10. Injustice: Gods Among Us
The developers at Netherrealms seem to have worked their magic yet again. Coming off of the hugely successful “Mortal Kombat,” the team is taking on the world of DC Comics. “Injustice: Gods Among Us” doesn’t look like a sequel, or another cookie-cutter fighter. This game looks like the next evolutionary step in the genre. You’ve never seen DC heroes and villains pound each other into submission like this. It looks to have the signature Netherrealm style, detail, and brutality. Next year can’t come soon enough.
9. Assassin’s Creed III
The next chapter of “Assassin’s Creed” was a surefire E3 favorite before E3 even arrived. It’s not even out yet, and people are already claiming it’s going to be a GOTY candidate. Jumping into the period of the American Revolution looks like it’s just what the series needs to revitalize fans’ interest. Ubisoft used E3 as an opportunity to show off some of the game’s sea battles. The audience was practically drooling. Expectations are through the roof for this one.
8. Gears of War: Judgment
It’s always a big deal when a new “Gears” is announced. Especially since the series shares the bulk of the 360 exclusivity duties with “Halo.” This prequel will explore the trial and imprisonment of fan-favorite characters Baird and Cole. Developers Epic Games and People Can Fly are working hard to make sure this game feels like a major part of the “Gears” lore, and not just an add-on or expansion. Prepare to see a slightly improved control scheme and an all-new, class-based multiplayer mode called “Overrun.”
7. Dead Space 3
The “Dead Space” series may be distancing itself from its horror roots and embracing the action angle, but that doesn’t make it look any less awesome. With the addition of co-op play, “Dead Space 3” looks like it could be the most immersive experience in the series. This isn’t the usual tacked-on co-op play. This is going to add a whole new facet to the game. Who says sequels are bad for video games?
6. God of War: Ascension
The original “God of War” and “God of War 3” are among my favorite games ever. So you could say I’m excited for “Ascension.” I still say that “God of War 3” has some of the best visuals in any PS3 game available, and “Ascension” looks to push the envelope even farther. Blood will spill by the gallons and Kratos’ signature rage will be fiercer than ever.
5. Halo 4
I’m not sure if there’s any other development team that’s under more pressure than 343 Studios. They’re inheriting a billion-dollar gaming franchise and are expected to improve a series that has had five games over a twelve-year period. Based on the footage shown and my hands-on experience, 343 is up to the challenge. “Halo 4” very well could be the best addition to the series yet. Between a cinematic campaign and deep co-op and competitive modes, I’m fully prepared to sink plenty of time into this game.
4. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
My experience with “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance” could be chalked up low expectations. This game’s development had such a sordid past that I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got hands-on time with it. It only took a minute to see that Platinum Games is on the brink of a homerun. This game is action done right, and being set in the “Metal Gear” world will garner plenty of interest. Swordplay and fast-paced action has never been so brutal or so satisfying.
Bethesda is as close to sure-money as studios get. Their games are always solid and reliable. I was looking forward to seeing more of this game before the show, but the live demo was enthralling. It’s good to see new IPs and then seeing one as outstanding as this raises the excitement tenfold. “Dishonored” looks like “Deus Ex” without some of the lulls “Deus Ex” had in the action. The original steampunk world puts physical and supernatural powers at your disposal. How you use them is entirely up to you.
2. The Last of Us
“The Last of Us” looks to have the potential to be the greatest contribution to western video games in the last ten years. Exaggeration? I don’t think so. This game looks like to perfect combination of environment, gameplay, theatrics, script, tone and everything else that makes a great game great. Post apocalyptic scenery is a tad played out, but “The Last of Us” looks like it somehow revitalizes the theme. Unfortunately, I still think we’re going to be waiting a long time before playing this one.
1. Watch Dogs
It wasn’t easy picking my E3 best in show in an E3 that had no shortage of impressive software, but “Watch Dogs” went above and beyond the common expectation of what a video game should be. This completely new IP looks like an open world game that breaks the mold of an open world game. You can hack into any piece of technology from traffic lights to NPC’s cell phones, providing a near endless amount of choice when completing missions. With added tablet integration, you can hack into friend’s games from your tablet in real-time. “Watch Dogs” looks like the future of gaming.
It’s unfortunate that a top ten can only have ten games. There were impressive games of E3 that didn’t crack the top ten. Here are some titles that, while excellent, didn’t make the cut.
Borderlands 2, Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs, Resident Evil 6, Beyond: Two Souls