The Game: Assassin’s Creed III brings the centuries-long battle between the shadowy Assassins and the power-hungry Templars to the American Revolutionary War, as seen through the eyes of a half Native American named Connor Kenway. (Out Oct. 30, 2012, for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC) READ FULL STORY
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The Games: In LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, Nintendo DS, 3DS, and PS Vita), you can play as most of the major DC characters — Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc. — as well as the famed Dark Knight and his trusty Boy Wonder, Robin. The reason all hands are on deck: The Joker has teamed up with Lex Luther for a diabolical plan that involves both Batman and Superman. LEGO Lord of the Rings (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo 3DS) is much more straightforward: It’s Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, but in LEGO. (Batman 2 is out summer 2012; LOTR’s release date is TBA.) READ FULL STORY
The Game: A first-person shooter about an ordinary tourist who’s stranded on a tropical island after a local gang of criminals kidnaps his buddies. It’s up to you to find your friends and confront the gang’s alpha male: a mentally unstable chap named Vaas. (Available on Sept. 4 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC)
What We Played: The single-player demo shown at Ubisoft’s press conference, where you infiltrate Vaas’ compound, plus an extended version of the four-player co-op mode revealed at Sony’s media briefing.
The Good: The game’s tropical paradise is gorgeous. At the Ubisoft conference, the demo was played at a breakneck speed, making it difficult to appreciate Far Cry 3‘s attention to detail. For instance, when our hero, Jason, is swimming underwater at the start of the demo, you can look all around you and notice the variety of fish, the marine vegetation, and a crashed airplane resting on the ocean floor. READ FULL STORY
You’d think that the only major gaming company to debut a brand new console would own this year’s E3. But Nintendo’s introduction of the Wii U at the company’s press briefing Tuesday morning did not live up to expectations that the console would, in the words of Nintendo of America chief Reggie Fils-Aime, “revolutionize your living room.” It was far from an outright flop — the Wii U is packed with potential (if no price point or firm release date yet other than “the holiday season.”) But if Nintendo was looking to make a big splash at E3, they’ve made something more like a heavy sprinkle. Here are the highlights:
BRING ON THE HARDCORE GAMES! ALL TWO OF THEM!
The presentation forwent discussion of the Wii U’s home entertainment possibilities — it will feature access to Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Amazon Video — in favor of the promise to showcase a whopping 23 titles for the Wii U. But only 10 games got a thorough presentation, and of those 10, only two could be classified as “hardcore” — dark, violent gaming experiences that Nintendo has professed will feel right at home on the Wii U. READ FULL STORY
The Game: Simply put, it’s Super Smash Bros. with Sony characters. Okay, there are some twists, such as the fact that each level mixes material from at least two dissimilar franchises. But really, this is an excuse to invite some friends over and then beat the crap out of each other — the very foundation of college dorm life. (Available this holiday season for PS3 and PS Vita)
What We Played: At a recent pre-E3 event, we extensively tried out the main four-player battle mode with the six initially announced characters — Kratos (God of War), Sweet Tooth (Twisted Metal), Sly Cooper, Mael Radec (Killzone 2), Fat Princess, and PaRappa the Rapper. (Sony announced Monday that Nathan Drake and Big Daddy will also be a part of the game.) We played four different maps: Metropolis (from Ratchet & Clank), Sandover Village (from Jak and Daxter), Dreamscape (from LittleBigPlanet), and Hades (from God of War).
The Good: The fundamental appeal of the Super Smash Bros. series — fast-paced fighting mayhem with your friends — remains intact here. Many of the characters’ Level 3 special powers, like PaRappa’s “death by rap song” execution move or Fat Princess’ Super Fat Chicken, are hilarious. And the levels themselves are cleverly designed. For instance, there’s a LittleBigPlanet map that, halfway through the match, will be interrupted by a Buzz! trivia question. You must navigate your character over to the correct multiple-choice answer and then defend your turf before the timer runs out. READ FULL STORY
E3: Sony puts gamers first with 'The Last of Us,' 'Beyond,' and 'God of War: Ascension,' plus a new 'Harry Potter' project from J.K. Rowling
Whereas Microsoft seemed most concerned with highlighting the Xbox 360’s role as your living-room media thingamajig, Sony emphasized its games (and the PlayStation 3’s exclusive titles) more than anything else at its E3 press briefing Monday night. This resulted in one stunning game demo after another and theoretically positioned the PS3 as the true hardcore gamer’s system, even though the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii both enjoy a significantly larger user base.
We witnessed such PS3 exclusives as Quantic Dream’s intriguing new thriller Beyond, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation for the PS Vita, God of War: Ascension, and The Last of Us (pictured above). And, oh yeah, a new project from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, which showed promise and also stopped the conference dead in its tracks. Here’s what went down at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena: READ FULL STORY
Ubisoft showed off an impressive slate of videogames on Monday, in a pre-E3 press conference hosted by comedienne Aisha Tyler and someone named Tobuscus, who is apparently considered a YouTube sensation by people who pay attention to YouTube sensations. The briefing kicked off with dancing girls and an appearance by Flo Rida, but the games themselves showcased eccentric fantasy visions. We’ll be talking more about each game once E3 begins properly tomorrow, but here’s a quick rundown of Ubisoft’s big games at E3 2012: READ FULL STORY
Electronic Arts held the second major event of Monday’s pre-E3 press conference smorgasboard, showing off ten of their upcoming titles in LA’s Orpheum Theatre. When EA’s CEO John Riccitiello took the stage, he explained that the briefing would be “less like the Oscars, and more like Sundance” — a reference to the relatively pomp-free presentation, although a single minute of these games features more explosions and slow-motion-neck-stabs than a decade of Sundance. We’ll have a more in-depth look at each of these games once E3 kicks off tomorrow, but for now, here’s a quick rundown of all EA’s 2012 offerings: READ FULL STORY
The trailer for Halo 4 is really two trailers in one. The first is more of a cinematic preamble, featuring live actors (or the best CG I’ve ever seen) heading into deep space in a starship built for war but now commissioned for exploration and “the discovery of new worlds.” That…doesn’t go well.
The second is a true gameplay trailer, as demo’d at today’s Microsoft press briefing, showcasing the new planet Requiem‘s vertiginously overgrown jungle landscape (and some of the hostile creatures inside it).
Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
To answer your first question: No, Microsoft did not reveal a new console at their press conference this morning. The briefing — which is the first major event of E3 week — did have plenty of intriguing first looks at some of the biggest games of the next year. In general, though, it felt a little bit like Microsoft was once again attempting to hard sell the XBox as a full-service entertainment device, complete with an in-depth look at a new second-screen system called “SmartGlass” and a tease about a new “XBoxMusic” system which immediately made “Zune” a Trending Topic. Here are the key details from the big event:
- 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' gig for Jenny Slate
- Tom Hiddleston wrote Thanks for Loki note
- Allison Williams as Peter Pan for NBC
- Directors push deal for Kodak movie film
- 'Blacklist' gig for Krysten Ritter
- 'Essential *NSYNC' is news to *NSYNC?
- Jim Gaffigan series to air on TV Land
- 'CSI' role for Mark Valley
- 'Once Upon a Time' casts Hans, Pabbie
- 'Star Wars': Marvel Comics reveals plans