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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I'm thrilled to see Portal 2 as Best of Show. It must be looking impressive as hell.
Assassub's Creed bortherhood sounds amazing. Like a super secret spy assassin game online. Sure to get your blood pupmping when you walk right in front of your target...
zelda as best of wii? it was an awful zelda show!
How much will the 3DS cost?!?!?! And, Kratos doesn't kill Midas. Daedulus does. I should know.
Reach deserved best shooter and best 360 game. GOW3 brings nothing new to the table, and Bulletstorm will be awesome... for the 10 hours the game lasts.
yay, i have portal 2 on ps3
heh, ya know, every now and then I'd look at some gameinformer list and freak because a certain game wasn't on there and think you guys were crazy. (what ever list it was I still enjoyed it). But now I truly due believe that your crazy. How could you not put the "GoldenEye 007" remake up there.
very surprised Assassins Creed Brotherhood getting the multiplayer nod. I think it deserves it, just surprised is all.
I think either Halo or Bulletstorm deserved the 360 award... Gears 3 is just Gears 2 with some new retarded enemies.
portal will not be the best title of the bunch . they didnt even mention killzone 3 you guys suck at your jobs
yeah you guys suck best puzzle should have been lbp2 and best of show
Wow- Valve stopped being duches. Only took like three years.
Man I total agree with every choice... But to me i'm most excited about Deus Ex, that game look outstanding!!
Anxiously awaiting Gears of War 3!
best E3 ever!
This years E3 was so awesome.
You guys forgot to give out 2 of the awards.
Best Surprise: Twisted Metal (or Kid Icarus, yes I went there :P)
Funniest Guest/Spokesperson: Kevin Butler XD