E3 2010: Susan's Five Favorite Games

E3 2010: Susan's Five Favorite Games

What five games featured at E3 did Susan enjoy the most? Read on to find out.

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I can't blame you for cheating with your #2 pick.

True true - I just found out steam is coming to PS3 - what a great way to end E3 on a high note for me! XD

Professor Layton? As in the 3rd one? *looks*

Edit- September 20 release. Is that confirmed?

With luck this one will not have as much of a cop-out ending as two did.

Child of Eden, nice choice XD I loved the whole Space Channel 5 thing in there too lol

Nintendo is #2 because they're releasing... more sequels? Don't get me wrong, I love the big N as much as anyone, but I'm really getting fed up with all the big players releasing almost nothing but sequels.

I'm also extremely wary of Epic Mickey. I haven't seen a lot of it, but casting a character like Mickey Mouse in a dark and 'epic' game just hits all the wrong buttons with me.

Hurr Durr Derp:
Nintendo is #2 because they're releasing... more sequels? Don't get me wrong, I love the big N as much as anyone, but I'm really getting fed up with all the big players releasing almost nothing but sequels.

I'm also extremely wary of Epic Mickey. I haven't seen a lot of it, but casting a character like Mickey Mouse in a dark and 'epic' game just hits all the wrong buttons with me.

So something has to be an original IP in order to be exciting? Come now. Take Kirby as an example. Is it a game starring a character who's been in many other games? Well, sure. But that doesn't change the fact that it's well done, fun to play, and has a marvelous aesthetic style. We should hold the fact that it stars Kirby against it?

I understand what you're saying about sequels, but not all sequels are created equal. So long as each one feels fresh or offers us something new to get excited about, does it really matter if we've met the characters before?

Susan Arendt:

Hurr Durr Derp:
Nintendo is #2 because they're releasing... more sequels? Don't get me wrong, I love the big N as much as anyone, but I'm really getting fed up with all the big players releasing almost nothing but sequels.

I'm also extremely wary of Epic Mickey. I haven't seen a lot of it, but casting a character like Mickey Mouse in a dark and 'epic' game just hits all the wrong buttons with me.

So something has to be an original IP in order to be exciting? Come now. Take Kirby as an example. Is it a game starring a character who's been in many other games? Well, sure. But that doesn't change the fact that it's well done, fun to play, and has a marvelous aesthetic style. We should hold the fact that it stars Kirby against it?

I understand what you're saying about sequels, but not all sequels are created equal. So long as each one feels fresh or offers us something new to get excited about, does it really matter if we've met the characters before?

Well, yes and no.

I don't mean to say sequels are bad by definition, just that I'm all 'sequeled out' for this E3. I haven't been keeping count, but when it comes to the big names there have been way more sequels than original IP announced. A great sequel is still a great game, but I just can't get excited about it anymore. It's all just stuff we've already seen before, except with some little twist that's supposed to give it a veneer of newness. And they don't even need to try, because the public will gobble it up anyway.

Don't get me wrong, there are a bunch of sequels that I really want to play as well, and I'm convinced Nintendo will deliver quality games like they've always done. But when pretty much all of the spotlight titles announced by Nintendo, a company often prized for its innovation and originality, are IPs that have existed for decades, I can't help but lose faith a little bit.

Susan Arendt:
Mickey Mouse is one of the most beloved characters of all time, but let's be honest - the guy is a goody-goody. It's hard to imagine him doing anything that even veered towards "naughty" let alone full-on "bad," so it's rather exciting to have a game in which the core trouble is his fault and where not helping his pals is a viable option.

Have you ever watched the early cartoons? I loved Mickey Mouse when he wasn't a 'all-smileys character'. He was bad-ass. Picking up chicks, punching enemies, waving around cats/ Then American moms sued and Disney wielded. Sad times.


Nowadays Disney is a joke, a shell of its former self.

I love your list, altough Nintendo #2 is such a cop out. Cooooooooooooooome on.

Any other interesting, small games? There's gotta be a few more like the Atlus boulder game.

Sorry, but I'm all gooney for Donkey Kong Country and Kirby. I think they look absolutely super and I'm really looking forward to playing them.

Definitely check out Guilty Party, though.

Personally I'm most looking forward to Civilization V and Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Civilization because that series has never disappointed me, and is always fun.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 because the other two games were great fun on the Dreamcast. New art style

Hurr Durr Derp:

Susan Arendt:

Hurr Durr Derp:
Nintendo is #2 because they're releasing... more sequels? Don't get me wrong, I love the big N as much as anyone, but I'm really getting fed up with all the big players releasing almost nothing but sequels.

I'm also extremely wary of Epic Mickey. I haven't seen a lot of it, but casting a character like Mickey Mouse in a dark and 'epic' game just hits all the wrong buttons with me.

So something has to be an original IP in order to be exciting? Come now. Take Kirby as an example. Is it a game starring a character who's been in many other games? Well, sure. But that doesn't change the fact that it's well done, fun to play, and has a marvelous aesthetic style. We should hold the fact that it stars Kirby against it?

I understand what you're saying about sequels, but not all sequels are created equal. So long as each one feels fresh or offers us something new to get excited about, does it really matter if we've met the characters before?

Well, yes and no.

I don't mean to say sequels are bad by definition, just that I'm all 'sequeled out' for this E3. I haven't been keeping count, but when it comes to the big names there have been way more sequels than original IP announced. A great sequel is still a great game, but I just can't get excited about it anymore. It's all just stuff we've already seen before, except with some little twist that's supposed to give it a veneer of newness. And they don't even need to try, because the public will gobble it up anyway.

