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Attack of the Fanboy E3 2011 Awards

by William Schwartz on June 12, 2011


The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2011) has come and gone.  This year, was the first time I had ever been to the show.  After years of watching from the sidelines, it was definitely an interesting experience.  Getting up close and personal with the games before they hit the streets, rubbing elbows with developers, PR representatives, and other industry folks, was an experience in itself.  It was great to see what the future of gaming holds, and the future looks, well, crowded.

There were so many great experiences to see and test at this year’s show.  We put together our final thoughts on what we played and saw at this year’s show.  Issuing our rather non-prestigious awards to who we thought won in each category, according to either my play tests, or live gameplay.

Best of E3 Xbox 360Gears of War 3 – Epic Games

There were plenty of great games on display from Microsoft, but one game stood tall, front and center.  Gears of War 3 is set to be the biggest and best Gears of War game in the franchise.  Those that have played the beta can confirm that this might be Epic’s best work yet, but when you see the level of quality in both the single player, cooperative, and multiplayer modes, it’s hard to put any game ahead of this monster franchise.

Honorable Mentions:
Forza Motorsport 4
Kinect Sports 2
Star Wars Kinect
Halo Combat Evolved HD Remake

Best of E3 PlayStation 3Twisted Metal - Eat Sleep Play

No it didn’t have the best graphics on the showroom floor, nor did it have the flashiest of presentations, but what Twisted Metal lacked in some promotional capacities it more than made up for with one of the funnest demos at E3.  The iconic franchise announced it’s return as a surprise at last year’s show, and it’s come a long way over this year.

Maybe it was the fact that the game hit a sweet spot on the convention floor, one where it stood apart from a sea of first and third person shooters.  The demo provided the fun and chaotic action of its counterparts in a surprisingly well polished showing, and if the retail version expands on that fun, Twisted Metal could be the surprise hit of a very crowded fall gaming lineup.

Honorable Mentions:
Uncharted 3
Resistance 3
Journey
Starhawk
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

Best of E3 Wii – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordNintendo

Nintendo’s Wii platform took a big backseat to the Wii U.  But Nintendo still had one trick of their sleeve for the console that has recently taken a downswing after unrivalved popularity.  The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was playable on the show floor, and it indeed lives up to the hype the precedes it.

Best of E3 3DS – Luigi’s Mansion 2 – Nintendo

Luigi’s Mansion launched with the GameCube back in 2001 to mixed reactions from the Nintendo fanbase.  The first Nintendo system that Luigi launched without his more famous brother, Luigi’s Mansion provided some simple, fun, gameplay.  In Luigi’s Mansion 2, all the fun and charm from the original returns, while also making great use of the 3D technology in the Nintendo 3DS.

Honorable Mentions:
Super Mario 3DS
StarFox 3D
Kid Icarus
Mario Kart
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater

Best of E3 PC - Battlefield 3 – DICE

DICE and EA showed off a PC gamers wet dream behind closed doors at E3.  The incredible new Frostbite Engine 2 was put through its paces, showing off even more destructive capabilities than ever before.  Incredible lighting effects, intense multiplayer gameplay, put other PC games at the show to shame in the graphics department.  It was the award winning Battlefield gameplay that fans have grown accustomed to over the years, with a shiny coat of paint that had it looking better than ever.

Honorable Mentions:
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
RAGE
Mass Effect 3

Best New Hardware E3 – PSVITA – Sony

Honorable Mentions:
Nintendo Wii U
AR – Drone
Rocksmith

Best of E3 Action GamesUncharted 3 – Naughty Dog

Honorable Mentions:
Tomb Raider
Batman: Arkham City
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Hitman: Absolution


Best of E3 FightersStreet Fighter x Tekken – Capcom

Were there any other fighters at E3?  I didn’t see any.

Best of E3 Driving – Forza Motorsport 4 – Turn 10

Honorable Mentions:
Need For Speed: The Run
Mario Kart 3DS

Best of E3 RPG - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Bethesda

Honorable Mentions:
Final Fantasy XIII-2

Star Wars: The Old Republic
Mass Effect 3
Kingdoms of Amalur

Best of E3 ShooterBioshock Infinite – Irrational

Honorable Mentions:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Battlefield 3
RAGE
Resistance 3
Aliens: Colonial Marines

Best of E3 Biggest Reveal - Halo 4 – Microsoft

Honorable Mentions:
Luigi’s Mansion 2

Super Mario Mii
Halo: CE HD
PSVita Name
WiiU Name

Best of E3 Press Conferences – Sony

Honorable Mentions:
THQ Bikini Carwash

Best of E3 – Overall – Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Bethesda

Thinking back over my time in Los Angeles, I racked my brain for the most memorable moments from games, that for the most part, I already new alot about.  Some of them were impressive, others not so much.  One incredible moment will be with me until I finally get my hands on the game, and that was at the Elder Scrolls V: Showing.  Todd Howard confirmed all that had been promised in The Elder Scrolls V  demo walkthrough of the game.

