The plug was pulled, the lights were shut down, and the miles of overly thick, ankle-twisting convention carpeting--why does every convention have this kind of carpeting?--was rolled up and stored away until next year.
Yes, it was another terrific E3--one of the best and brightest we've had in years. Despite some of the unfortunate news that has surrounded the industry lately, with development teams getting smaller and franchises, like EA's NBA Live being M.I.A. (for now), everyone was still in a terrific mood, and ready to get their game on.
I've got a few awards I'd like to hand out. Without further adieu, here are the Sports Gamer's Awards for E3 2011.
The Sports Gamer was fortunate enough to catch not one but two glimpses of the sequel to one of the sports games of the year last year: NBA 2K12 from 2K Sports.
The first peek was during the Sony press conference on Monday night when Kobe Bryant took the stage to demonstrate how the PS3 version of the game will feature Move functionality. Kobe used the Move controller to pass the ball around from player to player, though exactly how he was doing so wasn't clear. (The Sports Gamer was literally in the nose bleed seats in the Los Angeles Coliseum, which is not a small venue, to say the least.)
The second peek was much more up close and personal. It was inside the 2K booth on the show floor, in a private room that was decorated to look like the greatest man cave on earth. (Jerseys hanging on the wall, including a Boston Bruins jersey; framed photos of great basketballers; 70-inch TV, etc.)
No one loves a good racing game like the Sports Gamer does. If you want to see a really well developed muscle, look at the index finger, a.k.a. The Gas Presser, on the Sport Gamer's right hand. That thing has logged thousands of hours in the full-on, pedal to the metal position. Honestly, it's a wonder it still even works...
Alive is the latest in the long running MX VS. ATV series. Recent games in the series have been forgettable at best. (Cough, cough, MX VS. ATV: Reflex, cough.) Can Alive (THQ, $39.99) get the series moving in the right direction again?
The latest installment in the Dirt series hits store shelves today. Is it worthy of your paper-route money? The Sports Gamer has the answer.
First things first: NBA 2K11 is a terrific video game. It's so terrific that everyone around the SI Kids offices plays it everyday. Yes, even the writers and editors and photographers who aren't the biggest NBA fans play the game. It's that good.
The makers of the game, 2K Sports, held a little experiment recently using their awesome b-ball sim to see who is going to take home the NBA Championship this season. The winners, according to the game, will be the Chicago Bulls. Exactly how will they pull this off? Here are a few facts for you.
Virtua Tennis 4 is the 4th installment in the long-running Virtua Tennis series. It’s also the first “real” tennis game designed for use with the Kinect Sensor. Virtua Tennis 4 totally blew my mind right off the bat when I went to the main screen…there were so many choices and I enjoyed every mode available!
Cars 2 is set to be one of the biggest movies of the summer, and the video game looks to be just as awesome! How do I know? Just watch the trailer below. You'll see new gameplay footage and get a quick introduction to the C.H.R.O.M.E. spy academy. Check it out!More »