(Some) E3 2012 Impressions: Watchdogs, Splinter Cell, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Gears of War, and More!

Remember when E3 was actually awesome? Remember when game developers were actually trying to be innovative? I have seen none of that at this year’s E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). Presentations consist of mostly generic shooters. They are not even trying to mix things up by doing something different. In this article, I’ll give you my input on some of those games. The games are arranged in terms of my interest level – from least to most. Please keep in mind how much I like a game at this point has no effect on my decision to pre-order / purchase the game. Note that not all of the major games are covered.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Ubisoft decided to dumb this game down make this game more accessible to a point where it doesn’t feel like Splinter Cell anymore. “Mark & Execute” might possibly be the worst idea ever implemented in a game of action genre, and they decided to design an entire game behind the concept. Another thing, Sam Fisher again? Sam Fisher sounding much younger? You might as well as replace the character at this point which is actually a decision I have no problems with. Ubisoft has no balls.

Pre-Order Status: You’ve gotta be kidding me, right? Ubisoft should be the ones paying me for playing Splinter Cell: Blacklist. The game is blacklisted in my books. See what I did there?

Release Date: Spring 2013

Gears of War: Judgement

Another one? Really? I thought Gears of War 3 came out not too long ago? Can they at least wait till the Video Game Awards?

Epic Games is making a huge deal out of “Overrun”, their marquee multiplayer game mode. It’s basically a class-based mode. One side is supposedly designed for offense and the other for defense. If you ask me, there is nothing special about this.

Pre-Order Status: It’s hard to tell from the very few glimpses in the trailer. I’m doubtful it will be good enough to warrant a day-one purchase.

Release Date: 2013

Resident Evil 6

It’s not Resident Evil anymore. There are things creeping at you and you have to shoot them. That’s it. This is not going to scare anyone. You can also snap to walls and turn Resident Evil into a cover-based shooter. I know the game is set in Hong Kong, which is where I’m from, but truth be told, I don’t really give a damn.

Pre-Order Status: I don’t always play horror games, but when I do, I prefer… Wait, I don’t play horror games at all. But then, Resident Evil is not scary. Gosh, it’s so complicated. I’m not getting a game that twists my mind like that.

Release Date: 2nd October, 2012

ALSO:  Resident Evil 6 Trailer, Now with Earlier Release Date?

Dead Space 3

See: Resident Evil 6

Pre-Order Status: No way. It’s EA. They’re milking the franchise. Sooner or later, the cash cow will die. Right now, it’s dying a slow, painful death.

Release Date: February, 2013

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Game about multiplayer. Me no like multiplayer. Me also no like soulless games. Something miss from game. Game equal Hot Pursuit no police. Police chase OK, no great.

Pre-Order Status: Me wait Black Friday.

Release Date: 30th October, 2012

Also:  ‘Need for Speed:Most Wanted – 2012′ Announced

Medal of Honor: Warfighter

EA just has to release a FPS every year to go up against Activision. We all know how that turns out. Unlike Battlefield 3, this game will be an exact mirror of Call of Duty. You won’t be flying any planes; you ain’t (Ed. Note: I’ll allow the non-word) driving tanks. Yes, the graphics look good, but EA FPS’s never feel right. The shooting just isn’t as satisfying as CoD. So this leaves me with one question.

Why shouldn’t I just opt for Black Ops 2 instead?

Pre-Order Status: Just get Battlefield 3, unless you want a “pure” FPS. In that case, you may also go for the alternative – the infamous Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Release Date: 23rd October, 2012

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

I am one of the very few people who never hated Raiden. Metal Gear Solid 4 turned Raiden into such a badass, you would actually like a chance to play as him in the cyborg ninja form. We are finally getting a chance to do so in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

With a heavy emphasis on the idea “cut as you will,” this game is actually very innovative in its approach on the hack-and-slash genre. Plus, the game is made by the guys behind Bayonetta, so the gameplay should at least be solid (yea, pun intended). I am unsure of the story though, since Jack is supposed to be happily retired from being a soldier sword-wielding ninja butt-kicker to be with Rose, and Jack Jr. I guess we’ll see how they bullshit their way through.

Pre-Order Status: Combining the words “revenge” and “vengeance” doesn’t automatically turn an iffy storyline good. I’ll wait for the bargain bin price.

Release Date: 2013

Forza Horizon

The game reminds me of a game released in 2007. Horizon includes some form of legal street races, as well as illegal ones. I dig that Forza 4 handling Playground Games intend to keep. I’m optimistic.

Pre-Order Status: As good as the game is looking so far, I still need more before I can decide.