Don't get me wrong, there are a bunch of sequels that I really want to play as well, and I'm convinced Nintendo will deliver quality games like they've always done. But when pretty much all of the spotlight titles announced by Nintendo, a company often prized for its innovation and originality, are IPs that have existed for decades, I can't help but lose faith a little bit.

Its true that the IP's have existed for decades, but almost every game in those IP's have done something new and interesting.

However I do agree that there are too many sequels. But Nintendo isn't the only culprit.

I'm looking foward to Epic Mickey, it's looking really promising! :D

1. Less floaty Sackboy will make the platform core easier to get past to fully enjoy the insane user content.

2. [Atlus : "Delightfully weird" :: Peas : __carrots__] is indeed a fine SAT analogy question.

3. mum

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5. Mickey has always been less-than-beloved for me. In the universe where you are either a Beatles man or an Elvis man, I'm on the rabbit side of the Micky Mouse/Bugs Bunny duality. I wish wish wish wish wish that the words you used to describe Epic Mickey could ever be used to describe a Bugs game. I also wish Chuck Jones lived in the cubby at the foot of my bed, but alas, some things are just too fine to ever be made or ever be.

Hope the trip home is/was pleasant. And I'll join your lobby to make the last day of E3, "Journo Reunion at the Go-Cart Track a-la Clerks 2", anytime.

Great picks Susan. You strike me more and more as the Wii target demographic every day! This isn't in any way meant as a degradation of your gaming street cred. Wii games tend to be extremely inventive and unusual in their construction and often shy away from mainstream American gaming culture (read: for men aged 16-25).

Can you not wait for Trine 2 either?! I certainly can't.

Man, you had to remind me of Epic Mickey again. I'll end up having to pick up a Wii just for it.

Another good read Susan. Though I must admit now I am a little sad I missed the Nintendo Live conference online - then again I haven't played pretty much any/all of their previous games on previous platforms to really be bothered. Oh well.

I definitely agree with you on Rock of The Ages and Child of Eden. Those two will be the one of the few games that I specifically remember from the show. As for the rest of the list...well, it's your opinion and you're entitled to it.

Child of Eden has single handedly sold me an Xbox with Kinect, and I've not even played it.

I wish I ranked that high on Susan's "squee" meter :)

This is why I didn't do a top 5 of e3, they are all nintendo games and I don't own a Wii :(

there is nothing coming out for ps3 or xbox which intrigues me.

Why does the Wii need to keep using motion controllers when they aren't necessary/

Tipsy Giant:
This is why I didn't do a top 5 of e3, they are all nintendo games and I don't own a Wii :(

there is nothing coming out for ps3 or xbox which intrigues me.

Why does the Wii need to keep using motion controllers when they aren't necessary/

Not all Wii games use motion controls. Some of them just turn the Remote sideways and just do things old-school style.

So get a Wii, already. It won't hurt, I promise. :)

I was actually quite surprised that the vast majority of games I found interesting at the show were either for Wii or DS. I suppose that's partly just cyclical - there hasn't been much for them I've cared about in recent years - but I was really underwhelmed by a lot of what I saw for the 360 and the PS3 this year.

Susan Arendt:

Tipsy Giant:
This is why I didn't do a top 5 of e3, they are all nintendo games and I don't own a Wii :(

there is nothing coming out for ps3 or xbox which intrigues me.

Why does the Wii need to keep using motion controllers when they aren't necessary/

Not all Wii games use motion controls. Some of them just turn the Remote sideways and just do things old-school style.

So get a Wii, already. It won't hurt, I promise. :)

I was actually quite surprised that the vast majority of games I found interesting at the show were either for Wii or DS. I suppose that's partly just cyclical - there hasn't been much for them I've cared about in recent years - but I was really underwhelmed by a lot of what I saw for the 360 and the PS3 this year.

There was literally nothing on the 360 or ps3 that I want, even NBA Jam is on Wii :S

You know, comparing E3 to Disneyland was accurate in terms of spectacle, but I can go to Disneyland anytime. E3 is more like Disneyland for the gaming press, while the rest watch from the sidelines. I love gaming to death, wouldn't give it up for the world, spend WAY more money on it than I should, but there's a 99.9999% I'll never get to go to gamings biggest show. :(

And I don't blame you for lumping all of Nintendo's games into one, I definitely did the same thing when discussing it with my friends. If I absolutely HAD to pick one though, it would be Metroid. I'm a total Samus Aran fanboy. I'll admit that with no shame.

Speaking of Portal 2 at E3, will there be more coverage of it here on the Escapist?

theaceplaya:
You know, comparing E3 to Disneyland was accurate in terms of spectacle, but I can go to Disneyland anytime. E3 is more like Disneyland for the gaming press, while the rest watch from the sidelines. I love gaming to death, wouldn't give it up for the world, spend WAY more money on it than I should, but there's a 99.9999% I'll never get to go to gamings biggest show. :(

And I don't blame you for lumping all of Nintendo's games into one, I definitely did the same thing when discussing it with my friends. If I absolutely HAD to pick one though, it would be Metroid. I'm a total Samus Aran fanboy. I'll admit that with no shame.

I got into this industry, in part, so that I could go to E3. Never say never, my friend. :)

Hurr Durr Derp:
Nintendo is #2 because they're releasing... more sequels? Don't get me wrong, I love the big N as much as anyone, but I'm really getting fed up with all the big players releasing almost nothing but sequels.

I'm also extremely wary of Epic Mickey. I haven't seen a lot of it, but casting a character like Mickey Mouse in a dark and 'epic' game just hits all the wrong buttons with me.

You expected something new out of Nintendo? Last time that happened we got that lame balance board. They're gonna recycle their franchises, it's all they know how do to. Usually they don't screw it up. Probably best we let that happen, lest we get some other hideous monstrosity.

 

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