What We’re Excited About for E3 2012
Last week, the Game Fronters got together to make some (fairly dismal and sarcastic) predictions about next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, most of which included high hopes being dashed by corporate culture. Today, we’re looking at the brighter, less ironic side of E3 2012 — because there will be games there. And we’re excited to see them.
In fact, though a lot of big titles have been removed from E3 this year and a lot of things we’d been hoping to see, such as Respawn Entertainment’s project finally announced, won’t be happening, there’s still plenty of cool stuff likely to show up at the LA Convention Center. There’s a lot of potential for greatness out there, and we’re hopeful that developers and publishers don’t disappoint. So here they are: our hopes for E3 2012 and the games that have us most anxious to get there.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
After getting a taste of XCOM: Enemy Unknown at PAX East, I’m excited to see more at E3. Though I’m not an experienced old-school XCOM player like some, the mix of strategy, tactics, RPG mechanics, and horror really appeals. Firaxis has a solid track record in the genre, and from what I’ve seen so far, they’ve managed to update the game for a modern audience without watering down the key features that make the franchise such a legend. The decisions seem just as fraught and stressful as ever, and the visual presentation is spot on — neither to realistic nor too stylized. Hopefully I will return from E3 with some hands-on experience to describe.
Unreal Engine, PlanetSide 2
I admit it: I love to ogle gorgeous graphics. They may not make a game great, but it’s impressive to see how far technology can be pushed and how close we can come to real-time photo-realism. Epic blew me away with its Samaritan tech demo a couple years back, and while there’s no guarantee they’ll showcase something similar this year, I’m quietly optimistic.
As for an actual game, while I never had the opportunity to play the original PlanetSide, I fell in love with the idea of massively multiplayer sci-fi FPS and have high hopes for PS2. Two thousand player battles? If lag-free, then yes, please, Planetside 2.