We’ve been following the E3 press conferences and thought we’d give a brief round up of this year’s announcements:
To nobody’s surprise, Nintendo poured lots of energy into promoting their new Wii U console during this year’s E3. The console’s main draw is the new, interactive touchscreen controller pad. Nintendo have also revealed a second controller, the Pro Controller, which has a more traditional shape and includes analogue buttons (and has been accused of looking suspiciously like an X-box controller!). There is some scepticism surrounding the Wii U, and it’s possible that the release won’t feel as innovative and groundbreaking as the Wii.
The Wii U will be getting some triple A titles upon launch, including Mass Effect 3 and Batman: Arkham City.
Sony’s press conference showcased several upcoming games including The Last of Us, Assassins Creed III and Beyond: Two Souls to much acclaim. They also announced their Wonderbook, an interactive tablet-like device to be used while playing, which claims to be “the next revolution in storytelling.”
Microsoft announced ‘Smart Glass’, their new service that will stream between tablet and console. This will allow the user to control a web browser (IE, of course) on their console via the tablet, and can provide extra interactivity on the tablet device whilst playing games on the console. We got trailers for Fifa 13, Madden 13, Halo 4 and Fable: The Journey, amongst others. Mentions of ‘better with Kinect’ accompanied almost everything!
There was an abundance of amazing new titles, but games that particularly stood out for us would be The Last of Us, Star Wars 1313 and Assassin’s Creed III.