E3 2011

June 8, 2011

Gamer Rant ‑E3 Edition — Rebuttal

Yes­ter­day, edi­tor Ace­of­Nades post­ed his week­ly Gamer­Rant and had quite an argu­ment brew­ing over Nintendo’s new­ly announced con­sole the WiiU. I thought it would be fun, with Ace­of­Nades per­mis­sion, to counter his argu­ment with this rebut­tal. It’s not so much prov­ing him wrong because at this point no one has a vast amount of details on the sys­tem and its odd con­troller, but see­ing the pos­i­tives of the con­troller and con­sole in my opin­ion. The WiiU is still sur­round­ed with a shroud of mys­tery. What we were shown at E3 was the tech of the new con­troller and what will be the final hard­ware design albeit some tweaks. They showed the con­troller off first the same way they did with the Wii. If you are intro­duc­ing a new way to play games the hard­ware and soft­ware take a back seatRead more…

June 7, 2011

Gamer Rant — E3 Edition — Wii U

Nin­ten­do revealed its new con­sole at thi­er press event and are call­ing it the Wii U. Here comes the pain. So there was no men­tion of an actu­al con­sole they only focused on the con­troller. Wait I thought we were get­ting a new con­sole? First off the con­troller looks like its the size of the U Draw or a fat touch tablet. That’s way to big in my opin­ion. Yea its got a fan­cy touch screen, but why do I need a screen? Will it have heat­ing issues? Will it eat through bat­ter­ies? It’s gonna be in HD, but thats the most that was said about the con­sole. The prob­lem is like the Wii the Wii U offers noth­ing more than a new gim­mick. You can switch from your TV to your 6.2 inch screen and then it becomes a handheld.….but I alreadyRead more…

June 7, 2011

E3 2011 – Nintendo – E3 Press Conference

Wow, what a morn­ing. Nin­ten­do went out with a bang that left more ques­tions than answers about their mys­te­ri­ous Project Café, now known as Wiiu. There was a great 3DS sup­port, a new con­troller for their new con­sole, and only one Wii title announced, so take that for what you will. Now on to the facts! Cel­e­brat­ing 25 years of The Leg­end of Zel­da – They had a live orches­tra per­form­ing the many themes from the Zel­da games over the years and with fan­fare announce­ments deal­ing with the Zel­da fran­chis­es. There will be a Zel­da con­cert series per­form­ing world­wide; dates to be announced lat­er. There will be a free copy of Zel­da: Four Swords on the DSI­ware this fall. Sky­ward Sword will be out this hol­i­day, with a lim­it­ed edi­tion Gold Wii Remote plus, sold sep­a­rate­ly. 3DS – was great­lyRead more…

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 — Sony

Well Day one of E3 is in the books and it end­ed with Sony. Now Sony had a ton of pres­sure to be great this year due to the PSN hack. Well lets just say I think they hit a home­run. They had to step it up and they did just that. After the apolo­gies and thanks for sup­port here’s what they gave us: Unchart­ed 3 — Beta June 28 — Full game Nov 1 — We got a look at Unchart­ed 3 which looked amaz­ing. The game­play had Drake sneak­ing around a cruise ship dur­ing a ter­ri­ble storm. As you nav­i­gate the ship you and object around you con­tin­u­ous­ly sway with the chop­py seas out side. Even­tu­al­ly the ship gets a hole and starts flood­ing and then all of the sud­den the ship rolls onto its side adding a whole newRead more…

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 – Microsoft- All things Halo

What would E3 be wit out the fran­chise that cre­at­ed the Xbox? We know Bungie depart­ed the series with Reach and the reins would be hand­ed over to 343 Indus­tries, which is ran by for­mer Bungie mem­ber Frank O’Connor. Dur­ing Microsoft’s press brief­ing not one, but two Halo games were announced; mak­ing the scream­ing fan boy inside me cry tears of joy. Halo: Com­bat Evolved Anniver­sary is just what we expect­ed and has been wait­ing for. The game is the orig­i­nal Xbox hit with a shiny new coat of paint with online co-op and mul­ti­play­er. I was able to catch the inter­view Spike/Gametrailers had with Frank O’Connor. From what I gath­ered the game is essen­tial­ly the Xbox game down to its core. There has been no tweak­ing of lev­el design, or how the game plays; it was just a graph­i­calRead more…

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 – Microsoft- Tomb Raider

Crys­tal Dynam­ics came out on to Microsoft’s stage to present their new reimag­in­ing of Tomb Raider. This is vast­ly dif­fer­ent than we have seen her last in TR: Under­world. Lara is 21 and just begin­ning her adven­tures, the tone is much dark­er and grit­ty to the point dur­ing the demo Lara pulled out a piece out met­al out of a wound like a pro; albeit much whin­ing and moan­ing. The game play they showed looked like a mix of clas­sic Tomb Raider and Unchart­ed. There were script­ed playable sequences that looked very rem­i­nis­cent of Unchart­ed 2. Not to say that Lara’s new makeover is a bad thing and all they did was copy and past­ed from Naughty Dogs opus, there were some orig­i­nal ideas amongst the demo. Using Lara’s “sur­vivor skills” you can locate things in the envi­ron­ments to useRead more…

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 – Microsoft- Kinect

Kinect was the biggest fea­ture at the Microsoft press event and with good rea­son. It was a huge hit over the Hol­i­day but with lit­tle fan­fare for the core gamer and with a very small library still no most have titles out­side of Dance Cen­tral. This issue they tried to address this E3. They brought out the big guns to try and declare that Kinect was for the “hard­core” and still appeal to the casu­al audi­ence they have already cap­ti­vat­ed. After Don Mat­trick took the stage, Peter Moore for EA (fun­ny to have the for­mer Microsoft exec on a MS press­er again) took the stage to intro­duce that Kinect will be fea­tured in Tiger Woods, Mad­den, and Fifa fran­chis­es; to what extent it was not men­tioned. EA would con­tin­ue the Kinect dance with Mass Effect 3 reveal­ing its Kinect fea­turesRead more…

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 — Ubisoft

Next on the list was Ubisoft­’s event. Before I start can I just say 1. just give us the info, you’re not fun­ny and 2. hire peo­ple who speak eng­lish or make them learn it bet­ter. I can’t under­stand half of what you just said about Track Mania…not that I cared but I digress…Here is what Ubisoft had to offer: Ray­man Ori­gins — This live demo showed some co-op and brought me back to the SNES and Sega days. It had a old school feel­ing with it’s well ani­mat­ed 2D side scrolling action. The game will sup­port a 4 play­er co-op. Dri­ver San Fan­cis­co — Noth­ing spe­cial unfor­tu­natley. Dri­ver will have a mul­ti­play­er fea­ture though. Far­cry 3 — This actu­al­ly looked decent. Got a lit­tle sneak peak of game­play and seemed to have a mix­ture of stealth and regualr capRead more…

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 — EA’s Game Changers

EA just fin­ished their press event and heres what they showed us: Mass Effect 3 — March 6, 2012 — The live demo showed some great graph­ics and real­ly showed off a much larg­er scale for the action and fight­ing. It was also said that if you played the pre­vi­ous Mass Effect games that your deci­sions in them would all come togeth­er in this install­ment. Need for Speed: The Run — This new NFS title will be a race across the USA. They have added the auto log fea­ture to this one and it will also fea­ture action out of the car as well. The live demo showed this fea­ture to be a sim­ple but­ton tim­ing excer­cise but it will be an inter­est­ing fea­ture. With stolen police cars, fight­ing, and heli­copter chas­es this NFS seems like it will up theRead more…

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