E3 2012: Retrospect

So now that E3 2012 is officially over, I thought I would take this opportunity to re-cap the entire expo here, on linksaveszelda.com! Fun, right? No? Well anyway, I wanted to go over some of the highlights and disappointments of this years E3. Don’t forget that these are just my opinions, everyone has different feelings about these things and I’m just sharing mine. Now that that’s settled, let’s get down to business! (Sorry, but not to defeat the Huns…)

One of the main things that caught my eye last year and again this year was Tomb Raider. This reboot looks amazing, and that’s not just bias – regardless of my Lara Croft/Tomb Raider fangirlism, I think this game shows definite promise and the more I see on it the better it looks. They showed off some of the gameplay for the game, which made it look like a big change from the previous games but a good change none the less. I really like the direction this reboot is going in. There were also some developer interviews that let us peer into the dynamics of the game and the character of Lara. Another game I really enjoyed seeing new trailers and gameplay for was the recently announce Gears of War: Judgement. As a big fan of the Gears series, this one stuck out for it’s new direction, namely the lack of Marcus Fenix and addition of a couple of new characters. I think that making Damon Baird the main character and having the game take place before the past three games was really smart. Gears fans get a new game and people who were losing interest have something new to hang on to. New media for Resident Evil 6 and God of War Acension was shown too, as well as gameplay for Last of Us which was really cool. I’ve really been looking forward to Last of Us, and seeing the gameplay made me that much more excited for the game. More was also shown for Aliens: Colonial Marines, gearing me up more and more for that game.

Sony announced a neat looking game at E3 – Beyond: Two Souls. Made by the team that made Heavy Rain, this game looks fresh, cool and very interesting. I will be looking forward to seeing more on that in the future. Watch Dogs was also announced at the expo, and it looks like a nice change up in gaming. It’s being made by Ubisoft and almost looks like a more badass Grand Theft Auto with a deep story, which is intriguing. Splinter Cell: Blacklist was also announced by Ubisoft, taking place as a direct sequel to Splinter Cell: Conviction. I just recently got into the Splinter Cell series, so it was quite a neat announcement for me. Microsoft and 343 Industries showed off some cool looking gameplay and new trailers for Halo 4. I’m getting more and more excited for it as the release date gets closer, I can’t wait to stay up all night and play it with my friends. The campaign looks good too, I’m glad to see the Chief and Cortana back in action. Devil May Cry had some neat media shown off this year, too. I wasn’t very excited about DmC at first, but the more I see on it the more I think it looks like a fun game worth playing. There was also a plethora of new trailer, gameplay videos, and interviews on Assassin’s Creed III, which was very cool indeed. Seeing more on that game is always a good thing, it looks great! Also, I was very happy to see gameplay for Crysis 3. That game looks so awesome, it’s going to blow a lot of other games in the shooter genre out of the water, no doubt.

Something that disappointed me was Dead Space 3. I don’t mean to harp on it too much, because I’m sure I will still play it and enjoy it, but not in the same way that I enjoyed the past two games in the series. It’s just that my worst fears were realized and the game looks to have very little survival horror elements in it which is what has made the series stand out thus far. It seems to be very action based, after watching the gameplay and seeing the newly added combat roll, I knew that was what they were going for. The addition of co-op is neat, but disappointing in that I know now it will make the game lack the scary factor since I will be playing it with a partner. Even if I did play solo though, it seems like it would hardly be as horrifying and scary as the past games. I also wish that more of the announcements happened during E3, but these days a lot of the major stuff gets announced the week before the expo, making the expo less exciting for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love to watch all the new media at E3 – but I just wish it was condensed into all four days as opposed to announcing stuff the week before and then having everything major in days one and two, and not much that’s new on days three and four. I suppose it’s not that much of an issue since we get to see the stuff regardless, but I like the excitement of waiting, personally.

If you want to know more or see any of the media mentioned above, check out my E3 2012 coverage here.

Don’t agree? Want to add more? Make sure to leave a comment and share your opinion!

4 thoughts on “E3 2012: Retrospect

  1. It makes E3 pointless to announce everything a week before the event. A lot of games do look great, but I agree with DS3. Being alone gives you that ambient feeling of well, being alone — and horror. Maybe it will be better than what we first saw, or maybe it will turn out like RE5 were it was more action oriented. I just hope for the best, and that being, having both players screaming in horror of necromorphs.
    Thanks a lot for covering the event.

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  2. Definitely excited for the new Gears installment and looking forward to reading more about it. I didn’t get a chance to watch too much because this week was crazy, but I want to look up the videos online at some point. I already have Halo 4 preordered and can’t WAIT for it! Thanks for the recaps this week and this summary post!

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