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E3 Madness and Bustin’ Ghosts

by on Jun.23, 2009, under Storage

E3 Madness and Bustin’ Ghosts

The Electronic Entertainment Expo has now come and gone – but the show has definitely returned to its former glory.  I daresay it’s even better than before, as the show floor was less like a can of sardines and the line waits were quite reasonable.

It’s really hard to figure out where to start when talking about E3; I saw so many games that it can be difficult to remember all of the awesome titles that were shown.  I’ll do my best to capture all the ones that I’m the most excited about here though.

Tales of Monkey Island and The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
I was super excited to see these game being announced – Monkey Island was one of my most favorite adventure games, and it’s great to see the genre coming back.  I have the new Tales of Monkey Island game preordered (hooray for preorder bonuses!) and I’ve watched the trailer (link) on repeat as well.  I’m also really excited about the re-release of the original, because so many other people will get to experience it now!

Left 4 Dead 2
Left 4 Dead was definitely one of my most played games last year – I’ve been purposely avoiding seeing much of Left 4 Dead 2 because I don’t want too much spoiled, but I’ve heard that there are some great melee weapons (frying pan!!) and all new levels.  Needless to say, I’ll be picking this one up day one!

The Beatles: Rock Band
As you can see in my bio, I’m a HUGE fan of Rock Band.  I devote a large amount of my spare time to the game, and so it was pretty natural that I would play the Beatles Rock Band at the show.  What I didn’t realize until I was at E3 was just how much effort and attention to detail the great folks at Harmonix put into the game.  Everything from the look and feel, to the videos that play for each song, to adding Beatles chatter into the loading screens – this game is definitely a must for anyone who loves the Beatles. 

Alan Wake
Alan Wake has always been one of those titles that really intrigued me – and now the game is finally seeing the light of day (bad pun?!).  The story drew me in right away, and then witnessing the combat mechanics of this game got me craving more. 

Modern Warfare 2
It’s the successor to one of the most addictive online multiplayer shooters ever.  Not to mention that the original Modern Warfare had an incredible campaign mode – I actually didn’t even touch the multiplayer for a good while because the campaign had me so engrossed. 

Star Wars: The Old Republic
I enjoy Star Wars, but I would never claim to be a big fan.  However, the new trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic has me clamoring for more.  It seems that this MMO is actually very story driven, so it encourages playing through the multiple classes to experience the stories from their angles.  I’m definitely keeping my eye on this one!

One of the most creative and amazing games I saw at the show was this little gem called Scribblenauts.  Developed for the Nintendo DS, Scribblenauts puts the player in a variety of puzzle scenarios.  The catch?  You can use virtually ANYTHING you can think of to solve the puzzle!  There was a great testimonial from someone who, in order to bypass a horde of robot zombies, summoned a time machine, travelled back in time, hopped on a dinosaur, then came back to the present and used the dinosaur to eat the zombies.  With that much flexibility, the sky is really the limit. 

There are lots more games that I saw at E3 that I’m looking forward to – so hard to write about them all.  I’m sure I’ll be writing about them as they come closer to release though… they’ll get their fangirl treatment sure enough!

In other news, I have spent the last few weeks addicted to World of Warcraft (yet again), The Sims 3, and Ghostbusters: The Video Game.  I just wanted to state that anyone who loves the Ghostbusters movie should look into this game.  I had childhood dreams of wrangling ghosts (remember the toy ghost traps?) and now I can do it in game form.  Better yet, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis have assisted with the script of the game and the game is just as humorous as the movies.  Not only that, but the original actors have come back to do the voices as well, so you really get the authentic Ghostbusters feel.  If anyone else out there has played it, what do you think of the game?


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