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PixlBit Staff's Most Anticipated Games From E3

The show is over and so the PixlBit staff discusses the games that gave them the most thrills this year.

Vic’s Picks

Game of Show - Tomb Raider

I really didn’t expect Tomb Raider to be the game of the show for me. I was watching out for games like The Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed 3, and Far Cry 3. Tomb Raider’s “gritty reboot” approach seemed like a step in the right direction, but I’ve never been a big Tomb Raider fan to begin with. The moment I saw the reveal of the “outsiders” that Lara finds I was more than intrigued. Then I saw the clips of Lara finding a bow, struggling to survive, learning how to hunt, and stumbling upon secrets. The new realistic look for Lara paired with a serious story-driven cinematic style had me instantly glued to my computer screen.

The Uncharted series is an evolution in a genre that Tomb Raider once ruled. This reboot looks to steal the reigns back from Uncharted, creating a dark and emotional experience that reaches beyond the happy-go-lucky treasure hunting and the oddly casual murdering that the Uncharted series delivers. I already feel emotionally attached to the new Lara Croft based on the few E3 videos I’ve seen. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

Runner-up - Beyond: Two Souls

Heavy Rain is one of my favorites games ever made. There are other games I’d rather go back and play now, but I will never forget my reactions to nearly every scene of Heavy Rain. It was such a unique gameplay style with an even more unique narration style.

The Kara tech demo is one of the best short videos I have ever seen. Beyond the tech being impressive, the cinematography, acting, and directing was better than anything I have ever seen in a video game.

Then I see Beyond: Two Souls announced at E3. The fact that Ellen Page is the main character makes me even more excited. As much as I loved Heavy Rain, it was clear that B-List actors performed in it. After seeing what Quantic Dream was capable of in Heavy Rain, what they hinted to with Kara, and what they ultimately made into Beyond: Two Souls, it’s hard not to be ecstatic.

Besides all of that, Beyond: Two Souls is the only game I saw at E3 that is truly evolving video game genres. While other games also looked amazing at E3, no game looked as unique as Beyond: Two Souls.

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06/09/2012 at 07:47 PM

Angelo is the man for picking Halo 4. Runner up for me is Watch Dogs.

Jon Lewis Staff Writer

06/10/2012 at 08:25 PM

Haha, for me it was The Last of Us as winner, and Watch Dogs as Runner up. The Last of Us looks incredible and while Watch Dogs does as well, I felt really engaged in the demo of The Last of Us that I saw. 


06/11/2012 at 12:18 PM

Last of Us should be really fun JD, it looks like a blast, but it's not like we haven't played this game before. It's like every game you've ever played. It's like the new Tomb Raider, it's like Splinter Cell Conviction, it's like Uncharted with an M rating, we could go on. It has that now "classic" over the shoulder perspective that started becoming standard after Gears of War, it has the mechanics you'd expect it to have, it has some interactions I'd expect it to have in contemporary game design. The little daughter AI is cool but it's not an innovation.

It'll be a ton of fun from what I've seen, but it doesn't earn Game of Show for me because I've already played that game before. The hypocrisy in that statement is that my choice was Halo 4 and I've been playing Halo since 2001 lol, but that's just because I'm a huge fan. I pick Halo 4 because I'm genuinely excited for the new story and gameworld. The gameplay itself should be pretty familiar.

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