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(Hi there. Long time no see. A very long time actually, almost one month and a half!
Blame games, tumblr and my vacations.)

I know how much of old news this is.

So. E3 came, went, and everyone was really excited by that afterwards, which’s exactly how things happen, since it always leaves a big impact on everyone. From what I could tell, since I only watched the three big conferences (Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo) and EA’s one, it was all split into one big joke and some awesome innovations.

Then again, isn’t it always like that?

Admittedly, it wasn’t exactly like I expected. And some things were just as expected, for the better or the funnier.

Nope, not THAT funny!

First big conference to brighten my day was Microsoft’s. And not even one minute in, while they were starting with the first level of Modern Warfare 3 (which was already spoiled to death, but I care not), a controller error happens for a few seconds, and I swear 80% of the viewers (online, not the audience, they’re somewhat obliged to not laugh at errors) at least giggled a bit. Now, that could be considered just a typical error, but we’re talking about Microsoft here. Anything bad that happens is ludicrously increased due to Kinect’s overall failure. Not to say it’s a complete gimmick, but it was made to sell more XBox 360 units due to its multitude of uses, from lazily browsing through your movie playlist to awkwardly talking to someone or making sure the whole buyer-spectrum is increased, since now older people can enjoy exercising games and girls who barely play games can just buy a dance one and do some steps.
Not a bad move, just awfully planned and rushed.

After that and a literal flood of bad games, even more bad Kinect action (what was that whole Star Wars: Kinect even about, good God Lucas stop the cow milking), the only thing that made my jaw drop a bit was the new Ghost Recon game, and its weapon customizing system. My God, what is that? Truly nice just to look at.

Come on, this IS awesome.

Though, truth be told, the whole thing was really just a big scripted presentation after all, just like all of Microsoft’s.

Now, for Sony’s little show…

"Calm down everyone, this apology will just take lots of minutes."

I was hoping for Kevin Butler making fun of the whole PSN Hack in any way but, instead, what we got was Sony’s CEO Jack Tretton apologizing every time he got the chance to. Which, to be honest, just made for a poor presentation. Not that I don’t understand his heartfelt apologies (which wouldn’t be so “heartfelt” if he didn’t made millions out of PSN itself), but the way the entire first half of the presentation was focusing on that was kinda sad. Pitiful even, if I might say so myself, but I suppose that’d be exaggerating. After all, he did what he was supposed to, even though Sony’s apology-gifts could be better.

Now, the second half… Here’s where the magic kicks in. See, back in 2010, Sony thought it would be cool to introduce 3D technology to games, making sure people were able to play them like so by just wearing a pair of glasses, while obviously with their PS3 connected to a Sony television which performed all the magic. And they thought it’d be cool to innovate on that too. Which brings me to the Playstation TV, a television that allows you to play split-screen games with other people while viewing your own screen fully (yes, glasses, obviously).

Can it do my homework? Nevermind that, still awesome.

Not only that, but they also announced their new portable console, the PSVita. Ok, not the brightest of names, but hey, still quite something! Specially when you get to actually play your game on a TV without losing your progress and/or the graphical quality! Yes, it really looked like a good portable console, and I wanted it right away.

That is, until the third (and usually biggest) conference.

OK, the whole "Wii" name is kind of an appeal.

Let’s face it, Nintendo always manages to pull some incredible technological show and, since they’re the last ones to present, it’s like the other companies just go to a corner to silently cry (yes I am exaggerating for comical purposes don’t bash on it). But this year was off the chart with Nintendo’s new console, WiiU. Firstly, that’s the most ridiculous name ever. And secondly, this funnily-named console is pretty much Nintendo’s entrance to the actual game market.

Yes, I said entrance.

You see, pretty much all of Nintendo’s customers are loyal ones, who tend to go just for the same old franchises, buy new consoles just because it’s a family-brand one and all that which we already know. Now, though, Nintendo’s bringing in the heavy firepower to counterattack this gen’s consoles, not just with the system’s specifications, but with how it handles it. Many new titles seem to be coming to it, and a broader range of genres as well, including the ones everyone thought were feared by Nintendo, like “gorey” First Person Shooters.

WiiU fact sheet, dated from the end of the conference.

About the controller, which possess augmented-reality, you may think it’s just something to take our eyes away from the fact that this new console “won’t stand much of a chance against the other ones, specially new ones!“.
I beg to differ:

Then again, I’m not gonna place high bets on it either. Let’s just wait and see, shall we?

Signing out again, hopefully without more breaks,
Arthur Müller.

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(Sorry if I sound like an excited salesman, it’s just sheer excitment!)

I should get one of those for me, it looks nice!

I was supposed to do this a while ago and, well, since I don’t like to procrastinate –actually, I do, but end of the world and all that-, it’s best if I take this out of my chest:

2011 was oh my God Apocalypse is the year of gaming for computers, hands down. There. Sure, you could say “Oh but Steamworks is on PS3 now!”, or “Oh My God! Kinect for the X360!“, but that still wouldn’t change my mind. And yes, I am well aware that this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. (E3 2011) still needs to happen, and my opinion still is resolute. Yes, Nintendo will most likely blow everyone’s mind like they did with the Wii and 3DS, and we’ll probably see yet another scripted presentation by Microsoft, and some more motion-failures by Sony.

