Editors' Choice Most Anticipated Games of E3

Which games are at the top of GameSpot editors' hit list for E3 2010? Read on to find out.

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The 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo is just weeks away, and just like you, GameSpot's editors can't wait to see what's on tap in the hallowed halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center. The expo will potentially reveal new games that use Microsoft's and Sony's new motion controllers, updates on the new Nintendo 3DS, and new information for upcoming games on all platforms, including PC, console, and handhelds. Read on to get our editors' picks on some of the most promising games at the show, and join the conversation by leaving us a comment with your top picks. Be sure to join us from June 14 through June 17 at http://e3.gamespot.com for all our coverage of press conferences and games and for our live video stage show.

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Ricardo TorresEditor in Chief

Golden Sun DS is just one of the games I can't wait to see.

While there's a lot to look forward to at this year's E3 (as evidenced by the small novel I've written here), Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is probably my top pick. Yes, I'm sure that probably sounds nuts with all the hot stuff set to hit at the show, but I've got an old-school streak in me that loves fighting games, plus I'm still a comic nerd, so in this case, they had me at "hello." But I also have some very fond memories of fantastic Mickey Mouse games from back in the day, such as Castle of Illusion, Mickey Mania on the Sega CD, and Capcom's nice run of Mickey games, so I'm very excited to see the mouse get a proper makeover in Epic Mickey for the current crop of consoles. The fact that Warren Spector is involved is icing on the cake. The man is brilliant and has worked on games that I have spent countless hours getting lost in. If anyone could make Mickey the all-ages player he deserves to be in games, it's Warren and his team, so I cannot wait to see what the results are.

Also, the Golden Sun games on the Game Boy Advance were easily among my favorite role-playing games on the platform. They were a modern take on the classic 16-bit RPGs I cut my teeth on, especially developer Camelot Software Planning's Shining Force series. So when Golden Sun DS was announced at Nintendo's E3 press conference last year, complete with some teaser footage, it wound up overshadowing the Metroid and Mario announcements for me. I've been patiently waiting for more on the game because I expect something awesome and epic. Oh yes, and I was also a big fan of the original Little Big Planet because of the possibilities the game opened up to aspiring game designers. As someone who still checks up on all the user-generated content that's still being actively created, I'm eager to see how all the new tools Media Molecule is adding to the mix are going to work and what the story mode is going to be like in Little Big Planet 2.

Finally, I'm also looking forward to some updates on all the motion control hardware that was revealed last year. For instance, while I can't single out a specific Natal game, outside of maybe Milo, as something I'm looking forward to at E3, I can say I'm very curious to see what Microsoft and other third-party studios are going to bring to the table. We haven't seen much since last year on the upcoming peripheral, so I'm looking forward to hearing more about what's going to be done with it. The tech is interesting, without a doubt, but, like all things, the proof is in what gets done with it, so I'm eager to see what will be on display. I'm also looking forward to the PlayStation Move for similar reasons--I can't single out a specific Move title that's my must-see at the show (because Sony has kept stuff under wraps since the motion controller's debut at the Game Developers Conference), but I'm ready for the big guns that Sony and third parties are likely rolling out for it. We've had a taste of some of the stuff you'd expect from a controller like this, but I want to see some first- and third-party stuff that sells the hardware.

Andrew ParkManaging Editor

This is my most anticipated game of the year. Period.

Which game am I most looking forward to seeing at E3? That's easy. Civilization V. I'm a big fan of turn-based strategy, and I've enjoyed the entire Civilization series. Civ IV was a terrific strategy game that was super-addictive but perhaps not as welcoming for newer players.

Civ V will introduce some of the streamlined interface features from Firaxis' console game Civilization Revolution, and more interestingly, it'll shake up the basics of Civ gameplay with a hex-based map and some very different combat mechanics. I was skeptical at first after hearing about some of these changes, but after seeing the game at GDC, I'm a believer, and I can't wait to see more at E3.

Brendan SinclairNews Editor

This game is gonna take me for a ride.

For most E3s, I find myself looking forward to the things I don't know about, rather than focusing on previously announced games. This year is a bit different. I can't wait to check out Marvel vs. Capcom 3 .

