Your most anticipated E3 games - Covered
10th Jun 2011 | 18:30
What a week. We're back at home, not quite over the jet-lag and far from over the great gaming experience that was E3 2011.
We went into the week with a clear idea of what we wanted to see and so did you lot. In fact, you told us in no uncertain terms what you wanted to see by voting in your thousands across Twitter, Facebook and right here on CVG.
Six games in particular floated to the top of your most anticipated pile and each got more than its fair share of representation at the L.A convention centre. Now that we're sitting in the relative silence of everyday life, we thought it'd be nice to relive the announcements, insights, screenshots and trailers of your most sought after titles. If nothing else it's one last taste of the E3 2011 experience. We hope you had fun.
RESIDENT EVIL: OPERATION RACCOON CITY
We got our first bit of Resident Evil E3 goodness before the working week had even begun.
An Operation Racoon City cinematic scene-setter and a handful screenshots were chucked against our front door on Sunday morning meaning our much appreciated lie-in before at least five days of E3 madness was over. "Well, we're up now," we thought so we brushed our teeth and trundled over to L.A to see what else Capcom had on offer.
There turned out to be a fair amount zombie killing on show and we got well and truly to grips with the shooter. We didn't forget you lot though, you can see Operation Raccoon City exactly as we did with these three off-screen gameplay videos.
Keeping with the undead theme, Dead Island was next on your list of most anticipated for E3. It's been on the radar ever since that famous 'it's sad because it's slow and backwards' trailer but there wasn't all that much Dead Island that came out of E3.
The trailer we did get, however, was a substantial one and encompassed everything we can expect from the unusually bright zombie massacre.
We got a glimpse at the dynamic limb removal that the engine's happily capable of and some of the improvised weapons. So far, that seems to mean bludgeoning with some everyday objects and electrifying others before using them to bludgeon.
The trailer of course ends with the melancholy piano signature of the original 'get crying because it's in reverse' trailer, only this time it's punctuated with protagonist Sam B lobbing an axe into a zombo's thought chamber. Nice.
Things kicked off for Battlefield on Monday during, predictably, the EA press conference and it certainly seem to have avoid the dust on its journey to L.A. Still one of the most beautiful things we've seen coming out of a screen, Battlefield 3 wowed us on the big screen with the usual combination of crisp detail and stunning lighting effects.
A massive hunk of gameplay went on show and, compared to the impressive but chaotic Modern Warfare 3 demo on the Microsoft stage, it was methodical and actually quite measured considering the genre. But what are we telling you for? You can look at the gameplay footage and judge for yourself.
And this was the first time we got a look at Battlefield 3 on console, with the footage shown off apparently a mix from the PC and the PS3. The 360 version wasn't at E3, simply because it wasn't ready, but you can assume it will be fairly similar to what the PS3 is putting out.
We did, however, get a release date and a multiplatform beta out of the EA conference as well as Battlelog, which looks like it will stand eye-to-eye with Activision's Call of Duty: Elite. All in all it was a fruitful slice of expo.
Even better for a lucky few was the chance to get a hands on with Battlefield 3. No, not you Bobby Kotick.
BATMAN ARKHAM CITY
Catwoman led the way into E3 for Batman: Arkham City when we got the first bit of gameplay footage featuring the feline foe. Rocksteady shed a bit of light on Selina Kyle's involvement in the game as well, saying that ten percent of Arkham City is dedicated to players getting catty. Not a huge chunk then but just enough to potentially be called a nice nugget of gameplay variation for fans.
That's if the Catwoman sections are any good, of course. Rest easy, after getting hands-on with Arkham City we can confirm that the girl's a goer. We also got the chance to chat to Rocksteady co-founder Sefton Hill, who told us all manner of things about the studio and Arkham City.
Hill sounds more than happy to continue the franchise beyond Arkham City, telling us there are still plenty more stories in the Batman canon to excite and inspire the self -confessed nerds at Rocksteady.
They might even branch out to the Dark Knight's superchums one day.
MASS EFFECT 3
If there's one thing you can say for certain about BioWare it's that the studio knows how to make a pretty game. At least that's what we took from the first Mass Effect 3 gameplay footage to come out of E3. See for yourself. We grabbed some footage for you at the show and, even though it's off-screen, it looks absolutely stunning.
Our man in L.A, Tim Clark saw the game in action and, in his preview, was forced to admit that the opening sequence almost managed to make him shed a tear. We can vouch for Clark's man credentials, he chews glass every weekend, but apparently the Mass Effect 3 opener simply packs that much of a punch.
"It easily blows away the brilliant intro from Mass Effect 2," he said.
What we're not quite so convinced by is the Kinect integration in BioWare's latest. It seems like a bit of a forced add-on with players using Kinect's voice recognition software to select from Shepard's conversation tree. Surely it's easier, and perhaps more socially acceptable, to just go down the old fashioned route and press a button here and there?
That's still an option, of course, but BioWare's Ray Muzyka would love you (and us) to give the new Kinect features a chance.
ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
This is the big one. The one you lot were really wetting yourself over and, if the accounts coming out of E3 are anything to go by, not without good reason. In fact, our chap in the US (Clarky again) was so blown away by Skyrim's E3 showing that he was ready to name it game of the year right there and then. Unfortunately he doesn't have such authority.
"Other than Uncharted 3, it's hard to see anything stopping Skyrim right now," he said in his Skyrim preview. "Bethesda properly blew us away with their demo, and to be honest it's made a lot of stuff we've seen afterwards seem pretty pale in comparison."
The preview itself kicks off with a simple exclamation of "Wow." There wasn't a whole lot of raw Skyrim content to come out of E3 for you lot to get your eyes on (we're expecting a gameplay video on Monday), but with words as enthusiastic as the above, it almost doesn't matter.
If your anticipation meters weren't at maximum before they probably should be now. It looks like Skyrim's going to absolutely storm 2011.