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E3 has come and gone. All the bright lights, booth babes and general insanity are now a thing of the past. E3 is about the games, but there is plenty of other nonsense to sift through to get to the actual gaming goodness.
As far as work goes, I was actually at E3 covering games for iOS, but I still found a little time to run around on the show floor and play some games that you will actually care about. Between appointments, and when free time presented itself, I braved the crowds to have a look at some of the coolest stuff on the show floor.
Of course, I was there to work, so there are some games that I just did not get to play because the lines were too long, but I did my best.
Borderlands 2 was the one game I wanted to play more than anything else at E3 this year. Let me tell you, I was not the only one. The line to play it was massive. I am talking two or three hours of wait time. Thankfully, I had an appointment with 2K Play (2K’s mobile and casual division) and they were nice enough to let me skip the line.
I had high expectations for Borderlands 2, and the demo met each one of them. For anyone who played the first game, it will appear very familiar. It essentially plays like an improved version of the previous game.
The demo allowed us to choose from any of the games classes, which is great for letting you choose your play style. I went with the new Gunzerker class, and was glad I did. It was pretty hands off, as far as influence from Gearbox. They sat us down and let us go to town.
The level we played involved protecting a huge robot tasked with taking down three statues throughout the level. It was played co-op with one other player in the demo. In true borderlands fashion, the antagonist was smack talking the whole way through, and it was far better voiced than anyone in the first Borderlands.
Overall, Borderlands 2 was awesome. If I were to give a game of the show award, this would be the winner.
Devil May Cry (DMC)
I was not actively looking for DMC at E3 this year. I was simply wandering around Microsoft’s booth during some downtime and happened to see it sitting there with only one person in line. I jumped behind him and was glad I did.
It is a reboot from earlier Devil May Cry games. Dante has short hair and looks much younger than previous entries. Fear not, because he is just as badass as he ever was. The demo led us down some crazy streets where the world is changing and falling apart all around us. Of course, there were plenty of enemies to test the combat, and it is just as stylish and awesome as it ever was.
The game has some awesome new mechanics. It adds a grappling hook that Dante can use to pull himself up ledges and toward enemies. This makes for some cool in-air combos that look downright awesome.
DMC, while a reboot from a different developer, maintains all the style and flair of previous games. It even improves upon things with some new mechanics. I went into the hands on with little to no expectations and came away thoroughly impressed.
Assassins Creed 3
Sadly, the single player for Assassins Creed 3 was not playable at E3, but they did play the game for us and let us get our hands on a new multiplayer mode. The single player looks awesome. It was a real showstopper. I just wish I were able to put my hands on a controller and play it. Still, seeing it in action was enough to make me realize that I can be excited for an AC game without Ezio.
The part we did get to play was multiplayer. This new mode involved controlling certain areas of the map, which is standard in shooters. However, in Assassins Creed, it is not all about running in there like a mad man when your point is under siege. Instead, you need to blend in and try to sneak up on the person taking it.
The graphics look fantastic, and this new mode was a lot of fun to play. Even without getting my hands on the controller during single player, I can tell you the American Revolution setting suits the game perfectly.
While I may have been at E3 to cover iOS stuff, I found some time to have some fun. These three games really blew me away. I played more, but these three each had a certain quality that caught my eye and stuck with me. Honorable mention goes out to Sly Cooper on Vita, Hitman: Absolution and New Super Mario Bros. U.
Did you follow E3 closely? What games caught your attention? Let us know in the comments!