E3

  • Screenshots for Batman: Arkham Knight Appear

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    The last Batman game let the rest of the series down a little, but it looks like Rocksteady Studios aren't looking to slow down production any time soon. New images have been shown off for the new and upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight game, and they pretty much capture everything we've already come to know and love in the dark Batman Arkham universe.

    The screenshots show a few different characters and gameplay mechanics in action. The most interesting is the new batmobile game mechanic. As players are traveling through the city in Batman: Arkham Knight, players will be able to call in the batmobile whilst gliding to a landing spot.

    The batmobile will smash through anything in it's way to give Batman a safe place to land. From here, players will be able to travel around the city streets with the vehicle, instead of just on foot or in the air.

    If you were let down by Arkham Origins, it's important to note that Origins was developed by Warner Bros. The upcoming Arkham Knight game will be made by Rocksteady Studios once again, so we can expect that the title will have the same gameplay quality as the first titles under RockSteady's name.

    Batman Arkham Knight has been speculated to release this October for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. We'll probably see some gameplay leading up to that, and perhaps a full gameplay teaser at E3 this year.

  • Minecraft's Notch Gets Invited to E3 by Sony

    Minecraft managed to land a huge amount of sales on the Xbox platform, but since then, talk of moving the popular game to PlayStation has been pretty quiet. However, Sony has very recently sent Notch, the main developer of Minecraft, a golden PSOne as 'special VIP pass' to E3. On top of this, Notch also got sent a copy of Dungeon Master 2 to play on the console.

    Could this mean anything past the fact that Sony want Notch to come and view them reveal more information about the PlayStation 4? - Probably very likely. But what could the reason be for Notch's VIP pass? The first thing that comes to mind is that Minecraft will be revealed for the PlayStation, but whether that's for PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3 is currently unknown.

    It would make sense that Minecraft was put out for both platforms as it would allow players to play Minecraft whether they are on the new console or the old one.

    Another possibility is that Notch may be teaming up with Sony to bring out a new game by Mojang studios.

    Would you prefer to play Minecraft on the PlayStation or have a completely brand new game by Notch and Mojang instead?

  • Xbox One Will "Kill Sony at E3"

    The above words aren't my own, but are instead the words of Craig Davidson, the head of global marketing at Microsoft. He believes that at this year's E3, Microsoft will put up a show capable of kicking Sony and their PlayStation 4 in the dust...already.

    However, after Microsoft disappointed gamers by revealing a huge amount of sports, sports, sports and TV on the Xbox One, there is no doubt that many gamers are looking to the PlayStation 4 instead.

    Perhaps Microsoft can woo the crowd at E3, but with the non-gaming related media content, pay-to-play second hand gaming, worse hardware than the PS4 and bundled Kinect 2.0 sensor that will only raise the cost of the overall price, Microsoft have dug themselves a hole that's going to be very hard to get out of.

    There's no doubt that both Sony and Microsoft will be trying to get the most attention at E3, but to be honest, right now it's much too hard to work out who will come out on top at the end of this year, if anyone.

    What console do you think you'll prefer? The Xbox One or PlayStation 4?

  • Microsoft Finally Announces Next Gen Xbox Reveal

    The wait has been ridiculously long, but it's finally here, Microsoft have announced that they will be revealing the next generation Xbox this year via a press release and similarly looking emails sent to Xbox Live subscribers.

    The new Xbox, Xbox 720, Xbox Next, or whatever Microsoft decide to call it will be revealed on 21st May, which is a date that Microsoft has started sending out press invites to.

    The event will take place at Microsoft's Xbox campus near Seattle just a month before E3 makes the headlines.

    Microsoft have obviously planned this release to help build up hype for E3, where they have said that "At E3 we'll continue the conversation and showcase our full line-up of blockbuster games," in their press release.

    Although Sony didn't reveal what the PlayStation 4 actually looked like at their press event, they did announce it to the world, and excitement has been rippling through the PlayStation community. However, if the Xbox want to get a good head start over the PS4, it would make sense for Microsoft to actually show the new Xbox at their press event on May 21st instead of only talking about hardware specs and software capabilities.