Release Date: 23rd October, 2012

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Every year, a CoD game gets released sometime in fall. Every year, the game sells. Every year, a bunch of 14 year-old assholes who think they’re oh-so-hardcore because they’re sexist, racist, and 14 buy the game. Oh, and did I mention CoD games are, in large part, the same game?

Not so for Black Ops 2. This time round, the game actually feels different. It seems like Treyarch is trying to mix things up. The use of technology provides a lot more potential. They are also very ambitious with the ever popular zombie mode. As much as I loathe the CoD franchise, what Treyarch is trying to accomplish here feels genuine. With their main competition, Medal of Honor, staying where FPS was two years ago, I predict a complete takeover by Black Ops 2.

Pre-Order Status: Hell no. Even though Black Ops 2 is looking decent so far, there is simply no point in pre-ordering the game for me. There is zero incentive for someone who isn’t into multiplayer to get this game day one.

Release Date: 13th November, 2012

ALSO: Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Announced! Where My Nazi Zombies at? UPDATE: Now With Trailer!

The Last of Us

The premise oozes potential. I like the dynamic between the guy and the girl. I like the literal “concrete jungle” setting. The survival aspect is very much alive, and it’s going to take some brains to beat the game. The graphics are looking great from what I’ve seen. However, this is a video game. Unless the storyline is really phenomenal, it’s hard for me to overlook how scripted some of the sequences look. The gunplay looks pretty bad. Given that the game is still early in the development cycle, I am more than willing to give it many more shots before I make my decision.

Pre-Order Status: Meh. I’ll wait, unless the pre-order bonuses are way too valuable for me to pass up.

Release Date: 2013

ALSO:  ‘The Last of Us’ Demo and Trailer Revealed

Hitman: Absolution

As you may recall, I hated the nuns teaser. I didn’t like the seemingly-linear approach they were taking. The newly added feature of Hitman vision, or instinct vision… something like that, didn’t help either. However, I’m convinced by their latest gameplay video. It turns out we can still assassinate targets through creating “accidents”. The different approaches are still there. I guess it isn’t as bad as I thought.

Pre-Order Status: Black Friday sale. Not going to pay full price for this game.

Release Date: 20th November, 2012

Dishonored

This is actually one of the more ambitious games to be released this year. It is a stealth action title with supernatural ability. That actually sounds much different from “generic third person shooter.” Throw in an open-world and a steampunk setting, you have a game that is truly unique in tone.

Pre-Order Status: I tried throwing money at the screen but it didn’t work. I guess you should insert the money into the Bluray drive. I’ll try that in a second.

Release Date: 9th October, 2012

Beyond: Two Souls

I’m a PS3 owner who has never played Heavy Rain. I also happen to root for Microsoft all the time. I hate Sony from the bottom of my heart. (How dare they fire Dan Harmon?) If it wasn’t for the fact that Gamestop panicked and sold PS3’s at $199 when PSN went down last year, and that PS3 has Bluray playing capabilities, I would have been a 360 owner. Now, go invalidate my opinions on the XBOX-exclusive games.

There is nothing much to be said here, other than the amazing graphics, and fascinating storyline, and Ellen Page, and how uncanny the protagonist resembles the actress portraying her, and Ellen Page kicking ass, and the awesome facial motions which are second to only LA Noire.

Pre-Order Status: Sony, you win. I hate you. Take my money, aight? Give me the game. *bangs head against wall* *starts kneeling on the ground* PLEASE!!!!! SONY!!!!!!! JUST GIVE IT TO ME!!!!!!!!!! WHY?????????? *starts bursting into tears* I hate you, Sony. I hate you. There is no god.

Release Date: 2013

Watchdogs

Who would have thought the very game that saved E3 is being developed by Ubisoft? 2012 may just as well be the year we all die and burn in hell.

All jokes real talk aside, Watchdogs is undoubtedly the most innovative game in E3. The world doesn’t seem particularly large, but it sure gives you a lot more control over the environment. Your character is given the ability to hack into anything. From trains to traffic lights to mobile network, everything is right under your fingers (on the smartphone screen). This ability allows the players to place themselves in advantageous positions in combat. And did I mention, this is undoubtedly the best looking game by far.

Pre-Order Status: Ubisoft, you screwed up the Splinter Cell franchise for good, but I’m giving you another chance in Watchdogs. Just take my money, give me the game, and we’ll call it even. No? What do you mean “no”? OK, how about this? I’ll buy Rainbow Six: Patriots as well if you give me the game now. What? You want me to get Splinter Cell: Blacklist as well? Screw you. I’ll just wait.

Release Date: TBA

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