It’s May 30th, and with less than a week until E3 the gaming community is buzzing with anticipation. With this Expo comes the next generation of home consoles, and probably the last as we know them. Hopes are high, expectations are soaring, questions must be addressed.
So what’s on the agenda for the NY gamer? The Examiner hit the New York City pavement to find out what our readers and local gamers were hoping for from this year’s events.
“I’m looking forward to knowing exactly what is to come about with these used game claims. Can we share games, will we have to pay a fee? I expect answers this June.” Rebecca Gonzalez, Brooklyn NY
The questions about privacy settings and the ability to trade in your used games has been a very prominent theme with New Yorkers. The secrecy has been proverbially killing many, discouraging spirits for this coming wave of consoles and games. Will Sony quit dodging the questions about their own privacy and payment settings? Will Microsoft quit being so damn cryptic? What is ‘the right thing’ and how will it affect the current market?
“All I want to know about is the games! It’s all about the GAMES BABY!” – Mark Webb, Manhattan, NY
Even when faced with doubt about the direction these new consoles are being taken in, there is one resounding cry, and that is for the games. Below you’ll find some exciting predictions as to what E3 is hiding up its sleeve:
Sony Playstation 4:
Expect to se ‘Beyond: Two Souls’, a game Quantic Dream has been developing for cinematic proportions since before ‘Heavy Rain’ hit shelves. ‘Beyond: Two Souls” is set for release in the US October 8, 2013 for the PS3… and maybe the PS4 too. Based off of real life, this game is ground breaking in its promise to pull away from violence being the sole meaningful mechanic and to seamlessly play out like a movie. Although games in the recent past have dabbled in this it’s hard to imagine them pull it off on the PS3. With actors on board offering their talents and motions such as Ellen Page, this is a demo most wouldn’t mind getting their hands on.
Microsoft Xbox One:
Publisher Bethesda and Microsoft seem to go together like PB&J. Bringing users PC games to their simple console with the least glitches. If you don’t believe us, just look up the PS3 and ‘Skyrim’… Yikes! We expect The Evil Within, a new title making its way into the horror genre directed by ‘Resident Evil’ veteran Shinji Mikami. It’s called ‘The Evil Within’, and although it’s confirmed for nearly every operational system under the sun, except the Wii U, of course, there isn’t much confirmed as Xbox only just yet. Unless you want to count the Halo TV show, but this is about the games!
Nintendo Wii U:
Nintendo is doing something truly unpreciendted by showcasing it’s E3 floor demos, none of which have been confirmed, in select Best Buy locations! Wind Waker HD has been confirmed for the Fall of 2013 and will be a sequel to the popular Wind Waker first released on the Game Cube. Zelda games are almost-always a shoe-in for success and enjoyable gameplay. Any die-hard Nintendo fan who grew up playing games is ecstatic about playing this demo with the big shots on the convention floor at their nearest participating Best Buy. We’ve also covered the possibility for the next Rare title to be showcased this June, follow this link for more on those speculations!
“I have my handhelds and I play those systems the most. Most of what is available I’ve already played. I would really like to have something new to other than the crappy apps on my [iPhone].” – Kurt N., Staten Island
This is an arena which has been particularly neglected by Sony, unless you’re a PS+ subscriber. However, for the 3DS Nintendo is releasing Super Smash Bros in the not so distant future. There is no release date, and development is still underway but that hasn’t stopped speculation for a demo this year. Nintendo has been shaking things up with its approach to E3 in 2013 so anything is possible! Whether or not Nintendo will have a demonstration available in time for the convention is almost beside the point. Now that they’ve extended the action to the general public!
There are some of us still rooting for the old ways, when handheld games weren’t part of your phone and where console gaming was a staple in every home because of the games which you could play on them… not just a voice commanded cable box. E3 will play from play from June 11 to June 13. We’ll be here, keeping you updated.