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The Game Fanatics Best Of PAX East 2012

by Jake ValentineApril 13, 2012

It wasn’t easy and we didn’t agree on everything, but somehow we’ve found a way to come up with our picks for the best of the best that we’ve seen this year at PAX East 2012. Please note that each title can only be mentioned in one category. We’ll be continuing more PAX East 2012 coverage within the coming weeks, too.

Best Non-Playable Title

Assassin’s Creed III

We were a bit shocked to see a massive booth designated for Assassin’s Creed III and while we were a bit disappointed not to get any hands on time with the title, the new trailer definitely left an impression on us. The newest numbered entry in the popular franchise is ready to bring out all the stops, bringing us to the front lines of the American Revolution and interacting us with important figures in our country’s history. It certainly helps that the environments are breathtaking, the possibilities for new assassinations are endless, and the controls revamped, there’s not a doubt in our minds that this will be the best Assassin’s Creed yet.

Runner Up: X-COM: Enemy Unknown

Best Booth

Harmonix

Rock Band fever, if Harmonix‘s booth was any indication, has not died down; it has only grown tenfold. With their attempt to revitalize interest in the music franchise with Rock Band Blitz working wonders, PAX attendees gladly lined up around the Rock  Band stage to watch and cheer on fellow con goers as they live out their rock star dreams, only to get their own chance moments later. It was a non stop party we loved attending.

Runner Up: Riot Games

Best MMORPG

TERA

Western Gamers have yet to embrace the grind of a South Korean MMO, but then again, we haven’t seen one with a combat system like TERA‘s. Whether it was with the hot keys we had mapped on our keyboard or the comfort of a controller, jumping into groups of enemies and combo-ing our way to victory was satisfying, and to think, all of this was before we had a chance to step back and explore the world and take in the scenery. Here’s to hoping TERA sets a trend in terms of MMO combat.

Runner Up: The Secret World

Best Shooter

Spec Ops: The Line

This one came out of left field. Between the hype of Ghost Recon, Far Cry 3, and Max Payne 3, Spec Ops: The Line won us over with tight gameplay, dedication to narrative, and impressive visual images. Traversing through a deserted Dubai left quite an impression on us, as did the simplicity of ordering our squad mates in real time. Spec Ops: The Line shakes the notion of being “just another brown shooter” and is ready to step toe to toe with the big boys.

Runner Up: Super Monday Night Combat

Best MOBA

Smite

While we already knew that Tribes: Ascend is in good hands with High Rez Studios, Smite proves that the developer knows how to craft a great game. Taking the MOBA genre into a new direction with a third person camera, the game’s pace ran laps around MOBA staples such as DotA 2 and League of Legends. If you were able to spend five minutes watching the games on their televisions, you’d understand why there was such a crowd drawn to the booth; Smite is a blast to watch, and even a bigger blast to play.

Runner Up: Awesomenauts

Best PC

Firefall

We’ve been waiting for a break out MMOFPS for quite some time and Red 5 may have hit the mark. While there isn’t revolutionary about the quests themselves, they don’t have to be, since Firefall gave us the impression that we’re up against some pretty serious odds and need to use every weapon in our arsenal to kill those twenty spiders or get those ten artifacts. Combining the challenge of a shooter and the grind of an MMO is an absolute perfect marriage. Plus, it’s free to play!

Runner Up: Neverwinter

Best Console

Rock Band Blitz

It’s such a simple title that brings us back to Harmonix‘s roots, yet one that was hard to put down. In the middle of the Rock Band party was Rock Band Blitz, a game so addicting yet simple it has me impatiently awaiting its release. Perhaps the best part about the title is the fact that anyone can pick it up, regardless of skill level and without fumbling around with plastic instruments, and in their own reality, live out their rock star dreams. We’ve known for quite some time that Harmonix is the best at the music genre; Rock Band Blitz affirms this notion tenfold.

