Sessler's Soapbox: E3 2011 Wrap Up

Posted: June 14, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: E3 2011 Wrap Up
Adam looks back at the surprises, revelations, highlights and lowlights of E3 2011.

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  • GriminyCricket

    I agree with everything Adam said. I was very dissapointed in this year's e3 the wow moments were a rarity and I felt bored through most of the conferences thinking I've seen that or I've heard that. Adam pretty much summed everything up. Though I do love all of these sequels coming out I really wanted to hear some more new interesting games.

    Posted: June 14, 2011 5:51 PM

    SKYRIM, RAGE, FARCRY 3, FUTURE SOLDIER, DUNGEON SIEGE 3, & meny more... Seriously? You people can't find one thing to get excited about? How jaded are you people?

    Posted: June 14, 2011 5:27 PM
  • coreyds

    The last feedback was amazing, the panel was the best I've heard in a long time. They all were very knowledgeable, the sarcasm from Blaire and Morgan, along with the inside jokes of longtime feedback listeners and Kevin really made for a great feedback and an awesome summary of e3 for all of the people who maybe didn't have enough time to watch the press conferences.

    Keep up the good work and great soapbox as well.

    Posted: June 14, 2011 5:17 PM
  • Lifendz

    Good vid. I was going to post that there has been a lot of cynicism amongst games journalists this year, and it's not all by you guys. Not speaking about you personally, but it seems like some of the people that do what you do for a living have lost their love for gaming. I heard more bishing about getting to go to E3 and play games that the rest of us won't get to play for months than I ever have. And when I hear one of you say you're tired and thank god it's over it really makes me wonder if that person should start doing something else. I love going to NFL games. It's a pain to get out there and by the end of the day I'm dead tired, but if I got paid to do it and my ticket comp'd I can't imagine ever bishing about it.

    Some guys that went to E3 had to pay for their flight and room & board and don't get paid at all while you guys get that stuff comp'd and receive a check for your work.

    I dunno. Maybe a person shouldn't be a games journalist for more than a set number of years. Any longer and it seems like the cynicism and snarkyness goes through the roof.

    Posted: June 14, 2011 4:08 PM
  • Zeeroid

    Fantastic Soapbox Adam; one of your best.

    Posted: June 14, 2011 4:00 PM
  • crocodilius

    dananananananana star wars, dananananananana star wars..
    ...star wars....star wars...dananananananana star wars!

    Posted: June 14, 2011 3:54 PM
  • Giovanni117

    For ME, this was honestly the first E3 I felt that no wow factor. Similar to Adam I felt there are plenty of awesome games coming out, but nothing new that really blew me away. It finally dawned on me why some people "hated" all the sequels coming out. :(

    When will my new favorite game be announced.

    Posted: June 14, 2011 3:19 PM
  • JudgeFenris

    Agreed. This year's E3 killed me a bit. The only games im looking forward to are 2 sequels and Dark Soul's. Everything else is well, basically where the hell is the new???

    Posted: June 14, 2011 3:01 PM
  • OcelotFox

    In part, I really see this sense of anxiety as a bleed-over from mainstream society into the gaming world. It's a rough time right now for a lot of people, including many of those who make our wonderful games. The thing I find myself struck by is that I don't know if we've ever seen video games so affected by economic conditions, at least post-1981. Perhaps the industry isn't as recession-proof as we all once though?

    Posted: June 14, 2011 2:48 PM
  • XenMastre

    I still cannot conceive why there is so much moaning about a lack of new IPs. My problem isn't the unfortunate realism that new IPs are indeed few and far between, but the fact that this sentiment generally bridges over into a scathing opinion of sequels, trilogies, and series. We get these additions to a beloved series because people love them and they are successes, sometimes not even commercially. Was Uncharted 1 a mega blockbuster? Most would argue no, but what do we get after? Uncharted 2 one of the most amazing games I've ever played, and I don't even have a PS3, just a 360.

