We were wrong. About the best game at E3, I mean.
I asked a number of different game reviewers, columnists and reporters at E3 to pick THE GAME OF E3 – I actually asked in bold, capital letters like that – and they gave me a lot of different answers. Left 4 dead, Prince of Persia, Fallout 3 and Spore were some of the top picks.
In fact, we had a poll on what games you, our discerning readers, were most looking forward to at the event and the most votes went to Spore. I know I thought Spore was going to be THE GAME OF E3 (cue echo and thunder and lightning).
However, I can say that we were all categorically wrong. Spore was great, but one game beat it. So without further ado or adon’t, here are my choices from my trip to video game nirvana.
The top 5 games of E3
5. Halo Wars by Ensemble Studios
This game has to go on the list, not only because I’m a huge Halo fan, but also because the game looked … well, pretty. It had the traditional real-time strategy gameplay feeling (like Command and Conquer or Age of Empires), but the thing looked so doggone beautiful that (though this is sacrilege in the gaming community) I felt I could have just watched someone else play instead of playing the game myself.
The metal shimmered, the weapons glowed and the whole game had that familiar shine of a program polished like the brass ring on a carousel.
4. Red Wars: Guerrilla by THQ
I already previewed this game, but suffice to say, in this futuristic martian dystopia buildings done blowed up real good.
3. Fracture by Lucasarts
Fracture was the last game I got to play at E3, and it was wonderful.You have these grenades you can use to change the surrounding terrain and … words don’t do it justice, so check out the video here.
2. Spore by Maxis
Spore has so much depth, so much replayability and so much charm that it’s hard to believe it was greater than I thought it would be. But it beat all my expectations. However one game topped it and that is …
1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed by Lucasarts
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was the best game at E3. It sounded great, it played well, and it looked as close to the CGI that Lucas throws at the big screen as we’re going to get.
Aside from the brilliant graphics, the game gives the player the heady rush of absolute power. Whether it’s crumpling a two-story robot walker into a ball(I know they’re called AT-STs, Star Wars fans) or picking up a spaceship with the Force (if you don’t know what the Force is, I weep for you) this game will grab you and not let go until it’s shaken all the change from your pockets.
For those of you who played Psi-Ops you’ll understand. For those of you who didn’t, shame on you, that game was great.
Even if you don’t see have some sort epiphany while playing Star Wars: The Force Unleashed when it arrives in September, you’ll have a lot of fun.
Unfortunately for my readers, THE GAME OF E3 (distant rumble) title is subjective and completely dependent on my whims, so there are bound to be some who disagree. If you do, leave a comment. The more comments the better. And tell us your top E3 game.
For my next post, I’ll be answering the questions you sent me about E3.