Typically, E3 is a salty sea of sweaty gamers bouncing off one another across approximately 1.5 square miles of Los Angeles Convention Center turf in search of the Next Big Game. This year was a little different however.
The crowd was the same, with sweaty gamers gawking at booth babes and mascots everywhere. But there was a lot more hardware on the scene. Microsoft’s Kinect. Sony’s Move. Nintendo’s 3DS. 3D goggles and games were everywhere, as were a surprising number electronic toys and gadgets.
We went through it all with a fine tooth comb. Here were the high points.
The moment we saw this Linux-based Augmented Reality
, we wanted it. You control it with an iPhone, which displays a feed from the chopper’s on-board cameras and even identifies enemy targets that you can (virtually) fire upon. If your friend also has an AR.Drone, you can fight them in the skies.
8. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
A prequel to one of the smartest, most authentic science fiction games ever,
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
wowed the sweaty, teaming masses at the L.A. Convention Center. Set in the year 2027 with a design aesthetic that is part Cyberpunk, part Renaissance, the game allows you to customize your character with an assortment of nanotech augmentations.
5. 3D Gaming
The third dimension is now officially in play. Literally. At its core, E3 2010 could be boiled down to the following: 45,000 gamers playing PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 games while wearing 3D goggles. Any doubts we had that the 3D movement was premature were put to rest the moment Nintendo announced the goggle-less Nintendo 3DS, which uses a
to impressive effect.
4. Mafia 2
If you read the August issue of Maximum PC, you probably remember that Origin PC’s Genesis system was the fastest PC to ever grace our lab. Imagine our delight when we stumbled upon the company’s EON15-3D laptop at the show. It’s fully customizable—you can build one out with up to a Core i7 820QM quad-core CPU—and is fully enabled for 3D gaming.
2. Portal 2
GLaDOS and the Aperture Science Labs are back, and so is the smartest first person game we’ve ever played. Valve showed off a short demonstration of Portal 2 that introduced a handful of new puzzle-solving mechanisms including pneumatic-style tubes and texture paints with special properties, as well as a hilarious new sidekick.
1. Civilization V