E3 is just around the corner, and anticipation is skyrocketing around Neoseeker. The editorial staff decided to share some of what we're most excited about, whether that be games, consoles, or something wonderful we've noticed from past E3s.
Jump in the comments afterwards and let us know what you're looking forward to at E3 -- our away team will do its best to get firsthand coverage for you.
Lydia Sung (@RabidChinaGirl)
- Halo 4 – I’m naming Halo 4 as one of my top E3 picks, at the risk of stating the obvious. I know I’m not alone in considering Halo to be one of my favorite gaming franchises, and I’m especially curious to see what 343 have been up. Halo 4 is the first Halo we’re getting since Bungie’s emotional departure from the series, leaving some pretty big shoes for 343 Industries to fill. I’m hopeful though, knowing that the studio has experience already in creating Halo Waypoint, handling Reach multiplayer, and developing the Halo: Combat Evolved remake. This is also more than just reinventing an already strong multiplayer experience, as much as I look forward to every Halo multiplayer. What I’m most excited about is Frank O’Connor’s promise to fans, his claim that Halo 4 will revive "the sense of wonder and mystery” we felt when Halo first came out. Bring it on, 343, because I am ready.
- New Star Wars franchise – In another day, LucasArts will be revealing their new Star Wars franchise, and though I’m a big apprehensive about the whole thing, the Star Wars fangirl in me demands my excitement as well. I was never particularly interested in Force Unleashed. I tried the first game, didn’t care for the characters, and moved on. My broken little heart remains chained to dead franchises like Republic Commando and Knights of the Old Republic – The Old Republic MMO does a poor job of filling the void – but I’m trying to stay positive about this new franchise.
It won’t bring Sev back or give Revan the conclusion she (That’s right, she!) truly deserves, but if this new franchise has nothing to do with LEGO, Kinect, or MMOs, I’m pumped. If this turns out to be related to Mandalorians in any way, I’ll probably squeal for a week straight. Yeah, I know that’s never actually going to happen, but a woman can dream.
- Transformers: Fall of Cybertron – Okay, so Michael Bay really screwed up a lot of young people’s perceptions of Transformers, but High Moon Studios is setting things right. Transformers: War for Cybertron didn’t have the most complex gameplay or poignant narrative, but it handled Transformers properly, meaning a throwback to the G1 era. High Moon reached deep into our brains to yank at our cherished memories of Saturday morning cartoons and crappy action figures. In their reimagining of pre-Earth Transformers shenanigans, all the old favorites took their G1 forms, and only the dumbest looking robots were given noticeable makeovers. Hell, the first game ended to the voice of Stan Bush! Now High Moon is one-upping themselves in Fall of Cybertron, where they bring in the freaking Dinobots (ALL THE ORIGINAL DINOBOTS!), complete with a new origin story to justify their existence on Cybertron. What’s more is that the sequel brings Earth into the picture, which leads to some pretty awesome speculations regarding the series’ future.
So which of the three – Halo, Transformers, and Star Wars – do I love most? That, I cannot say with any amount of certainty.
Rory Young (@bluexy)
- The keynote/console wars - I, like many, am enamored with not only the game announcements, but also the spectacle of the major keynotes. It's like a high school student body election, more about proving you are cool and the other guy's a loser than anything substantial. Still, I'll fall for their tricks like most of us always do, and spend the next few days wandering around the winner's booth, hoping they'll invite me to sit at their table for lunch.
- Wii U - Don't hate, but I'm extremely excited to see more on the Wii U. It has nothing to do with motion controls or the new touchscreen -- I'm excited for Nintendo's move into HD. It's still ridiculous in my mind that the Wii is so much less powerful than the 360 and PS3, yet it still created some of the best artistic visuals of the generation. Modern consoles have done gritty realism for years, but it may take Nintendo's Wii U to really show how beautiful HD gaming can really be.
- What I'm excited for, more than anything, is any new properties. Sequels can be great, sure, but there's no argument that the blockbuster market is saturated with them. A generation change is around the corner, and it's time to come up with some unique ideas, developers. Last of Us, Dishonored, and The Last Guardian are just a few examples, and hopefully more new IPs will be announced. Half of it may be I don't really know anything about these games, but the other half is I already know plenty about everything else -- I'm ready for something original.
Heath Flor (@kik36)
- Battlefield 3: Close Quarters - Sure it releases in a few weeks, but I will be on vacation then and can't wait to get my hands on the new expansion. Battlefield 3 is the only game I'm still playing regularly since its release. Unfortunately I'm not covering EA though, and will have to sneak it into my busy schedule if possible.
- Anything Atlus - I'm a huge supporter of Atlus and always look forward to hearing about their upcoming releases. I'm not really all that excited about Persona 4: Arena, but I'm hoping Atlus will turn that around for me and have a live demo present for some hands-on time with it.
- The little guys - Sure the big guns have the flashy booths, hot booth babes, and throngs of drooling fans -- but it's the smaller devs trying to carve out their own niche who I hold dear to my heart. I'm rooting for you little man, and hope to see lots of games which normally fly under the radar. Long live the underground!
