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

Minecraft | 360

At last, the intriguingly blocky world of indie sensation Minecraft shares the love with a console. It's Kinect compatible, but - thank buggery - will also be playable in the normal conventional fashion.

ModNation Racers | PS Vita

Did you see how easy it was to build a track using Vita's incredible fingering technology? It was easy. And anything that makes things easy is something we're interested in. Because we're lazy.

Overstrike | 360, PS3

Ratchet & Clank dev Insomniac's not PS3 exclusive project was revealed at EA's conference. It's a four-player co-op action game that will incorporate the use of many weapons and gadgets. It's got plenty of personality, to be sure. Also, the name 'Overstrike' instantly makes us (ie me) think of the word 'underboob'. Which in turn makes us (ie me) think of boobs. That's just how our (ie my) thought process works. Boobs.

Payday: The Heist | PC, PS3

There's walking into a post office, pointing a banana concealed under your coat at the person behind the counter and demanding all the money. And then there's doing it properly. Payday: The Heist from Sony Online is about doing large-scale money theft properly. Who doesn't want to be a bankrobber, just like daddy?

Pikmin 3 | Wii U

Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed at an E3 roundtable session that this was on its way to Wii U. So as announcements go it was pretty low-key. But still... Pikmin 3.

Professor Layton and the Last Specter | DS

A new Professor Layton that isn't really that new. It's been out in Japan for a while, but the announcement confirmed that it's coming to North America later this year. No word on a European release, though. *sad face*

Ruin | PS3, PS Vita

This is the one at the Sony conference that everyone thought looked like Diablo. It's an action RPG with a little trick up its sleeve - the ability to take the game from PS3 to PS Vita and vice versa. Try doing that with Diablo.

Sly 4: Thieves in Time | PS3

The long-awaited return of the light-fingered raccoon arrived with meagre fanfare at the Sony conference. But what were we expecting? Fireworks? Yes. Dancers? Yes. Raccoons in jackets zip-lining on to the stage? Yes. Perhaps our expectations were unrealistic.

Sound Shapes | PS Vita

Did you appreciate the brilliance of PSN and PC indie gem Everyday Shooter? If you did, then you will be wanting to pay attention to Sound Shapes because it's the next game from Jonathan 'Everyday Shooter' Mak.

Street Fighter x Tekken | PS Vita

Street Fighter! Tekken! The bloke from Infamous! On PS Vita! Rear-touching!

Super Smash Bros. | 3DS, Wii U

The worst kind of announcement. No video. No screens. No details. Just a promise that it will be coming. But development hasn't even started yet, so we could be in for a long wait. It's an announcement cocktail that consists of equal parts 'boo' and 'yay'.

Super StarDust Delta | PS Vita

PSP version was great to play but technically limited. But the Vita version will be better. Because the game is a twin-stick shooter. And the Vita has, like, two sticks. So that's good. Also, it's going to look utterly eye-arousing on that OLED screen.

Tekken 3DS | 3DS

It's existence revealed as part of a 3DS sizzle reel during the Nintendo conference. We knew nothing of it. Then suddenly there it was. But only for a fleeting moment. Like a butterfly in a storm. The Iron First Tournament. On 3DS.

Wipeout 2048 | PS Vita

We have every confidence that Wipeout will be as essential on PS Vita as it is on PSP. We're not sure about tilting the machine to steer or using the touch screen mid-race - surely the quick reactions of sticks and buttons are the only way when hurtling along at a bajillion miles an hour? Regardless, we'll be able to play how we want. So we're happy.

Have we missed anything? Was there a new announcement at this year's E3 that tweaked your geek juice? Star Wars Kinect perhaps? Do you agree this year has been a good show for new reveals? Or are you all sad face and disappointed? As ever, share your contemplations in the comments.

And don't forget that you can catch up on all our E3 2011 coverage here.

June 10, 2011


  • 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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