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E3 2012 | Some Final Thoughts On The Show

E3 2012 | Some Final Thoughts On The Show

by Jake ValentineJune 21, 2012

Okay, so now that I’ve had time to convince myself I’ve fully recovered from E3 2012, let’s talk about the best and the worst from the show floor, shall we?

Best Press Conference


You read that right. None. All five press conferences were severely flawed, but if I would have to give an edge to anyone, it’d be EA. At least they know what we want to hear and see: games and trailers that we plan on actually playing, despite every game being a sequel, minus the UFC announcement. Ubisoft stuttered through many an awkward moment before the Watch Dogs reveal, Nintendo left me saying “…but what about the ‘hardcore’ games you promised!” and Microsoft and Sony both suffered the same problem: the were too frontloaded. Sure, it was nice ending with a Black Ops II or a The Last of Us demo, but 1.) we knew they were coming 2.) all the surprises were early and 3.) we had to sit through Usher and Wonderbook. But if there had to be a worst of them all…

Worst Press Conference


It started so well with Pikmin 3, but then it fluttered. No mention of Animal Crossing, a release date and price point for the Wii U, and a severe lack of gameplay demos; the first one was Just Dance 4. Seriously? Now, I will say that Nintendoland does actually need to be played to be enjoyed, but still…Nintendo is launching a new console this year. Let’s get the excitement started before the show, not halfway through the show.

Best Non-Playable Game


Expect anything different? Ubisoft blew the doors off of the place with their reveal of Watch Dogs, one of the very few surprise announcements of E3 2012. Featuring distinct Chicago visuals, impressive NPC AI, gripping gameplay, and an interesting premise, it’s hard to doubt why the game had so much buzz on the show floor, not to mention we’re left wondering “is this next gen? No way current consoles can run this.” Ubisoft may have shown us the first glimpse of next generation gameplay, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Best Playable Game

Often a game with a linear narrative will mention how no gameplay experience will be similarDishonored means this, offering multiple ways to play through the campaign, whether you wish to play stealth based or decapitate everyone in sight. Oh, the game’s pretty challenging, too, meaning you’ll have to remain on your toes and use everything in your arsenal to survive. I may not be 100% sold on the visual style of the game, but boy does it run smoothly and did the gameplay ever win me over.

Worst Playable Game

If Sony had merely copied the Super Smash Bros. formula and thrown in their own cast of characters, it would of been enough to make a decent game. Sure, we’d call them copycats, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. By trying to do something new instead, it results in PlayStation All Stars being a game that just, well, isn’t that much fun. It’s nice to beat on people as Fat Princess, but it’s not nice that the is so unbalanced I can do it with my eyes closed, and the more I think about the game, the more disappointing it is.

Best Booth

EA meant business and it showed. Leaving their booth was one of the hardest things I had to do, even after spending hours there. Between the closed door demonstrations and hands on time, I could of easily spent an entire day there alone. Between SimCityCrysis 3, NHL 13among others, some of the best games in the show were available at EA’s booth, helping them stand out above the rest of the crowd.


About The Author
Jake Valentine
Jake Valentine
Born in Boston, residing in Cincinnati, and playing far too much Magic: the Gathering.
  • dls_18

    This game is garbage, its always been, the devs suck.

  • Melissa Nason

    Are Ubisoft Montreal, and Quebec good places to work as a bilingual game programmer?

    Furthermore, do they work on Role Playing Games, of the genre similar to Final Fantasy?

  • Margery Degarmo

    i want to buy rainbow six vegas 2 but ive heard the online servers arent working. Has ubisoft fixed that problem yet, and if not are they ever going to.

  • Louisa Ellman

    I saw a youtube video about this game called babyz its by ubisoft. Its an old game but it looks sooooooo much fun! Do any of you know where I can download a demo?

  • Mc L

    Psycho Dude 99, Charlie Scene, and Crazy Mother Punker in ring

    After Scene betrayed G Bear on Breakdown it was obvious the 3 were a trio. Tonight they made it official. PD started it off on the mic describing how him and Scene came to terms. After their match on GCW him and Scene talked on the phone, worked out their issues, and set up the scam to betray G Bear. PD then reviled that together they were a mob. The Chart Top Mob! Together they would destroy anyone stupid enough to step in their path. Including Falcon for tonight. He then handed the mic to Scene. Scene backed up everything PD said and was shocked G Bear was stupid enough to fall for their plan. Scene obviously made it clear he hated G Bear. Next was Punker and he finished it off by declaring Chart Top Mon as the stable not to mess with. They will destroy anyone and everyone and are bound to be the greatest group in wrestling today.

