Every year since I started this blog, I’ve followed up E3 with my own reflections on the major platforms and up-coming games. Last year I wrote at length on the hardware and software Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony‘s brought to the event. But, I’ve decided to skip this year. I really didn’t see a whole lot that impressed me. I feel re-assured that the Xbox 360 is the platform with the most promise, both now and in future, but Nintendo and Sony really failed to impress me yet again. So much so, that I couldn’t even bring myself to finish watching Nintendo’s opening keynote. I actually felt embarrassed for Reggie as I watched him awkwardly announce Nintendo’s “big deals” which were time and time again met with silence. And as for Sony, well, their poorly timed liquidation sale disguised as a price drop left me with a taste of disgust towards those shady douchebags.

One thing I will comment on though, is the absolutely stellar line-up of games we have headed our way starting as early as next month. I better start saving my pennies, as there’s plenty of titles that look to be worth spending them on.

Here’s what I see as “must buy” titles as we close out 2007…

Must buy games of 2007

  • Army of Two
    (Xbox 360)
  • Assassin’s Creed
    (Xbox 360)
  • BioShock
    (Xbox 360)
  • Brothers In Arms Hell’s Highway
    (Xbox 360)
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
    (Xbox 360)
  • Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
    (Xbox 360)
  • F.E.A.R. Files
    (Xbox 360)
  • Geometry Wars: Galaxies
    (Wii)
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
    (Xbox 360)
  • Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
    (Xbox 360)
  • Half-Life 2: The Orange Box
    (Xbox 360)
  • Halo 3
    (Xbox 360)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
    (Xbox 360)
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne
    (Xbox 360)
  • Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
    (Xbox 360)
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
    (Wii)
  • Need for Speed ProStreet
    (Xbox 360)
  • Project Gotham Racing 4
    (Xbox 360)
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction
    (Xbox 360)

And a bunch more that have potential but I’m not totally sold on them just yet…

Potentially great games of 2007

  • Battlestar Galactica
    (Xbox Live Arcade)
  • Blacksite: Area 51
    (Xbox 360)
  • Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII
    (Xbox 360)
  • Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
    (Xbox 360)
  • Mario Strikers Charged
    (Wii)
  • Mass Effect
    (Xbox 360)
  • Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles
    (Wii)
  • Rock Band
    (Xbox 360)
  • Skate
    (Xbox 360)
  • Spider-Man: Friend or Foe
    (Xbox 360)
  • Stranglehold
    (Xbox 360)
  • Stuntman Ignition
    (Xbox 360)
  • Super Mario Galaxy
    (Wii)
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    (Wii)
  • Switchball
    (Xbox Live Arcade)
  • Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground
    (Xbox 360)
  • Turning Point: Fall of Liberty
    (Xbox 360)
  • Wing Commander Arena
    (Xbox Live Arcade)

Those are quite the lists, eh? Q4 is normally jam packed with huge titles as publishers bring out their big guns for the holidays season. But a lot of these games are out before October, which is awesome! Give us a bit more time to get to each game without having to rush through them.

Are you as excited as I am for the coming shit storm of massive titles? Did I leave anything out?

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I’m personally looking forward to Blue Dragon and Bioshock the most. I haven’t got round to watching E3 yet, but I think I will just to see how awkward Reggie is >

Assassin’s Creed, Resident Evil 5, and Halo 3 (kinda) are on my top 3 list. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare has my interest but i’m not much for FPS as i prefer TPS…but we’ll see.

As for E3, MS and Moore made me want cry…for them. It was embarrassing how little applause they got for some of their bigger announcements. Then there was Nintendo where i’m just not sold on the Wii. People call it innovative, but the games are on par with the original Xbox in terms of graphics and after going ‘next-gen’, its hard to go back. I’m really just not sold on the controller (wiimote/nun-chuck). And as for Sony, i was a huge fanboy of theirs up until about April this year when i bought a 360 (which two weeks later the DVD drive stopped reading discs). Its hard, because the PS3 is indeed a powerful machine…but at $599, they just are not going to sell. And then they make things worse buy introducing an 80 GB model? Seriously, who in the hell is Okaying these decisions? Keep the 60 GB model, take out the EE chip, provide software emulation and sell it for $499. At the current pace, we’ll see a 100 GB model in about 6 months for $599 bundled with 2 games, and they’ll liquidate the 80 GB model for $499…it’s just…pathetic. 🙁

Mass Effect! You missed Mass Effect. That comes second on my 360 list, after Assassin's Creed. (Sorry, I’m not a big Halo fan.)

And, yeah, this E3 wasn’t great. I think in the past the press conferences have had to do something cool to get attention, but this year it’s like Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony just gave their info and expected the press to make it flashy for them. I think it might take a while before the new E3 format really does anything good for anyone. Personally, I’m all for just making Leipzig or TGS the new E3.

Not sold on Super Smash Bros? Why not? I know it’s not as "hardcore" as you’d probably like, but it still looks excellent in almost every way. So what’s going on there?

(I won’t argue with Mario Galaxy because I agree)

@Dustin: Resident Evil 5 is looking good from the trailers, but it isn’t coming out this year – everything on my lists are.

