Aaron's E3 Travelogue Feature - The Next Level

Aaron's E3 Travelogue

Taking a stroll through the halls of E3 to explore the best and worst the show had to offer.

Article by Aaron Drewniak (Email)
May 25th 2005, 07:34PM

Kingdom Hearts 2 (PS2)

I didn't care for the first to be honest, but they've given the combat engine a complete overhaul. While it remains simple for younger players to easily pick up, it's surprisingly fluid, allowing you to combo in mid-air and mix it up with spell attacks. The graphics are appropriately cartoonish and colorful, making the whole package a delightful experience for all ages.

Auto Assault (PC)

A MMORPG for Kit fans, since you spend the entire game welded behind the seat of your armored death machine. The sensation of speed and the ability to destroy the environments was pretty incredible for a MMORPG, though the targeting and other elements of gameplay are still in need of tweaking. It also remains to be seen how well the servers will handle multiple high speed collisions from players all over the world. It's a neat idea though, so hopefully it'll get the additional refinement it needs.

Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)

I admit I'm not the biggest fan of ICO, but I find it hard to believe anyone could be a fan of this game in its current state. For one thing, don't let the released screens and movies fool you. This game is ugly, with more fog than a 50s horror movie. Yet despite that the framerate stutters around 20FPS. And the actual gameplay? Slow, plodding, boring. Certainly not worth the long lines I had to endure just to get my hands on it.

Killer 7 (GC, PS2)

I've always wanted to assume the role of a hero who can only walk in a straight line, shoot awkwardly in first person, and have a ghostly gimp sidekick. Now that I've done it, I'm wondering why this game received any press at all. Aside from it's quirky style, which remains interesting for all of five minutes, the game is completely forgettable, and not even worth a rental. I knew there was something wrong with Killer 7 when I found myself glancing over at Crash Team Racing sitting next to it and kept wanting to give that a try instead.

Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams (PS2)

An Onimusha that finally abandons the lame tank controls for DMC style movement with incredible graphics for the PS2, and amazing special attacks that get your blood pumping? Yeah, if you can't tell I liked this game a lot, and I wasn't a fan of the previous incarnations that felt unforgivably awkward. The only negative thing I can say about Dawn of Dreams is the camera was troublesome at times, but the fighting was so intense, with such weight to each impact, that such things can be easily overlooked.

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