The second installment in the series is perhaps my favorite fighting game of all time, and I had given up hope of a true sequel because of pesky licensing issues. Now all I want is a roster full of unconventional choices, with new characters added every week through downloadable content.

Sophia TongAssistant Previews Editor

Sorry, boys. It's about time we had a lady's perspective.

There are a lot of games I'm looking forward to, but what I'm most excited for is Gears of War 3. I had so much fun playing the last two that I'm hoping this one is going to be just as good, if not better. I've always enjoyed cooperative shooters, especially when you're playing with a friend on the same couch, so I'm very curious to learn more about the four-person cooperative campaign that Cliff Bleszinski announced in April.

Oh, and it's about time that Anya joined in on the fight. Not that I didn't appreciate her guidance using the Hammer of Dawn, but it's always nice to have a little bit of diversity. I'm tired of always playing a big, beefy dude.

Brian EkbergSenior Editor

Bring on the motion controls.

Though I've got several specific games to look forward to at E3 2010--Test Drive Unlimited 2, Gran Turismo 5, and Gears of War 3--what I'm most anticipating is seeing what exactly Sony and Microsoft have in store for folks with their respective motion control products.

Sony came out of the gates with its Move debut earlier this year, and E3 will be the big unveiling for Project Natal (hey, Microsoft, how about an official name for this thing?). I think we have a pretty good idea of how both motion controllers will work; hopefully E3 will let us know if what we'll be playing will be worth getting excited for.

Giancarlo VaraniniEditor-at-Large

But enough talk! Have at you!

It's unfortunate that Konami still hasn't released the new trailer for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow that we saw at the company's event a few weeks ago. If more people saw it, I guarantee the game would be higher on everyone's list, because it just looks really good.

There's an incredible amount of detail in the environments, and the gameplay appears to have a healthy mix of intense action and a little bit of exploration. But what gets me most excited is that this could finally be the first really great 3D Castlevania and a revival that introduces this wonderful series to a whole new audience.

Tor ThorsenSenior News Editor

I'll be on the lookout for Fallout: New Vegas updates.

Even though Fallout 3 came out in 2008, I spent much of last year playing it because of the steady stream of expansions and the fact that I'm an unrepentant role-playing game junkie. With Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2 kicking off this year with a big bang of BioWare excellence, I am beyond excited to see what the crew at Obsidian Entertainment--many of whom developed the original Fallout games--is putting together with Bethesda's toolbox in Fallout: New Vegas. And speaking of Bethesda: How about some Elder Scrolls V news, please?

Also, for a newsman, E3 is about one thing: expecting the unexpected. Lots of leaks happen prior to and during the show (like the PSP Go last year), and sometimes huge announcements--like last year's revelation of a new Wii Zelda--are almost casually divulged without much in the way of fanfare. So while Sony's and Microsoft's motion control schemes and Nintendo's 3DS hog the limelight, look to the shadows for some big surprises to emerge. I'm also interested to see how our new intern takes in his first E3--he starts just two weeks beforehand!

What are your most anticipated games of E3 2010? Post a comment to let us know!

Shaun McInnisAssociate Editor

I'd like some more strategic dismemberment, please.

The game I'm most looking forward to at the show this year is Dead Space 2. With most sequels I preview, I tend to fall into either an "I'd rather play the original" or a "That looks way better" kind of mindset.

But with Dead Space 2, I'm in both places at once. Seeing Dead Space 2 for the first time last month, I was thoroughly reminded of how much I need to replay the original, but I still felt very eager to see what other kinds of horror surprises are in store for the sequel.

Jane DouglasSection Editor, GameSpot UK

My Fable II character is ready to import into Fable III.

I can't wait to get a better look at Fable III at this year's E3. I enjoyed the first two a lot, and I'm keen to see if this third game can really deliver on all these interesting, genre-defying promises.

We'll also see how its Natal compatibility works (assuming the game will be compatible with the new motion controls). Besides that, I'm just a sucker for a good Western-style RPG, and importing my game, if not my actual character, from Fable II, sounds great to me.

Sarju ShahAssociate Hardware Editor

You cannot resist my cultural superiority. Or my tanks.

