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While the 2012 edition of E3 may have lacked transformative ideas and trailblazing innovation, the polish of the games on the showfloor was as high as it has ever been. With most publishers playing it safe with sequels, a sense of steady iteration dominated most booths. However, that didn’t stop a few games from getting our adrenaline racing. Here are our 2012 E3 Best in Show Awards:
ASSASSIN’S CREED III
Assassin’s Creed III showcased plenty of new locations, but the tight combat and world traversal impressed us the most. The new offensive-focused combat system looks thrilling, the ability to leap and clamber through tree tops and cliffs offers something new to platforming lovers, and the newly announced naval battles add an unexpected wrinkle into the excitement. We’re eager to find out more about the new protagonist Connor, but E3 made us equally interested in the moment-to-moment action of Assassin’s Creed III.
Ron Gilbert and Tim Schafer practically created the adventure genre, so it only makes sense that The Cave, a game being created by Gilbert at Schafer’s Double Fine studio, takes home this award. The Cave incorporates many adventure game tropes, such as collecting odds objects like buckets of waters and hot dogs to solve unique environmental puzzles like apprehending a dragon, but it also evolves the genre by incorporating multiple characters, light platforming, and local co-op.
Seeing massively multiplayer games before they're released is often a matter of sifting nuggets of potential through the grimy dross of unpolished, buggy gameplay. Not so with Planetside 2. The gameplay that show-goers got their hands on is the kind of pixel-perfect, fast-paced sci-fi shooting that action fans demand. The concept – three player-controlled factions battling across entire continents in endless war over precious resources – was already great. Now that Sony Online has shown off the reality of Planetside 2 and not just the dream, it's an easy pick for this award.
We got our hands on both the competitive and cooperative game modes in Halo 4, and our brief time with each magnified our enthusiasm for the project. It may sound strange to call it out so specifically, but Halo 4’s sound design was amazing, filled with terrifying explosions, unique gun effects, and just the right mix of atmospheric music. Of course, the sound is the cherry on top of a fantastic gameplay experience that feels like a great mix of the classic Halo action with new weapons and enemies. We can’t wait to fight each other in the competitive War Games mode, and we’re already planning our teams for the ongoing episodic Spartan Ops cooperative adventure.
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I have to agree with every single one of your choices, you really hit the nail on the head especially with your game of the show. AC3 looks to really prove that Ubisoft knows what it's doing. Here's to hoping they don't destroy that faith with the next two years having drone like sequels to the game.
Game of Show for me: Watch Dogs, followed by Halo 4 and Star Wars 1313.
I watched a few of Halo 4's MLG videos and yep, the sound design is fantastic. Things just sound beefier. Looking forward to hearing it in 5.1.
Solid Best of E3 listings, however Watch Dogs should be in there. As I noted in my E3 report @ majamaki.com/.../e3-2012 - it easily stole the show as one of the more exciting games to come in our near future. AC3 is great and all, but we know what to expect from it. Beyond and Watch Dogs are new experiences.
They actually showed games???
I may have missed it, but did they do anything with Darksiders 2? I'm freaking excited about that game.
Finally somebody gave Borderlands 2 an award.
Woah! Where's the Tomb Raider love? Couldn't you have given it one of the awards AC3 got.
I am glad that boarderlands 2 made the list although Watch Dogs probably should have gotten something as well for looking like something interesting.
I disagree with most of the list. But my opinion often differs from gameinformer, so this is not unusual.
Best Xbox 360 exclusive: Halo 4
However, you should have thrown in a little nod to Halo fiction by capitalizing "Mantle"
*adjusts thick glasses*
Fact: Assassin's Creed III is going to be fantastic.
Really? Nothing for God of War Ascension? Beyond : Two Souls?
HALO 4,AC3,Dishonored,Borderlands 2,The Last of Us all look INCREDIBLE!
But i was REALLY surprised to see Halo 4 look THAT good for a new developer!
HALO 4 FOR BEST OF SHOW(B.O.S.)!!!!!
I agree with everything except your Best in Show, but I can't knock the pick. It's a fantastic pick. I'd have to give my vote to Watchdogs though.
Although the "last of us" was my personal pick, i agree with this list entirely