I really want is a more improved messaging and communication system. The PlayStation Network still does not have a communication functionality that compares to Xbox Live Parties.

Medal of Honor

Based in war torn Afghanistan, Medal of Honor is leaving its historic war roots to a modern war setting. The game is being developed by two different studios. The single player is being developed in EA Los Angeles while the multiplayer is being developed by DICE, creators of the Battlefield franchise. Releases October 12th.

Opinion: Not to be a Debby Downer, but Medal of Honor just seems like a Modern Warfare rip off. I was hoping it would be something different, but what can EA do? I’m no game developer by any means, but what else can they do but have the player move in the first person, hold a gun and shoot people in the face?

Portal 2

In an unexpected appearance, Gabe Newell of Valve introduced Portal 2 for the PS3 along with the first ever trailer for the game. Newell said Portal 2 on PS3 will be the best version of the game with the help of Steamworks and Steam Cloud coming to a console for the first time.

Opinion: Will the Steam client finally come to a console too? Let’s hope so.

Gran Turismo 5 release date

Gran Turismo 5 will drop the checkered flag on November 2nd.

Opinion: … Finally.

Twisted Metal

Exclusively for the PS3 and coming in 2011, Twisted Metal returns after almost a decade long hiatus. Vehicles can now be played in co-op with one player driving and the partner arming another weapon of the player’s vehicle. Online players can duke it out in a faction vs. faction manner where one team plays the Clowns and the other team plays the Dolls. Other factions will be announced at a later date.

Opinion: The Mad Max dream of mine can finally be fulfilled with the help of Twisted Metal. Twisted Metal 2 was my favorite multiplayer game for PS1 and to see Twisted Metal make its triumphant return makes me giddy inside.

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Nintendo E3 2010 news conference highlights

Shigeru Miyamoto once again brought his replica Master Sword and Hylian Shield out of the closet to announce the latest Legend of Zelda game. Dubbed Skyward Sword, it’s the first Zelda game built from the ground up for the Wii. The only buttons used in the game are the A, B, C and Z buttons, and the rest of the game is controlled with motion. The sword follows the Wii Remote using Wii Motion Plus at one-to-one movement and the shield is controlled with the movement of the Wii Numchuk.

Opinion: First, Nintendo should just change the name of the game to The Legend of Zelda: Wii Bowling (a bomb). All jokes aside, the graphics of the game are in the happy medium between the cartoony Wind Waker and the realism of Twilight Princess. Zelda just looked more frustrating than ever with motion controls, a lot more so than Twilight Princess. Maybe the game didn’t demo very well on stage with a lot of control hitches, but that just could have been wireless interference or Miyamoto at the wheel. Skyward Sword is scheduled to release in 2011.

Side note: This year’s gaming trend: A run button. Case in point: Halo: Reach and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Look what you’ve done Modern Warfare … Goddamnit.

Mario Sports Mix

Nintendo are suiting up Mario and the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom gang to play in a plethora of new sports that have never been done before with Mario characters such as hockey, dodge ball, volleyball and more. The game is slated for touchdown in 2011.

Opinion: Why couldn’t have Nintendo done this before and bundle a bunch of sports into one game instead of charging $50 a pop for one sport at time such as Mario Super Sluggers and Mario Strikers Charged?

Wii Party

The newest game in the Wii line of games along with Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Wii Music and others is Wii Party. The game will have 13 different party game modes and a bunch of mini games to boot.

Opinion: Well … Nintendo has another automatic 5 million copy seller on their hands with Wii Party.

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GoldenEye 007 Remake

Nintendo and Activision, not Rare, are reviving the 1997 fps classic, GoldenEye 007. The game will be different in some ways, most notably the absence of Pierce Brosnan.

Opinion: Get that cardboard out because it’s time to tape that sucker back to the TV for some four-player split screen Bond action. On a side not, I loved the intro to the trailer showing a young video game focus groups. I’ve done many of these over the years and this group was far too enthusiastic to be a real one.

Metroid: Other M Trailer

Another trailer was shown for the soon to be released Samus adventure, Metroid: Other M. Other M dials M for retailers on August 31st.

Opinion: I couldn’t really get into the Prime series of Metroid games, so here’s hope that Other M will reinvigorate my interest for the seductress, Samus Aran.

Donkey Kong Returns by Retro Studios

Retro Studios has now moved on to another fabled franchise of Nintendo’s from Metroid to Donkey Kong, more specifically, the Donkey Kong Country series. Eloquently named Donkey Kong Country Returns, Returns is a side-scrolling platformer that stays true to the original Donkey Kong Country games for Super NES.

