E3 2012 has officially concluded, ladies and gentlemen. If you were not following the conference for the big three, well it was quite a disappointment to say the least.
Microsoft started it off with a predictable Halo 4 trailer, and ended with an even more predictable Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer. And in between, we only got 1 major Microsoft exclusive game – Gears of War. And the rest of the show showed either average games at best, or tons of useless discussions such as the NBA and Nike talks, as well as the overflow of Xbox Smart Glass discussions which are quite useless for a gaming convention if you ask me.
Sony however did a little better by showing a few exclusives for the PS3 and the PS Vita. But nonetheless, they were known prior to E3 with the exception of Beyond: Two Souls. The saving grace for Sony’s conference would surely be Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, which can be easily considered as the best game shown in E3. That, and probably Watch_Dog by Ubisoft.
Lastly, we have Nintendo who basically had the ball to “˜winning this E3.’ However, they failed to showcase any launch details, except the fact that the Wii U will ship with 2 GamePads. And not only that, the games they showed for the Wii U are a bit of a disappointment. Many expected to see graphic-driven games to that can go head-to-head with the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360 but such is not the case.
Despite this year’s E3 being a bit of a bust, it did have it’s moments and here are our Top 5:
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s gameplay trailer was amazing. It breathed fresh air to the series’ almost stale gameplay mechanics. From the ability to hop in a jet and partake in aerial combat to equipping a gun that enables one to shoot through walls, this is one Call of Duty to look forward to indeed.
4. Xbox Smart Glass
Xbox Smart Glass may seem like Microsoft’s answer to Nintendo’s Wii U, and we’ll eventually see it being integrated to their other platforms; from their Xbox to their Windows Phone and Windows 8 PCs and tablets. Watching movies from Netflix in Xbox Live and having it stream to your Windows device are one of the features you can expect from Smart Glass.
3. Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Sam Fisher is back, ladies and gentlemen, and he comes in a bold new fashion. New voice actor, Kinect features, and a brand new gameplay element called “˜Kill in Motion’ which allows fluid kills.
2. The Last of Us
The critically acclaimed developers who brought you the “˜Uncharted’ series are now taking bold new steps with their new IP entitled “œThe Last of Us.” Unlike the “˜Uncharted’ series, which is greatly described as an action game due to the fact it revolves around running and jumping from one place to another while killing dozens of enemies, “˜The Last of Us’ however is more of a survival game. Ammo is scarce and hard to find, one bullet shot is already deadly, and health does not regenerate. This brand new game from Naughty Dog is definitely going to offer a different pace for their fans.
Many can agree that this brand new game by Ubisoft is one of the brightest moment in this year’s E3. A real standout game. It blends Grand Theft Auto’s open world approach with a cyber-hacking theme to it. The graphics are amazing to the point that Ubisoft are teasing that this game is actually not for this generation, but for the next generation of systems.