Quick E3 Impressions
This would have been slightly more interesting a few days ago, but blogs were down and so I didn't have anywhere to post it. Anyways, here are some of my takeaways from E3 2013:
(+) Microsoft introduces a lot of new games. Not everything looked quite for me, but I think Ryse looks like it could be fun. Sunset Overdrive and Quantum Break will probably both be very good games, but I need to see more gameplay before I have any interest in them. Despite MS not wowing me, they did wow a lot of skeptics with Killer Instinct, Titanfall, and a teaser for the new Halo. Many are claiming that Xbox One is winning the exclusives battle. This is interesting news to me, considering the last 2 years I've heard nothing but complaints about MS heavily lacking in the exclusives department.
(-) Xbox One priced at $499. All the speculation I had read pegged both consoles priced around $400. I think there was a little bit of sticker shock when XBox One was revealed to be $499, especially considering this was announced before anybody knew what Sony was going to do. A lot of people are questioning the mandated Kinect add-on and how it's more than likely raising the console price despite the fact most people wouldn't want it if they were given the choice.
(-) Microsoft keeps shooting themselves in the foot from a PR standpoint. More and more keeps coming out about just how restrictive the Xbox One's new used game and online policies will be. The talking heads at Microsoft aren't helping their own cause, saying things like "Don't have the internet? We'll, you can still buy an Xbox 360".
(+) Microsoft announces their "Games for Gold" program to rival PS+ through 2013. Fable III is already free and Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed 2 will be free in the future. Rather old games, but better than nothing.
(+) Sony to the rescue. In a fairly unusual move, Sony seemed to take jabs right at the Xbox One by announcing that there will be no restrictions on used games an no online checks on the PS4. They're also coming in at the $399 price point, far easier to swallow than Xbox One's $499 price.
(+/-) Sony has confirmed that the PS+ program will continue on the PS4 and has already announced several PS4 games that will be free for PS+ members. However, Sony has also confirmed that online play will now be locked behind a PS+ subscription. This is something I expected to happen, and not a big deal to me as I plan to be a long term PS+ subscriber, but it's still an added fee a lot of gamers will have to tack on.
(-) What's a PlayStation Vita? Sony spent only about 5 minutes talking about their current-gen handheld console. As a Vita owner, my faith in Sony supporting this system for the next 5+ years is starting to waiver. I personally love a lot of the indie games coming to Vita, but if they can't get some more big exclusive games on the Vita, they're not going to sell. If they don't sell, developers will be less inclined to make their games for the Vita.
(+) Final Fantasy XV. Holy shit! What is this? I've never played a Final Fantasy game because they're just not for me, but FFXV will almost certainly change that trend. I've never heard of an action FF game, and had no idea they were making one. This was my biggest surprise of E3 and am super excited to see more.
(+) Kingdom Hearts 3. Back to back HUGE reveals at the Sony conference for me. Both this and FFV feel like a long ways off, but I'm extremely excited for both of them. It's a shame for Sony that they couldn't lock down exclusivity for KH3, that would have been a huge deal to a lot of gamers.
(+) Nintendo showed off the first gameplay footage of Bayonetta 2. I don't plan on buying a WiiU anytime soon, but I'll be extremely jealous of WiiU owners for this one.
(-) I wasn't overwhelemed by anything else Nintendo showed during their video. Smash Bros should be great, but the videos didn't reveal much about the game. Super Mario 3D World looks more like "New Super Mario Bros" than "Super Mario Galaxy" and I find that disappointing.