Staff ROund Table: Pre-E3 2011

Staff Round Table: What We Want to See at E3 2011

E3 2011 couldn’t come soon enough, and we have just over two weeks until that magical time of the year returns. It’s a time where old games are shown in new skin, brand new IPs are born and sparkly new consoles are shown off. This year may actually include all of those in one show. In this round table, we’ll take a look at what we think or want to show up, as well as what will ultimately be at E3 this year.


As another summer approaches, so does another E3. The self-proclaimed “biggest gaming event of the year” does live up to its name – slightly anyway. With all of the circulation about a new gaming console from Nintendo and various games such as Twisted Metal being rumored to appear, I personally expect this E3 to be a step up from last year. If anything, I would love to see the introduction of iOS related gaming. However, this is likely not to happen as the iPhone and iPod Touch are not considered gaming devices. Aside from this, I am expecting an onslaught of 3DS games (Nintendo’s new handheld sensation). Let me reword that. I know that there will be an onslaught of 3DS games if Nintendo wants to keep its fanbase happy.


When you work in video game journalism, E3 rolling around makes for quite an exciting time. What will we see? What do we want to see? Will it be epic, or will we be let down? All these questions go through a journalist’s mind when this big events makes its presence known.

Know we all have things we know will rear their heads, whether they are officially announced or from common sense, and I’d like to share what I’m pretty sure will make an appearance at E3: Nintendo has already said that they will announce several more details about their successor to Wii, codenamed ‘Project Café’. Telltale Games will definitely reveal something regarding their upcoming Jurassic Park episodic game. I mustn’t forget one of my favorite series of all time, Mega Man Legends. It’s pretty obvious that Capcom will have something (albeit small) to say about the upcoming Mega Man Legends 3. News concerning a new God of War game has been circulating as of recently and it would be crazy to not announce something of it at E3. Nintendo also hasn’t tried to hide that fact that definitive details concerning Skyward Sword will be at the conference, as well as BioWare for Mass Effect 3. Capcom won’t let E3 go without bragging more on their upcoming fighting crossover Street Fighter x Tekken. Finally, Team Ico will want to show off some of their final touches to The Last Guardian to let fans know what to expect at the end of the year (or early next).

Mega Man Legends 3 ScreenshotNow along with what will be there, every journalist has an E3 wishlist. Here is a little bit from mine: I’m not much on buying a 3DS right now, what with the horrible battery life and headache inducing 3D. It is definitely fun, but I would love Nintendo to announce a smaller one for later next year with a better battery and more advanced 3D capabilities. I’m hoping (praying) for an announcement for Mega Man Legends 3 to hit the PS3 (not holding my breath). I’d also like to see Nintendo announce their new (late) system is a powerhouse able to surpass the PS3 and 360, but is at the affordable price of less than a fortune (again, not holding my breath). On the end of the “what I want list,” I think it would be cool to see Microsoft join the handheld market with an announcement of their own handheld of some kind.

I would also really like to see an announcement (possibly playable….ha ha) for Kingdom Hearts 3. I think we’ve waited long enough.

As you can see, I’m clear on what I will see, and climbing a steep hill for what I would love to see. I sure can’t wait to see how this whole thing turns out. It is sure to be exciting, one way or another.


I’d really like to see something from Microsoft and won’t be surprised if something big does crop up. Being such a competitive company I can’t see them arriving completely unprepared for E3, much less playing dead when it comes to Nintendo stealing the show with the new console and (hopefully) a literal tidal wave of games for the 3DS (I think I’ll try to coin the phrase “Title Wave” now. You heard it here first!). Otherwise, I’m not expecting a ton from E3 other than Nintendo’s ‘Project Café’, which will have an interesting effect on the 2 hardcore console companies, having a previous non-competitor suddenly pull a technologically superior console out of their anus in time for E3. In short, ‘Project Cafe’ FTW

Ah, and I suppose I should mention that there isn’t much that I haven’t already been excited for for at least 2 months, hence my lack of mentioning games like Battlefield 3 (which is going to be AMAZING)


What do I want to see at this year’s E3? An ideal E3 2011 for me would consist of excellent footage, gameplay and a release date for some extremely popular titles that are soon to be released. Including, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Final Fantasy Versus, Mass Effect 3, Uncharted 3, and possibly even some Kingdom Hearts 3 information.Uncharted 3 Screenshot

What I fully expect to see at this year’s E3 is possibly some information regarding Mass Effect 3 and Uncharted 3; but little to no information about the two Final Fantasy titles and absolutely nothing about Kingdom Hearts 3. The show will be dominated by Nintendo; along with ‘Project Café’ and the newly released Nintendo 3DS.  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be announced along with Call of Duty online and Call of Duty 6: Bland Ops. A new Halo game will be announced, and so will multiple Kingdom Hearts filler titles that will arrive on the PSP, DS, 3DS, iOS; pretty much everything except a home console.

Give or take a few things about newer consoles but that’s pretty much the jist of it.


I am excited to see what Nintendo’s Project Café has in store for everyone and interested to see what launch titles are scheduled. I also want to see Microsoft and Sony ‘wow’ me with new games and peripherals that I could only imagine. It would be great to finally see what Kinect can do for hardcore gamers. But to be perfectly honest, I believe this year’s E3 will be lackluster. We already know all the big titles that are to be released and I don’t have a lot of hope that anything mind blowing will reveal itself this year, but I am ready to be surprised.


Now that everyone else has given their thoughts, I’ll throw my own two cents in.

I really want to see Nintendo come out and show off just how graphically powerful Wii’s successor is, if only to put a dent in the armor of the competition as well as fend off any naysayers. I also really want to see the next Mario for 3DS and maybe even Project Café. I would love to see Microsoft take a stand and finally realize that they need more core games ans show them off. Sony will also show this with their NGP handheld.

What will ultimately be there, I think, is Microsoft still trying to do the Kinect-to-casual thing. Simple games made for Wii will be shown to be “improved” for Kinect. Sony may or may not do the same, but I do think they need some type of new game for Move. Sony will ultimately, probably only have the games we have already heard about with the possibility of two or three secrets. Nintendo, in this situation, is easily the winner. Even if new Mario games or Wii 2 isn’t as powerful as I hope, they still have the new console and a semi-new handheld to show off new titles for. There will undoubtedly be new games to announce by Nintendo. They have been the most secretive (unless MS really does have something hidden) of the big three. Finally, I belive Ubisfot and others will show that great games of PS3’s and Xbox 360’s past will be ready for Wii 2’s launch with new content and possibly updated graphics.

Well, that’s our take on what we want and what we ultimately expect to be at this year’s E3. Do you think any of us are off by a mile? Is there something we forgot to mention? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, forums or through an email.

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