It’s that magical time of year again, those of use in the video game community are all overflowing with excitement at the premiere of this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. One of my dreams as a writer is to be able to attend E3 for coverage one day, I’ve always been in love with video games since my days as a child, seeing the new products and innovations in person would be almost as amazing as attending the Super Bowl. Last year we saw the debut of the Xbox One and Sony’s Playstation 4, the most desired and anticipated parts of the expo, a move that set the gaming world on fire with debate of which would be the better machine.
Fans of each machine sounded off on one another, each battling to try swaying the undecided masses to join up with their team in the hopes of being able to say their chosen system was the top draw. The battle was fierce but in the end Sony claimed victory selling more copies than any the entry submitted by Microsoft a year after the expo. With the next generation of consoles serving as the focal pieces of last year’s gathering, this year is focused around the next level of video games with fans once again rallying behind the most anticipated games for their most beloved machine. As a person who has played both Xbox and Playstation systems throughout my lifetime I will admit I’m leaning more and more to the Sony side every day, primarily out of the familiarity, but also because I just love the games on their system.
While the new Halo game is going to be massive, it’ll make a ton of money and there are people who absolutely love the series, but it’s never been my cup of tea so it’s debut isn’t nearly as important to me as those pitched by Sony this year. One of the more popular series for the Playstation 3 was the Uncharted franchise, it was for that console what Tomb Raider was for original system, an amazing adventure game with beautiful scenery and an addicting factor that was off the charts. As amazing as Uncharted was for the previous generation console, I can’t wait to see how it looks on the fourth generation of Playstation, I’m sure it’ll be breathtaking, as there’s really no way for it to be a let down on this generation’s console.
While the return for Uncharted is a big deal, there’s one that’s a bit bigger, that being the next step in the Metal Gear franchise, while there were some complaints about Ground Zeros, The Phantom Pain looks to reconcile those issues. Everything that Tomb Raider was on the PS1 and Uncharted was for the PS3, is what Metal Gear meant for the PS2, it was one of the most popular, most beautiful, and highest grossing games for that console, and it earned all of those distinctions. As someone who’s been hooked on the stories of Solid Snake and all his cohorts since playing Metal Gear Solid, I’m dying to get my hands on this next installment, the graphics look amazing, and the story seems addicting. E3 is underway, and as with the rest of the gaming world my eyes will be fixed on Los Angeles until the 12th of June, welcome to our Christmas in July, in June.