My E3 2011 Video Game Highlights

Konami:

• Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3DS – One of the best looking handheld game I’ve seen so far. Players can take a picture of an object with the 3DS camera and use that photo to create new camouflage for Snake.

• Metal Gear HD Collection – Metal Gear Solid fans rejoice! The rumors are true! Contains MGS 2, 3, and Peace Walker. Greater textures and optimized for dual analog control. Has achievements/trophies. Coming November 2011 for 360 and PS3.

• Zone of the Enders HD Collection – While not the sequel fans have waited for (myself included), gamers who missed out on the cult classics can now experience Jehuty’s epicness in full HD. Comes with Zone of the Enders 1 and 2. Due 2012 for the 360 and PS3 with achievements/trophies.

 

Crystal Dynamics:

• Tomb Raider – Serving as a prequel to the entire franchise, Tomb Raider will explore a fresh, more vulnerable side of Lara as she struggles to survive in an unfamiliar, hostile environment. Too bad fans have to wait until fall 2012 to get their hands on this reboot. I’ve never been a huge fan of the series, so I’m interested to see if this game has the appeal to draw me in. Gameplay is largely environment-based. Lara made use of fire and lifts to escape from captivity in a single-player demo.

 

Team Ninja:

• Ninja Gaiden 3 – Ryu Hyabusa returns for a third installment, and from the gameplay I've seen, the game looks as bloody as ever. I expect the steep difficulty to return as well. Gamers can get their hands on this one in early 2012.

 

Insomniac Games:

• Resistance 3 – With Hale dead at the end of Resistance 2, players will fill the role of Joseph Capelli. The game has a much grittier, foreboding look and feel comparable to the first Resistance. The demo began with Capelli meeting up with a group of survivors called The Remnant who they attempt to recover a power core from a Chimera ship. Several new Chimera breeds were shown off. Multiplayer has been reduced to 8-on-8 to provide more intense, close-quarter firefights.

 

Infinity Ward:

• Modern Warfare 3 – The press conference demo began with a team of Navy Seals planting a bomb on an enemy submarine. Once the sub resurfaced, the team then made their way to the missile control room from which they then extracted. The demo concluded with an escape from the New York harbor as pursuing war boats gave chase. Various set pieces were showcased as jets bombarded skyscrapers just off shore, battleships were sank in an attempt to stop the Seals, etc. A later demo showcased the beginning of the level “Black Tuesday.” The player took control of Frost as he and his squad mates fought through the streets of New York to the Stock Exchange. Frost then had to gun down Russian airships as they were airlifted back to headquarters. Hybrid scopes make their first appearances. November 8th is the release date for this one.

 

BioWare:

• Mass Effect 3 – The Reapers have invaded Earth, and Shepherd must acquire the help of various species across the galaxy to stop them. ME3 will feature voice recognition support for Kinect. Players can give teammates commands whether it’s telling them to advance or to use specific powers. The dialogue choices can be spoken to select that certain dialogue from the conversation wheel. A later demo showcased Shepherd calling in an orbital strike from the Normandy to stop a live Reaper. The Omni-tool is now able to turn into an Omni-blade for new melee strikes. Mark your calendars for March 6th 2012 as the release date.

 

Ubisoft:

• Ghost Recon: Future Soldier – Also features Kinect support. The Gunsmith allows players to customize their weapons down to the inner workings of their firearms. Players can use voice recognition to randomize their weapons or build a weapon for close-quarters or long range. The game can also be played with Kinect by using various hand gestures to fire and move.

• Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – Ezio is in his prime as a master assassin. His fight against the Templars takes him to Constantinople. There’s a larger gameplay focus on bombs and grappling. A demo finds Ezio attempting to flee the harbor while avoiding the wreckage of burning ships. Revelations will tie together the roles of Altair, Ezio, and Desmond.

 

Epic Games:

• Gears of War 3 – The COG’s backs are up against the wall. It’s a three way war for Sera between the COG, Locust, and Lambent. A new single-player demo began with Delta being attacked by a Lambent Leviathan aboard a Raven’s Nest. While short, viewers did get to see the use of Silverbacks (mech suits).