It's all about Civilization V for me at E3 2010. I've never been very good at any of them, mind you. And in spite of that, all of them from II onward have held me in thrall.

Everyone's in a tizzy about the hex-based maps, but I'm interested to see how the shift away from mass-produced units works out, because I've always been one to go for cultural victories, except for those instances when I'm the first to research modern armor, in which case you can usually see me rolling across the countryside…toward your nation. Nothing personal.

Justin CalvertSenior Editor

Soon, I shall call myself a Jedi. (Then, I shall look for a group.)

As is generally the case prior to E3, the games I'm most looking forward to seeing are those that I know very little about. I'm excited to see what else Peter Molyneux has planned for Fable III; I feel like it has been ages since I've heard anything new about Star Wars: The Old Republic; and I can't wait to find out if Little Big Planet 2 is going to be powerful enough to realize my vision for the Westworld game that nobody else appears to be developing.

Also, as a big fan of the UFC games, I'm curious to see what's going on with EA Sports MMA. In short, I can't wait to get onto the show floor!

Laura ParkerFeatures Editor, GameSpot AU

I'm looking forward to Mickey's philosophical journey. Also, I hear Donald's in it.

When I first heard that Epic Mickey was going to be based on real-life events at Disney, I was thrilled. The studio is infamous for its dark past, particularly in regard to the grim treatment of its animators and the ongoing struggle to adapt to industry changes. Would the game's developers have the guts to turn this brilliant irony into something equally thought-provoking? With Warren Spector of Thief and Deus Ex fame at the helm, it certainly looked that way, but after reading initial previews, I think the direction of the game has changed slightly.

Still, I want to see what the game will do--specifically, how it will combine story and gameplay. After all, there are some very "meta" elements to the story (the Disney archive has been damaged so Mickey has to go around erasing parts of the world with paint thinner and repainting them as he sees fit--yes, very similar to the gameplay of a different game, de Blob), while the third-person gameplay centers around platforming and puzzle-solving elements. And I hear Donald Duck makes an appearance? Sweet.

Randolph RamsayEditor, GameSpot AU

How can Harmonix make rhythm games relevant again?

If 2009 taught us anything, it's that you can have too much of a good thing. What I'm specifically talking about is rhythm games--it seemed like publishers just churned out a glut of games last year while not moving the genre creatively forward in any meaningful way. This is why the mystery around Rock Band 3 has got me hooked.

The early buzz leaking out of Harmonix is that it has something big and game-changing planned, but what could it possibly be? Where can anyone move the genre from here? Other instruments? New ways to play together? Or something else entirely? Reinvigorating the flagging rhythm game genre will be a massive task for Harmonix, and I can't wait to see if the developer can pull it off.

Tom McSheaAssociate Editor

It's not a secret to anybody. I can't wait to see Zelda.

There is no question which game I am most looking forward to seeing at this year's E3: The Legend of Zelda. After playing through 3D Dot Game Heroes earlier this year, the flames of my Zelda passion were once again stoked, and I actually started to replay some of Link's older adventures. The best Zelda games are as good as any game I have ever played, and I'm really curious to see what Nintendo has in store for the first game in the franchise built entirely on the Wii.

It sounds like the development team is trying to make the combat more accessible, which is a good thing, as far as I'm concerned. The first game in the series is still my favorite, and that game focused on amazing exploration rather than bogging you down with countless weapons and combat moves. I don't care if it uses the Wii MotionPlus, the Vitality Sensor, or some crazy new peripheral; I just want to play this game.

Kevin VanOrdAssociate Editor

What if I don't get to see the next Deus Ex game? What a shame.

Some of my favorite PC games of yesteryear are getting long-anticipated sequels soon, and the possibility of seeing them at E3 this year has me giddy. Max Payne 3 is one such game, though I'm cautious about the newly muscled protagonist and his shaved dome. But it's Deus Ex: Human Revolution that has me truly excited.

