2.Magic the Gathering Tactics(pictured): Let me get this straight, Sony Online is making a game that combines the summoning and mana generating of Magic cards with the turn-based tactical gameplay of Final Fantasy Tactics. Sign me the fuck up. I got to play a match using the PC engine for MTGT and I was psyched at how they combined the two mechanics. Mana is generated in set amounts based on what "cards" you put in your deck to start. For example, if you have 3 white spells and 1 green spells in your arsenal, you get 4 white mana and 1 green mana every turn. It starts with just you as the planeswalker and you use mana to summon your creatures around you on a grid, each of which have their own abilities and powers. I can't get into to all of the ins and outs of the rules now, but just the fact that I could spew 1000+ words on the intricacies of this game means that it's going to boast dense tactical strategy. I tap 3 swamps and summon MTGT onto my computer now!
1. Civilization V: There's no question about it. When it comes to Civ, I'm a complete fanboy. I have played more hours of Civ games than any other videogame combined (with a 6 year sub. to WoW, that's saying a lot). From the first game that I got from a friend at school on 2 floppy 3.5" disks to the religious orgy that was Civ IV, I've played them all and I am definitely a sufferer of "One More Turn" Syndrome. Civ V is turning a lot of the classic gameplay on its head, and I think it's all awesome. The single unit hex-based combat and the tweaks to the civic system are all seem like steps in the right direction. Safe to say, I walked away from the Civ V demo at the 2K booth with the full intention of pre-ordering the game and taking a week off of work. September 21st can't come soon enough!
That's it, my favorite games of E3 2010. And even though my beloved Celtics lost to their arch-enemies, the Rapists and Brawlers (aka Lakers), on the last day of E3, I wouldn't have traded the experience for anything.