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E3 2013 Impressions: Day 1

So due to several internet issues during E3 itself and at the hotel I was unable to get this up sooner, but here is what i managed to see and play on my Day 1 of E3 2013.

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I started out in the West hall and after standing shoulder to shoulder with thousands of people waiting for the doors to open i made a beeline to the Nintendo area to see what they had in store for the WiiU and 3DS in the coming year. My first stop was the new 3DS games station containing Yoshi’s New Island, Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds, and Mario and Luigi Dream Team.

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I managed to get hands on with Yoshi’s New Island first, this game played, looked, and felt just like the previous Yoshi’s Island games, You still carry baby Mario from place to place, collecting eggs and using them as ammo to open passageways and defeat enemies, they did add a new Giant Egg option where you eat a huge enemy and the egg can be used to break down large walls and such. I really like how they kept this game as pure to the original as possible and just added some new mechanics to it, it felt like meeting an old friend again.

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After that i had a few minutes to play they new Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Now i was really looking forward to this game as the first one is my all time favorite Legend of Zelda game, even above Ocarina of Time. I sat down and much of this game plays the same as it’s predecessor, until you turn into paper and walk along walls and such. Now this isnt a bad game mechanic, it’s just different and leads to some very confusing puzzles at certain points until you get in the habit of thinking in paper form more easily. There are many puzzles that required turning paper and then walking along the wall and onto the side of a moving lift to access the upper levels on the dungeon. Now this took a lot of getting used to since i was trying to play this like any other Zelda game and i have a feeling that this will be the one item that might turn some people off of this otherwise amazing game once they have tried it.

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I was not able to play the Mario and Luigi Dream Team game myself but i was able to watch a lot of the game play and from what i saw this game stays true to the mechanics of the previous games where Mario and Luigi are able to be controlled independently by splitting up to solve puzzles or stick together and use their varying abilities to make their way through the levels. This game looks to be a lot of fun and since i thoroughly enjoyed the previous entries i will be picking this up once it releases.

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I briefly stopped and picked up the WiiU Pikmin 3 and found it to be exactly the same as last years impression, which you can read here: E3 Impressions: Pikmin 3.

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After that i hit up Snail Games to take a look at what they brought to the table this year. Snail Games had 2 games on display, Age of Wushu, and Black Gold. Now Age of Wushu is in no way a new or upcoming game, it has been out for almost 6 months at this point, but they have been making constant updates to the game since release and were showcasing the updated game play and they have the first expansion pack for the game coming out soon. Now i’ll tell you upfront i am not the PC gamer, i dont play any PC games, at all, but i went ahead and sat down and gave it a bit of a try. It seemed like a pretty good game but not having any PC gaming to compare it to i’m not the best person to tell you if this game is worth your time or not, but i did manage to win a copy of the game at E3 during a entertaining turn of events so we will get one of our PC guys to give it a proper review for those of you who want to know more.

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The second game that Snail Games had at E3 was an upcoming Steampunk vs Fantasy MMO called Black Gold. I also sat down and gave this the old college try and once again i cant really comment on the playability, it seemed solid to me and was fairly easy to play for the brief amount of time i did, but the graphics for character and world design were pretty nice. This game is set to have some pretty cool features including large scale sieges against the opposing faction. This game looks cool and we managed to get several early access closed beta codes for this game and will be giving some of them away in the near future so keep and eye out for that. You can watch the Story and Gameplay trailers for Black Gold below.

My next stop was not for a game but for a tablet, I realized this year that having a tablet would make note taking and documenting the gaming previews, interviews, and such so much easier that trying to take notes on paper or even lugging around a laptop, so when i saw the ad in the E3 Showcase Day 1 magazine i picked up i knew i had to take a look at it.

a8df-800Before i get into my impressions for the tablet here are the known specifications for it.

  • SoC – 1.6 GHz quad-core chip
  • System Memory – Unknown
  • Storage – 8GB NAND Flash + microSD card slot
  • Display – 7″ IPS display, 1280×800 resolution.
  • Connectivity – WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2 microUSB ports
  • Video Output – mini HDMI jack
  • Camera – 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera

The tablet runs on Android 4.2.2, comes with a docking station that both charges the unit and does HDMI video output, a Sixaxis air mouse with a QWERTY keyboard on the other side, and even has an optional Bluetooth gaming controller. It may not be the largest tablet on the market but it is in a position to be competitive with the bigger ones out there. I personally like the Sixaxis Air Mouse with the QWERTY keyboard on the back side, they pair well with the docking station allowing you to use the device on your TV easily. The Tablet comes in two purchasing option Tablet+Dock+Mouse for about $200 and the Tablet+Dock+Mouse+Gamepad for about $250. Now it only comes with one dock but there will be an option to buy additional docks so you and take your tablet from one room to the next as easily as picking it up and walking there. This tablet is set to release sometime in the fall, the estimated date i got was sometime in August.

This was pretty much my whole Day 1, i didnt have any press appointments on this day so i had to wait in line for everything i demoed and this cause me to be fairly limited in what i was able to get hands on with unfortunately. Stay tuned for my E3 Day 2 impressions.

 

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