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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'm surprised WatchDogs didn't win anything. That game looked like it could be very promising.
Assassin's Creed III deserved this!
Good list. Although I still can't get excited for ACIII. Maybe the series has just burned out for me.
Nothin for watch dogs?
So many good games and yet this summer wont have anything really to play
I disagree with the best of show but to each their own.
Can't wait for AC3 and AC Liberation, October 30th is going to be awesome!
Many good games were shown at E3 this year, just not revealed.
No Watch Dogs? That's sort of shocking to see that it didn't make any of the categories. Still, this is a pretty decent depiction of E3. I don't think ACIII stole the show, but to each his own.
...where's "Watch dogs"?
The Last of Us should have one every award because it looked so bad ass.
Where's Watch Dogs or Dishonored? Those were my games of E3.
okay seriously I know Mario is good in all, but why is it that whenever game sites consider platformers they just reward it to whatever core mario game that came out, or was shown. last time I checked more people were talking about how Fun Rayman looks then Mario WiiU. this happened last year as well when it came to platformers all people could talk about were Rayman Origins and (granted it was because it was actually good) Sonic Generation. yet every site rewards super mario 3DLand platformer of the year.
The Last of Us, Dishonored, AC 3 and Splinter Cell were the games that have me most excited
Borderlands 2 has my vote for Best of Show, but ACIII is looking great as well so I can accept your pick.