Ubisoft have revealed another trailer for what will be the best damn game of this year! Assassin’s creed 3 is set to be my most anticipated title and already pre-ordered and paid for the freedom edition which I can’t quite express my excitement for right this moment. What a bucket load of nominations though ay?! For now the new trailer for America’s Independence day… has been released for Europe which makes a ton of sense… by the way the annotation near the end of this trailer does not link you to any pre orders of the Freedom Edition! Only the ‘Join or Die’ edition has been linked which is a shitter seeing as they’re promoting the Freedom within the Independence trailer. You can however pre order it from Gamestop UK ! Bare in mind you will have to pay for the pre order NOW rather than just before despatch so say goodbye to that handsome £80 sitting in your bank but if you’re an AC fan like myself it’s wellw orth the purchase. Enjoy the trailer and maybe you should mute it if you aren’t into whiny children singing Amazing Grace! *Cringe*
Forza Horizon is a new take on the Forza long running franchise exclusive to Xbox 360. For years Forza has been more of a driving simulator rather than going for incredible damage and an arcade sense of gameplay. Some may be put off by the lack of gameplay styles and terribly bored of over doing the endurance races which are a complete drag. Although Forza has its charm with crystal clear graphics and precision detail of its vehicles. All I tend to do in the Forza series is check the detail and lust over many of cars in my collection! Either that or spend 20 hours finding custom designs in the storefront! But Forza Horizon is moving towards a more arcade feel but with the simulation graphics and handling that you would find in previous titles. An interesting take for the series introducing a new developer Playground Games working alongside Turn10. It’ll be great to see where they stand competing with other race titles such as the NFS Most Wanted. Anyway I’m welcoming the new Forza style with open arms because I’m pretty bored with the endless lap after lap endurances against some lame Ai drivers and an event list that never gets complete.
Gears of War Judgment brings a story all about the past featuring that blonde fella Baird and Cole Train. The E3 premiere wasn’t anything special at all. Just a CGI trailer with Baird being dragged all restrained in chains. The music used was A Perfect Circle which I am dead certain has been used in many other game trailers! It seemed Microsoft and Epic weren’t willing to show any gameplay what so ever during the briefing which would have been nice considering it was one of three other Xbox exclusive titles that hardly showed a demonstration. More time for the TV/Music/Social features to be shown off damn it! But never the less we are seeing a new Gears arriving next year and that’s a good thing! The Gears universe is just a great experience and the franchise has grown ever so strong since its debut.
After seeing some gameplay footage of the new mode announced, ‘OverRun’ is a fresh take on Gears but not enough to grant it a whole complete new title with very little improvements in graphics. I just feel it was a little too soon after Gears 3 and that maybe this was an idea which was scrapped from that title but panned out to become a whole new story. I won’t go on but I’ll be looking forward to way more about Judgment in the near future.
Fable: The Journey will be arriving later this year and its shaping to be one of those games you are going to either love or hate. I’ve read on countless occasions that Xbox gamers don’t want to play Kinect required titles. It’s a gimmick when titles with full Kinect requirement emerge and with some games there isn’t a need for the Kinect at all. Just optional features that supposedly enhance your immersion to that particular title. Some games get away with having voice commands, its easy enough to speak aloud whilst still gripping onto the control pad. I even tried the recently released demo for Steel Battalion which is a Kinect required game but still the controller is a major part of the games functional features.
Well this chap in the photo above looks to be enjoying himself, it’s good to be sitting for The Journey rather than standing and jumping about but still! I bet you after 5 minutes of consistently swinging his arms about, attacking the hordes of enemy hollowmen with slashes and lobbing magic fire balls in a very ‘hadouken’ fashion, he’s going to feel a little achy, a little sore in places and he’s going to feel like playing a standard title with basic controller requirements. If you’re not into your Kinect shindig then you’ll stay well away from The Journey. If you Don’t own a Kinect surely you won’t be rushing out to buy one just for this title? However you may find a good bundle price in months to come for a cheeky price. Maybe then it’ll be worth a try. Demo may arrive soon for current owners of the Kinect so ’til then my negative views on this idea will remain as they are, but current opinions may change upon a quick session on The Journey someday. Until then here is the trailer from the Xbox media briefing and some gameplay footage from Gamespot‘s stage demo presentation.
EA had to bring it forward. The use of voice commands in their sports franchise isn’t too much of a bad thing. If anything voice commands could have been used many years ago and the Kinect allows for you to proper yell at the screen now! Mass Effect 3 did pretty well with the voice commands and without needing to wave your flipping arms about. Since the commands worked well in ME3 I had hoped that EA sports would take the advantage of using Kinect features. Doing substitutes, formation changes and changing tactics without having to pause the game! DAMN FINE if you ask me! As for Madden, I haven’t the faintest about American Football so I apologise but yes you can call commands and blah blah with the use of your Kinect. Here’s a few trailers plus the announcement during the Xbox Media Briefing at E3!
Unfortunately the news of a new Splinter Cell was kinda leaked just before the Xbox Media Briefing. So it wasn’t too much of a big surprise appearing on the great big screen but no disappointments there. What was surprising was the fluidity and smoothness of the gameplay being shown in the demo. It looked hella fun and I can assure you we’re going to absolutely enjoy this! So Sam Fisher is back and running wild! It looks amazing, the shadows from the intense sunlight, the blood from exit wounds is looking gorgeous as ever and above all the whole darn thing is running well.
