E3 2014 Review

by carrie mah

Here is my review of the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)!

Nintendo

I got the Zelda Deluxe Wii U Console Set for my birthday this year and fell in love. I was a bit disappointed with the Wii because of its mediocre games (and few memorable ones) and the gimmicky feel of it all. I grew up playing the N64 and Gamecube, so I have a soft spot for Nintendo. I was a bit hesitant with the Wii U, but Mike and I wanted a system that could help us relive our childhood memories.

Nintendo has done well for its fans and is continuing to surprise us: giving a free game with Mario Kart 8, the continuing success of the Nintendo Rewards program and the (sort of) well-known Digital Deluxe Promotion. This year at E3, Nintendo announced a ton of things that would make any gamer squeal a bit.


Things worth spending money on…

 GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U

Wii U Adaptor

Finally, a way to play GameCube games without using the non-GameCube controllers. Although there’s the Wii U Pro Controller, you can never go wrong with the old-school controllers!

Wii U Game Exclusives

Mario Party 10

Tons of new games were announced at E3, and all of them look very awesome. Hopefully these games are up to Mario Kart 8’s quality. Games include Mario Party 10 with Bowser as a playable character and new mini games; Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, an exciting puzzler; Splatoon, a de Blob-esque game where you compete to paint the arena with your team color; Yoshi’s Woolly World, a game inspired by the graphics in Kirby’s Epic Yarn game.

PDP’s GameCube-styled controllers

Wii

 If you’ve already collected the character-branded Wii mote controllers, you can add the PDP’s GameCube-styled ones (excluding Luigi) to your collection.


Things that look like a complete waste of money…

Amiibo Figures

Figures

I’ve never played Skylanders or Disney Infinity, but these figurines will be an additional $10-$15 cost on top of games that will work with them. It’s a neat idea, where the Amiibo can be customized with powers, but I like to play games as is without extra fluff or unnecessary purchases.


 

I didn’t grow up playing Sony games, but I’ve purchased their best consoles – the PS2, PS Vita, and PS3 – and played a lot of excellent games (ICO, LittleBigPlanet, God of War to name a few). I’ve enjoyed the games tey give out for Playstation Plus subscribers and I am excited for some of their recently announced items.

Things worth spending money on…

Beautiful game exclusives

sony-ps4-the-witness-010-630x354

Sony has done well for publishing high quality indie games. Entwined, a sad game about a fish and bird in love, and The Witness, a puzzler with a beautiful graphics.

Playstation now

Now

Finally, the chance to stream classic Playstation games has been announced! This program’s perfect for those who play a lot of games but don’t need to keep a copy.

Little Big Planet 3

LBP

I really loved LBP, and thought LBP2 + LBP Vita were awesome. However, I’m not so sure about picking this title up immediately, although it’s difficult to reinvent something that isn’t broken, it feels like Media Molecule will rely on (yet again) community content to bring sales up. I might be a bit bitter because most of their recent DLC have been costumes and stickers, but I’m personally holding off on trying out ‘oddsock’ until I feel like the content justifies the game price.

Playstation TV

TV

For those who really want to stream entertainment services to the TV and play games anywhere in the home, the Playstation TV could be a fanboy’s dream come true.


Things that look like a complete waste of money…

dead island 2

dead

Although Dead Island has some awesome trailers, if the second game is anything like the first, I’d avoid this at all costs. A game full of quests when a claim for a story-intensive zombie is full of disappointment.


 

Xbox

 

Although I often use Windows and Microsoft Office products, their consoles haven’t lured me over yet. I’ve played the Xbox 360, fiddled around with the Xbox One and played a few games with the Kinect, but still am not convinced in buying them. There are still some interesting announcements from this company.


 Things worth spending money on…

Indie titles

xbox-e3-press-conference

Although Sony does a great job with Indie titles, Microsoft started it for the consoles. Newly announced titles include Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, a frantic action game with slick graphics; Cuphead, a run-and-game game with old-timey graphics (like the old Mickey Mouse shorts); White Night, a survival horror game that uses light to keep darkness at bay; and Ori and the Blind Forest, an atmospheric platformer.

disney fantasia: Music evolved

Fantasia

Harmonix always produces fun games and as always they are catered to music fans. Interacting with songs and tweaking set lists makes a unique game experience!


 Things that look like a complete waste of time…

safe games

COD

Games like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Halo: The Master Chief Collection were definitely a safe play for Microsoft when they announced games. With other really cool games announced, why not save your money for something a bit more unique?


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