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E3 Snap Judgment: 'DmC: Devil May Cry'


The Game: Like Tomb Raider, this is an origin-story reboot that stars a considerably younger Dante. Once again, Dante — the child of a demon father and human mother — is out killing demons and other gruesome monstrosities. But this time he’s doing so in Limbo City, a distorted mirror image of our own world. The player’s objective, as has been the case throughout the 11-year-old Devil May Cry series, is to tally combo moves by alternating among a variety of weapons. (Available Jan. 15, 2013, for Xbox 360 and PS3)

What We Played: There were two single-player demos at Capcom’s booth. The first, called “Underwatch,” was a training tutorial set in Limbo City that took you through all of Dante’s primary moves. The second, called “The Secret Ingredient,” was a boss battle against Poison — a demon that can most accurately be described as, well, a giant intestine with a face and arms. READ FULL STORY

E3 Snap Judgment: More serious 'Tomb Raider' hits its target


The Game: This is an origin-story reboot for the adventure-seeking archaeologist Lara Croft. Fresh out of college, our 21-year-old heroine boards a ship called the Endurance to “make her mark” in the world. But the ship is destroyed in a storm, stranding Lara and her colleagues on a tropical island near Japan. And like any good tropical island in a videogame, this one contains a pack of deadly mercenaries. Lara must quickly learn how to survive in this environment, even if that means resorting to killing other humans. (Available March 5, 2013, for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC)

What We Played: My single-player demo started about 45 minutes into the game. Lara has escaped the cave we saw from last year’s E3, and now finds herself in a mysterious forest. First, she must find food. I grabbed a bow and arrow from a corpse hanging from a tree, and did my best Katniss impression while shooting a deer. Later in the demo, my foot got caught in a bear trap as hungry wolves approached. Still armed with the bow, I watched the surrounding bushes for any signs of movement, and sure enough three wolves attacked me — one by one. Each was killed via a quick arrow to the head. READ FULL STORY

E3 Snap Judgment: 'Nintendo Land' is a mixed bag for the Wii U


The Game: A launch title for the Nintendo Wii U, this is a party game featuring a dozen minigames, with each one representing a different Nintendo franchise. As Wii Sports did for the Nintendo Wii’s motion controller, Nintendo Land is intended to show off the capabilities of the touch-screen Wii U Gamepad. Or as Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime put it: “Play it, and you begin to understand.” (Available when the Wii U ships in late 2012.)

What We Played: Of the 12 minigames included in Nintendo Land‘s “virtual theme park,” we were able to try out five: The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, Luigi’s Ghost Mansion, Animal Crossing: Sweet Day, Donkey Kong’s Crash Course, and Takamaru’s Ninja Castle. READ FULL STORY

E3 Snap Judgment: 'Dishonored' is a retro-futuristic action game you must check out


The Game: In this genre-mixing first-person action-stealth game, you play Corvo, a bodyguard-turned-assassin who’s seeking revenge after he was framed for murdering the city’s empress. The city in question is called Dunwall, a steampunk metropolis that draws inspiration from 17th-century London but also contains such futuristic elements as policemen patrolling the area on two-story-tall robotic stilts (pictured above). In addition to being highly trained with weapons, Corvo has 10 supernatural powers that were bestowed upon him by a half-god, half-devil figure known as the Outsider. These powers include the ability to “blink” — or quickly teleport — to nearby areas, the ability to take possession of people and animals, and the ability to slow time down. (Available Oct. 9 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.) READ FULL STORY

E3 Snap Judgment: 'Resident Evil 6'

The Game: The ever-more-outlandish Resident Evil series goes full apocalypse, with a continent-hopping storyline that unites a massive ensemble of action heroes with fantastic hair in the ongoing fight against body-horror bio-terrorism. (Available on Sept. 4 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC)

What We Played: Three different levels featuring the game’s main protagonists, along with their co-op campaign partners. First, we played as Leon Kennedy and went searching for a lost girl in a shadowy reception hall. Then we played as Chris Redfield in a shootout on the rooftops of Fake Hong Kong. Finally, we played as mercenary Jake Muller in a boss showdown with a massive mutation. READ FULL STORY

E3 Snap Judgment: 'Dead Space 3'

The Game: The space-zombie franchise departs from dark-corridor spaceship environments in favor of the chilly expanse of an ice planet called Tau Volantis. Dead Space 3 also adds co-op game play into the mix with new character John Carver, a hard-bitten military veteran who joins up with long-suffering everyman protagonist Isaac Clarke to fight a massive new wave of Necromorphs. (Available Feb 2013 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.)

What We Saw: We played a half-hour sequence from the game’s second act. First, we played solo, navigating Isaac Clarke away from a crashed ship through a mountaintop blizzard and towards some sort of mining facility. When a giant arachnid monster attacked, we started to play in co-op mode — a demonstration of the game’s drop-in, drop-out multiplayer capability. READ FULL STORY

E3 Snap Judgment: Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman battle in 'Injustice: Gods Among Us'

The Game: For reasons as yet unclear, the heroes and villains of the DC Comics universe — including Superman, Batman, the Flash, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, and Solomon Grundy — are brawling one-on-one Mortal Kombat-style in this new twist on the superhero mythos from the makers of, whaddaya know, Mortal Kombat. (Out 2013, for PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U)

What We Played: I battled Wonder Woman as Batman, and lost; Solomon Grundy as Harley Quinn, and lost; Solomon Grundy as the Flash, and won; and Harley Quinn as Superman, and won. Those were the only six characters available for my demo, and we played on the only two arenas available: The Batcave and the Fortress of Solitude. The arenas, in fact, are part of what makes Injustice stand out from other fighting games. READ FULL STORY

E3 Snap Judgment: 'Assassin's Creed III' brings the American Revolution to vivid, thrilling life

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

E3 Snap Judgment: 'LEGO Batman 2' and 'LEGO Lord of the Rings'

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

E3 Snap Judgment: 'Far Cry 3'


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

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