E3 2010: What we learned from the show


Gore never goes out of fashion

For gamers watching E3 2010 through their monitors, the gruesome sight of mutilated bodies at the start of the Call of Duty demo during the Microsoft conference was one of the first things they saw. Then it was Metal Gear Rising's Raiden cutting men clean in half. In slow motion. With blood spurting everywhere. Next came a Locust in Gears of War 3 ripping off a man's arm and clubbing him over the head with it before being bayoneted to death by an angry Marcus Fenix. And that was just the press conference...

Above: Better put a plaster on that. Don't want it to get infected, eh?

On the show floor, games like Mortal Kombat, Bulletstorm and Splatterhouse kept things knee-deep in gore, gratuitous violence and graphic dismemberment. It's a wonder that Nintendo didn't just shit its pants and leave. If this year's E3 is anything to go by, video games are going to continue pushing the boundaries of brutal, bloody excess.


3D is actually good

Well who’d have thunk it. Turns out all this third dimension malarkey actually works. Not only that, the voodoo technical witchcraft’s that’s being concocted under the 3DS’ dinky hood flat out astonished anyone fortunate to wrestle it away from a Nintendo-branded woman.

Above: Get used to it or have your eyes go funny. This is the future 

Over at Sony’s press conference, Killzone 3 looked hella purdy in 3D. We’re just not so hot on paying two grand for the kit to run it. That said, it’s becoming increasingly clear this is no fad. And we’re fairly certain 3D will soon be as integral to future games as HD to them now.


PSP2 isn't coming just yet

“You thought we’d forgot about the whole PSP thang, didn’t you? Well don’t worry puny Sony disciples, because here’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for, a new PSP… ad.” Oh. If a pin had dropped during the exact moment the admittedly decent-looking Meet Marcus PSP ads were revealed, it would have been the loudest noise within miles of the convention centre. Simply put, PSP2 isn’t ready yet.

Above: Marcus ain’t quite PSP2 

Despite rumours that Sony might unveil its next handheld at TGS in September, there’s nothing concrete out there surrounding the PSP’s successor. But considering how overwhelmingly positive the reaction to the 3DS has been, and Sony’s megaton push towards all things 3D, we’d be surprised if the PSP2 doesn’t try to embrace that wacky dimension between the second and Blinx the Cat.


DLC deals are the new exclusives

Forget game exclusives being signed up by Sony and Microsoft because if E3 2010 has taught us anything it’s that two thirds of the BIG THREE™ are more interested in DLC deals. Microsoft has map packs for the next three Call of Duty’s (timed) exclusively to 360 and Sony responded with (probably timed) exclusive DLC for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

There were more too, but honestly, we couldn’t give two shits because who’s to say that these DLC packs are going to be good anyway? Answer: No one.

Above: Call of Duty: Black Ops. Bet you want the DLC right now, don't you?


Microsoft and Sony invented motion control (and it is powered by magic)

Clearly the above statement is far from true (if it weren’t for all our staunch Nintendo support this year, we’re sure Shiggy and Satoru would be brandishing knives with our names on them for even suggesting it), but if you saw either of those two companies’ press conferences you could be forgiven for believing it.

Above: It's magic! We've gone back to 2006 in the blink of an eye!

‘One-to-one movement! Magic! Magical one-to-one movement! One-to-one magical movement that’s only possible with Kinect/PlayStation Move!’ Over the course of the show we must have had several hours of MS, Sony, and their affiliated publishers telling us how they’ve both come up with a revolution in gaming control, but the fact is that all they had were repackaged HD versions of crappy old games none of us liked during the real revolution four years ago.


Old games are the future

Okay, ‘reboots/reimaginings of classic franchises’ then. We’re not just talking sequels here. E3 is always packed with those by default. We’re referring to games that either strip down or rework flagging or forgotten game series in an attempt to revitalise them for a new or jaded audience.

