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E3 09: The 12 most overlooked games of E3

A Boy and His Blob (Wii)

Not a remake of 1989’s classic side-scrolling NES platformer as much as it is a reinvention, A Boy and His Blob has the look of a cartoon from Studio Ghibli (Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle) and just oozes an earnest, almost childlike charm. If you don’t fall in love with both the little boy (that’s you) and his best friend – a shapeshifting white blob who can be a ladder, a balloon, or 13 other things depending upon what jelly beans he’s fed – you’re either a heartless bastard or an emotionless robot.  Seriously, the game has a freaking hug button so you can reassure the blob when he gets scared. How are we supposed to act all badass and hard in the face of that?

 

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (360, PC, PS3)

We understand why very few people were eagerly anticipating this one – publisher Activision’s last movie-based Transformers game was a disaster. However, the upcoming sequel has two things the first one didn’t: a new developer and a fantastic multiplayer mode.

Imagine four-on-four, Team Fortress 2-style gameplay merged with giant robots. Not just any giant robots, mind you, but Transformers, each with different weapons and abilities (basically making it its own class) and each constantly switching from vehicle mode to “massive metal warrior” mode on the fly. Now, you’re getting a glimpse of what makes this a completely unique and interesting battlefield . It’ll be out by the end of the month too, so you don’t have to wait long for this one.

 

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (DS)

If you didn’t play the first Professor Layton, stop reading this and go play it. Now. Because that’s the only real way you’ll understand why we’re frothing at the gills for what looks like a “more of the same” puzzle game. In an oddly quirky version of England, the Professor is sort of like an ultra-polite Sherlock Holmes, who spends his days solving logic riddles such as “how can I turn this matchstick house into a boat in only three moves?” on his way to solving some greater mystery. This time, it’s the murder of Layton’s mentor. It’s charming, addictive, and with some 150 puzzles on the cart and more downloadable puzzles on the way, big enough to keep your brain fried for quite some time.

 

Trine (PC, PS3, [360 pending approval])

Remember The Lost Vikings? No? Well then, young whipper-snapper, just be glad someone else does. Downloadable offering Trine is essentially that game brought into the modern era - a side-scrolling action puzzler in which the environment itself is the puzzle and you must use the powers of your three party members to navigate it. The wizard can conjure ramps and crates to help cross chasms, the thief can shoot switches and descend vertical shafts with a rope and hook, the warrior can sledgehammer enemies and fragile obstacles – you get the idea. It looks lovely, too.

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46 comments

  • 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

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