E3 Event 2011: What To Look Out For

The Electronics Entertainment Expo gets underway in Los Angeles early next week, with plenty of gaming goodies going to be put out on show. With so much going on throughout the big event you may not know where you want to focus your attention yet, so we are going to highlight a few of the best things to look out for.

The biggest talking point in our eyes is going to be on Nintendo’s Wii 2 or “project cafe”. The new console is going to be demoed for the first time, with the specifications also being revealed to the game thirsty public. We know for sure that the major step up from its predecessor is high definition graphics; 3D had been suggested but it looks unlikely.

With all of the talk being on Nintendo, some are forgetting about Sony, who have been in the media’s spotlight recently but for the wrong reasons. Their next generation portable console (NGP) is also set to be showcased at E3, as it succeeds the PSP. We know that it will not use the XrossMediaBar interface, instead using a touchscreen-based UI dubbed LiveArea. Electric Pig has suggested that we could also find out exact release dates and prices for both consoles.

After consoles we look forward to the biggest releases coming out, and boy oh boy they do not disappoint! This is purely coincidence but a large majority of the games are in their 3rd outing. Some of the games hitting stores before the end of 2011 and being showed at E3 are Modern Warfare 3, Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Resistance 3, Max Payne 3 and Mass Effect 3.

Other big titles that do not include the number 3 are Twisted Metal, Soul Calibur 5, Forza Motorsport 4, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and the new and revamped Tomb Raider game. We recently highlighted Tomb Raider in particular due to its amazingly life like graphics, you can read more about the game here. It is likely that Microsoft and Sony will be launching more games for their Kinect and Move motion control platform, will they release something to combat the threat of the Wii 2?

These things to look out for are a few of many, with plenty of unannounced surprises also having the possibility of popping up. More detail can be found such as events, times and dates by visiting E3’s website. We understand that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 are currently in development so could we be seeing those next generation consoles being unveiled at next year’s event? Let us know what you are looking forward to the most by leaving a comment.