America’s biggest computer game convention, E3, took place last week in Los Angeles. It saw the great and the good of the gaming industry get together to show off all the titles you’ll be playing in the coming months.
There was also a sneak peek at some awesome new hardware too, with Nintendo revealing the Wii U console and Sony giving more details about its latest NGP PlayStation Vita handheld.
But if you’re wondering what games you need to be saving your money for to play on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo 3DS, then read on. Here’s my guide to the top titles you’ll want to get button-bashing and moving your body along with.
FORZA MOTORSPORT 4
One of the most realistic racing games just gets more lifelike with cars from more than 80 manufacturers and support for the motion-sensing Kinect add-on. Use your movements to open doors, look around the vehicles and then steer from the couch while Kinect tracks your head movements to adjust the view of the track.
MASS EFFECT 3
Set for release on March 6 2012, there’s a long wait for the third game in this best-selling series. It sees an alien race known as the Reapers invading the galaxy and only you can stop them. It’ll be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC and if it’s as critically acclaimed as the last version, this will be immense.
LITTLE BIG PLANET PSV
The game that made a star of a little cuddly toy named Sackboy hits the new touchscreen handheld console from Sony. Create levels, design the action and then get your characters to play it out and figure out the puzzles. You can have multiplayer from a single device and it takes advantage of the front and rear touch controls as well as the PlayStation Vita’s tilting sensor.
MARIO AND SONIC AT THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES
You won’t be able to escape the Olympics when it arrives in the UK next year but no game could be as entertaining as this Wii and 3DS version featuring two of gaming’s icons. The plumber and hedgehog now have new events including Football and Equestrian and if you can’t be there in person to watch, this is the next best thing and far cheaper too without being stuck in throngs of tourists.
BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY
The Caped Crusader returns in the latest Warner Bros adventure and it was confirmed just before E3 that Catwoman would be a playable character. Due out on October 21, the game sees some of the most criminal inhabitants of Arkham come out to cause mayhem, only for the legendary superhero to do battle and save the day.
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD
One of gaming’s most enduring franchises finally gets a Wii version to be proud of with the Wii MotionPlus controller taking care of its hero Link’s sword fighting and bow firing. Solve puzzles, battle monsters and experience the graphically beautiful world of Zelda using brains as well as brawn to win the day.
The list of ace titles for Nintendo’s 3D handheld goes on and on and so it was impossible to only list one or two. From new versions of Tetris to Luigi’s Mansion to Star Fox 64 3D and Animal Crossing, these next few months until Christmas will see the innovative device really come into its own. And that’s before we even mention Super Mario 3DS, Mario Kart 3DS and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time getting the three-dimensional treatment.
Lara Croft makes a long-awaited return to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC and the cyberbabe is looking better than ever. Not due out until the autumn of 2012, there’s little known about the storyline. But based on the graphical teases released at E3, there’s going to be plenty of Lara’s trademark action and adventure on archaeological quests across the world.
KINECT FUN LABS/DISNEYLAND ADVENTURES
If you can’t have fun with Xbox Kinect then what’s it for. This title lets you try all different movement-inspired tasks from bringing a stuffed animal to life to creating art with your fingertips. In Disneyland Adventures, the classic theme park is brought into your living room with all your favourite characters on screen and some of the most famous rides and attractions turned virtual to interact with.
It’s not going to hit the Xbox 360 until Christmas 2012 but that hasn’t stopped fans of Microsoft’s epic space-shooter doing cartwheels at the news Master Chief could be back. Very little is known about this other than a logo and teaser images but one thing is for sure, this has No1 selling game of next year written all over it.
GEARS OF WAR 3
Already one of the most-hyped and pre-ordered Xbox 360 games of this year, GOW3 sees Marcus Fenix return with Delta Squad, 18 months after the fall of the last human city in Gears 2. There’s no Kinect gameplay but there is plenty of multiplayer including a fivesome co-op and all new maps, weapons and experiences.