Now that E3 is over I thought I’d go through some of my favourite things that were shown at this year’s expo. Starting tomorrow I’ll be going through some of the cool new releases individually, so be sure to check back for that.
10. The Wonderbook
If you were starting to get worried that kids may actually have to start reading then you’ll be happy to hear that Sony has come up with a new and exciting way to keep kids illiterate.
The Wonderbook is pretty much a blank book that, using augmented reality, turns into a variety of cool stories when looked at through the PlayStation Move camera. The story they showed was Harry Potter, but it wasn’t any of the existing stories it was full of new more child oriented stories of how individual spells were made. Players can then use the Move controlled to perform the spells and complete a variety of tasks. Despite my earlier joke, this probably isn’t going to do any damage to child literacy and it looks to be a really fun, inventive game. That I want.
If you ever thought you’d survive a zombie outbreak, I have the perfect game to prove you wrong.
A lot of people have been disappointed by the stream of action packed zombie games that have been coming out lately. The move away from survival horror and towards action has divided zombie fans, particularly Resident Evil fans, but now Ubisoft are taking a massive step back towards survival horror and filling the demand for the return of that type of game.
ZombiU will be playable only on the Wii U and is one of the games that will be available upon release. It makes great use of the Wii U’s handheld screen and effectively simulates a zombie outburst. One of the things that the game does, which helps create a level of realism, is that you only have a singular life. When your character dies they become a zombie and you have to start the scenario again as a new person, but all the zombies that were killed by your previous character are still dead and all the items that were picked up by that character are gone, plus your old skin is now trying to eat your new skin. Don’t worry about running out of survivors; there is an endless stream of them.
8. The Wii U
I once called it the Wii’s sexier cousin, a phrase that puts me on top of the Google search, and I’m going to stick with that.
The Wii U looks like it’s going to be a fun, like its predecessor, but it seems to be focusing more on games that will appeal to hard core gamers. That’s not to say that it won’t include the family friendly favourites that made the Wii so popular, it will, but there is more there for the mainstream gaming community than there ever was on the Wii.
7. Splinter Cell: Blacklist
A game demo so good it made me ashamed to not be a Splinter Cell fan.
Having only ever given Splinter Cell a shot once, I wasn’t particularly interested in the announcement of a sequel, but once the demo started I couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed that I hadn’t gotten into the series earlier. This new game, the sixth in the series, is apparently more action oriented than previous titles. Hopefully this won’t drive away old fans while attempting to bring in new ones, like me.
6. Watch Dogs
Is Assassins Creed and Splinter Cell had a game baby.
This is the third Ubisoft game on the list, the first two being ZombiU and Splinter Cell, which shows just how impressive Ubisoft was this year, well at least in my eyes. Watch Dogs is a modern day assassin game were you get to attend fancy parties, hack into phones and kill people. Like Assassins Creed, it is an open world game, but instead of being set somewhere in the past the events of the game take place in modern day Chicago. It’ll be refreshing to have an open world game set in a real life modern day city that doesn’t take place in New York. Another element coming from Assassins Creed is the ability to climb everything, which will apparently be part of the game.
5. Tomb Raider
Every dream of being stranded on an island with no hope of rescue and having to survive attacks from wild animals and gun wielding enemies? No, must just be me.
This new Tomb Raider game was already on my radar before E3. The series looks to be getting an extremely impressive reboot and it’s clear that the people behind the game want to give Lara Croft an origin story that will make fans of the series proud.
I think with games that have spanned as long as Tomb Raider, which currently has nine games, are often hard to market to new players. They have such a rich history that those who play games for the story may avoid the series unless they are able to pick up the previous titles. However, fans may have been surprised by the reboot as there has never really been a large amount of time without a Tomb Raider game. The longest gap will be this time, as it will be five years since the last Tomb Raider game was released in 2013 when the reboot comes out. Before this the longest break was three years, which isn’t really that long when it comes to making a next gen title.
4. The Amazing Spider-Man
A tie in game that serves as more of a sequel, count me in. That is if The Amazing Spider-Man movie doesn’t suck, which I doubt it will.
Spider-Man movie tie in games are always fun. They have new enemies, new storylines and you get to swing around New York City like you own the place, which you don’t Obama does. While all the film tie ins have differed from their movie counterparts, this Spider-Man game takes it one step further and actually takes place after the events of the film. The plot of the game will actually set up the story for the films sequel, which is a strange thought considering no one even knows if the films any good yet.
