Thanks to E3, even gamers living under rocks were able to glimpse the video games that will dominate their free time for the next 18 months. These are not those games.
The Avengers: Battle for Earth
Sony’s big E3 reveal was a Heavy Rain clone starring Ellen Page. We fully believe Hollywood should be scared shitless of the video game industry but that’s largely because games can be cinematic, interactive and challenging. This genre just isn’t doing it for us because it’s as interactive as a Choose Your Own Adventure book, minus the fun of turning pages. It’s just not possible to have a white-knuckle experience when the only requirement for success is a prompted button-press. We’re adjusting our expectations to nil because that’s the only way Beyond Two Souls can be pleasantly surprising.
COD: Black Ops 2
When you first encountered the Resident Evil series, it was like playing the most terrifying horror movies ever made. By the time RE4 and 5 creeped into existence, sequel syndrome had set in and the series took a trip to the middle of the road, delivering a watered down shooting experience and not much horrorl. Resident Evil 6 might have everything going for it; returning characters, plot twists, shooting while running, but it forgets that pacing and subtlety make good horror, not choppers crashing into planes or ammo pickups at every corner. The Resident Evil brand might maintain a certain pedigree in the eyes of some fans, but it’s starting to become Police Academy sad.