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E3 2010 Impressions: Child of Eden

June 17, 2010

I think we can all agree that this year was a dismal and depressing E3. Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony all displayed a poor performance with lack of any real innovation in terms of exciting unique IPs or technology. It was the “battle of the waggle”, from shaking a glowing orb to waggling your ass, the big three were concentrating on the casual market once again. It was the publishers, Ubisoft, EA and Konami, who had anything slightly interesting to show, and even they were sparse.

It wasn’t the end of the world, Ubisoft’s Child of Eden (pictured above) really stole the show during their presentation. It finally justified my future purchase of Kinect, along with Your Shape. The spiritual sequel to Rez, Child of Eden is an exciting dive into Mizuguchi’s expressive and immersive world, combining music and gameplay. Check out a video of the gameplay over on GiantBomb.

It’s one of the few games that looks like I’d enjoy moving around and interacting with the camera, rather than fumbling around and waving my arms trying to ride water rafts or avoid obstacles. Kinect’s line-up is pretty pathetic but Child of Eden is a seriously exciting concept for motion gaming.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2010 2:02 pm

    Hey lauren, not sure about this one myself, couldnt get my head around the trailer, what ever it is it does look pretty, dont think its my cuppa tea though.

    • June 17, 2010 2:06 pm

      I really enjoyed Rez, so I think that was the selling point for me 🙂

  2. yangchu permalink
    June 17, 2010 2:07 pm

    I don’t know, I thought most of the Big Three (not Microsoft) got their message across pretty convincingly during the show.

    I do share your love for Child of Eden, though. I’m a massive Mizuguchi fanboy and love, love, love Lumines and Rez, so this was my “OMG, yes!” moment of the show. Also, although the game has Kinect support, it’s supposedly equally as playable with a standard controller. Kinda good, as now I won’t have to spend over £100 on a motion controller for the one game I want to play on it. 😀

    • June 17, 2010 2:11 pm

      Oooh! That is good to hear 🙂

      I’m still looking forward to waving my arms about with it though 😀

  3. June 18, 2010 9:21 am

    I thought Microsoft’s conference was a little lacking this year. Based on the games shown, I really doubt many gamers will pick up Kinect on release, which is a shame. Really looking forward to Child of Eden, though — if it turns out to be half as awesome/addictive as Lumines or Rez, I’m in! 😀

  4. June 18, 2010 2:02 pm

    Cannot wait for this – as long as it has controller support 🙂

  5. Shawn permalink
    June 18, 2010 8:52 pm

    I don’t agree with that at all. I think you’re painting with strokes that a bit too broad.

    If any one was dismal, Microsoft bears that label alone. Between no new core game announcements, leading with a trailer we’ve already seen for Black Ops, and Microsoft professing it’s undying misguided love for the Wii audience, it was pathetic. Showing Child of Eden here though might have single handedly salvaged this abortion of a press conference.

    Sony at least brought new, unannounced titles to the table like Twisted Metal and Criterion’s new NFS, even if they did it in their long winded, meandering manor. It wasn’t anything that will change the industry, but it was alright. It would be nice though if they wouldn’t spend valuable time announcing new advertising campaigns for the PSP, especially when they feature an obnoxious brat.

    And Nintendo brought a solid line up of unannounced titles like DKC:R, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and the entirety of the 3DS line-up, and people who’ve gotten their hands on seem to say it’s the real deal in terms of glasses free 3D. The only way you could hate that, is if you hate bright colors and fun.

    A lot of new IPs? Admittedly no. Which is a little sad. But the only fans who should be slitting their wrists are Microsoft’s.

    • June 18, 2010 8:58 pm

      I think Sony did alright, MS didn’t have anything really that special and Nintendo had a large and fun looking line-up.

      The thing with Nintendo though is that it is hardly anything original. Sure the games they have coming up are going to be great fun but sometimes I’d love to see something original from Nintendo 1st party wise. Miyamoto is hailed as the king of video games, but the man sure does regurgitate the same stuff over over.

      I’m not complaining about what they did have, I’m upset with anything that really surprised me. 3DS has been known about for a long time and a silly (admittedly fun) video of three blokes pissing about with Nintendo characters isn’t enough to satisfy my gaming needs.

  6. Phist permalink
    June 27, 2010 4:04 pm

    CAN’T WAIT!!! Seeing the chick from Genkirockets in the game was exciting. Also not banking on Kinect or motion control either.

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