E3 is right around the corner. In just a few short weeks we’ll be surrounded by so many games are heads are likely to explode. E3 marks our yearly chance to look into the crystal ball and see what’s out there on the horizon. And while there will be tons of publishers and developers on the show floor, there are a few games we’re specifically head-hunting. These ten titles are the ones that make our hearts throb and our pants tight. So, come, let Erik Norris and Joey Davidson, our two editorial staffers bringing you CraveOnline’s E3 coverage from June 6-9, detail why they’re excited for these titles specifically.
This is Irrational Games’ return to the BioShock namesake. I was signed up as soon as I heard that bit of news. Then Ken Levine, Creative Director on the BioShock franchise, pulled the rug out from under me by ditching Rapture and taking the action of Infinite to the skis in a floating city called Columbia that is the “American Dream” realized. On top of that, BioShock Infinite brings with it a whole new partner dynamic with Elizabeth, the woman you’re sent to Columbia to rescue. After every trailer I watch for BioShock Infinite my jaw hits the floor. Now I’m excited to actually experience Irrational’s mad little game for myself. – Erik
Mario. 3DS. Seriously. If anything is going to move systems like crazy, it’s going to be a Mario title. Nintendo needs this to be huge, and going by what’s being said about it so far, it will be. It’s a blend of Mario Galaxy and Mario 64. READ THAT AGAIN! Get excited.
Plus, Raccoon Tails are making their return. – Joey
Mass Effect 3
I’m tired of Call of Duty. I loved it for a long time, but now I’m just tired. DICE knows what they’re doing. The previous Battlefield titles have all been great, and Bad Company 2 was one of the best shooters to come out in years. Plus, our demo is for the single player portion of the game. I love well done single player military shooters, what little there are these days. The Call of Duty stories have wondered towards convoluted, I’m hoping DICE brings us back to basics with Battlefield 3. – Joey
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
The original Uncharted blew away my expectations. Then Uncharted 2 released and I found a new favorite in the series (I’m not alone there). Therefore, it’s safe to reason that Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 3 will steal the crown away from Uncharted 2 when it releases later this year. Maybe I’m a bad gaming journalist, but I’ve been purposely avoiding information concerning Uncharted 3 so the experience feels fresh when I get my grubby little hands on the title. I want to be wowed. I don’t want to know every little detail about what I’m going to be playing. With that said, I’m really anxious to play this game. Like, I’ll murder a bitch if I have to. Luckily, Sony is giving me a chance to see Uncharted 3 first-hand at E3 in order to save the lives of millions. Or so that’s what I’ve been telling myself. – Erik
Batman: Arkham City
While we won’t be hearing Arleen Sorkin’s voice as Harley Quinn in the newest adventure of the Caped Crusader, there’s still an overwhelming amount of stuff to get pumped up for with Batman: Arkham City. An open world, a look at Gotham, a longer game, a bigger game, new villains and more of Bats and his gadgets. Any Batman fan on any level would obviously love to don the tights and hang from gargoyles. We’ll be doing that in just over a week, and I know I’m psyched. – Joey
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
This one’s kind of a shocker, as it wasn’t until Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood that I really got behind this franchise 100%. I enjoyed the first AC; found the second one to be better, but still not perfect; it wasn’t until Brotherhood that the stars aligned. Ubisoft fixed nearly everything that irked me about their tent-pole franchise, making AC: Brotherhood one of the absolute best games of 2010. Now I’m expecting Assassin’s Creed: Revelations to turn the dial up to 11, to use a played out Spinal Tap reference. And to really spice the formula up, the action is finally moving away from Rome to Constantinople. Excelsior! – Erik
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
I’m going to come straight out and say it: I’m not an Elder Scrolls fan. GASP! Why is this on my list, then!?!? Because I admire the principles and tech it takes to make the series happen. While games like this are way too much for my feeble mind to handle, I respect them for what they are and what they bring to the table. Odds are, the demo for Skyrim will absolutely blow me away. I’m looking forward to that “wow” moment that will make my day amidst a crazy run of appointments and interviews. This game might deliver it. – Joey
This entry is the runt of my litter. I’m typically not a huge fan of the Resistance series. So, you might be asking yourself, “Why is Resistance 3 one of your most anticipated games of E3, Erik?” Well, I think the change of lead character and scenery has gone a long way to sway me to the other side. I love a good down-on-their-luck-no-hope-left kind of story. That’s what Resistance 3 seems to be aiming for. Insomniac has always made the Resistance titles solid first-person shooters from a gameplay standpoint, they just needed a storytelling hook that spoke to me. Now they’ve found it, whether by accident or not. – Erik
Star Fox 3DS
Gamers from my generation grew up playing the best in the Star Fox franchise. The SNES and 64 saw the series produce stunning space combat games that pushed the reset button on our expectations.
The series diverted from there. Sure, Star Fox DS was a nice return to basics, but that was the closest we ever came to seeing the version of Arwing combat that we grew up loving. Star Fox 3DS to me, and people like me, could be that return to stellar combat that I’ve been yearning for. And, it’s going to bust the lackluster 3DS library. Win – win. – Joey