[Featurama] Twinfinite Looks Forward To E3 2012 (Sort of)
E3 is about a week away and the industry gears are turning. Analysts, journalists, and gamers alike are making predictions and wishlists of what they expect to see or want to see at the annual gamer mecca. Will it be the long awaited sequel to an old classic? A reboot of a tired franchise? A new IP?
Twinfinite staff members ready their bodies and hype up what exactly it is about E3 2012 that is making their gamer senses tingle with excitement. Especially this year when Yamilia, Keith, and Brett are all making the trip to California to attend the big conference. So without further ado, hit the jump for what Twinfinite thinks will surprise at E3!
For game announcements, I’d love to see a new Splinter Cell game announced. It’s one of my favorite series’, warts and all. Conviction was a cool new direction, and I’m interested to see what they do next.
Beyond that, I’m mostly looking forward to a host of cringe-inducing moments from at least one of the presenters. Will it be Microsoft trying to pretend that anyone cares about the Kinect? Will Sony promote the Vita without addressing the fact that there’s nothing to play on it? And Nintendo…my goodness what kind of insanity will they unleash via the Wii U?
I’m anticipating going, first off. Thank you, viewers, for getting us there! The little guys made it! But besides the amazing (stressful) opportunity, I’m most anticipating to hear any information about next generation. Will we no longer have used games? Will all games go digital? Will people be pissed? ALL WILL BE REVEALED THIS YEAR!*
*More than likely not going to be revealed at all this year.
Personally, I think the winner at E3 will be the company who can give us the weirdest peripheral imaginable. Nintendo has a rich history in this department and looks to not disappoint with the Wii Pad – but they could show us a Wii Chastity Belt just to seal it. (I’d also take an Xbox controller that feels like a rabbit’s foot.) Though in all honesty we pretty much know what we’re in for, and I’ll plan accordingly to keep my expectations low. However, I do remain unreasonably excited to see more from Crystal Dynamics’ Tomb Raider title.
I’m no Halo mega-fan, but believe it or not, my most anticipated moment of E3 is the (hopeful) reveal of Halo 4 campaign footage. 343 Studios has a lot on their plate. They have to serve two masters: the die hard Halo fanatics and those like me who want them to make it their own; not following in Big Daddy Bungie’s footsteps. I can’t wait to see which direction they’re taking this.
I really want to see a fully playable demo of Dishonored. I have a lingering feeling that there’s going to be A LOT more to what’s in store for us than just “steam punk Assassin’s Creed.” Other than that, I’m holding out hope that Atlus will finally officially announce Persona 5 at this E3 and have a sexy trailer to share. Any other year, I would think a semi-niche JRPG announcement to be a Tokyo Game Show thing, but after the success of Catherine in the west, I could see it being a possibility for E3.
Also, Half-Life 2 Episode 3. (Matt’s Notes: Hahahahaha)
What do I want from E3? That’s a tough one. Well firstly I’d like Nintendo to come on stage and announce that they were joking about the Wii U and are actually going to release a proper console without any gimmicks. But realistically though? I’d just like to see a new franchise come to the fore. Everyone has seen the Mario’s and Call of Duty’s do well in the past, and I’m not saying that needs to stop, but it would be nice for a new idea to confirm itself as the new poster child of gaming. Something big and bold and sexy. Almost like me, but in game form. Yes, I’d like a game about me. E3, give me a game about me.
Oh, and some info about a possible new Super Smash Bros. would be nice.
My prediction for E3 will be the same prediction as every year. Microsoft will make the exact same presentation as 2010. I see it as BLOPS2, a Japanese published western focused game, Epic’s new hit title, Kinect, TV partnership, More Kinect, British 1st party studio game like Lionhead or Rare, a sprinkling of more big hits and then Halo 4. It’ll be weird without Peter Molyneux there, but otherwise its the same successful formula.
