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Checkpoint: Post E3 2011 Edition

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E3 2011 is over.

For me it was a nice E3 filled with pleasant titles and a steady year or so of gaming. Nintendo’s Wii U won’t be out until sometime in 2012 and with what they’ve shown, it’s a bit tough to get excited for it at the moment. Meanwhile,  the PlayStation Vita seems to be in its own little world. Much of it was exciting from the mindset of a $250 handheld, but I didn’t see anything that would compel me to pre-order one as of yet.

This E3 was about games and there were plenty of promising titles — many of which I pre-ordered via FutureShop’s awesome promotion:

  1. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC) – Aug. 23, 2011
  2. RAGE (PC) – Oct. 4, 2011
  3. Forza Motorsport 4 (360) – Oct. 11, 2011
  4. Battlefield 3 (PS3 & PC just in case) – Oct. 21, 2011
  5. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – Nov. 1, 2011
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3) – Nov. 8, 2011
  7. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC) – Nov. 11, 2011
  8. Mass Effect 3 (360) – March 6, 2012
  9. Ninja Gaiden 3 (PS3) – Q1 2012
  10. BioShock: Infinite (PC) – Q2 2012
  11. Halo 4 (360) – Q3/Q4 2012
  12. Far Cry 3 (360) – TBA 2012
  13. SoulCalibur V (PS3) – TBA 2012
  14. Diablo III (PC) – TBA – *
  15. Max Payne 3 (PC) – TBA – *

* – Not shown at E3, but part of the promotion

Lots of games, but surprisingly not a single one overlapping.

A lot of these purchases were motivated by the FutureShop deal, but it was also because of GameTrailers TV coverage. The excellent game play demonstrations that played inbetween the E3 press conferences were not only informative, but also actually watchable. Geoff Keighley and his crew did a fantastic job with the quality of the internet stream and the actual content/interviews. I was very impressed.

I was also impressed by GiantBomb’s podcast output which sits at over 8 hours. Some the most intriguing conversations and stories from a cavalcade of  gaming personnel including David Jaffe, Jonathan Blow, Jenova Chen, Shane Bettenhausen and more.

I have another four or five hours to go and so E3 2011 will continue on for the rest of next week we get more impressions on everything GiantBomb and other publications saw.

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