Four Days of E3: Best in Show Part 1

By now the craziness of E3 has died down like coming off of some crazy drug. E3 came back big this year with lots of great greats shown off from all sorts of publishers and developers. Inevitably, like most shows where companies are all trying to one up each other, certain games just generated bit more hype and excitement than others. I’m going to talk about what I think were some of the standout hits this year. Please remember, I’m not trying to flame bait for any one console over the other. If you disagree with any of what I said, I’d love to hear your comments.

Action Games

Best in Show – Assassin’s Creed 2

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Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC

This E3 was particular full of action games for the core gamer demographic such as God of War 3, Uncharted 2 and Bayonetta. Assassin’s Creed 2 puts you in the Italian Rennasiance as a man named Ezio who is extracting revenge against the rival families in Italy who killed his family. One of the main reasons this game stood out above the rest is the scope of the world they presented. The large crowds are still around from the first Assasin’s Creed and yet the world is big enough for Ezio to ride a flying machine across the span of a city. Ubisoft Montreal said they fixed many issues players complained about the first game, a big one being the combat. From the demo, you could Ezio disarming the guards and using their weapons against them. Assassin’s Creed 2 launches in November of this year.

Runner Up – Metroid: Other M

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Developer: Nintendo and Team Ninja
Platform: Wii

Nintendo did not have too many major surprises (at least none that weren’t met with a big resounding HUH??) at their press conference save this one, Metroid : Other M. What really made this a surprise was seeing that Team Ninja would be a co-developer on it. The trailer and screenshots show that this iteration of Metroid will possibly have a mix of 3D and 2D action, but little is actually confirmed. Also with Team Ninja being Itagaki-less, the question remains of what talent is left behind from the old Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden staff. Nevertheless, it looks considerably different than the Prime series and looks like an exciting reboot to the Metroid franchise. See? Nintendo still cares about hardcore gamers! Metroid: Other M is slated for 2010 release.

Missing in Action – Dead Rising 2

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Developer: Capcom
Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC

The US may have stopped caring or forgotten about swine flu, aka the new Black Plague, but Japan hasn’t. Due to concerns about traveling abroad, Capcom of Japan decided not to attend this year’s E3. This move denied the public more information into the follow-up to their smash hit Dead Rising. Hopefully we’ll hear more info soon like how the infection spread to Las Vegas Fortune City, will they be any changes to the gameplay and most importantly, does the new main character forgo waxing?