Now that we've had proper time to recover and dwell upon the week that was, it comes time for the impossible task: narrowing down E3 2009 to just five favorite things. We asked the X-Play and G4tv.com staffers to disconnect from the hive mind and come up with their individual lists, with only one rule: there are no rules.*
*(Excluding the rule that limits it to five.)
In alphabetical order and split into two parts, beacuse that's how the Nerd Army marches. Today is Part 2, and in case you missed it, here's Part 1.
Games Editor, G4tv.com
5. Scribblenauts -- This game is so ridiculously innovative and the dictionary is staggeringly large. You owe it to yourself to check this game out when it is released.
4. The Beatles: Rock Band -- The Beatles are amazing and this game is glorious. The instruments are top-notch as well and I'll probably have to get the full bundle.
3. Splinter Cell: Conviction -- Sam Fisher's return was glorious and I love the new focus on quick stealth. I'm so glad it's coming out this year.
2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves -- I'm really happy with the direction Naughty Dog is taking with Uncharted 2 and I can't wait to check out Nathan's new adventure.
1. MAG -- I finally got my hands-on MAG and I was extremely impressed by the pace and feel of the game. I hope Zipper and Sony can pull off 256-players when it is released.
Associate Producer, X-Play
5. Metroid: Other M -- Finally, my dreams of an Itagaki/Kirby revision is that much closer to reality.
4. The Return of Booth Babes -- It's always good to have someone who feels just as awkward as I do at E3.
3. Left 4 Dead 2 -- Anything that upsets that many gaming geeks must be amazing.
2. Scribblenauts -- You had me at Cthulu versus Vampire Hunter.
1. Brütal Legend -- Lita Ford. Rob Halford. Lemmy Kilmister. Ozzy Osbourne. If you don't already want to make sticky sweet love to Tim Schafer's newest opus, then our drug-addled relationship ends here.
Sr. Reviews/Previews Editor, G4tv.com
5. The Beatles: Rock Band -- I think the music game genre is starting to hit a saturation point, but Harmonix still manages to deliver a one-two punch: this is the first time that many of us have been able to hear the digitally remastered Beatles tracks, and the game has gone from a four-player affair to a six-person one. That dramatically increases the party factor.
4. Splinter Cell: Conviction -- It's one of those gameplay demos that just got better the second time. After watching an impressive display at the Microsoft press conference, I was really blown away by small elements that I didn't catch the first time. This is how you bring a character back from hiatus.
3. Scribblenauts -- Were it not for the recommendations of my respected peers, I might've walked right past this one en route to one of my many appointments. I'm glad I didn't. If you're wondering why this is on my list and not another shooter sequel, it's because I expect a level of quality out of those games. This, however, came out of nowhere and impressed the hell out of me.
2. Heavy Rain -- This is the second E3 in a row that Sony has showed slivers Quantic Dream's adventure game behind closed doors. And yet again, I got to witness some amazing storytelling and drama blended together in an amazing package. It's a shame that Sony saved one of the demos for a small number of people; the incredible section I saw would've moved even a staunch hater like Klepek.
1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves -- I've been a believer in Naughty Dog's series from the first time I played Drake's Fortune two years ago. I was a little cynical about multiplayer, but now that I've seen single player in action, I believe that the team can pull off both. Definitely my top pick of the week.
Managing News Editor, G4tv.com
5. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom -- If I had time to kill between E3 appointments, this is the game I always played to pass the time. It's awesome and has Gatchaman characters. What else do you need?
4. Echochrono -- If you read my preview then you know that this title threw me for a loop. I was surprised by its clever (but simple) concept and rewarding difficulty.
3. Brütal Legend -- There were more technically impressive games at the show. There were games with more ambitious designs. But no game screamed "fun" more than Double Fine's upcoming rocker.
2. The Last Guardian -- This was, by far, the trailer that moved me the most at E3 2009. I expect the game to have an extraordinary ability to make gamers "feel", similar to how Ico stirred emotions.
1. Final Fantasy XIII -- I don't care that Shiva turns into a frickin' motorcycle. This is the E3 2009 game I want the most. It's beautiful and appears to have a fun battle system.
Sr. Games Editor, G4tv.com
5. Metroid: Other M -- Not only is the console Metroid back in the hands of its co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto, but it's getting a(nother) re-invention by the hands of Tecmo's Team Ninja. It was hard to decipher exactly what was going on in the E3 trailer -- which was a beautiful explosion of Metroid fanboy dreams -- but after sitting in on Patrick's interview with Sakamoto and Team Ninja's Hayashi (full text coming soon), I know that it's on the right track.
4. Assassin's Creed 2 -- Justify it all you want, but the first Assassin's Creed was boring, and it left all its potential on a giant, electronic memory table. After hearing direct assurances from Ubi Montreal that all major criticisms of the first game were being addressed and remedied, I'm ready to strap myself back onto the Animus and torment the poor peasants with my flying demon machines.
3. Brütal Legend -- \m/
2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves -- The explosions and the guns and the bang bang bang are great and everything, but what I love about Uncharted is how effortlessly Amy Hennig and the Naughty Dog team can do a "grown-up" story without constantly resorting to the Three B's: bad words, blood, and boobs. This is my new Indiana Jones.
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 -- Mario Galaxy is the game of the generation for me, easily. And even though I was totally expecting a new Zelda instead, the announcement of Galaxy 2 and subsequently seeing neglected elements of the old Mushroom Kingdom back into play made Nintendo's press conference. I can't help but smile thinking about what the Mario team can do when they don't have to worry about building a new engine or game concept from scratch. What the world needs now, is this. More this.
Associate Producer, X-Play
5. We Cheer 2 -- More specifically, watching Gamertag flail around on this one. Priceless.
4. Halo 3: ODST -- Since I'm a die-hard Halo fan, I can't wait to get back into it. Firefight is da bomb.
3. Battlefield 1943 -- Only 15 bucks gets you a whole lot of shooter. I had more fun in 30 minutes with this than I did the whole rest of the day.
2. New Super Mario Bros. Wii -- Co-op mode is only overshadowed by the ability to eat your friend then spit him into a hole.
1. Splinter Cell: Conviction -- Sam Fisher kicks Altaïr's medieval ass.
What's on your Top 5 list?