Although I’m still hopeful that Sony or Microsoft will at least mention their next-generation consoles, E3 2012 this year is about what I’m know I’m going to see, and not the pipe dreams I’ve been yapping on about for the last three years. No Final Fantasy VII remake, no Kingdom Hearts III, and no Half-Life 3. Out of everything that’ll actually be at E3, here’s what I want to see.
1: The Last of Us (PS3 / Sony)
Zombie survival-horror is so mainstream now that it’s hard to get excited about anything in the genre. The Last of Us has me hooked thanks to the novel way the developers are presenting the two main characters—not to mention the fact that developer Naughty Dog kept it under wraps for so long. They haven’t made a bad game that I can remember, so this one’s a top priority for me.
2: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3 / Namco Bandai)
It sucks that Ni no Kuni—the first game featuring Studio Ghibli art—isn’t getting a Nintendo DS export, but at least I’ll get to play the PS3 version of this RPG soon. I’m a complete sucker for great hand-drawn animation, and based on some early looks, Ni no Kuni just might be more visually impressive than anything else I’ve seen all year.
3: Dead or Alive 5 (360, PS3 / Tecmo Koei)
Dead or Alive has always been at its best when it’s focused on the core fighting, although I’m glad Dead or Alive 5 isn’t doing something crazy like adding weapons or dumping the entire roster for younger characters. With each new game, the graphics look a lot better, and I can’t wait to see what the developers did to tweak the, er, “clothing physics.”
4: Resident Evil 6 (360, PS3, PC / Capcom)
After playing Resident Evil 4 and RE5 to death, I’m more than ready for the latest entry. It’s nice that Capcom’s taking the franchise to a lot of different locations this time around, rather than cramming the whole game into one secluded, backwater zombie camp in the middle of nowhere.
5: Dead Space 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC / EA)
Now that EA’s finally admitted that their “graphic-novel teaser” was for an actual game, I’m more than ready to see what co-op gameplay brings to Dead Space 3. I’ve always been worried that it would be less scary with another player watching your back, but hopefully, I’m very wrong.