The PC Games Of E3

Article: Hit and misses from the show floor

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Every scene in The Old Republic is fully voice-acted and conversations with NPCs are impressive, especially when other players in your party contribute to the chatter. Quests are already sporting astounding polish and like the Xbox games grant light and dark side points depending on the player's actions. Meanwhile Spectacular Sith vs. Jedi combat - as well as Bounty Hunter and Smuggler shooting - look to live up to expectations. Disappointed? This could be the best KoTOR yet.

Miss: Half-Life 2: Episode Three

This autumn will mark two years since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode Two, and we're yet to see a single screenshot of what the third episodic instalment will look like.

From Half-Life lore we know that the third episode will likely revolve around the Aperture Science-owned (see Portal) Borealis research ship that crashed in the Arctic, but almost five years after the release of Half-Life 2 we're hungry for something more. Valve boss Gabe Newell said of Episode Three's E3 absence: "I get a ton of email everyday saying why aren't you talking about Episode 3? And there are very good reasons why we're not talking about Episode 3, which I can't talk about yet, but I will." Let's hope they're very good reasons.

Hit: Brink
ETA: 2010

Enemy Territory dev Splash Damage has finally branched off and dreamed up its own, both terrifying and exciting game IP. The idea is this; you team up and shoot stuff with your mates online or in co-op in a meaty, cinematic story. But, at the same time other players might be working for the other side, trying to take out or defend your objective.

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There's essentially no difference between the single player and multiplayer worlds, which could either make Brink a genius first-person shooter or the worst idea we've ever heard. Read E3 impressions here.

Miss: Dragon Age Origins
ETA: 2009

Sex mini-games, rockin' rock music... BioWare's going for a clear audience with Dragon Age Origins and it's not necessarily one that would be old enough to attend its E3 demo sessions.

We just can't work the game out. It's fantasy in the most traditional sense; magic, loot, dragons - the lot, but it seems to have lost a lot of what made the RPG developers' games so great in the first place; subtlety and brains.

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While the role-playing systems look solid, combat is blood-filled and mindless and what we've seen of the sex sections has been outright cringe-worthy.

Hit: APB
ETA: 2010

APB sounds like a genius game; it's online cops and robbers where player crook heists will initiate an APB (All-Points Bulletin) to player cops, who'll then scream around in their cops cars and kick off the havoc.

Furthermore, rhere's the best looking character customisation system in any game pushing it along, and player matching systems that'll send the right amount of police for how good you are.

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You can start a gang, buy property, put up advertising and even play your own music from your MP3 collection - and other players will hear it. In summary, APB is the MMO GTA fans have been waiting for. Read the E3 impressions here.

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