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Well E3 has arrived once again. though I know no one reading this… 
11th-May-2006 01:49 am
Well E3 has arrived once again. though I know no one reading this takes any interest whatsoever on the subject matter, it's something that I did last year and figure I should do since my posts are few and far between. I'll basically cover the main points regarding the convention thus far.

* Nintendo's former revolution, now dubbed "Wii", has taken the show by storm. Playable demos have demonstrated that Nintendo's system is not all gimmick. A Next-Gen metroid game, new Super Mario, Zelda Twilight Princess, and Red Steel, Ubisoft's killvest answer to the usual tame lineup that comprises the usual Nintendo Library, were marvelous (or so i've read...on forums...from "sources"). If anyone that came along to the Disneyland Senior trip, remembers the namco samurai game with the motion detecting sword, that will give you some idea how the controller functions (NOTE: excluding the crap control the interface offered, which kinda makes for a bad example, so forget the reference).

*PS3 cost was finally unveiled to the masses, albeit at a price only a mortgage can afford. Following in what has become "what else sony copies from..." forum topics, they have decided to introduce a two bundle structure. For 499.99, you get a system that is barebones with no "real" features. And I'm not taking "it sucks 'cause no headset, and wireless controller, and etc." ala Xbox 360, I mean the system itself will be depraved of actual internal hardware that might not be upgradable through aftermarket accessories. 599.99 is what you can expect to pay if you actually want a (true) PS3. Sony has only spoken aloud about the price difference and the 20 and 60 GB HDD respectively, but upon closer inspection a myriad of features are absent from the "bargain" bundle.

*Sony ditched the boomerang look of last years controller, and decided to stick to the same controller design, which it has for the last decade! Controversy arose after the Sony Press conference when It was announced that motion detection was added to the controller, while ditching the original rumble feature. Again, Sony taking a cue from the competition. Shortages are unavoidable, now that Sony has decided to launch the system globally on Nov. 17.

*Xbox 360 has some games, like Gears of War, Lost Planet, and Pinata, but for the most part this was a Hardware-oriented E3 (or i just don't care about the 360 to report on it).

The big 3 pretty much dropped the hammer on the masses. Coming out with a new systems, creating a drastic paradigm shift in both technology and selection. I'm glad that at least Sony decided to ship all their systems with HDD, which means that advantages that the original xbox had like streaming and caching on the hard drive is something developers can utilize on all games since all consumers will have a HDD handy, unlike the Xbox 360. A lot of people have put there money on Nintendo. Guaranteeing to be the cheaper machine and trying to reach greater market by introducing those usually afraid to pick a controller with 21 buttons with a new and simple way to play, i'm inclined to agree.
11th-May-2006 11:14 am (UTC)
I can only assume that the PS3 is backwards-compatible gamwise, if not mem-card wise, but is the Wii?
11th-May-2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
PS- I'll probably get a Wii anyway, because I wanna play Smash Bros. : Brawl. Especially if Snake really gets to use the box, like in the video.
11th-May-2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
SSB was actually a big surprise consider nothing leaked. And you do realize that now Snake will now be my default character
11th-May-2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
I read the thing @ smashbros.com where the developer stated he didn't know he was on the project or that it even existed until it was announced @ E3
11th-May-2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
plus Crystal Chronicles is coming back too. And considering the new DS and Wii controller + the way we play, you know at the end of the night half of us are going to end up with styluses jabbed in our gut while the other half has nunchak bruises
11th-May-2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
backwards compadability seems to be a norm for any console now now since Ps2 introduced the idea sucessfully.
11th-May-2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
yeah, but it's not fully true for the 360, is it?
12th-May-2006 01:25 am (UTC)
what are you taking. It plays halo and Halo 2. i mean were there other games for the xbox.


/what the hell were you think Gates

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