E3 2012: Top Five Games From the Expo
Game industry has fewer titles but bigger potential hits lined up.
LOS ANGELES – By now the Los Angeles Convention Center is cleaned up. The booth babes have gone home. The halls are quiet. But the memories of the 45,700 attendees of E3 2012 are still fresh. There are fewer big game titles being made these days, thanks in part to the influx of online social, free-to-play and mobile games, but big blockbusters still have their place in driving console sales and more mainstream audiences to interactive entertainment. The below are five games that impressed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Aliens: Colonial Marines – While Ridley Scott focuses on the origin of Alien with Prometheus, developer Gearbox Software is continuing the saga with this virtual sequel to Alien 3. Actor Lance Henriksen returns to the franchise as a new synthetic, Rook, in the campaign story. In multiplayer, gamers can take control of original Aliens characters Private Hudson (Bill Paxton), Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn), Private Drake (Mark Rolston) and Sergeant Apone (Al Matthews) and fight the xenomorphs. The early 2013 release from Sega for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC is shaping up to buck the trend of shoddy Hollywood licenses.
Gears of War: Judgment – Developers Epic Games and People Can Fly are crafting the first prequel in the Gears of War franchise. This third-person perspective shot focuses the action on Kilo Squad, which includes Damon Baird, Augustus Cole, Sophia Hendrix and Garron Paduk. The game promises a streamlined action experience that cuts out the cinematics in favor of killing a variety of Locust creatures. At E3 the developer showcased a new five versus five class-based multiplayer mode called OverRun that’s sure to please Gears fans. Look for this Xbox 360-exclusive, due out in early 2013, to help Microsoft improve on its console lead.
Assassin’s Creed III – Ubisoft is bringing the American Revolution to life in the latest Assassin’s Creed adventure. Players take control of Connor, whose half Mohawk Indian and half English, in an original story that spans from 1753 (the French and Indian War) to 1783 (the signing of the Paris Treaty that ended the American Revolution). Gamers will live through famous historical events such as The Great Fire of New York, The Battle of Bunker Hill and the harsh winter at Valley Forge. Further blending fiction with history, the game has over 70 real people featured in the story, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Marquis de Lafayette, Charles Lee and Paul Revere. The revolution comes to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 30, 2012.