The Super Bowl/Wrestlemania of video games, E3 2010, is quickly approaching and this year appears to be jam-packed with reveals, major sequels, new intellectual properties, booth babes, and hands-on opportunities with the gaming industry’s most buzzworthy titles. E3 2010 is officially scheduled to run from June 15th through June 17th, but the action unofficially kicks off with pre-show press conferences starting on June 13th. Rest assured, the Game Rant staffers will be in attendance and will be providing coverage of all the major breaking announcements and our impressions of the playable titles at the show.
As fellow gamers ourselves, we’re looking forward to getting our hands on all of the new titles on display, but of course we Game Ranters have our own must-sees:
Jason Weissman, Editor
Deus Ex: The Human Revolution
Do I really have to explain myself here? I mean, did you see the trailer? Ok, no actual gameplay footage was shown, and Deus Ex: Invisible War was a major letdown. So why get excited? For those who have never heard of this series, the original Deus Ex, which was released for the PC in 2000, was universally lauded as a breakthrough in RPG/FPS gameplay and in my opinion, was one of the best PC games ever made. The game contained a complex-branching story line riddled with conspiracies, which made for a very addictive experience. Deus Ex: Human Revolution appears to take place about 25 years prior to the events of Deus Ex and this prequel still contains the cyberpunk and conspiracy elements that made the original such a blast to play. I’m really hoping that Square Enix will at least show off some of the gameplay at E3.
The Witcher 2
Earlier this year, CD Projekt Red announced that it would be showing The Witcher 2 via appointment only at E3. When I heard that, I quickly contacted the good people at CD Projekt Red to ensure that I would get an up close and personal viewing. The original Witcher title, based upon the fantasy novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, was one of the best PC RPG titles in recent memory and was clearly a labor of love. When the title initially released, many gamers loved the complex morality system and overall gameplay, but complained about persistent technical issues, the awkward inventory system, and some of the below-average voiceovers for some of the game’s characters. Showing that it did indeed care about the fans and its product, CD Projekt Red fixed these issues through updates, and recorded all new voiceovers for many of the characters. The resulting product was an experience that no RPG fan should have missed.
The Witcher 2 promises an all new graphic engine, a more robust combat system, and a story that requires players to make more moral decisions that carry heavy consequences. And similar to Mass Effect 2, your Witcher saved game, and the choices contained within, can be imported into The Witcher 2. Hopefully, CD Projekt Red will have some news as to whether the series will come to the consoles at some point as well.
I was never a huge fan of the Grand Theft Auto III games. Dodgy controls, missions that had nothing to do with being a thug, and having to repeatedly drive back to a mission restart point when you encountered a particularly hard mission always made me lose interest. Still, I loved mobster movies, so when Mafia was released on PC, I immediately picked it up and fell in love with the game. Mafia had more of a Godfather/Goodfellas vibe than GTA, great voiceover work, and the missions were a lot more realistic than those in the GTA III series. Mafia 2 appears to offer all of the great qualities of its predecessor, but with an all-new game engine and a script that has almost twice the dialogue of the original. Most importantly, Mafia 2 is retaining the series’ realistic feel. “Tommy, they got heaters!”
Anything Shown by Bethesda
One of the best developers/publishers in the gaming biz at the moment, Bethesda has confirmed that they will be showing Brink, Rage, and Fallout 3: New Vegas in some capacity. Previewing just one of these titles would make most fanboys drool. But three titles with AAA-potential? Book it. Adding to this embarrassment of riches is the current rumor that the next installment of the Elder Scrolls series will be announced as well. Need I say more?