As the lowly EGM Intern, I’m still not entirely sure what this Eethri thing is, but I’ve managed to cobble together some of the broader strokes based on the things I’ve heard around the office. As I understand it, Eethri is an ancient Mayan god that descends to the earthly realm once a year. To celebrate his arrival, the faithful gather in Los Angeles, engage in drunken revelry, and present scantily clad, overpaid models to him as a sort of primitive flesh tribute. In exchange, Eethri will grant a lucky few sacred visions, allowing them to gaze into the future and look upon videogames that won’t be released for many moons. I don’t know about you, but I’m thrilled to give it a go. Here are some of the games I’m looking forward to seeing as I genuflect before this bloodthirsty deity.
1: Tomb Raider (360, PS3, PC / Square Enix)
When Crystal Dynamics first announced they were rebooting Tomb Raider for the 12th time, I was skeptical that Lara would be able to stay relevant in the age of Uncharted, even with hefty gameplay changes and the increased focus on survival. Since then, everything I’ve seen or read about the game has obliterated my expectations, and it’s officially become the biggest blip on my gaming radar, E3 or otherwise.
2: Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, PC, Wii U / Ubisoft)
For me, Assassin’s Creed III has been far too long in coming. Ezio was getting old in more ways than one, so I was delighted when Ubisoft announced they’d be moving on to a new hero and setting. I’m not sold on the American Revolution setting quite yet, but the myriad gameplay improvements, new weapons, and eye-melting graphics will likely keep me happy regardless.
3. PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale (PS3, Vita / Sony)
Ridiculously long title aside, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale’s premise is immensely intriguing. I’ve long been a fan of the ridiculous crossover action in Super Smash Bros., so the prospect of seeing Sony characters throw down in a similar fashion tickles me pink. Come on—who isn’t excited for Kratos going head-to-head against PaRappa the Rapper?
4: Star Wars 1313 (TBA / LucasArts)
I love a good train wreck, and everything I’ve heard about 1313 so far tells me it’s headed that way. For starters, we’ve got no established characters, no Force powers, and the most generic planet in the Star Wars canon. Plus, the announcement reads like an angsty teenager’s Facebook page, what with all the assurances that the game will be “dark and mature.” I’ll keep an open mind, and I’d love to be proven wrong, but if nothing else, I’ll always have schadenfreude.
5: Beyond Good & Evil 2 (TBA / Ubisoft)
Frankly, this one’s just a Hail Mary on my part. I’ve got no solid reason to believe Beyond Good & Evil 2 will finally come out of hiding at this year’s E3, but I’ve been looking forward to it ever since the teaser trailer leaked way back in 2009. And Ubisoft did promise some surprises in their lineup, so for now, I’m keeping the faith.