Thursday, June 17, 2010

It's Good to be a Gamer

Once a year there comes a special time for a gamer where the real world seems to dissipate for three glorious days whilst copious amounts of geeky information spill out from Los Angeles and over teh interwebz.

If you're reading this however, you already know this. You probably also know just about everything that was revealed at E3 this year. So, in lieu of any type of real commentary or professional (ha!) critique, I thought I would just post the my personal top 3 reveals and announcements:

1.) The New XBox 360

While the redesign doesn't make the console as thin as I would have hoped, the console is much less brick-like and actually pretty sexy. Better than the sleek design however is the fact that the new system comes with built-in WI-FI (FINALLY), a much quieter fan, and a standard 250 GB drive. That, my friends is nice. Plus, at $299 it is the exact same price as the current system. The new model also comes Kinect ready if you care about that sort of thing. Which I don't. Moving on.

2.) Portal 2
Really . . . do I even have to say anything? It gave me goosebumps. I'm excited.

3.) The New Silent Hill

First and foremost, this is not a remake of Silent Hill 2 as had been rumored. Accordingly, I have not had to slit my wrists. What this looks like is an entirely new story with an entirely new character. It does look like it may borrow from the combat system of Silent Hill: Homecoming but hopefully after tweaking it a bit. Overall, I have to say I’m optimistic. Despite the fact that I don’t think the Silent Hill series has been great since the third installment, hopefully the eighth can recapture of some that good ol’ time sadism.

So there you are folks, my personal highlights of E3 - what were yours?


  1. New Deus Ex trumps all for me. But Metal Gear Solid Rising looks pretty bad-ass, too.

  2. Donkey Kong Country for me -- a game I have been wanting to happen for years, regardless of which console it appeared on. I was quite shocked (particularly since Retro are behind it) when it was announced earlier this week.

    Otherwise, nothing else really stands out since we knew about most games and the games I already had an interest in weren't really covered at the show. Oh well.

  3. Bill - I've briefly tried to get into Metal Gear but failed and I've never tried Deus Ex but I've heard fantastic things about it. Perhaps I should check it out.

    Steven - Oh, I forgot about Donkey Kong County! I have to admit, it was pretty cool to see though I probably won't partake in it once it's released.

  4. The original Deus Ex is, in my opinion, one of the top 5 (or even top 3) games EVER made. It still holds up for me today, even though it's 10 years old and the graphics are pretty awful. It's one of those games I could go on and on about, but you should definitely download it (I think it's on Steam for $5 or $10?) and find out for yourself.