Five Gamescom Absentees We Need to See at PAX Prime
At last week’s Gamescom, we got a look at some of 2012 and 2013’s most promising titles and were treated to announcements from Sony, Blizzard, Activision, and more. Despite that, there are plenty of highly anticipated games that we haven’t heard much about since E3…or ever. Below are the 5 platform-specific games that we need to see at this year’s PAX Prime. Please understand the list below reflects currently available platforms.
PC: Half-Life 3
Despite appearing on Gamescom’s confirmed list, Half-Life 3 was a no-show. Valve have still yet to confirm Half-Life 3 and whether or not there will be a Half-Life 2: Episode 3. The Seattle developers have upset fans with their reluctance to announce the next installment in their flagship series but are keeping the community afloat with the release of Counterstrike: Global Offensive, the DOTA 2 beta, and the recent Steam Summer Sale. However, with PAX Prime in its backyard, Valve knows it has to deliver, and this time Counterstrike won’t be enough.
Xbox 360: Gears of War: Judgment
With a thin list of first-party titles and little known of its next innovations, Microsoft almost looks to be bowing out of this current generation. Apart from 2012’s Halo 4 and Fable: The Journey (Kinect), Xbox 360‘s only other confirmed console exclusive is 2013’s Gears of War Judgment (March ’13). GoW Judgment will offer a of couple new features to increase campaign replayability as well as a class-based multiplayer mode called Overrun. Both of these additions seem fitting, but unless Microsoft finds more to keep its fanboys hopeful through 2013, GoW Judgment will have to wow us like no other Gears has before it.
Playstation 3: The Last Guardian
Team Ico‘s long-awaited PS3 debut has been one of the few pushpin-sized holes in an otherwise stellar lineup of upcoming titles for Sony‘s console. Following a rollercoaster of delays and personnel turnover, The Last Guardian has entered a “playable” stage but, according to Sony, has too many technical issues for anyone to announce a release date. With no Gamescom appearance, we can only hope Team Ico has successfully resolved some of the game’s issues and can give us an in-person affirmation that they’ll release TLG in 2013. Otherwise, the team behind Ico and Shadow of the Colossus may be in serious hot water with Sony.
3DS: Paper Mario: Sticker Star
The 3DS has capitalized on the Vita‘s slow entry in the market, but Nintendo has little to show off from its home-grown franchises this fall. Nintendo‘s latest offering, New Super Mario Bros. 2, was met with some disappointment from fans and the media for its lack of advancing the franchise. If they want to compete with Sony‘s handheld lineup this fall, they’ll need a strong showing from Paper Mario: Sticker Star. With stickers, or special abilities, playing an integral role in turn-based combat, and with a new approach to leveling up through quests and exploration, Paper Mario: Sticker Star could be a possible hardware-seller later this year.
Vita: Grand Theft Auto V
Much of what we’ll see from the Vita in 2012 and into 2013 was unveiled at Gamescom. So what could be missing other than an announcement from one of Sony‘s biggest supporters over the years? Rockstar has recently teased us with a couple of GTA V screenshots, giving us reason to expect more at PAX Prime. And what better way than to integrate GTA V on console with a handheld of Vita‘s potential? Such a game would clearly give Sony an edge over Nintendo in handhelds.
So what games would you like to see at PAX Prime this year? And what from Gamescon got you extra-stoked? Type out a comment below!