The Top 20 Games Of E3 2010
E3 is right around the corner, and we’re all pretty excited about it here at NowGamer. While compiling this tantalising list of games we really want to see at the show, we almost forgot that the event is more like a 72-hour test of endurance than a video game expo. Hey, it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it right? So here, for your reading pleasure and in no particular order, are the top 25 games we want to see at E3.
Let’s start this list off with a bang shall we? Only announced recently, there’s a lot to look forward to in Guerilla’s follow-up. We’re keen to see the game running in 3D and how the jetpacks handle. Like many games on this list, it takes what is a commonly dark, gritty war setting and adds a much-needed splattering of colour. The new artic and jungle settings will show just what the developer is capable of. Looks like another sure-fire winner for PS3. Check out out in-depth Killzone 3 preview here.
Enslaved: Odyssey To The West
Ninja Theory’s Sword is a technical marvel. Granted, it was an incredibly short game, but it was a spectacle while it lasted. The developer’s follow-up Enslaved delivers an intriguing blend of platforming, fighting and teamwork that shouldn’t fit well together but, as if by magic, it really does. Also, the post apocalyptic setting, in which nature has reclaimed the earth, is a breath of fresh air. Have a gander at our in-depth Enslaved preview here.
Rock Band 3
Best. Music. Game. Ever. If recent news is to be believed, Rock Band 3 will come complete with keyboard/keytar support, blowing the tracklist possibilities wide open. From modern synth efforts Pendulum and Prodigy to 80’s throwback Rick Astley, there will be very few musical frontiers left for the series to conquer. We also want to see Rock Band Network in action and to find out how it will work with the forthcoming game. Xylophones for Rock Band 4?
Call of Duty: Black Ops
We’re quite honestly getting a bit tired of this series. The quality of the games aren’t the problem, it’s more that the yearly release schedule is taking its toll. We often feel like we’re living in some mad FPS-version of Groundhog Day. Still, if the new trailers for Black Ops are any measure, Treyarch looks set to be onto a winner. The reveal trailer almost alludes to an Assassin’s Creed storyline, so we’re keen to see what all of that is about. Perhaps the biggest draw is multiplayer, which always manages to evaporate a lot of our spare time year on year. We demand the return of a young Captain Price. Treyarch, if you’re reading…Speaking of reading, check out out Call of Duty: Black Ops Preview here.
Make no mistake, we think the game sounds superb, but we’re more interested in seeing how the Natal integration is shaping up. In series tradition, Fable III is all about interaction with other people and Natal-enabled gestures will play a big part in this. We grow tired of naysayers rubbishing the technology as little more than a Wii-imitation, because it’s the games that marry gesture control and controller support that will really show off the true power of Natal. Fable III will be the first to showcae this hybrid and we’re looking forward to what Peter Molyneux has to show us. Come on mate, wow us. Check out out massive Fable III preview here.
We danced a jig when we heard that Crytek’s latest wouldn’t be a PC-exclusive, because the news means we don’t have splash out on a top of the range PC rig to play the bastard. Although they don’t have the same graphical clout, we’re keen to see how the developer treats the game on both PS3 and Xbox 360. If there’s one developer that can put the technology of both consoles through their paces, it’s Crytek. We’re hoping to see more evidence of this at E3 and how the developer handles the destroyed New York setting. Check out our nanosuit-powered preview here.
Dubbed by Cliff Bleszinski as the ‘Burnout of shooters’, we’ve been following this little gem from developer People Can Fly for some time now. This is a true test of skill, awarding players for dispatching enemies with flair in the most inventive ways possible. We particularly like the special move that sees anti-hero Grayson kicking enemies into the air then shooting them with his ankle-mounted shotgun. Bayonetta eat your heart out. With Epic Games assisting in development we won’t accept that this will be anything but superb. You can read our bullet-riddled preview here.
Dead Space 2
If you finished the first game, you’re probably wondering how Isaac is able to return for Dead Space 2. The guy was clearly demon chow at the end of the first game, so we’re hoping he has a good excuse ready for us. What we’ve seen of Dead Space 2 already has us interested. Set in the ‘Sprawl’, a massive space station teeming with a host of bloodthirsty creatures, the game is said to be an improvement over every aspect of the original. That essentially means bigger weapons, meaner enemies and more intense scares. Call us gluttons for punishment, but we can’t wait to be scared stupid all over again. Check out our in-depth preview here.
We really hope this will be shown at the event. The first game is one of the few standout reasons to own a PS3, as well as one of the best exclusives on the console. Developer Sucker Punch created a great new superhero in Cole MacGrath and we really enjoyed the moral choices given to the player. Plus, sandbox games are ten-a-penny these days, so it was refreshing to see the game’s Empire City serve as a great playground for Cole to run riot in. The open ending left us wanting more from the series and we’re confident that Sucker Punch will deliver a fitting follow-up.
Fallout: New Vegas
Fallout 3 was one of those rare, soul-searching experiences that each player enjoyed in different ways. New Vegas looks to broaden the experience by throwing the player into a region almost untouched by the effects of the nuclear war. But beyond the Las Vegas strip lie the familiar barren wastes fans of the series will be will be accustomed to. We’re keen to see how these two very different worlds contrast and how the vehicle integration is shaping up. We’re not sure that the game will do enough to be different than Fallout 3, but in this instance that’s no bad thing. Check out out post apocalyptic preview here.
