Worst Moments of E3 2012
With our minds having fully digested all things E3, we bring you five of the 2012 show’s worst moments.
In no particular order of terrible, here is our pick for the worst moments of this year’s E3.
More Harry Potter? Sounds good right. Well, Wonderbook has a relatively sound idea for a select audience, but not for the E3 crowd. It’s your hardcore gamers that watch E3 and the hardcore game’s journalists that attend the press conference.
This casual game makes use of a casual controller that not many care about, and worst of all, it was shown for well over 7 minutes. The demo went on for far too long and there were cringe worthy lines and even more horrific cock ups during the live demo. Packed in beside a starting announcement of a new Quantic Dream game and an ending demo for The Last of Us, poor old Wonderbook never stood a chance.
The Nintendo E3 press conference was certainly a mixed bag. It felt like we were always waiting for something, something big. One of the last announcements at the show was Nintendoland, a virtual theme park with Nintendo-based mini-games for the Nintendo Wii U.
Sounds pretty cool, but did it really deserve a 10 minute demo? It was an anti-climax to a conference which didn’t give the gamers what they wanted. The icing on the cake came when Reggie teased fans with the phrase ‘one more look at Nintendoland’.
With fireworks being let off into the sky, something big must have been coming right? Something to ‘enjoy’ as Reggie promised? A Zelda Wii U trailer perhaps? No, the fireworks were the thing to enjoy, and the conference finished. Subsequently, ‘No Zelda’ was trending on twitter almost immediately. Disappointing is an understatement.
Admittedly, the Ubisoft E3 Press Conference was the best of the show. It was a huge improvement on last year’s shocker hosted by Mr. Caffeine. Ubisoft knew they had to do the hosting better and they succeeded. However, it all seemed a bit forced. Aisha Tyler was constantly trying to appeal to the bro within the audience with mentions of girl wood and hot girls.
The scripted ‘banter’ between herself and Toby Turner, also known as Tobuscus, was simply not funny and the awkward laughs from the crowd were the only result of this. Please Aisha, don’t kill me…
We just knew Microsoft couldn’t leave the Kinect games alone. Like Wonderbook, why show more casual games? I don’t have that much to say about this one other than: Angry Birds, horribly scripted and YEAAAAAAH I DIDDDD. Thankfully the demo was short and kept to a minimum, but it was a painful reminder of last year’s E3…
Dead Space 3
Now you may think it’s a bit harsh to include a single game in here, but Dead Space 3 narrowly makes the cut. The demo revealed a significant shift in focus of the series, a move away from survival horror to a more action orientated experience. A large proportion of the series’ fanbase is up in arms over the use of universal ammo, cover system and the gung-ho nature of the game. There is still however time for a turn-around…right Visceral?