With E3 just a day away, we here at Feed Your Console are getting all jacked up just thinking about all the possibilities. The other day Jason, Matt and I had the opportunity to talk about what we’re hoping to see or what we think is going to go down. Without further ado, here’s what we’re predicting. This year is set to blow us all away with some incredible software and maybe a little hardware
The Big 3 Predictions:
Josh: MS has been suspiciously quiet leaving many to speculate that they might not have much to say – I’m of the opposite opinion. I think this is Microsoft’s biggest year at E3 since announcing the Xbox 360. The new Motion sensing camera/control is going to be announced but they promise some huge news. Even though Bungie is off on their own, MS isn’t about to let the Juggernaut that is Halo to go the way of the DoDo bird – Halo 4 or some other form of Halo will be announced, along with a new Perfect Dark game, and more exclusive releases/content. I predict that Microsoft is going to steal the show this year.
Matt: Looking forward to a few more details on the latest Halo game – rumours of a 5 man crew where your the rookie of the squad. Also I predict we will see the launch of at least two new exclusive titles (but I don’t think 3 or 4 would be out of line) – something that they have hidden and will push as a showstopper this year. Lionhead games is also looking to make a splash – Might we hear for Fable 3… I’ll also add to my predictions a new motion sensitive controller (ala six axis controller) for the Xbox.
Josh: Despite all of their rebuttals, I think we’re all in agreement that Sony is hard at work putting together a new slim PS3 – to be released this year. There’s a possibility that they’ll decide to hold onto this information, to release at another time but it doesn’t make much sense. Further to that point, expect to see a new PSP2 (leaked pics as of last night here) without the UMDs and large internal capacity.
Matt: Will we see the long awaited price drop on the PS3- I highly doubt it but I’ve been surprised before. More likely we will see a slimmed down light PS3 leaving the current 80 GB version where it is with all the bells and whistles (being the same price as an Xbox Elite). Unlike Josh I think Sony has been holding their cards close this year and will come out strong at E3 – wowing gamers this year and possibly offering the upset win over Xbox. God of War 3, Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time, and more will be the keys to show success this year.
Josh: Nintendo has done nothing to inspire me for a very long time. The little white box from Big N needs something big and they need it soon. New 1st party titles featuring some original Nintendo mainstays – Mainly Mario, Zelda, Kid Icarus, Metroid or Star Fox. If any of these games are announced, don’t expect anything until sometime in 2010.
Matt: Another Mario and more first party titles galore will be found from Nintendo. Hype about motion plus and the revamping of old favourites from past Nintendo days will be in abuncance. Along with a smattering of next generation updates for the newer titles (Wii Fit Plus I’m looking at you) will be the show here. Meh – Prove me wrong Nintendo I dare you.
Most Anticipated Games
Josh: Kojima’s been teasing us for weeks with images of Snake and Raiden from Metal Gear Solid (website here) and Mass Effect are the 2 titles I’m most looking forward to seeing more of. Sony’s upcoming Heavy Rain also looks to be a showstopper this year as we’re likely to see more footage and with any luck, get a final Release.
Matt: Ghostbusters, God of War 3 and Mass Effect 2 are the titles I’ll be watching for. I can’t get enough of Mass Effect and the previous God of War titles, these are mainstays in my rotation when I’m looking for the familiar and comfort zone gaming.
Josh: I’d love to see a relaunch of Kojima’s series Snatcher – Sadly I’m certain to be disappointed.
Matt: WiiWare announces the Return of JumpMan on the C64 emulator.