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GamesRadar's E3 2010 awards

How better to placate a room full of bored games journalists than by giving them all a free new 360 each, eh? After enduring a tedious conference that spent too much time on Kinect and trying to convince said reporters that not using a controller ‘is the future’, Microsoft head-honcho Don Mattrick announced the new Xbox 360 and that every person in the hall could have one gratis. Cue: A standing ovation that we’re sure was as much because the conference was over as it was to be receiving a free console.

Runner-up: Sony’s sagging press conference

Sony started off proceedings with a bang then soon descended into monotony with chatter about PS2 and PSP. Then, just as the lull kicked in, they wheeled out the charming Kevin Butler to pick things up again. Saved from winning this award.


According to Ubisoft, Battle Tag is the first “live shooter.” So it’s a videogame, only in real life! Or it’s just laser tag that interfaces with a laptop, and isn’t a videogame at all. Oh, and by the way, the first “live shooter” probably occurred in the 1200s, and ended with a bunch of dead Mongolians.


Above: The actual announcement here isn’t Battle Tag, it’s that Ubisoft has figured out how to make children in a laboratory

But go for it, Ubisoft, there’s nothing that says you have to publish videogames. We’re skeptical that kids will actually run around their houses saying things like “yeah, eat it” and “party time,” but the dusty closets of the world will thank you for your contribution, because that’s where every laser tag game ever has been thrown after one day of mild amusement.

Runner up: Ubisoft’s Innergy

Nintendo’s Wii Vitality Sensor was a total no-show this year, but that didn’t stop Ubi from unveiling their own version of the peripheral, complete with Innergy, a breathing-focused non-game aimed at FORCING PLAYERS TO RELAX! AAAA!!! RELAX MORE, DAMMIT! AAAAAAAAAAA!!!


The crew over at publisher/manufacturer Power Gig are some of the nicest guys we’ve ever met. That’s what makes it so hard to tell them the thing they most remind us of at the moment is a litter of puppies being shoved into a burlap sack by a guy in a rowboat.

Strike One: The actual game, Power Gig: Rise of the Six-String, is playing catch-up. Yes, it will be the first music game to feature Kid Rock, Eric Clapton, and the Dave Matthews Band, but the Rock Band and Guitar Hero games have hundreds of additional downloadable songs, more modes, and much more polished gameplay.

Strike Two: In our playtest, the Power Gig drum kit was a disaster. The guitar controller may be all about realism, but the drum kit is practically imaginary. It’s a hunk of plastic about the size of an Xbox that sits either on the floor or on little 12-inch legs. There are four colored circles on it, but you don’t actually hit anything at all. Instead, you “drum” the air with specially-designed drumsticks in a vain attempt to wave your sticks over each circle’s sensor, which appears to be about the size of a thumbnail. We desperately hope the drums are still in development because the kit we played just did not work, plain and simple.

Strike Three: This is the final curb-stomp. The Power Gig guitar, which is both a game controller and a fully-featured guitar that you can actually learn to play for real, is the whole selling point of PG:RotSS. Trouble is, the Rock Band 3 crew just announced its own real guitar/controller, and it’s better. It’s a full-sized (the PG guitar is ¾ scale), consumer-model Fender Stratocaster with a few modifications. So it’s seriously legit. And in our experience, it’s more responsive than the PG guitar. At this point, it’s really hard to imagine Power Gig becoming anything other than the next Rock Revolution.

Runner up: PSP / PSPgo

As if the DS hasn’t been bitch-slapping PSP hard enough for the last half-decade, Sony countered Nintendo’s megaton announcement of the game-changing, industry-disrupting 3DS with: a new ad campaign. Yeah. That’s what’s been missing all these years.


At the Microsoft conference in 2009, Lionhead’s Peter Molyneux introduced the world to boy-trapped-in-a-television, Milo. The human Tamagotchi highlighted the power and possibilities of Kinect (néé Natal) and while it was super creepy, it was more interesting than the Wii Sports rip-offs also on show. Fast forward to 2010 and Milo is nowhere to be seen at the conference. Maybe he was sent to a borstal for being naughty. Or perhaps he was caught smoking Molyneux’s cigarettes and beaten within a digital inch of his life? Either way, he was AWOL from Microsoft’s 2010 conference.  

Runner-up: Wii Vitality Sensor

Nintendo’s clothes peg peripheral that senses your pulse and other crap you couldn’t care less about wasn’t even hinted at during their press conference. Good.


There were rumors of a remake of Rare's classic N64 Bond adventure floating about as far back as October 2009, when the game appeared on an animator's resume. Suspicions were raised. The rumor went quiet, although gamers always believed. Then, in April of this year, Activision registered the domain name GoldenEyeGame.com. Which was not very covert of them. Finally, just as E3 2010 was approaching, complete details about the game appeared from an anonymous source. Probably a Russian spy. GoldenEye's cover was well and truly blown.

