GamesRadar E3 2011 Awards: Best New Game We Know Nothing About

E3 is about showing off upcoming games you knew about already, but it’s most often the stunning reveal of a new game that steals the show. Of course, some reveals are more in-depth than others, and some are so brief that aside from the name, you’ve got no clue what’s going on. These are the games that teased us the best with just the smallest morsels of information.

The Nominees:

Halo 4

Ever since Bungie forsook the Halo property in 2007 and Microsoft founded 343 Industries to oversee the franchise, we knew Halo 4 was coming someday.  We were just surprised it happened now. Of course, Microsoft doesn’t want the 2012 title to steal too much focus from this year’s games, so after an enigmatic trailer, we were left guessing just what John was awoken for.  According to the official site, the game is set “in the aftermath of Halo 3, Master Chief returns to confront his own destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe. Halo 4 marks the start of a new trilogy that begins with its release in 2012.” So in actuality, we want to know more about Halo 4, 5 and 6!

Every Wii U game

The Wii U announcement was followed by a ton of footage of the system in action, which demonstrated the myriad of ways you can use the strange tablet/controller hybrid. The one thing they didn’t show? GAMES. Nintendo made it very clear that the stuff they were showing during E3 were tech demoes, not any concrete titles. Even the third party games on display were running on 360/PS3 tech, so we’ve seen very little of what’s really going on. We don’t mind the concept, but we’d greatly prefer knowing how this will be worked into the next Mario or Zelda game, instead of watching another golf demo.

Smash Bros Wii U/3DS

You have to appreciate Nintendo’s self-control when it comes to the Smash Bros series. While others with a franchise that successful would have started pumping out annual sequels, Nintendo’s only put out three games in the last twelve years, one for each home console. Now that the Smash team is getting behind a new title not just for Wii U, but 3DS (the first ever portable title) as well, but that’s basically all we know. We’re a little miffed at Nintendo for announcing it so early without even a screenshot to its name. Honestly, it’s irresponsible to tell us so little knowing the fervor that news would create.

The next Kojima game

Remember one year ago when Kojima premiered the sharp new footage for Metal Gear Solid Rising? This year that game was nowhere to be seen, and to add insult to injury, Kojima teased us with demo footage for the engine his team will be using in the future. Meaning they’re making a brand new game, they just refuse to tell us what it is. Maybe Fox Engine will be used on MGS 5, maybe it’s a whole new game, all we know is that Kojima won’t tell us until E3 2012. Oh joy.

And the winner is…

Almost Every Wii U game

Wii U is easily E3’s the biggest grey area and the one we’re frantic for more info on. Wii U games could take any shape or size, and with Nintendo seeming to be recommitted to hardcore gamers, it’s very plausible the system won’t won’t just ship with another Wii Sports clone. The sky’s the limit with what Nintendo can do with these new tools, and we’re dying to see it put into practice.

Most graphics | Coolest character reinvention
Best response to fan feedback 
Best trailer | Most satisfying gore | Guiltiest pleasure
Most shameless rip-off 
Best new game we know nothing about
Worst first impression | Best game for masochists 
Most likely to consume our lives | Artsiest-fartsiest
Most tasteless 
Might not actually suck | Proof that 2D isn't dead | BEST OF SHOW 




  • shawksta - June 24, 2011 4:32 a.m.

    If Anything, Nintendo proved that no matter what they have, their first party makes it worth having, and the wii surely delivered, If the Wii U is more to the Hardcore and is more open to the third Party than the wii and is having its own special addition to past Wii games than HOTDOG!
  • PretzelBoy - June 23, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    Master Chief confirmed for Smash Bros Wii U/3DS.
  • UberNoob - June 23, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    Honestly, Halo 4 wasn't much of a surprise. Halo fans such as myself knew that the story wasn't over (just watch the ending to Halo 3). We expected it to appear at some point in time. I never thought a new Wii would appear. I didn't really see what new elements besides hardware and appearance that would be changed.
  • juanthompson - June 23, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    OMG. The new kojima game might be Zone of the Enders 3. I'm surprised nobody in GamresRadar ever heard about it.
  • Crypto140 - June 23, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    I liked the Halo series(bursts out laughing) but I hope that Halo 4 DOESN'T follow the move, shoot, move, shoot, jump into vehicle, and keep moving and shooting pattern. John 117 is a Spartan, a super cyborg who SHOULD be able to run and jump, and do more than that.
  • smashpro1 - June 23, 2011 3:03 a.m.

    Portable Smash Bros. The Smash Bros. of my dreams.
  • KippDynamite - June 23, 2011 3 a.m.

    I was quite pleased to hear about Smash Bros., but a bit bummed when the guy in charge of it said something to the effect that he hasn't even started working on it yet, nor really thought about it much. He said he hasn't even thought about who would be in it. A few years off, then.
  • BattleReachRising - June 23, 2011 2:32 a.m.

    I am dying for a new Smash Bros./ Halo. I wish they would come sooner.
  • Aletheon - June 23, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    Am I the only person alive that loved Raiden in my MGS2? I guess it's not permissible to surprise gamers.
  • hunterXhunter - June 23, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    I'm going with Pikmin 3.
  • CitizenWolfie - June 23, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    The sky was the limit with the Wii but look what happened. I fear it'll be too little, too late for the house of Mario. Although I'm sure their first party games will be amazing. I hope Kojima doesn't just do a direct sequel to MGS4, I think it ended nicely wrapped up after that 2 hour ending video. I'd like another Snake Eater style game where the environment is both your friend and enemy. But not necessarily as part of the Metal Gear series. Oh and stop with this Metal Gear Rising nonsense. Turning Raiden into a silly Anime-style cyborg in MGS4 did not make up for MGS2. If anything it made me hate him more. I'm not some fickle manga nerd who gets a hard on at the first sight of super powers and big hair. In a game where I suspended my disbelief for a Vampire, Ocelot's haunted arm(!) and those stupid GEKKOs, Raiden still made me cringe and shout at the TV: "Stop trying to make me like this douche!" TL:DR - Where was GTAV?
  • HitmanSB07 - June 23, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    I love everything Kojima does but that interview was extremely cringeworthy...Maybe it was the translators fault...Personally I thought Far Cry 3 looked to be the best new game I knew nothing about, which is unusual considering I hated the second one.
  • AGENTJORRRG - June 23, 2011 5:56 a.m.

    Kojima isn't that great. His game concepts are fine, but he really needs to not write them. I'd like to see him do something new.
  • Nin10DOH - June 23, 2011 5:14 a.m.

    New Smash Bros, I need this
  • Slayer11496 - June 23, 2011 4:43 a.m.

    For me the new halo trilogy is mind blowing, can't wait to see if 343 can live up to bungie
  • hester2 - June 23, 2011 2:58 a.m.

    It's sad that E3, which was once the place to go for surprises, was only able to generate a list this sparse. Halo 4 was the only surprise, but we all knew it was coming. The surprise was simply in the timing. You want to surprise us? Give us the NES Mario trilogy and Super Mario World with widescreen support (not HD, that would be awful).
  • Yeager1122 - June 23, 2011 2:48 a.m.

    I dont know about halo but i would love a new smash bros and smash bros on the go sounds like a great idea.
  • meh - June 23, 2011 2:48 a.m.

    last paragraph of the article it says "won't won't". Did i read that right? Anyway, great article.

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