What We’re Excited About for E3 2012

Phil Hornshaw

Assassin’s Creed 3

The Assassin’s Creed universe has brought a lot of history and research into the world of video games and found great ways of making it compelling, so taking on the American Revolution will hopefully be a deep experience that melds the boring stuff we learned in fourth grade with a great deal of stabbing and/or shooting. I really can’t wait to see what Ubisoft brings to the fore in AC3 and I’m really hoping they step up to make a politically charged, controversial look at the founding of the nation, because there is a lot of very fertile ground to till to create some very adult themes. Ubisoft has a chance to make a video game that melds strategy and the more mindless, violent aspects, with story elements and characters that could really engage players on deeper levels we don’t often see.

Aliens: Colonial Marines

I got to see the Aliens: Colonial Marines demo at last year’s E3, and it was both elating and disheartening. Elating because HELL YEAH ALIENS WHOO! Disheartening because at that moment, the demo seemed thin on things that would make Colonial Marines anything more than just another FPS. The game didn’t seem to offer a whole lot in the realm of new, envelope-pushing material, and while it’s cool that it’s a canonical Aliens franchise story, I’m still waiting for it to become something special.

That’s why I’m hoping that at this E3, we’ll get to see even more of Colonial Marines and start seeing reasons why it’ll be worth buying. A recently released Colonial Marines teaser trailer looks great; now it’s just down to the gameplay. I’m very optimistic about the direction Gearbox is taking the game — now we just need to see it become something different from the rest of the FPS field and worthy of the franchise from which it gets its subject matter.

Ron Whitaker

Hitman: Absolution

The Hitman games have always been among my very favorite in all of gaming. They offer such a wealth of experiences, and they allow you to play the game in the style you find most enjoyable. Trying to finish a game with all ‘Silent Assassin’ ratings, or trying to complete a series of ‘Suit Runs’ is amazingly challenging and fun. Seeing the initial videos for Absolution, I was a little put off by what looked like more action-oriented gameplay, but recent statements from Square assuring us that the stealth gameplay is still in there have my hopes up again.

Dishonored

Initial Dishonored trailers made me think of Assassin’s Creed in a dystopian, steampunk world with a much greater emphasis on stealth. That’s enough to get my attention. Having Bethesda develop it? That’s the icing on the cake. I’ll need to see some actual gameplay and lot more info before the excitement dial goes to 11, but this is definitely a game I have my eye on.

Company of Heroes 2

I sunk well over 400 hours into the first Company of Heroes and its expansions. I spent countless hours in the Company of Heroes Online beta. I’ve been playing strategy games for years, and no one has ever been better at creating them than the team at Relic. Company of Heroes is atop my list of great RTS games, so it should be no surprise that I’m chomping at the bit to see and play the sequel. Real-time combat on the Eastern Front of World War II is coming, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

What are you guys looking forward to at E3 2012? Let us know in the comments (and we’ll try to find out more about it when we get there and report back).

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2 Comments on What We’re Excited About for E3 2012

SXO

On May 30, 2012 at 6:07 am

@CJ You should also read into PlanetSide 2′s own engine if you like the tech behind engines. The Forge Light engine it uses is one of the few game engines out there that supports real-time radiosity.

What I’m looking forward to most at E3 is seeing whether or not BI officially announces their plans for the Day Z mod and ARMA 3. Word on the grapevine is that there are indeed plans to port the mod to ARMA 3, but no word on whether it’ll remain just a mod, or become an official component of the game, or perhaps an expansion. Perhaps if anyone from Gamefront that’s attending the show can try and track down Rocket if he’s there (since he actually works for BI) and see if they can squeeze out some info.

Ron Whitaker

On May 30, 2012 at 6:58 am

@SXO: That’s on our list of things to do. We’ve already got time booked with BI to chat with them about everything ARMA 3.