 

Microsoft:

• Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary – The game that started it all has been re-mastered. With new HD graphics, co-op across Xbox Live, and competitive play on seven of the best multiplayer maps, Halo: CE is set to arrive on November 15, 2011. Multiplayer is based on the Halo: Reach engine, assassinations included.

• Halo 4 – Nothing was shown other than a brief teaser of Master Chief and Cortana attempting to escape the Forward Unto Dawn, the ship that they were stranded in at the end of Halo 3. Set to release the holiday season of 2012.

 

Turn 10:

• Forza 4 – In short, the game looks phenomenal. I’ve never seen cars so realistically recreated before. Kinect allows head tracking for the in-car views. Set to release on October 15th of this year.

 

Irrational Games:

• Bioshock Infinite – Set in the sky-based city of Columbia, you play as a detective trying to rescue a mysterious woman named Elizabeth. Of course, what would a Bioshock game be if nothing went wrong? The utopia of Columbia is in disarray, and you and Elizabeth only help to accelerate the process. The gameplay has been revamped. Tonics return, but what’s possible with said tonics has been expanded. Elizabeth can manipulate the tears in space to pull objects from other dimensions and use them to defeat her foes. You can combine your abilities with Elizabeth’s to decimate and dispatch your enemies more quickly.

 

Bethesda Game Studios:

• The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – According to Todd Howard, Skyrim may take upwards of 300 hours to complete everything. Players can dual wield swords or spells. A battle with two ferocious dragons was shown. The player made use of the guards in the nearby tower, dragon shouts that allow players to breathe fire and call in thunderstorms, and finishing moves to defeat each dragon. The game looks breathtaking, and the dragons’ movements look believable. I can’t wait for November 11th.

 

Rocksteady Studios:

• Batman: Arkham City – Some brief gameplay of Catwoman dispatching goons was shown before she was captured by Two Face. Batman was then shown freely gliding and grappling around Arkham City between incapacitating street thugs. Batman can interrogate downed thugs to locate hidden Riddler trophies or acquire new information.

 

DICE:

• Battlefield 3 – DICE has set their sights on Call of Duty this winter, and they might just topple the juggernaut. With the Frostbite 2 engine leading the charge, the animations, destruction, lighting, and audio are set to provide a cinematic experience unlike anything else. With 64-player online, Battlefield looks to be a must own for the PC. Only time will tell when the game releases on October 25th.

 

Naughty Dog:

• Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – The demo began with Drake stealthily taking out guards aboard a commandeered cruise ship. He eventually made his way to the cargo hold where he proceeded to screw himself over by blowing a hole in the side of the ship. The demo concluded with Drake sprinting down a hallway as it abruptly filled with water. While a huge graphical leap wasn't apparent, Drake's movements seem more natural as he constantly checks his surroundings. Uncover the truth behind the story on November 1st.

 

Capcom:

• Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City - I'm a sucker for anything Resident Evil, so being able to play with three other friends through the downfall of Raccoon City has me incredibly excited. It's important to note that this game is not considered canon as you control a spec. ops. squad sent in to eradicate any witnesses, such as police officers and iconic characters, to the Raccoon City incident. Leon and Claire were shown off in the demo, and players will encounter famous bosses like Mr. X too. Another plus - zombies return!

• Resident Evil: Revelations - Like I just said, I'm a sucker for anything Resident Evil, and playing a good handheld Resident Evil game certainly piques my interest. Players control Jill as she investigates the disappearance of Chris and his partner Jessica aboard a derelict cargo ship. From what I've seen, it would appear Chris is under some sort of mind control, but plot details are scarce at this point.
 

Semblance's picture

What's your opinion on the voice commands in Mass Effect 3 Kowbel? I realize where Bioware is trying to go with this, to get the player more "involved" with the game's atmosphere, but it looks too creepy and awkward for me.

explicit_baron's picture

MGS HD im excited and resistance 3/uncharted 3  looks great.

Josh Kowbel's picture

I could care less about the voice commands in Mass Effect 3. I believe the developers just want players to form a greater connection to their Shepherd. In combat, I've found it very easy to just call up the power wheel and select my target, but BioWare probably wants to keep gamers right in the action rather than pausing the gameplay to check if their party's abilities have recharged. Overall, I haven't seen anything at E3 that would warrant the purchase of a Kinect for me.

pfro's picture

this list needs some opinions

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