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Another year, another E3 come and gone. The world's biggest gaming convention plowed through the Los Angeles Convention Center this week with every big name in the business in attendance: Ubisoft, Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, EA, Konami, Epic Games, Bethesda; the list goes on. The Electronic Entertainment Expo always makes waves when it rolls through, bringing with it trailers, announcements, demos, and more.
This year's expo was no different. We got to see awesome demo footage from Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, Metal Gear Rising, Assassin's Creed III; so many games that it's impossible to list them individually. Instead, we'll give you the top 3 games shown at E3 2012.
3. The Last of Us (Naughty Dog)
Fresh off the Uncharted franchise, developer Naughty Dog is coming back full-force with their latest effort, The Last of Us. Following a deadly plague that ravaged the planet, the game is set in a post-apocalyptic city rife with dangerous, feral survivors out to plunder and kill anything or anyone in their path. Playing as Joel, a hardened black market dealer, you cross the country with companion Ellie, avoiding falling into the hands of the totalitarian military and evading death from the infected survivors.
This game, on top of being visually amazing, looks fanFREAKINGtastic. The feeling of isolation and danger is palpable in the gameplay. You can't run around and shoot everything; you have to be calculated and resourceful. Although Ellie is with you to help, one can only guess how truly effective of a partner she will be. My only criticism falls on the mini action cutscenes. It's apparent you have little to no control over these sequences, which is slightly disappointing, but I have no doubt they'll keep the flow of the game natural and exciting.
2. Halo 4 (343 Industries)
The game everyone has been waiting for: the continuation of Master Chief's story. After it was announced that Bungie Studios would no longer handle development of Halo and passed the baton to 343 Industries, many were skeptical of the game's future in seemingly foreign hands. Given the demo below, I think 343 is doing a damn good job at breathing fresh life into the franchise:
Phew, that's a lot to take in. It's minor but to me, the ability to all-out sprint without the help of power-ups is huge. You'd think a super soldier in the future would be able to easily sprint from the beginning, nevertheless, it's great to finally see Chief run. When he picked up that alien weapon and you see it assemble is wild; new enemies and weapons should help make this edition of the series stick out a little more. Chief himself looks incredibly polished and updated when compared to previous entries; same goes for Cortana. We won't know for sure until its release November 6th, but it's safe to say this game is ready to take on any challengers.
Related: Assassin's Creed III Trailer Reveal
1. Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal)
There were a LOT of games teased and demoed at E3, just check out IGN's coverage and you'll see what I mean. I could've picked many games to be my favorite. It was especially hard passing up Assassin's Creed III, but I have already expressed my love for that game a few times. But really, no other game peaked my interest as much as Ubisoft's next possible franchise, Watch Dogs.
In a real world full of rapidly advancing technology and perpetual battles over privacy, Watch Dogs looks to completely exploit those fears and issues with their story. Able to control any tech around him, main protagonist Aidan Pearce can invade phones, steal texts, expose the most intimate secrets, then blackmail his target to exposing the truth. He can alter streetlights and cause ten-car pile ups that kill his target, or run-and-gun like Niko Bellic from Grand Theft Auto IV. The options are literally endless in this world. The freakishly relevant storyline and rumored features make Watch Dogs the must-watch (no pun intended) game of 2012.
E3 2012 was just flat out incredible. All of the demos, trailers, and announcements made this one of the best conventions to date. As more details about each title is released, SUMO will be right behind, ready to update you asap. Until then, keep on gaming kids.
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