Runner Up: Sleeping Dogs

Best Handheld

Theatrythm Final Fantasy

Boy, were we wrong about Theatrythm. Not only will the title celebrating 25 years of Final Fantasy provide nostalgia for the series veterans, as well as a way for Square Enix to bring in a new audience to the series and introducing them to some of the best musical numbers in video gaming history, but provide a challenge for those who want one. After going through the original song selections in our hands on time, which were admittedly a bit easy, we found a couple of harder tracks that tested or skills. Theatrythm Final Fantasy is poised to be a curve ball from Square Enix that will indeed catch the plate.

Runner Up: Mario Tennis Open

Best Indie

Loadout

Tucked away in the corner of the show floor was Loadout, a game we were all urged to play. The premise is simple: create your own weapon and bring it into battle with you. While some minor tweaks are needed to balance out some of the game’s default weapons, the possiblities for your own weapon are endless. You can choose to snipe from a-far with a rail gun, bring the battle up close and rain bullets, or jump from above and rain rockets down on your competition. Gamers who love tweaking and customization have found an indie title to fall in love with.

Runner Up: Quacamelee

Best In Show

Max Payne 3

We had the chance to sit down with Rockstar to check out Max Payne 3 and what we saw left us craving more of Mr. Payne. Rockstar told us that they are aiming to make Max Payne 3 the “most sophisticated and cinematic action shooter” to date. With a focus on cinematography and improved mechanics, Max Payne 3 is setting itself apart from other games in the genre with its uniqueness. The guys at Rockstar spent a lot of work on Max Payne 3, down to the fact that each bullet is individually modelled and uniquely-animated. To say that it’s poised to meet the developers high standards is an understatement.

About The Author
Jake Valentine
Jake Valentine
Born in Boston, residing in Cincinnati, and playing far too much Magic: the Gathering.
  • l_flame

    Excited about Max Payne!

  • Action Bastard

    That indie Loadout game looks interesting..

  • Gloria Hester

    Which 1 do you decide on for the one’s that had seasoned all three.

  • Alejandra Fleishman

    The new one not brotherhood lmao and when will it be out for the public??

  • Lola Lockwood

    I have in no way played nor owned an Assassin’s Creed videogame. Which game must I get if I Am just intrigued in the sequence in general? They appear like cool and thrilling games. Suggestions please?

  • stephen m

    Can someone recommend any fairly unknown or unlikely horror game titles for PC that will send chills down my spine and make me wonder about shapes in clouds?

    Titles such as zombie games, Silent Hill, Condemned, Fallout or S.T.A.L.K.E.R. don’t really do it for me as far as horror goes. Violence, gore, dark and quick scares are not my bane. I’d like something that makes my brain tick and develop a sense of actual paranoia.

    If you are familiar with X-COM: Enemy Unknown, you’ll know about the feeling of wondering if all the sci-fi nightmare fuel in the game could be looming around the corner.
    Aliens VS Predator 2 worked well; I felt powerless and outgunned/outclawed/outcloaked the whole time playing as the marine.

    Please recommend psychological horror entertainment for me!
    Thanks!

  • Ed D

    My friend who’s a junior recently got an award in basketball for scoring her 1,000th point. I want to get something like that but for volleyball. I am a freshman and a Varsity starter. Are there any awards like that which I can use as my goals or inspiration and try to work at? I would really appreciate an answer!
    Thank you!

  • Alina Elliott

    Can someone recommend any fairly unknown or unlikely horror game titles for PC that will send chills down my spine and make me wonder about shapes in clouds?

    Titles such as zombie games, Silent Hill, Condemned, Fallout or S.T.A.L.K.E.R. don’t really do it for me as far as horror goes. Violence, gore, dark and quick scares are not my bane. I’d like something that makes my brain tick and develop a sense of actual paranoia.

    If you are familiar with X-COM: Enemy Unknown, you’ll know about the feeling of wondering if all the sci-fi nightmare fuel in the game could be looming around the corner.
    Aliens VS Predator 2 worked well; I felt powerless and outgunned/outclawed/outcloaked the whole time playing as the marine.

