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The din of new games has finally subsided, booths have been taken down and everyone has gone home. 2012’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is now only a memory, so it’s time to compare predictions to reality and see what other surprises the event had in store.
The Xbox 360 experience was front and center during Microsoft's keynote, where SmartGlass became the surprise of the show. Offering the ability to sync content across multiple devices, Microsoft demonstrated "Halo 4," showing in-game stats on a Windows 8 tablet PC while the game continued churning away on an Xbox 360.
We correctly predicted "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2," but it was new versions of "Tomb Raider" and "South Park: The Stick of Truth" that appeared to capture the enthusiasm of avid gamers in attendance.
We predicted Nintendo would "own the show" with its forthcoming Wii U console and great titles like "Pikmin 3" and "Batman: Arkham City." The company pulled out all the stops, kicking things off with a demonstration of the former, followed by the upcoming "Armored Edition" of the latter, along with demos of 21 other titles, many starring Nintendo's best-loved characters.
In fact, there was so much ground to cover, Nintendo held a separate press conference the day before E3 officially started, dedicated to the Wii U Gamepad itself. A combination tablet and game controller, the Gamepad certainly seemed to satisfy E3 attendees, as did confirmation that the Wii U itself will arrive in time for the holidays this year to "elevate your living room entertainment," as president Reggie Fils-Aime put it.
Last but not least, there's Sony, which bookended two highly anticipated video game titles with a lot of chatter about keeping PlayStation Move and Vita in the hearts and minds of gamers everywhere. J.K. Rowling's "Wonderbook" for the PlayStation Move, in particular, showed a lot of promise for Harry Potter fans.
Quantic Dream's PS3-exclusive "Beyond: Two Souls" may have electrified the E3 event as it kicked off, but, as we predicted, it was with Naughty Dog's "The Last of Us" — presented 90 minutes later — that everyone walked away most impressed.
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