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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Personally surprised that KZ3 didn't get anything =0
No Halo: Reach? SPACE BATTLES MAN SPACE BATTLES! Halo has had 4 player co-op a long time.
I would say New Vegas > Fable III, and I wouldn't call Deus Ex an FPS, but other than that, nice list
The shockers on this list:
Gran Turismo 5 shut out as best racer.
No Halo: Reach, though Gears 3 does look great.
Bulletstorm beats out Halo: Reach, Gears 3, and Killzone 3 for best shooter.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood for best multiplayer, even though it looks like it will be Tenchu Z all over again.
I'm shocked and saddened by some of these games. A lot of these I wasn't impressed with at all.
Now I'm anticipating Portal 2 and Civilization V even more. Can't wait to get my hands on them both!
I'm so pumped for Dead Space 2 and Deus Ex... and Portal 2 probably won't be too shabby either...
cant wait for portal 2 and civ 5 o and lest we forget brotherhood.
woah woah woah whats with the lack of Halo:Reach!?!?!???!!!
woah woah woah whats with the lack of Killzone 3!?!?!???!!!
Seriously though I am really looking forward to Deus Ex: Human Revolution. So much so that I bought the original two from steam because of the 75% off sale, even though my computer is away for repairs and wont be back for a week or two.
I'm glad all of these games were picked. Portal 2's gameplay looked AMAZING. I'm also glad GI chose Bulletstorm for best shooter over all of the other shooters, because it's something different. Don't get me wrong, I love Killzone and Halo, but most of it is all the same. It's time game developers did something different.
Compared to other lists here.... I thought this on was a weak list. Portal 2 is epic, but I thought there was way more deserving games then that. (Twisted Metal?) Don't really get "Best Tech" since the 3DS was really the only new thing of the entire show that the general gamer is aware of. Plus, there is an entire section missed here, and it is motion control. Where is LBP2, and others? And comon, Zelda is big, but its more like saying the Best of show is every new Spiderman announcement. Its Zelda. We know its good, and we will love it. There where more deserving Nintendo offerings such as Kid Icarus, anyone? (Goldeneye??!!)
No Scott Pilgrim???
I'm very happy you guys chose the 3DS as the Best Tech, I strongly agree with that, and can't wait to get my hands on one. I am a little surprised that New Vegas didn't get Best RPG, but you can't get everything you want.
Still a good list overall though :)
Where's the MGS RISING Love?
I'm very excited about Portal 2, Gears of War 3, and Dues Ex: Human Revolution. I've never played the first Dues Ex, but I liked recent trailer for Dues Ex: HR. I'll give Bulletstorm a try. I need to play Flower and Cloud before Journey becomes available.
I pretty much agree with this list.