Dev EA Canada
Innovations Real-world league updates
Innovating by letting you rewrite football history: After a match occurs in real life, it will eventually become playable in FIFA 12 with the same conditions and teams. This means, of course, that you can change the result... FIFA 12 is more closely connected to the real sport than any other simulation.
COUNTER-SRIKE: GLOBAL OFFENSIVE
Dev Hidden Path, Valve
Innovations Cross-platform play
Innovating by giving you a back door into the fortress of hardcore PC gaming: The computer / console divide has traditionally been huge, but Valve are bringing both camps together like no others would dare. Originally a mod for Half-Life, this is a new version built with console newcomers in mind, as the standard CS has a notably steep learning curve. Global Offensive is set to use the same (PS3 exclusive) Steam functionality seen in Portal 2, and can pit you against PC and Mac gamers.
LITTLE BIG PLANET
Format PS Vita
Dev Double Eleven / Tarsier
Innovations Community, sharing
Innovating by bringing the full experience to a handheld: The first attempt at a shrunken LittleBigPlanet - on the PSP - was hamstrung. The increased power of Vita, however, means anything you can do in LittleBigPlanet 2 on PS3, you can do on the handheld. Every feature - from Direct Control to the Sackbots - has been transferred over, and you can of course connect to the PlayStation Network to share your levels and play others. LBP is the game that defines PSN's 'play, create, share' ethos, and feels right at home on Vita.
Innovations Battlelog, massive battles, jets
Innovating by letting you be the air strike, not just call it in: You can do everything yourself in Battlefield. You don't just call in support choppers and air strikes - you control the jet fighters themselves. It's a level of interaction way beyond Call of Duty.