And just like that it was over….
E3 2011 was just as much fun as I thought it would be. Systems revealed and named, one of the strongest game lineups ever and booth babes galore! Now comes the hard part…..the waiting. Especially for the amazing games that we already know are coming out in 2012 like Mass Effect 3 and Kingdoms of Amalur.
So while we wait I thought I would give you my list of the games and news that stole the show in my humble opinion. Let’s begin shall we?
Best Of Show- Skyrim (PS3, 360)
When Bethesda reported that they stopped clocking the game at 300 hours I almost wet myself. It looks like they have kept everything we loved about Oblivion and improved everything we did not and gone balls to the wall with a game of such an epic size I don’t know how to even wrap my head around 100% completing it.
Best Press Conference- Sony
I would have thought Nintendo would be primed to steal the show but Sony took the reigns and never looked back. They brought the exclusives (Uncharted, Resistance, Sly Cooper, Twisted Metal), sold me on the PSVita with a competitive price to the 3DS and appeared genuinely humbled by the infamous PSN outage. Well played Sony.
Best Surprise- Sly Cooper 4 (PS3)
We all knew it would happen. Eventually Sly would be making his way to the PS3 and here it is!!
Worst Surprise- Nintendo Kicking Me In The Nuts With The Wii U
Maybe I expected too much. Maybe like many video game fans had hoped this would be the hardcore Nintendo system we’ve been waiting on. Dreams of cool names ran through my head. Would it be the Stream or something sweeter like when the Wii was known as Revolution. Then the announcement came, the Wii U. What? What the hell is that? Is Nintendo opening a college I had no idea about? Now don’t get me wrong since the announcement I have become intrigued by the controller and possible (I stress possible) uses for it. The system looks powerful enough but tech demos are not a game. Who knows? I may end up buying a Wii U in the end but the pain of the full frontal crotch kick from the press conference still stings.
Best PS3 Game- Uncharted 3
Can Naughty Dog do no wrong? This game is one of the prettiest games and were still five months from release. Just like Uncharted 2 was leaps and bounds above the first, I expect this to eclipse the second in the same way.
Best 360 Game- Gears of War 3
It all comes down to this. On September 20 we will find out the fate of Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad with Epic’s……well epic trilogy. Not only that but add in the fact that multiplayer will have it’s own dedicated servers and the new and improved Horde Mode looks nothing short of amazing and you can see that Epic is throwing everything they can at us.
Best Wii Game- Zelda: Skyward Sword
What else would it be? Dance Dance Revolution 2? The Wii had a crap year so of course this would be the game. Looks a bit brighter than Twilight Princess and it uses the Wii Motion Plus well from the look of it.
Most Anticipated- Mass Effect 3
One of the best thing to come out of E3 was we finally got a release date for Mass Effect 3. And while March 6, 2012 may be a bit longer than I thought it will be well worth the wait. I have not looked forward to seeing how a video game story comes to a close more than with Mass Effect. I’ve spent four years developing a character and relationships through two games and can not wait to see how all of it plays out in the end.
Best Trailer- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Best Demo For Something That Doesn’t Exist Yet- Zelda HD (Wii U)
I know, I know I gave my two cents earlier about the Wii U but I also said that the more I see the more I sort of, kind of like it. It just wasn’t what I was expecting. But this Zelda HD demo was a good early glimpse of what could be in our Nintendo futures.
There was so much to take in this week that I am still trying to process it. So many good games to look forward to that it makes my wallet cringe. Another amazing show. What was your highlight of this years E3? Let me know!
Next……Comic Con 2011!!!