We are entering the second day of E3 2012 now, with a ton of exciting news and trailers already shown, and (hopefully) many more surprises to come.
So what are our thoughts on the show so far?
Microsoft kicked off as the first major conference at E3 2012, and was overall a decent presentation. We got the first major trailer for Halo 4, which was impressive, although nothing different than what is expected from the Halo franchise. I was personally hoping to see a more multiplayer focused presentation for Halo, but most E3 trailers tend to not stray from single player, so that wasn’t too big of a let down. Splinter Cell: Blacklist came next, and looked like an awesome new direction for the franchise, which has been quiet for some time. EA SPORTS was next, with a new look at the flagship sports franchises, FIFA and Madden. Gears of War followed, with footage from the newest installment in that series. Although I enjoyed the last Gears of War, i’m not sure how much momentum the series has left, but either way the trailer looked decent enough.
Forza: Horizon was a bit of surprise, since the IP usually doesn’t stray too far from the realistic racing sim brand they have build over the years. In all honestly, the style reminded me of Need for Speed, which would be an interested direction for Forza. After this, we were treated to a wide array of new features for the Xbox 360 and Kinect, with a definitive focus on media, especially sports. This could be a good thing, since Xbox has traditionally been a bit inferior (in my opinion) as a media platform, compared to the PS3.
The next trailer to hit was Tomb Raider, which looked a lot like Uncharted, (I suppose you can say that of most action adventure games these days), but all in all seemed like a good revival of the series, which has been gathering dust for some time. The trailer was more combat focused, and I would have loved to see more of the platforming and puzzle solving gameplay, but I suppose we will need to wait for that. Resident Evil 6 looked great, especially since many of us have been waiting for the style of RE4 and 5 to enter the more “classic” city environment for years now. The rather dark RE6 trailer was followed by a very lighthearted trailer for Wreckateer, which actually looked kind of fun.
The trailer for the new South Park game, titled South Park: The Stick of Truth was pretty awesome, especially since it was followed by Matt and Trey on stage to give a quick and humorous recap after it was over. Then, after a rather unnecessary performance by Usher, we got the newest trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which actually seemed pretty interesting for the first half of the trailer, until it descended into more of the same linear shooting gameplay.
All in all a generally entertaining, albeit unsurprising performance by Microsoft. If you haven’t already, you can check out the live stream of E3 on GameTrailers.