E3 2010 – The GregHorrorShow Wrap Up

 

So E3 has been and gone, leaving us to pick through the huge mass of info and game news that it’s left in it’s wake.

Not all of us were lucky enough to go to the actual show but fortunately Gametrailers.com and the like have managed to bring us footage and interviews from the show.

For a more in-depth look at some of the games from someone that was at E3, check out @Zvolen’s website Beyondthedpad.com

Well there’s a hell of a lot of stuff to get through – so let’s get started!

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MEDAL OF HONOR

Looks pretty interesting, especially in single player. On the multiplayer front it seems very similar to Battlefield, which is a good thing in one way but slightly disappointing in another.

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DEAD SPACE 2

More of the same from Issac Clarke and this is one I can’t wait for. Not a fan of jumpy horror stuff but the whole Dead Space universe is so rich I’m in!

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LITTLEBIGPLANET 2

Make your own games? Sounds like a win to me. Hopefully another decent story mode to work through before downloading loads of great user generated content.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 4

I’m fairly hopeful that this reboot will be decent enough – it looks great but it’s hard to tell without having actually played it. Looking forward to some sort of demo at a later date.

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INFAMOUS 2

Oh Sucker Punch. What have you done to Cole? 😡 The brooding, cool badass of the original has been replaced with a boyband reject – not a good look. Hopefully the game itself will live up to the standard of the first.

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TWISTED METAL

Really pleased about this announcement, been waiting for a new Twisted Metal for a long time and the team based mechanics look solid. Could be very cool indeed.

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KILLZONE 3

Looks like the clash between the ISA and the Helghast continues apace, which is great news for us fans of Killzone. 😎 3D has been added as well, though that isn’t of much interest to me.

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MOTORSTORM APOCALYPSE

I was sceptical about shifting the series to a city but am glad to have been proven wrong. With the option to drive under, over and even through buildings Motorstorm Apocalypse is one to watch out for.

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SPEC OPS: THE LINE

Great trailer huh? Initially shown off back in December, Spec Ops: The Line has stepped up to the plate and looks to have some nice tricks up it’s sleeve.

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ASSASSIN’S CREED – BROTHERHOOD

Wasn’t 100% sure how multiplayer would work in Assassin’s Creed but having seen some of the footage from E3 it seems to be pretty well implemented. Story wise we play as Ezio again which is definitely ok with me.

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GRAN TURISMO 5

Gran Turismo 5 – we’ve been waiting for this for about 6 years 😮 Hyper realistic driving sim – graphics do look truly amazing.

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BULLETSTORM

Was not sold on this game at all previously but the stuff I’ve seen from E3 looks cool as a single player game. Still not interested in this as a multiplayer experience but I’ll wait and see how it develops before making a decision on whether it’s one I’ll pick up.

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HOMEFRONT

Hadn’t heard much about this but I’m a sucker for alternate timelines so this ‘US-has-been-invaded’ story sits well with me. One to watch.

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KINECT / MOVE

Motion control has obviously played a big part at E3 this year with both Microsoft (Kinect) and Sony (Move) looking to gatecrash Nintendo’s (Wii) party. In my opinion Move is already head and shoulders above Kinect, and probably Wii, with regard to proper games… Killzone 3, LittleBigPlanet 2, Heavy Rain (patch), SOCOM 4, Resi Evil 5 and Time Crisis all confirmed. Even if I don’t wanna play them with Move at least the option is there and they are REAL GAMES that don’t involve sports resorts or yoga.

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SOCOM 4

More interested in this than previous instalments, mainly because they have boosted the single player aspect (ie there is one :lol:) and also the fact that via Battlefield: Bad Company 2‘s multiplayer I’ve learnt the value of teamwork. Could be a really good experience.

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DEAD RISING 2

Quite excited to get my hands on this one as the first game was an XBox exclusive and I’ve only heard good things about it. My only concern is will there be enough variation to keep me playing?

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FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS

I lost 25 hours of my life to Fallout 3 – I’ve already pencilled in at least another day for New Vegas 😆

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MORTAL KOMBAT

I’m not a huge fan of fighting games but I loved the original Mortal Kombat and this new reboot is taking it back to the franchise’s darker, gory roots. Expect plenty of fatalities upon release.

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GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER

Like Bulletstorm, I pretty much had no interest in this prior to E3 but the thing that’s hooked me here is the potential for online co-op play. The gadgets look pretty cool as well. 😎

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RAGE

Still not sure on this game – looks like Borderlands? Guess that’s not a bad thing but how many Mad Max type games can you have?

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CRYSIS 2

This looks pretty sweet as a single player experience. Liking the style and the graphics are great.

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PORTAL 2 

VALVE even being at the Sony conference was a shock, especially having Gabe himself up there after all his slagging off of PS3 in the past. But Portal is a hugely respected game so I’ll make sure I work my way through that before approaching the sequel.

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METAL GEAR: RISING

NB. This trailer features graphic sword cutting – avoid if easily offended!

Metal Gear: Rising looked brilliant. Looks like a better version of WET‘s sword mechanics. Raiden as a bad ass? Who’d have thought it back in the MGS2 days 🙂

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GOD OF WAR: GHOST OF SPARTA (PSP)

Wow. Ready At Dawn look set to continue where they left off. Ghost Of Sparta looks tasty and I suspect will be full of awesomesauce (as DK money shizzle might say :lol:)

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Disapointment-wise, I’d say CASTLEVANIA which I thought might be cool but looks like a poor man’s Bayonetta/God Of War 😦

DRIVER, with it’s car jumping mechanic looks a bit too gimmicky.

