Feature: Best of E3 2012

E3 2012 may not have blown many gamers away earth shattering announcements but there was plenty of fantastic software. So much so, that our wallets will be pleading for mercy this Winter. Here are our Best of E3 2012. 

The Last of Us

Sony had a plethora of great PS3 games this year; and while God of War: Ascension and even David Cage’s BEYOND: Two Souls looked interesting, it was Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us that stole the show. Mixing melee combat, third-person shooting and throwing them in a playground littered with the worst of mankind simply trying to survive a viral outbreak; its ripe blend of chaos is packed for some brutal water cooler moments. The worse thing we can say about The Last of Us is that we’ll have to wait to experience it next year. 

Honorable Mention: God of War: Ascension

Halo 4

Proving that the old and trusty Xbox 360 still has some tricks left in the old dog yet; 343 Industries laid it down and wowed this year with the triumphant return of the Chief. Featuring new enemies, an amazing graphics engine and a much darker tale to tell, 343 is set on claiming the Halo franchise fully and making sure old fans are stunned and in the process make some new ones. 

Honorable Mention: Splinter Cell: Blacklist

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Many old school PC fans bitched and whined the nights away when 2K announced a few years back that XCOM was coming back as a shooter. Amazingly enough, that reboot hasn’t had the easiest of development experiences, but thank the old PC gods it’s just fine thanks to a proper sequel to XCOM from the fine folks at Firaxis. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is bringing back the strategy of old wrapped in a beautiful new engine with more tactical options than ever. While XCOM: Enemy Unknown is making its way to consoles, we all know its true home is on a PC. 

Honorable Mention: Dishonored

New Super Mario Bros. U

It’s Mario in HD. What more needs to really be said. Considering Nintendo didn’t have the best showing of software for what is a new system launch, New Super Mario Bros. U is at this point a savior in red-overalls for Nintendo. 

Honorable Mention: Pikmin 3

Halo 4

It’s hard to find a more complete shooter experience than 343 Industries Halo 4. With new additions to the multiplayer like new specialties, armor abilities and the addition of a weekly episodic content in the form of Spartan Ops; Halo 4 is a lot of game for $60 this fall. It also doesn’t hurt that it looks so good we feel it may melt our Xbox. There’s a red rind of death joke in there somewhere.

Honorable Mention: Far Cry 3

Tomb Raider

Lara Croft is back and taking some notes from fellow tomb raider Nathan Drake from the looks of it. Cystal Dynamics impressed audiences this year with the full reveal of Lara’s latest adventure in its all new reboot of the franchise. While we’re still a bit wary of all the new survival elements to the game, we’re just excited to see Lara finally getting the AAA treatment she so rightly deserves. 

Honorable Mention: Assassin’s Creed III

Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Criterion Games is known for making some of the best racing games around and the latest Need for Speed is looking to keep that ass kicking tradition going. Most Wanted brings the best of the Need for Speed franchise (insane chases) and the best of Burnout (open-world insanity) into a solid package with online multiplayer and weekly challenges, making racing fans keep on racing.

Honorable Mention: Forza Horizon

Star Wars 1313

This generation has been a weird one for LucsArts. We got the downright badass Force Unleashed which was packed with some sexy technology and a story that fit nicely into the Star Wars universe. Then, for reasons unknown (money), LucasArts decided to follow it up with a mess of a sequel that not only rewrote the Star Wars universe but also caused a massive ‘WTF’ moment that echoed many Star Wars fans sentiments of The Phantom Menace. 

Regardless of all that, LucasArts like an old lover with a new sexy pair of fake tits is back to try and woo us back into its warm embrace with Star Wars 1313. We know pretty much nothing about the title at the moment — cept’ for it being a third-person action adventure that looks to be giving Nathan Drake some serious jelly vibes. What we do know is that it looks absolutely stunning and makes us long for next-gen consoles now. if this is the starting point for next-gen visuals, then we’re already drooling. 

Honorable Mention: Watch_Dogs

Resident Evil 6

Zombies are still very much a hot commodity in gaming, and the granddaddy of ‘freak you out’ zombie games is back with some of the creepiest looking flesh eaters around. Resident Evil 6 may be packing some serious action, which I know may will groan at, but it’s also bringing back the horror of the classic games. Yeah, Dead Space 3 has some crazy undead critters as well, but nothing beats a good old fashion horde of zombies gunning to make you their late night snack.

Honorable Mention: Deadlight

DmC: Devil May Cry

Let’s be real for a moment here. DmC: Devil May Cry from the day it was announced has been something of a sore spot for fans of the series. Many hardcore fans took one look at the new Dante and slowly felt the rush of vomit to their lips. Its taken some time but developer Ninja Theory along with Capcom have come a long long way from the coked out drug look that was originally presented; this years E3 showed off a new Devil May Cry that not only keeps the cheese of the original but also brings it to life with beautiful animation, a colorful palette and a silky-smooth frame rate that belies the very controversial decision to go 30 fps. The jury is still out on how the full product will fare but consider us more than a little excited at a new take on the half-demon with a penchant for violence and f-bombs. 

Honorable Mention: Darksiders II

It was a tough call but Ubisoft’s latest effort in the Assassin’s Creed franchise is proof that we’re all still in love with white hoodie’s and hidden-blades. Assassin’s Creed III looks to be a huge leap for the series and brings with it not only a visually jaw-dropping new engine with animation that rivals Uncharted; but also a deep new story with plenty of new gameplay additions tp multiplayer and its all new naval combat — which lets us finally live out our dreams of being Captain Jack Sparrow. 

Honorable Mention: Halo 4

That’s our take on E3 2012, what’s your list?

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