Instigating a fight with a seemingly docile mammoth and his giant traveling companion, was good enough to get my vote.  But seeing a dragon swoop into frame, pick-off the giant you are fighting with, fling him 100’s of feet to his death, then pick a fight with you, was something that really got me wishing I could play this right now.  I saw alot of games, played alot of demos, watched alot of trailers, but none of them left me with as strong impression as did Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

How it will play out when it releases this November?  I’m certain it will be excellent, but for now, it’s just the best thing I saw at E3 2011.

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  • ragglefraggle1

    looks like we all got a good couple of months ahead of us. thanks Will, this was well put together, makes me regret not being there.

    oh &, OMGWTFBBQ resistance!

  • John

    For SKYRIM!

  • Somalia99

    Uncharted 3!

    • nick

      Who the hell dislikes an uncharted fan? Holy shit. Haters reveal themselves. now.

  • Allen

    I can’t wait for twisted metal. I agree that it’s not the prettiest thing out there, but it’s all in the gameplay baby.

  • nick

    stoked for Halo 4, and I’m also a huge Battlefield fan. This was a good year for me. Skyrim looks really good too.

  • Brian

    Hmm i agree with most of this but asuras wrath looked cool as hell, and that capcom rpg had potential.. Not saying they deserved awards, maybe just a mention

  • kato

    How is this not one of the best E3’s of all time?

    p.s. I love how Blizzard has its own convention because only Diablo 3 and Battlefield 3 will rip me away from Skyrim.

  • Hank

    Skyrim totally deserved ALL of those awards. o_o

    • Dony Dic

      Not everyone likes RPG’s.

  • Brandon

    Skyrim is definitely going to be game of the year, and I hope they announce a collectors edition soon!

    • Guest User

      Not definitely yet, Battlefield 3 received A LOT OF AWARDS. Skyrim and BF3 will be the hottest games alive!

  • Scott

    My son and I are HUGE Elder Scroll Fans Fast Forward to November Already!

  • Allen

    Holy crap! I don’t like RPG’s but I took a look at Skyrim and it does look bad ass.

    Skyrim is considered Action RPG right? I don’t like Final Fantasy because it’s I hit you, you hit me. All about graphics and story.

    I have to be the bad ass. I’m not going to play if I hit you, you hit me BS.

    I like to hit you, dodge your shot and hit you again. that’s how I roll. So if I get to decide where to go and how to fight and be the one to do the fighting then yes, Skyrim will be epic.

    it looks beautiful, it appears to have many options and I think I could be very interested in getting this.

    Can somone please tell me if this is I hit you, you hit me or if you can actually use your skills and fight?

    • Dan

      With TES, you have the freedom to move around in a fight. Theres no setting your attack and watching the action as your character takes a turn. You can choose to swing then back you, or run in slashing. You can fight however you want really. That’s the amazing part of TES, you can do anything you want! With Oblivion I felt a pull towards the storyline that I didn’t like or feel in Morrowind. I hope they don’t have that in Skyrim, but no worries, I’m definitely going to play it no matter what be casuse ELDER SCROLLS RULES!!

    • Eric

      Don’t worry, the Elder Scrolls series isn’t like Final Fantasy at all. You have the freedom to run up to anything and attack it with all of the action of an FPS. It’s not turn-based. I really recommend playing Oblivion one day because it is such an awesome game and will give you a very small taste of what Skyrim will be like.

    • SkyrimFace

      Yessir, you must use your skills for battle, not the turn-based style. If you are interested, you should pick up The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. It is a pretty good game, (but light-years away from what Skyrim looks like) and will give you some idea of how Skyrim will play and whether or not you will like it.

      FOR SKYRIM!

    • Josef

      Skyrim is a 3rd person and 1st person “realistic” RPG, you can hit someone, knock them down, shoot em with a bow, throw a flame ball, literally anything is possible, its the best game in the world and that under exaggerated. Play TES: Oblivion, its as close as you can get till november.

  • Tyler

    All i have to say is SKYRIM EPIC

  • syther ~

    im never normaly scared of anything when it comes to games
    but you have to admit we talked up skyrim a lot
    what if it turns out to not be as good as we expect
    or its just ok ~
    but 100+ dungeons oh lol this game WILL be good ]
    syther out ^^

    • pickle

      i agree with you about hyping up a game ill use black ops as my example but if skyrim keeps the same basics as oblivion just with more attack options insted of just swinging your sword it will domonate.

