Highlights from E3 - Part 1

So this week I have commented on my own E3 thoughts, and how I came away disappointed from the conferences that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo held.  There were few real surprising announcements and most of the best stuff shown was third party software that shows up on multiple platforms.  It is nice to see that there is some enthusiastic third party support for the Wii U, but when it makes up a third of Nintendo's conference, that somehow seems a bit odd - especially when you do not see hardly anything from Nintendo's stable of great first party titles like Kirby or Metroid.

All was not lost however.  There were some very good showings from individual game developers.  While I would have liked to see more surprises - it felt like everyone's pre-E3 announcements took a lot of the punch out of the event itself - there is still some good stuff to talk about, so I thought I would briefly list some of the highlights for me coming out of this year's conference.  I will break this up into a few parts to include video for anyone who hasn't gotten to see something that may be of interest to them, but too many embed videos in a single page can be rough for loading purposes.  Plus there are some upcoming items I have not yet gotten to see, but will surely want to talk about (like Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4 Arena and Disney Epic Mickey 2) I have to start with...

Tomb Raider:

This game has been a curiosity for me for quite some time, but after seeing the video for it at E3, I came away really wanting to get my hands on this game and see if it plays anywhere near as good as it looks.  Considering how much more time is being spent on this game before it releases, I am very optimistic that the game is going to be a fun, polished experience.

Final Fantasy Realtime Tech Demo - Agni's Philosophy

Sure, this wasn't a game at all, but it was an impressive video.  Seriously, put this thing up to 1080P and take a look at it.  I thought Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 were pretty, but this is impressive stuff in my opinion.

Assassin's Creed 3

This one is getting mentioned largely because of my son.  I did enjoy the first Assassin's Creed game on the Xbox 360 when it came out, but the series has just never really grabbed my attention the way it has others - including my son.  So while this one did not do much for me (though the change in scenery is certainly welcome), there will be interest in my household.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist

I am fairly new to the Splinter Cell series.  In fact the only one I have played so far is Conviction on the Xbox 360 (I actually have a review for it coming up soon).  That said?  I really, really liked it.  It was a brutal, visceral gaming experience that makes me look forward to Blacklist.

Dead Space 3

I really enjoyed the first Dead Space, giving it a solid score when I reviewed it.  My son has played Dead Space 2 and also has had nothing but good things to say about it (I plan to - it just hasn't made it high enough in my backlog yet).  I even enjoyed the on-rails shooter for the Wii, Dead Space: Extraction (which reminds me, I'm overdue to post a review on that).  So I have been watching Dead Space 3 with some apprehension.  I know I am the first to say: give new games/features a chance, but I'm just not sure about the co-op addition to this point.  On the one hand, it will give my son and I something else to play together, but it feels like the addition of co-op to Resident Evil 5, which made for an entertaining game, but a lackluster horror/survival experience in my opinion.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

This is another I will mention because it will appeal to someone in my household - not necessarily because I am supremely excited about it.  My oldest though, is quite the fan of the Kingdom Hearts games and will no doubt be excited when she sees this post and views the trailer below.

So, this is my first round of E3 game thoughts - any of these titles particularly interest you?  I know Tomb Raider was one I touched on before and seemed to be a high point for a lot of gamers.  Any of these games just really disinterest you, or as in my case with Dead Space 3, worry you?
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