Looking forward to E3

The big E3 Expo is just around the corner. And you know what that means: lots of speculation about all of the upcoming video games and big announcements from the top three console makers. I’m getting excited just thinking about it.

Although it’s sort of become my lifelong dream to attend E3 and blog directly from there, my blog isn’t big enough for that to happen. At least not yet. Probably not ever. But I can sit at home and take those few days off from work and do nothing but watch coverage of the event. I turn it into a sort of video gaming vacation and since I’m well overdue for more than a day off here and there, this year is no exception.

So what am I looking forward to potentially seeing or hearing about from this year’s E3? The following is just a short list of what I anticipate will be the big news:

There are rumors that the console makers are finally going to talk about next generation consoles. The big 3 (XBox 360, Wii and PS3) have all been around for some time now, after all. However, I really don’t want to replace my XBox 360 anytime soon, so I’m hoping this is just that: a rumor. Besides, Microsoft is busy updating the XBox firmware this week to read a new disk type, so what would be the point? And PS3 is still recovering from the nightmare that was the hacking of the PlayStation Network. Probably not a good time to make such an announcement. Nintendo? Well, it’s already been said that the next generation Wii will be showcased at E3. I’ll admit that I’m curious.

I wonder if Sony will apologize profusely about the PSN debacle. Or will they pretend it didn’t happen? I’m not hearing a lot of rumors about PlayStation this year, but the PSN Network problems have dominated all PlayStation news. Maybe they should just sit this one out. Or come up with something that’s so amazing, we’ll forget the past month!

I bet there’s going to be a new Halo game announced by Microsoft. Isn’t there always? I’m not a Halo fan, so I really could care less.

Lionhead will unveil a new game. Okay, I don’t know this for a fact. But I’m hopeful. I love Lionhead Studios. Maybe Fable 4?

Alan Wake 2: I’m hearing rumors that the second Alan Wake game is going to be delivered via download on XBox Live. But it’s not DLC. I am intrigued.

Bioshock: Infinite: I really really hope we get to see at least a little glimpse of this game. Maybe even some gameplay. I’m chomping at the teeth for just a little taste.

The Darkness 2: I’ve already posted a short teaser for this game. Honestly, I didn’t think there would ever be a sequel, but it seems that we might see a little more at E3 this year. The first game was one of those sleeper hits, so I expect great things from part 2.

Protoype 2: Another game I’ve posted a trailer of. I’m curious to see how this is going to look compared to the first game.

Mass Effect 3: Along with the new Bioshock, this is the game I’ve been waiting for. The end of the trilogy that promises to be more epic than the first two games combined. Bioware is promising that #3 will blow the first two out of the water. AND part of it takes place on Earth!

Assassins Creed: Revelations: I was a little disappointed with the last Assassin’s Creed as it felt more like really long DLC than a sequel to the previous games. Let’s hope that Revelations gives us a little something new.

So what are you most looking forwarding to seeing at E3 this year?

5 thoughts on “Looking forward to E3

    • May 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      I don’t know. Microsoft managed to keep Project Natal (now known by its less cooler name Kinect) under wraps until they announced it several years ago at E3. There are always a few surprises.

  • May 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Sony will pretend it didn’t happen. That’s a tried and true way for companies to operate.  You’ll never see an apology.

    I thought of Prototype as what the Darkness should of been (Don’t get me wrong Darkness was good!)  but I haven’t finished either of these games. 

    The games I was looking forward to either came out (Portal 2) or are gonna be out really soon (Duke’s gone gold!).  Angry Birds has FINALLY made it to desktop. (That was an obvious route I think)

    And unless there are more actually fun games coming out  – I couldn’t care less about E3. 

    The Kinects come and gone – to pricey to really be excited about and the game they used to show off Kinect wasn’t even real! LOL  So….eh.  LOL  

    Wait you need more trash talking commentary so your blog gets big numbers don’t you? LOL


    • May 24, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      Yeah, I think there will be no mention of the PSN issue at all. That’s generally the corporate attitude. But everyone watching their press conference can’t help but to be thinking of it.

      Btw, Angry Birds doesn’t count. I don’t really consider the casual gaming market as the same as the hardcore gaming market.Kinect hasn’t really even shown what it’s capable of yet. But I’ve demo’d one and it is a lot more impressive than you would think. There’s a lot more potential there than the Wii ever thought possible for motion capture/control.

  • May 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

    E3 hits in the middle of exams, and it’s difficult to convince myself to watch it live. I’ll end up watching it afterwards.

    I’ll probably have to write it up though, either at Nerdist or at How To Play.

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