1. John Carmack
As mentioned below, E3 should be about the future and nothing I saw this year was more futuristic than John Carmack's virtual reality Doom 3 googles. I won't pretend to have understood even half of what he dazzled Brad with in his interview (presentation?, lecture?) but I was mesmerised both by the genius of the man and how much I want to try those crazy glasses.
2. Watch Dogs
Its not so much that I am excited about Watch Dogs, or 1313 for that matter but I am so desperate for some new consoles that any hints at what is in store for next year(hopefully) will be sucked up like a 7-up in the desert. Most of the games on this list are titles which are out this year which shows what a quiet E3 it was in reality. E3, or any trade show at its best is about the future, those tantalising glimpses at the new shinyness to come. Obviously no-one was saying these games were for the new consoles - just 'high end PC's' but it was obvious this was our first sight of how things are going to be and in the future the rain looks real nice on the wet streets and everyone's coat will flap in wind.
3. Beyond: Two Souls
There was so much wrong with Heavy Rain, bad combat, terrible accents and silly plotting but I would always rather play something interesting and flawed than another polished experience we have all seen before. So whatever David Cage his in the works will always get me interested. Added to which I love Ellen Page.
Funny I bought a PS3 because of Uncharted and Heavy Rain and then sold it because nothing new was coming out and it looks like I am going to have to buy one back for Beyond and The Last Of Us.
4. David Jaffe
Its strange, I have never really liked his games but I would pay to listen to the man speak. He is not confrontational, but he has an intelligence which stops those around him from being able to get away with sloppy thinking, platitudes and easy assumptions. It was fascinating to hear him probe and push against the slightly complacent views of the guy from Cards Against Humanity when they were talking about indie games. Really opinionated, but with views which obviously have been considered and an interest in others which shows he isn't just a loudmouth I always look forward to him turning up on the Bombcast
5. The Last of Us
Strangely E3 has made me less excited for this game as it has become more evident that it will much like Uncharted in structure, i.e. some limited exploration/traversal/puzzling and then some fighting in beautiful environments and not the more open, realistic apocalypse simulator I first hoped for. That said I am sure Naughty Dog will do a wonderful job of telling a more gritty, less jokey story than Uncharted and if it can be in some essence the 'The Road' game which I have always wanted I will be very excited to play it. I hope combat can be avoided on most occasions and when fighting is needed it is as realistic as possible. It chiled me a little to see the main character take a bullet and carry right on shooting in the demo and then listen to everyone talk about how real and visceral the action was.
To reiterate, I am only expressing disappointment because for a week or two I thought someone was making my dream game - I still think this is going to be great.
6. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
I never played the original X-Com games and up till E3 I thought this one was going to be PC only, so the fact that I am going to be able to play a Firaxis developed strategy game about alien research on my Xbox was one of the best things about the show. Its just one of those game you know will be good and will be a day-one buy with no need to read reviews.
7. Dust 514
At its most basic this is just another shooter, and nothing they have shown about the gameplay or artstyle would have grabbed my interest if it wasn't for the hooks with EVE. They still haven't made entirely clear how exactly this is going to work but just the idea of future games being able to connect across genre and platform in meaningful, interesting ways, rather than just earning XP in Mass Effect through playing Facebook games, or other marketing led cross-platform initiatives is enough to get it on this list.
Its a little sad that all a game has to do to grab your attention at this E3 is to not be a sequel but I feel Dishonored has enough going to grab my attention outside of being a new title. The fact that it is being developed by old hands from Half-Life and Deus Ex should be enough to prick up the ears of anyone enthusiastic about games with interesting narrative and mechanics and it seems to embrace the steampunk ethos without being swamped in cogs and leather bodices. It seems a little dull graphically and there might be a risk that too many competing systems make it a bit of a mess but such is my hunger for new stories that it most definitely has my interest.
9. Far Cry 3
This E3 had far too many sequels, with the 5th, 6th and 7th interation of some series on show but there are certain games which still feel as if they have something to offer despite not being new IPs. Far Cry 2 had some great tech (the fire especially) and huge scope but there were a number of things which held it back from being a truly great game namely the wooden acting, plot, and relentless slog an open-world game with no fast travel and respawning tough enemies can become.
This third entry grabbed me, not least because it looks kind of crazy, in an Apocalypse Now, Heart of Darkness style but also because if they get it right and correct the design and production errors which held back the last game it could be something really special. It already looks beautiful, so if they can make the world engaging and keep the action tough without it getting tedious the promise of 2 can be realised.
I saw the trailer they released earlier last year and was really impressed. The futuristic industrial style looked fantastic but the sound design grabbed me the most, clanking metallic groans from the machines and stark echoing weapon effects. The customisation options and skill trees revealed at E3 intrigued me even more. Still not sure about F2P and how this would affect the balance of the game but at the moment it looks like another reason for me to get a decent PC.