And so that is it for this E3. And I must say, most of it was alright, but still. There were some things that just didn't feel good enough to be in E3. Take the number of first-person shooters for example. There was more of those featured than any other game genre. And while they might all have different stories, the gameplay mechanic is still the same.
People could say that about racing games, but at least racing games actually differ from one another. Yes FPS' might be challenging, but so are racing games, depending on what type you have. So it was a disappointment that only one was shown.
However, it was a good one. Made by Criterion Games, Need For Speed Most Wanted is an open world racer in the style of Burnout Paradise. This game is definitely on my buy list. Oh, wait! There was another racing game! Forza Horizon was only shown with a trailer, but it was a stunning trailer. I'll watch this one for sure.
However, massive games that held attention were Pikmin 3 and LEGO City Undercover. Behind the scenes, LucasArts got involved and showed off the beginning of its new game - Star Wars 1313. This looks absolutely stunning, and I can't wait to get my hands playing it. But that might not be for another year yet. Games closer to hand, however, LEGO City Undercover is another game I will buy. On the 3DS of course.
Because, while the WiiU might look good, caution is needed for this console. Two E3 events and - while the hype for the console has been going up - there is still doubt as to its success, and confusion about what it is for. And many Nintendo fans are waiting for the bigger hitters, as while New Super Mario Bros. U might be good, the rest of the line-up - bar Pikmin 3 and LEGO City Undercover - isn't enough to be bragging about a WiiU purchase.
I, for one, found the lack of racing games on the new console unforgiving. The Wii had a lot of racing games on its launch window. Five, in fact. The WiiU not having any is about the worst thing possible. And any speculation of all those WiiU games coming, WiiU Sports, Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart, were all thrown down a drain. Not even hinted at being in production, the fans of those games were in misery.
And not even Animal Crossing on 3DS was even mentioned! And with a speculated Q3 2012 release, no matter even if that is for Japan, we need more info before that time, so Nintendo had better surprise us.
Microsoft did have some good games in its conference though, and that was a relief. And Sony with its Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. Ah yes. That was a good trailer, and we even got a surprise in two new character unveils. Shame that there wasn't no Gran Turismo. But they showed off Wonderbook, which uses the Playstation Eye to create augmented reality images in a book and uses the Move controller.
The game that showed this off was Book of Spells, another Sony-created Harry Potter experience. Looked good, but still, doesn't look mightily interesting. There was also The Last of Us, which, you guessed it, came last in Sony's conference. Made by Naughty Dog, same people behind Uncharted, it looks just as spectacular.
So to round up, Sony was the best, followed by Microsoft and Nintendo joint second. This is because, while both showed some great games, it was mired in things that weren't as interesting. And that rounds up E3 2012.