A big year is set for gaming and this year’s E3 in Los Angeles is about to really get the ball rolling with announcememts and huge press conferences on the hottest new games to come out later this year. Here is our guide to the games you will hear the most about.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Ubisoft Montreal
Many expected Ubisoft to take time off after consecutive years of Assassin’s Creed instalments to focus on Assassin’s Creed III, but it seems this popular steam train just isn’t going to stop. The game starring everyone’s favourite killer with a heart of gold, Ezio Auditore, will see him follow the footsteps of the original series protagonist, Altair, to Constantinople. Ubisoft Montreal over the last Assassin Creed’s haven’t disappointed so there’s good reason to expect another thriller when Revelations hit the shelves this autumn.
Batman: Arkham City, Rocksteady
Rocksteady have already showed the world what a game based on a comic book can look and play like with Batman: Arkham Asylum. It was heavily praised for combining combat elements and first class voice-acting with a cohesive story. The Arkham City follow up promises to deliver all of the great points from Arkham Asylum, but in a greatly expanded, open-world setting. Also, as we at MyXboxLive have reported before, Catwoman is playable!
Battlefield 3, D.I.C.E
Possibly the biggest threat yet to the Call of Duty series which currently sits steps above another game in the lucrative first-person shooter genre, Battlefield 3 is set to make those at Activision look over their shoulders to their EA rivals. D.I.C.E made waves when it debuted its multiplayer focused series with its cutting-edge visuals and significantly improved destructibility.
BioShock: Infinite, Irrational Games
The third in the BioShock series, Infinite takes familiar themes to a new setting, the turn of the century cloud city of Columbia. Almost four years have passed since the original BioShock and it still stands as one of the most notable games this generation. Due to the popularity of The World of Rapture decided to leave the job of the sequel to another team, giving us something fresh and new.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Activision
Call of Duty’s popularity is one that is envied by all its rivals. With its incredible game play trailer released it is likely to cause stirs at E3. The eighth Call of Duty made sees the plot directly follow that of Modern Warfare 2, where Russian forces invade the US. But also expect advancement in this story with offensives in English, French and German streets.
Dark Souls, From Software
Demon’s Souls was easily one of 2009′s biggest surprise hits. Those who played it revelled in the brutal, punishing atmosphere and combat From Software created for the game. It also received substantial praise for innovative online features that allowed players to leave messages for their peers while traversing the campaign. The spiritual follow-up, Dark Souls, appears to stay true to its roots, delivering the same challenge, boarder environments and new online features.
Gears of War 3, Epic Games
Again another delayed game, but once more an eagerly anticipated one. Now released in September Gears of War 3 will feature a four player co op for this first time this series. Gears of War 3 includes a new multiplayer mode called Beast. Similar to Horde Mode in Gears of War 2, the player instead attacks COG members as the Locust creatures. Tokens are earned for killing enemies, allowing the player to upgrade their character to a stronger class.
Mass Effect 3, BioWare
A delay into early 2012 has not diminished the anticipation for Mass Effect 3 one bit. For those loving the storyline Commander Shepard’s trilogy is coming to an undoubtedly dramatic end. BioWare’s flagship series this generation is continuing to develop the universe and the members your team from Mass Effect 2 alone would be enough to make 3 a highly satisfying experience.