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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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The list is pretty good[Portal 2, Gears of War 3, Little Big Planet 2] but E3 this year had to have too many shooters [or so it seemed to me] for my taste
I completely agree with Portal 2 attaining best of show but where the h3ll is Halo Reach???
honestly for the first time, i dont think any one console had the upper hand. the thing that stole the show was the third party multiplatform games. sure there were a few good exclusives (twisted metal, killzone3, halo reach, gow3) but the coolest game seemed to be made by ea or ubisoft or another independent publisher. of course the wii sucked woth only like two relatively cool games and the 3ds was ok but besides the word of those that were there, nintendo has no way to prove that it works. also nobody knows of all the glitches and bugs that may come up with the new piece of hardware.
GoW 3 is the "best" 360 title of E3? More like "only" 360 title of E3. Man, F*** Kinect.
Biggest Disappointment of E3: No Elder Scrolls V announcement.
The only games on this list that I'm really looking forward to are NHL 11 and Mortal Kombat.
What is the world coming to?
hmm, im shocked you didn't mention the new Twisted Metal. That was a big reveal for me. Best handheld title God of War? I could have seen that coming. I think any or all of the 3DS titles that were revealed look more impressive, but that's just my opinion.
Dead Space 2 or Skyward Sword was deffinetly best of show.
where was kingdom hearts 3? and why was Epic Mickey, Kirby, donkey kong, and kid icaraus not on this list
Infamous 2 looks promising can't wait for it!
I disagree with the Best of X-box. GoW is way overrated.
Assassin's Creed.... *drools*
Gears 3 is the winner, in my opinion.
I agree with almost your entire list accept for best racing game how did Grand Turismo 5 not win that's an outrage. Great to hear that Assassins Creed Brotherhood has good multiplayer though.
hope reach lives up to Halo 3...if not im not sure if they made the right decision....
I agree with everything
definitely agree with the 3DS being the best Tech. it just blew me away.
we can haz Half-Life 2 Ep. 3? :-/
I think best multiplayer should've went to Medal of Honor but Assasin's Creed did look amazing too, Best Racer SHould've been Gran Turismo 5 or Twisted Metal and definantly best of show I agree with