Well, hot diggity-damn! Is it time for E3 again already? It seems like it was just yesterday that we were fawning over the latest Uncharted 2 gameplay video, reeling from the news that Final Fantasy XIII was going multiplatform, and trying to figure out what to make of Sony’s Move controller. Whether it ends up stirring unbridled joy or crushing disappointment, anticipation for this event is always high.
The biggest draw, of course, is throwing wild guesses at the wall and seeing what sticks. Obviously, some things are easier to predict than others — the next Call of Duty will definitely be there, but we’re more excited by the possibilty of an as-of-yet unannounced new IP totally blindsiding us all in one fell swoop of pure, energetic win.
Did that stop us from making a couple of easy predictions just to feel better about ourselves? Of course not! We’ve got our pride, after all. Now, the predictions, along with how likely we think they are on a 5-point scale.
More core Move titles, please
2.5 out of 5
There’s absolutely zero question that Move will be there, along with titles such as Move Party and The Fight: Lights Out, and we already know about SOCOM 4. If Sony really wants to differentiate this tech from Nintendo and not come off as a simple Wii clone, it really needs to deliver something that core gamers will want to play for more than a few hours before shelving it forever.
After three-plus years on the market, few developers have made any worthwhile progress with the Wii’s motion controls, usually opting to replace what would normally be button presses with aimless waggle. Will game designers be able to make show us something truly special to get excited about now that they can attach a similar control scheme to an HD powerhouse? It’s hard to say, but we’re really hoping that they do.
InFamous 2 is unveiled
5 out of 5
Well, here’s the obvious entry we warned you about earlier. The announcement of a sequel to one of the top PS3 exclusives of 2009 is such a given that not even my uncle would be surprised, and he still calls all game systems “Nintendos”. InFamous ended on a cliffhanger, is now available as a Greatest Hits title, and Sony have already locked up a URL for it’s inevitable sequel. We may as well be telling you that you can expect a new Madden in August.
In fact, this entry is probably better used to predict what changes we can expect within the game. Personally, it’d be difficult to imagine this game without the ability to import your save from the original game, just like Mass Effect 2 did. Choosing a moral path was one of the games biggest draws, so if the second game made half of the original obsolete by forcing a story that didn’t mesh with your experience… well, that wouldn’t make a lot of sense.
Kevin Butler delivers Sony’s keynote
0.5 out of 5
This is as likely to happen as Kaz Hirai ripping off his shirt Hulk Hogan-style and revealing a huge Xbox tattoo on his chest, but let’s face it: Kaz and Jack Tretton aren’t very good at this public speaking thing. They’re stiff, their jokes are always flat, and their demeanor is just too business-like overall. That’s to be expected, of course, but they’re far too quick to forget that they’re in a room full of sweaty games journalists that want to hear less about quarterly earnings and more about actual product. Leave the corporate mumbo-jumbo at the investors conference call.
And seriously, who better to go serve up a lively keynote than KB? Since his debut last year in a commercial for MLB 09: The Show, his ads have been a roaring success. Sony may have wanted Sackboy to become the face of PlayStation, but that’s clearly fallen by the wayside in the wake of the best video game ad campaign in years. We’re well aware that he’s a fictional character, but we don’t care. We want him there, and apparently thousands of others do too. Make it happen, Sony.
Splinter Cell Conviction comes to PS3
4.5 out of 5
This one’s pretty easy, though not as concrete as an InFamous 2 announcement. When was the last time Ubisoft released a true exclusive? Have they ever? In an age where console exclusives are usually limited to first-party releases, it’s hard to imagine that this title stays 360/PC exclusive, especially with PS3 sales gaining steam.
We’d go into more detail, but GamesRadar already did a bang-up job of not only pointing out that every Splinter Cell game has come out on PlayStation platforms a couple of months after their Xbox counterparts, but also give you an idea of when to expect it. All you need to know from us is this: Splinter Cell Conviction will be given a PS3 release date at E3, and it will be good.