3. The Last of Us
Will you survive the… wait there’s a lot of survival on this list.
This game is less about the zombies and more about the story of two people, in a father daughter kind of relationship, that have to constantly struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, which is a refreshing look at a plot that is clearly being used a lot in games today.
The most impressive things about this game, which I didn’t even know existed before the expo, is the gameplay. It’s smooth and realistic, it suggests that every kill is going to be a struggle, nothing will be simple and it’s not the kind of game were you can just run around taking down large amounts of enemies with ease. Feeling very cinematic, even during gameplay, the focus on story shows at every turn, which won’t appeal to all gamers. Making the experience even more realistic is the AI which seems to be miles ahead of what we’ve seen in past titles like Resident Evil 5. At one point Ellie, the fourteen year old female sidekick actually picks up a brick to aid the player, who was under attack. Though the AI seems impressive, you may choose to play with a friend instead, which you can as the game is co-op.
2. DmC: Devil May Cry
Weren’t we supposed to get some news?
Now that the game was given a release date, Ninja Theory said they would be giving more information about the game. Naturally it seemed E3 would be the perfect platform to distribute this knowledge, yet the only new thing shown was a weapon. They did show off a demo, which really did remind be a lot of Bayonetta, and mentioned that the running time would be about twelve hours, which isn’t as long as I’d like. Still, as a Devil May Cry fan I am looking forward to seeing what they do with the reboot, though next time Ninja Theory promises news they better provide some.
1. Resident Evil
Action, survival horror and being chased by a giant monster, Resident Evil 6 has it all.
At this point there isn’t much more information Capcom could give us without ruining the game. The story is split into three campaigns, which can be played in any order. Leon S. Kennedy and Helena Harper will have a more survival horror experience, though there will be action packed moments, Chris Redfield and Piers Nivans experience a military style action adventure and Jake Muller and Sherry Birkin’s story will be reminiscent of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis which had the main characters being constantly pursued by Nemesis.
What do you think? Which are you most excited about? Would you put anything different on the list? Will you be rushing out to buy any of these? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.
The first game in the Tomb Raider series came out in 1996. Since then Tomb Raider and its lead character, Lara Croft, have become household names. The games even spawned two live action movies, starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft. However, the series is about to get a makeover, by which I mean it’s getting rebooted. Don’t be too sad though, this isn’t the first time Tomb Raider has hit the reset button. The series was rebooted after they famously killed Lara off in the fourth game. They did try to continue with the series after killing her off, but eventually they gave up and did a reboot. Now years later they are restarting for the second time and the first trailer looks promising.
The game will simply be called Tomb Raider and should be on shelves in autumn 2012. The plot will go back and show Lara’s origins, which differ greatly from previous games. After recently graduating from college, Lara sets of to find adventure. The ship she is travelling on gets caught in a storm and she is marooned on an island. All alone, Lara is forced to become a survivor. The story, unlike the boat, seems watertight. The game is just fresh enough to bring in new fans without losing too many of the old ones.
As far as trailers go, this one is pretty impressive. You see Lara as this young girl who wants to find adventure and people can relate to that. Visually the trailer is great and it illustrates the plot well. Already you know that she has recently graduated from college, is out searching for adventure, is dependent on others to rescue her and she is then trapped on an island where she must learn to survive on her own. It’s a great trailer. One flaw though, why would anyone make a bow and arrow, or at least strap one to their back, before they bandaged up their wounds?
Gameplay will also differ from previous Tomb Raider titles, for example players will have to aim manually opposed to the lock on target that was used in the other games. Puzzles will be more complex, but a new feature, called survival instinct, has been added to aid the player through these difficult puzzles. Jumping for a ledge will not be as simple as it once was as the player will now have to aim and will even be able to change direction midair. This is opposed to other instalments were Lara would just grab the closest ledge.
If the finished game turns out as good as the trailer, then this could be one of the best reboots ever, keep in mind there are a lot of bad reboots. The trailer is interesting and character driven, fans should be really excited, though I expect some are disappointed by the reboot. The game is attempting to bring the series back to its origins without tracing over too much familiar ground and it seems that the result may be a really good game.
What do you think? Are you a Tomb Raider fan? Are you happy that they are rebooting the series, again? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also don’t forget to subscribe.