    Whatever Microsoft have up their sleeves to show on May 21st, it's bound to get gamers excited, and we can all hope that something groundbreaking reaches our living rooms later this year.

  • The next-gen Xbox, Rumors and Speculation

    Next Gen Xbox Info

    Next gen consoles are coming, there's no doubt about it. When though, is another question. The Wii U has managed to steal the show this year, similarly to the original Wii's release, but what we’re really waiting for is word of the big boys' new consoles. Both Sony and Microsoft have sent out dev kits of their new consoles, although word of what they contain and what each product consists of has been a closely kept secret.

    Little to no news has emerged regarding the PlayStation 4 as of now; however, there has been a fair amount of speculation regarding the Xbox 720.

    First off, is the name of the console; at first the new console was believed to be named the 720, but it's clear now that this name was simply used as a placeholder by fans whilst waiting for more solid information. The codename Xbox 'Durango' has splashed around the internet as well, but we're uncertain that this will be the Xbox's new name. OXM magazine has given some details on the new Xbox, whether this is just pure speculation or not is currently unclear, but they're pretty confident that the new Xbox will simply be called 'The Xbox.'

    Hardware-wise, the Xbox is expected to come with what we see in mid-range PCs today; 8GB RAM, a decent mult-core processor, and a decent graphics processor as well. Xbox is also believed to include a Blu-Ray drive, which is a bit strange considering Blu-Ray is an innovation of Microsoft's biggest console rival, Sony.

    Controller-wise, Microsoft aren't ditching Kinect yet, and it's more than possible that motion controls will play a big part of the standard Xbox experience. Some sources say that Xbox 720 will include some sort of 3D augmented reality hardware, but seeing as nothing else on the market comes near to this, even if this did appear with the next Xbox, it's likely to be nothing more than a cheap gimmick.

    For a physical controller, it's hard to say what Microsoft will do next. They'll probably improve upon the current controller on the Xbox 360, but in terms of physical button layout, I don't expect much to change.

    When will the next Xbox be released? It's hard to say, but more and more sources are pointing to a late 2013 release.

  • Madden NFL 13 Launches August 28th

    Madden NFL 13 Release Date is August 28th

    EA sports announced their upcoming Madden 13 at E3 this year. They claimed it was going to be the biggest game of the series and supposedly had huge improvements made to it over the last. The game is currently set to be released on August 28th of this year.

    The biggest improvement is the integration of the new Infinity Engine. Thanks to the new engine the overall physics of the game has received a great overhaul which would make things such as player impacts and the transfer of player momentum the experiences looks like a real game, with no two plays looking or feeling alike. According to what EA Sports claims, Madden 13 is going to give us next-gen gameplay, today.

    Madden NFL 13 will also feature a new career mode called Connected Careers. This mode will provide players with a deeper gameplay experience that includes unique story lines and will also support social integration. As expected Madden NFL 13 will host a large number of NFL teams and players; a total of 32 teams and over 1,700 players!

    Madden NFL 13 is shaping to be a good installment to the franchise considering the new engine, all new Connected Careers and complete visual and audio overhaul. EA is certain that this is the best installment in history of the franchise, what do you guys think? How much are you looking forward to next Madden?

    Keep a look out for a follow-up article where we list out all the key features that are supposedly going to set this game apart from its predecessors. Till then check out the Madden NFL 13 Gameplay Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7aJuUFKB-I

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  • Halo 4 will boast Microsoft Surface functionality

    Halo 4 Surface Info

    If you guys remember, Microsoft introduced their all new SmartGlass technology at E3 a while back. This technology basically allows you to use any portable device (smartphones or tablets) to get an additional screen, much like the new Wii U gamepad. Just like the Wii U, this added screen is essentially going to provide you with other additional gameplay options.

    Well soon after E3 Microsoft announced their new line of Windows 8 tablets, Surface. The tablets themselves are impressive and keeping SmartGlass in the frame it didn't take long for people to start wondering how exactly was Microsoft going to implement this tech for both current and future console games.

