Continuing our massive two-day E3 2012 preview blowout, we take a more personal, subjective look at the games and reveals we're looking forward to the most. These might not be the biggest games of the show, nor the most overhyped, but these are our personal picks, our most anticipated games for E3 2012.
Of all the news that is expected to come out of E3 this year, it is almost certainly going to be Quantic Dream’s next project that is my number one target. The Kara trailer knocked everyone in the Dealspwn office for six when it emerged from GDC earlier this year. Managing to capture such emotion in 7 minutes that most games don’t manage in 7 hours, it gave us a glimpse into what we can expect from David Cage and his crew.
Of course, much like <em>The Casting</em> was to <em>Heavy Rain</em>, we could end up with something a little different than what we were expecting. Self-aware robot girls might not be in the masterplan, but I’m sure as hell excited to see what is coming up next from Quantic Dream.
Honestly? I have absolutely no idea. See, I lust after indie and boutique titles like Vessel and Desktop Dungeons, while the only triple-A games I was particularly excited for were Syndicate (shame), Gravity Rush (whoopee!), Prey 2 and BioShock Infinite, both of which have now been delayed into 2013. E3 2012 seems to be focusing on sequels that we already practically know everything about, or projects we don't know enough about to be anticipating with any great degree of passion.
Having said that, I'm actually rather glad to be attending E3 2012 as a clean slate. Any game has the opportunity to impress and surprise me, and I'll be well-placed to judge each publisher's offerings on their own merits. Insomniac's mysterious Overstrike might well be one to watch, along with Naughty Dog's The Last Of Us and 343 Industries' first proper Halo title.
So, I suppose, put me down for the Rayman Legends announcement. Not only will it be great to see last year's biggest underdog get a well-deserved sequel, but it will be interesting to watch how the rumoured Wii U NFC functionality plays out.
I make no bones about it. Borderlands is one of my favourite games of the current generation. An FPS/MMO crossover permeated by Gearbox’s trademark humour all encompassed by a striking and unique art style, it was a near-perfect co-operative experience. Borderlands 2 promises all of this, and much much more. Admittedly we’ve already seen a fair amount of what to expect from our return trip to Pandora, but I’m still hungry for any tidbit or teaser Gearbox are willing to trail.
Quantic Dream’s aforementioned (and as of yet unannounced) project also has me salivating. For all of Heavy Rain’s flaws, all of Fahrenheit’s kinks, there’s no denying their ability to drag you into the narrative in a way few other games have achieved before or since. ‘Kara’ was a beautifully tragic demonstration of what might be, and I’m eager to see David Cage turn that ‘might’ into a ‘will’ this year.
Most anticipated game of show? Well as per usual it's got to be Bioshock Infinite becau...oh what? It's not here this year? Ah shit. I'll actually have to do some research.
What about Prey 2? Oh, ok...I'll just be quiet.
In an odd way, the game I'm most keen on hearing about (and then playing come August in Germany) is Hitman: Absolution, because I just can't tell if IO are pulling a fast one or not. I need to see more, I need to play it, I have to know if the mini sandboxes are returning - I have to know if Codename 47 is still the silent-yet-deadly, opportunistic slaphead that we know and love. It may not be the biggest reveal of the show, and it alomst certainly won't be the best thing on offer, but it's a continuation of one of the finest series in gaming, and the fact that there's even a question mark over it is proving almost too much to bear. I need answers, and hopefully we'll get them here...maybe.
One game springs to mind almost immediately; Call Of Duty: Black Ops II! The first game had it all, a single player campaign that pulled you in right from the start and didn't let go till the very end, possibly the most addictive multiplayer of the entire series, and of course an immensely enjoyable zombies mode, so it'll be interesting to see what Treyarch and Activision are cooking up for the sequel.