    Match 1: Justin vs The Funking Punk

    With ½ of the Hardcore champs facing off against the #1 contender for the World title, this match was filled with talent. Though fans cheered on Justin, they were shocked with his performance. The match started up with the 2 tying up and Justin knocking down Punk with a dropkick. He followed it up with several leg drops and a pin, but Punk kicked out. He got to his feet but Justin sent him down with a drop-toe-hold into a crossface. Punk quickly grabbed the rope and slid out of the ring away from Justin. Punk looked angry and he looked at the time keepers table at the Hardcore title he walked out with on Breakdown. But he didn’t look too long because Justin caught him off guard as he vaulted over the top rope and on top of him. Fans cheered and Justin rolled Punk in the ring for a pin. 1, 2, kick out. Justin was doing very well and didn’t slow down at the 2. He got to his feet and bounced off the ropes. But when he came back towards Punk he was taken down with a back body drop. Punk fell to his knees to catch his breath, but Justin wasn’t hurt bad enough for Punk to get resting time. Instead while Punk was on his knees he rolled him up. 1, 2, kick out. Justin almost pulled off a disappointment to Punk. Justin was up and ready and sent Punk back down. He hit repeated dropkicks and chops and almost got a 3 on 2 separate occasions in a minute time span. Finally after a short 3 minutes Justin already set up for a Spear. He backed to the corner and ran but Punk threw him shoulder 1st into the post. The ref checked on Justin as Punk rested against the ropes. But out of nowhere his co-Hardcore champ and the person he attacked on Breakdown URKO, came running out. While facing Punk on the ring apron and the ref helping Justin, he an RKO on Punk driving his throat off the top rope. Punk was down and URKO fled ringside with praise from the fans. Justin got to his feet and reached the top rope where he hit a moonsault. Punk was in deep trouble and Justin backed up for a Spear. Punk reached his feet slowly and was taken down with a Spear. 1, 2, 3! Justin won and made a giant impact just 2 weeks before his giant match at Flashback.

    Winner: Justin

    Match 2: Edgehead vs Maxine

    After a shocking debut to YWWA on Breakdown, #1 contender for the Women’s title Edgehead faced Maxine both having their debuts. Maxine had a good fan following, and Edgehead received 1/5 of the fans cheering. The older fans really took a liking to the knockout legend. The 2 tied up and Edgehead used strength to overpower Maxine. She sent Maxine down, but Maxine got back up. They tied up once more but this time Edgehead pushed her into the corner where she chopped Maxine’s chest. After going for a 4th chop Maxine ducked it and hit a monkey flip on Edgehead. Edgehead reached her feet seconds later and Maxine charged her only to be taken down with a thunderous clothesline. Edgehead then locked Maxine in her vintage Sharpshooter. Thriving in pain in the center of the ring Maxine tried hard to reach the ropes but just couldn’t. So instead she used all the leg strength she could muster to drive Edgehead into the turnbuckle. When Edgehead stumbled back towards Maxine she rolled Edgehead up. 1, 2, kick out. A very close 3 but not good enough. Maxine now tried to pull up Edgehead but once Edgehead reached her feet she hit Maxine with a flapjack. Maxine was in big trouble and in shames of the last match Edgehead backed up and hit Maxine with a Spear for the 3.

    Winner: Edgehead

    Match 3: Wave of the Future (Undisputed Jericho, Fabian Phenom and Beast King) vs Kurt Angle, Rob Morrison(debut), Perfection At It’s Best

    The match started off in a very classy way. With the newly reformed Wave facing off against Perfection, the newly spirited Kurt, and the debut of Rob Morrison all 6 men stood face to face in the ring and shook hands. After a great show of respect the leader Jericho started off with Kurt. These 2 both had great in ring skills, and the locked up. Jericho used his strength advantage to immediately put
    Kurt in an armbar. He held it in for a few seconds before changing it into a headlock. After holding the headlock in for a few seconds he changed it up with a headlock takeover keeping the hold still applied. Kurt couldn’t find and escape. Jericho eventually let go to get a pin but Kurt kicked out. Jericho was up but Kurt brought him down with a shot to Jericho’s knee. Kurt tried to make his way up but Jericho managed to stop him with a reverse bear hug. He backed up to his corner and Fabian tagged in. Jericho held the hold in and Fabian climbed to the top rope and hit a double axe handle to Kurt’s spine. So far this match showed great pure wrestling for the 1st minute, and now Kurt looked to tag in his new partner. Fabian tried to hold his leg back, but Kurt managed to crawl and get the tag anyway. Rob hopped over the rope and sent Fabian down with a punch to his head. Fabian got back up and was taken down by another shot. Same thing again. Fabian got up but this time Rob took him
    rest as PD answer

  • Chester

    I was trying to log into my ubisoft account on splinter cell pandora tomorrow for the pc and it said that it could not be accessed. i checked and re-checked my account user name and password but it still said that it could not be accessed. Pleeze Help!!!!

  • Myles

    Recently, I finally got around to connecting my X-Box to X-Box live, and I’ve been exploring all the new things I can do with it. I’ve been attempting to connect my X-Box to UPlay, Ubisoft’s program which allows you to unlock things in their games. However, I’ve had no luck. From the X-Box Dashboard, where should I go to connect to UPlay?

  • Hotshot t

    The worst to me is South Park and Dragon Ball Z Kai and futurama.
    My best is modern family, that’s 70’s show, simpsons, and cougar town.