E3 2013: Top 10 Most Wanted Game Announcements
Written Thursday, June 06, 2013 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
It’s that time again. E3 is on the horizon and this year promises to be bigger than ever. With both the PlayStation 3 and the newly-unveiled PlayStation 4 set to see a slew of announcements, we’re expecting fireworks in L.A next week. So with that in mind, here’s the latest in our annual list of most wanted announcements.
But wait. Before you scroll down, bear this in mind. Being stuck between two generations makes things a little awkward. Judging whether the games we want to see will be revealed for current or next-gen systems is tough, especially as many will be coming to both. So for now we’re sticking to just one list.
Got that? Good. Now read on.
New Media Molecule game
When Media Molecule arrived on the scene with LittleBigPlanet, they didn’t just deliver a quality game, they changed the way PlayStation worked. Sony’s focus on user generation was brief, but pervasive enough to force its way into exclusives as diverse as SingStar and Infamous 2.
With the stage set for a new generation, Media Molecule has the ability to have the same impact all over again. Still a creatively nimble studio, with the full backing of Sony, it’s an outfit that will no doubt be leading the PlayStation charge, straddling the divide between family-friendly unit shifters and innovative charmers. We can’t wait for this one.
Half Life 3
Look, we know we always ask for it and we know it probably won’t be there, but that doesn’t stop Half Life 3 being one of our most wanted game announcements of E3 2013. Hell, it’s probably one of our most wanted games ever, such has been the wait.
With the possible exception of Half-Life 2: Episode 1, everything created by Valve starring the bespectacled Gordon Freeman has been gold. And we haven’t heard much from Gabe Newell’s crew since Portal 2, so they must be up to something. If Half Life 3 is announced at E3 next week, it’d blow our minds and the roof of the L.A. convention centre. Go on, Gabe, you know you want to.
The timing is right. Skyrim and its DLC is now a memory, new consoles are on the horizon and Bethesda is due a big new announcement. A new, cross-gen or next gen Fallout would fit the bill nicely. No wait, it’d be a megaton. Hur hur.
Fallout 3 was one of the best RPGs of this generation and Skyrim was even better. With Bethesda’s storytelling and world-building skills at their very peak, who wouldn’t be exited about a return to Fallout’s post-nuclear wasteland? Not us. Bring on the bottle caps chaps, we’re ready.
Dead Rising 3
There’s been plenty of insider talk surrounding a next-gen Dead Rising. So much, in fact, that it’s getting hard to ignore. And while the series may have made some missteps along the way, the premise of the series is so strong that we love the idea of Capcom flexing the PlayStation 4’s muscles.
Whether thwapping zombies around the face with a golf club while wearing a Servbot mask, listening to scores of undead squish against the hood of your bonnet, or dealing with the series’ colourful psychopaths, the Dead Rising games have offered up plenty of memorable moments. With the right amount of invention, a next-gen sequel could be great. Let’s hope the rumours of Xbox-exclusivity are unfounded.
Mirror’s Edge 2
Oh, how we’ve yearned for this one. For a while, following the disappointing sales of the first game, it looked like we wouldn’t get a chance to step back into Faith’s trainers. But over the last few weeks, everything has changed. Mirror’s Edge 2 has been outed for Xbox platforms and we’re hoping for a PlayStation release too.
But what will this new game be? For all the adulation, Mirror’s Edge wasn’t perfect, thanks largely to some wonky and unnecessary combat. Will DICE listen to fans and give us the free-running, skyscraper-skipping game we all want? Or will we some microtransaction and assault rifle-stuffed nonsense instead? Time will tell, but until then we’ll be dreaming of a return to that glimmering city.
New Sony Santa Monica Title
Probably Sony’s most powerful multi-team studio, Sony Santa Monica has vast resources at its disposal. A first-party presence that will have had access to the PlayStation 4 hardware before anyone else, the platform holder will be banking on this powerful outfit to deliver the goods.
But what will it be? We don’t know, but we hope it’s not another God of War. Following Ascension it’s a series that needs a break. It’s time for a new wave of games for a new generation of consoles. Sony and its fans will be banking Sony Santa Monica delivering just that. Fingers crossed, folks.
League of Legends
League of Legends is the biggest game on the planet, an all-conquering monster that has seen watered down imitations on consoles, but never the real deal. MOBA’s are huge, and if a console version can get LoL right, it could prove to be massive.
The difficulty is getting the controls right. LoL is a complicated game, with a bunch of options and menus and all the other fiddly bits associated with PC games. But if Diablo III can be made to work on a controller, so can League of Legends. We’d love to see it burst onto the scene and effectively blaze a trail for a whole new type of console game.
Next-gen GTA V
This one’s a little more speculative. Imagine, for a second, if Rockstar had a PS4 version of Grand Theft Auto V up its sleeve. Imagine if it was a timed exclusive, with some bonus content. Imagine if it was announced on stage at during Sony’s E3 press conference. Imagine.
For core gamers it doesn’t get much bigger than a new Grand Theft Auto title. Even on current-gen systems, it’s the game we’re most looking forward to playing this year. A PS4 version with improved visuals would be the biggest surprise of E3, blowing everything else out of the water. Would a next-gen version of GTA V harm sales of the current-gen version? Who cares. We want it and we want it hard.
New Naughty Dog Title
Yeah, we know, The Last of Us isn’t even out yet, so the chances of a new game from Naughty Dog being announced at E3 are slim. But that doesn’t stop it making our most wanted list. Nope, pure desire trumps rationality every time.
Think of it this way. Naughty Dog is the jewel in PlayStation’s crown, the only developer it has that is almost guaranteed critical plaudits and commercial success. It’s a developer at the very top of its game. So with that in mind, Sony would be crazy not unveil something from the studio at E3. Seriously, we’ll settle for a logo and a “Coming in 2014.”
Beyond Good and Evil 2
“I don’t give comments any more on Beyond Good & Evil 2,” said Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot earlier this year, “because I think… the next time we communicate we have to have something new. It’s coming.”
Now’s a good time, Yves. We’ve been waiting such a long time for this one that now, with the PlayStation 4 just around the corner, we’d love to see the return of Jade. And yes, BG&E2 has technically already been announced, but that was in another life. Re-announce it, Ubisoft, and give the fans what they want.
So there you have it, those are our picks for the games we would most like to see announced at E3 2013. We'd also like to see some completely new stuff come out of the woodwork and blow our socks off. But we're not psychic, unfortunately, so this'll have to do for now.