    Although Microsoft has kept pretty much every detail about this locked up, there was still some good news to be heard. At the VentureBeat Gamebeat 2012 conference in San Francisco, Microsoft Executive Don Mattrick confirmed that the highly anticipated Halo 4 will work with Surface tablet computers.

    Although details of how Halo would work with surface was not revealed, everyone's guess was that Xbox SmartGlass would transform it into a new screen where we would be able to use it as a map, for communications, equipment screens, stats etc. Although considering the fact that Halo is their flagship series, it is possible that Surface might add a "touch-screen controller" option.

    With Halo 4 set to be launched in November and Surface to be released in October, we are certain that more news will arrive as we get closer to the launch dates. There is a lot of potential in this particular combination and I hope the developers do something creative with it instead of just using this feature as a gimmick. Only time will tell.

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  • God of War: Ascension Campaign and Multiplayer Gameplay

    God of War: Ascension

    As you guys might already know, God of War 4 or God of War: Ascension has already been confirmed and has been dated to be released on the 12th of March 2013. The first ever gameplay video of the campaign was shown at Sony's press conference at E3. Check out the amazing 7 minute gameplay demo:

    God of War Ascension - Campaign Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=j1QOCbAoRts

    The story takes place before Kratos became the God of War and as you can see from the demo, being mortal is not stopping him from being the hard-as-nails character we have come to adore. The action is going to be flawless and relentless as before and the combos are just as beautiful. We will be getting new items, new weapons, new abilities, new enemies which also mean new brutal ways of killing the enemies! Although with our modded controllers, this is something you're already used to.

    Everyone knows what made the previous installments so amazing was the epic boss battles or "Titan Moments" as they came to be called. This time around we will also have such epic battles, like the "Kraken" from the demo. Any fan of GOW will be more than happy to see any new story involving Kratos but is seems that Santa Monica Studio is taking precautions in case players feel like this installment can't surpass the last. Of course, it is definitely hard to improve on killing the entire Olympian roster.

    This time around the "Titan Moment" that they are employing is the Multiplayer component. This is the first time game in history of this franchise that would actually contain a stand-alone multiplayer segment. The news was out some time ago along with screen shots of the characters and levels but, only recently has actual gameplay footage of the multiplayer been revealed. Check it out below.

    God of War Ascension - Multiplayer Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlbqWyfUs-k&feature=b-vrec

    God of War Multiplayer Info

    Basically the multiplayer is going to involve two teams of 4 players who would compete against each other to complete objectives. The objectives would vary depending on the level. The objective of the level shown in the demo is to gain the "Favor of the Gods". Once enough of it has been received, the "Spear of Olympus" is thrust down with which one the teams can kill off the Cyclops and end the match. The winners are decided based on overall points.

    As you can see the map was littered with power ups, chests and traps. These little add-ons seem to add a lot of variety to the gameplay. One thing is obvious, using the environment successfully is key to victory. The experience gained from the chests and killing opponents will be used to level up the armor, equipment, magic and weapons.

    For now these details have been made available regarding the multiplayer:

    -6 to 7 multiplayer levels are being created exclusively for the multiplayer

    -Till now the max number of players have not been mentioned yet and the total number is supposedly dependant on game type

    -Objectives would change according to the levels; in some levels more than 1 objective would need to be completed to achieve victory

    -There would be four Gods to select from: Zeus, Poseidon, Hades and Aires. Different Gods basically represent different “classes” based on which players will get different abilities

    -Experience gained from winning matches, killing enemies and looting chests would give us XP which would in turn be used for leveling up and unlocking items.

    -All the maps are going to be interactive as shown in the demo, with traps, chests, power-ups etc.

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  • New Game from Quantic Dream - Beyond: Two Souls

    Quantic Dream's new game, Beyond: Two Souls

     

    From the creators of Heavy Rain, Quantic Dream, comes another PS3 exclusive - Beyond: Two Souls. This game is going to be another emotional journey that will take story telling within games to another level.

    According to David Cage, Founder of Quantic Dream, Beyond would allow players to actually witness the life of a character. In the game we will get to follow the protagonist, Jodie Holmes, through 15 years of her life. We will get to see her grow, mature and become the woman she is.

