Well, that was impressive.

Nintendo’s conference, though a bit uneven, accelerated to a remarkable pace by its conclusion. Beginning with a false demonstration of broken controls, Miyamoto arrived on the scene to demonstrate broken controls. Mayhap it was not his fault, as the massive Tweeting involved with the event could easily throw off the sensitive circuitry of the Wiimote, but the Zelda demo was fraught with technical troubles and glitches. An inauspicious start, to be sure.

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The following trailer was unveiled at the Sony conference of all places. GLaDOS announced the incoming surprise which was none other than head of Valve, Gabe Newell, who had previously said some nasty things about the PlayStation 3 hardware.

Gabe announced Portal 2 coming to PS3 in 2011, along with some exclusive Steam features. Not really sure what that means but consider me intrigued.

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Activision Has Money
That was likely the most expensive party I’ll ever attend in my years on this green Earth.

Activision rented out the Staples Center and several souls to put this party on for the six thousand or so people in attendance. It was very little a press event (though an impressive trailer of True Crime: Hong Kong was shown among the rehashes) and more an unbelievably, disgusting display of the massive wealth Activision possesses.
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We all thought that it would arrive last year at E3, it didn’t, but it was announced this morning after a slightly spoilerish leak on an Italian site. It’s black, like the Elite, but also very shiny, lots of fingerprint defilement potential coming to a store near you soon. The release date is set for July the 9th at a price of $499 RRP. Built in Wifi N, a 250GB hard drive and an included Head set make it the most feature-ific Xbox we’ve seen to date.

Images after the break.

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What was wrong with the Wii when it came out was almost universally accepted as it’s lack of depth, there were fun times to be had for sure, but not much to keep you going past that initial buzz. The Motion Plus add on increased the sensitivity, but the lag and jumpiness still existed, right away when we got the Move controller in our hands it was obvious that something was different with this controller. Past the break are some impressions and some super intense promo shots from Sony, all images at max size for added interactivity.

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Just like Kojima Productions, but with less flair, Criterion Games had a mysterious countdown the last few days on its website. And as luck would have it, it counted down to this morning’s EA press conference where Criterion was first up. Remember that Need For Speed game Criterion was working on? Police chases are back in Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit!

Dude, cops with NOS. Available in November this year for PS3 and 360.

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The latest in the Samurai Warriors franchise makes an appearance, an appearance only on the Wii. For Samurai Warriors 3 has been secured as a Wii exclusive by Nintendo. Must be a special game then. Well that’s what I thought having never played a Samurai Warriors title before. And when the intro started to roll, I was very impressed. Beautifully drawn, if some what stereo-typical, Japanese characters engaging in epic battles with all manner of weapons and special powers. Awesome, I thought and prepared to unleash my inner ninja!

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Apart from Kinect titles, there weren’t many new games announced at Microsoft’s press briefing. But this is one game we weren’t aware of yesterday; Codename: Kingdoms, which is being developed by Microsoft Game Studios and Crytek.

At first it looks like 300: The Videogame, but those dudes at the end are wearing far too much armour.

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360 Slim
Well, hey, I got a free 360. So that made it okay, right? Right?

Perhaps Microsoft knew their lineup wasn’t quite as stellar as should be. Maybe they really wanted to get good impressions about the Slim. Maybe Don Mattrick just wanted to live an Oprah moment. I’ll take the 360, but it can’t make up for a substandard showing at Microsoft’s big moment.

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Hideo Kojima recently teased a series of images, of well… people cutting stuff. Now it all makes sense. At the beginning of Microsoft’s press briefing, Kojima showed off a new trailer featuring Raiden (as teased at last year’s E3).

Wait until the end for the gameplay and prepare to be blown away (or disgusted). I think both reactions are perfectly normal.

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