Winner: Saint’s Row: The Third

Why We Picked It: We can’t remember the last time we sat in an E3 presentation where everyone died laughing for 15 minutes straight. We can’t remember the last time we’d seen an open world game this over the top, this ridiculous, this free, this fun, this imaginative, this downright fucking crazy. Dave said it was as if someone went into his head and pulled out a video game. God help us all.

 

Winner: FIFA 12

Why We Picked It: FiFa is the most popular sports game in the world for a reason. It’s the best looking, best playing, and it’s constantly improving. With the best visuals and physics to date, new precision dribbling, and guarding controls and a roster made up of all your favorite footballers, be prepared to be playing FiFa 12 well into 2013.

 

Winner: SSX

Why We Picked It: SSX is back and not a moment too soon. It’s been too damn long since the world has had a good snowboarding game, and even longer since we had one that was this over the top, and so downright fun. The new dynamic terrain system which shapes the mountain based off your tricks looks pretty damn sweet, and we cant wait to see how it plays out, brah!

 

Winner: End of Nations

Why We Picked It: End of Nations is a new and innovative MMORTS title that has its sights set on redefining and providing a much needed breathe of fresh air into a stale genre. Developer Petroglyph Games has created a title that delivers unit progression and global experience, with a mixture of intuitive gameplay and new ideas.

Combining the best elements of MMO games including persistant levelling up, unit upgrades and unlockable gear, plus the tried and true core mechanics RTS fans love, End of Nations will allow up to 50 players to compete against each other at once across a unique and realistic map of the world to control sectors and win territories.

 

Winner: Arma III

Why We Picked It: The ArmA series has represented the pinnacle of Military simulation for years now and Bohemia Interactive shows no signs of slowing down. With a new and improved engine, amazing open world gameplay, meticulous attention to detail, and military knowledge that’s second to none, ArmA III is the benchmark for military simulations.

 

Winner: Rocksmith

Why We Picked It: Finally, a real music game for real musicians that lets you plug your real guitar into it. This is the game guitar players and wannabe guitar players have been waiting for and it looks, plays and sounds magnificent. Let’s just hope it;s not too little, too late for this dying genre. If so, it’ll be music to our ears.

 

Winner: Dance Central 2

Why We Picked It: We like dancing. We like good music. This game has both, but what makes a winner is the fun factor. This got us up, moving, and laughing… At the same time. While we may be purists who hearken back to the days of Dance Dance Revolution, Dance Central 2 challenges the four-directional standard and reminds us of what dancing should look like. With the freestyle mode in place, players can get creative and go crazy as the Kinect records your sweet moves and play them back to you, this time without the restriction of being the only one on camera. There’re are no controllers, no annoying attachments. Just you and the music. And a Kinect camera. You can’t beat that.

 

Winner: Fable – The Journey

Why We Picked It: It’s not on rails. It’s not on rails. It’s not on rails. That’s what Stephanie told us (she had to sign a whiteboard) as she clicked together the heels on her ruby red slippers. That’s also what Peter “I’m totally going to deliver on my promises this time” Molyneux told us. If he can deliver, this may be the Kinect game you’ve finally been waiting for.

 

Winner: Super Mario 3DS

Why We Picked It: Super Mario 3DS is truly a Mario game like none other. It takes the gameplay style of Super Mario Bros. 3 and puts it in a 3D world. Because of this the gameplay feels unique yet familiar to fans of the Super Mario Bros. series. Super Mario 3DS is definitely going to be one platformer that every 3DS owner will need to buy and will no doubt be a long term seller throughout the life span of the 3DS.

 

Winner: Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster

Why We Picked It: Tim Schafer is making a Sesame Street game. This almost makes us wish we had kids. Almost.

 

Up next, our final categorical selections…


32 COMMENTS

  1. Seriously? You say MW3 has the best campaign? It is like an extra level of MW2 and I don’t remember liking that campaign. More explosions, guns, cliches and sunglasses doesn’t make it better. I really hate the INCREDIBLE hype CoD has. It’s about dam time there are shooters out there who have the potential to penetrate the thick skull CoD fanboys and drop a logical-sense-bomb.

