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The Best of E3

E3 2010 has come and gone. The show dazzled, with big players Sony and Microsoft demonstrating new motion-sensing games and accessories. Nintendo displayed new games in established franchises and allowed attendees a chance to get hands-on with the forthcoming Nintendo 3DS. With all these new devices, it's hard to know what the best things were at E3. Here are my picks for the best of the show.

Nintendo 3DS

This was the best item at the show, in my opinion. News had been leaked previously that Nintendo was going to debut a 3D handheld at E3, and this was the first opportunity for people to get their hands on it. Amazingly, the 3D effects are achieved without the use of bulky glasses. One merely needs to look at the screen straight on. There were no playable demos, but there were videos of upcoming games such as a new Metal Gear, Mario Kart, Resident Evil, Kingdom Hearts, and even Kid Icarus. There was a 3D Disney movie as well, leading me to believe that the system will also be used as a 3D movie player. The 3DS even includes two camera lenses on the outside for taking 3D pictures. All in all, it was a great device, and I cannot wait to see it in stores.

Playstation 3 in 3D

Three-dimensional gaming is something that gamers have been wanting for years. Fully 3D games in high-definition are finally here. Sony demonstrated the Playstation 3 running 3D games on 3D televisions. The games, which included Wipeout HD and Super Stardust HD looked great, with bright colors and eye-popping 3D. The only catch is that it is necessary to buy a new television that is 3D-capable.

Splatterhouse

Splatterhouse, by Namco Bandai, is by far the bloodiest video game I have ever seen. The main character is Rick, a hulking brute of a man wearing a mask. The playable demo featured a level taking part inside a slaughterhouse, where Rick must drain the blood from enemies in order to solve puzzles. The game will feature an experience and progression system in which Rick learns more powerful attacks. It remains to be seen whether Splatterhouse will do well, or drown in its own buckets of blood.

Disclosure: Aaron works as a quality assurance tester for Activision Blizzard, which was one of the participants in the show.

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