PICKS: Top 10 Games of E3 2012

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

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Doesn’t time fly. It was only last week that everyone was gearing up for E3 2012, but in a blink of an eye, it’s over. Some may say that it was a very lacklustre year, but that hasn’t stopped us from compiling a list of what we thought were the Top 10 games of E3 2012. Like our previous Top 10’s, all games were put to a vote among the contributos, where we spent days agonising over which games to vote for. It was heartbreaking stuff, as some titles just didn’t make the grade whilst others, surprisingly, shot straight to the top of the list.

So sit yourselves down, grab a cup of tea and prepare yourselves for Operation Rainfall’s Top 10 Games of E3 2012. *cue explosive, dramatic, music*

I’m sorry, but you didn’t make it.

First things first, we have to give honourable mentions to those games that were pipped at the post. You should be proud of yourselves young ones, you did well:

  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (check out our Hands On impressions here)
  • Code of Princess (check out our Hands On impressions here)
  • Hell Yeah! (check out our Hands On impressions here)
  • Tomb Raider (sorry we don’t have a Hands On impression)

Anyway, on with the show.

10. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Top Games of E3 2012The full on action Metal Gear game storms in at our No. 10. Removing Snake and putting everyone’s favourite fairy boy, Raiden, back in the limelight takes everything you know about previous entries in the series and throws it out the window. No more stealthy, sneaky gameplay — this is an all out hack and slash, over-the-top, watermelon dicing, fun filled game. Raiden has never looked more like a badass.

Check out our hands on impressions of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance here.

9. Assassin’s Creed 3

Assassin's Creed III - Top Games of E3 2012Technically this should be Assassin’s Creed 5, but who’s counting? Yes, at No. 9 we have the all new AC game, set during the American Revolution and featuring an all new assassin bloke: Conner Kenway. Not the most intimidating of names, admittedly, but with a whole new setting and weapons to utilise we’re very excited to enter the world of Assassin’s Creed again.

Plus it’s also the first AC game to get a release on a Nintendo console, the Wii U. Isn’t that lovely?

8. South Park: The Stick of Truth

South Park: The Stick of Truth - Top Games of E3 2012Despite South Park being an awesome and hilarious series, it hasn’t fared so well in the whole video game industry. The majority of their past games have been mediocre at best and largely forgettable. However, it looks like things could very well change with The Stick of Truth, which looks to be a hysterically funny take on the whole RPG/JRPG genre. Featuring a ton of characters from the series, including the most audacious ones, any fan of South Park should definitely keep their eye out for this one.

Undoubtedly worthy of our No 8 spot.

Head over to PAGE 2 to see what came in 7th, 6th and 5th place.

About David Rawlings

David Rawlings, or ‘Rawky’ as we like to call him, joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign at the beginning. He’s British and found solace with us as he was able to understand our pain about Nintendo and their localizing faux pas. He’s a big fan of the letter ‘U’ and refuses to remove them from words, even though we constantly ask him to. He also believes it’s about time Princess Daisy got kidnapped.

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  • davidvinc

    What a horrible list. Where are the JRPGs? I’ve never heard of any of those games besides The Last Story. Instead of hyping up these western shooters you should be asking these companies if they have any plans to bring over some JRPGs next year. Rallying behind the Legend of Heroes series and the Ys series for the PSP would be a great next step for you guys instead of trying to become the next siliconera. 

    • Trey Leuenberger

      Uh, there was only like 1 shooter on the list, calm down.  All of these games had great showings and made a good impression at e3, which is what this list is all about.

    • Great, I think you should be nominated as the new ‘Leader’ of the site.  Go ahead.  You’ve got such great ideas.

    • Oh dear, there’s a lot wrong with this comment.  I’ll leave some for the rest of the posters.

      ” I’ve never heard of any of those games besides The Last Story.”

      Granted, I only check gaming news maybe once every month or so, but even I knew some of these titles were coming like MGS:R and AC3.  Also, maybe you haven’t heard of them because a lot of them were announced at E3.  That’s kind of a common thing, you know; announcing new games at one of the biggest video game conferences.

      “Instead of hyping up these western shooters-”

      There are 2 of those on the list.  2 out of 10.  Get off the JRPG high horse and recognize that people care about other kinds of games, including people within OR.

    • LabrynianRebel

      This isn’t a “Top JRPGs list” so why should it have only JRPGs?

  • Watch Dogs sure did steal the show.

  • Watch Dogs was excellent… but where’s Beyond?  Where’s The Last of Us?  Resident Evil 6 going in a slightly different direction with the 3 independent stories joining to one?  (Not even an honorable mention for those titles?)  

    I can appreciate the community being largely RPG focused…but there were numerous titles that were far more deserving then MSG.   The fact that 6 of the top 10 were Nintendo games is a little shocking as well.  I almost expected New Super Mario U to be on this list when I started going through the titles.  I can appreciate The Last Story being a title since it hasn’t been released in NA and it was shown on the floor (though Nintendo needed something to show for the Wii since there isn’t much of anything else coming the rest of the year). 


    • Staff like what Staff like 😉

      I don’t agree with all of it, but I only counted for one vote so I can’t speak for everybody.  
      It’s just the way the wind blows, I guess.  

  • I’m not surprised Luigi’s Mansion 2 didn’t make this list… it looks like it has “Disappointing” written all over it with the overt childishness of it. there’s a difference between a sense of whimsy and that of childishness, and I’m afraid it’s more of the latter.

    Project P-100 is a game that certainly has my interest, and I’m just plain ecstatic that Pikmin 3 is finally on the horizon. With those two games being similar, I’m sure I’ll be having a blast with them… besides, Little King’s Story is definitely one of the Wii’s most underrated titles – I still play it to this day. 

    There are rumours abound about what Retro Studios may be up to, but Miyamoto himself has said they were busy with a new project and that it isn’t Zelda, haha. The most plausible rumour is a possible new F-Zero. Personally, I want a new DKCR… if they’re going to revive the first of three, they might as well do the next two – especially considering the second DKC was highly regarded to be the best of the series, and is also my favourite.

  • Daniel Gulyas

    You missed Ni No Kuni. 😛

  • E3 was a pretty big disappointment for me this year personally, most of the stuff they showed off didn’t interest me at all… I have to agree that Watchdogs was the most interesting announcement during the presentations though… Wish Nintendo hadn’t made a big deal about Arkham City on WiiU and focused on other things cause I don’t see it as being a big selling point for the console there still isn’t a single WiiU title that makes me WANT to buy a WiiU yet… Here’s hoping Monolith Soft is working on something cool for the WiiU… 😛 Xenoblade 2 anyone?

  • Ace

    It’s really refreshing to see a top 10 which isn’t biased towards shooters. Nice to know that you guys recognize that there are other genres of games out there.