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God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Generally speaking, handheld games are awesome for reasons that are different than why console games are awesome. In the case of Ghost of Sparta (as with Chains of Olympus before it), we've seen a PSP title that looks like it will fully live up to the quality and style of gameplay of its PS3 brethren. Filling a gap in the God of War storyline between the first and second game, Ghost of Sparta will see Kratos hurting, maiming, torturing, and generally killing even more important figures from Greek mythology. A guest appearance from Midas and a first look at Kratos's new spear and shield combo made this the most promising handheld game at this year's show.
The PC-exclusive market has moved toward smaller releases and more independent development, while triple-A development has made its way toward the (generally) more lucrative console market. Firaxis Games is one of very few exceptions left, but the Civilization team's dedication to its craft hasn't suffered as its competition has fallen away. Civ V had an impressive E3 showing, answering doubts about whether Firaxis could pull off the drastic changes to Civ's roots that are such a huge part of Civ V. Games like this remind us why it is still good to be a PC gamer.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Unlike other first-person shooters at the show, Deus Ex: Human Revolution wasn't focused on the shooting itself. While the action looked good, what really excited us about this franchise revival is the focus on exploring, talking to NPCs, uncovering a shadowy conspiracy, and experimenting with all the different possible paths you can use to reach every objective. Sure, you could just shoot through a legion of bad guys if you want. Or you could use your verbal prowess to intimidate a thug, eavesdrop on a conversation that gives you a key piece of information, stealthily navigate some ventilation shafts...basically enough options to make every level an interesting playground.
Dead Space 2
When EA announced Dead Space 2 late last year, a few fans worried that the increased focus on action would dilute the game’s horror quotient. Thankfully Visceral Games put those fears aside by introducing us to a few new ones at this year’s E3. Dead Space 2 isn’t less scary because it has a more action-focused mindset; it just controls better. New weapons, new enemies, and a smoothed-over control system all make Dead Space 2 look like it’s going to deliver a horror thrill ride unlike any game before.
Portal 2 maintains the simple formula set by its predecessor. The player communicates with the environment by shooting a pair of portals. Easy enough. Still, Valve has managed to up the ante by introducing new gameplay mechanics. Physics now transfer through portals, and the addition of tractor beams, aerial faith plates, redirection cubes, and various gels have make for even more ingenious puzzles. Factor in a co-op campaign – where both brains will be needed – and we’re sold.
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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?