- The Neoseeker staff - We actually are scattered all over and rarely (if ever) get to see each other. It was a real pleasure getting together with the team last year, and I can't wait to do it all over again. Best of all, I finally get to meet the head honcho, Redemption!
Leo Chan (@Wolfwood)
- Fire Emblem: Awakening - It's rumored Nintendo may localize the first Fire Emblem 3DS title that was received quite well in Japan, what with the trademark for the English title. But it's about high time we get something concrete about this, and E3 just might be the place for it. Awakening looks like it is getting all the pieces right with great production values (for the 3DS, anyway) and what looks to be a very entertaining new take on forging bonds between playable characters.
- Konami trying to be EXTREME, again - Because wun mirrion troops is not enough for us to be feel very very exercise. Seriously though, the new Castlevania games like Mirror of Fate for the 3DS (and the Lords of Shadow sequels for PS3 and Xbox 360) could be worth looking forward to. Will Mercury Steam bring back some of the classic franchise charm, or will they try to make it look (and sound) like Lord of the Rings or something again?
- Phantasy Star Online 2 - C'mon, a man can dream. Especially about getting excited over the female Newma, uh, I mean over playing PSO all over again, just like back in 2001 when Neoseeker's community first formed around the original Dreamcast title! And hey, it's good to hear it's going free-to-play over in Japan.
- An unflattering Mr. Caffeine special/retrospective from the Ubisoft conference. Mr. Caffeine was a mistake the first time around, yet it will be an even bigger mistake for Ubisoft to not atone for such a, uh, mistake. They can even throw in the sound effects again, just to be "classic." Diddlydodidlydodiddlydodiddlydo!!!
Sean Ridgeley (@chautemoc)
- Divinity: Original Sin - It was just revealed European developer Larian Studios is working on its next RPG, a successor to the acclaimed Divine Divinity named Divinity: Original Sin. Turn-based and isometric, it takes inspiration from both its source material as well as oldschool RPGs like Fallout and Fallout 2. This is not something you see come along from a bigger studio often, so I'm definitely looking forward to potentially seeing it in action.
- Arma III - Military sim Arma III is my other most anticipated showing. Developer Bohemia Interactive has been showing off the game's new technology, and it's looking even more impressive than Arma II, impossible as it might seem. With full-on DirectX 11 support and more accessibility in mind, it could be the best in the series yet. With any luck we'll get to see the new UI at E3, which desperately needs an overhaul from previous series entries and would go well with the aforementioned accessibility. And naturally, I'm keen to see some full on campaign and multiplayer trailers.
- As ever, Battlefield and Mirror's Edge series' developers DICE are high on my list of people to watch this year. It'll be interesting to get an intimate look at the upcoming Battlefield 3: Close Quarters expansion and see if it's trash like longtime fans fear, or a boon for the competitive community and for those who just want a fresh, new way to play. And it's a long shot, but there's always hope I'll finally see an announcement for a sequel to the excellent Mirror's Edge.
Zak Islam (@zakislam)
- The Last Guardian - If Sony doesn't show The Last Guardian at E3, I can promise you it won't ever see the light of day. Oh, how I've been yearning for Team Ico to show the game off in some capacity. Anything -- news, media, rumors, even complete lies someone's made up. I just need my Last Guardian fix. I have a thing for, like most gamers, unique, fresh games. And then there's always the game's creature. It's just so cute... right?
- The Last of Us - It may seem I'm a Sony fanboy (well I am, kinda) but The Last of Us is looking like another blockbuster yet again from Naughty Dog. You see, as I've already established, I love unique games. The Last of Us, I'm sure, will fall into that category. Before you start complaining about how there's zombies, the environment itself hasn't been explained properly thus far. I mean, come on, who doesn't want to play an interactive version of I Am Legend? So let's hope the gameplay footage they show at Sony's E3 presser solidifies my thoughts ten-fold.
- Agent - Alright, so I'm a massive Sony fanboy: Agent must be shown. Considering the fact that it's been a few years without seeing anything of the game at all, it just has to be present in some capacity. Its premise sounds extremely intriguing and considering the fact that it's being developed (at least I hope it is and it hasn't been cancelled) by Rockstar, it could be what the gaming industry would be lucky to have before the current-generation console life cycle approaches its inevitable climax.
As Reggie once said, my body is ready.
There you have it -- everything we're excited to hear about from E3 2012. Of course, the best part of E3 is you never really know what's going to be announced until it happens. Expect the unexpected, and hopefully E3 will set up the next year to be the best ever.
Don't forget to comment and let us know what you're excited about at E3 2012. We'll be extremely busy, but if we have the opportunity to get some impressions for the Neoseeker community we'll do our best.
Curious why certain staff members names are highlighted in color? These are members of Neoseeker's E3 away team. Look forward to their on-the-floor updates and impressions to news stories -- they'll be marked with the writer's respective color. Also, make sure to follow their Neo or Twitter accounts for E3 status updates. Hilarity is likely to ensue.