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GamesRadar E3 2011 Awards: Might Not Actually Suck

Frogger. Sonic. Facebook. These are not words that inspire much confidence or excitement in the minds of gamers, but that’s part of what we love about E3 – you’re guaranteed at least a few pleasant surprises each year. An archaic arcade title refreshingly reborn in 3D? A misguided mascot finally finding his way home? A “social” strategy title that appeals to the hardcore? Hey, these might not actually suck at all…


The Nominees:

Frogger 3DS

Drastic updates to classic franchises don't always go over so well, and Frogger's own reinvention record has been spotty, but it looks like Frogger 3DS might actually be doing it right. The addition of 3D works well with the Frogger mechanic, and among the 60 levels, many creatively embark from the classic Frogger street crossing to locales like sushi bars and jet fighters. Plus, it has an endless classic mode with online leaderboards. Preview 


 

Sonic Generations

Sonic remains one of the most contentious and divisive series out there. As gamers of the 16-bit era, we’re hopelessly in love with his ultra-fast 2D beginnings and much less enamored with the 3D romps that followed. Then, as the years piled on, Sonic really lost his way and is now buried under a conga line of mediocre titles. We hoped Sonic 4 would restore his good name (some thought it did, others did not), but now that burden lies with Sonic Generations, a 2D speedfest that combines the 16-bit style Sonic (pudgy, black eyes) with modern Sonic (tall, green eyes) in a series of classically minded levels. We’ve been down this road before, but based on the demo (available now on XBLA/PSN), we feel like this time Sonic might truly, honestly be back on track. Preview


Prime World

When we heard about Prime World, we were ready to write it off as a casual game you wouldn’t be interested in. It first was described to us as a “cool” social strategy game for Facebook that can also be played on your mobile. Further details promoting Prime World’s generic fantasy backdrop and a “fun” selection of mini-games almost convinced us that the game wasn’t worth checking out at E3 2011. It was.


 


And the winner is…

Prime World

We’re really glad we did see Prime World after all, because it was definitely way better than expected. Prime World is a rather impressive multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, much like Defense of the Ancients or League of Legends. In PvP matches, you’ll select a Hero unit to lead your army to battle. Assassinate your opponents’ Hero units, push pass their defenses and destroy your enemies base to win.


Above: Your kingdom will be glorious. It’s like a persistent home base that you can develop over time as you play PvP matches

Prime World’s clean art style serves the game well and is loaded with vibrant colors and gorgeous kingdoms. That’s because Prime World isn’t a Facebook game at all; it’s a fully downloadable F2P game that just happens to use Facebook connect for your friends list, allowing you to quickly find like-minded partners to play with. The mini-games turned out to be surprisingly playable extras added for a casual break from the more intense back-and-forth battles in the lanes linking your stronghold from your enemy’s base. And then, there’s your kingdom, which you can upgrade with better buildings to give you an edge in future PvP battles, adding yet another layer gameplay missing from your everyday DotA clones.



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

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11 comments

  • Spybreak8 - June 27, 2011 2:02 a.m.

    Thanks for the heads up on Prime World. That seems to be interesting for me anyways.
  • g4m3rk1dd - June 25, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    even if sonic gen is bad ill still buy it becuase ive bought almost all of his other games and forced myself to like them. yep...im a true fan... Sonic Adventure 2 Battle was fun though D:
  • QWERTYCommander - June 25, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    I hate it when people are like "Finally, a good Sonic game!" when they see Generations. I thought that the general critical consensus was that Colors was a decent game that got 7's and 8's across the board? What happened to that?
  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - June 25, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    "Remember when Sonic was good?" "Sonic was never good."
  • hester2 - June 25, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    I'm sorry, but I disagree wholeheartedly with Sonic being on here. They're making the same mistake they always make, where they focus on the speed instead of the platforming. I played the demo, and half the time I couldn't even tell what was going on. It was better than the recent games (well, I actually liked Colors, both the DS and Wii versions), but it was no Sonic 2.
  • DirkSteele1 - June 25, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    Come on Sonic. You are now 20 years old. Time to act like an adult, do something meaningful with you life like star in a good game on a modern console. Oh please gaming gods, don't let this one disappoint.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - June 25, 2011 3:46 a.m.

    I've never heard of Prime World, but Sonic has always been terrible, and I really don't see this changing the trend. I'll take Prime World.
  • shadowreaper72 - June 25, 2011 2:54 a.m.

    I have no idea what Prime World is so...... SONIC GENERATIONS!!!!!!!!
  • ReasonableFanboy - June 25, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    @ hester: So... a Sonic game isn't supposed to focus on speed? I don't see what you're getting at here. That's kind of what set him apart back in '91. In any case, if a first impression is all I have to go by, Prime World is utterly forgettable. I actually had to scroll back up just to recall the name. Sonic on the other hand is looking pretty good.
  • razorman715 - June 25, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    I have never heard of prime world, and I'm not alone. Sonic FTW!
  • Yeager1122 - June 25, 2011 3:11 a.m.

    I have also never heard of prime world before but ill second that sonic excitment.

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