Mortal Kombat is going back to its roots and professing a new, much deeper fighting engine (finally!). Kirby has a new look, new abilities, and some beautifully inventive game mechanics thanks to his patchwork makeover. Donkey Kong Country is back, and in genuine 2.5D for the first time. Kid Icarus is finally reborn on the 3DS. X-Com returns with a ‘50s setting, FPS gameplay and an inexplicable new lack of punctuation. Rayman has a new, gorgeous-looking 2D platformer coming for XBLA, PSN and WiiWare.

Above: Just don't fly too close to the sun, kid. What do you mean, 'why'?

Truly, 2010 was the year E3 brought our gaming childhoods back. And against all odds, the old timers are all looking pretty young again.

So that's what we learned from E3 2010. But what was it like for you? What did you learn from this year's show? Let us know in the comments.

22 Jun, 2010


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  • Cleanser247 - June 24, 2010 3:27 a.m.

    The 3DS looks great!
  • mubobi7593 - June 23, 2010 7:43 p.m.

    @philipshaw I thought old games are what Nintendo was built on? Mario, Zelda, Metroid, and hell Pokémon? Those are all really old franchises that everyone wants from Nintendo. OT: What's with the fitness games? Do they think that by disguising exercise as "games" they'll get the overweight masses of stereotypical gamers to get up and work out? Sorry, but we're not that stupid (I hope). And can someone explain to me the gore? I personally hate it in gratuitous amounts. Why does everyone go apeshit over it?
  • Myfoot - June 23, 2010 4:30 p.m.

    Does anyone know if there was any new information on "Home Front"?
  • philipshaw - June 23, 2010 10:29 a.m.

    What you said at the end of the article is what is wrong with Nintendo
  • Doctalen - June 23, 2010 3:46 a.m.

    @JADENkOTOR: I take it you hate these crappy sequels on the hand held devices too?
  • VenomVip7 - June 23, 2010 1:15 a.m.

    woah wait a minute they're making a KOTOR 3? an actual one not like the MMO that TOR's going to be? Where'd you hear that?
  • sleepy92ismypsn - June 22, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    I think marcus is funny and a good actor he's like a young black kevin bultler. I still would have rather them revealed the psp2. I pray that it will have equal or better 3d than the 3ds. why didn't you guys mention Twisted Metal with the rest of the reboots. That series might not have been on a nintendo platform but i still grew up playing them.
  • raygillies - June 22, 2010 7:08 p.m.

    As soon as I finish Peace Walker (damn difficult boss battles) I'm selling my psp for a 3DS. It's also unfortunate that as soon as microsoft unveils a new 360 model, Nintendo gives me a dozen reasons to not sell my Wii.
  • BuggattiFreak - June 22, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    Nobody really cares about a new KOTOR because of the impending arrival of The Old Republic. I thought Sony and M$ could have done better this year, Move and Kincect just don't interest me.
  • JADENkOTOR - June 22, 2010 6:14 p.m.

    I learned that a bunch of bad-ass games are coming out a long time from now and that BioWare STILL insists on not making Jade Empire or KOTOR for this gen. I feel like I am the only one who gives two shits about this. Is there anyone else? and where the fuck are Kingdom Hearts and Okami? (don't bring up that DS shit)
  • Tronto13 - June 22, 2010 5:15 p.m.

    playstation plus is proof that Sony really regrets not charging for PSN in the first place. The missing psp2, made worse by the announcement of a brand spanking new.... advertising campaign has to be the biggest low of e3 for me
  • nuno004 - June 22, 2010 4:36 p.m.

    does anybody know where i can pre-order the 3DS cause, I WANT ONE, i might wait a little while after it comes out because every time a new DS game from nintendo comes out they have it bundled with a special edition DS. (for example: the gold triforce DS that came with phantom hourglass) I hope the same thing happens with kid icarius with a white 3DS or even better a friggin chameleon color shifting 3DS! Make it so Nintendo.
  • NeonSalmon - June 22, 2010 3:40 p.m.

    lol @ "seek cougar"
  • Cyberninja - June 22, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    i want a psp2 that has a second analog stick please sony
  • Zzombie99 - June 22, 2010 3:25 p.m.

    Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep looks great and got almost no recognition.
  • powerfeeling - June 22, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    Is it bad I am looking forward to Mortal Kombat?

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