You like video games, right? That’s why you’re here, after all. That’s what makes E3 so special for all of us — it’s gamer Christmas. Who’s going to give you the present you didn’t even know you wanted? Conversely, who plays the weird aunt that gives you irregular underwear?
Well, as the one and only Kevin Butler so eloquently put it during Sony’s conference, in the end we’re all gamers and that’s all that matters. So while the URL above is pretty specific, it’s hard not to be excited by a few things that aren’t necessarily Sony’s wares. So without further adieu, here are the ten biggest announcements to come out of E3 2010.
10 – Rayman! Remember him?
There weren’t a lot of positives to take out of Ubisoft’s conference. While Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier both looked amazing (and Driver: San Francisco wasn’t shabby), it’s hard to make up for the coma/confusion-inducing part of the show taken up by what barely qualify as games. I’m not talking about artsy stuff like Flower or Linger in Shadows, but rather stuff you can already do right now (lazer tag and, uh, breathing) without having to give Ubi your money.
Thank the heavens that Ubisoft remembered that behind those stupid, stupid Rabbids that you see every year was a character that hadn’t been seen in a 2D platformer since the Game Boy Advance launch title Rayman: Advance. While the 3D sequels to the original weren’t bad games in the least, it’s the original that has endured. Having the benefit of featuring beautifully animated sprites and gorgeous art, it’s simply aged better.
So when Ubi pulled back the curtains on Rayman Origins, it’s not hard to imagine the excitement in the room (and in front of my computer monitor). The game will come in episodic form and is being worked on by just (apparently supremely talented) people. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look here. If you’d asked me as a kid in 1994 what games would look like today, I’d probably describe something close to Rayman Origins.
9 – Call of Duty DLC comes to Xbox 360 first
Depending on the type of gamer you are, this bit of news is either a footnote or more interesting than Rayman above (how could you?!). So in the interest of fairness here are the details.
Fans of Modern Warfare 2 are already aware that DLC is already making its rounds to Xbox 360 players first. Well, Activision and Microsoft recently inked a deal that will extend that timed exclusivity for three more years, starting with the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops. I would make a snarky comment about the right to over-pay for new content, but it would be immediately be squashed by the reality that the Stimulus Package that enraged so many set first-week records on both Xbox 360 and PS3.
Like it or not, this definitely swings sales momentum for the franchise in Microsoft’s favor and definitely warrants a mention. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what comes of this.
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