E3 2007: 2OpGaming Awards

Everyone does, so why not us? Here are the 2OpGaming Best of E3 Awards.

Best Overall Visuals: Crysis - This game was sick. I spent most of my time playing the game shooting down trees and watching them fall over with glee and excitement. The AI is much improved and actually realistic i.e. you won’t be getting shot at without being able to see whose shooting you and everything about the game screams perfection. Only downside, the $3,000 PC you’ll need to run it in fully glory.

Honorable Mention: Call of Duty 4

Best Visuals on a Console: Call of Duty 4 - There are videos everywhere, they all look fantastic, but nothing beats seeing it first hand. The weather effects, the environments both in and outdoor, the weapons, the lighting, second to none and on such a large scope. Gears of War is going to be given a run for its money in the visuals department.

Honorable Mention: Mass Effect

Best First Person Shooter of the Show: Call of Duty 4 - Need I say more? The real deal Hollyfield both in single player and multiplayer. Stealth elements, the sniping, and a multiplayer beta coming next month. Are you kidding me?

Honorable Mention: Halo 3

Best Role Playing Game: Mass Effect - Where do we begin with one? Take an engaging story, I mean you literally get so pulled in you sit there and wonder what the hell is going to happen next ala KOTOR. Graphics are absolutely stunning, right up there with CoD and Gears. Vehicular and first person shooter combat, an entire universe with more planets than I can count. Need I say more? Must buy title day one.

Honorable Mention: Fable 2

Best Racing Game: Project Gotham 4 - The addition of motor bikes is pretty cool and gives the game a bit more of a light hearted feel. Add in an enhanced movie mode and being able to form your own racing team online, and this one will surely end up under the tree for many a gamer.

Best Coverage by a Media Outlet: Gamespot - Once again proving they cannot be beaten at E3 no matter when it is.Video after video and interview and interview. For the big boys, they cannot be beaten.

Best Coverage by a Community Site: Gamertagradio - I have never seen a group of people work their ass off more than Godfree, Feelzgood, and Miss Irie from GTR. They did not stop one second to party, they just went around and grabbed person after person to interview and brought it all up at light speed. You got to give credit where credit is due, and I am a huge fan of people who have an incredible work ethic and these guys brought it to the table ten fold.

Game with the Brightest Future: Fable 2 - Throw what Peter Molyneux promised about Fable out the window and catch it on the other side and throw it into Fable 2. I saw the demo, and baby I believe. A world 10 times larger than the Albion we visited in Fable. Incredible visuals, incredible combat that makes you feel like you’re in your very own Hollywood film and all the other sadistic and fun things you can do in a world designed by the legend himself. I cannot wait to see the finished product and we’re only about a year out.

Best Press Conference: Sony - Sony came out and let everyone know they’re still in it and are going to continue fighting. A price drop, a solid lineup, and the promise of all the mega titles down the line kept fans interested even if the presentation itself did do its best to put everyone to sleep.

E3 Game of Show Runner-Up: Call of Duty 4 - I don’t know what I can say that hasn’t already been said before. This will begin a new chapter in the genre with the level of realism and graphics in the game. The sheer amount of options they are putting in this game will have people playing forever. The new realism mode in multiplayer may give even a game like Counter Strike a run for its money. The buzz and community around this game is huge and it’s going to continue to carry. Infinity Ward has a major gem on their hands. It’s nice to see these guys back at the helm of the CoD franchise.

E3 Game of Show: Mass Effect - There were a couple of games whose presentations I never wanted to end and knowing this one is so close to release I wanted to see more of Commander Sheppard and his crew. A tear in my eye as I watched the waves crashed against the shoreline in the demo. I saw parts of the game in March at the MVP summit and back then I was amazed but its truly amazing to see how far down the line the game has come in such a short period of time and just how much content is smashed into one game. Be prepared for a truly unbelievable experience this holiday season.

Guitar Hero 80’s Edition Additional Tracks Announced


Today Red Octane revealed some additional tracks for the upcoming release of Guitar Hero 80’s. Here are the new tracks announced:

  • 18 and Life (as made famous by Skid Row)
  • Bathroom Wall (as made famous by Faster Pussycat)
  • Lonely is the Night (as made famous by Billy Squier)
  • Nothing But a Good Time (as made famous by Poison)
  • Play With Me (as made famous by Extreme)
  • Shaken (as made famous by Eddie Money)
  • Synchronicity II (as made famous by Police)

Sucks that this one isn’t being released on the 360, yet anyway. It wouldn’t surprise me and I am sure wouldn’t surprise many of you to see this down the line before the year is out as downloadable content at 500 marketplace points a song.

Great news for PS2 owners though.

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