E3 Wrap-up

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posted 6/14/2004 by Charles Husemann
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It’s been about a month since we left the bright lights and loud noise of E3. After finally coming out of my post E3 hangover I thought I’d put together a list of some of the things that stuck have stuck with me since the end of the show. Some of these things we covered in earlier articles (here, here, and here) but most of them are things that I didn’t get a chance to cover. These are just some post E3 musings and not any kind of best of show awards.

As a hockey fan I make it a point to check out every hockey game at the show. Sega has put out the best hockey game the last few years (not that you could tell by the number of units sold) and this year Sega looks to continue that dominance. The game just feels a little tighter than EA’s game but the EA version I played was a pretty early version so they ma tighten it up before it’s released. I did get to see a demonstration of the new “Open Ice” feature that allows to easily control your non puck-possessing teammates to do such things as clearing a shooting lane or setting up a plays behind the puck. As a Blue Jackets fan it was nice to see that Rick Nash has signed with Electronic Arts and is in the running to be one of the cover athlete’s this ear. We should find out in a few weeks who will be on the box this year.

I first saw Hy-Tek’s Tek Panel 300 on “The Apprentice” and it’s even more impressive in person. What I didn’t know what that Hy-Tek has a proprietary screen technology that allows for an even higher resolution image. This allows for a near religious experience while playing HALO or watching HDTV. The only downer is that the Tek-Panel start around $6,400 and a well configured gaming system will set you back nearly $8,500. Still it’s a nice dream (an even better dream when you think about the 37” version that will be coming out later this year).

Mechassault 2 looks like it’s going to be a lot of online fun. Rather than starting out in a Mech you start out on foot and can select from one of the vehicles available to you. These include the assortment of mechs, tanks, VTOL flying craft (which vaguely resemble the flying H/K units from the Terminator series), or power armor. The VTOL craft can pick up units in the power armor and tanks and transports them across the map.
This presents a new tactical angle where you can essentially bomb units into the opponent’s base. Since units in power armor can hijack opponent mechs this allows players to drop units behind enemy lines to sneak up and attack your opponents from behind. Starting out on foot also gives you a real perspective on how big the mechs and adds a nice perspective to the game.

Burnout 3 also looks to be a lot of fun, I didn’t get a chance to get my hands on the game but watching someone do a few laps left a good impression. The updated graphics look great and the thought of playing it over Xbox Live left a nice smile on my face.
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