I’ve been following the Microsoft E3 conference, and I have to say…I’m pretty underwhelmed. Just about anything worth getting excited for barely had any stage time, and a majority of the announcements were just sequels to well-established franchises. That’s all well and good, but where is the "WOW" factor that used to be so synonymous with E3?
And now there’s this "Natal" nonsense. What a load of rubbish.
Don’t get me wrong—the technology is certainly impressive. My issue is, and I’m sure there are others who will agree with me, that it does not seem like a platform for video games. What they showed was a couple of Wii-esque minigames just with the removal of the Wiimote. We’ve done these things before. Removing the controller actually seemed to limit exactly what the player could do. And how are you supposed to play an FPS or one of those stylish action games with these full motion body controls?
And Peter Molyneux’s Milo demo? Not a game. It’s nifty, sure, to see something that can recognize a person and respond accordingly. But it was damn creepy to consider that Milo is basically a more advanced digital pet. Plus, if you really want to sell me on something, you’re going to need someone who I trust more than Peter "Everything I Say Is Bullshit" Molyneux.
Maybe i’m just cynical and miss the simpler days of gaming. Maybe Microsoft will prove me wrong with Natal and some developer out there will turn out something that is completely mind blowing. I guess we won’t know until further down the road. For now though, I’m not impressed.