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Vlog #1 E3 2008 Press Conference Review

By: goukijones Oct 4, 2009 | 5 Comments

The original Jimmy! Check it out!

Jimmy screams about Too Human, Little Big Planet, Street Fighter IV, Fallout 3, Gears of War 2. Highs and lows from Sony, Microsoft and the Nintendo press conference. Video clips, drinking, cursing, Jack Palance is dead smack! All here in this Vlog ... Don't be a Jimmy!

Major, Major news coming from Bethesda. Fallout 76 is online! Starfield is real and they are working on it and a new Elder Scrolls.

Bethesda started the night off with an Andrew WK performance that got the crowd all riled up for the big show.  I’m certain there will be some great MEME’s coming from that part of the show.  Then they showed trailers for Rage 2, ESO, Doom, Quake, Prey and Wolfenstein.  All of which can be seen on the Bethesda YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/BethesdaSoftworks

Fallout 76 is an online game, but don’t worry, you can also play solo.  However, Todd Howard says it’s best to play with friends to get the best experience.  Check out the trailer.

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EA Gamescom 2012 press conference video

By: BatRastered Aug 14, 2012 | 2 Comments

Here's the full-on EA press conference video from Gamescom in Germany. Tons of news and info on NHL, Madden, FIFA, Dead Space 3, Sim City, and more...

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Sony Press Conference

By: jalexbrown Jun 15, 2010 | 2 Comments

My impressions of Sony's E3 2010 press conference inside.

Sony, Sony, Sony...whatever would we do without you?

Okay, so I'm going to jump right into it: Killzone 3.  There was a demo of Killzone 3 that literally blew my mind.  I enjoyed Killzone 2 immensely, and Killzone 3 just looks so much better - amazing.  Sony was also really pushing the fact that Killzone 3 would have native 3D support and native Move support.  Rather or not I care about either is still up in the air, but you can't deny that it's a great incentive and great features for the people that are demanding it.  Killzone 3 will be released in February of 2011.

Sony talked about a few other games that would have native 3D support, including Mortal Kombat, Sly Collection, and Gran Turismo 5.  Sony is really spending a lot of energy to push the 3D support on people, and I really believe that 3D is part of the future of Sony's business strategy.

Sony talked about the Move, including the release date and pricing.  Sony Move will officially be released in the US on September 19, 2010.  The controllers alone will retail for $49.99 for the controller plus $29.99 for the navigator controller.  There will also be a bundle including a Move-based sports game for $99.99; the hundred dollar bundle will be packed in with a PS3 for $399.99.

Sony showed off a few Move-based games, but it wasn't as much of a focus as I expected.  The first game they showed was Sorcery, which looked like it could be quite an interesting premise if it's executed as well as it looked on the stage.  The move controller functionality looked really good and responsive.  The game had sort of a darker Harry Potter feel to it, but at the same time it really did look like it could be a lot of fun to play.  Sorcery will come out in the spring of 2011.

Next up EA showed off Tiger Woods 2011 using the Move.  It looks like a more accurate version of the Wii, which I guess is good if you're in the mood for that sort of thing.  The thing that I noticed that I thought was a big deal was that there was a lot of lag between the swing and the game responding to it.  I wasn't quite impressed by the technology here, but it's still early, and I'm sure it'll be fixed.  The Move support will be released via a downloadable update in the fall of 2010.

Next Sony showed a trailer for Heroes on the Move.  This game is like an amazing mash-up of Sony's best platforming properties: Sly Cooper and Bentley, Jak and Daxter, and Rathet and Clank.  The trailer looks like this could be an awesome platforming experience mashing up Sony's best-known mascots.  I am pretty sure - as the name seems to imply - that this game will be fully Move-optimized, although support for traditional play is apparently unknown at this point.

Next there was God of War: Ghosts of Sparta.  This looks like it will be a much-improved version of Chains of Olympus - which was in itself quite a good game.  I'm pretty pumped about this game for two reasons.  One: because it's nice to have a PSP game I can be excited about; two: because it looks like it's pushing the PSP to its limits.  I think this will be an amazing game when it comes out in fall of 2010.

*Insert break here*  (I went to shower...sue me.)

