Amanda L. Kondolojy, Staff Contributor
For this year's E3, it seems a lot is being kept secret. Rumors of motion controls and disc-less portables abound, and, if true, they could herald a huge amount of new games that tie into any new hardware or peripheral announcements. Although I am always optimistic about new games, I have to say I am a little concerned if the focus shifts too much towards motion control and away from the "core" games that we've come to expect to be announced at E3.
Still, I think we can expect plenty of new game announcements from the big three this year, especially because things have been ominously silent from them in the weeks leading up to E3. I am also expecting some kind of big announcement from Nintendo, as they have made almost no new statements since the release of the DSi. I am really hoping for some new software from Nintendo. They really need a blockbuster lineup, as the Wii appears to be lacking AAA games for the upcoming holiday season.
Also, I am sure we will see plenty of sequels this year, including Assassin's Creed 2, Bioshock 2, and Halo 3: ODST. As far as new IPs are concerned, I am really looking forward to checking out SEGA's Bayonetta. I am also hoping that SEGA will showcase some End of Eternity (though no statements have been made regarding this RPG) and that Sony and Polyphony Digital will throw fans a bone regarding Gran Turismo 5… but maybe that's hoping for too much.
Nathan Meunier, Staff Contributor
After a relatively underwhelming showing at last year's E3, Nintendo has a lot to make up for at this year's expo. With the DSi now unleashed and downloadable games for the redesigned handheld showing the format's future potential, I'd like to see some big news on the DSiWare front - both in terms of more robust, original releases in the pipeline and innovation. In particular, solid details on the long-rumored plans to offer GBA and other old-school games in downloadable form would be welcomed news.
On Sony's side of the fence, recent PSP 2 rumors have me scratching my head. The last redesign did little to improve the handheld, instead creating new issues for players to contend with, and that wasn't even very long ago. If a new and substantially changed PSP is in the works, then lets get on with it! If rumors are true, the phasing out of UMDs may be the harbinger of what's to come across the entire industry. Despite lamenting the perhaps inevitable death of handheld cartridges to the digital download format, it's an exciting sign of the times, as gaming continues to push onward into the future.
Game-wise, it's a tough call. My eye is always on the future of the PSP, and a greater number of quality releases later this year would calm my nerves a bit. The PC gamers side of me is anxious for more info on the upcoming StarCraft II and Diablo III games in the works. I also crave a broader range of PC exclusive releases. The oldest gaming platform around deserves more love. Brutal Legend looks tasty and will find its way to my Xbox 360 the moment it hits store shelves. As I mentioned before, Nintendo better bring out the big guns with some top-tier games - from old franchises and new efforts alike - for Wii and DS, if it wants to keep my interest piqued.