My ideal E3 2010

For those who don’t know, E3 (short for Electronic Entertainment Expo) is an annual event that showcases upcoming video games and hardware from the big names of the industry, plus it features detailed presentations from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo over the course of two days.  E3 2010 is scheduled to take place between June 15th – 17th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California, and with that date rapidly approach I got to thinking about what I’d personally love to see at the event.

As always, comments on this article are most welcome, I’d particularly like to hear about what you’d like to see at E3.

A release date for Dead Island

I must admit I don’t know a whole lot about this zombie survival game, but appears to have a similar structure to Fallout 3/Oblivion as the developers have specifically stated that it shouldn’t be labelled a first person shooter due to “a bigger emphasis on melee combat and ammunition conservation, rather than a shoot ’em up.”

Whatever it is it looks to be awesome, with sandbox style gameplay, human factions to interact with and slow moving zombies.  I do appreciate the newer style of fast-moving zombies in both film and video game, but on the other hand it is nice to face off against some classic slow-moving ones every now and again.  They might not be as threatening but they have that ‘something’ which I prefer.  Another thing I find interesting is the combat, Dead Island focuses on melee combat and allows the player to pick up almost anything to use as a weapon.  You can pick up things like planks wood and pieces of broken glass, and while firearms are present they’re difficult to come by, allowing for a true survival horror experience.

As of writing the game still has no release date, but rumours of Dead Island being cancelled have thankfully been squashed.  I’d simply like to see some gameplay footage and a release date or at least a solid estimate.

Monster Hunter on the PS3/Xbox 360

The Monster Hunter franchise is one of the best selling games on the PSP to date and recently made its Western debut on the Wii to great critical acclaim, so excluding the forthcoming MMO Monster Hunter title in Japan it makes sense to bring it to Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 owners.

The games are detailed enough to keep fans occupied for literally hundreds of hours, and feature gorgeous graphics that would look even better on HD capable consoles, so an announcement for that would be most excellent.

Tales of Monkey Island on the Playstation Store/XBLA

As a massive fan of the Monkey Island series I was disappointed to find that Tales of Monkey Island would only be released on the Wii and PC when it was announced.  Despite owning both I really wanted to purchase it via the Xbox Live Arcade service, as achievements in particular are something I enjoy on all 360 titles.

The game itself is an episodic point-and-click adventure featuring ‘mighty pirate’ Guybrush Threepwood, and due to each chapter being generally well received by critics a port would be too good an opportunity to miss from a business perspective.

Half Life 2: Episode 3 News

Fans of Half Life 2 will no doubt be aware that Episode 3 doesn’t ever look like being released, but E3 2010 will give fans of the series as much hope as any.  It’s been nearly three years since the release of Episode 2, if more light hasn’t been shed on the final chapter before the game is out I’ll be very surprised.

We know next to nothing about this game so it’s essential that we know more before giving up on it completely.

A release date for Gran Turismo 5

I don’t know about you, but I gave up caring for this game a long time ago.  I’m not really a fan of simulation racers either and found Gran Turismo 4 to be rather dull, but even so a release date really needs to be announced for the benefit of loyal fans of the series who haven’t given up hope just yet.

Also it seems to me like it’ll have to be something special to dethrone Forza 3, I don’t know why but I don’t think it will be.  Years of development and causing endless frustration for its fans means it’ll have to truly be the perfect driving game to stand any chance of people thinking “yes, the wait was worth it.”

Nintendo shows us the 3DS

After the rather pointless release of the DSi XL Nintendo seem to be back on track with the recent announcement of the 3DS.  Plans have already been made to give more information on the handheld console at E3, but they really need to make it seem more important than the endless shovelware they’ll no doubt dedicate a sizeable chunk of their time to much like at last years event.

A release date would also be a bonus, at the moment all we know it that it’ll be released sometime before the end of the 2011 fiscal year – April, in other words.  Knowing Nintendo they’ll probably try to cash in on the Christmas rush like they did with the Wii, so I’m hoping for a mid-December announcement.

Other games I’d like to see announced/previewed

  • Final Fantasy VII remake announced
  • Elder Scrolls V announced
  • Star Fox Wii announced
  • F-Zero Wii announced
  • Final Fantasy XIV previewed
  • Dino Crisis 3 announced

Other games I’d like to see on the Playstation Store/XBLA/Wii Shop Channel

  • Turok: Dinosaur Hunter remake
  • Final Fantasy VI remake
  • Final Fantasy VIII/IX
  • Chrono Trigger remake
  • Resident Evil 1-3 remakes
  • Blast Corps remake
  • Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon

Of course only a fraction of this entire post is likely to happen, but anything being announced or previewed would be brilliant.  E3 should be as exciting as ever and with rumours a-plenty there should be one or two major announcements and surprises.  Hopefully.

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Posted on May 3, 2010, in Video Games and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Sony’ behind Sony Playstation 2 costs less than half the price of the Playstation 3 and new games are being developed for it all the time. Sony Psp

  2. Great article . I wish I had something more insightful to see but you have pretty much covered it all here. ThanX

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