It´s E³, guys, cheer up!

May 22, 2009

Seriously, it´s saddening how there´s a lot of negativity circling around this year´s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Especially in regards of Nintendo´s showing, or how many would say, “non-showing”.

The last two years of E³ have been bad, sure. But that´s it, just two years, when we had so many awsome years. Considering how last year´s was affected by that silly “shrinking E³ down”-thing, it shouldn´t be that ultimate proving of what we´ll get in the future. And we all know that this year´s E³ is supposed to be a “big” E³ again.

I guess i can´t persuade anyone who simply doesn´t want to have fun going into full E³-hype, but you know what: Building up enormous wishes, dreams and expectations and then being disappointed to some agree ALWAYS was part of the whole E³-event. And i doubt it´ll be as disappointing as last year, take a look at my respective blog-article on that matter.

So, be reasonable or just turn back into your good ol´times-mode. I´ll start by watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX2smM87r14


New Team ICO-game revealed: Bracat

May 21, 2009

Sony “leaked” a one year old trailer of Project Trico, Team ICO´s next game after ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. From what you can see they´re returning to the roots and give a more ICO-related experience: You´re controlling yet again a little boy who travels within ruins, only this time you are helped by a little giant monster-thingy. Well, it looks like a mixture of a cat, rat and bird, thus let´s call it the Bracat.

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Personally, i still can´t forgive silly Sony-fans for having ignored ICO back when it was released and only first paying attention once they forced SotC into a so-called “Zelda-killer”. I´m looking forward to Project Trico, but it would be easier without an army of stupid fanboys hyping a little adventure-game into some epic legend.

Oh, and because we´re so close to E³, here´s paranoia-time: Sony intentionally leaked the trailer because they got hold of some info of the new Zelda being revealed at E³, that coincidentially features a similiar element as Project Trico; thus Sony tried to come in first. Not that it´s highly likely, just wanted to get a little paranoia-speculation out there.


How i met your mother

May 13, 2009

I´m quite busy at the moment, having to learn all the geo science stuff and going out there, examining rocks and what not. Anyway, today i´m free and i would love to play a game. But i can´t find anything i like.

The last 3 hours i wanted to start playing something, but instead…i watched episodes of How i met your mother.

It´s not that i´m not into gaming anymore. It´s just that i´ve become incdredibly picky. And i don´t dislike that, to be honest. When i read about how people get excited abot yet another war-game (Modern Warfare 2) or action-game (Infamous). i can´t help but think “meh, already been there, done that“. And that´s true for most games.

I´m not saying that it´s wrong for “you” to like such games, but i myself cannot find any enjoyment in such limited experiences anymore.

What i´m waiting for a big, complex, immersive game-experiences. Games where i don´t have one objective that i have to clear in the next few minutes, but games where i can sink into and “feel” them. My biggest hopes in these terms are, and if you read my blog you know it, Endless Ocean 2 and Mass Effect 2. Those aren´t just games anymore, those are experiences that give me personal enjoyment instead of “gamey” challenge. One of those two won´t be released before 2010, though, and even if, two games are a pathetic number of games to look forward to.

So what else is on its way that could make me happy? My biggest hopes on that matter are the next RetroStudios-games and the next Wii-Zelda. Also, maybe Peter Molyneux comes up with some epic 360-adventure…why not revive BC?

At this moment, i´m already that burnt out that i consider buying the Pokemon Gold/Silver-remake for NDS…oh, and HELL YEAH, Barney, finally you get to bang Robin!


Why E3 2009 has to be big for Nintendo

May 2, 2009

There seems to be a big negativity hanging over Nintendo´s upcoming E³-press conference. Admittedly, looking at the 2008-conference, it´s understandable. Giving that matter a more logic approach though (and a bit more positive than negative, alright), points towards the complete opposite. Here´s why:

There is one big reason, and i´d like every gamer to seriously put that into his mind: In the whole of 2009, Nintendo has only released ONE game…at all! That game being ExciteBots. From what we know, there´s Another Code coming, and also PunchOut and WiiSports Ressort. E³ is in June, the middle of the year, and we have no idea what (or if something) else is coming. Now, would Nintendo, according to many gamer´s expectation, announce new “hardcore-games” as late as in October, the tenth month of they year, that would mean that there had only four games been released in a whole year, leaving no place for a high profile-adventure-game like Zelda, which wouldn´t be announced only one month before its release. Not even by Nintendo´s new information-policy standards.

