By now you may have heard about a little event called the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or by its street name "E3." In the days leading up to this catastrophic conflux of lights, sounds and adult beverages, we here at G4tv.com are taking turns with an annual tradition as reliable as salmon spawning and Cubs playoff collapses: wild speculation! We'll be keeping track of what we get right for bragging purposes, and when we’re wrong we'll be pointing over there because HEY WHAT'S THAT?!?! We’re calling this feature (E)3 Thoughts, because without limits, we could hypothesize all day long.
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Jake Gaskill - E3 and Me, or: "First!"
I'm proud to say that this will in fact be my first E3, as a spectator and member of the gaming press. Seeing as my heart doesn't seize up at the very mention of "E3," I look forward to having some experiences that will illicit that response come next year. Plus, I can't wait to witness firsthand the epic awkwardness that Nintendo press conferences have become famous for.
Three Most Anticipated Games
1. Brütal Legend -- Psychonauts is one of my top three favorite games of all time, and I heart Tim Schafer somethin' fierce, which is why I can’t stop giggling at the prospect of getting a chance to finally play Brütal Legend.
2. Assassin's Creed 2 -- Despite the repetitive mission structure and horrible lead voice acting, I dug Assassin's Creed. I still throw it in every now and then just to stroll the streets and brutally murder wave after wave of guards until a mountain of corpses surrounds me. Come on, those counter moves are vicious and satisfying every single time. Don't even lie.
3. BioShock 2 -- BioShock is for sure a top 10 game for me, and I can’t wait to see what Rapture has in store this time around.
Three Hopeful Announcements
1. Half-Life 2: Episode 3 -- It's been over two years since I watched [CHARACTER!] get skewered by that S.O.B. [ENEMY!], and I can't really take waiting around anymore to crack some skulls with Old Red (aka the crowbar). Papa needs his Half-Life. Fork it over Valve.
2. Ken Levine and 2K Boston's next game -- Mere whispers in the hailstorm at this point, but I love these guys, and can’t wait to see what they do next.
3. Alan Wake (for the 12th year in a row) -- Just let me get my horror novel writing/demon killing/Pacific northwest exploring on sometime before the decade is over! Please!
Three Predictions for the Big Three
1. Nintendo will not speak the word "Wii" without the words "MotionPlus" attached. We'llet a montage of upcoming titles featuring the new controls, and then most likely another painful on-stage demonstration that will undermine gamer confidence in Nintendo's next big technological offering.
2. Expect a bunch of DSi and DSiWare game announcements, 98 percent of which I'll never play.
3. Miyamoto closing the press conference with some kind of MotionPlus demo sounds good to me. As for the game, I'm pulling for Wii Music 2, because no one else is.
1. Sony will attempt to firmly establish 2009 as the Year of the PS3, by revealing a bunch of new games and touting their "superior" lineup (God War III, Uncharted 2, Heavy Rain, Gran Turismo 5, Project Trico, Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time, etc). And they might be right.
2. Hopefully, we'll get some clarification on all the PSP rumors and speculation we've been hearing about for so long. Is PSP 2 real, and will it be UMD-less? PSP rental service coming sooner than expected? Time to clear the air, Sony.
3. It might be unlikely, but I'm pulling for a PS3 price drop. With such a killer lineup on the horizon, Sony needs to get in the game on the hardware side so that those titles can reach as many gamers as possible.
1. I'd like to say I'm not curious to see what Microsoft has in store on the motion controller front, but I can't help but want to see it in action, if only for the uncomfortable demonstration.
2. They'll use Xbox Live to showcase all of the year's most high profile multiplatform titles, touting how the 360 provides a "more complete and connected experience."
Modern Warfare 2 Teaser
3. They wouldn't dare unveil something as secretive as that portable Xbox-ish device we've heard about recently. And yet, given that most of their games are sequels (high profile or not) and the motion controller isn't exactly going to set 360 fans on fire, a shiny new handheld that steals some of the attention away from Sony's possible PSP announcements could be just the thing to ignite the Great Flame War of aught-nine (if only in images/video sneak peek).
Three Things For Third Parties
1. Ubisoft desperately wants to show me Splinter Cell: Conviction and Beyond Good and Evil 2. Look at the watch I'm dangling in front of your eyes. You want to show me these games.
2. I so want LucasArts to reveal a Euphoria-powered Indiana Jones game for Xbox 360/PS3. They'll probably just stick to showing off the Staff of Kings for Wii, but a girl can dream.
3. EA will razzle-dazzle everyone with their sports lineup, and I will just sit with tears rolling down my cheeks, as yet another year goes by without an MVP baseball game.
BONUS: The White Whale Wager
Either officially announced, new video, playable on show floor, or confirmed behind closed doors:
Mother 3/Earthbound U.S. release -- 100,000:1
L.A. Noire -- 50:1
Alan Wake -- 10:1