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E3 Aftermath: What Philly Gamers Can Look Forward To

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So, the dust has finally settled from this year’s E3, and in its passing one certainty remains: Philadelphia gamers – hell, gamers everywhere have a gaming megaton to look forward to. There are so many new games looming on the horizon my wallet whimpers at the very thought of them. I could spend days gabbing about all the great stuff shown this year at E3, but in the interest of brevity, I’ve decided to handpick what I think Philly gamers will be the most interested in.

E3 ShowIn between parading celebrities across the stage, Microsoft premiered a ton of great games, including Modern Warfare 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction, and the next installment of Xbox’s flagship series: Halo 3: ODST. And let’s face it: Halo is the most famous video game franchise since Mario, so any new Halo game is a big deal. Halo 3: ODST is set 2 weeks before the events of Halo 3 and puts players in control of an elite group of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers as they try and repel Covenant forces in the city of New Mombasa. Much to the disappointment of many, this game will not feature Master Chief, but it does bring back the fan-favorite pistol. 

While Microsoft was flashy and fast-paced, most of Nintendo’s press conference was a snore fest. That is, until they announced New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Nintendo’s biggest surprise, Metroid: Other M- a brand new, third person Metroid game being developed by Team Ninja (most famous for Ninja Gaiden on Xbox). The trailer for Metroid: Other M, which was full of fast cuts, slow motion, and explosions like a bad summer action film, also had shots of 2.5D gameplay, harking back to Super Metroid and tickling our nostalgic fancy.Metroid

E3 picked up speed again when trailer-happy Sony took over the stage and unveiled new footage from a slew of games, most notably Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, God of War III, and The Last Guardian. As with Halo and Xbox, Uncharted has become synonymous with Sony and PlayStation 3. This is only appropriate since Naughty Dog – the company responsible for Crash Bandicoot – developed the game. Besides easily being one of the prettiest video games to date, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves promises an absurd amount of gameplay diversity, from bone-shattering hand-to-hand combat to explosive firefights, and acrophobia-inducing exploration to chase sequences that would impress even Michael Bay.

It’s safe to say that the Big Three – Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony – all rocked at this year’s E3. In addition to these new games, there are many, many more that we just don’t have enough room to mention. However, you can count on one thing: the rest of 2009 and 2010 will have lots of spectacular video games for fans. But don’t just take my word for it: hop on over to 1UP, IGN, or G4 and see for yourself!