E3 09: The 12 most overlooked games of E3

Golden Sun DS (DS)

Two-deep on GameBoy Advance, the Golden Sun games are a throwback to those days when 2D turn-based RPGs were driving the industry. They’re full of all the classic ingredients: turn-based battle systems; massive magic spells that usually summon some crazy floating god-thing that does one attack and bails; characters with melodramatic storylines, elaborate costumes and wild hairdos; and a world-shattering quest that still boils down to relationships between these same characters. But far from being cliche, these are games that show you why all of this stuff has become compulsory – because it’s captivating.


Demon’s Souls (PS3)

Ignore the slightly bland art style, with its realistic earth tones and normal-looking knights, to notice how technologically impressive Demon’s Souls looks. Then get ready to die over and over … and over. This is a massive, Zelda-style action RPG adventure that also happens to be spirit-crushingly difficult. However, it’s the good kind of spirit crushing, the kind that makes you feel like a super-hero when you finally shove your sword through that bastard tongue-demon’s fat face. Like other legendarily tough games such as Contra: Shattered Soldier or Ninja Gaiden, this one is best left to the true warriors – but they’re going to love it.


G-Force (PS3, 360, PC – plus other versions we haven’t seen)

Okay. We’re going to go ahead and acknowledge that we’re about to recommend a game based upon a Disney movie, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring … wait for it … one housefly, a mole, and several guinea pigs.

The thing is: G-Force looks really fun. Most of the time, you play as a guinea pig kitted-up with a jetpack, a light saber-style electric whip, and a whole grip of other gadgets that would make Batman jealous: night vision, a flamethrower – even a hamster ball equipped with heavy artillery. It should be deeper than the usual movie licensed game too. There are action bits, stealth bits, vehicle sequences, and even flight moments, courtesy of your friend the spy fly. The movie features only a handful of mechanized, appliances-come-to-evil-life enemies, but the game looks to have around 30, ranging from shimmery-hot toaster ovens to doom-hovering electric razors and ravenous ceiling fans. Weird as it is to say, we’re really looking forward to it.


Nostalgia (DS)

Programmed by the same folks who handled the DS remakes of Final Fantasy III and IV, Nostalgia looks to provide a refreshing change of scenery in the often predictable RPG landscape. It’s set in a steampunk version of 19th century England and while you’re the usual young man with a quest (find your missing father, a great adventurer) your party includes unusual members such as a witch and a grubby street kid. Plus, in addition to the usual turn-based team battles in dungeons, you’ll have to fight airship battles from aboard your customizable zeppelin. If the Final Fantasy games were reinvented as an Indiana Jones-meets-Jules Verne sort of adventure, this would be it.

Above: The Japanese trailer

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  • AuthorityFigure - June 18, 2009 5:49 a.m.

    They all look great, except for Prof. Layton. Those games are a little bit of content hidden behind pretension.
  • super-saint - June 16, 2009 2 a.m.

    i loved golden sun one... i missed out on two... and now i can play it on a ds!!! happyist day!!!!!
  • TheWebSwinger - June 15, 2009 8:44 p.m.

    "Considering all the attention being directed toward huge, marquee juggernauts like Uncharted 2, Modern Warfare 2, and Beatles: Rock Back" Beatles: Rock Back, huh? Nitpicking aside, good article. I didn't even KNOW they were making Dementium sequel.
  • WrathLord03 - June 15, 2009 10:58 a.m.

    Well, Split/Second looks great, but do any of the cars actually get damaged. Like in Burnout, I want to see them melded into strange, metallic sculptures by explosions and falling control towers. I don't want the NFS: Most Wanted kind of damage, where the worst that could happen is your expensive tinted glass gets broken and your nice, shiny paint gets scraped. I like destruction. And so far, while there have been massive explosions and buildings breaking apart, we still haven't seen any proof that the cars will get damaged at all, apart from that scratch of the paint. And is it just me, or does the machine in the image of 'G-Force' have the Millenium Puzzle on the front of it? And will I get totally teased because I still remember what it looks like? It looks good overall, I've always wanted to be a jet-pack-wearing, gun-toting hamster.
  • caboose4400 - June 15, 2009 9:29 a.m.

    that split second game looks f***ing awsome!!!
  • iluvmyDS - June 15, 2009 3:45 a.m.

    Well I was very impressed with Pure so I imagine Split Second will be pretty damn good.
  • gatornation1254 - June 15, 2009 2:30 a.m.

    I'm really looking forward to Call of Juarez 2. I loved the mediocre first one. reCaptcha: ROSS trekked
  • Danomeon - June 14, 2009 11:01 p.m.

    Murumasa is definitely on my list of wii games to buy. If enough people purchase it, maybe Nintendo will realise that the hardcore market is a market that they should begin to exploit more.
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 14, 2009 8:27 p.m.

    G-Force looks Ghostbuster-y.
  • AntistaIsTheLight - June 14, 2009 5:09 p.m.

    Don't kill me but I'm not looking forward to Goldensun DS. I didn't like the GBA games and turn based RPG's aren't my thing.
  • Sonneilon - June 14, 2009 9:46 a.m.

    HEY! POTM (aka PSM) covered a few of those games. :P
  • Grenade - June 13, 2009 3:02 p.m.

    I've heard of every single one of those games, and I'm looking forward to most of them. Maybe this article will help get the word out about them.
  • Demonflare - June 13, 2009 2:29 p.m.

    YEA! Some new demon games! Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Dementium II looks good. If they say its fun for the DS I'll buy it. I need more DS games. Professor Layton! Yea! Hahaha! I have a friend whos a huge fan of him!
  • cigero - June 13, 2009 11:52 a.m.

    I cannot wait to play call of juarez, the dual-handing pistol feature is really awsome. I don't know about you people, but I'm getting sick of WW2 and modern-ish shooters so call of juarez is just what the doctor ordered.
  • raman162 - June 13, 2009 11:02 a.m.

    Transformer explosions looked sexy
  • StupidTownColonStupidStateColon - June 13, 2009 8 a.m.

    Professor Layton for sure,I need a DS game to keep me busy. Recaptcha: dignify 00 (It looked like the infinity symbol)
  • NanoElite666 - June 13, 2009 3:12 a.m.

    Golden Sun is going to be awesome, and I'm sort of surprised to see it on this list. Split/Second looks like it should be a lot of fun as well.
  • cubsfan101 - June 13, 2009 1:22 a.m.

    I think that Split/Second doesn't deserve to be left out of the gaming spotlight. I've seen the E3 coverage of this game and i think its one of the looking racing cars ever. Some of these games do look alright.
  • Ezekiel17 - June 12, 2009 11:50 p.m.

    Strangly, I also think G-Force looks fun. reCAPTCHA: 71 pistils (lol, thats alot of female plants)
  • mgbenin - June 12, 2009 11:07 p.m.

    Dude! I still have the lost vikings somewhere around my house... that games was almost as frustrating as it was fun, im definitely going to check out trine when it arrives on ps3