Ahhh, E3 is back to its old form, and I’ll be there to partake in all the splitting headaches, packed crowds, sweaty geeks, late parties, and very late writing sessions. The hype is back as well, so I might as well do my part and share what has me amped up for the show as far as the games go.
Even with Ken Levine moving on to handle a different project, I’m still very excited to see how BioShock 2 is coming along, and the show floor will definitely offer a chance to get some hands on time with the game. Quite a bit about the title has been revealed already, but it’s the feel of the game that I’m most interesting in seeing for myself.
The Beatles: Rock Band
Yeah, I’m feeling a bit of the music rhythm burnout that’s going around, but the thought of applying the Rock Band conventions to one of the most iconic and influential bands of all time has my interest piqued. It might be kind of difficult to get a good grasp on the game in an expo setting, but I think that it should be enough to satisfy my curiosities.
Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
I know Sony will have bigger games on display at E3 this year, but in regards to pure fun, this is the title in Sony’s lineup that looks like the big winner. I’d give inFAMOUS the title, but it’s releasing so soon after E3 that I’d prefer to check out the stuff a bit farther away.
Modern Warfare 2
Yeah, it’s another FPS game, but when Infinity Ward puts one out, it’s typically an experience on par with what you get from the likes of Bungie or Valve. After CoD4, the FPS landscape has been forever changed (see how many games are using perks now?), and it’s time for IW to show that they’re still the current king of the genre.
Whatever Nintendo announces, I think that Pikmin 3 is still going to be the one game that I’ll fight the crowds to see on day one. By now the game should be in a playable state, but you never know if Nintendo just might decide to hold this one out until Tokyo Game Show.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
I’m not aware of any current plans by Ubisoft to have this on the show floor, but it’s been in development long enough that it should have some sort of presence at the show. The teaser trailer that came out was good and all, but it didn’t show anything in regards to gameplay. If this game is playable on the show floor, I’ll be a happy geek.
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
- Assassin’s Creed 2
- Halo 3: ODST
- Heavy Rain
- Final Fantasy XIII
- God of War III
- Alan Wake
- FIFA 10
There are a handful of other games, especially on the handheld front that I’ll be looking to check out if I get any free time as well. During the days of the show most of my time will be dedicated to covering things for Kombo, but I’ll try to drop a few posts here, especially in regards to the parties and events. Maybe I’ll even throw out a quick podcast or post some videos…or not. We’ll see.