Activision’s Line-Up for E3

Of course we all knew Activision was gonna be in attendance at this year’s E3.  It’s also become widely known over the past few weeks leading up to E3 that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was scheduled for release this Holiday – no real shocker.  But I’m pleased to report that Activision will also be presenting a few additional titles that I am substantially more excited about than said 800 pound gorilla.

Slated for display, here’s what you can expect to see:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Co-developed by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games Modern Warfare 3 is set to take us on yet another frantic FPS ride across the globe.  It’s a safe bet that blood, bullets and explosions will be at an at-time high.
  • Call of Duty Elite – Built to be integrated into MW3, Elite is poised to grant even more control over the multiplayer experience.  Building upon the already solidly established online features you can expect to see a greater level of social gaming factored in based on the player’s likes, interests and/or affiliations.  Look for additional ways to customize weaponry and push them directly into the game’s menu.
  • Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure – Using what has been referred to as the Portal of Power (hearing that term I can’t help but think of the Pinchers of Power from the Goonies) players will be able to bring their toys to life in a newly created universe called Skylands.  Skylander is designed to cross multiple platforms including consoles, handhelds and mobile devices.  Although this idea sounds intriguing I’ll be curious to see how Activision plans to pull it off.
  • Prototype 2 – The original Prototype was released in 2009 right alongside the PlayStation 3 exclusive, inFAMOUS.  Both games caught my eye immediately but, when the dust settled, it was inFAMOUS that won the day for me.  Prototype was one of those games that could have been great but a convoluted story and an insane control scheme muddled my overall experience.  This is one game that I have high hopes for and wish Activision all the best for an IP that deserves a second chance.
  • Spider-Man: Edge of Time – I bought 2010’s Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions on an impulse, played it and gave it a better than average review here on PSNation.org.  To say that Edge of Time is my most anticipated title from Activision during E3 is an understatement.  The development of cause-and-effect gameplay has most certainly got my attention and I am more than hopeful that the developers at Beenox will take the solid effort they created with Shattered Dimensions and improve upon it to make it this year’s version of Batman Arkham Asylum.  If nothing else, addressing the horrid camera angles from Shattered Dimensions will make me a happy man.
  • X-Men Destiny – The X-Men have been around for a long time.  Through comics, movies and various videogame installments it is a story that has been told many times over.  My biggest question is if Destiny will be anything more than a movie tie-in to the recently released X-Men: First Class?  Based on a below-average rating of these type of games (Thor anyone?) I’m crossing my fingers that they are giving it much more attention and, like the Phoenix, it will rise from the ashes to great heights.
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon –  Yet another potential movie tie-in, Dark of the Moon has probably the most potential of breaking that supposed curse.  War for Cybertron was, in my humble opinion, one of last years sleeper hits.  If you haven’t already, pick up a copy and give it a go.  I’m confident that High Moon Studios will deliver the next chapter of the Transformers videogame universe with even more polish.

Written by Bill Braun

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  • I felt the same way about Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions as you did about Prototype – it really could’ve been an incredible game, but instead it disappointed me because it didn’t deliver.  Spider-Man: SD had a triple-A character with a triple-A budget and a triple-A ad campaign, but it was not a AA caliber game.  It could’ve been, but it squandered the opportunity.  I LOVED the Noir setting, but when wall-crawling, I repeatedly wanted to throw the controller because of the inane camera.  I fought the camera more than the thugs.  I could go on…

    Anyway, like you Bill, I hope both Prototype 2 and Spider-Man: Edge of Time deliver on the unfulfilled promise of their predecessors. 

  • Anonymous

    I think that MW3 has some potential but have to see multiplayer to make final decision. I think that Transformerd: Dark Side of the Moon will prolly be the top movie game this year.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t think much of the line up and I know the COD fanboys will be going mad over the dual scopes and airstrike, will they work well in multiplayer? Time will tell. Hoping MW3 is good but I expect B3 to be alot better.

    Nice post Matthew, same here. Good write up Bill.