While our resident RPG guy Chad filled you in on everything to expect from E3 on the role playing front, I figured I’d break down what really matters here… the mother effing shooters! Yes, the shooter genre (first person especially) is by far the most oversaturated in the industry, that’s quite obvious at this point. But it also happens to be the best selling genre as well. With that said let’s go over which ones will probably steal the show at this year’s E3.
Modern Combat and Stuff.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Where do we even start with this one? Calling it the proverbial 500lb gorilla in the room doesn’t even do it justice. Like it or not, you cannot deny its hold over the gaming landscape. The series has, for all intents and purposes, become pretty much its own platform. As per the usual this years title is promising to be more “epic” than any year previous. The title was leaked on Kotaku 3 weeks ago and since that time the public has demanded assets and Activison has been more than happy to deliver. As of this writing the official trailer on their YouTube channel has 10.5 million views in 10 only days time with pre-orders coming in 4 times higher than last year’s Black Ops. Hopefully we’ll get to put this one through it’s paces on the show floor.
Battlefield 3 – During this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Franisco, the team at DICE put together an event to unveil their latest entry in the Battlefield franchise. To say that the “gameplay engine” demo got journalists’ blood pumping like a bottle of Viagra in a retirement home (including our own Allen Park who was in attendance) would be an understatement. Onlookers were treated to a 12 minute demo, that had those at the event losing their damn minds. Since then we’ve all been treated to the same footage, but we’re now clamoring to get our hands on this beauty. Although an official release date has yet to be announced, there have been rumblings about a first week of November release putting it a week ahead of you know who. (SEE: Above)
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier – The series that pretty much shaped the online landscape on Xbox Live will be making another return this generation. It’s been a few years since Ghost Recon Advanced War Fighter 2 (GRAW 2) but if fans of the series (like myself) know one thing it’s that real Ghost players never truly quit the series, we just lay dormant, like the herpes infection you got in college, but once another entry to the series is released we’re attracted to it like flies to poop. This one is still up in the air but considering that it was presented on stage at Ubisoft’s conference last year, we highly doubt that this bad boy will skip on at the very least a show floor appearance for this year. Here’s to hoping for a fall release as well!
The Thinking Man’s Shooters.
Bioshock Infinite – It’s been a long time since the original Bioshock took us to Rapture, but since then Ken Levine’s franchise has been alive and kicking having spawned a sequel with BioShock 2 from 2K Marin. Now that Ken and the team at Irrational Games is back in the driver’s seat, and while the second game in the series isn’t a slouch by any means, fans of BioShock have been waiting for it’s creators to bring the goods once again. Infinite will take gamers to a whole generation before the events at Rapture to a city in the sky, a dystopia by the name of Columbia. We’ve seen assets and trailers for this one, but no hands-on just yet. Hopefully that changes next week.
Aliens: Colonial Marines – What do yo get when you take the same team that put together what some would consider the biggest sleeper hit of this generation (Borderlands) and you combine them with the deep lore of director Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’ film franchise? A game that will probably be on everyone’s lips come E3 2011, that’s what. While the house that re-built Duke Nukem Forever (Gearbox Software) has been pretty mum on the subject its anyone’s guess as to how this one will play out. I’m getting the strange feeling that this can pretty much wind up being Boardlands in space (with 4 player Co-op and everything), and you know what? I’m all for it! Experience points and Aliens, what can go wrong?
The Darkness II – Quad. Wielding. Is there really any more to say? Probably not. But if there is, our Editor in Chief Yaris probably already said it with his in-depth hands-on preview from PAX East earlier this year. Jackie is back and he’s badder than ever. With its new art style, over the top action and comic book story line, we cannot wait to once again get up close and personal with this one.
And Finally The Exclusives.
Resistance 3 – The team at Insomniac games and their title Resistance was probably the biggest reason why I shelled out 600 greenbacks for a PS3 at launch. At that time time it had visuals that rivaled those of a high end PC, which was crazy especially when you consider that it was a launch title for the console. Ted Price and company is back once again, along with the Chimera invasion saga which has now spanned to a third game. R3 has been confirmed to have support for both 3D as well as the move (sharpshooter) controller which is always a win in my book. Expect us to put this one under the microscope at the show as it could be the last exclusive shooter we see from Insomniac for Sony’s PlayStation 3.
Gears of War 3 – The concept of the online console beta began during this generation. And this past spring Gears of War 3 held what was arguably the biggest beta of any title yet. The strange thing about fans of the Gears series is that they all happen to eat, sleep, and dream Gears and as soon as the newest one is on the horizon they seem to all come out of the woodwork. We are just as excited to see how Marcus Fenix’s story finally ends (and whether or not Carmine dies). We’ll be frantically tracking down Cliff (CliffyB) Blezinski while at the show to get as much intel as possible.
Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception – I’m not going to sit here and argue whether or not UC3 is a shooter or an action adventure title, all i know is that Drake has guns, and he uses them a lot. From what we’ve seen so far is that UC3 visuals have somehow managed to look even better than it’s predecessor (which is an amazing feat). Naughty Dog, the team behind the series, has gone on record to say that the UC3 will be the go-to game for competitive online on the PS3. That’s pretty big talk, but if any company has a chance to pull it off it would be them. I’m guessing UC3 campaign and multiplayer will both be playable at the show.
Halo: Combat Evolved HD Remake? – At this time we can’t confirm whether or not this is “a thing”. What we do know is this that if it is being done, it’s not by Bungie (the creators of the game) and instead the project is being helmed by in-house developer 343 Studios. It’s a rumor that seems to be picking up steam as of late and with no formal announcement made just yet, if this is in fact “a thing” then we can expect to see it during the Microsoft press conference on Monday.
Well there you have it. The list of shooters that will set the tone at this years E3 2011. Which one will come out on top will be another story all together. Stay tuned as we’ll do our very best to get some coverage of every single game on this list!