Today kicked off Ziff-Davis’s consumer electronics show, DigitalLife. To me, the show seems smaller than last year although I could be wrong. You could barely tell that a new console is launching, let alone two. Nintendo basically completely ignored this event, despite it being a great chance to give consumers hands on time with the Wii and Sony only seems to have brought two Playstation 3s and two games, Resistance: The Fall of Man and NBA 07. While its still busy, I can’t help but imagine what it would be like if either Sony or Nintendo had put a lot of effort into this the way Microsoft did last year.
Thankfully, the publishers seem to have taken matters into their own hands to a degree and companies like Sega, Konami, and EA have brought their own PS3s and Wiis to demo their games. EA is showing off titles like Madden on the Wii and Tiger 07’, Need for Speed Carbon and Superman Returns on the Xbox 360. Konami has DDR: Universe for the 360, Elebits for the Wii and some handheld titles. Sega was showing off Sonic on the PS3 as well as Yakuza for the PS2 and Sonic Rivals for the PSP among other things. The moral of this story is that if you want to try a PS3 or a Wii and are in NYC – stop into DigitalLife sometime in the next three days.
Of the titles from the aforementioned publishers, Superman and Elebits really impressed me. Superman went from being a game that looked like it was on the fast track to crap town at E3 to a game that’s enjoyable. It’s a game that really needs to be played to get the idea of across, because at first the idea of superman being invincible seems real silly (You only lose if metropolis gets the crap beaten out of it) but it does make sense and does work in the confines of the game. It remains to be seen if it actually is worth the $50-$60 as there isn’t that much replay value and I only played the game for a short amount of time, but it’s a neat take on the open world design and is worth giving a I chance.
I had absolutely no interest in Elebits. None what so ever. It looks like a kids game and it just didn’t appear like something I’d be interested in judging from the art I saw everywhere at E3. But it was a Wii title at a show where I didn’t think I was going to get my hands on a Wii again. But... I quickly realized that this was actually a lot of fun. I think the Wii may have a breakout game here because Elebits is 100 times more fun then I could have imagined. The game basically revolves around capturing the Elebits which are cute little creatures hidden in environments. You play from a first person perspective and wander around the areas knocking stuff over and putting our cursor on them to capture them. It’s essentially hide and seek – but very fun. This is another solid buy for the Wii for me.
Of course, with the good, comes the bad. I played what was supposedly the Tokyo Game Show build of ‘Resistance: The Fall of Man’ and… it made me wonder what all the hype was about. Something was off about the game’s graphics and handling. It wasn’t really what I was hoping for and it just didn’t play well. Things like sloppy texture work, poor AI, and a lack of connection to the game’s characters just made it more generic then I’d been led to believe it was. While not the final version – I sure hope that the final looks and plays a bit better or it won’t be hard to resist Resistance.
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Hey not to sound like a jerk or anything, I'm all for various game news, heads up information and what not, but this just seems too much like something that belongs in a personal blog.