Jun 07 2012
The big announcements of E3 have now past, and while I think that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo did a pretty shit job during their keynotes, the fact remains that despite that, some truly amazing games premiered this week that everyone should check out
I’ve compiled a list of the games I was most impressed by during the show, and tried to include the video that made my jaw drop. New IPs surprisingly led the charge in terms of quality, but even a few sequels looked pretty damn good as well. Check out the collection below, and add your own if I missed any.
This game stole the show in a way unlike perhaps any other, with fans now calling it “Deus Theft Auto” for its combination of cyberpunk hacking and GTA open world cityscapes.
This video is long, but I promise it’s worthwhile. I wasn’t sure why everyone was so mad about it in the first few minutes, but it becomes apparent soon enough. It’s gorgeous, but more importantly original, which is a rarity in the industry these days.
The Last of Us
I couldn’t even wait to show you guys this game, and I posted the above video a few days ago right after it aired. Simply put, The Last of Us is the post-apocalyptic title we’ve always wanted. Or so it would seem.
The Uncharted team has crafted something more beautiful than ever, and if combat truly is this dynamic throughout the game, with situational dialog and character and enemy responses, we’ll truly never have seen anything like it.
I’ve been jaded with Halo since Reach really rubbed me the wrong way, but watching this footage from E3, it’s hard not to get a little bit excited for the series again.
Though it’s all going to come down to how the game “feels” when you play, it all seems to be so far, so good, with fantastic new graphics, cool new weapons and NO MORE GODDAMN HEALTH BARS. Thank you…
Star Wars 1313
Out of everything listed here, this is perhaps the most surprising title out there. We’ve all been clamoring for an M-rated Star Wars game for years, but now, we finally have one? Seriously? Pinch me, I’m dreaming.
But no, and not only that, it looks pretty damn good as well. Obviously drawing influence from Uncharted as well, the game features dynamic combat and ever-changing environments. And those graphics…This has to be for the next generation, right
Assassin’s Creed 3
Yes, we’ve seen AC3 footage before E3, but damn, this game does look cool. We got to see a section of the game that we weren’t aware of before, as Connor takes the wheel of a ship engaging in naval combat.
It seems a touch scripted to me, but that doesn’t make it any less cool. Who knew that AC3 would end up being a badass pirate simulator as well?
Heavy Rain is one of my favorite games of all time (if you can call it a “game” really), and I was thrilled to see the studio come out with their next project: Beyond.
Simply put, video game humans have never looked this good. The facial animations here surpass even LA Noire, and star Ellen Page gives a performance that we can see 100% of through the animation with every twitch of her eye or quiver of her lip. It all looks just so incredible.
The makers of Skyrim giving us a game that feels like Bioshock and looks like Half-Life? Too good to be true. Dishonored wasn’t a huge focal point of E3 as it had premiered beforehand, but damn, does it look rather cool.
And they actually did pick up the lead designer from Half-Life to design the world, which is readily apparent as you watch the footage. Graphics may not be quite what the above games have to offer, but the gameplay looks like an absolute blast.
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