This E3 is setting up to be one of the deepest and most exciting in recent memory with the true unveiling of motion control for Sony/Microsoft, the introduction of 3D gaming on a grand scale, and the showcasing of dozens of AAA titles. With so much news coming in a few weeks it may be easy to forget some very big and possibly fantastic titles that may be shown at the upcoming conferences. Here are five titles the gaming community shouldn’t forget for this upcoming E3…
Metal Gear Solid: Rising
Since last E3, the main focus of the the Metal Gear Solid series has been on Peace Walker for the PSP. No new news on Rising has been released to the public. With a year of development time under it’s belt and Peace Walker being released right before E3 it makes sense that Konami will showcase their upcoming AAA title at either Microsoft or Sony’s press conference. If I had to guess I would guess Microsoft will get their hands on the trailer. I doubt we see the game this year but I do think we get a idea of where Kojima Productions is taking the Metal Gear franchise without Snake and without Kojima being the leader of the project.
This year has been filled with shooters and there are still many to come, but don’t forget about iD software’s upcoming post-apocalyptic shooter. The game which debuted a few years ago only has a few trailers floating around, but expected that to change this E3. RAGE was featured at E3′s pre-Judge showing where the E3 judges are allowed to check out titles that are confirmed to attend the show. Many have been calling it the best looking 3rd party game that is coming out within the next year. Add that on to the fact that this game hopes to combine great shooting gameplay with Motorstorm racing gameplay and you got a great sounding title.
The Last Story
While many people focus on Nintendo’s first party titles, this E3 you may get a couple of AAA titles that aren’t from the traditional Nintendo catalog. The Last Story, which is being developed by Mistwalker, sounds to be a great JRPG from the man who made great titles like Final Fantasy and Lost Odyssey. Hironobu Sakaguchi has told fans that this game must be a hit for Mistwalker, and with the support of Nintendo I expect nothing less than the best RPG on the system to date. With Nobou Uematsu working on the music you can also expect one of the best scores for a game to date on the Wii. Expect this game to be showcased at the Nintendo press conference.
Spec-Ops: The Line
When it came to surprises at this year’s VGAs, Spec-Ops: The Line was the most pleasant. Before the VGAs, this game was on no one’s radar but now it could turn out to be a potentially great title. The game is a 3rd person cover shooter set in sand covered Dubai. The once paradise city in the Middle East is now a barren wasteland due to horrific sandstorms. The game is being developed with the Unreal Engine, but what has already been released to the public looks fantastic. The sand effects add a interesting effect. Your battlefield is constantly changing due to the sand and the storms. The game has not had much information released, but expect a ton of new information to be released this E3. The game looks like it could join the ranks of Gears of War and Uncharted as top 3rd person shooters. Keep your eyes peeled for this one.
This once PS3 exclusive was off the map for about 2 years, but now after a four page spread in Game Informer earlier this year we see that the game is still moving along. The game is now multi-plat and looking great. The game is set in Los Angeles during the 1940′s and hopes to send across a film noir feel to it. The game features over 20 hours of just voice acting! With Rockstar being the king of open world games, I’m sure the Houser’s trust Team Bondi with making this game another great open world game. So far we’ve had no gameplay footage shown, but expect that to change this E3. L.A. Noire and Mafia II will be going head to head this E3.