You know what the most overlooked aspect is of console design? Longevity. Few console features looks that will last a decade or two. I mean hell, just look at Atari? Wooden panels? Yeah, that’ll go nicely with the drapes. The Playstation 4 on the other hand, is a sexy beast of a console. And that’s all because Sony didn’t want to embarrass you.
Well, that’s it folks, E3 is over. Thanks for coming, now bugger off before we release the Call of Duty attack dogs on you all. RUN YOU DAMN JOURNALISTS, RUN FOR YOUR CRITICAL HIT POINTS!
SPERTS! Believe it or not, but I happen to be a fan of at least one sport. You know the one. That noble art of punching one guy in the face harder than he can kick the heirs off of your man sack in return. I’m talking about fighting, and when it’s legal, it’s awesome. Take UFC for instance, which isn’t only a great spectacle, but might be a great game again soon.
Enough negative Xbox One news, at least for a few hours. I’ll admit that Microsoft isn’t doing a great job communicating their new console, but there’s still a lot of grunt under that hood. And believe it or not, the most surprising feature of the console may come from the hardware side that most gamers don’t want: The Kinect.
You look at the line up of games, and chances are that you’ll feel that a little too family friendly. Personally, I don’t have a problem with that, but if the Wii U console wants to attract a larger audience, it’s going to have to shed some blood. Or get gratuitous with the action. And buddy, Bayonetta 2 is both.
To survive E3, you’re going to need a few essentials. One: Shock therapy to wean you off of checking your 3DS every ten seconds to see who your new spotpass pals are. Two: More of that therapy to help you overcome the urge to smack the hipster off the faces of several horrible moustachioed attendees. Three: Really, really good walking shoes. Or bionic legs.
If there’s one thing that video games are still infamous for, it’s churning out sequel after sequel on an almost annual basis these days. When done right, it adds to the franchise, but when done wrong, it waters the core experience down. The Witcher though, has managed to produce a sequel that outshone the original. With a third and final game on the way though, CC Projekt Red may have just produced their masterpiece in that trilogy.
It’s a good year to like sandbox games. Grand Theft Auto is on the way, presenting it’s usual blend of stylised action and reality. But for some people, reality isn’t good enough. These are the folks that want to punch evil in the pickle and wield guns that fire off weaponised streams of Skrillex. For those folks, that game does exist. And it’s called Saints Row IV.
I’ll be honest here: I haven’t enjoyed a Command and Conquer since the superb Kane’s Wrath expansion pack for the third game in the Tiberium Wars franchise. Subsequent Command and Conquer titles felt terrible afterwards. Rushed, buggy and annoying, I’d lost hope for the franchise. But the free to play upcoming Command and Conquer may just save the franchise from oblivion.
I don’t think that anything could have prepared me for my very first day of E3. To say that the show floors are a sea of madness, is an understatement. Zombies quarantined off from the general populace unless they offer hugs, friendly bank robbers and sports cars on display are just a taste of E3. Here’s what the first day looked like, in case you missed it.
One game that has had my interest since it debuted, was Murdered: Soul Suspect. Besides being a brand new IP, it’s also got an interesting premise, in that players have to solve their own murder using their ghostly skills to do so. But it’s probably just a game with vague detective work and angel gun bullets or something, right? Wrong folks. Dead wrong.
Despite what you may think of the hardware powering it, there’s no denying that the Xbox One has some great games lined up. Remedy Entertainment’s Quantum Break for one, or a new Forza entry that will have petrol-heads spinning tyre doughnuts with glee. And then you’ve got Crytek, who have tossed the gun aside for a gladius. Tetsudo!
Australia may not be known for much, besides Crocodile Dundee and games of knifey-spooney, but the nightmare fuel country of dangerous critters is the birthplace of Mad Max at least. The cult road maniac portrayed originally by Mel Gibson has remained a staple part of celluloid culture for decades now. And with a new film on the way, it looks like he’ll be racing his way onto consoles again soon. Ripper mate.
If there’s one thing that no one tells you about E3, it’s that it’s more crowded than Burger King on a Saturday. Four events kicked things off on Monday, with Sony, Microsoft, EA and Ubisoft all doing their best to upstage one another. Which you can see in all its glory, after the jump.
When it first launched, Skylanders set a few precedents with a then-revolutionary concept of “Toys to life”. Collectible figurines that could be zapped into a fully-fledged game, Skylanders has done some damn good business for Activision so far. A new year, and a new game is on the horizon though, and after handling the handheld versions of the franchise, studio Vicarious Visions is bringing a new idea to the series with “dynamic swapability”.