Believe it or not, this year’s E3 was more than Microsoft and Sony exchanging blows (or depending on how you saw it, Microsoft rocking in the fetal position). With new consoles means new gorgeous games to salivate over and Nintendo is always a safe bet to surprise, especially in a period where the Wii U needs to gain a firm hold before the new systems launch. But as much hype as pipeline titles like Star Wars Battlefront, Mirror’s Edge 2, Kingdom Hearts III and Halo have gotten, this list is reserved for titles that have shown off at least a little bit of gameplay.
10. Destiny – Bungie – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS3, X360
Sci-Fi action studios need to take notice whenever Bungie tries something new, Destiny looks stunning. Set on Earth in the distant future, it looks like scavenging is a way of life for a planet taken over by aliens. But as much as Bungie is fantastic creators of worlds, Destiny looks incredibly similar to Halo from the weaponry to the 343 Guilty Spark knock-off.
Forget the undercard. 2013’s E3 was clearly about two heavyweights, going toe to toe. In what the netizens of the internet have clamored that Sony played Frazier to Microsoft’s Ali, the new generation of console wars is at fever pitch, and it has only just begun.
E3 officially begins today, as the show will open to denizens of reporters (not named Theory Flaw) ready for terrible food, hourly deadlines and product demos galore. But while many games will get their moment of glory in the coming days, the major players have already opened their hands for heads-up poker. Franchise reboots, new exclusives, new consoles and product strategy highlight this list of the biggest news to come out of the pre-show presentations.
10. Crimson Dragon
I had to try my hardest not to write Dragoon because this is clearly designed in the vein of the stellar dragon riding series Panzer Dragoon. Even bringing back Panzer Dragoon series director Yukio Futatsugi this Kinect based Xbox One game features massive bosses and gorgeous dragon-borne aerial combat. While I fear it may play a little too closely to Child of Eden, this is clearly a bold move by Microsoft.
With E3 2013 less than a week away, the media storm of pre-show hype is getting thick. From game announcements to rumors of resurrected IPs, this year’s E3 just might be the most unique show in recent memory. The show is guaranteed to have both the new Microsoft Xbox One and the Sony PlayStation 4 to show off for their respective fall launches, Nintendo will be present as well to drum up interest in their Wii U and 3DS platforms, PC gaming will show its rejuvenated mojo and the Ouya will be shown in a parking lot.