Our mission: to seek out new consoles, peripherals and games. To weed out future purchases worthy of you, and to boldly go where only few gamers can: E3 2013 Los Angeles, California.
E3 is a maze of lights, glitz and of course games, games and more games. We fought through the crowds, cameras and booth babes to take in as much of this spectacle as we could. Sore feet be damned, we wanted to soak up as much as we could to bring back and share with all of our customers and friends.
Our days were filled with many hours of walking, standing in lines, and lots of gameplay; talking and learning. We came away with many insights on the upcoming games, consoles and peripherals of 2013 and 2014. So, without further ado, here are the things we think you should be watching out for.
- Playstation 4: The debate over who's bringing the best gaming to consoles is settled in our minds. We felt that Sony kept it straight forward with their goals and that they have delivered a great product at the right price. The Gaikai cloud service looks to be amazing and we are already loving the benefits of Playstation Plus on the current gen console. No forced motion peripheral purchase, and an open indie-friendly platform are big pluses. The handheld interaction and compatibility with the PS Vita that is being implemented will keep you gaming on the go! The Sony booth had tons of interactive and playable demos too. What else can we say, it's just a “no brainer” for us. Of course, for you Xbox fanboys or girls, you know, no one says you can't own two consoles.
- Hyperkin Retron 5:For you retro fans, this gaming system has every bell and whistle you could possibly want. Not only does it play your classic library of NES (Famicom), SNES (SuperFamicom), Genesis, and Gameboy games, the system also comes equipped with HDMI for a high-def experience. The system will upscale and format games to better than the 4:3 ratio without compromising the image or over-stretching. It has built-in USB and SD card slots for future firmware updates to ensure compatibility issues get fixed with any non-functioning games. The system features a rich menu with options for display formatting all the various game systems, as well as a built-in cheat code menu. The system still supports all the original controller ports for NES, SNES, and Genesis, as well as sporting new-and-improved bluetooth controllers. This is an awesome improvement on previous classic-consoles available, and will be the gem of your retro collection. We can't wait to get our hands on the Retron 5, and we think you will love it too; especially if you're looking for an all-in-one option for classic gaming on your HDTV.
- Oculus Rift:For about the past year the buzz on this awesome peripheral has been growing with every day. For those that don't know, the Oculus Rift is an immersive 3D video experience with head tracking capability, sure to change standard controller based console gaming by leaps and bounds. This may still be a ways off, but we can't wait to see what game developers do with this device. We will definitely be buying one when the consumer product launches.
- Smartglass:This feature has already begun to hit the market and will be even more prevalent in the next-gen of consoles. Binding smartphones and tablets with console gaming is going to become second nature for things like viewing maps and accessing in-game menus. Some of the biggest upcoming games this year, like Battlefield 4, Assassin's Creed Black Flag and The Division, will be utilizing this new technology.
- Killzone Shadow Fall:Sony's flagship FPS expands its horizons and gameplay with more free-roam and multi-objective areas, shaking its more linear blast-a-way experience of past.
- The Division:Ubisoft's Tom Clancy series expands to new grounds with this third-person, on-line, role playing shooter. Adding drone control application from handheld tablets or smartphones seems to be the best utilization of Smartglass control thus far.
- The Evil Within:From the creator of Resident Evil, Shinji Mikami, a true horror game that we hope will revitalize a genre in gaming that has been leaning too far into the action style in recent years.
- Watchdogs:This was by far one of the longest lines at E3, as gamers were dying to catch a glimpse of Ubisoft's latest entry into the dynamic open-world style game. Featuring car chases, hacking, gunfights, stealth, and some humor, Watchdogs is the complete package.
- Titanfall:Built by ex-members of COD's Infinity Ward team, Titanfall is a sci-fi shooter with a mech-warrior twist, exclusively for the Xbox One. Need we say more!
- Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS:Our list couldn't be complete without this superbly crafted fighting series, one which has kept us up many a night. If you were looking for a reason to buy a WiiU or 3DS, you've got one. Oh, and did we mention that the Blue Bomber, MegaMan, will finally be making his Smash debut?
- Elder Scrolls Online:Bethesda has done it again and in a big way. They've managed to translate the single-player experience of previous Elder Scrolls games into the world of MMO's. There goes another several hundred hours of our lives.
- Kingdom Hearts 3:FINALLY! The final game in the Xehanort Trilogy will see Sora, Donald & Goofy battling to stop Xehanort from creating the X blade and opening Kingdom Hearts.
We're sure we didn't cover all your favorites, but these were just some of the incredible games lined up that stood out in our minds after venturing through the halls of E3 2013. It's definitely gonna be an exciting 2013 and 2014.