It was revealed not that long ago and already we’re hungry for more LittleBigPlanet 2. It’s clear from the official reveal trailer that the game will let players create bigger and better levels across multiple game types, but we really can’t wait to put the creation kit through its paces. The first game was a true revelation that added a much-needed jolt of creativity to gaming, but most importantly, it put it into the hands of everyday gamers. Now the creative fundamentals have been laid down in the first game, we’re keen to see how Media Molecule has expanded its wonderful toybox of tricks. Prep your creative muscle by reading our massive LittleBigPlanet 2 preview.
Hold on a second…Brink is a post apocalyptic shooter in colour and, wait a moment…aliens aren’t anywhere to be seen? When developer Splash Damage first announced the game we couldn’t believe what we were hearing either. This is exactly why we can’t wait to see more of it at E3. It bucks the dark and gritty stereotype that seems to plague too many shooters these days and delivers a stylised take on multiplayer combat. Have a peek at our Brink preview here.
Gears of War 3
Yeah we know, this is pretty obvious right? While we already know quite a lot about the trilogy-closing Gears of War 3, we’re really hoping we get fresh details about the game’s online modes at E3. With Horde, Epic Games proved that it is capable of coming up with really inventive multiplayer modes, so inventive in fact, that everyone else ended up copying it. Now the torch has been passed back to the studio for this third instalment and we literally can’t wait to see what new tricks it has in store. Oh and Epic…more Cole Train please, thank you. You can find our Geard of War 3 preview here.
Final Fantasy XIV
When this little beauty was revealed at E3 2009, no one had any idea the game was even in development. It was a total shock considering Final Fantasy XI, the last MMO effort from Square-Enix, was a pretty disappointing effort from the developer. But now the studio has had a few years to learn from the mistakes of its first attempt, we can’t wait to see how it has refined the Final Fantasy MMO format and improved on the design in this version. We’re also keen to see how the developer plans to integrate the game for console play.
Marvel Vs Capcom 3
These games are great. There really is no more to be said about the Marvel Vs Capcom series. We’re not even that bothered about seeing how the game handles because we’re confident Capcom will provide the goods once more. What we really want to see is if the developer will reveal new characters at E3. We recently revealed our wishlist of possible Marvel Vs Capcom 3 characters, so we’ll be deeply upset if even one of these guys doesn’t make the cut. We’re serious Capcom…Phoenix Wright…make it happen! Check out out Marvel Vs Capcom 3 character wishlist here.
The Last Guardian
OK, we’re going to take a shot in the dark here. Either the young boy or his griffin is going to die before the end of the Last Guardian. If we know Team ICO, there’s definitely going to be some kind of heart-wrenching twist at the end of this game that turns the entire experience on its head. Anyone who has finished Ico or Shadow of the Colossus will likely agree. Either way, the paltry screens and video clips we’ve seen of the game so far look truly stunning and we‘re looking forward to seeing how the boy and his feathered friend have to work together to overcome puzzles. Get your hankies at the ready, this is going to be emotional. Clear the lump from your throat and check out our Last Guardian preview.
Chances are you won’t have heard of this one, but in a few months you most certainly will. If you cast your mind back to when Jonathan Blow’s Xbox Live Arcade smash Braid first hit the scene, you’ll recall that the buzz surrounding the game was inescapable. Limbo from indie developer Playdead looks set to be 2010’s ‘Braid’, delivering an artistic platform experience, full of physics-based puzzles, an ethereal setting and surprisingly, a lot of violence. It’s an oddity that we just can’t help be fascinated by. We’re hungry to learn more about the game and E3 will allow us to do just that. Check out the first reveal trailer here and prepare to be amazed.
Batman Arkham Asylum 2
Only a teaser trailer has been revealed so far, but if you looked closely at the video, you would have seen many nods to villains from the Batman canon. It was almost a cruel tease for fans of the Dark Knight and we really hope we get some form of clarification at E3. We can’t wait to see what bad guys are going to rear their ugly heads in Arkham Asylum 2 and we’re also keen to see if the game will use an open-world format or not. After all, it is apparently set in Gotham City, which would serve as a perfect playground for Batman’s special blend of vigilante justice. But please Rocksteady, don’t give us GTA: Gotham City, that would just be rubbish.
The Platinum Games brand has fast become an infallible mark of quality. After the uncompromising difficulty and finesse of Bayonetta comes the rather weighty cover shooter Vanquish. Sure, it looks like a Gears of War clone, but it’s obvious the developer knows better than to copy what has gone before. Graphically stunning, rammed to the gunnels with brutal firepower and featuring some rather massive enemies, we have every faith that Platinum has another critically-acclaimed winner on its hands. We simply can’t wait to play this at E3. Check out our in-depth preview here.
Metal Gear Solid Rising
You know that old saying ‘Less is more’ right? Well it most definitely applies to the mere dribble of Metal Gear Solid Rising information already out there. All we know so far is that floppy-haired ninja Raiden will be the star of the show and that it won’t be developed by Hideo Kojima which, in our opinion, is most definitely a good thing. We’re in no way putting the man down, but it will be very interesting to see how a new team handles the Metal Gear source material. Plus we’ve wanted to control robo-Raiden ever since we first saw him breakdancing in Metal Gear Solid 4. In short, this could be the most badass game in the series to date.