Instead of hosting a series of pages dedicated to every announcement during this E3, I’ve decided to just create a single post and edit it as news rolls out with links to various sources instead of how I’ve done things in the past. I’m also going to be sorting these according to platform or news from specific conferences.
Demon’s Souls is a masterpiece. It brings the controller-throwing difficulty out of all of us. So a spin-off was required by the good people of the gaming community, and so Atlus brought forth Dark Souls. This is going to be a non-exclusive title this time, meaning everyone can get a piece of the pie. The screen shots for this game look incredible. Take a look at the gallery below.
Mortal Kombat 9 is closer than you think (April 2011). For the promos, developers company NetherRealm Studios looks to be releasing character bios and some of their gory fatalities. If you don’t keep up with the news, here’s the heads up. Mortal Kombat is going back to it’s roots the way Street Fighter IV went back to it’s roots. That means mature 2D/3D fighting is on it’s way.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Why?: Because I put over 100 hours the first month this game came out. Addictive gameplay, fast and furious. Oh, and I’m not even good at it. It infuriated friends and myself to no end to see myself get beat down every match, but we kept going back to it. Single player was awesome and one of the few RTS games that had a story worth unfolding.
Runner-ups: Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Minecraft
Red Dead Redemption
Why?: The wild west is amazing in it’s own right, and RDR brought this into full scale. The land was wonderful to explore and felt more alive than any game. With every DLC addon too, the game just got better and better. When my PlayStation 3 died this year, it somehow gave me another excuse to restart the story again. Oh, and the multiplayer. The glorious multiplayer which turned out to be more fun than the single player. Rockstar rocked this title.
Runner-ups: Battlefield: Bad Company 2, God of War III
Why?: I really didn’t play much of my Xbox 360 this year, but Halo Reach ended up being the best game I did play that brought back a very familiar feel. Halo 3 didn’t impress me one bit, and Reach technically shouldn’t either, but it did. It added to multiplayer what needed to be added. The single player was alright, nothing to write home about, but Reach somehow managed to feel like Halo: Combat Evolved rather than the dreadful ODST expansion pack Bungie put out.
Runner-ups: Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty: Black OPs
Donkey Kong Country 4
Why?: Nintendo got this title 100% correct. It’s insanely difficult (not New Super Mario Bros. Wii difficult, because that game was easy). It’s punishing to an extent. The best time I’ve had on the Wii in a very long time. So I have to give props to this title. Multiplayer is fun, and even though my wife and I discovered half way through that the title she was barely needed, we still had fun trying to rush through levels together. But this is what Nintendo needs to focus on. Just old fun games, minimum story, and arcade actiony goodness.
Runner-ups: Goldeneye 007, Super Mario Galaxy 2
Halo: Reach is pretty incredible so far. I’m not even near done, thanks to school and the mediocre X-Men Origins: Wolverine had me finishing the game so I could send it back to where it came from. But I got to test out the core aspects of everything, so here’s my impression.
Just a few of the goodies from 2010’s TGS. A lot of good surprises. While Sony is definitely making a come back this year, I’m scared they’re never going to firmware upgrade our PlayStation 3 systems to support backwards compatibility since their HD remakes are a hit. I still have an original, but when it dies, I’m going to be screwed. I have some odd figure of PlayStation 2 titles in my closet I just bought recently.
In this day and age, most companies are lowering their prices to compete with the looming market right now. Microsoft, on the other hand, thinks they’re more than special; they’re untouchable. So what does the community think of this? Well, the Microsoft community is all for it. Sure, why not. It’s only your wallet!