Number 5 - Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Splinter Cell: Conviction had a mixed response from Splinter Cell fans. Some thought it was too easy to just gun your way through levels, and felt that the developers sometimes actually pushed you towards that route. Others felt that Splinter Cell: Conviction was a brilliant game, and that it was pure stealth, just not in the conventional ways. I fall into the latter group. Some missions were very hard to do stealthily, and the lack of punishment for going guns blazing was apparent, but it was still a fantastic game. Sam's story was engaging, and the new mechanics were a great addition to the game. Splinter Cell: Blacklist looks like a mixture of the classic Splinter Cells and Conviction. Choice is very apparent, with two gameplay demos being shown of the same level, one with stealth, the other with a huge-ass missile strike. Clearly the developers have listened to what gamers want, and have accommodated to the different play-styles. The only fault I can find in the gameplay shown so far is the lack of Sam's original voice-actor, Michael Ironside.
Number 4 - BioShock Infinite
I was never a big fan of the previous BioShock games. I could quite easily see why people adored them, but I never got into them myself. BioShock Infinite however, has grabbed me by the balls and will not let go, nor do I want it to. The graphics look absolutely stunning, and whoever designed the floating city of Columbia deserves a pat on the back....and a shit load of money if they want it. The game looks to be a lot brighter (in art design, not story) than previous BioShock installments, something I am very glad for. Add in some crazy powers, a sniper rifle and a skyhook, and I am just counting down the months until its release.
Number 3 - Tomb Raider
I can explain to you in one word why I want this game, and no it is not boobs. Emotion. It is already clear from the gameplay demos and the artwork, that Tomb Raider is going to be an emotional game. It seems strange to think that a Tomb Raider game is emotional, I mean....boobs. This installment looks to change that, giving us the beginnings of Lara Croft, the torment and abuse she went through to become the woman we know today. This emotion is helped by gut-wrenching injuries and the voice-acting; we can really hear the pain in her voice. Players will feel connected to Lara; when she gets hurt, we hurt. To look at her boobs would feel wrong due to this motherly aspect....but we'll still do it. It's a brave new direction for the series, but it looks like the right one.
Number 2 - Watch Dogs
You only have to look at the Watch Dogs demo at E3 to see why it's on this list. Nobody had even heard of it before E3, and suddenly Ubisoft just threw the visual masterpiece at us. We caught it with open arms, watching it over and over again, rubbing our eyes in disbelief. Despite the ridiculous graphics and animations, Ubisoft assured us that it will be released on current-gen consoles. How that is possible, I have no idea, but I'm not going to argue the chance to play what looks to be a unique but brilliant game. In case you don't know what Watch Dogs is, it's a open-world action adventure game. In the gameplay demo, we saw the main protagonist - Aiden Pearce - use his phone to hack into multiple devices. In one part of the demo, Aiden hacked into the traffic lights to cause his target's car to crash. Subtle. Another cool feature was some sort of identification tool, where he could see the identities of everyone in a night-club. The gun-fighting seemed to be a standard affair, but it looked great. While it's not at the top of my list, it would be for E3 2012's biggest surprises.
Number 1 - Grand Theft Auto V
You knew it was coming. Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest gaming franchises around. Their games always promise a high standard of production. Grand Theft Auto 5 looks to be the highest so far. Grand Theft Auto was a brilliant game, but I felt it was missing something. It felt more like a simulation than a game. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. It shows how realistic everything was in that game. However, it was lacking the amount of craziness and fun that was so apparent in previous installments in the series. Grand Theft Auto 5 mixes both of those things, and there is no denying that this game is highly anticipated by pretty much every gamer. The map is going to be bigger than the world of Red Dead Redemption, San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto 4 combined. That's just HUGE. On top of that, the game has three main protagonists, who you can switch between at any time in the game with the press of a button. This is certainly a new and exciting feature that hopefully will work. If you want more information on the game, check out my list of details released by Game Informer here.