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 don't agree with Infamous 2 being the best of PS3 or Gears of War 3 beating out Halo: Reach, though I understand Legend of Zelda and completeley agree with Portal 2.
Last time i checked critics, Fallout>Fable, and Halo is the greatest xbox 360 franchise. Where were both of them? And honestly, Portal doesnt impress me. It has no story other than you being a lab rat and it didnt draw me in like Half Life did.
what!!, GT5 didn't win anything?
Portal 2 Looks amazing! I cannot wait!
Generally I agreed with this list, except for the fact that LBP2 should have gotten the "Best of PS3" award.
The 3ds just pwn face at e3 this year
gears really? gears isnt even good. best of xbox should have been kinect or reach.
SWTOR is going to be amazing. I don't think it will be for everyone, but Star Wars and Bioware fans are going to eat it up.
I agree with the best tech.
I think this list was and is spot on! I totally agree :)
10 seconds of my life i will never get back
I think Bulletstorm is going to be that WAYY over the top experience. So over the top the game might lose the very draw it has; being over the top. The Demo looked so corny and repetitive I'm just hoping the final product does not cause you to play like that.
Wasn't there anything about Spec Ops the Line? 2k had some good titles to show and its kinda sad they didn't get too much attention.
Does Portal 2 win the Most Awards Award?
That 3DS looks pretty kickass
Scarce amount of games I will actually get.
wow. miss playing gears. Need a new xbox just for gears 3
Cannot wait for Gears of War 3! Finally....I can play a woman character. Not only that, but I get a choice as well!
Not surprised Gears of war 3 made the list