E3 Recap: Five Games I Must Own


by Britt Franklin

While Zac, Dave, and Alison cruised the E3 conference floor, I—like many of you—tuned in to E3: All Access Live on Spike TV as nerd envy coursed through my veins. Even though I couldn’t physically attend, there was no shortage of excitement to see the new releases on the horizon from gaming leaders across the board.

In no particular order, here are a handful of games I can’t wait to add to my collection:


Watch Dogs

Ubisoft unveiled Watch Dogs, an open-world game that uses 2003’s Northeast blackout to set up a story that involves the use of computers to manage major cities throughout the United States. If Grand Theft Auto and Heavy Rain had a baby, this just might be it. Because our generation is so driven by modern technology, the ability to hack into electronics within the game, including, but not limited to cell phones, traffic lights, and the train system puts into perspective how much power the people with access to it hold. Now that same power is in the hands of a vigilante intending to unleash his own brand of punishment on the corrupt companies in control.

Check out the demo here


Dance Central 3

Harmonix is back again for round three of Dance Central, using Xbox Kinect to track the dance moves of players and award points based on accuracy. “Teach Me How to Dougie” was added to the roster of songs, so maybe I can finally learn how to do it? With the success of a show like America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV, it was only a matter of time before crew battles were added to player modes. Two groups of four can now pop and lock to victory through performances and mini-games. The demo of Dance Central 2 at 2011’s Nerd HQ was a smash, inviting guests to show their skills front and center, but you’ll have to wait and see if the third installment will make an appearance at HQ this July.

Check out the demo here


Epic Mickey 2

Let me start by saying, I am a huge DisNerd! Hit me with a Disney/gaming combo, and you’ve won my heart. I still smile over memories of playing Adventures in the Magic Kingdom on NES. In the multi-console sequel to the Wii-exclusive Epic Mickey, it holds on to some of the great things from the first game (such as the 2D-levels through classic Walt Disney cartoons), but there are some additions and improvements: co-op gameplay with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and camera controls have been modified. The demo shown during E3 had Mickey and Oswald in their first boss battle against a mechanical version of Elliot from Pete’s Dragon, and once again, the player has the option of using paint or thinner to change the fate of the Cartoon Wasteland for better or worse.

Check out the demo here


Halo 4

As ashamed as I am to admit it, I am probably the worst Halo player you’ve ever met. That being said, I can’t get enough of it. Halo has been a gaming staple in our household for years and even though I stink, as soon as it’s thrown into the system, I’m there. Halo 4 is the first in the Reclaimer Trilogy, and along with it comes the return of Master Chief as the main protagonist. Taking place in the aftermath of Halo 3, players will get a more in-depth look at Master Chief and a clearer view of his motivation. The trailer shown during Microsoft’s E3 press conference was Halo meets Prometheus to me, but maybe I’ve seen that film trailer one time too many.

Check out the demo here


Tomb Raider

Between The Hunger Games, The Avengers, Brave, and Tomb Raider, the bow and arrow is making a comeback. Tomb Raider is the action-packed prequel to every other game in the series, kicking off a new storyline by going back to Lara Croft’s origins. Following a plane crash, the young woman is cast into the wilderness and faced with a number of threats from wild animals to ruthless criminals, all while nursing a nasty wound and learning to use weapons she comes into contact with on her journey to get her and her companions rescued from the Dragon’s Triangle. I couldn’t tear my eyes away during the presentation, and I’m really beginning to consider taking up archery.


Bonus: The Nerd Machine currently has some limited edition Tomb Raider exclusives for sale in the TNM store that you can check out here.


Check out the demo here


What were your stand-outs of 2012’s E3 Conference?


  1. mrjroc83June 21st, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    The new Tomb Raider seems to be on the verge of being epic in every aspect of a video game.

  2. LaurenJuly 5th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I’m looking forward to Tomb Raider; there’s a lot to be excited about with it. Surprised to not see The Last of Us on this list!

  3. CesarJuly 11th, 2012 at 3:25 am

    I hope that Splinter Cell Blacklist is different from Splinter Cell Conviction, but I would not be transformed even in an Assassin’s Creed, and after seeing the gameplay of Dead Space 3 I thought it was transformed into a FPS, I have good prospects for Watch Dogs.

  4. TrapperJanuary 29th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Definitely Tomb Raider

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