Digital Life: The best of E3
CHILD OF EDEN, Ubisoft, X360/PS3
The legendary Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Lumines, Rez) gave a tantalising taste of his new music game with a demo that used Microsoft's new Kinect camera.
Waving his arms like an orchestra conductor, Mizuguchi delved into a psychedelic world of colour and sound. Out early 2011.
OKAMI-DEN, Capcom, DS
A return to the delightful world of puzzle game Okami, this DS version takes a fresh slant on the original mechanic that enabled the player to draw solutions to problems.
You now control two characters as you attempt to root out evil from the world with a swish of the stylus. Early 2011.
GEARS OF WAR 3, Microsoft, X360
The final fight in the shooter trilogy may well be the most epic, thanks to four-player co-op, more terrifying enemies and the ability to play as the Locust horde in new Beast mode. "This will be the most polished Gears game we've ever produced," said lead designer Cliff Bleszinski, who even hinted there could be other games in the Gears universe to come. April 2011.
SORCERY, Sony, PS3
Like a medieval Harry Potter, this wand-waving fantasy tale makes innovative use of the PlayStation Move controller. Attack enemies by shooting fireballs and electricity with a wave of your hand and drink potions by tipping up the controller. Spring 2011.
BULLETSTORM, EA, X360/PS3
If it weren't so tongue in cheek, BulletStorm would be almost offensive, a riotous shooter that encourages you to "kill with skill". Instead of merely plugging enemies with a well-placed bullet, the game goads you into combos. Score big points as, for example, you throw some poor mope into the air before shooting him in the crotch. February 2011.
LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD, Nintendo, Wii
The much-loved fantasy adventure is back, with an emphasis on skilful use of sword and shield employing the WiiMotion Plus accessory. Little else was shown to whet the appetite but Nintendo never permits Zelda to be anything less than sublime. 2011.
CRYSIS 2, EA, X360/PS3/PC
Yes, it's another military shooter but nobody does spectacle better than the Crysis team. Crammed with eye-opening set-pieces and the myriad abilities of the nano-suits, this outing takes the alien fight to New York -- and all in 3D too. Christmas 2010.
SUPER SCRIBBLENAUTS, Warner Bros, DS
Refining the incredible original is the goal here. In the first game, solving puzzles by creating any almost object by typing its name was the genius part. The wonky control system was not. Happily, that has been fixed and the vocabulary is wider. October 2010.
ROCK BAND 3, MTV/Harmonix, X360/PS3/Wii
At last we get to play keyboards in a music game. If that wasn't enough, try the optional new guitar that -- gasp! -- works like a real six-string if you're skilled enough.
Plus there are tons more songs, full drop-in/drop-out and the ability to import all tunes from RB1, RB2 and Lego RB. Late 2010.
DRIVER: SAN FRANCISCO, Ubisoft, X360/PS3
Going back to its roots in the Bay area, Driver brings old foes together again in a hectic chain of cops and robbers car chases. The big twist hinges on the far-fetched but delicious capacity to switch magically into any nearby vehicle even at full speed. Late 2010.