I was very disappointed there is no sign of a new HITMAN game 😥

Also whilst CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPs looks good graphically I’m not sold – especially as that rappel bit from the trailer was nicked wholesale from RAINBOW SIX (now that’s a game I’d like to see announced! :cool:)

Would’ve liked to have seen new information on Last Guardian, Batman 2, Resistance 3 (an announcement that it’s actually coming) or Agent but suspect we’ll have more info on those at the Tokyo game show in August.

Also no PSP2! Though perhaps with hindsight they were wise – if they are gonna do it – not to put it up against the Nintendo 3DS (which I won’t be getting but does look like a great bit of kit).

But you can’t have everything.

So to sum up, in order, my Top 10 MOST WANTED of E3:

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1 Killzone 3

2 Dead Space 2

3 Metal Gear Rising

4 Twisted Metal

5 Crysis 2

6 God Of War: Ghost Of Sparta

7 Medal Of Honor

8 LittleBigPlanet 2

9 Infamous 2

10 Motorstorm Apocalypse

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Let me know what you guys are most looking forward to!

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GregHorrorShow’s Top 100 Games: 10-6

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Here we go, The Top 10 begins!

A quick recap on how I decided who came where:

I decided, as so many games mean so many different things to me, I should come up with a fair way to judge them. This is what I came up with:

Time Spent Playing

Storyline

Difficulty

Fun

Ground Breaking?

A few provisos before we hit the next ten games…

Firstly this is my list of my Top 100 games. I certainly don’t expect you guys to agree with it (though hopefully you’ll agree with some of the choices 😆 ) and would welcome any comments.

Secondly, I’m not planning on putting the scores or totals up, just listing the games in the order they came out in.

Lastly, I never owned a Nintendo or Microsoft console so my experiences on these games were limited to friend’s houses etc – bite me 🙂

Let’s crack on with the Top 10…

 

10. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (Sega Master System)

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Sonic The Hedgehog was a legendary game – sadly it’s been let down recently by some terrible games that while having the Sonic name don’t have the heart of the original. This was truly groundbreaking stuff – we’d never seen anything so fast! We had the Master System version and it was so good we played it for days on end. It could be finished in about half hour but the replayability was immense. This really is a seminal game – the music, the graphics, the gameplay… it all still stands up today and the blue hedgehog was a worthy adversary for Mario.

 

9. STREET FIGHTER II (Arcade)

Street Fighter II

Well if it isn’t the arcade classic that is Street Fighter II. This was one of those games everyone went crazy for. I remember playing it in the arcade and the only move I knew was Blanka’s electricity (just keep hammering punch). Once it got a home port and the games mags gave out the move lists I spent hours, literally, reading and learning the moves with no copy of the game.

That in itself is pretty sad – but on the other hand it meant by the time I got a copy or went to the arcades again I was a very good player. I remember pulling off my first Dragon Punch in the local chip shop (where the nearest arcade machine was) and hearing a little gasp from the kids behind me – geeky but awesome 😆 Guile was always my favourite character though – it was the hair! 😎

 

8. RESIDENT EVIL (Sony Playstation)

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Resident Evil was a groundbreaking title in that it was the first mainstream survival horror game. Limited ammo, slow characters – it wasn’t something gamers were used to and that really made it stand out. That and the appalling dialogue. 🙂 Seeing Jill Valentine narrowly escape being crushed to death in a trap where the ceiling was lowering Barry quips: “You were almost a Jill sandwich!” Cue laughter from both characters. Erm… what? But what a game though – everyone who’s played it will remember finding ‘Kenneth from Bravo Team’ or the moment that made gamers everywhere jump like never before… the dogs through the window 😆

 

7. METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS (Playstation 3)

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We had to wait three years for the return of Metal Gear Solid after MGS 3: Snake Eater and when it did arrive Solid Snake was an old man. I kid you not. 😮 He had prematurely aged what with being a clone and all that (like Dolly The Sheep) and was left with no choice but to enter the fray with old age fast approaching. And what a fray it was, warring factions and the ongoing arms race provided the backdrop for MGS 4.

As we expected this was no ordinary game – with the ability to listen to his ipod to relieve stress and hiding in barrels added as well as the old classic – being able to hide in a cardboard box, MGS 4 took things even further than previous games. A complex moveset and a major storyline with some cutscenes lasting an near enough an hour might have been enough to put some people off but the reward was great. Even though I felt the ending was a cop out 😦

 

6. GRAND THEFT AUTO IV (Playstation 3)

GTA IV

The move to next gen was a great one for the Grand Theft Auto brand and the fourth game in the series clocked up plenty of amazing reviews when it was released. Liberty City is as close to a fully realised city as we’ve seen within a game. You could stand on the street and listen to people getting on with their (virtual) lives. I’m not saying it would be fun but the fact that it’s possible is testament to the dedication of the makers. Niko Bellic was a fun character to control and his motley crew of friends and girlfriends kept us all entertained long after they should have.

The choices you could make that impacted the story were great and the ending, well I won’t spoil it but it was certainly a fitting end to the Bellic’s story. But it was the random happenings that make all the GTA games great and this one was no different. When I first fired it up I went for a joyride as you do. Ran a red light and smashed into the side of another car. As we both came to a halt I could hear the other driver holding down his horn at me. I jumped out my car in a moment of road rage and ran over to his car. The side was caved in, the window smashed and the guy was unconscious with his head on the steering wheel – hence the horn. I was so shocked for a second I didn’t know what to do. 😎 Moments like that make games and there were plenty in GTA IV.

 

So we’re down to the final 5 – all will be revealed in the next, and final, installment of the Top 100 Games!

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