The lights are on
Since the former Call of Duty developers at Respawn lost all their tech during the messy divorce with Activision, the team had to start from scratch by heavily modifying Valve's Source engine and jumping from a modern military setting to science fiction. That makes Titanfall's debut at E3 all the more impressive. With no previous tech base to pull from and facing stiff competition from heavily iterated franchises like Battlefield 4, Killzone: Shadow Fall, and Call of Duty, Respawn still took away top honors thanks to Titanfall's fluid aiming and mobility and inventive approach to blending single- and multiplayer.
The beautiful game lives up to its name on next-generation consoles. Playable behind closed doors despite being several months away from release on two brand-new consoles, FIFA 14 was the darling of the sports games at E3. Crowds feel more alive than any other sports sim to date, and thanks to many tweaks under the hood, the fidelity of control has been improved in relation to passing, shooting, heading, and defending. If FIFA 14 is any indication, EA Sports is poised to erase its tarnished reputation when it comes to transitioning to new consoles.
TOTAL WAR: ROME II
Creative Assembly is taking a two-pronged approach to improving its already stellar Total War series. To better assist players in managing their sprawling empires, Rome II streamlines troop recruitment, city-state management, diplomacy, and trade without sacrificing the depth for which the series is known. To improve the cinematic feel of the large-scale real-time strategy battles, the developer allows you to zoom the camera right into the fray to make you feel like you are standing shoulder to shoulder with your infantry as they violently clash with the enemy. Judging from our time with the game at E3, these tactics are working in tandem to make Rome II the must-play strategy game of 2013.
OCULUS RIFT HD
The eyes of the gaming world were focused squarely on new consoles this
year, but those that donned the Oculus Rift HD headset had another impressive
piece of hardware to rave about. The
amazing 1080p prototype unit showcased Unreal Engine 4, but even the standard-def Eve dogfighting demo
wowed those that played it. We wouldn't be surprised to see many VR skeptics become believers
when Oculus VR eventually releases a consumer version of the hardware.
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I was pretty impressed by TitanFall.
That said, it's hard to believe the winner of Best In Show is a multiplayer-only title.
Hmm... nothing for Destiny or Watch Dogs? Still, Titanfall seems quite amazing.
I thought Project Spark looked cool.
What? Best tech didn't go to Kinect 2.0??? XD
How could Dead Rising 3 be your best XBOX one exclusive? I'd say Project Spark was a about a billion times more innovative, or is that also on PC?
I also would have picked Destiny for best Multiplayer game. Not only is it being made by Bungie, but it seemed to merge campaign and multiplayer better than anything I've ever seen before. However, Titanfall does look epic, so I'm still pretty ok with that choice.
Titanfall was a good choice, but I liked Watch Dogs more, because it caught my eye earlier, I guess(it was my choice of the best of show on my blog), but Titanfall was my second choice. Good choices throughout.
I totally agree with titanfall winning the categories it was in. was hoping for something awesome and epic and boy did they deliver. good job respawn.
I feel like The Crew should've won racing, Destiny should've won shooter, and best in show should've gone to The Division.
I feel like I'm the only person who wasn't impressed with Titanfall based on what was shown.
Pretty bizarre how people are criticizing a list of demos that they have never even played.
How did the incredible Destiny strike out in every single category? I am really surprised as I am much more excited for it than I am Titanfall.
This was true GI at their best. Man have I missed you guys since most of the articles are so slanted lately with undertones and insinuations. This is what you guys do best-talk about new games with fresh ideas. I agree with this list almost entirely mostly because I trust you. I am so excited for these games and want at least one of them right now. Pref The Witcher 3. Cheers to a great E3. I hope you partied and didn't just type up your notes:)