Many people consider the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) to be the event that gamers live for. For journalists, it's purely hell. It means running back and forth from different halls to try to make appointment times, all the while trying to see and get hands on time on the newest games. One good thing about the show is that we see the best, and worst, that gaming companies have to offer. So, now we present CINESCAPE's Best Games of E3.
Biggest Surprise: DAVE MIRRA PRO BMX XXX
Acclaim must've decided that Dave couldn't compete with Mat Hoffman, either that or they couldn't figure out anywhere new to take the series... except for straight into the toilet humor. DAVE MIRRA XXX features dogs that crap everywhere, kids that pee in the pool, sex jokes, nude riders, and tons of foul language. Heck, you can even collect coins to go the infamous strip club Scores and see video of real strippers. Our jaws were on the floor in the demo and we're sure that the Electronics Software Rating Board had a similar reaction. The biggest question about this game: will it be on, or behind, store shelves?
Honorable Mention: DEVIL MAY CRY 2/METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SUBSTANCE
PC Game of the Show: DOOM III
The announcement of DOOM III got many people excited. Seeing the 11-minute presentation got many more people excited. Those people spreading the word got everyone at E3 excited. Activision showed the game in a small theater and there was a constant line on the floor to see the game. Simply put, DOOM III was one of the best-looking and scariest games on the showfloor. In some ways, it felt like an odd, but very good, mix of DOOM and RESIDENT EVIL. Even with us being giant STAR WARS fans, this one quickly jumped GALAXIES on our "PC most wanted" list.
Honorable Mention: STAR WARS GALAXIESM
PlayStation 2 Game of the Show: RED DEAD REVOLVER
RED DEAD REVOLVER
Honorable Mention: RATCHET AND CLANK
GameCube Game of the Show: THE LEGEND OF ZELDA
Honorable Mentions: METROID PRIME, MARIO SUNSHINE, STARFOX ADVENTURES
Game Boy Advance Game of the Show: METROID FUSION
Honorable Mention: GOLDEN SUN 2: THE LOST AGE
Xbox Game of the Show: STEEL BATALLION
Honorable Mention: TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL
Overall Game of the Show: THE LEGEND OF ZELDA
Well, since ZELDA was the best game of the GameCube lineup, and Nintendo really had the best lineup, it makes perfect sense for ZELDA to be the game of the show. Nothing against Microsoft or Sony, because they both had great lineups, but ZELDA was the best looking and best playing game at E3 this year. While it won't be out until about eight months from now (February 2003), THE LEGEND OF ZELDA is already the most anticipated game of next year. -TR
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA has always been a fantastic series. The GameCube game will only continue that tradition. The graphics are very stylish and you won't find anything like it anywhere else. Some of the effects in the game just look fantastic and of course, the classic gameplay remains intact. This was a tough call to make, for all of Nintendo's other titles made a really strong impression on me (as well as all the other games mentioned in this article), but ZELDA is probably what I am most excited about playing. - JSQuestions? Comments? Let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.