It’s been a big week for gaming – not only did Duke finally land after 12 anxious years, but the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) took place in California, showcasing what’s expected in the year to come.
Nintendo Wii U
Taking the Wii to a whole new level, the new console boasts HD capabilities and the option to play games on it’s 6.2” touch screen. Despite the portable screen, the Wii U controller isn’t designed as a stand alone device and should be kept close to the unit itself.
Sony PlayStation Vita
Sony unveiled the successor to the PSP, dumping the name NGP and opting for the Latin inspired Vita (which means life). Featuring front and back multitouch screens, motion sensors and the PS3’s Six Axis sensors, the PS Vita is designed for the future.
With all features built around its high resolution five inch OLED screen, the dual analogue sticks enable gamers to comfortably play games, and do so with seamless familiarity between PS3 and Vita.
Current PlayStation titles such as Uncharted, Ridge Racer, Wipeout and LittleBigPlanet will be released with the console, as will a handful of other titles spanning space, racing and fighting genres.
As well as these two new platforms, a number of highly anticipated games were announced and previewed including Mass Effect 3, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Odyssey and Halo HD.
The range for Microsoft’s Kinect is expanding, with voice recognition technology featuring in Mass Effect 3 and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. In fact, Ghost Recon also allows players to customize weapons with gesture and voice. EA Sports have announced a number of Kinect-friendly games including the new Tiger Woods, Madden and FIFA offerings.
Furthermore, the long awaited fighting crossover Street Fighter X Tekken was announced and slated for release in 2012. Boasting new gameplay mechanics and a battle royale tag team environment, the developers are promising one of the most robust fighter lineups ever.
Did you follow E3 this year? What are you most looking forward to?