"What was the coolest thing you've seen?" That's the most commonly asked question of NY1's tech reporter, Adam Balkin, who's out at the big E3 video game convention in Los Angeles this week. So in response, he filed the following report on some of the hottest games on the show floor this year.
From the moment the crowd starts to surge through the E3 doors, there are always a few titles that most will lock in on and must see, at least for a few minutes during their time here.
There are the obvious ones, like the latest Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Ghosts. Battlefield 4, which gamers may actually back away from for a second, not realizing what they're seeing isn't really happening. And Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, where the latest ultra-immersive world you're dropped into is that of pirates.
From there, though, everyone has his or her own hit list, a list which, if that list's maker has ever owned a smartphone, will likely include Plants Versus Zombies: Garden Warfare, a first-person shooter for consoles.
"The pea shooter is sort of your run-and-gun, fast and agile kind of character. The sunflower is more of the backbone for the team," says Justin Wiebe of PopCap Games. "You've got the chomper, he runs around and he basically just eats zombies. And then lastly, we've got the cactus, who's more of a range specialist."
Then you've got the next in the Batman series, Arkham Origins, which is all four of those wrapped up into one, minus the eating his enemies part.
"You play Batman in his early career," says Michael McIntyre of WB Games. "A crime lord named Black Mask has put a bounty on his head for $50 million, and so all of these deadly assassins have come to kill Batman on this one night."
Finally, there's a game called Destiny, which is, without question, destined to have extremely high expectations. Why is that? Because of who's making it. It was created by Bungie, the folks who brought us Halo, teaming up with Activision, the company behind hits like Call of Duty.
"There's a ton of crazy pressure trying to bring this game to market, and it feels a lot like Halo 2 did after we did Halo 1," says Harold Ryan of Bungie. "You start wondering, 'Why do people like it? What should we keep? What do we change?'"
The game seems to sort of be like a Halo meets Call of Duty, as Earth's last remaining city is under attack and it's your destiny to help save humanity.