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Checkpoint: Post-E3 2010 Edition

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I’d like to give kudos to Youtube & IGN for their youtube.com/e3 channel. Every press conference (except Konami’s) was streamed live for all to see. It was smooth, the quality was great and it was convenient.

Now that the show is over, here are some thoughts on the big three’s press conferences and some personal highlight games of the show.

Microsoft

Presentation: D-
Content: C+

This was a very disappointing press conference. Black Ops, Halo: Reach, Gears of War 3 and Metal Gear Solid: Rising were the high points and then it went all downhill from there. Kinect did not excite me whatsoever. In fact,  it was incredibly awkward and difficult to stomach with all the pseudo enthusiasm and forced banter.

Revealing the new hardware revision was nice, but giving away free hardware at the end of the show after all that Kinect mumbo jumbo was just lame.

Nintendo

Presentation: A
Content: A+

This was by far the most entertaining and exciting press conference. Game announcement segueing into game announcement segueing into 3DS hardware announcement. The pacing was brisk and everything felt natural. Even when wireless interference was wreaking havoc during Miyamoto’s presentation of Skyward Sword, I was still enjoying the press conference.

There’s a lot of stuff coming from Nintendo and they did a great job presenting it all.

Sony

Presentation: B+
Content: B+

Sony had many things to promote including Move, 3D gaming, the PSP and the PlayStation 3 itself. The Move demonstrations were alright. They showed a variety games, and placed a lot of emphasis on core games supporting the new controller. The price isn’t that attractive at $49.99+$29.99+price of the PS Eye+whatever else I may need to play a Move game, but they at least had a price of some kind unlike Microsoft.

3D gaming doesn’t show well on a live stream and since I have no intention of getting into 3D via glasses, a chunk of Sony’s presentation was effectively ignored. The PSP is essentially on its way out and seeing Sony’s attempt to revitalize the platform with Marcus and — the always awesome — Kevin Butler ad campaign was bit sad.

On the bright side, the games they showed off were more than worthy to say the least. Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, Killzone 3, LittleBigPlanet 2 and even Portal 2. Thank goodness for their games!

My 5 Highlight Games of E3 2010

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