Brink at E3 2010
21 Games Not To Miss At E3

E3 2010 games are in no short supply, but some are sure to stop the show more than others. While the big three companies show off their shiny new hardware and exclusive console features, the developers will take the stage to show what we really want to see: the games. Sequels may be taking the show floor by storm, but new IPs are emerging, hoping to gain the attention of the masses. (Does not include the big three exclusives, which you can read about here.

Dead Space 2 at E3 2010

The survival horror third person action game surprised many a person with its release in 08′. The frightening atmosphere and incredibly satisfying dismemberment feature, left many players wanting more. Returning to battle the Necromorphs once more should promise new weapons, new enemies, and plenty of new scares. You can prepare yourself, with this pre-E3 trailer here.

Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PS3, Xbox 360)

One of the most anticipated E3 2010 games, the hit arcade title is coming to the consoles once more, in a much grander and less pixel-like scale. With characters such as Dante from DMC3 and Deadpool, the roster is shaping up to be even more enjoyable than the previous games. Needless to say…it’s gonna take you for a ride (*cringe* Had to do it).

Bulletstorm (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

Epic Games may already be feeding the fanboys with Gears of War 3, but their newest IP has a few heads turning.  The game is said to feature plenty of over-the-top kills and unrealistically giant weaponry. Skillshots are encouraged to allow for more currency to upgrade weapons, and because when you chain together a combo, they explode like the 4th of July into words and numbers. Seriously…they do.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

Assassin’s Creed II set the stage for a new adaptation. Ezio will be assembling a team of assassins, and this means Assassin’s Creed multiplayer. Though not a direct Assassin’s Creed 3 to continue Desmond’s story, the game acts as a sort of expansion that continues Ezio’s story. Now you can run, jump, and fall into wagons of hay with your buddies. I call shotgun on Leonardo’s flying machine!

LittleBigPlanet 2 at E3 2010

With the first game still shoveling out some incredible user-based content, a sequel was unavoidable. The sequel promises to open up the game from platforming, to allow user based content for racing, puzzle, and role-playing games. So now someone can create a Sackboy F-Zero racing game or Sackboy Tetris? Sweet!

Trine 2 (PC)

While many were hung up on the initial price tag, the first Trine was a physics platformer like no other. The hushed success of the game has prompted a sequel. With very little detail other than an announcement, this is a game I will be following closely.

Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)

Racing games are about to be set to a whole new level. Gran Turismo 5 is set to showcase some of the most realistic racing known to man, including damage that is both external and internal and the biggest roster of cars we have ever seen. Rev that engine!

Star Wars: Old Republic (PC)

Having been teased ever so slightly last year with an incredible trailer, the folks at Bioware are really pushing the envelope with this title. Said to be able to dethrone WoW, the MMO will make its appearance to showcase actual gameplay. Given the time they have been working on it, it looks to be shaping up very nicely.

Zombies, Zombies, Zombies. The first Dead Rising was entertaining enough to allow for some good old fun for being trapped in a mall. The sequel looks twice as brutal, allowing you to use such weapons as a boxing glove with knives taped to the fist. There is also an inclusion of multiplayer, allowing you and a buddy to thin the zombie masses together.

Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC)

Another year, another CoD. This time it’s Treyarch’s turn at the helm, and they will be taking the player through the Cold War as a direct sequel to their World at War title. Vehicles will be making a return, as well as the fast paced action we can expect multiplayer to feature.

Civilization 5 (PC)

Turn based strategy games, thy name is Civ 5. The success of the series is undeniable, and the fifth installment is promising an overhauled combat system, new engine, and new hexagonal tiles. Players will once again take their civilization from pre-historic times to the future.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii)

Tom Clancy is one busy man, and doesn’t plan on stopping. That’s not bad news for us with titles like Future Soldier. The teaser trailer showcases invisibility and active combat drones for our disposal. The future is so much more satisfying.

The first game was so powerful most computers could not even run the thing. Promising to tone it down slightly, the sequel still looks incredible. Taking place in a run down New York City, the ubran atmosphere will be lit to pieces with the weaponry at your disposal. This will be its first appearance on consoles.

Metal Gear Solid: Rising (PS3, Xbox 360)

Taking the spotlight off of Snake, the new Metal Gear will feature Raiden as the protagonist. Donning his cyber-persona, it has promised to feature fast paced-action suiting to the character. Whether it will feature another stage with naked cartwheels has yet to be determined…

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii)

While the first installment received average reviews, it did achieve pretty good success. The sequel is promising to alleviate any problems with the first as well as add variation in gameplay with puzzle solving and other features. With the addition of dual lightsabers, it’s a safe bet that you should watch it closely.

Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii)

Looking to give the typical superhero game an overhaul, Shattered Dimensions looks like the usual spiderman beat-em-up on crack. Switching between Nior, Classic, 2099, and an unrevealed dimension, Spider-man is shaping up to vary the gameplay with each new world. Let’s hope the fourth dimension is not a Tobey Maguire emo dance rhythm game…

Rock Band 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)

Not to be outdone by the other rhythm games filling the market, Rock Band is making a triumphant return. This time the game offers a “pro” mode, in which the colored notes are no more and you are forced to read notes. The game is shaping up to make you “learn” instruments. Not to mention there is a shiny new keyboard controller..

Brink at E3 2010

Brink (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

Not to be confused with the Disney Channel series, this new shooter will combine fast paced shooting with parkour. The game lets you seamlessly move from one end of the map to the other with a push of the button, all while lighting up the enemies around you. I hope there is a lobby area where I can re-enact my favorite Matrix scene!

DJ Hero 2 (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)

While paling in comparison to sales, DJ Hero 2 looks to perfect the already established hardware. Now offering two turntables and a microphone (where it’s at?), the game looks to bring an overhaul in challenge. It will be interesting to see how this will do in comparison to the other titles well on their way.

Power Gig (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii?)

Looking to cater to the serious music enthusiasts, Power Gig will play similar to Rock Band or Guitar Hero, but will ship with a unique guitar game controller that acts as both a standalone six-stringed guitar and game controller with note-matching games. With a matching drum set to boot, this one looks to target those who play the rhythm game, yet want to be that much closer to the real thing.

Def Jam Rapstar (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)

Ever play a karaoke game and ask yourself, where is my Tupac song? Well ask no more! Def Jam Rapstar is looking to provide a karaoke game based entirely around rap. With the tracklist already set to include such songs as “Juicy” from Notorious BIG to “So Fresh, So Clean” from Outcast, it is starting to turn heads. Let’s hope we can rap battle the devil at the end…

With this many games headed our way, there are still plenty more that I have failed to mention. There is also the likelihood that we will see something unannounced pop up. Dragon Age 2? Arkham Asylum 2? Kingdom Hearts 3? The big show is only hours away, and more E3 2010 games lie around the corner…


Dante from Devil 4, Devil 3's Outfit


There are so many titles they will showcase that I know I missed a few. Human Revolution, Fallout: New Vegas, Rage, and who knows how many more will be great to see!