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.
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.
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
Might not actually suck | Proof that 2D isn't dead | BEST OF SHOW