The lights are on
After a week of game reveals, tech demonstrations, Cirque du Soleil freakshows, and a weekend of the deepest sleep us GI editors have ever had, E3 is over. Now that we've taken some time to separate ourselves from the madness, we've come up with our picks for the best that E3 had to offer.
Navigating through the crowded show floor, one can expect to be assaulted by military shooters, big-budget crime games, and other flashy franchises both gratuitous and gory in nature. This truth makes it that much more impressive, then, that the sequel to Valve’s surprise critical darling garnered our vote for Best of Show. Intelligent, innovative, and massively entertaining, Portal 2 is easily one of our top anticipated games of 2011.
In the original Infamous, you assumed control of a ridiculously powerful electric superhero that could throw lightning grenades and summon thunderstorms. We didn't think it could get much cooler than that, but Sucker Punch proved us wrong with Infamous 2. With a sweet new locale, an assortment of new powers (electric tornadoes!), and an intriguing story, we can't wait to see what's next for the electric man.
Gears of War 3
Bulletstorm may be the new kid on Epic's block, but that doesn't mean we don't have plenty to look forward to in the Locust-slaying Gears series. With more variety in its campaign, visuals that top even the series high standards, four-player co-op, and the new Beast mode, Gears is looking better than ever.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Everyone knew we'd be seeing a new Zelda title this year, but that didn't take away any of our excitement for it. After some unfortunate technical hiccups during the Nintendo presser, we were thrilled to find that the game handled like a dream. Considering the only other Zelda on the system is essentially a Gamecube port, it's great to see a built-from-the-ground-up adventure made just for the Wii.
While disappointed by the delay of Portal 2 to an undisclosed window
in 2011, the announcement that Valve is rescinding their ban on
PlayStation 3 development nearly made up for the agonizing wait. The
time already invested into the game shows – improvements to the
graphics, level design, and music were immediately apparent. Now that
the PlayStation 3 is on the platform roster, more gamers than ever
before will be able to enjoy Portal 2 come launch day.
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It's Cirque DU Soleil and not Cirque DE Soleil. Learn FRench dude...
if only Resistance 3 was announced...
Yay Gears of War 3 and Mortal Kombat
I agree. Dan should learn French.
Good gravy that would be delicious to observe.
Can't wait to hear more about Journey. Flower and Flow looked amazing and I have high hopes for the latest title.
Reach should have got a best co-op or SOMETHING!
I like how the first couple of awards went to GI cover games. A little more variety would have been nice. Games like Donkey Kong Country Returns, Goldeneye, Twisted Metal, etc. were totally deserving of spots. They look great & they weren't already known about prior to E3.
The fact that Portal 2, of all games, got so many awards from here disappoints me even more.
glad to finally see a site like GI gave Zelda an award. I seriosly don't get what was on the other site's minds when selecting games. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that other games don't deserve awards, but it just felt like Zelda was getting a rather unusual amount of "meh" reactions from the press.
LBP2 should win everything.
i guess it's time to get on board with this generation...ps3 ville here i come sorry softies your console has some great exclusives but sony has the games i'm most interested in
Looks like a mostly good list....should've had some awards on the developers though, like for bringing change or just having the most good titles
Reach should be in here...
I think Dead Space 2 was Game of Show. I would say Portal 2, but there just wasn't much from it besidea a trailer...
cool , i wish i wuz there
portal 2 looks crazy sad it was delayed though
One of the more predictable lists I've seen online. No real shockers (minus Portal 2 winning a bunch)
I was overall impressed with the show and every system seems to have a lot of great things to offer.Though I think Sonys push for the expensive genre of 3d is a bit to soon, and way to pricey at the moment which could hurt it in the long run.3D tvs and 3d glasses that you have to buy separately just seems a bit too much and only for the crowd who can really afford it for the next couple of years until the price begins to dwindle or it fizzes out altogether.But none the less some very great games and periphs coming out, and I was happy to see kinect get some love from some people who actually got to experience it rather than haters on a thread who think opinion is the new fact.
People are too quick to shoot down new tech until it is actually proven worthy of the money you spend on it,we need to be a little more open minded about gaming and look at all the kinect has to offer and what it could bring to the table in the long run.
Best of show was Portal 2 huh i did not expect that. Personally i would have said Gears Of War 3. And best racing game for me would have bean Twisted Metal.
So...any idea why the Fable 3 description just kind of fades away?