The recently released trailer contrasts fear and paranoia with hope and freedom--an aura that perfectly captures the slow-burn anxiety of the previous games in the series. What we haven't seen, of course, is gameplay. If we get to see Human Revolution in action and get confirmation that it will embrace all the conspiracy-laden, open-ended action that we Deus Ex fans all want, then I will leave Los Angeles a happy man.

Chris WattersAssociate Editor

Urge to pistol-whip: rising.

Of all the games that will be shown at E3, there's only one that I've gotten to spend a significant amount of time with, and that's Halo: Reach. At first, the multiplayer beta seemed comfortably familiar, but as I spent more time with each of the different armor abilities, it became clear that the game will have a whole new dimension of tactical possibilities.

Rediscovering the thrills of Halo multiplayer piqued my interest anew for Reach's campaign. I can't wait to see what new enemies, weapons, and combat scenarios are in store for me as I fight to save a doomed planet.

What are your most anticipated games of E3 2010? Post a comment to let us know!

Discussion

725 comments
Aderdunn_3
Aderdunn_3

The Last Guardian, El Shaddai, Enslaved:Odyssey to the West, Fallout:NV ,Little Big Planet 2, Civ V, Rage ,Portal 2 and Fable III have shown me that they are worth my money and my time.....

emlki
emlki

Crysis 2 is the better

LeviofDoom
LeviofDoom

Castlevania Lords of Shadow, Final Fantasy XVI, Final Fantasy Agito XIII, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Kingdom Heats 3,Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, Kingdom Hearts Coded, oh and Epic Mickey... wait Epic Mickey is for the Wii? WII SUCKS!!!! nevermind about Epic Mickey... , God of War Ghost of Sparta, and Call of Duty Black Ops.

mrwmom
mrwmom

RAGE FTW!!!! ID software has way outdone themselves this time (if you don't know they are the company that invented the FPS genre with Doom and Wolfenstein 3d.) !!!!!

Eteocles93
Eteocles93

The new Medal of Honor looks promising.

pupun005
pupun005

killzone 3 kills every other games this year,,,,ps3 rocks

melted831
melted831

I am vey thrilled for portal 2 , little big planet 2 and of course you can't forget starcraft 2

rezpatriot
rezpatriot

I'll vote for Ubisofts Ghost Recon

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

isnt killzone as valuable to sony as halo is to microsoft

Hard_game_Fan
Hard_game_Fan

Well surely there are also outsiders which has not been nominated which are great, like new type of shooters coming this year or maybe next year, Like Bullestorm, Singularity.Mafia 2 Surely Fallout is going to be interesting what they are going to offer, after i played touroughly the fallout 3 game it was just great , and a huge game really, what about oblivon 5 when is coming? Also car racing like test drive unlimited 2 looks great Many may more surely

supertom221
supertom221

So NO one waits for AC: Brotherhood?................tha f*~*k?! Maybe Arkham Asylum 2? No? Oh C'MON!! And Chris, of all the epic games coing out, you chose HALO: Reach? Pfft! I expected better!. And also no Gran Tourismo 5?! What kind of a lame game reviewers are you guyz?!

phantom1593
phantom1593

no LBP2? no Crysis 2? no GT5? no TDU2? no... no... no... AW CMON! who the hell expects a Mickey Mouse game instead of anything written above?! OR the last guardian! I forgot about it... AND Witcher 2!! see? there are so many epic games out there that nobody wants to see... im gonna cry

BloodFalco
BloodFalco

Legend of Zelda is a great pick..... so Is Fallout: New Vegas.... however if I had to choose between their picks I would go with Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword. However, none of these are my top one pick, I'm actually surprised it's not on the list. It's just so mind boggling... :P

sonictank
sonictank

zelda skyward sword and golden sun are my top ones that i want this year along side starcraft 2 but getting the collectors edition now is almost impossible its pre orders are ENTIRELY sold out everywhere

Cubano7649
Cubano7649

Anything Shaun Mcinnis likes is my top pick!!!!

Sokoto16
Sokoto16

*sigh* I love Golden Sun, just a little bummed out its on the DS.... and here i thought i could waiting it out until the next gen hand-held consoles.

