Get ready for Games Week on Metanorn with coverage of E3 2012!
|Hello, gamers of Metanorn! Another exciting year is upon us and usually this time around we are very happening because of our anniversary (onto fifth year, yeah!); what a time it has been! There were so many post ideas that few of the surprises are still left. Though, you have a lot of things to look forward to because this week has been dedicated to E3 excitement and many conferences, news and updates for your eyes only. I would also like to thank Amuro and steev, our anivision buds who have joined us in collaboration to get things rolling and cover more content. Along with Jrow & Overcooled, I’m pretty much sure you guys are in for a ride with lots of exciting updates. Look forward to it!|
|Hey there! It’s time for anime to take a bit of a back seat on Meta this week as the massive gaming event that is the Electronics Entertainment Expo gets underway starting tomorrow. This year, in addition to the MetaGamer Corps., we have steev-sensei and Amuro from Anivision who will be joining us as guest writers. Welcome those two in as we’ve got a week’s worth of coverage planned that will lead to a wrap-up/review collab podcast. Enjoy!|
2011 — A Quick Look Back
Let’s take a look back at E3 2011 with Drake, shall we?
Before I bring in the rest of the gamer group, what to make of the press conferences from a year ago? Did Sony truly win E3, and did certain games live up to the hype?
- Modern Warfare 3 came out to record sales and typical CoD review scores. I played a ton early on, and still occasionally revisit it.
- steev is a self-proclaimed CoD fanboy.
- Tomb Raider has been delayed to March 5th, 2013. (trailer link)
- Mass Effect 3 caught fire as expected, but for the wrong reason; a poor ending had fans up in arms enough to make Bioware succumb to making an extended cut of the ending. Cupcakes were sent as a protest.
- Ghost Recon: Future Soldier just came out.
- The Xbox Dashboard update has been the best it’s been, but we still don’t have Xbox Live TV.
- Ryse never got any more info past its E3 debut.
- Halo 4 has been getting plenty of news and multiplayer announcements ahead of its scheduled November 6th release.
- Uncharted 3 came out to heavy praise and Game of the Year consideration.
- Resistance 3 was a good game, it just didn’t sell well. Insomniac Studios announced sometime ago that it will no longer be making Resistance games, though that doesn’t mean Resistance is gone for good after Burning Skies’ Vita release.
- Let’s be honest. There will be no more Resistance games.
- I’ve gotten to experience the 24″ 3D TV, and it is nice. Even better, it’s now available on Amazon (US) for only $309.99, almost a $200 drop from its initial $499 offering.
- Dust 514 (the “freemium” FPS) has yet to come out but still has great buzz surrounding it with plenty of info expected this year.
- Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time is still on schedule for a 2012 release. In addition to the PS3 release, it was recently announced that the Vita will also be getting Sly 4.
- Speaking of the Vita, it came out to good sales numbers at the start but has settled down recently. Better games are on the way like Resistance, Gravity Rush and Persona 4: The Golden.
- Out of the Big 5 3DS titles, only Luigi’s Mansion 2 has not come out yet. All the games got generally good reviews, though Kid Icarus did not meet my personal expectations.
- Skyward Sword came out to heavy praise and Game of the Year consideration.
- There’s still a lot to see with the Wii U; the only update worth noting is a redesign of the controller they showed off at E3 2011.
2012 — What We’re Looking Forward To
Clockwise from top left: Borderlands 2, CoD: Black Ops 2, Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2 and Dead Space 3
Welcome to the start of Metanorn’s 2nd annual E3 coverage posting rampage that will continue to wreck havoc on the site for a week or so. E3 hasn’t even really STARTED yet and there’s already stuff for us to talk about. With Nintendo’s Wii U scheduled to be released some time this year, I’m expecting to see a lot of new game announcements for Nintendo. They announced its existence during last year’s E3, so hopefully by now they have more than just tech demos where you throw ninja stars. I’m still not really convinced that I want a Wii U, but that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in seeing what this new toy can do and if the devs can make use of that gimicky controller. Likewise, I’m also looking forward to a slew of Vita games: the two Persona 4 games in particular. I don’t have a Vita yet but trust me…I WILL WHEN PERSONA 4 THE GOLDEN COMES OUT. Other than that, I’m mostly just keeping my ears open for any new games since I’m not too keen on many of the big games that have already been announced. The game I was most excited for, DmC (oh baby, yesss), has been pushed back along with Bioshock Infinite. I’m not even going to mention Microsoft because I don’t have a 360, so I really don’t give a damn for most of their announcements. (✿◡‿◡)
About the Guest Writer: steev-sensei
|Growing up in an unhealthy environment, filled with nothing but the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre and computers, lead steev to the man he is today, a slightly disturbed video game loving anime otaku.||Link||Twitter // Google+ // Anivision|
I am steev, one of Jrow’s buds over at Anivision, and I am here to guest blog for E3. This year’s E3 should prove to be exciting because there are quite a few good games scheduled to be released. I know that I am excited for a laundry list of titles, like GTA V, Resident Evil 6, Black Ops 2, Assassin’s Creed 3, The Last of Us, and Tomb Raider. I am expecting another strong year of exclusives from Sony’s end. Unlike last year, Microsoft has at least one good exclusive to show and they will have a lot of great XBLA titles, like Deadlight. Also there are some rumors about new features headed to the Xbox 360 that sound pretty exciting. So I don’t think it will be easy to call a victor this year. If anything, I do think we can call a loser and that is Nintendo. They will focus on the Wii U and, ultimately, it will be unimpressive.