Sony will show up with an uneven conference that will try and hit every demographic throughout the presentation. It will be long and by the time you are done with it, you’ll have mixed feelings about everything you’ll see. At times you will be holding on to your seat with an expression of absolute awe. Then you’ll be watching somebody playing baseball or something and you will look at your watch wondering when they’ll finally get to The Last Guardian.
Nintendo will discuss why the 3DS and Wii U are going to be the best family consoles and then they will hit you over the head with some Nostalgia to close the show out. These won’t be the titles that are surprising like Nobunaga+Pokemon or Layton+Pheonix Wright. These will be titles like New Super Mario Bros 2 and Pikmin 3. Titles you want to see, but kinda know they’d be here.
I mean, what in the heck is on the horizon, really? Black Ops 2? Assassin’s Creed 3 might be cool, but for some reason I’m very meh about it. Hitman Absolution looks like a hollow bastardization of one of the last few interesting franchises which stood the test of time.
I want Kingdom Hearts 3D but I’m not like “oh golly gee what’s gonna be in this one” because I’m not mentally disabled and have played a KH game before. Resident Evil 6 is the only game which would legitimately interest me.
And considering that all which comes to mind is sequels, I’m frankly just praying for an interesting new IP or two.
E3 is a time for surprises. However, I believe that only one company has the potential to either be truly amazing or an absolute catastrophe. It shouldn’t be that hard to figure out that I’m talking about Nintendo. I’m genuinely cynical of the Wii U and I believe that the success of that console will determine Nintendo’s role in the video game industry in the next ten years.
Like with all Nintendo consoles, the Wii U will be my Nintendo machine alongside my primary console. With that in mind I’m going to assume previews of Nintendo’s 1st party games running on current technology to be at the show. I don’t need them to be launch titles but I would like to see staples like Zelda, Mario, Kirby, and Metroid shown off on the Wii U. I only need to be reassured that the flag bearers of the company can make strong showings on the new console. Especially a new Metroid, and I will be pissed if it’s that rumored Star Fox crossover.
Moving onto the other companies, I’d like to see more exclusives from Microsoft. I am eagerly anticipating the launch of Halo 4 but the relatively few exclusives on the Microsoft console is really hurting its competitive edge. Sadly the company seems more keen on advertising their system as a multimedia home entertainment box than a game console and I don’t expect that to change this year. As for Sony I just need more Vita games and probably a Last Guardian trailer.
For third party developers I want Ace Attorney 5 and a new Darkstalkers both of which exist but have yet to be shown in any form. More than anything though I want original games. I don’t want sequels or reboots but instead wholly original series. Hopefully some of these developers decide to take that brave first step into uncharted territory.
For this year’s E3, like last year’s, there is only one thing that I am on the edge of my seat for: the Wii U. Last year’s announcement was lackluster, and there is still much of the console that is shrouded in mystery. For better or worse, we’re going to see what this thing can do. No rumors on its power are trustworthy; we’ve heard talk placing it at every single possible point on the spectrum so far.
Possibly even more than the console itself, I’ll be looking for the games and support for it. Are there any compelling exclusives? Are cross-platform games better on it? Are we still using those goddamn friend codes? Let’s see what happens.
Personally, I’m optimistic about the console. Nintendo should have learned from its mistakes by now. I predict a decent amount of power to be placed inside the console- maybe not revolutionary, but a step up from the current generation. As for games, I’m expecting a surprisingly high amount of support from Nintendo and 3rd parties if the Big N wants to avoid a second 3DS. Finally, I think Nintendo will implement an online system that’s actually half-decent this time around. I have faith.
Well there you have it, our wishlist for E3. In all honesty we’re all feeling a little jaded and to be honest with you, quite uneasy. The stakes are high this year and each of the big three companies have a lot to prove. Interestingly enough none of us believe, nor really want, a next gen console from Sony and Microsoft this year. Another interesting similarity is that we believe this year’s expo to be very similar in format to the last couple years. Are you excited for anything this year in particular or are you as cynical and jaded as we are?