God forbid we have another speech about there being no “competitive industry” and that “we are all gamers at heart”.
Also, he masqueraded quite well PSMove’s flaws:

But I have to admit, I do think we’re all gamers at heart, no matter the platform. It’s just that I’m more used to PC gaming.

Speaking of which, not only I was sure some titles wouldn’t fail to get on PC as soon as they were released, like Super Street Fighter IV and Fable III, but there are amazing games just this semester, including but not limited to!:

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Now, let’s assume you never, never played The Witcher. First of, I’d recommend it to you, strongly. Unless, of course, you dislike Computer RPGs mixed with some action and a mature (read: with sex and nude content) story filled with options. Fine, mainly three paths (Good, Neutral and Evil), but it made the game all that much better. That and the gameplay as a whole. When you play it, you’ll see what I’m talking about. And when you play The Witcher 2, you will not tell me what happens I haven’t played it yet God damn it!

But I can vouch for its integrity as it being an amazing game, truthful to Computer RPGs. Maybe not as open-minded or nonlinear in terms of choice as Baldur’s Gate II or Planescape: Torment, but still.

And here, a few, nice battle scenes from The Witcher 2:

Those graphics. Can’t wait to buy (“Gasp, you actually buy games!”) this gem!

Total War: Shogun 2

This. You can always expect good things from the Total War series, and Shogun was a game to remember! Back in the days, it was one hell of a strategy piece, making it an even more remarkable experience for any Total War fan. If you never played Shogun, rather, never played a Total War game, but like strategy ones, then that’s a shameful display of your overall knowledge and experience in the gaming world. Take a look at this siege battle from Shogun 2:

Sweet, and this one is definitely worth it!

Portal 2

Why am I –and will– speak of multi-platform games, such as this “piece of precious stone” right here called Portal 2? Because, contrary to popular belief, I think they shine the most on PC. Specially if the ones I talk about are developed first (or separately) for PC. Ported games, though, are another story. Try playing a rally racing game on your keyboard, it’s not as fun as it’s frustrating.

You obviously played Portal… Right? … No? Whoa. OK, fine, here if you own an nVidia GPU or here if you own an ATi GPU so you can get Portal’s First Slice (11 levels) and some other games. Now, on to Portal 2. Better gameplay, graphics, soundtrack, a compelling, amazing story and even better puzzles! Granted, the ones from the first game were pretty much straightforward, but now you have up to, if I recall correctly, six hours of solid Single Player! “Oh but that’s too little boo hoo.” well cheer up, because it has multi-player modes, challenge maps and an amazing co-op!

Anyway, this teaser makes me feel the chills every time, and with good reason:

That makes it, what, the third worth PC purchase so far? I haven’t even started on the games to be announced/released! Oh buoy.

Duke Nukem Forever

You, young reader who never played a Duke Nukem game, know nothing about how excited I was when I first saw the teaser. And when I looped it for the first ten times. So on, so on. Come on, it’s been on the making for over ten years! Thing is, Duke is your over-the-top typical american hero. Blonde, strong, proficient with any kind of weapon or fighting style and, more importantly, he doesn’t give one simple fuck about morals. At all. Which is exaggerated in Duke Nukem Forever, very much so.

Honestly, it can even seen stupid to most players, and it is! It’s stupid to the point where you’d feel shame in knowing this game will be played by many in a blissful way! And that’s the best part!! See, Duke was made to make fun of so many things that I can’t even begin to count. Which is one of the reasons why this game will be (yes, future, few weeks actually) truly amazing. In the very least.

Here, look at this. LOOK AT THIS:

Sure, the release date was pushed twice (it launches June 9th now, for sure), but I’m patient, I can wait.

Guess what: Dungeon Siege III

Yet another multi-platform game! You’re probably still wondering why I said “PC gaming” back then. You see, Dungeon Siege is almost an epic in computer gaming, destined to fill our lives with an excellent story, already present since Dungeon Siege I, and more action since Dungeon Siege II. If there’s one thing about this game series, it’s atmosphere. Seriously, you can’t play this and not get immersed in what’s happening, hell, even fear plays a factor in this game. And this series is specially fun due to its multi-player and co-op modes, which double the fun!

This video may not show much, but I am somewhat excited for this game, so check it out:

Until it’s release, though, I’ll just have to sit and wait.

Yes, it's Red Faction: Armageddon!

Wait. A new Red Faction game? You bet it is! Gameplay’s been improved, meaning this baby will present better destructive scenarios, more weapons, tools, enemies and an amazing concept, the Magnet Gun. It’s pretty much obvious what it does in the video below, but to simplify things: You can attract two objects with simple “shots” (clicks, rather), which means you can make the side of a building fly right into an alien, or make an alien soar through the terrain and collide against something, even another enemy! Red Faction‘s soundtrack never really attracted me, but this doesn’t mean it doesn’t set the mood for an amazing experience! To top it off, this’ll launch together with Duke Nukem Forever, if I’m not mistaken. Yes, June 9th will be a busy day for some of us.

I was going to mention three more games, but they’re so big in their story, depth (ok, one of them isn’t) and fame (so to speak), that I think they deserve special posts.

Not to say I won’t talk about motherfucking Duke Nukem Forever when it comes out, just so you know.

(I own none of the images/videos above)

Wondering if Valve will announce something at E3 just for fun,

Arthur Müller.

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