19
Jul
08

Hijack: E3

If you don’t know what E3 is then you don’t care, so come back another day.

E3 was awesome for me.  I am an Xbox 360 fanboy, I completely admit to it, so you can imagine why I loved E3.  Here were the highlights for me:

Final Fantasy XIII

It was announced that Final Fantasy XIII will be released on the 360, instead of exclusively on PS3.  I love the Final Fantasy games and I was afraid that I would have to buy a PS3 just to play that one game (nothing else on their line-up impresses me, at all).

Earlier this year Square-Enix and a few other RPG publilshers announced some other 360 JRPGs this was great for me but none of them compare to the glory of Final Fantasy.  At the end of the Microsoft Conference they showed the new trailer, I literally yelled Whoa and all the hairs on my body stood on end.  I can’t even describe how excited I was.

I didn’t think such a port was possible, but I think I understand why it was.  We know that Xbox has been trying to get into the Japanese Market for a long time now, what we haven’t considered is that Japanese publishers like Square-Enix want just as bad to get into the American Market.  Unfortunately FF XIII won’t be realeased on the 360 in Japan, but I doubt Microsoft care much about that, it’s America where it has the most success and the biggest market.  But you can see why Square would want to do this deal, the PS3 is not doing very well in America and it also has the lowest attach rate of any of the consoles (attach rate meaning the amount of games console owners buy).  The Xbox has an amazing attach rate.  Why wouldn’t you want to release your biggest game on both consoles?

Xbox Avatars

Yes Microsoft copied another competitor, that’s what it does best.  But as always they take it to the next level and improve on it so much.  Avatars are a cross between Miis from the Wii and, well, Avatars from Playstation Home.  Except they take the best parts of both.  Miis are useless for online gaming, on a single console it’s fun to make your miis but you can’t really use them for much, and lets face it going online with a Wii is painful.  And the Pplaystation Home did actually look good to me, except for the fact that it was exactly like Second Life and Second Life is too nerdy/hardcore even for me.  Xbox Avatars are a perfect medium and they look great, I can’t wait to create mine and see my friends as Avatars rather than germpics.

New 360 Dashboard

Again it looks glorious.  If I hear anyone say that it copies PS3s dashboard or whatever it’s called I will freak out.  It’s completely different and significantly better.  Maybe if Sony was a software company it would have updates like this too.

16:10 Support

This will seem really strange to most of you but this new feature, coming in the fall update, is wonderful for me.  I have my 360 hooked up to my 22″ widescreen monitor, it looks not bad but I really want pixel for pixel display.

Exciting Games

I’ll just list them:

Fable

Spore

Prince of Persia

Fallout 3

Final Fantasy XIII

Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Bayonetta

Too Human

Rise of the Argonauts

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2: Fusion

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Mirror’s Edge

Halo Wars

Lord of the Rings: Conquest

The Last Remnant

Infinite Undiscovery

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Darksiders: Wrath of War

Tales of Vesperia

The Sims 3

(in case you didn’t notice I got all of these pictures from IGN, if you haven’t been there I suggest you go, it’s the best gaming site)

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