  • Zero

    i cant wait for skyrim. i have over 2000 hours on oblivion over the ps3 xbox360 and pc. i also am buying a new pc just to play skyrim with max settings. it also comes out the day before my birthday.

  • a

    thinking about this game = multiple orgasms

  • Mitchell

    Holy Sh*t! What is this? Built in gods very flame! Do my eyes, tell me lies? A new Elder Scrolls game! Time is nigh! I must fly! Venture forth on my quest! Goodbye ma, goodbye pa, goodbye old friends breast! I’ll be of Azeroth! Catch you later Hirule! I’ll be gone, Albion, I’m no longer your fool! All the crap filled the gap while I waited to fulfill, The adventure of my life in the land of SKYYYYYYYYRIIIIIIIIM!

    • Naraxis

      nice poem… cheezy poetry aside, SKYRIM FOR LIFE!

  • Ghilanna

    I have actually predicted where the next TES game was going to be. In all of Tamriel, Skyrim seemed to be the perfect place for a TES game and the expansion Bloodmoon for Morrowind gave me that hint.
    And finally they are putting in something I was wishing for years now which is dual wield – it was impossible in all TES games to dual wield swords and that kinda let me down when I did my Dark Elf Ranger but now the dream has come true! AND THERE ARE DRAGONS WITH A FANTASTIC AI :D

    • Naraxis

      Dark Elf ranger………. you couldn’t be thinking about Drizzt could you? If you are… YOU SIR WIN!!!!!

  • Murphmon

    i just cant wait for mass effect 3!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gazaroth

    Cant wait to fight a dragon in Skyrim, looks so bad ass!

  • robert

    skyrim might get hotter then black ops maybe thumbs up if u think ime right

  • Bobetyo

    Of course Skyrim will, Robert! COD: Black ops is the second worst game on the planet, and Skyrim is the soon-to-be BEST game on the planet. It’s like comparing….. a Coke with a glass of seawater. No “might” about it.

    • Naraxis

      True that sir, in fact I predict that skyrim will win game of the year for about 10 years in a row. And then the next Elder Scrolls will come out.

  • Turtle

    i love TES. not only are they upgrading the fighting style like crazy, and having the bad A dragons flying around, they also have upgrades to everything!!! factions, people, fighting styles, finishing moves, DUEL WIELDING, and so much more!!!! they even made it so there’s a working economy that gets affected by your actions and the random actions of the AI!!!!!!!!!!!

  • anonymous

    pickleJune 22, 2011 10:32 pm
    i agree with you about hyping up a game ill use black ops as my example but if skyrim keeps the same basics as oblivion just with more attack options insted of just swinging your sword it will domonate.
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    ZeroreplyJune 23, 2011 4:55 pm
    i cant wait for skyrim. i have over 2000 hours on oblivion over the ps3 xbox360 and pc. i also am buying a new pc just to play skyrim with max settings. it also comes out the day before my birthday.
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    areplyJune 24, 2011 12:27 am
    thinking about this game = multiple orgasms
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    MitchellreplyJune 24, 2011 1:23 am
    Holy Sh*t! What is this? Built in gods very flame! Do my eyes, tell me lies? A new Elder Scrolls game! Time is nigh! I must fly! Venture forth on my quest! Goodbye ma, goodbye pa, goodbye old friends breast! I’ll be of Azeroth! Catch you later Hirule! I’ll be gone, Albion, I’m no longer your fool! All the crap filled the gap while I waited to fulfill, The adventure of my life in the land of SKYYYYYYYYRIIIIIIIIM!

  • anonymous

    skyrim will be so boring

    • Naraxis

      I hope you be trolling sir. And if you’re not trolling i suggest you kindly do some research on Skyrim before you make that kind of statement. If you’re one of those people who say you don’t like RPGs and would rather play CoD or battlefield then i am here to tell you that Skyrim will likely have a better ranged system than both of those games.

  • anonymous

    I’m so pumped for Skyrim!!! But i only wish they would add some weapons that they removed after morrowind… Like spears, throwing weapons and crossbows. Nevertheless it will be an LEGENDARY game.

  • sloomingbla

    god i cant WAIT for skyrim, bethesda has always done a good job, and their putting even MORE effort on skyrim! on the game play the gui and fighting looked AMAZING! haha cant wait to take the 7,000 steps to the throat of the world!

  • sloomingbla

    … and then probably jump of xD

  • Brian

    if only time machines were invented then we would all be happy

  • jesse

    HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i cant wait for Skyrim…. been jizzin in my pants ever since the first trailer came out…… man i wish it was November already. I cant wait for the tavern brawl fights….

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