This year’s E3 Expo, which runs June 7 through June 9, looks to be the most exciting in years. Here are 10 reasons why!!!
Batman: Arkham City–Expected October 18
How do you one-up Batman: Arkham Asylum? Keep everything the same, and add more of it–more venues, sneaking, sleuthing, gizmos, puzzles, riddles, fights, and, yep, more Joker. He’s back, as is the first-class third-person battle engine.
Bioshock Infinite–Expected in 2012
“Infinite” may sound a little Buzz Lightyear, but so what? Want to fly around a floating steampunk city-in-the-clouds that its creator compares to the Death Star? Irrational Games’ upcoming title–part first-person shooter, part mind-bending dystopia tale–has you covered, and we’re happy to go hands-on with it, even if we won’t be able to until 2012.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3–Expected November 8
So far, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 looks less like a series of modern conflicts than an epic disaster flick just shy of something involving planet-devouring asteroids, Bruce Willis, and a Moonraker-style outer-space jaunt. Whatever the case, you want it–you know you do.
Dark Souls–No Date Set
If you thought Demon’s Souls was hard, watch out for Dark Souls, an action role-playing game by the same developer (the creators had to change the name after shifting publishers). Think “Diablo for sophisticated, masochistic gamers,” and you’re on the right track.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim–Expected November 11
Continuing the sprawling, open-world saga of Tamriel, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim takes place in, well, Skyrim–a craggy, snow-filled province that looks vaguely Icelandic. Though the last game, Oblivion, seemed positively dragon-averse, you can expect Skyrim to add the legendary flying beasts and more, from mammoths to saber-toothed tigers, roaming some 16 square miles of tourable turf. It’s due November 11.
Grand Theft Auto V–No Date Set
Maybe they will, maybe they won’t, but all eyes are on Rockstar for a Grand Theft Auto update, since the publisher’s only other publicly acknowledged game in the hopper is Max Payne 3. Also: Casting calls and info leaks suggest that the next GTA installment is definitely under way.
Halo 4–No Date Set
Would you rather see the original Halo remade (as rumored), or a brand-new Halo? Microsoft needs showstoppers to fend off Nintendo’s new console, and a Halo 4 announcement could do the trick–especially if it takes risks that the series frankly hasn’t taken since the original in 2001.
Mass Effect 3–No Date Set
Mass Effect was a poorly paced role-playing muddle, but Mass Effect 2 mostly remedied the problems. If Mass Effect 3 can (finally) pull off decent shooter controls, it ought to be a satisfying finale. Ready to tangle with the Reapers? We’ll tell you how the game’s shaping up.
Metal Gear Solid Rising–No Date Set
You know how kung fu beats modern weapons in Kung Fu Panda 2? Think like that, only imagine a cyborg instead of a panda, and (probably) nukes in lieu of cannons. It’s been too long since we had a look at this one, announced way back at E3 2009. This year, we’re hoping for hands-on time.
The Last Guardian–No Date Set
Remember Ico? Shadow of the Colossus? The Last Guardian is Fumito Ueda and Team Ico’s third title in this action-game-meets-major-Zen-moments series. It has also been repeatedly delayed, but we’re hoping for our first hands-on look this year.