E3 Diary: And That's A Wrap

At the end of every E3, the Australian media contingent get together for a few drinks. Inevitably, discussion turns to our thoughts on the best and worst games of the show. This E3, those questions were harder than ever.

I don't think I spent any time with a bad game. Sure, there was plenty of garbage strewn around the showfloor, but I just kept walking. Of the games I actually sat down to play or check out a presentation for, I'd be lying if I said even one failed to display potential.

Solid is the word I'd use to describe E3 2010. Because, while I didn't see any stinkers, the flipside is that few games were unexpectedly impressive.

The major titles all looked good. Really good. With a handful of exceptions, however, they didn't blow me away. Those handful will feature highly when I run down my picks of the show next week.

I won't spoil that list for you now - indeed, I'm still compiling it - but here's the full lineup of games I spent time with at the show, in rough chronological order:

Tuesday XCOM (2K) Civilization V (2K) Spec Ops (2K) Castlevania (Konami) Limbo (XBLA) Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Square Enix) Lara Croft (Square Enix)

Wednesday Killzone 3 (Sony) Motorstorm: Apocalypse (Sony) True Crime (Activision) Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (Ubisoft) Driver (Ubisoft) Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft) Dead Space 2 (EA) Crysis 2 (EA) Medal of Honor (EA) Halo: Reach (Microsoft) Homefront (THQ) de Blob: The Underground (THQ) WWE All-Stars (THQ) Red Faction: Armageddon (THQ) Epic Mickey (Disney)

Thursday Dead Rising 2 (Capcom) Okamiden (Capcom) Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 (Capcom) LittleBigPlanet 2 (Sony) Mortal Kombat (Warner) FEAR 3 (Warner) Lord of the Rings: War in the North (Warner) Super Scribblenauts (Warner) The Force Unleashed 2 (LucasArts) Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision) Goldeneye (Activision) Brink (Bethesda) Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda) Hunted (Bethesda) Rage (Bethesda)

Yeah, I missed out a few publishers, notably Nintendo and SEGA. Seeing everything in two-and-a-half days is an impossible task for one man.

I deliberately chose not to get hands-on time with Kinect and PlayStation Move. Junglist will be covering both for us in the coming weeks.

Did I miss anything else? And which of the above games are you most interested in hearing more about?


    No time for Gears? Or have you just not enjoyed the first two?

    Also, was there a demo of God of War Ghost of Sparta?

    Was Arkham Asylum 2 there?

      I would like to know that too. Did Arkham Asylum 2 appear on your radars?

    I can't believe you missed out on the other big Aussie game besides De Blob 2 - PUZZLE QUEST 2!!!! Shame on you David!

    I’m really looking forward to New Vegas. Let’s just hope Obsidian don’t stuff it up. Since I’ve had exams this week, I haven’t had a chance to see anything they showed on it yet.

    I'm interested in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. Right now, I don't know what to make of it - not enough information!

    I'd love to see some coverage for Warriors: Legends of Troy (I think that's what it's called)

    You missed out on The Last Guardian, too, although I guess there was a reason for that. *grumble*f*#$ingSony*grumble*

    Was Donkey Kong Country Returns playable?

    I noticed a lack of Portal 2...

    Also, disappointed by no appearance of Half Life 3, episode or new game.

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