The Biggest And Brightest Games of E3 2012

June 11, 2012
E3's over, and you're trying to catch up. Here's a cheat sheet of the ten biggest games that came out of the show that should help get you through the next few months of your way through conversations about video games with your "cooler" friends. We've even included some extra nuggets of info to help you impress the ladies (the few that care about this kind of thing).

Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)

Announced during Ubisoft's press conference, Watch Dogs captured the attention of millions of gamers as it gives you the opportunity to jack into the digital world in an all-new way. Players take control of a watch dog who has the technological capabilities to control anything with power source. This means that if you need to cause a distraction to sneak into a building, you can just hack into the city's power grid and cause an accident at the nearest intersection. It's awesome because we all secretly wish we could do it.

Nerd Cred Knowledge: Is it this gen or next gen? Ubisoft were tight lipped on what platforms the game will officially be released on.

Halo 4 (Microsoft)

You've been fighting the Covenant for over ten years now, what's the big deal about a new Halo game? Well, my friend, it's your chance to step into the boots of Master Chief once again and splatter alien guts all over the galaxy. Picking up where Halo 3 left off, this release will go above and beyond any of its predecessors and will take the franchise to all new territories. With a revamped look, and all new multiplayer modes, you can be sure that you and your boys are going to be up all night lighting up ten-year-olds the day the game drops.

Nerd Cred Knowledge: Longtime developer Bungie are not working on this game. 343 Industries (another Washington-based developer owned by Microsoft) are taking the lead for the first time.

God of War: Ascension (Sony)

Kratos returns for a seventh time (don't forget to count the mobile and PSP games) in as many years in a brand new way. Don't fear, he's still pretty badass, but Ascension is a prequel to the original God of War, so if you thought he had killed everything already, you were wrong, because all that stuff hasn't happened yet.

Nerd Cred Knowledge: Ascension will feature multiplayer for the first time in the series' history. The matches will pit Spartans and Trojans against each other to control territory on a map.

Tomb Raider (Square Enix)

Fans of Lara Croft should be rejoicing to see everyone's favorite archeologist return in an all new, and incredibly exciting adventure. Fans of Lara Croft's "assets" should be upset to see that her new character model has human-appropriate proportions. Serving as a prequel to all of the other games, this Tomb Raider is Lara's first expedition, and (surprise, surprise), things go terribly wrong after her ship wrecks in the opening of the game. Leaving behind her signature dual-wielding pistols, a 21 year-old Ms. Croft opts for a bow and arrow as her primary weapon.

Nerd Cred Knowledge: The developers at Crystal Dynamics recognize that Lara is a human and requires sustenance. Keeping her nourished is a key mechanic throughout the game, meaning she'll be hunting and skinning deer every now and again.

Resident Evil 6 (Capcom)

It's amazing how bioterrorism just can't be contained. Resident Evil 6 plays host to three separate, but intersecting story lines, all of which center around recognizable characters from the franchise's past (Leon Kennedy, Chris Redfield, Sherry Birkin) as they try and contain outbreaks in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Nerd Cred Knowledge: The game's connected storylines actually allow for co-op gameplay mid-story. Have your friends drop in to a four-person battle as your storyline intersects theirs.

Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft)

Desmond is back on the table once again, and this time he is channeling his half-Mokhawk, half-British ancestor Connor Kenway during the American Revolution. Instead of running through the streets of historical Europe, Kenway will be scaling trees in forests of the soon-to-be United States, and ducking into the back alleys of New England. A new time period means a whole host of new ways to kill people, and it's a safe bet that Connor's Native American background makes him proficient with his tomahawk.

Nerd Cred Knowledge: Since the game is set during the time of our forefathers, expect to see them. Everyone from George Washing to Thomas Jefferson will make an appearance – hopefully you paid attention in U.S. History.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (Mirror of Fate)

In couple years ago the Castlevania franchise broke off from its long and illustrious fiction and rebooted with the release of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. At this year's E3, Konami showed off the follow up, a 3DS game that builds on the LoS storyline, and sets up the console sequel. A 2.5D sidescroller, Mirror of Fate mixes classic gameplay with updated technology to offer an entirely new vampire hunting experience.

Nerd Cred Knowledge: Alucard, Dracula's son from Symphony of the Night, returns as a playable character.

Pikmin 3 (Nintendo)

The Wii U has a host of different games lined up for its launch, but Pikmin 3 is one of the most anticipated. Following in the footsteps of its two predecessors, Pikmin 3 will put players in control of tiny plant-like creatures that can be assigned to perform tasks to complete goals. The game will take advantage of the Wii U controller's screen by making the map available at all times, something that could have been extremely helpful in the previous games.

Nerd Cred Knowledge: Nintendo, specifically Shigeru Miyamoto, have been talking about a new Pikmin game for almost five years. This E3 was the first we got to see the new game.

The Last of Us (Sony)

The gorgeous Sony opus that debuted at last year's VGAs ( just keeps getting better and better for gamers as things get worse and worse for the characters in the game. Set in a world stricken with a mysterious plague, the game's two main characters, Joel and Ellie must work together to survive everything from street bandits to mutated monsters if they want to escape the pursuing military forces with their lives.

Nerd Cred Knowledge: There are multiple ways to survive any given area, depending on your gameplay style, inventory, and what's available in your environment. Make sure to make the right choices.

Injustice (Warner Bros.)

A couple years ago the team that makes the Mortal Kombat games took on a collaboration of epic proportions: Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Since then they've gone on to release a amazing re-imagining of the first three MK games last year, and have started work on a DC only fighting game entitled Injustice… and it looks freakin' awesome. While the team only showed off a few characters at E3, words can not describe how amazing it was to watch Superman pummel The Flash by upper cutting him into outer space.

Nerd Cred Knowledge: The stages are destructible, and interactive. Let's say you expose some electrical wires at the top of your screen, you can knock your opponent into them to do an extra bit of damage.