If we were strictly viewing E3 wins and losses through press conferences, then the big three were all losers.
Microsoft played it incredibly safe with no real game surprises. Sony thought it was a good idea to suck the life out of their presser with the Wonderbook. And Nintendo? They were the most disappointing with their lack of must have software for their upcoming Wii U.
Thankfully the rest of the trade show yielded many promising titles for the end of this year, early 2013 and perhaps even late 2013.
Halo 4 topped my 2012 list of games. In fact, it, Far Cry (360) and Resident Evil 6 Anthology (only because it was on sale) are only 2012 games that I will be acquiring on day one. For everything else, I will be waiting for sub $40 or $30 sales. My list of 2013 titles is a bit more extensive — in fact I still have titles that I’ve pre-ordered from 2011’s FutureShop promotion that have been bumped to early 2013.
- The Last of Us (PS3)
- Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
- BioShock: Infinite (PC)*
- Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance (360)
- Tomb Raider (PC)*
* – Ordered last year
A lot less compared to last year’s haul but I don’t mind, I’m sure there are many titles that will quickly drop in price rather quickly. I expect titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops II will end up at $40 at some retailer by Boxing Day and $30 by this time next year.
E3 2012 will probably go down in history as another year of sequels with a hint of next generation promise. Next year should be different. By then Sony and Microsoft should have Orbis and Durango hardware up on stage. So instead of wondering whether or not I’ll be pre-ordering games, I’ll be contemplating whether or not I should be plopping down dough for new hardware sooner or later.