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Post-E3 Want List

I felt like my last feature about E3 was heavy on the negative side so I decided to reaffirm what’s coming out in the near future, more specifically the games I want and how many of them there really are.  While I’m in agreement with most of the gaming public about Microsoft’s conference and somewhat E3 in general, people are overreacting far too much.  Hell, there was a person on the Xbox forums claiming they were putting their console on eBay!  Seriously everyone calm down.  Just because you didn’t like the conference doesn’t mean the games you’re looking forward to went away.  It’s so strange how people come to these type of conclusions.  “Kinect sucks!  I’m done with Microsoft!”  Why?  You were probably like everyone else before E3:  You have at least 3-4 games on your radar to buy before the end of the year.  Those games are still coming out people.  You’re still going to play them and probably enjoy them whether Kinect sells one unit or one million.

But I digress.  To prove you’re all insane I’ve compiled a list of games I want or am highly interested in that are on the horizon.  There’s even a few more I won’t even get into because they’re not my taste (Fable 3, Crackdown 2, etc.).

Metal Gear Solid: Rising I’m pretty excited for this series to come to Xbox 360.  Admittedly Konami’s morphing of the series into a movie/game bugs the crap out of me, but the gameplay will most likely be there.  Snake is long gone (at least for now) so we’ll have to deal with Raiden but at least the sword play looks very well done and very fun.  No release date yet.

Halo: Reach Halo 2: most fun I’ve had with an FPS.  Halo 3?  Hated it.  Hated the maps, hated the bubble shields, hated the 800 types of grenades, hated that the noob combo wasn’t removed.  Reach seems like a compromised between the original Halo and its sequel.  No dual-wielding, which I think will strip it down for the better, but everyone can equip one of a handful of wacky “powers” (jet pack, super sprint, charging blast, etc.).  Sounds good to me.  Seems like it will remind us all of the days where we would kill to take Halo online on the original Xbox but there will be just enough spice thrown in to make it a great new installment in the series.  September 14th

Call of Duty: Black Ops I’m not going gaga over this one or anything, but if I’m in the market for a new game the month it releases I’ll pick it up.  If we can learn anything from history I’m sure the campaign will be really exciting yet short, and there will be millions playing it online.  Manning vehicles and the Vietnam setting inject a little life into the series, which it does need when you really think about it.  This franchise isn’t as entertaining as the equivalent of the number of gamers who purchase it, but they’re still very good games.  November 9th

Fallout: New Vegas Like many people I’m really clamoring for this one.  Sure it looks almost identical to Fallout 3 when you’re out in the wasteland, but it’s the wasteland!  Plus from the little amount of video we have you can see the settlements and New Vegas itself seem pretty well done.  Word is there are four different casinos where you can actually gamble and there will be good or bad consequences depending on how you play.  Awesome.  Cannot wait.  October 19th

Dead Rising 2 I thought the original Dead Rising had its strengths but I also wasn’t blind to its weaknesses.  The save system was very bad and the game made you shoot guns a lot, which wouldn’t have been a bad thing if the shooting mechanics weren’t the worst I’ve seen since the PS1.  This is one of those where if they stopped and listened for two seconds about what gamers had to say, this sequel will be a helluva lot of fun.  You’ve already got the zombies, the humor, and the everyday items used to create crazy death bringers, now all they have to do is polish the technical side of things.  The multiplayer looks like it could be a sleeper hit as well.  One game has you running around collecting blenders to plop on top of zombies to shred their melons to bits.  August 2010.

Portal 2 Just got into playing Portal: Still Alive again and I’ll be sure to pick up the sequel when it eventually comes out (2011 release).  A great puzzler that can at times be a brain buster.  Just goes to show how simple a game can be if you have creative people behind it.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior The title sounds like a Tom Clancy game but it’s not.  It’s by a mostly unknown publisher (to me at least), City Interactive. You’ll play a sniper doing the sniper things we all love to do, but you’ll also play a normal soldier as well.  I’m not sure if I like the second part but the game is going to be $39.99 at release and doesn’t look cheap from the screens I saw.  One to keep an eye on if only for the price.  June 29th.

EDIT:  I don’t think I’ll be picking this one up.  From what I’ve read it seems like the development actually wasn’t up to snuff.  Incredibly cheap AI and restrictive gameplay take this one off my want list.

Medal of Honor I’m reaching a bit here but I personally liked what little I saw of Medal of Honor. Yeah, it’s another shooter set in modern times but it looked fun and it seems like there’s a leveling system as well.  We shall see.  On the other hand what are the chances I’ll be investing in three shooters this fall?  As the British say, not bloody likely.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Okay I’m cheating with the next two because they’re not coming out until next year and probably not early next year.  I thought they should be mentioned though.  MvsC3 needs no introduction.  If you had the last one you’re getting this one and if you’re not into fighters you’ll pass.  Those of us that do like fighters will be in heaven though come February 2011…….or June 2011……or whenever it’s coming out.

Brink Another one to keep an eye on for next year, there’s not much footage of Brink so far but it’s essentially an FPS that pits a bunch of parkour guys against each other.  In other words you run, shoot and kill each other like normal except you do it all while everyone is leaping, bounding, climbing, rolling, and sliding all over the place.  I think it’s a neat concept and if nothing else it’s something different considering most of us play a bunch of shooters anyways.   Fall 2011.

XBOX LIVE ARCADE

Hydro Thunder Hurricane I was nuts for the original Hydro Thunder on the Sega Dreamcast.  Despite a bit of slowdown in a few of the more scenic parts of certain tracks, it was arcade perfect.  Now a sequel will be appearing on Xbox Live and probably in the next few weeks (it appears first in line whenever the Summer of Arcade titles are presented).  If you’ve never played it, think San Francisco Rush with boats and even crazier tracks.  I’ll have a lot of fun with this one.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair I couldn’t get into Symphony of the Night. I have no idea why, but at first I thought I’d grab this and enjoy it since I knew more what to expect.  Then on top of that I see it’s a dungeon raid game for 1-6 players with the Castlevania mojo attached.  Sounds great to me, as I’m sure Konami will bring the challenge that’s required too.  August 2010

Limbo This could be something really cool and different, much like Braid was when it came out way back when.  It’s a 2D platformer/puzzler with a very nice black and white aesthetic.  Lots of potential, hopefully it hits the mark.  Summer

Comic Jumper

I knew this was being developed by the creators of ‘Splosion Man and that was just enough for me to file it away to get more information on later.  Then I saw the HD trailer available on the Xbox 360 dashboard.  I really think this is going to be a great one in terms of XBLA.  The gameplay looks varied and the themes look great.  You play a comic book superhero that gets involved in action across different genres of comics:  contemporary comics, fantasy/mythology, silver age comics, and manga.  Best of all these all have their own totally unique graphical styles.  It really LOOKS like you’re in a silver age comic or a manga.  To top it all off the game boasts 200+ unlockables!  Now a lot of it seems to be crap like developer commentaries but I think it’s a safe bet to assume there will be a lot of gamer pics, avatar items, and in-game tchotchkes too.  I’m pretty much sold already unless it somehow ends up a complete disaster.

So there you have it.  More than enough to keep you occupied until the end of the year and probably until the next E3 rolls around.  I didn’t even mention Crackdown 2, Fable 3, Gears of War 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleased 2, Dead Space 2, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Rock Band 3, Crysis 2, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Bulletstorm, XCOM, Madden 11 (NHL 11 for me), etc., etc. etc.

What in the world do you care if someone else buys a Natal when you can’t stand the sight of one?  Play your games and enjoy them!!!

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