It depends what you consider Microsoft’s big announcements. They mostly just pimped games as they released a ton of hardware last year. The Disney partnership and Video Marketplace expanding to Canada and Europe received applause, which in my opinion were their biggest announcements.

@Kenneth: Indeed, I did forget Mass Effect. That one will have to go in my secondary list, though. I’m not a big RPG fan, so I’ll have to give it a rent.

@Glen: I’ve never been a fan of those button-mashing beat-em-ups. Smash Bros Melee came with my GameCube and I never played more than a few rounds at any given time. Honestly, I’m a little tired of the same regurgitated games and characters we’ve seen on every Nintendo platform for the past 15 years. It’s hard to get excited about the same old, the second, third, fourth, and so on… time around. Which is why almost every Wii game is in my secondary list.

I know RE5 isn’t coming out this year but i thought it deserved an honorable mention. As for Microsoft’s E3 presentation, i was hoping for word on a price drop as well as the new 65nm internal parts.

SPORE!

GameSpot has it for a September ’07 release but I swear I read it’d been postponed well into ’08. So we’ll see, but yeah, Spore is the one I’m waiting for.

yeah, i’m stoked for the upcoming games…ridiculously rad new stuff on the way, time to have a garage sale.

Some great games coming! Other than Gears of War this year, which caused me to purchase a 360 I haven’t been blown away by anything else.

Anton, thanks for pointing out "The Force Unleashed" it looks awesome!

I agree Matt, I am gonna have to start saving up for all them. The ones I am looking at the most would have to be Left 4 Dead, Call of Duty 4, Medal of Honor, Assassins Creed, Brothers in Arms, and Splinter Cell: Conviction. After reading your list there are many more that I am still interested in, I can’t wait!

I’m still trying to catch up on my E3 feeds but the following games impressed me: Resident Evil 5, Mario Galaxy, Killzone 2, MGS4, Metroid Prime 3, RE UC, Contra 4 and Jeanne d’Arc.

I think that MS had a strong press conference due to their focus on a large number of quality titles.

Nintendo had so much wasted potential, they should have focused on games like they did last year instead of wasting time talking about the Wii/DS success.

I actually haven’t heard anything special from Nintendo and Sony this year. It’s probably only Super Mario Galaxy & Little Big Planet that is really really interesting.

But I can’t wait for the 360 releases. I really want to tryout Skate, I’ve been looking for a real skate simulator with the right feeling to it. Tony Hawk still make great games, but I kinda hate that you have to get down 100000 combos and you have the ability to ollie like crazy etc etc.

I’m with vsumner – Only game I’m really looking fwd to from E3 is Force Unleashed…but i’ll honestly probably sleep on the game when it comes out.

Boy did E3 suck.

I was dissapointed during this year’s E3 as well. While last year was the year of hardware with plenty of surprises, I was left shocked at lack of new apps for this year, let alone at Microsoft’s very MEH conference and "Bringing E3 Home" gimmick.

Yeah there were tons of high-profile games there this year. But I wanted to see new games and announcements. I also think that "smaller" titles like Fury didn’t get enough attention from the gaming media that they are entitled too.

The 360’s Fall and holiday lineup will probably cheer me up a bit though 😉

Man I can’t wait for Assasin’s Creed, Halo 3 and COD:Modern Warfare. It seems like the xbox has some great games coming, and some great ones out right now, like the Darkness, and The Bigs.

The Bigs kind of surprised me, as I’m not a big sports gamer, but I find myself really liking this game.

Wrote a quick review on http://toddaustin.com

I would have to agree with almost everything you’ve said. While I wasn’t blown away by MS press conference, I think they have the best lineup out of the 3 systems.

Without online in Smash Bros, I’m not interested.

Halo 3, Assassin’s Creed and Mass Effect for me for starters. Thank goodness for Gamefly

I was pleased with MS and Sony’s layouts this year. Sure there was a few gripes I had about both, namely the faux price drop on PS3 and the underwhelming Halo 3 trailer (still very much looking forward to it though).

I respect that Reggie was only trying to convey how well the Wii & DS are doing but for petes sake, don’t go on for 15 fuckin’ minutes with bars and charts. People come to see the games. End of story. Wii fit looks pretty neat though.

I look forward to MGS4, Halo 3, RE5, Assassin’s Creed, Mario Kart Wii, Haze and the Home extension for PS3.

It seems like I’m the only one but I actually look forward to Killzone 2 based on the fact that I liked the first game. *GASP*

It was sure no "Halo Killer" but I still enjoyed it.

It labels like that that stir up so much damn hatred between fanboys of every platform. It is what it is, a fucking game.

I was not impressed by what was announced this year either. There were no new games announced except for a bout two on the Wii.

I’m wondering what will be happening next year because there are no upcoming games I am looking forward to past Q1 of ’08.

Dude, you’re insane to say nothing impressed you. I know its your opinion but c’mon….

Sony blew everyone away this year… with Nintendo a close 2nd… Microsoft was left holding their junk while they battle their own problems…

M$’s three biggest games were Halo 3, Madden 08 and GTA4… two of which were multi platform…

Resident Evil 5 looks killer!

Killzone 2… are you kidding me?!

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