Following the Electronic Entertainment Expo’s decision a couple years ago to morph into a
kindler, gentler “media & business summit,” throngs of voices in the gaming press began lamenting the departure of the glitz, fog machines, neon tubing, theatrics, etc. Those tear-choked pleas were answered
this year as event organizers promised gamers a return to the more-is-more days
Due to such assurances of divine bombast, there was an enormous amount of
pressure on this year’s E3 to deliver at
least a pound of gooseflesh to attendees and liveblog-watching gamers
around the globe. Granted, nobody expected any console announcements (the
economy is in recession, after all). But we knew there’d be fantastic games
announced, and lots of them. What we didn't realize is just how many exciting projects the game publishers would confirm to be in development.
to discover the 10 games that Paste
is gnawing its balled fist over this very second. Then leave a comment to let us know what
you’re most excited about.
10. Uncharted 2: Among
Thieves [Developer: Naughty Dog]
Bond meets Indiana Jones meets Jason Bourne meets Blu-ray. This sequel—and
PlayStation 3 exclusive—promises to be a must-play. The game's trailer alone is worth $60, in my opinion.
(Platform: PS3, Release date: November 2009)
Creed II [Ubisoft]
first installment in the Assassin’s Creed
franchise wowed gamers with lump-in-throat, high-altitude acrobatics and
living, breathing recreations of 12th-century Middle-Eastern cities. The sequel
jumps forward to Italy during the Rennaissance and the game’s E3 gameplay demo
explains that this game’s new protagonist, a Florentine noble, will benefit
from friends such as Leonardo da Vinci, who serves as his own personal
inventor. Care to take da Vinci’s famous flying machine gliding across a
Venetian night sky filled with blooming fireworks? Get ready.
(Platforms: Xbox 360/PS3/PC, Release date: TBA)
Complex [Epic Games]
company that brought you the Gears of War
franchise has just announced that it’s working on a title for Xbox Live Arcade
that blends a classic 2D side-scrolling approach with modern gameplay
features and hi-def visuals. The game presents an original story set in the world
of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel Empire.
(Platform: Xbox 360, Release date: TBA)
Rain [Quantic Dream]
realize word of this game has been circulating for a while now. So maybe it’s
not a brand-spanking-new announcement, but we finally have a slick E3 ‘09
trailer to show us what’s in store from the talented folks at Quantic Dream.
You hear a lot about games being adapted into Hollywood movies; well, this one
looks like it’s going to arrive on the PS3 with precious little adapting left
(Platform: PS3, Release date: late 2009)
has announced yet another tantalizing PS3 exclusive—a new IP from the
Edinburgh-based studio responsible for Grand
Theft Auto. Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser calls Agent “the ultimate action game” and “a game we have wanted to make
for a long time.” While no game footage has been released
at this time, we’re told it’s set in the late 1970s world of
counter-intelligence at the height of the Cold War. PS3 holdouts may be getting
the itch very soon, if not the line of credit it takes to afford Sony's console.
(Platform: PS3, Release