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Giant Bomb's E3 2011 Game of the Show

We've made a choice!

It didn't take much discussion, so I'll keep it short. We've compared notes and decided to name BioShock Infinite as our Game of the Show for E3 2011. I'm sure you've already heard us talking about the game in various articles and podcasts, so I'll spare you the flowery language and instead point you to the interview we conducted with Irrational's Ken Levine during the show last week. It was probably one of my favorite moments of the show, and I'm not just saying that because it allowed me to sit down for a full half-hour.

BioShock Infinite showed extremely well during E3 last week and we're going to sit here and patiently wait for its final release sometime in 2012. Let's hope the final product turns out as well as the gameplay demo being shown behind closed doors at the 2K booth did. I hope that the full demo is eventually released for public consumption, as it really sets up a lot of interesting things about Columbia, its various factions, and some of the major players you'll encounter as you play.

Also, a quick programming note: We'll each be talking about some of the games that stood out to us at E3 over the course of this week, so watch out for that!

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Posted by Jeff

It didn't take much discussion, so I'll keep it short. We've compared notes and decided to name BioShock Infinite as our Game of the Show for E3 2011. I'm sure you've already heard us talking about the game in various articles and podcasts, so I'll spare you the flowery language and instead point you to the interview we conducted with Irrational's Ken Levine during the show last week. It was probably one of my favorite moments of the show, and I'm not just saying that because it allowed me to sit down for a full half-hour.

BioShock Infinite showed extremely well during E3 last week and we're going to sit here and patiently wait for its final release sometime in 2012. Let's hope the final product turns out as well as the gameplay demo being shown behind closed doors at the 2K booth did. I hope that the full demo is eventually released for public consumption, as it really sets up a lot of interesting things about Columbia, its various factions, and some of the major players you'll encounter as you play.

Also, a quick programming note: We'll each be talking about some of the games that stood out to us at E3 over the course of this week, so watch out for that!

Staff
Edited by Kentobi

Saw this coming, but really looking forward to the game. Particularly after Levine's interview. Thanks for all the great developer interviews/podcasts!

Posted by cakemonkey

looks cool

Edited by Aegon

I should pay more attention to this game.

Posted by TheYear20XX

Can't think of a more deserving game.

Posted by BeachThunder

Yay, I think...

Posted by Winsord

Who'd a thunk it.

Posted by Grimmy616

Dat Sky got me... hooked!

Posted by Vinny_Says

since when does GB do articles like this?

Posted by admanb

I find this both unsurprising and accurate!

Posted by PrintedCrayon

By the sounds of it, a deserved winner.

Posted by CaLe

I have no idea what to expect from this game but I feel like it's going to be something special.

Posted by nintendoeats

I'm sure that this will be good, but the fact that there was no discussion makes me sad. There was very little exciting news out of this show.

Posted by MikkaQ

Wait, that was a choice? Like you had to think about it?

Posted by kerse

@admanb said:

I find this both unsurprising and accurate!

This.

Posted by Able

Did I mention I <3 Ken Levine?

Posted by Vager

Kinda figured it was going to be Bioshock. That interview is the best GB video to come out of E3 also.

Posted by Halberdierv2

deserved winner, I enjoyed what I got out of it. 
 
also, this is the first time Ive seen all the topic posters online at the same time.

Posted by Jackel2072

according to the horses mouth we should see that demo or something this week.

Edited by PhatSeeJay

I like the game because of the... view...

Posted by ArbitraryWater

If your logo isn't on the box, it's all for naught.

Posted by laserbolts
There was a lot of awesome stuff at this years e3 but I gotta agree with the crew. Bioshock infinite has me so hyped. And I never get hyped anymore.
Posted by LifeByDegrees

Does anyone create a female character that does not show cleavage? That's above the age of 4- and Below 60. And not a mother character- though that's hardly a rule. 
You can say that sex sells, and that it's the original model differentiator post 3D- but still- I'm not entirely sure why.
 
I really like the thought process and set up of Bioshock Infinite.  
I love the fact that they make a world that truly has the depth to back it up.  
I wonder what they have in store for the main body of the story? 
Will it be mostly driven by the open-world nature? 
Too early to tell- though I could see some fun with timewarping. 
Looking forward to what they have in store.

Posted by HatKing

It's funny how far this game has come.  I remember the cynicism and skepticism from the crew when this game was announced.   Now it's one of their most anticipated titles. 

Posted by Zolfe

i remember watching the trailers for the first bioshock and being super hyped, played through it thrice. the atmoshere was fantastic, really felt like you were transported to another time and place.

i'm kinda iffy about the "tears" and the girl's magical powers, i think levine tries really hard in the interview to try to show us that the powers aren't really magic, that there's some kind of internal logic going on, but it still comes off as pure magic to me, maybe when the game itself will be better at explaining.
 
hopefully Shawn Elliot is doing good work on this, listening to the old GFW stuff really made me think of him as some kind of genius, a sort of demented/chill genius

Posted by craigbo180

A game I could not be less interested in.

Posted by KaosAngel

Battlefield 3 :(

Posted by Skytylz

I thought Prey 2 looked the coolest.  

Posted by tourgen

needs more rails

nah really it looks pretty O.K. Looking forward to it.

Posted by Sil3n7

Kinda sucks we haven't got to see what you have Jeff.

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Posted by TheCableKid

This game looks so damn good.

Posted by GioVANNI

I'm surprised it's not Uncharted, to be honest

Edited by Pop

can't wait to see that demo, I wish they will release it, are they afraid of the spoilers or something?

Posted by ferrarimanf355

Forza Motorsport 4 got robbed.

Edited by Liquidus

Definitely deserving of it. BioShock Infinite was definitely my favorite thing about this E3.

Posted by crusader8463

This just in, it's still dark when you close your eyes and water is still wet. More News at 11.

Posted by MisterMouse

you guys need to create an E3 2011 game of the show award image now!

Posted by leftzero101

Tryin to avoid this game is so hard to do!
Posted by PerfidiousSinn

Jeff spoiled this on a Bombcast like two weeks ago.

Posted by rmanthorp

Bioshock Infinite is just amazing!

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Edited by zameer

I thought this was the best covered E3 from you guys so far; Patrick and Alex's contributions make that very clear.

Posted by crusader8463
@Pop said:
Tha Alice Madness returns image made me say Whaaaa? not bioshock infinite? but yea never mind can't wait to see that demo, I wish they will release it, are they afraid people will get spoiled?
What alice image?
Posted by Marino

Anyone taking bets on this being Game of the Show for E3 2012?

Staff
Posted by afrokola

@Marino: Let's hope it's out by then, but if it isn't, I wouldn't be surprised if it was!

Posted by MeatSim

Jeff called it a couple weeks ago on the Bombcast.

Posted by Kombat
Posted by blueaniman93

Not surprising. I can't wait for this game. Should probably finish Bioshock soon too,

Posted by asian_pride

Woo nice! This is also my game of the show.

Posted by Zor
@craigbo180 said:
A game I could not be less interested in.
Yeah... hmm... I feel the same way, and this has me concern (well, after watching last week's south park about change). The concept of the game sounds great, but so far, I don't care for it at all.
Posted by Whiskeyjack

I'm sad that there'll most likely be another whole E3 before Bioshock Infinite is released. But otherwise really looking forward to this one!