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E3 has come and gone yet again, and in the wake of the sensory-overloading convention we are left with nothing but anticipation for the games to come over the course of the next year. Some games stood out more than others, though, and it is these games that we are celebrating with our Game of the Show awards. So without further ado, let's get right into it: These were our favorite miscellaneous games at E3 2012.
And the nominees are...
Borderlands 2 is, much like its predecessor, equal parts role-playing game and first-person shooter. With such heavy influences being taken from both genres, it'd be unfair of us to peg it in one category or another. With vibrant graphics, tons of onscreen chaos, and even more guns than last time (!) Borderlands 2 should give games in either genre a run for their money when it releases later this fall.
Beyond: Two Souls was easily one of the more interesting games revealed at this year's E3. Ellen Page seems to be a great fit for Quantic Dream's new drama. But the main question left on our minds after the dust of E3 settled was simple: What kind of game is this, exactly? Quantic Dream usually develops games that consist primarily of quick-time events. While we saw plenty of that when Beyond was demoed live after the press conference, we also saw more instances of direct control than we were used to from the studio. This unique fusion of gameplay styles could make Beyond one of the most interesting releases of the next year.
Dishonored is a mishmash of so many unique gameplay styles and influences that it's almost hard to keep track of all of the different options at your fingertips. With the parkour of a platformer, the combat of an action game, the sneaking of a stealth thriller, and the powers, resource management, and freedom of a role-playing game, Dishonored creates a unique potpourri of gameplay elements that has a flavor all its own. The numerous options for approaching just the one mission that Arkane was demoing at E3 had our minds reeling. It certainly helped that the game sported an attractive visual style all its own. All in all, Dishonored was already looking like the complete package at E3. We can't wait to see how polished it is when it releases in October.
Project P-100 is the working title of the new Wii U exclusive from Platinum Games, the very same studio that brought us modern classics like Bayonetta and Vanquish. Over the course of this year's E3, this game was consistently referred to as a cross between Pikmin and Viewtiful Joe. It's a bizarre-sounding cocktail of influences, but once you see the game in action you'll understand just how it works. And judging from the looks of the E3 demo, it's working quite well so far. Lightning-fast, combo-based action against massive alien invaders is balanced out by a more strategic element of collecting new heroes to add to your ever-growing army. For anyone looking forward to the Wii U, Project P-100 should be one of the highlights of the show.
And the winner is...