Top 5 Games MIA from the EB Expo 2011
©2011 David Hilton
We aren’t saying they should have been there for us to play, but certainly these have all got in-game footage that has been seen on the net, so a live demonstration of playable code would have been interesting, even if only for Media and VIPs.
After all, Mass Effect 3, also due next year, was there to be played.
5. Spec Ops: The Line
We were keen to see some playable sequences of the destruction in Dubai, an interesting choice of location. This game certainly been in development a long time.
The squad-based mechanics should make it differ from Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 enough to stand out, if the gameplay is up there to match.
4. Max Payne 3
There’s been a lot of discussion about this game lately, especially surrounding the concern that by going bald and going to Brazil Max has become less Max Payne and more Denzil Washington in the film Man On Fire.
As a big fan of the film noire series and certainly not opposed to him leaving the overdone New York location, I would have loved to see the in-game action in person and made up my own mind if it still seemed Max Payne enough.
3. Hitman: Absolution
It would have been fantastic to see a live demo where different choices and paths were taken than the video on the net demonstrates. It looked pretty polished there to me, so I don’t think they would have had to worry too much about emphasizing that “this is not the final version of the game”.
On the other hand, with the way gamers have been jumping down developer’s throats lately during Betas, I’m not surprised publishers are weary about showing unfinished gameplay.
2. Tomb Raider
It looked nothing short of spectacular, and surely with a few more months of development under its belt the Lara Croft meets Lost gameplay would be ready for some form of live exhibition of play?
It really looked to be an exciting reboot of the series and a different approach to adventure gameplay now that Uncharted has stolen its throne.
1. Bioshock Infinite
This new one, taking place in a city in the sky, had me thinking skeptical thoughts until I saw the footage. The beauty of their imagined world, and the almost partially cell-shaded look of their colourful characters really looked more than impressive.
In an ocean of realistic dark, destructive shooters, this stands out strongly without seeming to change its focus like, say, The Darkness, has.
A bit of in game demonstration would have been amazing and made the expo even more memorable.
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