The Ten Ton Hammer Best of E3 2012 Awards
The time has come once again to celebrate the best games of E3. This year has some familiar names but also a few surprises. Join us as we reveal the Ten Ton Hammer's Best of E3 2012 Awards.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's that time of year again!
We have returned home from E3 and have seen this year's best of the best. We have battled the crowds and tried our hands at some of the newest MMOs out there. Many of these games are still in development while others have already launched but continue to grow each year with more content and expansions.
We tip our hat to the developers and studios who were able to attend E3 this year, and thank them for taking the time to see us. These events are very forward-looking and keep us craving the next big thing.
There were several big things at E3 this year but we would be remiss if we didn't take note of the changing landscape of the MMO industry. Of all of the games we saw most of them were quite different from E3s past. There were many more MMO shooters this year, for one. And many studios are developing their games from the ground up as free-to-play. We've always suspected the cash shop model would eventually overtake the old subscription model and this year was the first time ever that only one or two of the games we saw being developed were aiming for anything but the item mall format.
In that vein, the developers we saw were well aware of the changing climate of MMOs. Not only are many of these folks keeping up with a changing revenue model but they're keeping up with growing demand from a whole new generation of gamers. We saw casual-style and accessibility as huge highlights this year and that trend continues to widen every month.
But MMOs aren't the only games worth mentioning. We saw some amazing new concepts in the single player arena as well and knew these games deserved a bit of a kudos too.
So join us today as we unveil la creme de la creme, and celebrate the best the industry had to offer at this year's expo with the Ten Ton Hammer Best of E3 2012 Awards.
Going into E3 we pretty much knew the MMOs we were going to see. But there were a couple of "mystery appointments" from several developers who would be making their game announcement right there from the show floor.
After seeing a couple of these upcoming titles we knew right then and there that at least one of them was worthy of the Best Reveal award.
But how does one fit into that category? Apart from the obvious requirement of it being an actual reveal at E3 it had to be a game that had us leaving the demo in wide-eyed wonder. It also had to bring something new to the table that could potentially leave the industry talking about the game years after its launch. That's a mighty tall order but we found a game that we believe fits the bill...
The Best New Concept award may be of the more noteworthy among the awards.
This award isn't just for a game that we're excited about (though we are at that) but more importantly it's a recognition that a developer is attempting something out of the ordinary to break away from main stream.
Every game has its hook but for this award we wanted to find a studio who will potentially be able to evolve the industry in a positive direction. This doesn't necessarily mean coming up with a completely new genre, but rather in this case, it could be simply revisiting some old or abandoned concepts that still have viability in today's market. Hey, if no one tries, no one will ever know.
So we're proud to offer this award this year to a company with a beloved and celebrated IP who seem to be striving to bring back the social aspects to our MMOs. They're not reinventing the wheel, but they are doing their best to make that wheel reach entirely new speeds.
We play a lot of games each year at an event like E3, many which dazzle our senses in different ways. And while graphics, audio, or even interface each constitute individual building blocks of the completed puzzle each new MMO represents, core gameplay is still the thing that ultimately matters most.
We know that the gameplay for a given title is compelling when our hands-on appointment leaves us eager to continue the experience long after weve left the booth. This years winner was one of the select few titles that fit the bill, and saw us eagerly scampering back to play again as soon as time allowed.
The raw energy of the game, combined with a seemingly endless list of options for how you choose to play it made this years pick a clear standout from the crowd.
Ten Ton Hammers Best Gameplay of E3 2012 Award goes to
Every once in a while a new game comes out with an original Intellectual Property that blows everyone away. Rarer still are the times when that IP becomes a household name and the universe expands to thousands or hundreds of thousands of fans.
Once a virtual universe reaches a certain stage it becomes increasingly challenging to create new content that will keep the game fresh and exhiliariating. For this year's award we took a look at a game that not only expands the existing celebrated universe but also adds entirely new gameplay and even reaches out to a completely new audience that may have never before experienced the online universe.
That, in itself, is a feat, but in addition to all that this game is a heck of a lot of fun to play.
One of the joys of playing MMOGs is that if you're playing a game that is popular enough to keep a solid revenue inevitably you'll see an expansion. Sometimes several.
Not all expansions are worthy of praise but this year's winner is among those that has earned its award. Roughly twice the size of its first expansion this game offers an incredibly large new portion of the world to explore end experience.
But wait, there's more! An entirely new combat mechanic is being added that promises to be a lot of fun. Integrating gratuitous content may be the theme for some, but this new expansion is shaping to be all that it's made out to be: a true expansion not only to the online world in which it resides, but an expansion to the MMO industry itself.
The Best Expansion of E3 2012 Award goes to....
No trip to E3 is complete without checking out some of the titles that don't fall into the MMO category.
On the final day of our expedition we went in search for any cool things we may not have seen during the rest of our week. As it turns out, that day proved to be some of the most fun we've had all year!
We saw several noteworthy titles but at risk of using an old cliché, one game truly did stand out from the rest. This game captured not only our visual attention but it actually struck a chord with us on an emotional level.
Now we're not about to start watching Glee every week, but having a bit of an emotional attachment to your character in a video game takes a deft touch and a little bit of genious.
This year's winner nailed it on all fronts...
In previous years, selecting the game that deserves our Best of Show award has been a surprisingly easy task, and this year was no different.
While there were plenty of amazing titles this year many of which won awards of their own one game was a clear standout in numerous ways. Everything from the visuals to the compelling combat system is spot on, but our winner this year also has the one secret ingredient that any great title needs to have in hefty doses: pure fun factor.
At the end of the day, any game worthy of our MMO gaming time needs to be fun, and this years winner was so fun that we even made room in our busy schedule to go back and play through a full demo session a second time. Not surprisingly, it only continued to endear us the more we played, and is the kind of game you find yourself longing to play again long after the E3 party has come to a close.
This years Ten Ton Hammer Best of Show for E3 2012 Award goes to