The Top 7... Games we want announced at E3 2010

E3 is like a birthday present. Once a year, this massive box of potential awesomeness appears before us, wrapped in speculation and secrecy. What could be inside? Will we get what we want?

Next week, we'll find out, ripping that gift open and discovering exactly what's in store for gamers over the next few years. In exchange for that knowledge, however, we lose all the mystery and anticipation. In some ways, this is the fun week, when we still get to stare at the box, shake the box, pass the box around and excitedly discuss what wonders the box might hold.

Okay, enough silly metaphor. Here are the games we hope are unveiled at E3 2010. Share your hopes in the comment section below.

BioShock 3

If you'd asked us a couple of years ago, we wouldn't have wanted BioShock 3 announced at E3. To be perfectly honest, we wouldn't have wanted BioShock 3 at all. Or BioShock 2, for that matter. The tragic tale of Rapture had been perfectly – and, it seemed, completely – told through the first game. Sequels were unnecessary at best, and would ruin our memories of the original at worst.

But now we're convinced, and much to our own surprise, we want more. With the release of BioShock 2 earlier this year, the developers at 2K Marin proved that the game's unique underwater setting could be revisited – and further explored – without losing any of the mystery or malice. They introduced new characters who were just as philosophically interesting and psychologically complex as the old ones. They succeeded in telling a second story that not only didn't ruin the first, but in some ways, enhanced it.

And, of course, they left the ending tantalizing unresolved and ready for another sequel. Eleanor Lamb, finally free of her birthplace, has the world-changing powers of a Big Sister – and arguably, depending on which ending you got, the powers of a Big Daddy as well. Will she return to Rapture? Will she serve as the next game's hero or villain? Does Sofia Lamb survive in the franchise's canon? Can this crumbling city survive a third, fourth or fifth power struggle?

This time, we're looking forward to the answers rather than dreading them. Well, so long as those answers don't involve an Andrew Ryan prequel, anyway…

Prototype 2

At this point, we’re 99.9 percent certain InFamous 2 will make an appearance at E3 (even if it’s just as a teaser trailer at the Sony press conference), because its existence was finally confirmed just last week. And if InFamous 2 is a near-certainty, then we can’t imagine a world in which Prototype 2 wouldn’t be far behind.

While the two games really have little to do with one another, their themes and gameplay were so similar (each can be summarized as “confused, morally challenged wild talent awakens to new superpowers as his free-roaming city spirals into chaos”), and their mid-2009 release dates so close together, that they’re inextricably linked. Fans of one frequently seemed to dislike the other, and comparisons between the two were impossible to avoid. And given Activision’s stated commitment to annual franchises, we’d be immensely surprised if they let Prototype peter out after one game.

Above: McGrath or Mercer? Can’t we have both? 

As for why we actually want Prototype 2 to be announced, well, it was a pretty enjoyable game regardless of which side of the Infatype/Protomous debate you were on. Controlling hero/ horrifying abomination Alex Mercer eventually got to be so much fun that playing through the actual game took a backseat to the simple thrill of finding creative ways to mess with its inhabitants, sometimes for hours on end.

We’d like to see a lot more of that in the sequel, maybe along with different types of (preferably non-virus-created) superbeings for Mercer to go toe-to-toe with. And as much as we liked tearing around the game’s version of Manhattan, the setting’s been done to death and should be retired. We don’t even care if it’s rebuilt or completely changed by the mutant plague – we just want to run up the sides of some other city’s buildings for a change.

Above: SEEN IT 


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  • brickman409 - December 29, 2012 12:59 a.m.

    looking back now, alot of these came true! except for half life 3 and a new star fox game, but those will never happen ever.
  • BlindGuardian412 - June 18, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    Or how about some new SSX or NBA Street
  • Sabtos - June 13, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    Please stop pushing for a GTAV, seriously it should not be done, and not outside of America if done at all. If so it should be called something else. But GTAIV should be the stopping point, what else does it need to do? If anything, just one constantly upgraded game with new episodes released every so often, since GTAIV graphics weren't great in some aspects and wouldn't serve as a good base for constant release of new stories in new cities. I don't see a need for a new disc-based GTA outside of that. Besides, from Rockstar we have Agent and LA Noire coming (which could be similar to a cop-centric 50s style GTA), not to mention the fact that us PS3 users just finished the episodes. I second the motion for a Darkness 2 though, that game suffered from some bad controls and some dated graphics mixed in with excellent graphics, but it was an otherwise excellent game and could do with some improvement. I just want to see some big surprises at E3, and with all the stupid ass motion controls hype, I'm afraid there aren't going to be any.
  • REBELYELL89 - June 11, 2010 6:45 a.m.

    R* pulled out of E3 this year so we wont be seeing jack from them unless they've signed back up for it.
  • SailorCallie - June 10, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    How about the Dragon Quest VI remake for the Nintendo DS? C'mon, Square-Enix! Please don't dissapoint us English-language Dragon Quest players.
  • secretsearcher - June 10, 2010 3:27 a.m.

    @thephntm there is a sly cooper
  • TheHalfanese - June 10, 2010 2:32 a.m.

  • GameManiac - June 9, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    I believe I've said this before, and I'll say it again. I just hope that the tentatively-named 3DS doesn't end up like another VirtualBoy. I already like the mere thought of it.
  • thephntm - June 9, 2010 9:47 p.m.

    Sly Cooper 3 (please not a PS3 exclusive), Anime Fighter (I made that up. Wouldn't it be awesome for Goku to fight Konata? What about Edward Elric versus Ladd Russo?), KH3 (again, please not an exclusive), F-Zero Wii, and StarFox Wii.
  • JohnnyMaverik - June 9, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    > THIEF 4 !!!!! Seconded.
  • JohnnyMaverik - June 9, 2010 10:17 a.m.

    @ Smeggs There will be a Bioshock 3, perhaps not announced this year but it'll come, they said they wanted 5 sequels and you should not underestimate the power of publishers wanting to milk the fk out of something that was once pure and untarnished.
  • Smeggs - June 9, 2010 6:09 a.m.

    Bioshock 3-There will be no Bioshock 3. Not a chance. Ever. Especially not so soon after the second was released if there were going to be a third. Prototype 2-I want this, but the story needs to be better and there needs to be more shit to do, even messing with civilians and weak little zombies got boring after awhile. Half-Life 2: Epsiode 3-Why do you guys find it so fun to tempt fate and jinx it? It won’t be there this year, and at best, that “Surprise” they were talking about only has about a 60-65% chance of being HL2E3, AT BEST.
  • aequitas13 - June 9, 2010 2:08 a.m.

    THIEF 4 !!!!!
  • secretsearcher - June 8, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    I guess even GR has stopped hoping for a Sly Cooper 4...
  • BillyAndTheDroogs - June 8, 2010 7:39 p.m.

    Hell sweet chocolate jesus yes! Half life 3 would make me cream my jeans. As for gta 5, more arcade - less sim. I don't want to have to answer a cell phone or use the internet in a video game.
  • wardragon101 - June 8, 2010 5:36 p.m.

    I know its probably too early for this but what about Mass Effect 3?
  • DrRock - June 8, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    So GR is now getting overran with freakin ad's in the comment section. Keep that crap over at IGN. Now on to topic; Infamous 2, any new Fallout information. E3 is so full of hype and BS that I never hold my breath on getting anything I want from it. The only good about E3 is listening to all the podcasts comment on what they thought. recaptcha: adored vagrancy Yeah I adore me some vagrants too
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  • Stahlbrand - June 8, 2010 12:43 p.m.

    TES5, just TES5.