I myself would be in complete disbelief if Nintendo only released four such “small” games in a whole year, that´s why i´m pretty sure and positive that this year´s E³ is going to be big. And even if someone might say “four games a year is more than enough” (lol), let´s add that none of these four mentioned games comes even close to the epic-adventure-appeal of Zelda, Metroid, or even Mario.

Maybe, to make the whole matter even more apparent, it has to be mentioned that not even the GameCube ever had a software-year as bad as the Wii´s year 2009 would be, were it only the above mentioned titles. A bit of positivism combined with ice-cold logic should be legit, i´d say.

One last thing i´d like to add is that despite the marketing-focus on “casual” games, this ominous “Nintendo only makes games for girls and grandpas anymore!” is just plain wrong. Nintendo is still creating a lot more normal games than training software. And to add a little fact to this argument: The relative flop of WiiMusic might also have taken its effect onto how Nintendo treats its system´s software-policy.

As always, there will always be disappointments to some extent, because deep down, everyone of us has too big expectations. But there´s no reason to act as if Nintendo has no chance at all for a great E³-showing, no, it´s even likely that we´ll get some really awsome stuff.


The Calm before E³ – Crazy Prediction Time

May 1, 2009

From June 2nd to June 4th the biggest event of the videogaming industry is going to occur once again and, going by the latest news, it´ll be returning to former glory. All of the many-year-hyped-up games have been released, so what we want to know: Is E³ 2009 going to give us the next wave of big hype-worthy titles to look forward to? We don´t know, but we can guess. In the following have fun with Flyingfisch´ going-all-out predictions of what we will see at this year´s E³!

Fanboy´s favorite: Nintendo

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Despite what many bitter people think, i´m choosing a more positive stance, saying that we´ll see a lot of awsome stuff from Nintendo this year. In the recent past and present, Nintendo surely was lacking games…but they lacked games in general. This ominous “Nintendo only makes casual games!”-stuff simply holds no truth. The marketing side of Nintendo focuses on the casual stuff, yeah, but how does that worsen the games i like? Having explained that, there will be “casual” games, but there will be the opposite stuff as well.

Nintendo´s main pull this year will be MotionPlus. This little thing is going to be the Wii´s second launch, and by bundling it with nearly every game that makes use of it, it will ensure to be successfull. WiiSports Ressort will be one of the showcase titles, but we already saw that one last year, so there´s bound to be more. We will see EA´s Grand Slam Tennis and Ubisoft´s Red Steel 2.

Nintendo themselves will reveal RetroStudio´s new Wii-Game, the return of Raven Blade. This is going to be Nintendo´s ultimate “hardcore´s” gift, realizing a game that has never really been developed, but was quite hyped back in the days. And it´ll be the perfect in-house title to show off sword fighting. It´ll also be Nintendos first west-RPG effort.

Another title to be revealed is Starfox Universe, developed by EAD Tokyo. It´ll be the inofficial sequel to Starfox Adventures, though with more focus on flying-vehicles and less staff-fighting. The level-structure returns to the N64-game´s open-route-system. The main focus will be on balancing out the gameplay not getting too arcady but also not too slow. As a special feature, Starfox Universe will feature online-features that allow for friends to seamlessly join your singleplayer-game, just like Fable 2 did it. Instead of being as straight forward as former Starfox-games, this title features a ton of epic missions, each full of action, story, atmosphere and whatsoever. Some special multiplayer-online-missions (16-player coop against an enormous fleet of Andross´) will make this the must-have.

Instead of making another Mario Galaxy for Wii, Nintendo´s going to release a new platformer-IP. Featuring a sympathic character in the vein of Zelda´s Link, it´ll be a more realistic, mature platformer, that´s just as good as Mario Galaxy, but with a more coherent game world instead of many small levels. Think of Zelda without fighting, but jumping. Maybe this will be Kid Icarus.

