Hot on the heels of our roundtable regarding our most anticipated games of the show, we broaden our horizons to look at publishing stables. Who's brought the finest collection of virtual entertainment to E3 this year? Which of these fine studios has loked down the best and brightest? We give our thoughts on the most anticipated publisher below...
If I’m completely honest, I don’t think there’s a single publisher that I’m 100% excited for. Of course each have their big hitters, ready to scream in your face until you give it your money, but no one company is truly jumping out at me on at a consistent basis when I look down their list of games.
However, if I had to pick someone based on what we know going into this year’s expo, I guess I would have to go with Take-Two, simply because they are bringing Borderlands 2. More opportunities to Joypuke is just what the (unlicensed) doctor order, and with XCOM: Enemy Unknown also making an appearance as well they have my attention more than most. Finally, could we get to see a little bit more of GTA V?
That said, Bethesda could always pull a Fallout announcement out of the bag and kill us all in a collective euphoric bang.
You know what? I'm so up for a new Nintendo console. Both Microsoft and Sony have been getting rather complacent over the last couple of years (the former forgetting to acquire new first party studios while the latter implemented nasty network passes with little in the way of opposition), so it's about time that Ninty struts its stuff and gives them some competition. The Wii U has the potential to be a fantastically imaginative new platform, so if Nintendo has finally learned some harsh lessons from their outrageous stagnation period, it could well be a winner. I can't wait to find out whether the Wii U is worth a damn, and frankly, new console announcements trump most else on show.
Plus, I love Animal Crossing. It brings me no small amount of shame, but I genuinely can't wait for the 3DS version.
It’s easy to dislike Ubisoft, I understand that. Churning out as they do a whole host of mediocre launch titles for a variety of platforms like the mercenaries they are. But in Splinter Cell, in Far Cry, in Assassin’s Creed, they have three completely worthy franchises, all with the ability to very seriously impress.
Splinter Cell Conviction set the template for Sam Fisher’s future exploits, and Ubisoft will be building on the tag 'n gun mechanic that set it apart from the stealth crowd. <em>Assassin's Creed 3</em> sees a radical change in locale, something Ubisoft admitted was long overdue. I may not be entirely sold on the idea of sitting in a tree until my target happens to wander by, but the developers have set themselves a challenge, and it may just be one that ultimately sees a big pay-off. In <em>Far Cry 3</em> we have one of the creepiest and most believable bad guys to have graced our screens in quite some time, and the interaction between our hero and his nemesis is enough to sell me on the idea of revisiting a tropical paradise just to watch it burn.
Well, with their decisive accumulation of talent, and the way they've managed to secure short-term exclusives and lock down long-term creativity, it's absolutely got be Microso....HAHAHAHAHAHA. I'm sorry. I tried.
Nintendo's the obvious call here, simply to see if they manage to cock up the same presentation on a second pass, and also because they still haven't told us anything about the Wii U. Which is out at the end of this year. Hmmm.
But my eye is fixed firmly on Square Enix. With a renewed Western focus, the Japanese pubkisher has been quietly building a stable of very promising titles, not least Hitman: Absolution, Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs and Quantum Conundrum. Moreover, is this the year we'll see announcements for Final Fantasy Versus XIII/XV? Will Avalanche finally lift the lid on
Just Cause 3 whatever it is they've been working on with SE? I don't know, but I can't wait to find out.
There are plenty of reasons to get excited about Ubisoft's presentations at E3 this year, I for one am interested to see how Rayman Legends'll stand up to the brilliant Rayman Origins and taking a look at Far Cry 3 should be good fun. Also, let's not forget Assassin's Creed 3, which I'm actually quite excited about seeing as it should finally move the series forwards and away from the seemingly endless tales of Ezio. Lastly, it's been a long time since Splinter Cell: Conviction came out, so it'd be a nice surprise to find out that Sam Fisher's heading out on another action packed adventure.