I come back in time to catch Sony talking about Little Big Planet 2.  As you probably know, Little Big Planet built a great foundation and then allowed the players to build most of the experience.  I have a small problem with this style of game philosophy in that most of us just aren't game designers.  But for those of us that are, Media Molecule is claiming that you can now create games from different genres instead of just making platforming levels.  The trailer for the game looks like there is tons of creativity going into this game, and even the levels in the box appear to be varied and unique and fun.

Sony then had Electronic Arts talk about some content on a couple upcoming games that will be exclusive to the Playstation 3.  Medal of Honor will come complete with a remastered, high def version of Medal of Honor Frontlines; Dead Space 2 will come with a Move-optimized version of Dead Space Extraction.    Additionally Sony announced that other games like Mafia 2 and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will also have Playstation 3 exclusive content.

And who would come on stage?  Gabe Newell.  Yes, that's right; Gabe Newell - the guy that talked all kinds of trash about the Playstation 3 a while back.  He came out to announce that Portal 2 will come to the Playstation 3 on top of the previously known platforms.  Then they showed a trailer for Portal 2 that I thought was amazing.  I really want this game to come out.  The game will come out sometime in 2011.

After that we got to see a new Final Fantasy XIV (yeah, that's the one that's online - no, that was Final Fantasy XI; this is the new one that's going to be online) trailer, and it looked amazing.  I mean, it might not be The Old Republic amazing - but it will definitely be interesting to anyone that cares at all about Final Fantasy (like myself!).

Next was the new Gran Turismo 5 trailer.  The graphics in this game look to be ground-breaking.  I mean - wow.  I think that there are points where I wouldn't know the difference between Gran Turismo 5 and real life; it's that amazing.  I don't even care a bit about racing games, but this is something that has me blown away.  And the best part - there's a release date finally: November 2.  Yes, that's November 2 of 2010.

The next announcement was Infamous 2.  I was a huge fan of the original Infamous; I thought it made the sandbox experience really fun and interesting, and to make things better it gave you powers to use while running around - and it was indeed a blast to play.  But the trailer for Infamous 2....wow, this really looks like Sucker Punch is one-upping themselves here.  Not only are the visuals here really great for a sandbox experience, but the trailer boasts what should be some really interesting gameplay additions - like being able to charge up melee weapons with lighting.  It also looks like Infamous 2 will have a much more varied and interesting level design between the different districts.  Infamous 2 will be out in 2011.  (Oh yeah, and if you're interested then you can learn more; Infamous 2 is the cover story of the new Game Informer magazine.)

Last but not least...something I thought I'd never see again...something that I thought had just sort of fallen off the map: Twisted Metal.  And this wasn't just a trailer (well there was a trailer, but it was just sort of uninteresting), but there was also a full-fledged multiplayer demo.  The gameplay here - it looks something like Twisted Metal Black; the design has that dark and gritty feel to it.  I've got to admit: I'd like to see Twisted Metal come back with the campy vibe of Twisted Metal 2, but that's not to imply that this is losing anything by being like Twisted Metal Black.  In fact it looks great; it just looks...sort of like it blends in to all the other brown and black games we're seeing so much of lately.  Oh well, it's Twisted Metal - and Twisted Metal is awesome.  It will come out sometime in 2011.

So there you go.  All the conferences are over - but the expo is just beginning.  We've got people on the show floor, so keep hitting F5, because we're bringing all the best from E3 here at Gouki.

No new podcast this week, instead we take a look back at the Microsoft Press Conference from E3 2011. GoukiJones, BatRastered, and FnJimmy sit around the breakfast table and pass the mic commenting on what they see in real time.

Happy hollidays, you buncha Jimmys! Listen to our audio notes from E3's MS press conference, unfiltered as we watched! We'll see you for real next week. Thanks for listening.

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Ubisoft press conference

By: jalexbrown Jun 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

My impressions of the Ubisoft keynote speech.

When Ubisoft started out their keynote, I wasn't quite sure what I was watching.  I thought maybe I'd changed the channel and turned on the Stoner's Channel - but I hadn't; Ubisoft was just showing off Children of Eden, a super-trippy game that is supposed to be (I think) the spiritual successor to Rez.  I might have been impressed, but I can't tell, because I had no idea what I was seeing.  It was trippy - I'll give it that - but all I saw was some guy wailing his arms around and colorful blocks doing crazy things.  I don't know about this Ubisoft; I mean, it was cool on the PS2, but really?

