E3 Is Coming

With E3 looming around the corner, I can’t help but get slightly anxious.  So many questions need to be answered and E3 is the place to get the info.

Biggest stories

 Xbox 720

NOT THE ACTUAL XBOX 720

Will the new Xbox be unveiled at E3?  If it is announced what features will it have?  Will it be strictly online play?  (I doubt it ) Will there be any Demo’s available to play? Although Microsoft has made it clear that there will be no new console this year and will be focusing on support and games for the Xbox 360, they might surprise you because hey, it’s Microsoft.

Sony PS4

NOT THE ACTUAL CONSOLE

Tongues have been wagging for months regarding Sony’s new console.  Rumors have been flying left and right and every time a new rumor surfaces, Sony is quick to dismiss it.  Sony won’t be caught with their pants down again as was the case when Xbox 360 was released giving Microsoft one hell of a lead in the market.  Sony usually has a ten year life span regarding their consoles and the PS3 is no different.

My top 11 games that I hope are included at E3 are as follows

Assassins Creed 3

We’ve all seen the announcement trailer.  We’ve all seen the game play trailer.  Now we actually need to see someone demo the game.  Any new information regarding this game is an absolute welcome.

Hitman:  Absolution

There are mixed opinions on this game.  Truly hardcore fans of the series have been quick to dismiss it saying that I.O. has “dumbed” it down.  While the developers say that there will still be plenty of challenge to the game, it’s just been adapted for new comers and casual gamers.

Tomb Raider

It’s unfortunate for the delay, but hey, I don’t have that much money anyway.  Scheduled now for a 2013 release, Tomb Raider remains on my top 10 list of games to get.

Darksiders 2

I didn’t expect a delay on this one.  Delayed until August 2012, I am especially excited about being Death.  As with AC3 any information regarding this game is worth getting.

Developed by Obsidian, I’m holding thumbs that a trailer will be revealed for this one of a kind RPG.

Resident Evil 6

I’ve never been a huge fan of Resident Evil.  I played Nemesis way back on the PS1 and enjoyed it but since then never really played any other.  I must be the only gamer that actually enjoyed most of the films.  (I am expecting a few horrible comments now, just watch the language guys).  However this game in particular has got my attention.

DmC

The new rebooted Devil May Cry, fans were up in arms over the character change but I’m quiet curious to see how it plays out.  Maybe we’ll get to see how Dante got his white hair.  The game could be a prequel.  Don’t judge this too harshly.

The last of Us

A new IP from Naughty Dog, this survival game is shaping up to maybe being the next game of the year.

The Last Guardian

This poor game has been dragged through the mud these past few years, taking the biggest knock when Fumito Ueda (of ICO and Shadow of Colossus fame) left Sony.  Although all is not lost, Sony Santa Monica (God of War Dev) is assisting the studio.  Team ICO is a small company anyway so let’s all be patient, they’ve never released a crap game before.

The fist Crysis you were in a jungle.  Crysis 2, you were in New York City.  Crysis 3 is a hybrid bringing some greenery into New York City.  Over run with Ceph, Prophet returns to New York City to claim his territory back.

Grand Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto 5 has been completely out of the lime light since its announcement trailer last year.  I think it will either come out towards the end of the year or beginning 2013 but hopefully we’ll get to see some new game play, hell even some new art work would be appreciated.

What games would you like to see at E3?  Feel free to comment

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Max Payne 3

Who is that balding older fellow carrying around an arsenal, laying waist to all who stand in his way, increasing his reflexes that he might even put Nathan Drake to shame? Is it…..John McLean….maybe?  Far from it, in fact one might be so bold as to say “Hey that’s Max Payne!”  Only fatter and balder than before.

Following the events of Max Payne 2, Max leavesNew Yorkto go into hiding in some god forsaken place that looks a lot likeCuba.  Trying to forget his past he has become more than a painkiller addict…he now also enjoys the occasional drink and by occasional I mean a serious whiskey downer, how ever Max can never seem to find peace.  Just like the movie Man on Fire Max takes a job protecting some rich dudes wife and she ends up getting kidnapped, thus enter Max Payne 3.

All the things that made Max Payne so awesome like “bullet time” makes its appearance but they have tweaked the engine a bit “allowing more precise targeting” and fluid motion control.  In addition to matrix slow down time Max can while dive shooting (and then hits the ground) move a complete 360 and target all around him while he’s in this prone position.  Sounds good so far right?  The other cool thing is that every last bad guy that you kill in a section, time will slow down to show an awesome kill shot, following the bullet from your gun to said bad guys head.  All slow-mo kill shot bullets are rendered in real time as well and the collision detection is quiet impressive.  Apparently the A.I is supposed to be quiet smart as well but I can’t really comment on that yet.  Rockstar is also under the impression (OR AT LEAST IN MY OPINION) that they are the first studio to blend cinematic cut scenes straight into game play as to immerse the player into a world with out loading time.  I’m pretty sure that Naughty Dog, Inc already did that and I’m sure other studios followed suit.  While I do think that every studio should try to incorporate that I don’t however think its fair for Rockstar to make it sound like they are the first ones.  It’s unfairly funny.

While I am excited about the game I am slightly disappointed that the graphic noire cut scenes are no longer in it.  They do try to keep the element there I guess by panels and things but that noire feel of it just adds so much more.

All in all, it’s on my list of games to get.  I cannot wait to control a beer bellied, hairless version of a hard boiled detective.

D DATE:       END MAY-JUNE

 

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