    The story is quite intriguing and has a lot of promise. Growing up Jodie has always felt a connection with something that doesn’t belong to her world. This entity or spirit, which she calls Aiden, has been with Jodie for long and follows her wherever she goes.

    From the E3 reveal trailer we got to see that Jodie is being hunted down by what seems like military forces. The reason behind her prosecution though was not revealed. The gameplay demo made available at E3 revealed that we will get to take control of both Jodie and Aiden. The fact that these two characters exist in different planes and are bound by different rules opens up a variety of gameplay options.

    Aiden has the ability to freely move through matter but, it can only move a certain distance away from Jodie. Using Aiden, players can scout around and listen-in on conversations to get an idea of things to come. Aiden possesses a variety of skills as well which it uses to help Jodie. Although like Heavy Rain this game will have some deep moments, it will also have a lot of action.

    Aiden has the ability to create a shield around Jodie that can protect her from bullets. He can also possess enemies. Aiden was shown to possess one of the cops and create a distraction allowing Jodie to escape but, the much more interesting use of it was to take over enemy soldiers and make them take each other out! There was one part where Aiden takes over a chopper pilot and makes him fly it straight into the ground! Aiden can also interact with physical objects in order to attack and create barricades to help protect Jodie.

    Fans of Heavy Rain will instantly recognize the control mechanics when controlling Jodie although, controlling Aiden would require a set of different controls. But, the real treat here is that just like Heavy Rain, there are no mistakes in Beyond. You will not get "Game Over" screen when you don't do certain things. For example, during her run from the cops several things could have happened; Jodie could have gotten away successfully at different points, or she could have even been captured. Every action you take will lead you to a certain path and thus, every player will potentially get to see a different story unfold in front of them.

    This game is definitely going to be a unique experience that hopefully everyone will get to enjoy. We will keep you posted as more news arrives about Beyond, but till then check out the reveal video and game demo. There aren't any proper videos of the demo but trust me and watch it till the end.

    E3 Reveal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NEup8y0g-Q

    Game Demo from E3 Show Floor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbmcfJnjty0

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  • Ubisoft’s Big Reveal: Watch Dogs

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    In my opinion, Ubisoft won this year's E3. They launched games on every possible platform and all of them looked amazing. They also had a nice little surprise for us at the end of their presentation. Ubisoft Montreal had been working on a new IP for a while which had been kept completely hidden. The game is called Watch Dogs and from the initial gameplay demo I can already tell you that this is going to be a keeper.

    The game takes place in the future where everything electronic is run by a Central Operating System termed CTOS. So basically everything (subways, security cameras, traffic lights etc.) is run by the CTOS. Thanks to this, the Private Companies who control the system are nearly untouchable. Information is everything in this era.  Somehow our main character, Aiden Pierce, has gotten access to this system. He most probably hacked into it, but the back story hasn't been revealed yet.

    Due to that, not only does Aiden have info on everyone in the city he resides in, he also has control over everything that is hooked up to the CTOS. The whole city is now basically his weapon and he can manipulate everything within it to obtain his objective.

    The game is a GTA-like 3rd person shooter and it looks phenomenal. I was especially impressed by the voice acting and dialogue as I feel this is a crucial trait mostly ignored in games. The combat, cover and shooting mechanics also looked VERY tight. I especially love the part in the demo where he jumps across the car, takes out a foe and simultaneously picks up his weapon. Wow. (Check out the demo through the link below.)

    But, the core of the game is "hacking". In the demo Aiden used his phone to hack security cameras and other people's phones in order to listen in and also to jam them. In the end he hacked into the traffic lights to create an accident which allowed him to get his hands on his target. I bet there are going to be several ways one can pull off a certain objective which gives the game a very sandboxy feel.

    What was shown in the demo was just a sneak peek of what we can expect to see and I can't even imagine the possibilities of this hacking ability. Nothing aside from these tidbits have been revealed for now but, we will keep you posted as more details emerge. Till then, check out the official teaser trailer and the E3 gameplay demo.

    Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U8KsQPIrY0

    Demo:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcMRkyoHKeA

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