Next they showed Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood with a demo that looked amazing.  Mind you I've never played either of the first two Assassin's Creed games, but this demo automatically made me want this game to come out already.  There was just something about it that was so cool looking.  In my opinion it seemed to have a bit of a Prince of Persia feel to it with the acrobatics and combat, but that's certainly nothing bad at all.

Then they showed Shaun White Skateboarding, which - okay, I really like the concept of this game; I think it sounds really cool to skate around and change the world.  I think this has the potential to be the next-gen version of what a really cool Tony Hawk game could have been.  To be completely honest I'm quite excited about this game, and that's saying a lot since I don't care much about skateboarding games.

Battle tag - what?  That's not a video game at all.  I'm not even really sure what to say about this - but I can only assume that you wouldn't care about it if I knew how to explain it.  Where is the 'video' part of video game here?

Innergy?  Wait a minute - where have I seen this before?  Oh, I know...this was the Vitality Sensor that Nintendo showed off last year.  Yes, that's right; you put it on your finger and it reads your vital information.  Mind you it doesn't look there's any real game here.  Where the battle tag crap lacked the 'video' part of video game, this lacks the 'game' part of video game.  Okay, so moving on...

Next Ubisoft showed a couple Kinect games.  One was Motion Sports, which dare I say is Wii Sports for the 360.  I literally saw nothing here that impressed me, and nothing really that looked new at all.  I'm not sure why Ubisoft expects anyone to care about this, especially since Microsoft had a nearly identical game they showed during their keynote speech.  I'll pass.

Ugh, another fitness game?!  They already showed off Your Shape: Fitness Evolved during the Microsoft keynote, but apparently they thought it was good enough to show again.  Well guess what - they were wrong.  In fact it wasn't worth showing off the first time.  Next.

There was a little video for Raving Rabbids Travel in Time.  None of this video was gameplay, so I'm having a hard time figuring out what kind of game this is.  It's exclusively for the Wii, so my expectations are next to nil.  But to be fair, I can't really say anything for certain, because all they showed was a gameplay-free trailer.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - this is what everyone wanted to see.  And I'm glad to say that it didn't disappoint.  There was a demo that looks freaking amazing.  I really can't wait for this game to come out!  I wasn't the least bit interested in this game before, but after seeing it in demo form...wow.  There's a nice mixture of stealth and action.  The graphics looked amazing, and this isn't even the final build.  Just wow.  The demo left me speechless.

They showed a demo of Driver: San Francisco next.  I'm just...well, I remember the old Driver games; they weren't that great.  Driver was a series that I was fine with being gone.  I felt no need to see it brought back.  But since it is being brought back, it looks...meh.  You drive around doing cool chase scenes.  It's pretty much what you'd expect, and it doesn't look like it offers much more than what you'd expect.  This might be the perfect type of game for someone, but not me.

They showed a trailer of a game that is being called Project: Dust right now.  The trailer doesn't really tell you much about the game, so I'm not sure of much about it.  The premise was certainly interesting; it appears to be about some ancient civilization trying to survive or something of that nature.  I'm not sure what genre of game this will be, but I think that if the gameplay can match the premise, it might just end up being pretty good.

Rayman has been gone for a while, so I'm surprised that we got to see Rayman: Origins.  There's something you must know about this game if you didn't see the gameplay: it's freaking cute as hell, but that's not at all a bad thing.  It really does look like it's a very charming game, and I think it looks like it could be one of those games that is just pure fun, which is something I've been wanting for a while.

ManiaPlanet isn't a game at all; it's a platform to allow people to make their own games.  TrackMania is something that has been out for a while, and it's been quite popular.  Now it's being branched out into a whole platform that will have TrackMania, ShooterMania, and QuestMania (racing, FPS, and RPG accordingly).  This has that whole LittleBigPlanet feel to it where it's focusing on the gamers as creators.  The problem I have with this is that most of us aren't game designers, and I don't want to have to sift through loads of crap from artistic wannabes to find one gem.

Apparently there's a Michael Jackson game of some sort.  I don't know; some people came out and danced to Beat It.  Whatever.  Just Dance: Michael Jackson?  Meh.  I'd rather not Just Dance if it's all the same to Ubisoft.

