“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”
On Sunday the 5th of June 2011, Microsoft will kick off the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles with their press conference first thing in the morning. This is going to be a very exciting way to start off E3, with some major announcements that are sure to shock the video games industry. As such I would like to share my own “Games Wishlist” that with any luck could possibly come true.
Killer Instinct XBLA
Since the early 90’s there was one specific fighting game in the arcades that I was obsessed with. Surprisingly this was not Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat or Marvel Vs Capcom. Killer Instinct was created by Rare and released in arcades worldwide, and later ported to the Super Nintendo. I personally loved the “rock-paper-scissors” fighting mechanics of this series and the memorable characters. Fulgore, Cinder and B. Orchid and all rest had enough depth and personality to separate themselves from every other similar franchise. I would love to see this classic game finally released on the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace with HD Graphics and online gameplay, and once again pull off some ULTRA COMBOS!!
Last year Microsoft had an unusual unveiling of Kinect, with the team behind Cirque Du Soleil demonstrating this revolutionary technology. One of the more interesting moments for me was when Tinkerbell literally flew around the entire stadium. She then winked at the audience and disappeared in a flash of pixie dust and was never seen again. Obviously it is worth mentioning the huge amount of possibilities that could happen when we put Kinect together with the Disney Universe. I would love to see someone from Disney Interactive on stage demonstrating several new titles with their lovable characters, working with Kinect in creative ways.
Star Wars Kinect
The biggest crowd-pleaser last year was easily when the audience witnessed a “demo” of Star Wars together with Kinect. Seeing this demonstration was truly amazing, as Kinect all made sense when you could use the power of the Force for the first time without pressing any buttons. Gamers would be able to wield a lightsaber, force push and pull and even shoot lighting from their fingertips. With any luck George Lucas himself will walk on stage and show the world how to use the force in this game exclusively for Kinect, and wanna-be Jedis across the globe will quiver with excitement…
In 2008 the world was introduced to Rockstar’s latest instalment in the Grand Theft Auto series – GTA IV. This title truly raised the bar for the open-world genre, as gamers took Niko Bellic on an adventure that was unique to the player that was controlling him. The game was the most immersive we have ever seen, even when compared to more recent titles as Liberty City. Surely gamers are ready to see what happens next in this franchise, especially if it is compatible with Kinect which will simply open up a lot more interaction than ever before.
Halo: Combat Evolved (10 Year Anniversary Edition)
Finally (and most importantly!!), the game that kick-started the Xbox revolution back on November 22nd 2001. Halo: Combat Evolved was originally an RTS designed for the Macintosh by Bungie. Microsoft bought Bungie and then released Halo as an exclusive launch title for the original Xbox. To celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary (and as current Internet rumours suggest…) fans may get the opportunity to play this classic title in HD, complete with achievements and online multiplayer. Oh happy days!!
In less than 24 hours time we will find out what was fact and what was fiction and what is just a perfect dream come true. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
What other games would you like to see Microsoft announce at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo?