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It's over: E3 2011 has been and gone. We feel like we've been run over by a truck carrying several tonnes worth of fast food, a new Nintendo console, and the cream of global games development. As we pull ourselves together and return to the UK grind, it's time to reflect upon our picks of the show. Read on for our nine picks for Games of Show and a single title that takes the Best of Show award.

Tomb Raider - PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have played their cards perfectly on this one. Announce a re-boot of a classic franchise, but only show the details to a tiny fraction of the press. Allow the speculation and gossip to build, then finally show off your new baby at E3, ideally an E3 running low on new ideas. The reborn Tomb Raider has enough of the old games to be recognisable - the mystery, the sense of constant threat, and Lara herself - and yet there's something refreshing in this dynamic, pared-down reworking. The fire and water effects look interesting without being too gimmicky, and the cinematic stylings seem to add atmosphere without interrupting the core gameplay too much. The younger, more vulnerable Lara has also hooked our interest - although the demo had a bit too much in the way of agonized/orgasmic yelping, for our tastes.

BioShock Infinite - PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Everyone from Cliff Bleszinski to Matt Groening dropped by 2K's booth to check out BioShock Infinite, and it's not hard to see why: it's looking quite superb, if more than a little unhinged. As if the floating city of Columbia and the terrifying crow-summoning potions hadn't given us enough to think about, now we need to wrap our feeble brains around the concept of inter-dimensional tears, and what may well turn out to be time travel. Irrational's E3 demo also gave us the Bucking Bronco tonic, a battle aboard a flaming airship, and new encounters with the Songbird - a creature so fierce he eats Big Daddies for breakfast. BioShock Infinite is inventive, colourful, and wonderfully surprising; it gives us good feelings in our happy place.

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p0rtalthinker

Good list overall; would have put some others on there but still :)
Posted 22:22 on 18 June 2011
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pblive

Still can't believe Luigis Mansion 2, Starfox 3D, Kid Icarus or Mario Kart 3DS weren't on there (the first 2 at least).
Posted 16:05 on 18 June 2011
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Woffls@ pblive

3DS HAZ NO GAEMS

@squidman I don't know how Gears 3 is shaping up, but... I just... ehhhh. It was phenomenal in 2006, and truly a great game even now, but I thought there were so many missteps in Gears of War 2 that I feel they might make again. I don't want scripted on rails vehicle sections and machine gun bits that invariably end with a cut-scene of you falling off a cliff then a controller being thrown at the wall. I also don't want 6 updates before online works properly ¬¬

@steg Oh that's not entirely fair; at least Uncharted 1.7 by then.
Posted 23:30 on 17 June 2011
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II@ Woffls

The second Assassin's Creed II expansion would probably be my second most look forward to game, with Uncharted 1.3 following close behind.
Posted 23:19 on 17 June 2011
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squidman@ Woffls

I want you to know that I fought very hard to keep Gears of War off the list. But I am actually very excited about Assassin's Creed: Revelations. I am only half the man you want me to be :(
Posted 23:18 on 17 June 2011
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pblive

Where are the 3DS games?
Posted 23:16 on 17 June 2011
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Woffls@ Stegosaurus-Guy-II

What? Naww, we've got another Assassin's Creed II expansion to look forward to!

At least Gears of Snore isn't there.
Posted 23:05 on 17 June 2011
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II

Could have used with a little more Skyward Sword.
Posted 22:54 on 17 June 2011
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guyderman@ mydeaddog

Lets face it the mountain generator thing could just create any mountain scape - it's not like we'd be any the wiser!
Posted 18:06 on 17 June 2011
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draytone

It's hard to say what the best was for me, while it was a slightly better E3 it still wasn't AMAZING! Sorry don't know why I felt the need to shout AMAZING!

There where some stand out games... but I already knew about them before hand. BF3 and Skyrim but to name a few. I guess for me the Wii-U stole the show, mainly because it was interesting and new. Oh and the MGS HD remake on the 360 was one of those stealthly nuggets of goodness which popped out and made me smile.
Posted 16:47 on 17 June 2011
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Wido

I agree with the list and surprise there is no Gears 3!
Posted 16:10 on 17 June 2011
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squidman@ renegade

Together we're unstoppable.
Posted 16:07 on 17 June 2011
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EverTheOptimist

Totally agree with Tomb Raider being one of the games of E3. I've had little interest in TR titles over the years but after seeing the new trailer and reading a lengthy feature in Edge I'm pretty excited for this one. Turning an adventure game into more of a survivor game is a nice way to flip things around a bit and it'll give it a much more realistic and believable tone. I know for many that's the opposite of what they'd like (why should adventure games be realistic?) but I reckon this will be a winner.

Bioshock Infinite. Hmmm. I'm probably being pessimistic, but there's just something not right about it. It all looks TOO good to be true. We'll see.

Skyrim, like TR, also has my attention. Even though I don't really like games of that kind, I can't help but feel drawn to it. Could be a risky purchase!

BF3 is the other highlight for me. If this turns out to be anything less than 'mad-wicked' I'll eat my keyboard.
Posted 15:43 on 17 June 2011
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mydeaddog

I'm saying now for the record that I am HUGELY SKEPTICAL of the SSX map-based thing. I've not seen the game yet, but if it turns out to work exactly as they say, i'll be astonished...
Posted 15:21 on 17 June 2011
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squidman@ squidman

No - the corrections have been stealth edited in!
Posted 15:15 on 17 June 2011

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Release Date: 26/03/2013
Developer: Irrational Games
Publisher: 2K Games
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
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