|06-11-2012, 09:18 AM||#1|
Wipe Away The Debt
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Mega-City 01
Your top 10 most anticipated games after E3 2012
Another E3 come and gone, along with it a slew of new game videos, announcements and info. Every year is shakes up my "most anticipated games" list, and I'd like to A. show how it has this year and B.see how it's affected yours. So let's get on with this shin-dig.
Oh and I did 10 then realised I'd forgotten two of my most anticipated games, so you get 12. 12!
12. Soul Sacrifice - Keiji Inafune's newest looks completely bonkers, mixing the wonderful dark art style of the Demon's Souls series (though entirely unrelated) with wacky and intriguing gameplay mechanics like ripping out your spine to use as a sword. I think without the restraints of Capcom the man is on his way to making Vita's first true must-have.
11. LittleBigPlanet Vita - It's no coincidence that LBP2 is among the free games in the updated PS Plus library. Just a brief play session a few days ago has me completely reinvigorated with this franchise and raring to go at it with the accessibility the touchscreen provides. It looks to truly be the most fully-featured game in the series yet and could just be what both the franchise and it's handheld need to get people excited again.
10. Assassin's Creed III - Historically I haven't got on with Assassin's Creed games. I skipped the first, despised the second and only recently gave it another chance with Revelations, which was okay. One of my main problems has always been how much I disliked the protagonist and settings of the ACII trilogy, which I'm sure makes me sound crazy. But everything here just seems to click - one of the most interesting settings in recent gaming, a slew of interesting new mechanics and twists and a hero that at least seems likeably generic if nothing else. Here's hoping this one grabs me.
9. Tomb Raider - Admittedly this has fallen a few places after trailers showing Uncharted-like setpieces. I was hoping for a more strictly-hardcore survival adventure, but what's here is still very intriguing, especially if it maintains an open-world element. Let's hope Lara doesn't disappoint... again.
8. Beyond: Two Souls - Again, I'm not a Heavy Rain (or Indigo Prophecy) fan. What seems like a simple story is wondrously transformed into a complete mess thanks to inexplicable plot holes and the game's narrative outright lying to you all the way up until the big reveal. I'm hoping, though, that Beyond learns from these mistakes and finally delivers Quantic Dream's masterpiece. It gets on the list alone for being unlike anything else.
7. Casltevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate - Stupid name aside, more 2D Castlevania, tying in very closely to the series which has seen a fantastic reboot this generation. It would seem like this is an essential chapter in very much one of my favorite IP of the last few years and looks like a blast to play.
6. The Unfinished Swan - This and Papa & Yo are headlining PSN's post-Journey efforts. Unfinished Swan looks like a truly innovative and engulfing experience. It presents a unique challenge that sets every player apart. Can't wait to see how it pans out.
5. Halo 4 - This didn't blow me away at Microsoft's presser, instead settling for a rather undemanding gameplay demo. Nevertheless some of the story hints and new weapons have me very excited to step back into my favorite FPS series out there. It's almost certainly my most anticipated game of the remaining year.
4. Dead Space 3 - A rather muted showing can't stop this from being in the top half of my list. I absolutely adore both Dead Space 1, 2 and Extraction and can't wait to continue Isaac's story. The franchise has come under a lot of flak before and I have full confidence that it will defy those claims once more.
3. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Despite the internet crucifying me for stating my opinion, I'm still very much looking forward to MGR. The cut mechanic looks brilliant and is still very much present after the original version's canning. I'm excited to see how a more dynamic studio like Platinum interprets the story of Raiden and what exciting gameplay that can cook up.
2. Casltevania: Lords of Shadow 2 - The stunning CG trailer is one of my most-watched E3 videos. It presents a fascinating twist on series law and with the promise of following on from the last game's amazing ending show prove to be one of the better stories of the generation. The first was my Game of the Year for 2010, and I wouldn't be surprised if the next does the game for 2013.
1. The Last of Us - Well, the Dogs won me over. Uncharted is my second favorite franchise this generation, but I was worried that The Last of Us would be little more than Drake with a beard - a heavily-scripted, set-piece driven adventure that failed to truly capitalize on all of the potential the gameplay had. Not so. A true health bar, limited ammo, an inventory system and seemingly the most impressive contextual fights we'll have ever seen means this has a LOT going for it. I can't stop watching the amazing demo that had me wide-eyed and jaw-dropped at 3am last Monday. A proper release date can't come soon enough.
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