My Most Anticipated Games Of E3 2010

I've predicted what I think might be the big announcements of E3 2010. But there's plenty happening next week that we already know about. Here are the games I'm looking forward to seeing.

There will be hundreds of games shown at E3 next week. Hundreds that we already know about, plus plenty of those that we don't. Narrowing down such a field to just ten titles wasn't easy. But if I could only see ten games at E3, it'd be these ten.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution The original was my game of the decade. Now under new management at Eidos Montreal, where it must be remembered this will be their first ever release as a studio, Deus Ex 3 has an awful lot riding on it. The couple of teaser trailers we've seen so far show muchy promise, at least in terms of the art direction. But I just want to see the game.

The Last Guardian ICO and Shadow of the Colossus took us to places - of poetic virtual landscapes and poignant emotional resonance - that videogames had rarely taken us before. Team ICO's third game looks, to judge by the footage from last year's E3, equally as filled with moments of awe, wonder and tenderness.

Epic Mickey The man who was executive producer on my game of the decade is heading up the creation of a 3D platformer on the Wii. I couldn't be more sceptical, yet Warren Spector is adamant this Disney story will maintain the same degrees of choice and player-authorship that defined Deus Ex.

Fallout: New Vegas It's all about the Hardcore mode, for me. Surviving the wasteland will be all the more satisfying when you have to conserve every drop of water and when every bullet carries weight. And it's about Chris Avellone, the man primarily responsible for the genius writing of Planescape: Torment and of course the Fallout Bible, now heading up this sequel's design.

Something from thatgamecompany Who? Jenova Chen and his colleagues at thatgamecompany made Flow and then Flower. They have a three-game deal with Sony to create arty, downloadable titles for the PlayStation Network. I want to know what they're doing next.

LittleBigPlanet 2 So, we're not just designing levels this time, we're designing entire games? And they're not just platform games, they're games of almost any genre? Really? The editing tools were the part LBP got wrong - they were too fiddly, too complex. I'm fascinated to see just how Media Molecule plan to pull this off.

Something from Valve Portal 2? Episode 3? A new Counter-Strike? More Left 4 Dead? More Team Fortress? Perhaps even Half-Life 3... Who knows what Valve has in store for us. But, hey, it's Valve. It's going to be awesome, whatever it is.

de Blob 2 Possibly the most underrated game this generation, certainly on the Wii, de Blob is a personal favourite of mine. I adored everything about it, from the dizzying colours to the groovy soundtrack to the subversive political undertones. I've heard plenty of good things aobut the sequel and I can't wait to finally play it.

Scribblenauts 2 Undoubtedly the best - and most inventive - game concept of last year. Yet Scribblenauts' potential for endless amusement was undone by an awkward control scheme and a feeling of randomness in the way things interacted. I'm hopeful that 5th Cell have learned the right lessons and this will be the polished gem we hoped the original was going to be.

Something from Rare Once upon a time, Rare made great games. And they sold lots of copies. Today, there's a sense we don't know who Rare are any more. They still make good games (Viva Pinata and Nuts & Bolts were really good), but they don't sell lots of copies. Microsoft seems to have positioned them firmly in the casual camp, whipping up Xbox Live avatars and god knows what on Natal. I just want to know what Rare is doing.

I'd written this post last week. Then yesterday, my friend Jason Hill over at the Screen Play blog totally ripped me off posted his own "most anticipated" list. Take a look at his list, too. Looks like we have a fair bit in common. Although I should tell him that Arkham Asylum 2 and LA Noire are apparently not going to be at the show.

It'll be interesting to see if my picks here match up with my picks for best of show I'll publish when I get back to Sydney.


Comments

    You've got all my top picks in there except for Zelda.

    I want you to come back and say that scribblenauts 2 is coming to XBLA, then i'll be happy.

    And i am really interested in the Natal tech. The promo vids were all concepts of what we think we can do maybe if we do it. I want to see what they have come up with and see it actually working.

    Here's hoping they announce a Prototype 2.

      mmm yeh that would be nice...
      I just beat Greene last night - man she's tough... Fantastic game though - i'm still not sick of hijacking tanks and choppers...

    good call on epic mickey and de blob.
    retro's new project. okamiden. 3DS. natal.

    Maybe Valve will throw out a new IP again instead of some more sequels?

      Haha, we do all this complaining about "Jesus Squenix, how about you release something that's not a sequel" or stories such as "Marvelous Entertainment will stop developing original games", and yet if Valve does announce some new IP, completely unrelated to Half Life or Portal, we'll all rage so hard.
      We're such a fickle bunch. :P

    C'mon Valve... You can do it!! ???

    LA Noire not showing? Oh thats right, Rockstar pulled out of E3 this year didn't they. Thats a bit of a disappointment. I'm hoping for a new Valve IP but Valve has been teasing that it could be anything.

    Being the loser i am, i'm still keen to hear more about the warhammer 40k mmo and the other 40k space marine game

      I'm with you 100% on that one.

    I don't think I've ever played a bad Rare game that was on the N64, I didn't even know they were still going. Trust Microsoft is screw up such a great company.

      I never played their games on N64 (I got Banjo Kazooie from XBLA though), but Viva Pinata and Banjo Kazooie: N&B are some of the most fun, strangely calming and better looking games I have.

      I'm not 100% on the finite details, but I'm pretty sure a lot of the developers that worked for Rare in their glory days (Snes, N64) went to Free Radical games and created the Time Splitters series. So, it's no fault of Microsoft. But hey, Rare are still a good company. Kameo was a decent platformer and a good launch title for the 360. Both of the Viva Pinata games (not the silly party animals game, which wasn't made by Rare anyway) and Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts are great games, it's just a pity nobody bought them.

    meh, all would pale in comparison to HL3, running in source 2, a next next gen directx 11 PC only engine.

    I can dream.

    Syndicate remake would be nice!

    Deus Ex 3 and Crysis 2 are the ones I'm most interested in. And also maybe an announcement of that new IP from Bungie? But that probably won't happen as they'll be pushing Halo: Reach with Microsoft.

    I'm holding out for any news on the new Zelda and I'm also interested in how some of the new IPs will turn out, especially The Last Guardian.

    My fav rare game were evolutions of other games, Dk country was a better mario world and Goldeneye was a better Mario 64.

    I know, it's not as simple as that but I really wish they would apply these out-there fantastic ideas to something that doesn't scare people so much.

    P.S: I love both Mario 64 and SMW, don't get all angry at me, please.

    valves mystery game crysis 2 fallout: new vegas and deus ex 3

    A Concrete Gran turismo 5 Release date would be nice!

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    oh and if there is time... Syndicate!

    Epic Mickey! I haven't heard anything from that game since... a while ago. Hopefully that rename it though.

    Syndicate,
    GT5 release date
    Deus Ex3
    New Zelda (that's not another rehash ala twilight princess)
    Fallout: Vegas
    Crysis 2
    HALF-LIFE 3, I really reckon they would of canned episode 3 for a proper full game in a new engine. The episodes are a lost cause.... but then again Valve are a little stubborn.

    Maybe when Rare gets out of bed with MS, they will be great again, though they will be damaged goods, I will show them love if they've still got it.

    Not much to love left right now though.

    Is anyone else hoping for info on Persona 5?

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