10 Things E3 Didn't Get Wrong

1) The 3DS: Yes, largely overshadowed by the Wii U (lack of) announcements, the 3DS still has a ton of content incoming over the coming months, none more important that New Super Mario Bros 2, Luigi's Mansion 2 and Paper Mario. Coupled with some good quality 3rd party content, the 2nd year of the 3DS looks warm and cozy.

2) Watch Dogs: Is it me, or are Ubisoft the only company in existence willing to take a risk? They dumped Rayman for Rabbids for Wii's launch, brought Rayman back in arguably the best 2D platform game ever made in Rayman Origins, redefined Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell more than once (more on that in a moment), and are now set to do the same to Assassin's Creed, a title that itself was a risk way back when. Watch Dogs is another new IP set to the same beat, trying something new. It looks polished for an early development, though we may be waiting a while, but this looks promising.

3) Beyond: I already chatted this one up in my last post, but Ellen Page could be up for an award or two if the early trailers are anything to go by. If all goes to plan, this could be huge.

4) Assassin's Creed III On the High Seas: Do I need to explain?

5) Halo 4: The last hurrah, perhaps, for the Xbox 360. Gorgeous to look at, and seemingly with plenty of new content to make it stand out from the past three (not including Reach and ODST, though both were awesome in their own right). The visual upgrade is clear as day, but it seems there will be more cut scenes and intercut storytelling than Bungie's efforts were known for. Intriguing.

6) ZombieU: The Wii U still has a ton of stuff Nintendo are yet to reveal, but again Ubisoft are in the middle of it all. Between this great looking shooter that uses the new gamepad almost perfectly, to the wonderful looking Rayman Legends, at least we can be guaranteed of some high quality produce for launch.

7) Splinter Cell: There's no Ironside involved, but the reveal trailer seems positive enough. The last two Splinter Cell titles have been largely miss more than hit, but Black List might get Sam back on track. If nothing else, seeing him in the middle of a war zone should add some spice, though why there hasn't been a Splinter Cell/Ghost Recon combined title yet I'll never know. Actually, why not have one massive Tom Clancy game with every franchise involved?

8) Star Wars 1313: I'm kinda mixed on this one though. On the one hand, it looks great, and takes the best of Uncharted and throws it into a Universe I love. On the other hand, the same 'let's get down and dirty in the Expanded Universe' concept was used in the Force Unleashed, and that didn't exactly turn out the way I hoped. Can't we just get Battlefront 3 already?

9) The Last of Us: I'm quickly becoming a Naughty Dog fan, Uncharted is a franchise I'd play for a lifetime. But having watched the most recent game play footage of their next big hit, I've got nothing but good vibes. Except for one small problem, which I've already detailed. Will it get past our ratings board?

10) The Wii U: Okay, I was bummed by the lack of really big, blow my socks off announcements. But in the end, I was always going to buy the console, and seeing anything about it in action was good enough for me. Besides, Mario in HD was a system seller without them even announcing said game. There's a few minor things to take note too, such as Bioware working on the console, Ubisoft's continued support of Nintendo, and a ton of Nintendo franchises that will no doubt find their way to the console. And Nintendoland looks kinda cool too, I must admit. The end of the year can't come soon enough.

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