Runner-up: PlayStation Plus

Sony are about as good at keeping secrets as Microsoft are at convincing gamers that controller-less gaming is actually awesome.

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38 comments

  • wiitard07 - June 21, 2010 7:57 p.m.

    @ phillipshaw oh so you dont think that you should just buy an eyetoy?
  • Defguru7777 - June 21, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    Despite all the crap at this year's E3, I'm more excited for gaming than I have been for a while. And it made me care about Nintendo again.
  • g4m3rk1dd - June 20, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    new 360? YAY! wait...no blueray? wtf? now the only reason im getting it is becuase of all the trade in offers at my local game store and because i bought my 360 the day it came out (that means a 20GB hard drive and less ports for por-stuff...) they better do something big with kinetic. like make a GoW4 for it...or a really B/A FPS 3DS is going to be amazing and kid icarus looks awesome already but i still want my pokemanz to look like a normal game (NOT facing the ground SEEING the tall grass being tall and being able to walk through it...too much to ask for i guess but meh) also beast mode for GoW2 looks like win...now if only we could get CoG to have different classes like the locust do? kthxsbai
  • michaelmcc827 - June 20, 2010 6:08 p.m.

    No love for The Old Republic? Oh well.
  • BadCompanyBrik - June 20, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    I knew Bungie made a mistake... they would have stolen the show had they shown the awesome new map creator they no doubt have cooking. Instead of showing off space combat, then confirming that it's not MP...
  • foxyexplosion - June 20, 2010 8:37 a.m.

    Am I the only one who thinks the kinect with that silly dance game will be a bread winner in japan? [source] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppt3IQgoKH4&feature=related
  • daLadiesman217 - June 20, 2010 8:09 a.m.

    why did dat kid in da laser tag game have to Say everything hes out of? LOL
  • RonaldRayGun - June 20, 2010 4:37 a.m.

    Good stuff in here!
  • Spacegrass - June 20, 2010 3:20 a.m.

    Saints Row 3? How did you put a ribbon on something that wasn't there? Also, no love for The Old Republic?
  • Zanthis - June 19, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    I'm glad to see my desire to play Dance Central is not completely out of left field. What really sucks is that I have to buy Kinect first, $150 my ass.
  • kicking222 - June 19, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    I know I've said this about a million times in a million different places, but... Kasson Crooker is my favorite musician ever. That is not an exaggeration. His pre-Freezepop band (Splashdown) completely changed my life. He's also an incredibly kind person who I've been fortunate enough to meet and correspond with many times over the years. Kasson Crooker is as close as I have to a hero, and that's not a "Guitar Hero" pun. I think what a lot of people don't realize is that Kasson won a Game Developers Choice Award for the first "Guitar Hero" game and is the very first name you see in the credits for "Rock Band 2". He's been instrumental (again, no pun intended) to Harmonix's past games, and if THIS is what he is working on right now, I have absolutely no doubt that it will be an excellent game. I don't think I'm getting a Kinect, but if I do, "Dance Central" will definitely be my first purchase. Plus, despite having followed the man for over a decade, I had never once seen Kasson do anything close to dance (unless he was behind a keytar while playing in Freezepop). So that was quite a treat.
  • barrage7667 - June 19, 2010 9:59 p.m.

    ok...shadow of rome is still a great game I WANT A SECOND ONE OR SOMETHING!! so well made
  • JADENkOTOR - June 19, 2010 5:37 p.m.

    Most graphics or Best graphics? huh... Was Zelda really that good to get runner-up Best In Show? The only demo i saw was during the conference which was terrible. It must be holy shit awesome to deserve that prestige especially with so many great titles shown.
  • Dorglesisthebest - June 19, 2010 5 p.m.

    Deus Ex 3 actually showed?
  • EffinChrys - June 19, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    No GUN 2 yet? Well that's just horse shit * * Yes, I'm aware RDR is a good game. But I love me some GUN. ** ** I'm also aware that GUN will probably never even have a sequel.
  • GameManiac - June 19, 2010 4:48 p.m.

    No crap the 3DS gets "Best in Show"! Nintendo is always trying to outdo themselves and stand out, and they sure as hell have on this year's E3. I only wish the pic placed for that award expressed those three words with more emphasis.
  • ultimatepunchrod - June 19, 2010 2:45 p.m.

    i think sorcery for only $40 is definitely worth it and yea whatever
  • TwistOfFate94 - June 19, 2010 12:22 p.m.

    Why didnt you give Wwe all stars the best booth award XD?
  • NeonSalmon - June 19, 2010 11:07 a.m.

    I surprised that the move sorcery game didn't win you least hated motion game as it actually looked pretty cool
  • philipshaw - June 19, 2010 9:58 a.m.

    I have to agree with most of this but imo Move looks better than Kinetic because I can see myself playing games like Socom 4 with Move

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