E3 2007 News

Posted by | July 16, 2007

E3 2007 was full of news on upcoming games for the big three consoles – Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation3, Microsoft XBox 360. But no clear winners this year, no secret revelations. A lot of the titles were already revealed earlier this year. One of the ones that caught my eye was LittleBigPlanet for the PS3 (check out the video for it!). Also there was more news on the upcoming (Q2 2008) Harvest Moon for the Wii. Aaaah, farming.

One of the problems that arose with E3 is that the costs for large venues creep up. Game developers see more return from smaller, specific expos where they can gain more attention for their own games instead of competing against each other. So this year’s E3 was smaller than previous years, with a limited number of attendees. The Entertainment Software Association released only about 5,000 invitations to the event, compared to the tens of thousands of gamers who’ve attended in years past.

Although there are more games being released than ever, there are also a lot more of the same: FPS, movie/TV tie-ins and sequels. While some look to be very exciting and interactive, there was no clear show stopper.

Speaking of show stoppers, a notable absence this year was Spore, which has won Best of Show and Best Original Game at E3 in the past.

Wii: Wii Fit, Mario Kart, Trauma Center: New Blood, plus new gadgets like the Wii Board, Zapper & Wheel
PS3: LittleBigPlanet, Lair, MotorStorm, Metal Gear Solid 4, Civilization Revolution
Xbox 360 news: Halo 3, Fable 2, Mass Effect, Viva Pinata Party Animals

Some good coverage of this year’s E3 can be found at GameSpot and Kotaku.

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