[Friday Five] Questions That Need Answers At E3

In Feature, Friday Five by Paul Arroyo

It’s that time of year again. E3, the largest video game industry event begins next Monday and with it a slew of video game and hardware announcements. Being that Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles will be going head-to-head, E3 2013 is destined to go down in history as one of the most important in about seven to eight years since the last reveals of consoles. We here at Denkiphile have compiled a list of questions we think need answering during E3 as there couldn’t be a more perfect event for gamers’ burning questions to be answered.


What Sets Call of Duty: Ghosts Apart from Its Predecessors?

The Call of Duty franchise is undoubtedly one of the most popular first-person shooter video game series. Regardless of how the next iteration of Call of Duty games turns out, it’s bound to do well. However, since we’re in the midst of transitioning to a new generation of consoles, there’s plenty of room for innovation. Any gamer can appreciate a bit of change to their beloved franchise so long as it doesn’t detract from the entire formula completely. Making Call of Duty: Ghosts really stand out can be a great opportunity for developers to court new consumers who are barely getting into the hobby of playing video games by buying a next-generation console. Aside from a dog (which is awesome), absolutely amazing fish with a groundbreaking advanced AI that is sure to revolutionize the game industry, slide shooting, and peeking around corners, what new interesting things will Call of Duty: Ghosts bring to the table? As aforementioned, developers probably need nothing new to drive sales. But, consider the gamers who were interested in Call of Duty games before but didn’t quite jump on the bandwagon; now might be a good time to entice new customers while still maintaining the core fanbase.


Destiny: Shared World Shooter?

The behemoth that is Bungie, the creators of Halo, is almost ready to unleash their brand spanking new franchise upon the world. After the new title was discounted as an MMO, Chris Butcher, Bungie’s engineering lead, has said that Destiny is so far from an MMO that they’ve actually coined a new term for it: shared world shooter. Now you may be asking yourself, “What exactly does ‘shared world shooter’ mean?” Apparently, it means that Destiny will be a dynamic living, breathing universe. In order to properly achieve this, players will be required to have a constant internet connection even while playing single-player. Hopefully Bungie can convince everyone that having to have an internet connection for the game to function is positively worthwhile.


Why Should I Buy the Xbox One?

The vehement attitude from gamers regarding the reveal of the Xbox One has clearly been expressed. I’m not one to complain or take sides but the Xbox One is not appealing to me whatsoever.  Microsoft’s news conference, which took place on May 21st, disappointed many gamers (if not all of them) as it was heavily focused on television. The idea behind the Xbox One is that it will suit all your entertainment needs. Personally, I had no major complaints about the conference itself. Sure, they barely showed any games, but it was only one hour long as compared to Sony’s lengthier conference about the PS4, not to mention E3 was right around the corner. What actually ended up irking me was the talk about having restrictions on used games and always being connected to the internet. I’m not much of a used game buyer myself, but I do enjoy letting my friends borrow my games and vice versa. I’ve had many instances where my internet would disconnect for periods of time, so the idea of having to constantly be connected turned me off.  However, what was said at the time was not exactly set in stone. Then came the news post. Microsoft released detailed information recently about their online, used game, and Kinect policies. What could have served as a method to gain back the hope of Xbox fans instead confirmed suspicions about the Xbox One people were talking about. E3 is essentially Microsoft’s last chance to convince their fans (or at least me) that their console is worth buying.


Why Should I Buy the PlayStation 4?

The majority of gamers who tuned into the February 20th PS4 conference or read about it were pleased. From the PS4 being easier to develop for to the media sharing, Sony put on a rather impressive two-hour conference. We will finally be seeing what the PS4 looks like at E3, but that alone usually doesn’t warrant a purchase. If Sony sticks to everything they said they would do and don’t come out saying, “We need you to be online,” or “Used games are blocked, LOL!” everything should go smoothly. For those who are still unconvinced after learning about the PS4 and Xbox One conferences, Sony should be sure to have an impressive lineup of games and media plans. I’m sure it would be highly detrimental to Microsoft if Sony comes out saying you could also enjoy all your favorite media on the PS4.


What Does Nintendo Have Planned to Reinvigorate the Wii U?

Nintendo seems like they’re in a rather tight spot right now. Developers purportedly scoffed at Nintendo’s next-generation system — which many see as current-generation — as one that couldn’t even run Unreal Engine 4, which has been stated otherwise. The console’s sales numbers continue to dwindle while the Wii outsells it. There is reason, mind you, to not buy the Wii U. Unless you are a diehard Nintendo fan, the average gamer does not have much of an incentive to purchase the Wii U due to its lack of software. By no means am I saying that the Wii U itself doesn’t have potential, but you can’t enjoy a proper sandwich with just the bread.  Nintendo will also be abstaining from an official press conference at E3 and will instead be distributing information via their increasingly popular Nintendo Direct method. Whether it’s a smart move or not is still to be seen. I’m not so sure that revealing the next Zelda or Mario game will sufficiently get sales of the Wii U rolling again as those are highly expected already. Hopefully, Nintendo has something up their sleeves to wow their consumers and get back into the fray.

There is much to be excited about this year’s E3. Sony will be showing off the look of their console, Microsoft will finally present some games, and Nintendo will probably do something unexpected. Regardless of what goes down, we are nearing the beginning of a new generation of gaming. There’s no question about it.

Paul Arroyo[Friday Five] Questions That Need Answers At E3