Ok now that E3 has come and gone, I've solidified my pick for this year.
Metroid: Other M. I was really worried about the control scheme but after seeing the levels in-game I can tell that this is going to be a very unique experience. I would love to go into detail but I don't wanna get too carried away. I'll just state that I understand why Yoshio Sakamoto and Yosuke Hayashi have used the d-pad for this game in 3D space. My philosophy behind their decision is that the game doesn't actually play in 3D, even though it's a 3D game.
Donkey Kong Country Returns. This game caught me off guard, not by it's announcement per se but by the actual gameplay videos there after. I'm quite venomous when it comes to reboots (i.e. NSMB Wii etc) but this game seems a little bit more than just a reboot. Which I'm glad because it seems this game isn't entirely as straight forward like other 2D platformers. It's showing some diversity by using multiple 2D planes for puzzle solving etc, along with acknowledging Donkey Kong Jungle Beat's achievements. So while some might be expecting an actual direct homage to the DKC series from the SNES era (and they WILL be disappointed), I'm atleast looking forward to the fact that it's more of an amalgamation of the many elements that made the DK franchise great. This is going to be quite an important reboot it seems and so far, Retro Studios is showing us that it's well and truly capable of providing an adequate take on the series.
Vanquish is another game that looks fantastic but I won't be able to play it unfortunately (due to the fact that I can't afford another console). It does look like Shinji Mikami's best outing yet though and what a damn shame I won't be able to play it
For the future moving into 2011 there are two games I am super pumped about:
- Kid Icarus: Uprising. Masahiro Sakurai, what more can I say? After posting the current interviews in the news section, I'm way more excited than before, just purely by the control inputs for this game. There are some very interesting gameplay types present here and I cannot wait to get my hands on the 3DS once it comes out. It's the system's seller for me.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Much like DKCR (it's even horrible as an acronym), I was not that excited upon announcement but as info began to treacle, I discovered something quite fascinating. Eiji Aonuma isn't the director this time but someone by the name of Hidemaro Fujibayashi, who is he you might say? He's the man behind The Legend of Zelda: The Four Swords Quest (GBA version), The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and of course, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. That last one (along with Four Swords) is a BIG deal to me and so I am very interested to see what his debut on a full-scale console game will look like.
- Pikmin 3. It HAS to come out next year or I'm done with it.
The Last Story could be great but until I see some gameplay, I'm not yet convinced.
Yasumi Matsuno, where are you, we need you right now, RPGs are becoming so stale, we need depth that only you can provide, please show up at TGS. PLEASE.
- ahem* Yea that's about it.
Oh actually, one more thing, which console gets the most attention from you guys? Why?