(Los Angeles)—THQ really stole the show as one of the major standouts; so let me break it down to you point by point.
Saints Row The Third: Hitting stores this fall, the third installment of the Saints Row franchise looks to break the mold ever further. More gang factions were shown off, but the weapons were the most talked about. The manapult: a cannon you load citizens (or yourself) into and fire at will, air raids can be called in to eliminate entire groups of rival gang members, but most impressive was the jet. Yes, you can fly a jet into the city and blast at will. Look for this to explode on the PS3 and 360.
WWE ‘12- The WWE ended their Smackdown Vs Raw series in favor of restarting with WWE ’12. Yet, it is more than just a name change. The gameplay is simplified, making the series accessible to new players as well more enjoyable to play for vets. A new “Breaking Point’ submission system is in place, where the more you wear down a body part, the better the chances of getting a submission are. Playable at E3 were The Miz, John Cena, Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio. Look for this to reignite the wrestling game industry this fall.
uDraw- The already successful uDraw for the Wii will be hitting the 360 and PS3 this fall. Look for artistic freedom and capabilities of the uDraw to blow you away, as the attention to detail is massive. Pro artists visited the booth every day, showing off their skills and the software’s tools with ease.
Metro Last Light: Metro 2033 was the sleeper hit of the X-Box 360, bringing players into the post apocalyptic world of Metro. The game boasts a claustrophobic atmosphere in the subterranean tunnels that mankind has been forced to live in. Shown was a stress inducing fight on rail cars, having to make the jump from one to another. Slated to hit next year, Metro looks to have “game of the year” written all over it.
UFC Undisputed 3 and UFC Personal Trainer-UFC had a huge showing at E3, with a playable UFC Personal Trainer and a showing of Undisputed 3. Personal Trainer takes advantage of the motion capture tech of PS Move and Kinect, taking players with various MMA training exercise. Undisputed 3 boasts a new submission system, an amateur gameplay controller layout for beginners, and the addition of PRIDE! Not due to hit till next year, this looks to be a step up in the UFC’s reign of titles.