About the Guest Writer: Amuro
|Amuro is a fanboy in the truest sense of the word, whether it be Gundam, Megaman, Final Fantasy or whatever other thing he’s currently obsessively devoting himself to. Amuro started gaming on the NES and hasn’t stopped since, and has developed a love for anime since an early age. His true calling is anything with giant robots.||Link||Twitter // Anivision|
E3 is an exciting time of year, and 2012 is no exception. I’m personally more interested in what Sony and Nintendo have to show, but it’s always interesting to see what the big three have to offer. Recent years have been a bit of a disappointment with the focus on Kinect, Move, and other gimmicky things, so what I’m most looking forward to is a focus on big games again. Nintendo is certainly going to be focusing on the 3DS and the upcoming Wii U. With last year’s Wii U reveal being kind of a dud, this is Nintendo’s big chance to really get people excited for their new system. On top of that, there have been no end to the rumors about new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, but I’m personally not expecting to see them at this E3 nor do I want to see them. It’s still too early and there’s really no need for new consoles. Sony in particular has a lot to prove with the Vita, so they need to really focus on bringing great games to the system that will actually get people to buy the thing, and E3 is THE place to show those games off. With all the big game reveals that have come out in the lead up to E3, you have to wonder what surprises there are still in store. In any case, E3 is here and I couldn’t be any more excited.
2012 for gaming has been a bit on the weak side. There’s been good here or there, but especially when you compare it to how great the calendar year of 2011 was, ’12 hasn’t had quite the same acclaim. So this E3 is a perfect opportunity to put a jump in gaming and provide a lot of stuff that we hope to be playing in the fall gaming holiday season and beyond (quarter 1 of 2013 looks sensational). I’m not a Need For Speed fan, but knowing Criterion is developing this iteration of Most Wanted, I’m very anxious to see what they do; Criterion is a rock-solid development studio. On the FPS front, Dishonored is the one that has me most interested given its steampunk theme and how it’s really more an FP-Action-Adventure game. While I’m not excited for Wii U and don’t plan on it being a launch day purchase, I want to see games designed specifically for it and if they mention a single thing about an improved online strategy. Nintendo might not be able to woo the crowd, but I think this E3 is pretty wide open and anybody could “win”.
As always, there are countless games and news items to look forward to at E3 this year. Below is a not-so-quick notes of what games to expect and also dish out some news that has already been announced or leaked.
- All of these awesome games:
- Dead Space 3, Resident Evil 6, Assassin’s Creed 3, The Last of Us, Grand Theft Auto V, Halo 4, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, NFS: Most Wanted 2, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Dead or Alive 5, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, Hitman Absolution, Elder Scrolls Online, Dishonored, Far Cry 3, Borderlands 2, Lost Planet 3, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, One Piece Pirate Warriors (Kaizoku Musou) and tons more!
- Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider and Devil May Cry all have been pushed back to Quarter 1 of 2013.
- Persona 4 — more info about the games coming out this year
- Arena: The fighter game for PS3 & 360.
- The Golden: An updated version of the PS2 game with better graphics, more Personas and much more.
- Xbox 360’s Smart Glass app
- Has been compared to Apple’s AirPlay functionality
- PowerA’s MOGA controller for Android devices
- Gears of War: Judgment featuring Baird & Cole
- Coming from People Can Fly, the company that made the foul-mouthed skill FPS BulletStorm
- Human Element, the debut game from newbie studio Robotoki (led by former Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling)
- Scheduled for a 2015 release
- PS Plus updates that are Vita-centric
- Ni no Kuni — recently given a release date of January 22 in the US
- PS2 Cloud gaming
- A potential partnership with Gaikai could bring backwards-compatibility for PS2 games across all PS3 console models
- Nintendo Pre-E3 Event (10 PM GMT) Livestream
- Microsoft (1:30 PM GMT) Livestream
- EA (5 PM GMT) Livestream
- Ubisoft (7 PM GMT) Livestream
- Sony (10 PM GMT) Livestream
- Nintendo (1 PM GMT) Livestream
There’s much to be previewed, impressed and discussed this week. We plan on covering all 5 of the major conferences, doing some special coverage on select games, and we’ll be closing the week off with a podcast. See ya throughout the week gamers!