  2. “Best Game That Inspired Uncharted Then Ripped It Off”http://www.eurogamer.pt/articles/2010-12-28-tomb-raider-influenciado-por-unchartedMONSTER FAIL

    • Because they are having engine issues and it didn’t look good at all during the show.  Hopefully they can get all the issues sorted before release, I’m a huge Elder Scrolls fan.

    • Because they are having engine issues and it didn’t look good at all during the show.  Hopefully they can get all the issues sorted before release, I’m a huge Elder Scrolls fan.

  3. Nice round up lads and laddesses. But a no show for Uncharted 3 seems entirely ridiculous. Not best Action Adventure? Not best Visuals? Not best PS3 game? Something tells me you guys couldn’t be bothered to queue up for Sony’s booth. Or it’s just the Ripten tradition… 

    Damn this site needs someone who owns a PS3 – like that awesome Patrick guy who used to write for you ;)

    • We’re not big Uncharted players but we did get a lovely private tour at the Sony booth.  It didnt get best action adventure because it wasn’t, It didnt get best visuals becauselolconsolegame, and it didn’t get best PS3 game because Starhawk really wowed us and stole all of Uncharted 3’s thunder.  Also, I hear that Patrick guy was last seen writing for some site called Which.co Way Did He Go?

    • We’re not big Uncharted players but we did get a lovely private tour at the Sony booth.  It didnt get best action adventure because it wasn’t, It didnt get best visuals becauselolconsolegame, and it didn’t get best PS3 game because Starhawk really wowed us and stole all of Uncharted 3’s thunder.  Also, I hear that Patrick guy was last seen writing for some site called Which.co Way Did He Go?

  4. Nice round up lads and laddesses. But a no show for Uncharted 3 seems entirely ridiculous. Not best Action Adventure? Not best Visuals? Not best PS3 game? Something tells me you guys couldn’t be bothered to queue up for Sony’s booth. Or it’s just the Ripten tradition… 

    Damn this site needs someone who owns a PS3 – like that awesome Patrick guy who used to write for you ;)

    • The Skyrim demo at E3 was terrible, ask around, people are talking about it.  It made me sad.  Also, Reckoning is awesome and innovative, not just the same game with better graphics and dragons.  In a related story,  I wish we got paid to do these, I’d totally sell out :-)

  5. Biggest Heart Shattering Disappointment -> Skyrim ?!?

    I accept your opinion but tell me one thing:
    Are you high?!!?

    From what i saw this will be legendary, amizing and breathtaking shit!

    • We do not condone the use of drugs here at RipTen, or the use of a broken game engine when demoing at E3 :-p.  I have high hopes for Skyrim, but it was not looking good at E3 my friend.

  6. Honestly don’t think the Wii U should have won Best New Tech. But, oh well. Really think they could have done somethings better about it.

  7. Wow, so pretty much every other website gave awards to Skyrim, it even won 2 awards from the “Games Critics Awards” while most of the games on this list didn’t win ANY. So clearly it wasn’t a disappointment. First time on this website, and also the last.

  8. Wow, so pretty much every other website gave awards to Skyrim, it even won 2 awards from the “Games Critics Awards” while most of the games on this list didn’t win ANY. So clearly it wasn’t a disappointment. First time on this website, and also the last.

  9. Nice to see you aknowledge ARMA!

    It isnt the easiest of games (ARMA1&2) however for those that put in a little effort into learning often get in for life hehe. No where else do you get such depth in a combat FPS that can be played in so many different ways. Its not a game. Its an experience! :) Simply the best and most realistic modern war game/sim on the planet (why do you think the military around the world uses their engine?) ;) 

    Again, nice to see it get some love! Shows you’re good guys that take time to evaluate what you reward and not just hang with the popular, shallow and glossy bunch.
    Thanks Rip Ten! *thumbs up*

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