E3 2011 – My Thoughts

So, I’ve been keeping up with as much of E3 2011 as I can, and for the most part, I’m not too excited by anything. There are some great looking sequels that I’ll definitely be buying, and I’m interested to see how the Kinect continues to evolve over time (I bet Kinect HD will be announced next year at E3 2012), but overall, it just another year with some more improvements over what came before.

Lots of military shooting games and fantasy hack and slash games are coming down the pipe. I’m sure I’ll find one or two that I enjoy, but the waters are definitely getting muddy as the niche gets crowded.

Some big announcements that received lots of attention includes a new Nintendo console, the Wii U, which is basically an update to the Wii. The Wii U has a new controller, but is backwards compatible to the Wii controllers. The Wii U’s new controller has a huge 6.5″ screen in the middle of it. I don’t know yet if I’m going to like it or not, but it seems like an interesting gimmick.

One of the sad things about the Wii U is that they’ll be dropping support for Gamecube games. I thought it was cool that the Wii supported the older console games, and it was a true differentiation for the machine. The Wii U looks like the Wii and the Xbox 360 had a child and a PSP tried to get in there with the controller.

The one game that currently stands out among all the others for me is the next incarnation of the Saints Row, Saints Row the Third. It looks even more over the top, and potentially like they fixed the driving a bit, so it should be a lot of fun, especially because they’ll continue to support seamless drop-in and drop-out co-op, which is something that my cousin and I have become accustomed to.

Other than that, there was a new trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic which I didn’t think looked as good as the other trailers released for the game, but my cousins are both excited about it.

There is still some more news coming in regarding E3, but I think at this point, all the big reveals have been done. Now I just have to wait and see what makes it into a digital distribution system (Steam or a competitor) and how long it will take for them to discount the games enough to where my willpower is overcome.

If you want all kinds of E3 information, check out some of the shows on Revision3.com as well as Joystiq.com.

Did Sony release anything worth mentioning? (Only joking…)

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