Yeah, Ubisoft's keynote was just horrible.  There were a few interesting games, and a few great looking games, but...there was just too much that disappointed me.  I'm feeling that Ubisoft is becoming one of the major advocates of casual gaming.  With things like Innergy in the pipeline, I'm just...I can't get behind Ubisoft on this.  Terrible.  Tsk, tsk.

Nintendo just announced that their press conference will be streamed online this year. This can't have anything to do with G4TV absolutely falling apart does it?

Nintendo to Offer Live Coverage of E3 Expo 2011 Presentation

Video game fans around the globe are invited to bookmark http://e3.nintendo.com in their browsers as Nintendo prepares to offer a virtual front-row seat at this year’s E3 Expo in Los Angeles. A live webcast of Nintendo’s E3 Expo 2011 media presentation will begin at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, June 7. Immediately following the presentation, fans can enjoy additional Nintendo Network coverage on the site, including interviews, game trailers and special video segments. A variety of exclusive content will also be available on the Nintendo® Channel, which is accessible to anyone with a Wii™ console that is connected to the Internet.

The E3 Expo, scheduled to take place June 7-9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is among the year’s biggest events for the global video game industry. Exclusive Nintendo Network programming will be viewable at http://e3.nintendo.com and on the Nintendo Channel throughout the week, offering the latest information and updates on Nintendo’s announcements.

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Will it finally be revealed how the game will actually work?

My biggest fear with Fallout 76 is that it's some sort of quick turn around game.  Where you build the base, somebody destroys it, you destroy their base and then it starts over.  I think about how it's going to work when I've built a base for 6 hours, but have to get off and take a shower, eat something and my base might die during that time.  Maybe some of my questions will be answerered at the recently announced Quakecon Bethesday Press Conference.  Here's all the info.

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Konami's Pre-E3 2011 Showing

By: reipuerto Jun 2, 2011 | 6 Comments

With an hour long pre-E3 show, did gamers come out winning?

Yes we did! Konami made a head start in E3 today, or tonight depending on where you live, and the showed off some great news. Here's a review of their show.

They first began with video footage from the show and tease you at what's to come and who's going to talk. The first few minutes, Shiji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, America, he gives his thanks for the many prayers and wishes of the events in Japan, from the earthquake and tsunami.

Hirano-san then tells us that Hideo Kojima will be providing lectures on the Video Game Designers of the future in California. Konami will be launching events though out the world! Hirano-san announces Frogger 3DS and more DLC for Castlevania.

Konami then takes us to Tokyo, Japan to see how Metal Gear Solid 3DS is going. It's great! You'll be able to use the 3DS's camera to take pictures from the real world, and use it as in-game camouflage! Also, if you're climbing a tree, for example, you might fall if you tilt the 3DS! So play straight!

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E3 Nintendo Press 2010 review

By: reipuerto Jun 15, 2010 | 4 Comments

Nintendo stood it's grow again for another year!

Nintendo's press conference 2010 was something to look forward to.

With some nintendo news under rap, what can you expect for the company?
Well, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Kirby: Epic Yarn, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Metriod: Other M, Donkey Kong Country: Returns, GoldenEye 007, Kid Icarus: UpRising and Epic Mickey!

Nintendo started the key note with a demo of Zelda and finished with the NEW 3DS! The Wii is maintaining its speed with games, and with it's handheld.
I was hoping that they would talk about the Wii HD/2, but I can only dream.

The new Zelda was demoed and it was a great start. They talked about bring back classics and that's what they did! All the game showed at the conference were unique and different! From the Kirby game to the Zelda one, they stand out like the hall mark of Nintendo.

The 3DS seems a bit bigger and the top screen to. I'm wondering if that will pixalate the original games being played with the 3DS. Even so, Nintendo did not mention the Vitallity sensor... Oh well.

With majority of these game being released this hoilday season and a few next year, Nintendo plans to bank on us. SOLD!!

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Actual Gameplay of ssf4 3DS "shoulder view"

By: iorilamia Jan 9, 2011 | 7 Comments

Yoshinori's press conference shows us 3ds gameplay along with the shoulder view

At Yoshinori Ono's conference SSF4 on the 3DS was displayed. The preview has been thrown around for months and now we get to see it in action instead of a commercial. It looks pretty sick, and not too complicated, also the video doesnt give the eye popping effects as we will see in person, so this only gets better upon release. I for one love it, ssf4 on the go (no its not AE version), what do you guys think about it?