A game that noone expected at this point will be coming from Factor5: Star Wars Rogue Squadron 4. After having taken so much shit they´ll return to what they can best: Take a genre that´s relatively easy in terms of gameplay and focus on its presentation. RS4 will be the most beautiful Wii-game in a pure technical point of view. It´ll also feature an optional MotionPlus-control method where you hold the Wiimote like an airplane´s joystick which will simulate a much more immersive way of controlling a starship in battle.

As for other 3rd-parties, i expect Capcom to finally announce Resident Evil 5 for Wii. The masters of porting anything to anywhere won´t miss that money. There´s also going to be one new game from Square-Enix that´s on par with the effort´s of a mainline Final Fantasy-game. Maybe the remake of an older, still popular game, who knows. As for my personal out-of-the-dark-blue prediction, i say that Capcom will announce an action-game based on the famous BERSERK-manga, of course featuring MotionPlus.

The Nintendo DS won´t be forgotten, and, besides Zelda: Spirit Tracks, the biggest news will be Super Smash Bros. DS. It´s actually surprising that it hasn´t happened by now. A new Mario-platformer will be there, too, as well as the long awaited new 2D-Metroid-game. The first DSi-exclusives games will be shown, Mario Paint DS being one of them. Other games will feature DSi-excklusive features. The DS-virtual console will be revealed, featuring GameBoy, Color, Advance and more.

At the end of the day, Nintendo will announce the game that everyone wants the most: The Legend of Zelda Wii. We will see a short teaser-trailer, showing a gorgous, natural environment, cel-shading visuals, but a complete different, more mature style, compared to TWW´s. After a silent start the camera slowly sooms out and suddenly we see that it´s not a medieval environment, but the modern present. The trailer will end with the punch line “Past reached Present – The next link is you“, and Miyamoto is going to explain how Zelda Wii will be all about MotionPlus and pulling the player more into the adventure himself instead of playing a preset character, which was always Miyamoto´s intention, but now, with modern visuals, it´s harder to hide the game character, thus openly making the player the character of the next Zelda-game. Release date is end of 2009, worldwide.

Microsoft´s effort-machine

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Mass Effect 2 will be heavily featured, showing all the new things that make it different from the first one. Maybe we´ll even get a first glimpse of procedural story-telling. Bioware talks about how they´d like to turn the Mass Effect-franchise into a big universe, with lots of spinoff-games of different genres that take single events and retell them more detailed and in a different way, like, for example, a Mass Effect-first person shooter or a strategy-game.

Peter Molyneux will reveal Dimitri, the most complex AI-game ever created. Despite how Peter might overhype his own game again, this truly will be awsome. A learning AI that you will be able to talk to with time going by. It´ll also be able to integrate Dimitri into the Xbox360´s menu-interface, allowing for scifi-like gaming. “Ey, Dimitri, send friend XYZ a message that i want to play once he´s online” – “Alright, master”. Or something like that.

An unexpected game will be Age of Empires: The Real Experience. Unlike former installments of the franchise, this will be medieval action-game in 3rd/1st-person. The singleplayer campaign will feature a rich story, while the online-multiplayer will be the real pull: Allowing a f-ton of players playing together, literally allowing for medieval war battles. What makes this game different to other games is its more realistic approach. Think of Assasins Creed (style, setting) meets Battlefield (gameplay).

3rd-Party-support will be strong, of course, and we´ll see that. As for a megaton, Square-Enix will announce that FF13 will be released on 360 not only in the US and Europa, but also in Japan.

The Third Place: Sony

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I´m (not) sorry, but i just don´t care. If anything, there should be price cut.

Conclusion:

After all, no matter what happens, it cannot get worse than last year for Nintendo, can it? Then again, it was kind of fun to get dissappointed after waiting many hour into the night for the rumored “second conference”…only to get the same stuff about Animal Crossing Wii and WiiMusic again, lol…sigh. Oh, and let me tell you that i´m not really THAT positive as the above text might imply. I just thought that it´d be boring to make another pessimistic prediction. Have a nice E³, everyone, and remember that you heard the “facts” here first!