    Please recommend psychological horror entertainment for me!
    Thanks!

  • altair

    i am very excited about AC III,the whole ubisoft is trying to create one of the biggest master pieces of all time, by far what i have seen ubisoft is comparing AC III with uncharted 3, so it just keeps bugging me that will it ever take the place of ACII or any other game, what are your opinions on the game?

  • rashest_hippo

    I heard that it might have Co-op online, but I don’t play online. So I wanted to know if anyone heard anything about Offline Co-op, and if they don’t have it they should look into adding it in. I think it would make the game more fun, and if more people are playing more enemies could be on the map.
    They should give him a partner assassin that you can change the gender, facial features, and hair.

  • Sonny

    I saw the trailers for AC3 and I was wondering if the story is gonna pick up where the others left off, or is it an entirely new storyline? I’ve only played the first one, and I wanted to know if I was gonna be confused because I hadn’t played any others.

  • Alun J

    well, i heard some news about a female protagonist in assassin’s creed franchise and i’ve also heard about the game to be set in World War II. please let me know if you are informed about it.

  • zigg3ns

    I’ve played the first game and AC2. Are there any other games I need to play to understand AC3 that will be coming out later this year? (I heard there were some spin off ones that don’t matter?)

  • Mc L

    I have been given enough money to buy a new game and I can’t decide between the two upcoming games Sniper Elite V2 and Assassin’s Creed III. I’m more leaning towards AC III. but I’m not sure. Is there any way that AC III is totally going to suck, or will Sniper Elite be way better? Please Help!
    I forgot I mention that I have playe all of the Assassins Creed games and a lot of FPSs as well, also in WWII setting, and I love them all. I know these games haven’t come out yet, but how could they possibly compare to the other games in their series? Thanks

  • Bryant B

    I think it’d be fun but it really depends on how they designed it. It’s growing on me, but at the moment, I’d prefer to stay in the city.

  • Taylor2k

    I’m looking for the one where George Washington is crossing the Delaware River and Conner is behind him pointing to the distance. Could someone please post the link for it? Thank you!

  • Marlon P

    i want to buy assassin’s creed III freedom edition in india. I live in India and i want it! but i cannot find any online website that will ship it for me to india!! west Bengal…. and it will be very gud if u tell me the price of freedom edition in rupees!…. and try to give me a website that will take money on delivery! but if i have to pay before no prob! but pls pls try to give a gud reputated site!
    It’s it’s PC i want it for PC not any other consule

  • kamikami

    I have the normal game already pre-ordered from Gamestop. Just wondering if it will matter getting the collectors edition strategy guide when I will have the normal edition game?

  • Tyler H

    Hi there. Well I am a little stuck on what edition of Assassin’s Creed III (for PS3) that I should get.

    I wish there was one that included everything, but there isn’t so I have to choose.

    I’m leaning towards Freedom Edition because it comes with the most single player DLC. But I like Join or Die because it has the awesome medallion. Then there is the Special Edition which comes with the DLC that has a special gun that isn’t included in the other editions.

    I am thinking Freedom edition but I just cannot decide.

  • Mistry

    I know it comes out on October 30th in the US but sometimes game release dates are different for Canada. Is the release date still October 30th for Canada though?
    I live in Ontario, Canada if that helps.
    I’m also getting it for Xbox.

  • Thomas Lopez

    I was playing Brotherhood and remembered how fun AC is, so I was going to get the new one, but what is the difference between III and Revelations?

  • ouch

    Why or why not? And what was your favorite Assassin’s Creed title?

    Note: I am not talking about “Liberations”.

  • Elijah luv

    Coz i can only buy 1 of them for P.C the only reason black ops II has advantage coz Multiplayer if AC3 have mutiplayer i would buy it so pls tell which should i buy and Will ac3 have multiplayer