Few surprises for gamers at E3
LOS ANGELES—Looking across the waves of sweaty, passionate gamers during the flashy press conferences and detailed demonstrations at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, there's been very few wide eyes, gasps or dropped jaws. Sure, a "woo-hoo" has been yelled here and a "yay" screamed there, but the reactions have been far more subdued than in previous years.
At the annual extravaganza, which continues through Thursday, publishers and developers simply haven't delivered very many I-can't-believe-they-just-announced-that moments that folks who usually attend this trade show have come to expect over the past 17 years. Ultimately, it's been E3 as expected, which has made this year's surprises all the more shocking:
-- SMARTYPANTS: Ahead of E3, rumors swirled
-- BEYOND THE PALE:
-- DOUBLING DOWN: After previously hinting that the Wii U would only support one Wii U GamePad at a time,
-- WATCHFUL EYE: At the end of Ubisoft Entertainment's press conference Monday, the developer unleashed an epic nine-minute demonstration of "Watch Dogs," a moody action-adventure game inspired by the 2003 blackout that allows players to mine data -- like hacking phones, changing traffic lights and even checking out a stranger's student loan debt -- as they navigate a virtual Chicago. Much like the game's moving-through-the-shadows protagonist, nobody saw this one coming.
-- GAME OVER: For every E3 surprise, there were even more snubs: Where was "The Last Guardian," the much ballyhooed title from the "Shadow of the Colossus" makers that Sony unveiled at E3 three years ago? Why didn't Nintendo announce the price or release date of the Wii U? How come Sony barely showed any new games for PlayStation Vita? And did Ubisoft really need to show someone using a Wii U GamePad on the toilet during a clip for its "Sports Connection" game?
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