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A Few Predictions for E3 2012 Two: Electric Boogaloo
Back on March 21st, I wrote a few predictions for E3 2012, talking about what I think E3 2012 will bring to the table. That was nine weeks ago, and a lot has changed since then. New information has come out, new rumors are spreading, and the newswires are on fire. Now that we’re exactly two weeks from when Microsoft takes the stage (Noon Eastern, 9 AM Pacific Monday, June 4), it’s time to re-evaluate my predictions and make some new ones in this brand new sequel: A Few Predictions For E3 2012 Two: Electric Boogaloo. Here we go:
Microsoft ORIGINAL: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Mass Effect 3 New Ending DLC, Halo 4, Borderlands 2, Tomb Raider, GTA V, MGS: Revengeance, More Video Partnerships (WWE being one of them), A Handful of Kinect Games, Children Playing Those Kinect Games.
FINAL IMPRESSION: Impressive demos of games we knew about, but other than GTA V no real surprises.
Microsoft NEW: Black Ops 2, Halo 4, Borderlands 2, MGS: Revengeance, Forza Horizon, and GTA V will be the non-Kinect titles shown. EA Sports will showcase Madden 2013 and FIFA 2013’s Kinect compatibility. Kinect-only titles shown will include Crytek’s Ryse, Dragon Ball Z Kinect, Fable: The Journey, Crimson Dragon, Wreckateer, and Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor. New video partnerships will include WWE, National Geographic, and Sesame Street (yup, Sesame Street). I stick by the “children playing Kinect” prediction, and it will be creepy.
FINAL IMPRESSION: Not a whole lot different than before, only now we have specific titles to consider. I really can’t see any big Microsoft surprises coming out of this show, unless it’s a brand new IP.
Ubisoft ORIGINAL: Hosted by “Mr. Adderall,” Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed 3, Just Dance Kids Kinect Summer Jam 4, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier DLC, Rabbids Go Back Home, Rainbow Six: Patriots, Tom Clancy MMO (you heard it here first!), New Splinter Cell.
FINAL IMPRESSION: Impressive demos and a few surprises, plus no more caffeine guy.
Ubisoft NEW: Hosted by Steven Wright (the perfect counter to Mr. Caffeine). Far Cry 3 single-player, Assassin’s Creed III mission, Rainbow Six: Patriots, Lady Gaga: The Experience for Kinect (not kidding), Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, Ghost Recon: Online, Brothers in Arms: Furious 4, Rayman Legends, New Splinter Cell.
FINAL IMPRESSION: That’s a huge list of games, and all of them have potential for success. Yes, even the Gaga Experience.
Sony ORIGINAL: Vita this. Vita that. Games for Vita. HEY LOOK IT’S THE VITA. Oh, and God of War 4, Gran Turismo 6, The Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed III, Bioshock Infinite, Resident Evil 6, Hitman: Absolution, and The Last Guardian.
FINAL IMPRESSION: Another year of impressive third-party support and VITA!!!!!!!!
Sony NEW: PS3 section will see a Last of Us demo, God of War: Ascension single-player demo, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale new character reveal for Nathan Drake, Cole MacGrath, and Sir Dan from Medievil (YUP!), DUST 514 demo, LittleBigPlanet Karting demo, and a new Quantic Dream game based on “Kara” demo. PS3/Vita crossplay games will include Ruin, Sly 4, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, LBP Karting, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. New Vita titles will include a new God of War, Killzone, and an Assassin’s Creed spin-off.
FINAL IMPRESSION: Another metric crapton of new games to show off. Sony may impress this year just as they did last year. I wouldn’t be surprised.
EA ORIGINAL: Cancelled for a 85-minute “What The FTC Does For You” session.
EA NEW: Yeah, last time I was being a bit cheeky, but this one is serious: Overstrike, The Secret World, Madden 2013, FIFA 2013, NHL 2013 cover reveal (GIROUX!!!!!!), NCAA Football 2013, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Crysis 3, and Command and Conquer Generals 2 (which will debut three-player head-to-head-to-head battles with a red team, green team, and blue team…get it?!)
FINAL IMPRESSION: EA will have a nice catalogue of games, but I have a feeling people will instead focus on the bad stuff from the past year. Expect Mass Effect 3 expanded ending questions galore.
Nintendo ORIGINAL: Revamped Wii U that fixes every critique from last year but still somehow pisses people off, Launch line-up including massive third-party support, Metroid 3DS, Last Story, Epic Mickey 2, Majora’s Mask 3DS, Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS with cross-platform play.
FINAL IMPRESSION: Nintendo does everything the critics tell them to, but still get banished to 1000 years of financial duress by financial sorcerer Michael Pachter. That’s what he does, right?
Nintendo NEW: Revamped Wii U that fixes every critique from last year but still somehow pisses people off. Wii U titles including Rayman Legends, a new Super Mario Bros game (Super Mario Bros 4?), Darksiders 2, and the next Retro Studios project, which I bet will be a new Star Fox game. 3DS games will include New Super Mario Bros 2, Luigi’s Mansion 2, Epic Mickey 2 3DS, F-Zero 3DS for the first time, and Metroid 3DS for the first time. The show will end with Smash Bros 3DS and Wii-U, showing off the cross-platform play that was eluded to last year.
FINAL IMPRESSION: I hope against hope that Nintendo’s conference looks just like the one I described here, minus the “pissing people off” thing. I really want the Wii U to be awesome, but Nintendo has to show me that it is.
Capcom ORIGINAL: Demos for Resident Evil 6 and whatever they announce at their Captivate event in April. Problem is, everyone is too busy complaining about Dragon’s Dogma’s on-disc DLC RE6 demo to care.
