E3 2010: The Travis Awards

Published by Travis Granger on June 23, 2010

This was my first trip into the world of E3, and I would have to say it was a success of massive proportions. This trip was quite the adventure, with a bunch of surprising announcements (from Nintendo), and a bunch of shitty announcements (from Konami). While there were plenty of fun demos and amazing videos, E3 was certainly plagued with some VERY underwhelming (amount of booth babes) games and game footage.

So let's start with our...

Biggest Dissapointments

Along with the lack of FF7 HD, FFXIII Versus, The Last Guardian, a presentable Konami conference, and the blatant lie each major development company told about their products, it is pretty hard to choose between them all for my greatest dissapointment.

But watch me do it anyway.

Medal of Honor, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam, Call of Duty: Black ops.

All three, at once.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare set a precedent in FPS gaming. It was impossible not to fall in love with CoD at the time, for it was too impressive of a game to pass up. Now it seems that we will forever be plagued by recreating the same formula over and over again. I love FPS games, and I do enjoy all three of the franchises listed above, but we are going to start seeing the EXACT same game recreated over and over. Starting this year, DICE and Activision are going to begin bleeding their franchises dry in attempts to become number one in the online FPS gaming genre. How disappointing...

Game of the Show (NON PLAYABLE): Rock Band 3 Display

Capable of playing with your own midi drum set, guitar, bass or keyboard. Chord recognition along with 2000 songs available to learn with a real instrument. This award doesn't need much explaining for Rock Band 3 is going to revive and reinvent music in children, teens and adults everywhere. When a video game is capable of not only providing entertainment but also providing musical lessons... it's a win-win for everyone. Best of all, this completely puts Activision to shame.

Game of the Show (PLAYABLE): Sonic Colors

To be honest, I could very easily make this the biggest surprise of show as well.

OK everyone, stick with me on this...

Sonic with little to no story.

Sonic with writing from the people who brought you MadWorld and Happy Tree Friends.

Sonic with NOTHING but fast paced levels. Did you hear me?

This is a 3D Sonic game that is NOTHING but fast paced levels. A game with zones, replayable levels, no casinos and NO extra characters. You are Sonic, you get to the end of the level, you save some little animal like things.

I rest my case.

Biggest Surprise: Nintendo

With games such as Goldeneye, Donkey Kong Country, Kirby, Zelda, and Kid Icarus being announced along with the 3DS, it was fairly easy to say, without a doubt, that Nintendo took the show this year. So many games that have been loved for years being reimagined, or recreated, all announced at once. Nintendo knew what they were doing this year, and while Sony and Microsoft would love to be able to pretend they had a great show, Nintendo didn't give us one montage or commercial. All Nintendo gave us was PURE video gaming bliss. Nintendo, the company that started this horrible trend, is going back to its roots with multiple games which will no doubt induce multiple orgasms nation wide. Thank you Nintendo, for staying true. I should have never doubted you.


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    9 years, 11 months ago

    For the record, you can only play Rock Band 3 songs and the DLC they add after Rock Band 3 comes out on pro mode. You can't play the old DLC on pro mode. Regardless, I'm still super excited for Rock Band 3 also.

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    9 years, 11 months ago

    The picture up above pretty much sums up everything I love about Travis.

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    Tommy Testosterone
    9 years, 11 months ago

    OMGWTFBBQ pic.

    Fuckin' gold.

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    9 years, 11 months ago

    I myself am quite looking forward to the BC2 DLC, but oh well its your opinion.

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    9 years, 11 months ago

    Rock Band 3 IS going to blow everyone away...Cant wait to play guitar and sing harmonies with my buds!

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    9 years, 11 months ago

    Only Travis can make such a face while posing with models, and we love you for it.

    Your choice for biggest dsapointment is pretty much spot on IMO. I really wish one of those companies would have had the balls to come out and say "Its the same stuff you've seen before with possibly more brown and gray added in for realism." Maybe if they did that we would have seen something from The Last Guardian or Versus XIII. How can two of the biggest game announcements of the last few years not get any mention at all at a conference as big as this? It pains my heart that there was nothing, but its perfectly acceptable to run around on stage with plastic guns. I wonder how long it will take Ubisoft to get sued when someone goes for a melee attack with that toy?

    I hope you're right about Rock Band 3, I really do. My main complaint with games such as that has always been that at the end of the day, no matter how good you are, you're still pretty much a douche with a plastic guitar
    and most likely no musical talent at all. Rock Band 3 really looks like it can change that. I hope it does. For the sake of music everywhere, we do not need another Ke$ha running around.

    "...Sonic with writing from the people who brought you MadWorld and Happy Tree Friends.

    Sonic with NOTHING but fast paced levels. Did you hear me?"

    Holy balls! I try to not get excited for games I've seen nothing from, especially if those games are 3d Sonic games, but that might be enough to change my mind. I'm glad to see that my "Sega has been trying to kill Sonic on purpose" theory is quite possibly wrong. Now if they would explain why its called Sonic Colors.

    Great post Travis. You guy's E3 coverage this year was impeccable. Hopefully 4pp will gain some headway and respect in the sea of gaming press, even if that means we will loose the sneaking in stories you guys have.

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    9 years, 11 months ago

    Those are the girls who were posing with the Sonic mascot on the Gamespot feed, amirite?

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    9 years, 11 months ago

    "FFXII Versus"
    In the biggest dispointments you put that. Farewell I have other errors to correct!

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    9 years, 11 months ago

    Great list, first time I have been interested in a Rockband game myself. Also I love the picture alot!

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    9 years, 11 months ago

    I like the dude in the background who is like 'wat? he gonna rape that girl??!"

    Yay for nintendo, shame for no announcements or video for Last Guardian. . . sounds like most people are feeling the same way, too. Still excited for the coming year. . .though I think I was more excited for last year's E3. There weren't as many moving parts. . .

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    9 years, 11 months ago

    "FFXIV Versus"
    Poor Travis, you just can't get a break, can you?