You can never get through an E3 without some moment that just make you go “WTF?” Sometimes is a game that you just don’t expect. Other times it’s a strange booth or a guy running through E3 naked
Take a look at this picture. Does everyone in it look like a gaming industry professional to you?
Unfortunately, Nintendo didn’t have a new Wii U Zelda game to show off at this year’s E3. What they did have, was the new HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker for the Wii U. Sure, it may not be a brand new Zelda adventure, but it's more than enough to give Zelda fans their fix while they wait for Link’s next outing.
It seems like ages ago that Jason West and Vince Zampella left Activision and formed Respawn Entertainment, and yet we haven’t seen a game from the new studio until now. E3 2013 gave us a chance to try out Titanfall, Respawns newest shooter effort set to come out for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.
Here’s the scenario: The world is dark and dreary. Medieval peasants backstab each other for mere pennies. People are wallowing in their own filth and insanity. The only person who can rise above this all is a man who is willing to kill anyone and anything with his big swords and mutant magical powers. Yes, you are playing The Witcher, or more specifically, The Witcher 3, which was revealed at E3 2013 this year.
Flower, the serene motion controlled gaming experience from Thatgamecompany, is blowing off of the PS3 and onto the Vita. We got a chance to try out this almost meditative portable experience, this year at E3 2013.
Disney’s current game development strategy seems to be exactly the same as their game development strategy of the NES/SNES days, which is to say they take one of their IPs and license it out to a more established game developer. In fact, they are giving their IPs to the exact same companies they did in the past. Ducktales went back to Capcom, while Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse went back to Sega. E3 2013 gave us a chance to try out the new Castle of Illusion remake at the Sega booth.
In the PS Vita section of the Sony booth at E3, we got to see a ton of great games. We saw Flower, the breakthrough creation from Thatgamecompany. We saw Tearaway, the newest creation from Media Molecule. Then we saw this game, Lone Survivor, a little known game with only one booth that had few people lining up to give it a try. Anyone who did finally try it walked away pale with a look on their face like they have just seen something horrific, and they had!
Square-Enix hasn’t exactly had a lot of luck with their Final Fantasy titles as of late. Final Fantasy XIII was criticized as being a long walk down a hallway with pretty graphics, while Final Fantasy XIII-2 was criticized as having a shallow story and a tacked on monster raising system. Can the third title in the installment, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, do any better? We had a chance to preview it at E3 2013.
This year, we have been talking a lot about indie games at E3 2013. These interesting titles tread paths that the “me too” AAA games won’t dare to tread. They are magnificent productions of art using light and sound coupled with interactivity to tell stories like none other. Perhaps one of the most artistic games of the show was Rain, a puzzle/horror game set to come for the PlayStation 3 in the fall of this year.