Capcom NEW: Resident Evil 6, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, Street Fighter X Tekken Vita, Lost Planet 3, DmC, and one brand new reveal: either Darkstalkers 4 or Dead Rising 3. Yoshinori Ono has been working directly with Capcom Vancouver for some time now, so it could be either one.
Square Enix ORIGINAL: Hitman: Absolution, Tomb Raider, and playable demos of Kingdom Hearts 3 that malfunction and don’t work for the entire three days.
Square Enix NEW: Hitman: Absolution, Tomb Raider, Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, Sleeping Dogs, Heroes of Ruin, Final Fantasy Theatrhythm, and Quantum Conundrum. Square’s already come out and said what they’re bringing, so barring a total, out-of-left-field surprise, they’re set in stone.
Bethesda ORIGINAL: Demos for Dishonored and Prey 2, but the announcement of the first Skyrim DLC taking place in Morrowind will be the only thing anyone talks about.
Bethesda NEW: Elder Scrolls Online and Dishonored. That’s it. No Prey 2, no Skyrim DLC, just those two. They could be quality games, sure, but only two games? Maybe they bring something unannounced, but I doubt it.
Konami ORIGINAL: Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance. That’s it. Because what the hell else does Konami have that we know about? Unless they have all four aces up their sleeve, expect a lot of Raiden slicing Gekkos in half.
Konami NEW: Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance, MGS HD Vita, Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, and Silent Hill Vita. OK, so they have a little more than I originally thought, but all eyes will still be on Revengeance.
Namco ORIGINAL: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Inversion, the latter with a big sign that says: “THIS LAUNCHED WHILE YOU WERE HERE. DON’T FORGET WHEN YOU GET HOME.”
Namco NEW: Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Dragon Ball Z Kinect, Ni No Kuni, Star Trek: The Game, Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, and One Piece: Pirate Warriors. Namco Bandai has made their line-up pretty clear, especially after their Gamer’s Day press event in April. New Tekken Tag 2 characters were revealed today, so expect to see them in action.
Sega ORIGINAL: Aliens: Colonial Marines, Sonic 4: Episode 2, Anarchy Reigns, and the London Olympic Games 2012 game. not much else going on there, to the point where I don’t even have a witty remark to make about them.
Sega NEW: Aliens: Colonial Marines, Anarchy Reigns, Mario and Sonic at the London Olympic Games 2012, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, Jet Set Radio XBLA, and the first look at Yakuza 5. I wouldn’t have gone with Yakuza 5, but people have to get the bad taste of Dead Souls out of their mouths.
THQ ORIGINAL: WWE ’13, Homefront 2, Devil’s Third, Darksiders 2, and a handful of games that are slated for 2013-2014…just to keep the morale up.
THQ NEW: I’m sticking with Darksiders 2 and WWE ’13, but with the announcement that they’re looking to sell Devil’s Third that’s out and Crytek will be busy with Crysis 3, so Homefront 2 is out. Maybe a first look at the next UFC game or Guillermo Del Toro’s Insane, but without a booth it’s hard to predict what THQ will do.
Take-Two ORIGINAL: Probably the most impressive overall lineup. Bioshock Infinite, Spec Ops: The Line, both X-Com games, and of course GTA V are only what’s on the top of my head. Watch out for 2K this year people, they mean business.
Take-Two NEW: BioShock is now NOT coming to E3 2012 (BOO!), so that’s out. Spec Ops will be there, as will the two X-Com games and Borderlands 2. GTA V won’t be playable, but I expect some kind of demo to be shown..especially if it’s launching this October as rumored.
Disney Interactive ORIGINAL: Epic Mickey 2 and the game based on the next Pixar movie, Brave. The booth will sport a karaoke soundstage where attendees can sing their favorite Disney tunes, and each performance will be recorded on a flying camera that never sets itself in the right place.
Disney Interactive NEW: Epic Mickey 2 and Brave. Nothing’s changed. Still pulling for that karaoke stage with the crappy camera though.
Warner Bros Interactive ORIGINAL: Mortal Kombat Vita, and that’s only if it doesn’t release before the show. These guys might set the “biggest dip in booth visitors from year to year” record after having Batman last year.
Warner Bros Interactive NEW: …I really have no idea. Lollipop Chainsaw is the only game licensed by them that I can think of, so that should make an appearance. Other than that…no idea.
Atlus ORIGINAL: Persona 4 Arena and Persona 4 on Vita will be the big items, but no one will see it because the booth is out on the concourse, not in either of the main halls. I missed Catherine last year for that specific reason.
Atlus NEW: Persona 4 Arena and Persona 4 Vita. That’s all they’ve mentioned, so that’s all I’m going with.
Top 15 of E3 2012 ORIGINAL:
NOTE: This list is subject to change, as announcements and new info about upcoming games will send this list into a tailspin more than once. It’s friggin’ mid-March. Give me a break.
14. Epic Mickey 2
13. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
12. Far Cry 3
11. Tekken Tag Tournament 2
10. Halo 4
9. Hitman: Absolution
8. Prey 2
7. Tomb Raider
6. The Last of Us
5. Assassin’s Creed 3
4. Resident Evil 6
3. Bioshock Infinite
2. GTA V
1. Yet to be announced (just a feeling I have)
Top 15 of E3 2012 NEW:
15. Borderlands 2
14. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
13. Star Fox Wii U
12. Epic Mickey 2
11. Tekken Tag Tournament 2
9. Smash Bros 3DS/Wii U
8. Halo 4
7. Hitman: Absolution
6. Tomb Raider
5. Resident Evil 6
4. Assassin’s Creed III
3. The Last Of Us
2. Unknown Game Not Predicted Here (there will be a blockbuster, but GTA V will steal the show)
1. Grand Theft Auto V
Two weeks, people. Two weeks until the madness begins. Are you ready? I sure am.