The action starts at15:00, everything before that is talking.

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BatRastered's E3 2009 journal

By: BatRastered Oct 5, 2009 | 4 Comments

Copied from the old gouki.com, my E3-2009 journal.

E3 2009 Day 0 (MS Press Conference)

Microsoft really knows how to put on a press conference. No charts, graphs, or sales figures, just game announcements, trailers and live demos.

The surviving Beatles take the stage for The Beatles Rock Band cool to see them. Exclusive track for the 360, All You Need is Love, proceeds go to charity.

Modern Warfare 2 looks amazing. It’s multi-platform of course, so not sure why they chose the MS press conference for this.

Final Fantasy 13 and Metal Gear Solid are coming to the 360. God of War is now the only PS3 exclusive that I give a shit about.

Halo 3: ODST looks just about what I expected (which is a good thing) and it releases this September with a bonus; each copy includes an invitation to the new Halo: Reach beta. Sign me up.

Alan Wake, again? And it’s not even coming out this year, which means we will see it again next E3. F.

Facebook on Xbox Live, FTW!

Project Natal, Microsoft’s motion tracking video camera system was demoed at the end. If this works, it will be revolutionary; if it doesn’t it will be the Eye Toy part 2.

Nice work slamming Nintendo for the preset waggles. Preset Waggles is my new favorite saying.

E3 2009 Day 1

9:00 am - We started off by watching the Nintendo press conference. I couldn’t have been more disappointed. The only thing that looked any good was the new Metroid co-developed by Team Ninja, which won’t be released this year.

There is a new Mario Bros. game set for the Wii that is 4-player simultaneous. There’s no hint of being able to play it online, and the graphics look like they could be on the SNES.

Also, there will be a sequel to Mario Galaxy, which looks like a 1.5 release to me, as I saw nothing new. This will not make it this year either.

11:00 am – The Sony press conference begins… after 10 minutes of the announcer saying there’s still seats available. Most of what they show is 3rd party games that are also available on the 360.

They wasted a bunch of my time talking about the PS2 and giving charts and figures that nobody cares about.

Interesting PS3 only titles: Final Fantasy 14 (online) but not till next year. God of War 3, but we knew that going in. Finally, Mod Nation, which is a surprisingly good looking Mario Kart type racer that allows you to create tracks, impressed me.

Not interesting: A motion controller that still is a controller, and another PSP SKU.

2:00 pm – At last at the exhibits!

Gouki and I got into the press area of Bethesda software and got a first look and hands on demos of Point Lookout (DLC for Fallout 3), Wet, and Rouge Warrior. Wet looks decent, Rouge Warrior’s AI seems pretty dumb at this point. It releases in Q4, so there’s time to fix it, but not much.

I got to play the new Ghostbusters game. It looks amazing, the controls are a bit touchy, but that might just be me not being used to the PS3 controller.

I also played Marvel vs. Capcom 2 using the Street Fighter 4 fight stick. Feels much like the arcade, though that was so long ago for me that I’m not sure anymore.

Notable absence: No Kentia hall this year!

5:00 pm – Where’s Jimmy?

E3 2009 Day 2

Day 2 at E3 and I’m usually more interested in finding someplace to sit down than anything else. We went to see the Modern Warfare 2 demo that had a countdown running for it, but it turned out to be nothing more than the trailer we’d seen a week ago. (I don’t understand why that’s not just up there in the mix with all the other trailers on Activision big screen.)

Speaking of the other trailers, the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen game looks amazing. Hopefully it plays as well as it looks. Hopefully we will get some hands on with this on Day 3.

Quick notes:

  • Ubisoft has the best overall booth babes (and a ton of them)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum is in every other booth.
  • Where is Bioshock 2?

E3 2009 Day 3

The last day of the Expo. My feet hurt. Didn’t really see anything new. Jimmy dressed up as Akuma and got lots of attention.

Afterwards we went to the Dodgers game and watched them lose to the Phillies. Cole Hamels pitched a complete game shutout throwing less than 100 pitches. Ridiculous.
 

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