It was not much of a surprise that Nintendo focused the majority of their conference on casual gaming, considering the many millions they have made over the last few years thanks to their new motto, “Everyone’s Game”.
Best announcement – Best announcement is a tricky one, as technically Nintendo didn’t have much in terms of large scale announcements. Sure we have the heart beat monitor ‘thing’ that could take health games to a new level… but I wouldn’t want to award that with anything more than a yawn. Therefore the award goes over to Metroid, which whilst concerning (given the new direction of an already proven series), the very idea of Team Ninja and Nintendo combining development genius is something to become curious about.
Best trailer – Super Mario Galaxy 2 wins this aware due to being a polished and varied trailer, looking to have improved on the beautiful base provided by the original. Whilst there were some promising games shown, particularly Metroid, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is the only one which shines out as a sure fire hit. I am sure most can agree that Mario’s newest outing into space is likely to gain critic acclaim, once again.
After Sony becoming quite known for their love of graphs and statistics it was a breath of fresh air to have games! One after another Sony demonstrated highly anticipated games coming late 2009 and early 2010. Hey, there was even “E3’s worst kept secret”!
Best announcement – The best announcement for the Sony conference is certainly harder than the other conferences, as there was no clear cut headline of the conference – unlike Natal for example. Out of the bunch, I would say that Final Fantasy XIV takes the trophy due to the magnitude of success that the game ‘could’ have if the MMO takes off. Unfortunately very little was shown, other than a CGI trailer, exclusivity to the PS3 console and a curious date of 2010. The date is curious to the sheer surprise that Square Enix can manage to launch an MMO, a difficult feat in itself, with only a year’s public knowledge – I personally hope the game has rigorous beta testing beginning shortly.
Best trailer – Sony certainly had a good selection of impressive trailers to pick from, and once again no single trailer stood out as superior. The choice for best would not doubt come down to personal taste, as I would certainly choose The Last Guardian as my favourite – for the sheer promise the title holds, however I know the majority will likely follow God of War or, the decided winner, Assassins Creed 2! Assassins Creed 2 just about takes the lead thanks to a single kill, or two. As Ezio casually walks up to two people standing atop a roof two assassin blades trigger out from under his palm, bam!, two dead soldiers attached to the palms of Ezio.