So here we are a week after E3 and the gaming world has gone quiet again. E3 has gained back much of its former glory and truly become the game show that this industry needs to promote what is going on in the world. Since everyone is weighing in on what they saw and what they liked, I suppose I’ll do the same.
For me, games have to be fast, violent, and fun. After reading this blog long enough, I guess I am not hard to figure out as a player, Ultima and DAOC where my basis for MMOs and neither game was very forgiving when it came to PvP. So here is what I think of what I saw.
Hats off to TERA, the game is fun. The demo was awesome and Justin Webb and I had a great time playing. Even though the art style is a bit off for me, I will play it. It was a great idea for the team to put 5 people together in a raid like demo with devs doing play by play…hint hint studios…this was fun!
Trion gets a thumbs up! The booth and games looked great, End of Nations is a cool twist on MMORTS and RIFT is looking better and better.
Warhammer 40,000 Dark Millenium Online had by far the coolest characters walkign around the THQ booth. I am all for booth babes…but I have to be honest the Khorne Berserker was pure awesome and quickly drew my attention away from the UFC girls. I guess spending hours and hours painting them over the last few months will do that. My thing with 40k is that I wanted more, what we saw looked great and Joe and Mark were very cool as devs. I just wanted to play it…I want to know the faction system, I want to think about what race I am going to play. Hopefully at the next E3 those wishes will be granted.
Star Wars: The Old Republic had an amazing set up. A great demo, and then a room where players could do some quests, yet it was missing a little something. Don’t get me wrong the trailer is awesome and all, but EA needs to stop spending millions on Blur Studios trailers to promote their games…and just let players in to play. If Old Republic had let the press do the demo instead of its devs and had them work as a team with the classes to fight the droid bosses and truly engaged them in the experience then I think they would have had a home run for E3. That being said, I am actually getting into the immersiveness of Old Republic…which contradicts my statement from above, but still it is Star Wars.
Nexon is by far the coolest game company of all time and their Vindictus game should be an awesome step up for them in terms of MMO street credit. Sure Maple Story and Mabinogi are great, but Vindictus is really cool and the game play is fast and furious. Wolf Hat’s off to Min Kim for throwing one of the best MMO networking parties of the year….CCP finally has some competition.
Overall E3 was good. The next generation of games coming out all have promise. The show would be great if I got to take home the Khorne Berserker suit and stand it up in my living room…hahaha.