One of the most anticipated events of the year for gamers everywhere, the Electronic Entertainment Expo or more commonly known as E3, is an annual trade fair for the computer and video games industry presented by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). It is here at E3 that many video game publishers and accessory manufacturers to show off their upcoming games and game-related merchandise.
Here at POPCulture Online, our tech writers are quite the gamers themselves and Chen Kangyi, one of our tech writer shares what his top 5 games from E3 are:
5. Xbox SmartGlass
Microsoft is finally starting work on the concept of a multi-interfaced gaming experience with this surprising announcement, this app is planned for release on all major platforms including Windows 8 as well as Android and iOS devices. The most basic of functions this app offered is to be able to use your mobile devices as a remote control for your Xbox Live Dashboard activities, as well as letting them start video content on one SmartGlass device. The most prominent feature is how the SmartGlass could serve as a secondary screen , providing additional information to whatever you are doing on your Xbox 360
With Victor Antonov, the designer of the Half Life 2 world onboard for this project; you can expect nothing less than a world filled with imaginative cruelty and just the right touch of Victorian Steampunk to make it unique and beautiful. Developers took a page from Deus Ex’s playbook where the protagonist is able to dispatch his target in a myriad of ways.
3. The Last Of Us
Everyone knew Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic action adventure was going to be bleak, but few are prepared for the all raw violence that was on display. In the E3 demo we see the male protagonist Joel kill his way into a hotel with a combination of stealth and pure visceral violence. He smashes one in the face with a brick, blows another’s head off with a shotgun and generally pummels and blasts his way to bloody victory.
2. Resident Evil 6
With a radical new direction in the long running horror franchise, Capcom is pulling out all the stops in the 6th iteration. Capcom has poured resources at this next game, with over 600 staff working to complete it before its original October release date and some its best creative minds working out how to define the genre in 2012. With (at least) three story lines to play through and some fascinating co-op innovation on show at E3, it seems like they are winning the war against the zombies
1. Watch Dogs
Ubisoft’s near-future surveillance adventure was the biggest surprise of E3, coming out of nowhere to dominate every conversation on the packed show floor. Developed at the publisher’s Montreal studio, the premise of this dark thriller looks like the daydream of a Occupy Wall Street activist, with a tiny insignificant but brilliant hacker taking on “The Man”. The defining feature is the ability to hack into facilities and urban infrastructures to complete missions. Enemy getting away in a car? No problem – just hijack the traffic lights and cause a pile up right in front of him. More intricately though, you’re able to access the personal data of every non-player character in the game, discovering their habits and secrets and unlocking a wealth of side-tasks and convert missions.