The next day, we start to taper down and that’s not quite normal. This could be from a number of factors that are, quite frankly, realistic and necessary to consider for the Electronic Enterainment Expo. One such issue is the economy’s weakness putting down a damper on the convention and the designers who could and could not attend. Lesser budgets from far fewer titles and even less innovation and risktaking for the industry. This is a worrying sign of a less-than-stellar population and presentation, but we will look at what’s there. It’ll pull us away how we feel about the new tasks on the mind of the gamer after the Supreme Court decision….believe me, coming soon!
Reviews and Impressions:
As I said before, the number of games being shown this week-like the news and the fact that the big console has already made its mark-is far less than normal. This means I can’t be as discerning over the games that have been exposed on that day. Let us proceed.
Take On Helicopters
A couple years ago, Microsoft decided to go full-bore with its videogaming roots and abandon flight simulation altogether with the death of a lovely franchise. Now, a story-based helicopter simulator with missions and realistic controls and premise in the ARMA-like way? Cute and quaint. I’d try it, if I wasn’t sure the ‘reality’ definition hasn’t lost me as a selling point. Escapism for me is outside the realm of reality, well mostly. I can agree with reality to an extent for literature and television; White Collar is a good show, and Pratchett is inspired by life for a reason.
Killer Freaks from Outer Space
We are an old man who destroys Rabbids with a magnum. Now, I love the crazy old guy and the really-funny shooter premises because they aren’t brown and military, but can’t you make a funny story with your marine or gun-toting hero shooting alien-equse Rabbids? I’d find that really funny. That being said, shooting Rabbids-to which I wonder how they pissed off Ubisoft-but the controls also seem a little wonky. If I’m gonna get chomped in the back, I won’t want to have to swivel around.
Okay, I haven’t played an MMO in a good, long while. Let me get that out of the way now…There; point made. It looks good, it seems to be a lot of fighting and immersive action, but I’m gonna be fair; I like customization of stats and abilities and menus and tactical thinking. Its why I played Guild Wars outside World of Warcraft outside the fact that it wasn’t free. I admit; Frogster has something going good for it, but I really need to find a MMO I can get back into that isn’t a) just press a button and receive bacon and b) gives me quests I actually care about and are interesting.
Altus makes a puzzle game. I am terrified…and yet, intrigued. You know, until I meet the main protagonist. Let me get this out of the way now. Vincent Brooks-our main protagonist-strikes me as a flake who I want to break a tire iron over his face. He can’t commit to a woman he loves? He can’t stand finding some way of getting through how he thinks and feels, so another woman comes into his life…Am I the only one here who sees a worthless hack of a man who can’t really respect people who love them and have positive feelings for them. Yeah, this is not the way to show me a character to relate with. Give me something-anything-that I can relate with positively instead of negatively, perhaps.
And that’s really it for that day. I told you guys; there wasn’t much on Day 2. What news really came out that felt interesting was that Gamecube wouldn’t be supported on Wii-U and that Mirror’s Edge is coming back. Yeah, I’m not that interested in that either. I’ll see you guys for the last day where hopefully things pick up.