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?

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