    And the bashing of, "oh jeez, moar Halo!?!!1!11" is just ridiculous. Its one of the most quintessential of all gaming series, and one many lay people think of when the term "video gaming" is brought up. These continuations of stories in games is not going anywhere, and nor should it. Do people complain when another book comes out in a beloved novel series. Or when the next Transformers is release? (okay bad example) Empire? God Father II?

    I digress. I took yearn for the next big thing in gaming, because I love new titles. Generally my favorites are always the first in the series because of their novelty and sense of wonderment (Halo CE, Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed, etc...), but that does not mean I don't love the crap out of getting to revisit my favorite characters in new or continuing adventures as much as possible.

    Posted: June 14, 2011 2:18 PM
  • Lunar_Savage

    I agree here. Wholeheartedly.

    It also doesn't help when the majority of triple A games you hear about at E3 are shooters. Whether it was first person or third, there just didn't seem to be much variety unless you fell into the family friendly target group. :/

    As for Wii U, Nintendo would have been doing itself and the onlookers a huge favor if it had focused equally on both the experience the new controller provides along with the gritty details on the system itself. Most of the complaints I heard from other people after the show usually revolved around the belief that it wasn't a new system. Just a new controller for the Wii. :/

    Posted: June 14, 2011 2:05 PM
  • therza

    One game that I got exited for leaving E3 was prey 2. It looks like Blade Runner, and its nothing like prey 1

    Posted: June 14, 2011 1:48 PM
  • g_shehan

    I enjoyed seeing the demos of all the new games but only a few really caught my eye this year. As far as the WiiU and the Vita are concerned, I was not impressed. I don't have the luxury of being able to purchase every new piece of tech that comes out so anything new has to be a drastic improvement over what I have now.

    Posted: June 14, 2011 1:45 PM
  • Cathartic Denoument

    The only memorably-noteworthy, new IP's that were announced at this year's E3 were Overstrike & Dust 514.
    I guess we'll have to wait 'til next year for new IP's, after we get these game trilogies out of the way.

    Posted: June 14, 2011 1:32 PM
  • kapassikey

    i still believe we have what it takes to make a very cheap system using older technologies to release a cheaper easily accessible system with a line of games also as cheap. such a line could be the "dollar menu" of gaming which could work for aloy of people out there ^_^

    Posted: June 14, 2011 1:18 PM
  • Ragrappy127

    E3 was very disappointing this year. As someone watching the live streams, I too was relying more and more on Nintendo to save the day as the conferences went on. I think they did manage to surprise us last year with the 3DS and its amazing list of support which probably also got our expectations a bit higher. This year they didn't have the same amount of power behind the Wii U, they were just trying to get ahead of the leaks and they weren't really ready to show this thing off I think. Nintendo still has time to impress me with the Wii U, but they haven't done it yet. No one else really had anything to get excited for. Even sequals can be exciting when they surprise you, but we knew about pretty much everything except Far Cry 3 before E3 even started.

    Posted: June 14, 2011 1:01 PM
  • Falcon_Hunter

    Like Adam said we're in a recession. People are not buying everything on the shelf these days and the industry has responded in kind. With indie games on the rise, expect innovation to come from them. triple A titles cost way too much to make in the first place. I don't expect to see new consoles or IPs for awhile now. As for Nintendo, did hardcore gamers really expect them to come through this year? Nintendo hasn't had the hardcore in mind since the Gamecube and even then the controller was odd. When Bayonetta 2 gets announced, and it will, whose going to complain then?

    Posted: June 14, 2011 12:38 PM
  • LaviRabi

    I hate that "Hi I'm Craig" at the end. It sucks, stop doing that.

    Posted: June 14, 2011 12:37 PM
  • BobitoZ

    What was most disappointing to me this E3 was the lack of innovation.

    Gamers and even G4 have been screaming "We want new IPs" and all we get is more of the same. Hard to get exited about something you have already done at least 2 times before.

    Posted: June 14, 2011 12:24 PM
  • flyingchicken

    great feedback as always Adam.

    Posted: June 14, 2011 12:14 PM