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Published on July 16th, 2007 | by Daniel David

E3 2007: What We Thought

With E3 2007 officially over D’Juan and I decided to share this post about what we thought about E3 this year. We will be talking about how we felt about Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo Keynotes, the games were most excited about coming from E3 and who we think won E3 this year.

On the Big 3 Keynotes

Daniel (Double D) David: I’ll start this off. I was impressed with Microsoft’s presentation this year showing off games that are guaranteed to drop this year except for Resident Evil 5 which is slated for next year. My main problem from Microsoft is that I wanted to see something new from them. All the games they showed we’ve seen already. I wanted to see more from Mass Effect and Lost Odyssey. I think they spoke about Halo 3 a bit to much and I wasn’t the least excited about the Halo 3 Xbox 360.

Nintendo’s Keynote for me was really boring. I’m glad they announced the release date for games like Metriod Prime 3: Corruption, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros: Brawl but I think even though they said they haven’t forgotten the hardcore audience I think they have. The new market they tapped into is where their money is at and games like Wii Fit prove it. I want to more stuff from Nintendo that caters to the hardcore but that market for the most part is ruled by the 360 and PS3 so while I may disapprove they are doing the right thing. The Wii Zapper and Wii Wheel were interesting though.

Sony’s Keynote for me was the best of the three this year. They focused on games which is what they needed to do. Along with the price cut however long it may be I think enticed a lot of fans to pony up $499 for the system. They showed off new games too like Echochrome, Infamous, and not necessarily games like WipEout HD. I think what surprised people too was Killzone 2, although he didn’t quite reach the E3:05 footage came pretty dame close and looked amazing with its particle effects and animation. Redesigned PSP and their exclusives to hit this year like Heavenly Sword, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Ratchet and Clank with a confirmed Metal Gear Solid 4 exclusive, I think this has many people sold on buying a PS3.

D’Juan “DeejayKnight” Irvin: Microsoft started off with a couple big bangs of their own. The Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Multiplayer beta was major news, as was the Special Edition Halo 3 Xbox 360 and related Halo 3 news. The fact that all the games were set to drop this year was a major, major boost to their rep as well.

My biggest gripe, though, was that the primary title I wanted to hear about was Mass Effect. A new trailer does not make for the news I was looking for. The release date satiated my need to know when it drops, but a demo in character creation could’ve made heads across the world roll in anticipation. Where are the new games? What’s coming from the Xbox 360 next year? These are the things I expect from E3, but they have X06 to clear that up, i guess.

Sony’s presentation filled a lot of gaps, and got me very hyped about their platform, which says a LOT. I’ve loved my Xbox 360 since launch day, but this was the first time I’ve seriously considered buying a PS3. They brought news of a bevy of PS3 and PSP games releasing this year and into 2008, which comforts me a bit beyond the holiday season.

The major news for Sony was the price drop fiasco. Regardless as to what they do with the system, though, consumers benefit by having a cheaper system on the market – which will be a major boost to sales of the console and it’s games. So I guess I could be one of the people Dan was referring to!

Nintendo’s keynote, to me, just seemed to ‘fill the blank’ with the franchises that everyone expected from them to begin with. Super Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime 3, and Super Smash Brothers Brawl were games that were expected on the Wii to begin with, so it’s not too much of a surprise to know they’re all launching this year. They’re running away with the market, but they’re also aiming at a mid-ground gamer – someone who games but isn’t quite hardcore.

Wii Fit caters to an audience not yet seen so it’s hard to place that one, but I’m interested to see how it works out. The market for fitness is growing steadily year over year, so it’s very likely an amazing idea. We’ll have to see. The Wii Wheel i’m not so sure about yet, and the Wii Zapper just looks like it’ll fit in fine with me.

Read on to page two for “Games We’re Most Excited About.”

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