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:
Civilization V (2K)
Spec Ops (2K)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Square Enix)
Lara Croft (Square Enix)
Killzone 3 (Sony)
Motorstorm: Apocalypse (Sony)
True Crime (Activision)
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (Ubisoft)
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft)
Dead Space 2 (EA)
Crysis 2 (EA)
Medal of Honor (EA)
Halo: Reach (Microsoft)
de Blob: The Underground (THQ)
WWE All-Stars (THQ)
Red Faction: Armageddon (THQ)
Epic Mickey (Disney)
Dead Rising 2 (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)
Fallout: New Vegas (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?