It's the first day of E3 2011 and boy were there a lot of suprises. Yes, it's that glorious time of the year for us gamers get to see what's new, what was old but is being made new, and the new that just never seems to want to see the light of day (Screw you Gabe).
After viewing much of the individual press-conferences, it's safe to say that the industry really is beginning to show it's dedication in developing triple A titles that aren't an attempt at merely shutting us up and taking our money (AHEM Bioshock 2 AHEM).
The biggest shock was probably the reveal of Far Cry 3, with a body-load of details and footage emerging. If the interview and gameplay demo are anything to go by, it seems we'll be returning to the original tropical island from Far Cry, with the AI toned down, the weapon degredation gone and wildlife we will be forced to 'deal with'. Oh and very pretty visuals.
Some have argued this shift in focus has reuslted in the game seeming 'too pedestrian', but from what the footage below shows, it's anything but. Keep an eye on this one.
Battlefield 3 made quite a positive impression with its engaging 'tank gameplay' and short multiplayer teaser. The main (and arguably, only) contender to Call of Dutys throne as the best shooter sets to deliver what we've come to love the series for: epic-scale online manshooting. With a new Frostbite 2.0 engine behind it's back it's looking quite the part. Coupled with it's massed, non-scripted battles, it just may (though no way in sales) be a much more technically fun shooter than it's arch rival.
Another title worth mentioning is the new Assasins Creed. Dubbed 'Revelations', the CG trailer with it's gameplay footage is set to continue the story of Ezio [insert rest of name here]. Shifting the geographic foucs to include Constantinople, it seems ready to give us more of what we want; an epic story with parkour and double throat stabs.
Theres a whole lot more to this years E3 then I'm letting on (we still havn't mentioned the new Hitman, reboot of Lara Croft and the ever intriguing Twisted Metal). More news on these and the rest as we get it (or, more conviniently, you can go to Gametrailers or something, but please, do tell your friends of this place).
Merry E3 guys! Stay tuned for much more.