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?