Rebel Gaming E3 Wishlist: Chris's Picks
The most important part of the gaming calendar is fast approaching with the Electric Entertainment Expo (better known as E3) being held in Los Angeles between the 11th and 13th of June. With not one but two new consoles incoming before this year is out, this year's event is easily one of the most important E3s for many years. With the actual announcement of Playstation 4 and Xbox One out of the way, this frees up the event to actually focus on what's important (*cough* are you listening Microsoft?) which is the games. Here at Rebel Gaming we're pretty excited about this year's event. But we are a collection of gamers of different stripes, so what we're looking forward to might not be quite the same. So each Rebel Gamer is being given the chance to talk about their hopes for E3 2013. These picks will be very personal, so we're keen to hear what you think. Why not let us know what games you're most anticipating too?
Mario Wii U
New Super Mario Bros U is all well and good (and I love a bit of 2D Mario, naturally) but it's not exactly pushing the hardware is it? Nintendo may be skipping the traditional conference this year, in favour of a special Nintendo Direct, but they will be there and their games will be on the floor for attendees to see (and hopefully play). It's been all but confirmed a new 3D Mario game will be shown off at last. The Mario Galaxy games were easily my favourite games on Wii, so I can't wait to see what Miyamoto's team can do with High-Def. Galaxy was gorgeous, despite the hardware limitations so to say I'm looking forward to seeing this is an understatement. Who can say what form it will take? A continuation of the Galaxy series would be most welcome (Mario Universe?) but a fresh start would be even better. A home-console big brother to Super Mario 3D Land could be a beautiful thing. Whatever it turns out to be, I wait with bated breath...
I'm looking forward to seeing the PS4 line-up, but so far the Playstation exclusive franchises that have been confirmed leave me cold. Killzone? Meh. Infamous? Whatevs. There's only one PS exclusive franchise that really gets me excited, and it's Naughty Dog's adventures of one Nathan Drake. Naughty Dog have taken a break to give us The Last Of Us, but surely a next gen outing for Nate has to be on the cards? E3 would be the perfect place to show it off.
Sorry, GTA V, but there's only one sandbox game on my most wanted list this year, and Ubisoft's forthcoming multi-platform effort is it. With the ability to hack and take control of any electronic device, and an interesting emphasis on making moral choices, this looks pretty great. It also gets extra points for being an original IP, and will also be one of the first games to be released on both current and next gen consoles. Who's watching the watch dogs? This guy.
Mario Kart Wii U
Also confirmed as in development, this really needs no further explanation. Mario Kart Wii was a ton of fun, but the 3DS Mario Kart 7 was one of the finest outings in the series for years. There was even a decent Rainbow Road track that didn't make me pull my hair out. If Wii U Mario Kart takes it's cues from this latest version, this will be no bad thing.
Mystery Retro Studios Game
Mario Kart 7 was given a fresh spin with the involvement of Retro, the people best known for the Metroid Prime series. We known Retro have something in the works for Wii U, we just don't know yet. A new Metroid would be cool, or a sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns would be just dandy. But maybe it's something unexpected, maybe even a completely original idea? Or it could be a return to another classic franchise- a Star Fox or F Zero. We can however be fairly sure that whatever it turns out to be will be something special. Hopefully come E3 will find out just what it is!
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Sonic Lost World
- Bayonetta 2
- Super Smash Bros Wii U/3DS
Keep reading Rebel Gaming for more staff picks in the run up to E3!