E3 this year was full of games we knew were coming out but it also had some surprises. Every year some company shocks us with something that came from left field. Valve's Left 4 Dead 2 was not expected to be announced when the first game hadn't even been out an entire year. This year there were less shockers but these are five of the more surprising announcements.
Kirby: Mass Attack
I had written off the Nintendo DS with the 3DS' release. Not only did titles get announced for the system but a completely unheard of Kirby title. Mass Attack just looks plain strange in comparison to normal Kirby platformers. The game has segments that are puzzle heavy but also has random shmup stages. The premise revolves around controlling up to 10 Kirbies to get through the nightmares that await you in Dreamland.
Street Fighter X Tekken X inFamous
So many people expected Street Fighter X Tekken to seep across as many platforms as possible. So the game ending up on the new Vita makes perfect sense. The inclusion of inFamous protagonist Cole joining the fight? Not so much. Cole looks to be one of the more aggressive and more powerful fighters in the game. Super powers still come in handy here with what looks to be rather broken abilities.
In a sea of Kinect titles that looked rather embarrassing a beacon of hope shocked everyone. Minecraft is practically a cult on the PC. It's a game with no actual purpose with a creator that hasn't figured out if it's finished or not. The Xbox 360 version will be made by someone else and only overseen by Mojang, still it's the most promising surprise Microsoft had.
Luigi's Mansion 2
I liked the original a lot but most people felt cheated by the short and child like take on survival horror. The fact a sequel is coming ten years later is shocking. Nintendo must have loved the game though as Luigi's vacuum and Professor E. Gadd have been popping up in Mario titles since his first romp in the spooky mansion. The sequel will solve the short game issue by including multiple mansions.
I have never had any interest in this series. My favorite entry was the Lara Croft down loadable title from last year. This reboot though looks fantastic. Although Lara does sound like she's being raped the action is intense. Blending the tomb raiding aspect with some much needed scare is what the series needed. I didn't enter E3 interested but it's now one of my more anticipated titles no matter how much ends up being play versus QTE.