Friday, June 10, 2011

E3: 2011 - Games to Watch

There were a slew of titles on display at this year's show, and there were plenty of them that I am sure will warrant a purchase. The lack of original IPs is a little disheartening, but there were still plenty of gems that stood out from the rest. Yeah, Uncharted 3 looks great and Elder Scrolls V is stunning, but here were the titles I felt deserved a bit more recognition and attention:

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
PC/PS3/Xbox 360/ Wii
Developer: Ubisoft Paris/Ubisoft Redstorm
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: March 2012

Co-op is taken to a whole new level with Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Four players in a third person cover shooter must work together to complete objectives. You are assisted with some nifty tech by way of optic camouflage and UAV drones to hide and spot enemy locations. Shipping with Kinect capabilities, it will be interesting to see the end result, but the classic control scheme looks to make this just as enjoyable.

Kid Icarus: Uprising
Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: 2011

If any title could sway me to purchase a 3DS, it's this one. Pit returns to battle a reborn Medusa in mixed gameplay of air and ground combat. The action looks fast and the visuals look stunning for a hand-held title.

Kingdoms of Amalur
Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC
Developer: 38 Studios, Big Huge Games
Publisher: EA
Release Date: Q1 - 2012

The lead designer of Elder Scrolls: Oblivion has headed up this latest single-player RPG. Combat is single button action style with the occasional quicktime events. Though it is strongly emphasized, that this will require much more than button mashing to play. Being called a combination of God of War and Oblivion, it will be one to watch.

PS3, Xbox 360
Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Insomniac Games
Release Date: TBA

Introducing a new Spy-Fi co-op franchise, Overstrike caught my attention with its cinematic trailer. With its colorful cast and over-the-top action, it is shaping up to be another must-play action shooter. Developers are promising a slew of weapons and gadgets that require teamwork to combine and use effectively.

Dragon's Dogma
Xbox 360, PS3
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: Early 2012

One of the more underrated titles at this year's show, Dragon's Dogma is an upcoming action/adventure title. It looks to combine Shadow of the Colossus with the typical hack and slash game. Many of the games' creatures are giant in scale, and require you to climb them to attack efficiently. The visuals are simply amazing, and the detail put into the creatures you are fighting is top notch.

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