Another year done. Booths are packed, flights have been caught, and the business of quantifying the past 4 days begins. E3 is the event in the world of video games. The Super Bowl is the analogy commonly used to describe this week, but in reality it feels more like a full blown playoff. Every day is filled with announcements, videos and game demos meant to top everything that has come before. Between the pre-show hype, the press conferences (massive media events with live music, performance art, and even a circus one year), and the show floor (ridiculous multi-story booths), it can be overwhelming. But this year was different. The announcements were fewer and farther in between. When they did come they lacked the punch of previous years. Almost everything shown during the main press conferences had either already been announced (Assasin’s Creed 3 Gears of War prequel, God of War), or were expected (Halo 4), the end result being that some of the excitement that usually permeates the show floor was missing. That isn’t to say that there weren’t excellent titles this year at E3, on the contrary, there were plenty of games worth waiting in line for, but more titles were conspicuous in their absence, than there were surprises. All that being said, at the end of the day, after the businessmen have gone home and all of the insanity has died down, all that is left are the games we did see, and the systems they run on.
Complete list of games played at E3 2012:
Assassin’s Creed 3, God of War: Ascension, Borderlands 2, Darksiders 2, Tony Hawk HD, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Far Cry 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Defiance, Epic Mickey 2, Lego Batman 2, Lego Lord of the Rings, Amazing Spider-Man, Sleeping Dogs, Lolipop Chainsaw, Devil May Cry, Resident Evil 6, Castlevania (3DS), Madden 13, NHL 13, New Super Mario Bros. U, ZombieU, NintendoLand, Pikmin 3, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron