E3 2012 was one hell of a ride for us at Hardcore Gamer. While there were a ton of great games to see and play, we’ve narrowed it down to the best. Without further adieu, Hardcore Gamer presents our top 10 games of E3 2012, along with the Game of the Show award.
We really didn’t know what to expect from 343 Industries. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary was great, but this is a significant iteration into the Halo franchise that guaranteed fans would have their eyes on it. Having seen the game, though, we can definitively tell you that 343 is not holding back any punches. Even though Cortana was a bit too chatty, the luscious jungles of this new planet couldn’t look any better. Now all we just need more of those live-action cutscenes.
DmC: Devil May Cry
Capcom has chosen the right developer in Ninja Theory to take on their beloved Devil May Cry franchise. There was a lot of concern over the character redesign and drastic shift in plot elements, but having played it, we can safely say those concerns can be put to rest. It’s stylish, chaotic and a hell of a good time. While playing like other Devil May Cry games, strapping the different weapons and abilities to buttons allows for fluent and skillful gameplay that ensures button mashing won’t get you through the game. DmC surprised us all as one of the most entertaining games we were privileged played at this year’s E3.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Need for Speed: Most Wanted is basically Burnout Paradise with Need for Speed gameplay elements. If that description doesn’t validate why it made our list, you must not like having fun. The demo was a blast, letting players explore and challenge each other seamlessly. If the world is as huge as expected, this could be one of the best racing games ever.
Assassin’s Creed III
The next installment into the famed Assassin’s Creed franchise is nothing short of spectacular. Moving from beautiful 15th century Italy to the 18th century American Revolution, you’ll find the world is a little more open. Connor, our new hero, will now fluently transition through the trees, moving away from the tall buildings we were forced to traverse for the past five years. With fluent gameplay and an overhauled animation system, this may be the best Assassin’s Creed yet!
It’s been over ten years since the last proper SimCity (we’re pretending Societies didn’t exist), so it’s great to have it back. Not only will it bring the addictive fun of the franchise to a whole new generation of gamers, but it’s the first SimCity that honestly feels like a living, breathing world. You’ll see things like see Sims leaving their homes to go to work, driving home and even turning on the lights at night. The updated engine along with online integration has the potential to make this the most addicting SimCity yet.
Beyond: Two Souls
The famed developer behind Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain is back with its new property, Beyond: Two Souls. With its beautifully crafted visuals, Beyond stuck out like a sore thumb. It definitely helped that award winning actress Ellen Page is playing the heroine of the story. While only a little was displayed to the public, what was shown behind closed doors astonished us, offering a magnificently directed chase sequence that you’re in control over. We can’t wait to get our hands on this big adventure any sooner.
Watch Dogs collectively blew away anyone watching the Ubisoft Press Conference. Out of nowhere came this amazing-looking stealth/action/RPG combo that looked fairly revolutionary. Hardly any information has been released, but the gameplay trailer teased that the player could control anything electronically via “ctOS”. If it avoids being simply another action/shooter hybrid, Watch Dogs could be big.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Rising is shaping up to be an incredible side-adventure of the treasured franchise. Even though story is taking a backseat this time around, Metal Gear Rising is simply a non-stop blast of a game. If Platinum can sustain the energy through an entire game, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance could be one 2013′s most satisfying action titles.
The Last of Us
The Last of Us absolutely blew us away with its cinematic quality of gameplay and the stunning amount of realism put into the visuals and artificial intelligence. Enemies won’t just stand around when you aim a gun at them; they’ll curse and jump for the nearest cover. While we didn’t get a release date, or a release window for that matter, The Last of Us comes in as one of our most anticipated games, offering some of the most memorable moments at this year’s show.