Opinion: It hurts me to say this, Zelda, but we are breaking up because this was my favorite game from the Nintendo conference because I loved the original Donkey Kong Country games and Returns looks to be a return to form.

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo unveiled the hotly rumored and anticipated successor to the Nintendo DS, the Nintendo 3DS. The 3DS is the first hand-held gaming device on the market with 3D capabilities. The 3D aspect of the machine can actually be adjusted and even turned off to a completely 2D mode for people who choose so. A 3D depth slider changes that depth of the 3D effect. Along with the standard D-pad featured on any Nintendo DS, the 3DS implements a new slide pad akin to the PSP nub. The 3DS also has a motion sensor and gyro sensor inside.  Playable 3D films will also find their way onto the system. Nintendo continually stressed that no glasses are required. A full list of blockbuster games for the 3DS is all ready in development such as Metal Gear Solid, Kingdom Hearts and others, but only the titles were announced, no screenshots or footage.

Opinion:  One of the few times I agree with Reggie about anything was the stress of no use of glasses. Nintendo are getting it right, once again, by easing the user into a new experience through simplification.

P.S. I would like to take home one of the girls chained together with a 3DS…

Kid Icarus Uprising

1987 was the last time America got their hands on a game starring Pit of Kid Icarus. Kid Icarus Uprising for the 3DS will be the first return of Pit since Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

The 3DS graphics look remarkably better than a DS, almost at the level of the Nintendo home console, Wii.

Opinion: The 3DS looks like the real deal so far. Time to step off, Apple.

Lastly, Nintendo did not show anything about the bomb shell from last year’s press conference, the Wii Vitality Sensor.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic “Hope” trailer

In case you missed it, here is the new trailer for Bioware’s upcoming MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

I really hope Troopers have a move where I can wrestle with a guy while holding a thermal detonator.

video courtesy of Bioware.

Microsoft E3 2010 news conference: Metal Gear Rising,

Announcement Metal Gear Rising: Konami debuted a new trailer for Hideo Kojima’s next game with nano-machine shenanigans. The trailer and gameplay footage showed our hero, the previous whinny emo-kid-turned-ninja, Raiden slicing up foes with a katana. The sword play is what really caught a lot of people’s eyes because it’s different than the button mashing that’s been seen in games like Ninja Gaiden. in MGS: Rising players can enter a bullet time effect and precisely chop up Raiden’s foes. On top of the ninja-style bloodshed, Raiden can attack the environment, such as slicing through pillars crushing the inept guards that are standing underneath it.

Opinion: Admittedly, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Metal Gear Solid 4 — for reasons including the overly complicated story, lack of stealth gameplay compared to the other three games — but this game has me excited in a kid-chopping-up-cantaloupes-in-the-backyard-without-his-mom-knowing way. I just hope Kojima keeps the 45-minute cut scenes to a minimum.

EA E3 news cpnference: Medal of Honor, Bulletstorm and Star Wars: The Old Republic

Medal of Honor: A beta of the multiplayer of the game will be releasing on June 21 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. Two maps will be featured in the beta, Kabul City Ruins and the Helmad Valley. The game is set for an October 12 launch.

Opinion: The game seems to have taken some serious notes out of Call of Duty and EA’s own Battlefield Bad Company 2. Complete with, what looks like, a progressive character system and the infamous red jelly being splashed on the player’s face when the character sticks his head out from cover too soon. The new Medal of Honor looks interesting and the series has been long overdue for a reboot. Come back to Nerdonomics when the beta drops on the 21 to see our opinion of it.

Bulletstorm: Cliff Bleszinski announced that the game will be out on February 22 of 2011.

Opinion: I was cautious about the this game when I read the GameInformer article a few months back. It seemed like it was going to be an uninspired clone of Gears of War in a first-person perspective. I’m pleasantly surprised. The electric blue whip of the main character looks like a cool gameplay mechanic as it flings enemies into the air so you can shoot them in slow motion for added points and effects. It sucks that we’ll have to wait until next year for it.

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Bioware had two announcements about the game. The first being that all players will get a ship in the game to use as a base of operation in the Star Wars Universe. The second was preliminary details about the player-versus-player gameplay. The first battlefield will take place on Alderaan where the two factions can throw down for rewards and honor. Bioware and Lucas Arts closed out with another amazing cinematic trailer for the game, which took place in an Alderaan forest.

Opinion: I really want to know more about this. Following last year’s major unveiling of the game and the updates about the different classes and planets that have followed. This update feels somewhat empty. More information on the companion characters and a possible release date would have been nice. The trailer was amazing though.