First Person: E3 Expo A Gamer’s Paradise

The Electronic Entertainment Expo brought the fire power to Los Angeles. All photos By Nolan Patrick Smith.

By Nolan Patrick Smith

High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley) –The E3 Expo took over the Los Angeles Convention Center this week, and it did not disappoint. From Nintendo’s newest system, the Wii U, to the new DC Comics fighter Injustice: Gods Among Us to a slew of massive sequels, the expo brought the firepower.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, known better as the E3 Expo, is the premier trade show when it comes to video games, computer games and related products. Started back in 1995, this year marks the seventeenth year for the popular pop culture event. Not open to the general public, the E3 Expo highlights the future of gaming, pushing the envelope every year. Attendees include game developers, retailers, media, and entertainment industry executives among many more.

Victorville resident Adrienne Smith saw the expo for the first time and spoke highly of the event, “It was absolutely amazing! I think I was pulled in so many directions at once I didn’t know what to do with myself.” Smith, a big time gamer and fan of the hardcore fan of the Gears of War series, talked about the difference from seeing coverage on the Internet to actually being a part of it. “I think getting a chance to be so hands on and actually play the games and handhelds gives so much more to the experience rather than just seeing a trailer or reading an article about an upcoming release.”

There were so many amazing titles and booths, including a walk through video gaming’s past courtesy of the Video Game Museum. Gamers have a lot to be excited for this year, from hardcore gamers to kids and even the adults looking to get in shape with some Zumba and Wii Fit U.

Nintendo’s booth was fitting of the legendary home to iconic characters like Mario, Link, Donkey Kong and more. The emphasis this year circled around the Wii U, the new system coming this holiday season. To answer some questions: yes, you can play your Wii titles on the Wii U.

Another big announcement is that the Wii remotes can be used on the Wii U as well, so no need to trade in those Wii controllers you already own. Equipped with a new controller complete with a touch screen, the system showed off quite a few games sure to please fans; the biggest being New Super Mario Brothers U and Nintendo Land. New Super Mario Brothers U is a return to form for the rotund plumber; it is back to the side scrolling action that made Mario a staple in the video game industry, with some added twist like a new multi-player mode.

With Nintendo Land, you have a game that shows off exactly what the new Wii U can do. Taking popular Nintendo franchises and transforming them into single and multiplayer mini games, like Luigi’s Ghost Mansion and The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, Nintendo Land looks to venture into new gameplay territory. The Nintendo Land demos at E3 brought in a massive crowd, but with addicting and user-friendly gameplay, it was well worth the wait.

There were many highly astounding sequels on display at the expo, like THQ’s Metro: Last Light and Darksiders II. High Desert Daily was able to go behind the scenes and view some new footage for the highly anticipated Metro: Last Light, which brings a new, horrifying look to the apocalyptic game. Darksiders II is the sequel to THQ and Vigil’s debut platformer, which put players in the control of War, horseman of the apocalypse. This time around, another horseman takes center stage: Death. High Desert Daily was able to play through a level of the game, and it was nothing short of amazing. Darksiders II is sure to impress when it hits stores this August.

THQ was not the only company to show off some amazing sequels. Capcom had an amazing presence, showing new footage for Resident Evil 6, Lost Planet 3 and the relaunch of the Devil May Cry series, DmC. Fans lined up for hours to get a glimpse at the newest zombie fest in Resident Evil 6, as well as to see if DmC lives up to the legacy of the franchise; from what we saw, it does the name proud.

Ubisoft also had the fans coming to their booth non-stop, with playable demos of Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry 3. Assassin’s Creed III takes the world of assassins into the days of George Washington, and looks stunning doing so.

Yet another sequel that had fans in a craze came from the House of Walt Disney. Disney Interactive proudly showed off Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. The sequel to the original which was only available on the Wii, the second installment will now be on the Wii, X-Box 360 and PS3. Mickey isn’t going solo this time: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a character that debuted back in 1927, joins the fray. Disney had quite a set up, with free Oswald the Rabbit ears to visitors and items on display directly from the Disney vault. Epic Mickey 2 releases this November, just in time for the holidays.

One title that came out of nowhere since being announced last week was a must see on the convention floor: Injustice: Gods Among Us. The game is created by NetherRealm Studios, the people behind Mortal Kombat, and takes the much beloved DC Comic’s roster of heroes and villains and places them center stage. Fans were treated to footage of full matches, displaying amazing super moves like Superman knocking someone off the planet, and the Flash running around the world for one heck of a knockout punch. Injustice: Gods Among Us is set for release next year.

For more information on the E3 Expo, you can visit their official website at www.e3expo.com.

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