E3 2011: The 26 new game announcements that make this year's show better than you think

It's easy to look at this year's E3 and moan about the lack of a GTA V or a Half-Life 3 or a Resident Evil 6 or a new F-Zero or whatever other much loved game you were keeping your pinkies crossed for that hasn't showed its face. But hang on. Let's back up. There have been new announcements. Lots of them. And there are some real good ones. Like this list of 26 new game reveals that make this year's E3 much better than you might think Mr Grumpy Pants.

BioShock | PS Vita

A completely new BioShock adventure for Sony's new handheld. That's big news. Plus, it makes complete sense because the game features 'Vita-Chambers'. Hahaha. Geddit? Vita. See? Vita.

Dance Central 2 | 360

A Kinect game we enjoy playing. Because we like dancing. And this time two people will be able to dance together at the same time either cooperatively or competitively. 

Darksiders II | 360, PC, PS3, Wii U

Sure we knew this was coming, but its official reveal only happened last week. So we're counting it as an E3 announcement. And the Wii U version was definitely an unknown title before the show.

Dragon's Crown | PS3, PS Vita

A side-scrolling fantasy adventure for up to four players that will facilitate some kind of cross-platforming PS3/Vita hi-jinkery. It's from Vanillaware, the people responsible for the rather gorgeous 2D RPG Odin Sphere. That's a good thing.

God of War Origins Collection | PS3

Not quite God of War 4, but tasty all the same. The two God of War PSP games - Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta - will be bundled together for PS3. And will become magically playable in 3D.

Gravity | PS Vita

A lovely looking cel-shaded attention grabber. It also happens to be from Keiichiro Toyama - the man behind the spooky Siren series and the original Silent Hill. We're not expecting this to be as unsettling as his previous work.

Halo 4 | 360

So the news about this leaked out hours before the big reveal at Microsoft's conference, which kind of lessened the impact in a huge way. But still, it's Halo 4 and it's the start of a new trilogy and the reveal video had Master Chief in it. Boosh.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary | 360

This was on a lot of gamer wish lists. Including ours. And those wishes are coming true. Like a fairytale. But with space marines. This will be the original Halo with better visuals and Xbox Live multiplayer. But no fairies.

Hot Shots Golf | PS Vita

Hot Shots Golf (aka Everybody's Golf) is the golf game we love the most because it's 100% less likely to cheat on its wife than other golf games.

Killer Freaks from Outer Space | Wii U

New first-person shooter for Nintendo's new console. We don't know much about it yet, but it does have a multiplayer mode that's got Dave all excited in his chair. 

LittleBigPlanet | PS Vita

All the Vita's funky touch inputs *should* make Sony's game builder a much simpler experience. Because we'll be using our actual fingers completely unaided by sticks.

Luigi's Mansion 2 | 3DS

Another rare opportunity for Luigi to hog some of the limelight. By sucking up ghosts with his thingy. Not *that* thingy. But his vacuum cleaner thingy. And this time there's more than one mansion. Woot.

There's more on the next page? You'd better believe it sunshine...


  • yetanotherCid304 - June 15, 2011 8:54 p.m.

    had a feeling sly 4 was coming, sucker punch has been teasing it for a long time, and it apeared Infamous 2 (it's listed on the front of one of the adult theatres with the adult movie spoofs of popular video games. e.g. "Hey, Low Reach" and "Little big Unit")
  • IcePotato - June 11, 2011 8 p.m.

    Dance Central actually makes it worse.
  • BattleReachRising - June 11, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    I wish that Luigi's Mansion 2 was coming to Wii U. Then i might actually have a reason to buy it.
  • Terrorrizor - June 11, 2011 8:33 a.m.

    Where's the new Hitman game?!!! Didn;t they announce it?! Damn you IO Interactive!
  • EnragedTortoise1 - June 10, 2011 10:21 p.m.

    There was a new trailer for Paper Mario 3DS and nobody noticed...
  • Bobo93 - June 10, 2011 9:41 p.m.

  • Jacko415 - June 10, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    Really? Im going to be the one to have to say it... alright... WHERE THE FUCK IS HALF-LIFE 2 EPISODE 3!?
  • SpadesSlick - June 10, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    Luigi's Mansion 2 was the best announcement for me. I got high hopes for that one.
  • Spybreak8 - June 10, 2011 7 p.m.

    The PS Vita games library looks good but I'm looking forward to all the heavy hitters for the 3DS that Nintendo showed (Z:OoT,S643D,MK3D,SM3D,KIU).
  • bigwill1221 - June 10, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    Eh halo is probably going to be milked from now on...
  • SparkleDevon - June 10, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I WANT MINECRAFT FOR WII U. >.< anyways, Can't wait for Smash Bros. Hope they keep Toon Link and Bring back Dr. Mario and Roy. They should leave out Marth though. Keep Ike. AND WHERE IS MY MEWTWO? >.> stupid Lucario.
  • awinnerisjew - June 10, 2011 4:46 p.m.

    @JetpackJesus THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!! Too bad the rights were already snatched up for the next MvC.
  • JetpackJesus - June 10, 2011 4:25 p.m.

    I think the decision to put Cole from Infamous in a game strictly titled STREET FIGHTER x TEKKEN is pretty dumb. Putting Darth Vader and Yoda in Soul Calibur 5 was stupid enough. But now.... this is a game that crosses 2 different franchises with each other, so why feel the need to half-arsedly chuck in a third franchise to the mix? If thats how it goes then Namco then may just as well put in the Power Rangers into Tekken X Street FIghter.
  • Kage_No_Shi - June 10, 2011 2:37 p.m.

    Of the PSV game announcements, Gravity interests me the most, and the new Wipeout too. The other games that interest me a bit that are on the Vita are also on the PS3, so if I got them I'd get them on the PS3 instead.
  • philipshaw - June 10, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    Already knew about a couple of these but seeing this made me realise that a lot more games got announced than I saw
  • dphoenix192 - June 10, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    I was really disappointed by the lack of big announcements this year. Most of these games are good enough that I'll probably pick them up, but they lacked a wow factor. I care much more about the games that we're already annouced than for the games that were just announced.
  • Matt Cundy - June 10, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    @DJQQ - What I mean and what I write are very often not entirely the same thing.
  • Yeager1122 - June 10, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    Overstrike looks pretty cool intrested in the vita and now i wish i had a ps3 just for sly 4.
  • DJQQ - June 10, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    @Cundy- The Iron First Tournament? Maybe you mean the Iron Fist Tournament? Or maybe the First Iron Fist Tournament? So many choices... Good article, I too wish Sly 4 had a much greater show with it, but just knowing it exists is good enough for me.
  • wingsdjy - June 10, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    Pleasantly surprised we're getting another Professor Layton on the original DS. Hopefully the entire second trilogy be on the DS (in the US).

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