Yoshilila
Yoshilila

WHHHHAAATTTTTTT.... CONDUIT 2, The Grinder, Zelda, kingdom hearts re: coded etc. etc. etc... i am mostly waiting for some awesome wii games here^^

shadowlinkxx12
shadowlinkxx12

what? no one is excited with metroid other m? kingdom hearts birth by sleep? god of war ghost of sparta???? NEW ZELDA FTWOMGWTFLOLOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!

macmankid
macmankid

The Last Guardian and Zelda Wiii are mine most Anticipated

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

I have to say no matter what platform you have this years E3 is going to be great. Red Faction Armageddon, Crysis 2, Killzone 3, Dead Space 2, Infamous 2, a new Motostorm, new Fallout, even Xbox360, and Wii has great stuff this year, Metriod other M, Pokemon Colasium 2, Zelda Wii, Halo Reach, Crackdown 2, Natal, PS Move, Yes even the PC is going to get some games this year! I hope we see more new IPs and even more games that need to hit all platforms for them all to win. I hate console wars, and I may only have a PS3 but I love gamers, and games. Bring on the games for all platforms! Developers need to show their stuff this year, because in 2008, and late 2009 there was nothing to keep us going other then a few gems...... God of War 3, Alan Wake, BFBC2, and MW2 not withstanding...........

Tekur
Tekur

Oh and Crysis 2 and Fable 3. also, My favorite game right now is Oblivion, so if they make an Elder Scrolls V, that would complete my life! hahaha.

Tekur
Tekur

My E3 list would have to be- Halo: Reach, Call of duty: Black ops, Spec Ops: The Line, Batman Arkham Asylum 2, Force unleashed 2, Old Republic MMO, Dead Space 2 and Gears 3!!!! But my number one game for E3 is Brink! Once that game comes out, Im sure my life will continure from then and forever, INDOORS! (=

CyberLips
CyberLips

i really wanna see what they did with Batman Arkham Asylum 2!!

Dobai19
Dobai19

I'd rather go with Deus Ex: Human Revolution!

TheHH
TheHH

Oh i forget and God Of War Ghost of Sparta

TheHH
TheHH

Metal Gear Rising, The Witcher 2, Call of Duty Black Ops, the new Nintendo 3DS, Playstation Move, Natal, Crysis 2, Zelda Wii !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

guard12
guard12

For me, I gotta go with Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic. I can't wait to see what's going for those games :)

naraku2099
naraku2099

For me it's Castlevania: Lords of Shadow hands down. According to what Giancarlo said, Konami has a new trailer up their sleeves, so I'll be all the more excited to see that. I really hope they have a solid release date for it at E3.

TJF588
TJF588

For my fanboyism, I'd say... Valve's Portal 2 SQEX's KH Re:coded (a surprise port for me) Nintendo's Golden Sun DS ...and a secret hope for Golden Sun Books I & II for DS (hopefully bestowing GS1 with a proper subtitle, preferably "The Broken Seal").

xlovekiller
xlovekiller

METAL GEAR RISING !!! no one talked about that ! so bad :(

SrTVBR
SrTVBR

Elder Scrolls V, Dead Space 2, Crysis 2, The Old Republic MMO.

VonDanish
VonDanish

Civilization V! Can't wait to get my 'hands' on it which I probably won't after all as I'll probably end up downloading it on Steam (depending on the amount of extras on Steam compared to retail).

khrh
khrh

is there a Devil may cry 5 or not ? i like Golden sun i am so excitde about 3DS

megaprime33
megaprime33

wat about transformers war for cybertron, thats my numba one game of this year!!!

jay-em_styles
jay-em_styles

So what? their most anticipated game or games are like 5-15 games or maybe more. I want Call of Duty Black Ops , God Of War Ghost of Sparta and Resident evil portable

Pajamasammi
Pajamasammi

@ PhilipO45 Good list, Shenmue eheheheh. Have you seen any sailors? Was there an announcement for a third one?

foolmartyr
foolmartyr

Last Guardian! supposed to be getting a trailer and aprox release date right?

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

Castlevania at last at laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaast!!!!!!!111 daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!!

S3RAF1M
S3RAF1M

what a bought titan quest 2 !!! :(

S3RAF1M
S3RAF1M

Civilization V The Best game out there...