The massive gamer overload that was the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012 has ended, and it’s time to air out the best and worst that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo showed at this year’s conference. Won’t you join us in pointing out the good and bad?
Good: Smart Glass.
Microsoft parried Nintendo’s Wii U touch-screen controller with Smart Glass – a unique multiscreen platform that integrates Windows 8 and Windows phone devices, along with Apple iPads and Android devices with the Xbox 360.
Although only teased, Smart Glass showed promising media management functions, along with some (but not as many as the Wii U controller) gaming elements. With Smart Glass, owners of practically any smartphone or tablet will be able to use the platform without having to purchase new hardware.
Bad: No Gears Gameplay?
Halo 4 kicked Microsoft’s keynote off well. However, where was the Gears of War: Judgment gameplay? For a group looking to release several highly anticipated exclusive titles in 2013 and with no gameplay to show, a lot was left to look for.
Good: PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale.
Is Playstation All Stars Battle Royale a rip-off of that other crossover fighting game between different franchises from another console? Yes.
But that’s okay, especially since Sony’s promising cross-play functionality between the PS3 and PS Vita. With a list of characters including God of War’s Kratos and PaRappa the Rapper, Sony pumped two new additions into the action at its keynote: Uncharted‘s Nathan Drake and BioShock’s Big Daddy. As much as you’d hate to reward Sony for unoriginality, the tantalizing character list makes All Stars Battle Royale a fight worth seeing.
The Wonderbook is a physical book that will act as a platform for a range of different literary titles – sort-of like a next gen interactive e-book.
However, not even J.K. Rowling backing the idea with its first title Book of Spells could save what Sony showed at its keynote: a crappy demo. The interface was flopping and the presentation was too long. The idea may have potential, but Sony will need to show us more.
Good: Wii U.
From its promising launch titles including Pikmin 3 and New Super Mario Bros. Wii U, the Wii U looked impressive. The graphics were a definite plus, along with actual glimpses of the touch-screen controller interface. Zombies U stole the show in showing the controller’s asymmetric gaming features.
Bad: Just one new Wii U IP?
Nintendo Land was the only all-new IP designed by Nintendo for the Wii U that was shown in their keynote. Although aiming to bring the fun experience of an interactive carnival into your living room, where was the other new intellectual property for the Wii U by Nintendo?
What did you think about the conference this year? Let us know in the comments.