The E3 Media And Business Summit is over. The publishers have taken their demo units out of their hotel rooms and suites. The Barker Arena has been emptied. The buses have been moved back to their parking spaces. This new invite only E3 2007 was certainly a different kind of experiment for its owners the Entertainment Software Association but as we attended meetings and walked in between hotels in Santa Monica last week, we kept hearing from journalists that this might be the final E3, invite only or not. It's a tad too early to completely close the books on E3 but we decided to review this new edition of the expo as we would review a game or hardware product. Yep, it's time for E3 2007's review.
Most Impressive Games Of E3 2007:
This year's E3 seemed at first to be a tad short in games that made us go, "Oh WOW". We saw quite a number games that were first demoed a year or even two years ago at past E3s (and some games that were shown last year at E3 didn't make an appearance at all this year; more on that later) and the new titles at first didn't excite us much. However we soon learned that there were a number of new titles that impressed us at this year's show with their E3 demos. Keep in mind that these games were mostly shown to use under very controlled circumstances with the developer handling the live demo in nearly all cases. We also tended to mention games we had not seen before than those we had seen in earlier press events.
Untitled F.E.A.R. Sequel
Monolith's upcoming next horror-themed first person shooter will be both a high energy shooting fest mixed with horror elements, and all under a new graphics engine that looks pretty sweet.
Monolith's other upcoming game brings a lot more variety into the melee and hand-to-hand combat than its predecceror did and the addition of more forensics puzzles and an instant action "hobo fight club" has us stoked
Shown during the Sony E3 press conference, this tiny M.C. Echer style puzzle game is unique and looks like quite a lot of additive fun which is what all games should be.
Day 1 Studios and LucasArts have created a game that combined relevant social commentary with some kick-butt action, complete with deforming terrain and some cool unique weapons.
Oh my dear DirectX10, it looks so good when it has a game that really treats your API well. Crytek and EA's first person shooter does that in spades and it happens to be fun to play as well.
Call of Duty 4
Infinity Ward and Activision break away from WWII in style with this modern day shooter that in our live demo looked like a Michael Bay movie on steroids (and yes that's a good thing
Gears of War PC
You may have played this game on the Xbox 360 but have you played it in high resolution with new maps, new co-op missions and generally cool new stuff? I think not.
Unreal Tournament 3
Cool new weapons were shown as were excellent new vehicles, new items and the graphics look amazing. Sign us up now.
Some critics have already called this game "Elder Scrolls Apocalypse" but our E3 demo showed that this game retains a ton of elements from the original Interplay titles while adding a lot of Bethesda Softworks' games.