E3, asides from being laughed at in recent years, is the mecca of gaming for anyone, and is the time of year that gamer's flock to their computers, RSS feeds, and Spike TV (the only time it's acceptable to be on that channel) or their plethora of gaming news.
You've seen my predictions, but what about what I'm actually looking forward to? Rather than beat a dead horse with those long posts that took me (what felt like) forever, this is going to be short and sweet.
In no particular order:
- Nintendo - We already know I'm a Nintendo fan (not a fanboy), so when Nintendo talks, I listen. Most of my friends know, but now everyone out there does now: I fucking hate the Wii's GUI; it's a fucking disaster. What I pray for is that they don't copy/paste the GUI from the Wii over to the Wii U. Regardless, it's a new system, it's promised a slew of features that we've been wanting for years, and, most importantly, it's got power to boot. Other than the new system, anything in regards to Zelda, better entires in IPs that don't get enough attention, and new IPs have my interest piqued. Don't fuck this up, Nintendo.
- The Last of Us - I became a fan of Naughty Dog with Uncharted. I tried to get into Jak & Daxter, but it just couldn't be done. That's why, with their newest IP, the whole "take I Am Alive, but make it better" aspect has me 12 kinds of intrigued. The entire game itself has me giddy, and I want to have that game in my possession the moment it was announced.
- The Vita's Third-Party Support - Yes. You have not lost your mind. I said the Vita. Why? With recent leaks of Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation that isn't focusing on the Native American Connor, but a French/black femme-fatale (see what I did there?) named Aveline in New Orleans. There's also the new Ghost Recon game rumored to be on the system, and the possibilities from other developers rising, the Vita's library - outside of Sony's first-party stuff - could be amazing.
- Assassin's Creed Everything - Firstly, we already know of Assassin's Creed III being there; that's a given. Now, with the leak of Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation, my assassin-senses are tingling up a goddamned storm. I'm a huge fan of the series, and the more, the better. Since these are different studios working on the games (Ubisoft Montreal for AC3, and Ubisoft Sofia on Liberation), it's good to know sources aren't being stretched.
- The Slim Possibility of New Hardware Hints - The Wii U (and a possible 3DS redesign) is going to be at E3, we know that. But Microsoft and Sony both have said they are showing anything in regards to hardware, but when have we actually taken a corporate statement at face value and never looked back? Will Microsoft or Sony saying something about the Loop or Orbis, respectively, next week? It'd be a great way to steal thunder from Nintendo, that's for sure.