E3 12; 5 big games with something to prove
Unless you haven’t been on the internet for a month, you’ll know that E3 starts in just a few days’ time, so we no doubt have dozens of game reveals to look forward to over the next week or so. Before that though, PS3 Attitude thought we’d take a look at some of the games that have already been announced, and, more specifically, what they need to prove at the expo.
God of War: Ascension
There have been five major God of War games released on PlayStation platforms to date (I, II, III, Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta). As undeniably awesome as the series is, every entry ends up being pretty much the same, with similar gameplay, weapons and stories. Therefore, whilst we’re excited about God of War: Ascension, we’re also worried that this could be one game too many.
Ascension adds online multiplayer for the first time in God of War, but does it really need it? We’d argue that singleplayer is undeniably a better fit for the series. To be fair, some traditionally singleplayer-only franchises such as Assassin’s Creed and Uncharted have adapted to multiplayer extremely well. Maybe there is hope after all; we’ll have a better idea next week.
The Last of Us
First off, let us say that we have huge expectations for The Last of Us, as Naughty Dog is yet to make a bad game. The studio itself is promising big things. At the VGA Awards, Evan Wells said that “ We are confident The Last of Us will take a leap forward in cinematic gaming and storytelling, providing gamers with an experience unlike anything else in the industry.”
Strong words; now we need to see some evidence to back them up. Take away the admittedly incredible graphics and you’re left with Resident Evil-style zombies and the overgrown post-apocalyptic world of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. Come on Naughty Dog, E3 is your chance to prove that The Last of Us is as innovative as you claim.
We love a good kart racer here at PS3 Attitude, so we were genuinely excited to hear about LittleBigPlanet Karting. But then we learned it is being developed by United Front Games, and our hearts couldn’t help but sink a little. ModNation Racers was a good game, but it was also nowhere near as fun as kart racing should be.
This was largely down to the floaty controls, a confusing number of button inputs, and the ridiculous difficulty level of later races. This meant the game was far from pick-up-and-play, as kart racers should be. If rumours are to be believed, LittleBigPlanet Karting will use the same gameplay mechanics as ModNation Racers, which doesn’t bode well. Make us eat our words, UFG.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter
The general consensus on EA’s reboot of Medal of Honor a couple of years ago was that it was little more than another Call of Duty clone; a reasonably well made one, admittedly, but not much more. Now that the series has slipped behind Battlefield as EA’s premier FPS franchise, Danger Close seriously needs to prove that the franchise can still compete.
The developer keeps piping on about authenticity, but is it really going to be any different to what’s come before? Early footage suggests not. The future setting and promised gameplay changes for Black Ops 2 suggest that even Activision sees the need to move on from the Modern Warfare style. Can Warfighter rekindle our love of modern ‘authentic’ warfare?
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale reminds us of something, but we can’t quite put our finger on what. Oh yeah, that’s it; Super Smash Bros.! To say that Sony’s game is inspired by Nintendo’s 2.5D arena brawler would be a huge understatement. Battle Royale simply would not exist without Smash Bros., so it remains to be seen whether it can step out from beneath its inspiration’s shadow.
Gameplay-wise, PlayStation All-Stars will always be in debt to Smash Bros., so it is in its characters and stages that it must stand as its own game and represent its own brand. At the moment, the confirmed roster is decent but could be better, so Sony needs to announce some big hitters at E3, to prevent interest in the game from waning. This would be a good start.