The E3 is nigh! Just a week and a half until gamers’ favorite event, the Electronic Entertainment Expo is the most dramatic part of the year when it comes to gaming. Both a blessing and a curse, E3 has succeeded in making people go wild, whether in happiness or in blinding rage, and it’s definitely a must-watch show this year. In the last couple of years, gamers were looking forward to next-gen consoles so it’s safe to say that it was more about the hardware. But this year is a crucial one as Sony, Microsoft and all the other big companies and developers must really show off their games. No more fooling around. The expectations are high and the hype is skyrocketing so it’s crucial that they put a great show. So here’s some things that will make this year’s edition of E3 explode and blow our minds on the floors, walls and monitors in such violent matter that you’ll need to pick yourself up with an industrial vacuum cleaner.
Yep, you heard me. Earlier this month, Minh “Gooseman” Le, Counter-Strike creator and former Valve employee, “leaked” that Half-Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3 are being worked on. So yeah, it’s a possibility that we’ll see the next installment in the most awaited shooter of all time in the near future. But here’s the thing, we don’t even need to see a trailer, or a video teaser. Just five seconds of the Half-Life logo with the Valve intro track in the background and I guarantee you that the whole world will implode. It may not seem like much, but all we need is an official confirmation that it’s being worked on and on its way into our sweaty hands. And what would make the news even more controversial? Platform-exclusive, ha!
The Last Guardian
Actually, I was thinking for a second if this title should be on this list. Many of us have already lost hope and we’re just “meh” about it. But I was picturing the Sony conference in my head and a release date for The Last Guardian would come up on the screen with big white bold letters. I must say, it got my heart skip a beat so yeah, I think we all agree that an announcement PLUS a release date (everyone lost hope in announcements alone) would make everyone happy and will stay on the lips of every gamer for quite a while.
Epic Nintendo Comeback
Even though I’m not a fan of Nintendo’s work, the whole gaming world needs a serious and epic comeback from these guys. I really don’t know what, but whether we’re talking a new hardware device or some serious new installments in popular sagas, they should put their shit together. Bring gamers The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Pokemon and an ass-kicking new IP for the Wii U and Nintendo will steal the show. Just imagine all of these titles being showcased and played live on the stage. Goosebumps!
No Need For Speed
Ok, I admit it, that was under the belt. But seriously, every bloody year we have to see the same shit over and over again. Hot cars, hot cop cars, hot landscapes, hot babes being chased by hot cop cars in hot cars in hot landscapes. Just cut it already! EA announced that there will be no Need For Speed this year so that’s a great thing, but I just hope they won’t say a thing about it at this year’s E3. And I don’t know about you, but if I don’t hear a fart about the new NFS, I’ll just be in shock. If this happens then there’s hope for anything. It’s not about the NFS series. It’s not about the gaming world. It’s about the fact that anything is possible.
New First-party IP’s
Let’s face it, platform-exclusive games are the best. Uncharted, Gears of War, The Last of Us, Forza, Gran Turismo – all of these are exclusive to Xbox One or PS4 and they (among others) have been some of the best titles and series in the last decade. So of course that whenever a new first-party IP is announced and showcased, it’s a celebration-starter. So if every major company would show off 3 or 4 such IP’s it will definitely make this year’s E3 a big one. And especially now, with the next-gen consoles, we need new IP’s more than we need sequels or prequels. So please feed me some!
So there you have it. If this year’s edition of E3 will feature some of the things I mentioned above – it’s a total win. If, by some miracle (a big fucking miracle), it will feature ALL of them… I’ll become a nun.