E3 2012 Wrap-Up Part 1: Ellen Page vs. Master Chief

By June 11, 2012
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E3 2012 has come and gone like a wandering cow with a neon sign strapped to its back— slowly, but making sure to draw plenty of attention to itself. This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo brought a bevy of new video games to light, some good and some bad, so let’s check out some of the game highlights.

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The Last of Us (Naughty Dog)

  • In a nutshell: Naughty Dog’s latest game stars a hard-edged older dude and a sassy teen girl as they try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world reminiscent of I am Legend and The Road.
  • What we’ve been promised: Like Naughty Dog‘s previous work, the Uncharted series, The Last of Us places players with an immersive world populated with believable characters and bearing dynamic gameplay that changes depending on the player’s actions.
  • So far, the game looks like: a cross between Uncharted and Resident Evil, combining thrilling adventure set pieces with a survival horror feel. There’s also occasional snarkiness.

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Halo 4 (343 Industries)

  • In-a-nutshell: After “finishing the fight” in Halo 3, Microsoft brings us more Halo because there’s more money to be made.
  • What we’ve been promised: A more immersive, exploration-based game rather than the corridor-shooter style of the previous Halo outings.
  • So far, the game looks like: Halo 3 with better graphics.

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Beyond: Two Souls (Quantic Dream)

  • In a nutshell: Juno star Ellen Page beats up dudes while her ghost friend possesses them.
  • What we’ve been promised: A story-oriented game with characters so expressive and lifelike you’ll think they were sweating in your living room.
  • So far, the game looks like: Heavy Rain, Alan Wake, and Ellen Page got together, drank a whole lot of tequila in a motel, and then nine months later gave birth.

Skyrim: Dawnguard (Bethesda)

  • In a nutshell: The first expansion to the massively successful Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  • What we’ve been promised: New locales, new adventures, and the ability to turn into a vampire lord who can drink blood, summon gargoyles, and turn into freakin’ bats.
  • So far, the game looks like: The same sort of high-quality expansion pack that Bethesda has become famous for with Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.

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Nintendo Land (Nintendo)

  • In a nutshell: Much as Wii Sports was designed to show off the hardware of the Wii, Nintendo Land is designed to show off what the Wii U can do.
  • What we’ve been promised: A variety of minigames set in a theme park based on Nintendo’s most famous properties. Each game highlights the Wii U’s special features, particularly the Wii U GamePad, a touchscreen controller with a built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, and microphone (among other things).
  • So far, the game looks like: Another great multiplayer outing from Nintendo, making casual players feel loved and hardcore players feel snubbed.

Next: E3 2012 Wrapup part 2: Ninja Rocket Vampire Dog

Which games are you most looking forward to playing in the months ahead?

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Alex Langley

Alex Langley is the author of The Geek Handbook: Practical Skills and Advice for the Likable Modern Geek.