Next week Wootini and I will be flying off to LA for E3. To prepare we've mostly been playing lots of L.A. Noire to learn the lay of the land, but we've also been plotting and scheming which games we're most excited to play and learn more about at the show. We thought you might like to know what we're anticipating to be some of the big games of the show, so we made this nice list for all to enjoy.
The competition is tough this year, with tons of great games already announced and more likely to be announced at the show that we don't even know about yet, so don't think that these are the only games we're excited for. Be sure to let us know in the comments your own most anticipated games of E3. After all, we want to cover the games you care about.
So without further delay, here are our most anticipated games of E3 2011.
Wootini's Top 5:
5. Batman: Arkham City: Personally, I thought Arkham Asylum was probably the best super hero videogame ever, so I have high hopes for the sequel, as most of you do, too. My concern is that they're going to try and fix what's not broken, and ruin the whole thing. So I can't wait to see if they can make Arkham City bigger and better than its predecessor while not screwing it up!
4. Silent Hill: Downpour: I was disappointed by Homecoming, but Shattered Memories restored my faith in the Silent Hill series. But since Downpour seems to be taking a step back towards the more traditional action gameplay of Homecoming, I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt because it looks a lot like Alan Wake, which I quite enjoyed. But it was my hands-on time with Shattered Memories at last year's E3 that sold me on it (especially when it could scare me even on the busy show floor), so we'll see if they can do it again.
3. The Sony NGP/VIta/Whatever: Ridiculous names aside, Sony's new handheld looks to be the most powerful portable gaming device ever created. But will people burned by the PSP be willing to give them another shot? It'll be interesting to see what they've got up their sleeves to convince gamers that the NGP is the one to play.
2. New Kinect Games: Specifically the Star Wars Kinect game, which is probably going to be their main focus, I'd expect. I haven't heard much about other Kinect games in development, but if Microsoft keeps wanting to tout their Kinect sales, it would be nice if they offered those of us who own one some good games to play. Because right now, as awesome as Twisted Pixel's Gunstringer looks, I'm gonna need more!
1. Nintendo's New Console: Whatever they're calling it (obviously/hopefully not Project Cafe), I can't wait to see what they've got planned for the Wii successor. Rumors have been flying fast and furious, but I'm going to wait until their Tuesday morning press conference to find out the truth. Nintendo walked away with last year's E3 easily by impressing with the 3DS... can they do it again?
NaviFairy's Top 5:
5. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Really, this spot is shared by Bioshock Infinite and the NGP. I'm quite excited for all three, but I also feel like I pretty much know what to expect from them. In the end, Skyrim inches into my top 5 because I spent close to 300 hours playing Oblivion. Though there are still some unknowns regarding Skyrim. I'm especially curious as to how the dragon battles will play out, as well as dragon shouts and magic, perks, new AI, and well, everything.
4. X-Men Destiny. Sure, I'm a fan of the X-Men, but what has me really excited about X-Men Destiny is its developer. How can I say no to an X-Men game from the studio that made Eternal Darkness and the original Blood Omen? Yeah, Silicon Knights also made Too Human, but I actually liked that game so I don't see that as a negative. One thing is for sure, Silicon Knights knows how to tell a story, and I'm excited to see their take on the X-Men universe.
3. Kinect Compatible Games. I'm still not sold on Kinect as a replacement for a controller, but I am very intrigued by the number of games that are going to use Kinect in more subtle ways. The one we know the most about is Forza 4, which uses Kinect head tracking to control the camera while in the first-person driver's seat view, but other games like Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and even Mass Effect 3 have been revealed to use Kinect in some way. Could we be commanding our Mass Effect 3 squadmates through voice commands or use our own body language during conversations? It's these subtle uses of Kinect that most interest me, and I can't wait to play at E3.
2. Dragon's Dogma. Though it seems to be getting overshadowed by other announcements, I am beyond excited to try out Dragon's Dogma. From what I've been hearing, the game plays like Demon's Souls with a sprinkling of Shadow of the Colossus' climbing/gripping mechanics and some squad management for good measure. It sounds great on paper, but I'm very eager to find out how it all meshes together in an actual game.
1. Nintendo's new console. With so many rumors about the system, Nintendo's mystery box is by far the thing I am most excited to see at E3. Touch screen controllers? Cameras? Cloud gaming? Blu-ray? Nintendo with an online strategy that isn't utterly embarrassing? Vitality sensor built-in(that last rumor's my fault)? I don't see any way that all of the rumors can be true, so I am most excited to finally get some concrete answers. Will I still be as excited about the console after I see and play it? I have no idea, but finding out is my most anticipated event of E3.
So there you have it, our most anticipated for E3 2011. Let us know your own picks in the comments. We'll have plenty more to say about E3 and all of the news that's happening next week when the whole shebang begins with Monday's press conferences for Microsoft, EA, Ubisofts, and Sony.