E3 2011 Covered By Real Otaku Gamer!!

No GravatarHype, rumor, and fact all have their place in a successful E3, and this year is NOT the exception to the rule.

There’s an insane amount of information to sort through (and in addition, an almost deafening buzz), and some of the best and most awaited titles are finally going to make their first huge marketing appearances.

 

 

Microsoft and XBL have not really confirmed a lot for this year’s E3, but there are several games and studios that have confirmed an appearance to show demos or make announcements:

Forza 4 by Microsoft

Gears Of War 3 by Epic Games

Rise Of Nightmares by Sega (Kinect title)

Star Wars Kinect by Terminal Velocity

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster by Double Fine

Unnamed Title by Good Science Games (Probably a Kinect title)

XCOM by 2K Games

These games also have a planned release this year and are expected out on the floor:

Doodle Jump (Kinect title)

Hulk Hogan’s Main Event by Majesco.

Rumor has it that Microsoft fanboys might be messing their pants this year over hardcore fan titles rumored to make an appearance. Exclusives are where it’s at with Microsoft, and from having Hideo Kojima on stage to the Final Fantasy XIII demo they’ve managed to keep things interesting to the very end of the show. Several of these titles are Kinect related, and won’t be really directed toward hardcore gaming, but there’s enough here to keep the most violent shooter happily involved until the end of the countdown.

Alan Wake: Night Springs (Will support Kinect)

Codename: Kingdoms

Dance Central 2

Forza World

Gears Of War Kinect Rail Shooter

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (Will support Kinect)

Halo: Combat Evolved Remake

Kinect – Fable

Kinect – Fun Lab

Kinect – Harley Pasternak’s Hollywood Trainer by Majesco

Kinect – Left Brain Right Brain by Majesco

Kinect – Monsters: Mass Destruction by Majesco

Kinect – Motion Sports: Adrenaline by Ubisoft

Kinect – Over the Top Wrestling by Majesco

Kinect – Raving Rabbids by Ubisoft

Kinect – Roller Coaster Game

Kinect – ShowTime by Ubisoft

Kinect – Sports 2

Kinect – Star by Ubisoft

Rumored Features

Free-To-Play games for the XBLA (FTP for XBL? Really?)

Full Stereoscopic 3D support

Kinect community site for users and developers

Project Orapa (Will combine Xbox Live, Kinect and IPTV)

Potential price drop for the Xbox 360 console and Kinect.

Zune features/services integrated with Xbox Live Gold

 

 

Confirmed Absentees

Here is a list of studios/games which were supposed/rumored to be at E3 this year but have been confirmed by their respective studios that they won’t be making an appearance.

343 Industries

Zipline Studios

Zombie Studios

Fez

Guardian Heroes

Gunstringer

Hybrid by 5th Cell

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

PowerUp Heroes

Radiant Silvergun

Spelunky HD

Toy Soldiers: Cold War

Trenched

Also, sadly confirmed that NC Soft won’t be making an appearance with Guild Wars 2. How disappointing that the only real Free-To-Play (no microtransactions) MMO is not going to be represented especially after the release last week of the Engineer video.

 

 

Confirmed Appearances

Project Cafe is the only leak from an otherwise airtight Nintendo. Confirmed features for this year’s event include:

Official announcement of Project Cafe, the successor to the Wii.

The Project Cafe controller which has generated a lot of hype on it’s own.

3DS interfacing with Project Cafe.

Wii – Dragon Quest X

Wii – Legend of Zelda : Skyward Sword

Wii – New Kirby game

Zelda’s 25th anniversary

Nintendo remains competitive, and expectations are high for some major announcements for the Project Cafe console. We can hope the following titles will have release dates announced at the exp this year:

3DS – Animal Crossing

3DS – Donkey Kong

3DS – Kingdom Hearts

3DS – Mario Kart

3DS – Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater

3DS – Metroid

3DS – New Pokemon title

3DS – Star Fox

3DS – Super Mario

Kid Icarus: Uprising

Mega Man Legends 3

Possible ports of PS3/360 titles

Project Cafe – Super Smash Bros

The Legend Of Zelda: Four Swords

Wii – Pikmin 3

Some of the feature rumors:

Huge price drop for Wii and 3DS bundles.

3DS wares announcements.

Mr.Iawata has stated that all of the following developers are on board with the 3DS. This was a year ago and we have yet to hear the titles they are working on. Maybe we’ll some announcements made this time.

 

 

 

Activision

Atlus

AQ

Capcom

EA

Harmonix

Hudson

Konami

Level 5

Majesco

MMV

Namco Bandai

Sega

Square Enix

Takara Tomy

Take-Two

Tecmo Koei

THQ

Ubisoft

Warner Bros

Confirmed Appearances

Gameplay time! There should be some actual play availability for the following titles.

Infamous 2 by Sucker Punch

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One by Insomniac Games

Resistance 3 by Insomniac Games

Twisted Metal by Eat Sleep Play

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception by Naughty Dog

E3 for Sony is revolving around the annoucement of their Next-Gen portable device. The official name, pricing model, and release date will be announced during the show. They will be allowing attendees to actually try out the NGP, and seven first party titles will be announced as well.

Sony decided to add to the feeding frenzy by releasing rumors themselves, and these titles have a better than even chance of being released during the show.

Agent by Rockstar Games

God Of War 4 by Santa Monica Studios

Grand Theft Auto 5 by Rockstar Games

Final Fantasy Versus XIII by Square Enix

NGP – Gran Turismo by Polyphony Digital

NGP – Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker by Konami

NGP – Wipeout: Trinity by Sony

PSP remaster series ports to PS3

Sly 4 by Sucker Punch

Starhawk by Lightbox Interactive

The Last Guardian by Team Ico

Unnamed Title by Guerrilla Games

Rumored Features

Price drop for PlayStation Move and PS3 console.

Xperia Play? S1, S2 Android tablets?

Another disappointment, Metal Gear Solid 5 definitely not on the table this year, although Konami is releasing Metal Gear Solid HD (a remake for 360 and PS3).  Maybe next year, Solid Snake!

The PC platform also scoring a solid win with 43 titles represented this year:

Dungeon Siege III

Driver: San Francisco

Dragon Nest

Dhalia’s Adventures

End of Nations

Hitman Absolution

Magicka

Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning

King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame

Jagged Alliance: Back in Action

Deux Ex: Human Revolution

Defenders of Ardania

Battlefield 3

Batman: Arkham City

Bastion

Aliens: Colonial Marines

BioShock Infinite

Bodycount

Dead Island

Dark Souls

Combat Wings: The Great Battles of World War II

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III

Mass Effect 3

Metro: Last Night

Tropico 4

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Warrior: Future Soldier

Tomb Raider (2011)

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Untitled Bungie Project (working title)

Vindictus

Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine

Warhammer 40,000 Dark Millenium Online

Wargame European Escalation

WAKFU

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Take On Helicopters

RaiderZ

Rage

Prime World

Orcs Must Die!

Renegade Ops

Saints Row the Third

Sword of Stars II: Lord of Winter

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2

Serious Sam 3: BFE

World of Tanks

Contributors to this article:  SarahtheRebel and Roninbear

About - I am a 44 year old Gamer/Geek/Otaku who has been gaming and watching anime since the late 1970's. I am a passionate otaku who loves all types of games, anime and comics. I have been writing about games since I was a young man. I am an entertainment retail expert and an avid game collector. You can always find me playing or watching something geek related.

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