So E3 came and went very quickly. I had planned to do a preview of it but I got lazy and just ran out of time…so here I am doing a recap of what I got out of E3 and what I am looking forward to the most. Here are the top 5 games that I am looking forward to in the near and distant future.
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1. Pikmin 3 (Nintendo; Wii U)
Now the game was not actually previewed at this year’s E3 but the big guys at Nintendo did in fact tell reporters that Pikmin 3 will be coming to Wii U. This was done during Nintendo’s round table on Day 2 and when I found out I literally jumped for joy. There are some things that I am looking forward to with the use of the Wii U’s controller. Specifically I want to see the touchscreen used to command the Pikmin or even control some. Another thing I am hoping for is an evolution system (no not like Pokemon) that allows the mindless plants turn into a sort of “hero.” This could also work its way into the controller and touchscreen. Also, with the Wii U’s hardware getting an upgrade to 1080p, better processor, and basically an Xbox 360 standards I want to see a co-op mode via online or split screen using the controller to aid in it. This would definitely be interesting and add a new element to the game. And speaking of new elements, a new race of Pikmin would be on a scale of epic proportions. The addition to the big purples and tiny whites in Pikmin 2 brought tears to my eyes because of the variety. Perhaps an orange one with laser beams? Only time will tell. Hopefully this game launches with the release of the Wii U in 2012 just like Pikmin did with the Gamecube. Overall, I just want this game whether it contains brand new elements or just simple Pikmin style gameplay…it’s an alien race and walking plants…what more can you ask for?
2. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim (Bethesda; PC, PS3, 360)
Role Playing Games. The next best thing to Real Time Strategy games in my opinion. My life will literally be enveloped in this game when it release on the date 11/11/11. If you have ever played an Elder Scrolls game (III or IV specifically) then you know that this game is already going to be epic…but with the addition of dragons? There isn’t a word to describe my excitement. With a new game engine the visuals are stunning. Every detail is…well detailed and Bethesda is even adding new elements to the game such as dual wielding weapons and combining spells. The system of leveling and one’s skills are very similar only tweaked a tad and quite frankly I am fine with it. It looks even better than before! What catches my eye with this game is the stunning visuals and the fact that the dragons aren’t set on appearing at certain times. They are completely random in when they appear (I’m sure some are part of the storyline though) and what they do in combat. Even the developers don’t know what one will do. The shouts and the skills gained from killing one are already mind boggling and call me a fanboy if you want because I don’t care. This game is definitely a contender already for Game of the Year. Screw Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3. Bethesda will knock their socks off and who can beat a game where the developers stopped counting how many hours of gameplay (they stopped at 300…) there is and the amount of area to explore (it’s too big to tell). I’m counting on you Skyrim!
3. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog; PS3)
Now if you’ve never played the Uncharted series then clearly you are missing out. The first Uncharted brought Nathan Drake to the video game scene and my god it was awesome. The second Uncharted enhanced the experience even more and added the depth to Drake and his com padres. In thethird installment we see Drake and his fellow comrades yet again treasure hunting and fighting off what seems to be a 450 year old woman (just kidding…but really…she’s old). Now the demo at E3 looked very promising and if you haven’t played Uncharted the combat system in my opinion is one of the best. The shooting mechanics are awesome and the hit box to the game is very similar to the Metal Gear Solid franchise. Both these games and their fighting systems (3rd person over the shoulder) are the best (in my opinion yet again) and are even better than the CoD franchise and even Battlefield. Naughty Dog will undoubtedly make the third installment a game to remember and will like its predecessors make a run for 2011′s Game of the Year.
4. Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time (Sanzaru Games; PS3)
This series brings back many memories. More specifically great ones. The last time I played this game was the my second run through the original after the third installment came out. Now prior to E3 we knew the existence of this game from the Sly Cooper Trilogy remake. The disc had a special trailer at the end and to be honest I had almost the same reaction as when Pikmin 3 was announced. This series is fun and easy but challenging enough (if that makes sense) and makes me enjoy video games as opposed to hours of frustration on CoD and other FPS multiplayer games. I cannot wait to see what Sanzaru Games brings back and the new additions to the Cooper gang.
5. Assassin’s Creed Revelations (Ubisoft Montreal; PS3, 360, PC)
Now this last game was a tough choice but I finally made my decision to pick AC Revelations. Now my fellow writer SIYM wrote a while back about Brotherhood, the second game to the Ezio trilogy, that the game was too challenging or something of that degree. I disagreed with him in that the game offered things that the previous ones didn’t and I liked that about the game. It kept it fresh and made me strive to become better at recognizing things to climb on and what path to take. Now what Revelations brings to the table is something I am pleased to say is building on that. Customization of weapons (bombs) is just one thing and the fact that Ubisoft Montreal is ending the career of Ezio and Altair is quite amazing. The final scenes within Brotherhood brought me to the edge of my seat wanting more from my Renaissance friend and thankfully I will be getting that. Revelations is a brand new game that takes place in Ezio’s later years (toward the end of his life). Also, Altair’s parts in this game will be seen through Ezio himself. I’m not entirely sure how Desmond Miles will take a part in this game and the overall story of the battle between the Assassins and the Templars but hopefully Ubisoft will close some open doors for us before they move on to the final game we will know as Assassin’s Creed 3. E3 showed us a stunning battle scene with ships in flames and I can only hope that the game will be as beautiful as its predecessors.
6. Extra Thoughts:
Now of course these are my top 5 but that doesn’t exclude so many other games such as the Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword and the upcoming Battlefield 3. Also the lineup for the 3DS finally makes me take mine out of the packaging (yes it’s still sitting in it). With the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time coming back this June and the addition of Mario Kart, StarFox, Kid Icarus Uprising, Super Mario 3DS and even a Smash Bros game! I mean come on? Who wouldn’t want to play those in 3D. Plus Metal Gear Solid Snake Eaterwith Hideo Kojima’s brilliance shining in 3D will surely bring justice to the 3DS’s slow start. Even Mass Effect 3 and The Old Republic have caught my eye (I’ll leave these games to SIYM and Judge).
And to the 360 fanboys out there…all I have to say is Kinect games and Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster. Please. The only good from Microsoft was 343 Games’s reboot of Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary and Halo4. Not to mention that rumors point to another Halo trilogy in the making and if it is true I just pray to the video game gods that the franchise won’t die from Bungie’s forced absence.
Other things such as the hardware of Nintendo and Sony were big hits specifcally being Wii U and the PS Vita. Nintendo’s new console will surely generate a huge mass of diehard fans coming back and even 3rd party publishers have started to line up including the Ubisoft and their Assassin’s Creed franchise. The PS Vita is actually the PSP2. Now it looks awesome and the graphics are even better but what will come to the platform? The PSP only had a select few of games to play and do I want to fork over another $250-300 for the system? I’m not sure yet but hopefully the lineup will become more promising in the future such as the 3DS’s.
There are just too many games to talk about and perhaps I’ll do a part 2 to this article but in the mean time I hope you guys enjoyed. Peace out.