The video game industry’s annual get-together in Los Angeles ends today, and I’ve got another day packed with appointments. I’ll run ’em down quickly here so you know what to expect from me in the coming days.
So, what am I seeing? I’ll start Day 3 of E3 off with D3. The publisher, which releases a lot of budget titles, will show me a lot of family-oriented fare, but I’m probably most excited to get another look at “Puzzle Quest 2.” D3 is sharing a booth with Namco Bandai, so I may swing over and nag them about whether we’re ever get another “Culdcept” game.
Other appointments include LucasArts, which will show me “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2” and MMO “The Old Republic,” among other titles. I’m expecting to see “Fallout: New Vegas,” “Brink,” “Rage” and “Hunted: The Demon’s Forge” during a visit with Bethesda Softworks.
I’ve got two hours booked with Electronic Arts, and I’m sure I’ll see a bit of everything they showed off at their press conference. I’ll drool most over “Dead Space 2” but am also looking forward to hearing more about chase-oriented racing game “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.” I’ll be sure to check out the “Medal of Honor” reboot that’s set in Afghanistan, too, and I’ll be interested to see how tacky Crytek’s managed to make “Crysis 2,” which has some scenes set in New York that might recall 9/11 a little too much for some people’s tastes. (Actually, if you want an excellent, extremely critical dissection of EA’s media briefing from Monday, check out John Teti’s words over at The A.V. Club. He piles on more than I care to, as it’s hard to glean much context from trailers of action, but he makes some great points.)
One meeting I’m really looking forward to is with the “Power Gig: Rise of the SixString” folks. When they showed off their music-game controller at the Game Developers Conference, people got excited. After all, it was a music game that let players use a real guitar, rather than a toy, to play along with rock hits. Well, now it’s a few months later and Harmonix Music Systems, makers of the genre-leading “Rock Band” games, showed off a Fender-designed controller that also happens to be a real guitar. Even if “Six-String” ends up being a better game, its marketing team has its work cut out for it.
So that’s my Thursday, boiled down and reduced for your amusement. After my last appointment today, I take a shuttle to the airport and fly back to San Francisco, arriving around 10 p.m. Then, it’s back to the office on Friday and working through the weekend. So I may use Thursday night to have a couple of beers and kick back with Mrs. Gamewit and our little (feline) Gamewits, who’ve gamely held down the fort this week in my absence. But, then again, I may just bust out a little something in the wee hours if I’m awake.
As always, I’ll be monitoring Twitter throughout the day. Feel free to reply to posts and ask questions. I’ll try to get back when I can, even if it’s after I’m back in SF.