Within the demonstration Ubi announced Kinect integration which automatically draws a few sighs and disillusioned grunts among core gamers but from what we’ve seen its only a sneaky few words spoken using the Kinects mic and a few orders barked at above air support. Its not all that bad and most definitely not a requirement, I’d definitely use it! One huge negative about this showing? The title pops with a night vision sound, with green font and automatically I hear Modern damn Warfare! Lose that… NOW!
So old news is sometimes the best news. Yes, you guys have probably witnessed everything as it was announced/presented at this years E3 but my head was spinning reading through the twitter feed of all the bull crap spam rushing through. I just waited for every single announcement and gameplay footage to come through and now you’re going to find it all in one place.
Well to begin with I wasn’t even considering a Halo purchase this year. I’ve yet to obtain a copy of Anniversary which is shameful but it’s not as if I’m feeling left behind with that one considering I have the original Halo anyway. But before that I think I’m actually going to grab this one. The teaser trailer really didn’t sell it to me. So what! Master Chief is back? Big deal. Upon bracing myself for a disappointing Microsoft E3 conference we all expected the usual Halo 4 style of gameplay, but hell! I actually begun to enjoy what I was seeing. New enemies and new weapons were popping up. Some luscious looking landscapes and just a few odd new ways of combat never seen in the Halo universe before. Bored of the covenant, I was glad to see a new style of enemy.
Its definitely looking better than I had expected. Hoping that 343 are really pushing for an awesome campaign experience and yet maintain an online multiplayer enjoyment that keeps Halo 4 being played right the way through until the next instalment. What’s more exciting is the episodic cooperative Spartan Ops! This is definitely the biggest feature I’m looking forward to and its a lot of hard work coming directly from 343 studios! Amazing stuff. Enough said, time to check out the videos below showing the Campaign Demo featured during the conference, Spartan Ops and War Games Multiplayer! Time to Pre-order me thinks!
If anything, it was a load of shite! All 3 consoles had nothing really to offer. Yeah Halo 4 looked kinda impressive but it wasn’t ground shifting in any way what so ever. Sony only really had The Last of Us that excited me and Nintendo failed to sell me the Wii U which apparently is heading our way this November?! E3 2012 didn’t get me going at all and that’s a reason for not rushing to my blog and typing frantically all the LATEST news as it arrived. I Emphasise the word LATEST because there wasn’t anything new to show off was there. We half expected some fresh gameplay and features to titles announced last year. Fresh brand new gaming was rare this year. It’s all reboots and sequels and rehashed titles. Gears of War: Judgment (Judgement if you’re British like myself) only showed off the teaser during its conference but it didn’t tease in the slightest. I was interested in the story or what was perhaps taking Baird prisoner. Gameplay was absent until folks lucky enough to enter E3 had a burst on the ‘OverRun’ mode which adds a few good fun features but graphics look just the same as Gears 3 as well as the typical Gears universe style of play. Just feel that title isn’t necessary.
Wii U was meant to be really showing it’s potential this E3 considering it’s release is creeping nearer and nearer. Miiverse is a great idea but wasted considering you have a laptop, iPad or any other device that allows you to check out forums in an instant. The trailer below is about an annoying pleb who can’t figure out how to kill a single zombie behind a door. Bless the Ninty players playing core M rated games!
Depending on what the Miiverse can do other than just use general chat back and bollocks that everything else can do then I don’t see this being a bloody revolutionary game changing experience. Plus the whole Mii thing needs to mature for this supposedly “next gen” piece of mess. Give a whole range of customisable avatar style items related to the Nintendo world rather than have a little bobbly looking character that has the same face as pretty much every other god darn Mii. Of course the Zombie stuff shown in the video is presumably Zombi U which is shaping up to be a good use of the Wii U’s clunky handheld screen…. thing but we won’t thank Ninty for that, THANK UBISOFT! Ubisoft really took the whole E3 thing for themselves on all platforms. Best Developer/Publisher of the whole event. More from them in future posts including Assassin’s Creed 3, Splinter Cell, Zombi U, Rayman Legends and Watch Dogs. Watch Dogs so far has been my highlight so far through the sheer fact its a brand new fresh game/story/idea. Graphics are amazing bare in mind that its demo was featured on a top spec PC.
Playstation 3 has a few exclusives which is fine and dandy. The freshest of the exclusives is ‘Beyond Two Souls’ from creators of ‘Heavy Rain’. Probably a game that relies heavily on cinematic sequences and event button bashing moments. MEH! The announcement of Ellen Page acting as the lead character in Beyond Two Souls seemed more exciting than the game itself. But isn’t she playing the roll of Ellie in The Last of Us? No apparently not?! Ellie, Ellen, Naughty Dog, Quantic Dream and Sony… Sort it out! Below from left to right: Beyond, Juno and Ellen Page….. Something like that, you work it out!
Is it a film or a game? Trailer shows squat on gameplay just a lengthy 5 minute rambling between typical actors/actresses. Something I’d fall asleep to at the cinema. BORED! I’ll post each and every individual announcement and presentations from this E3 later on today and beyond featuring Screens, Trailers and More. Stick around and discuss. I’ll leave you now with the biggest highlight of this years E3 show.
It seems Gameinformer were way to eager to bring this news out. Introducing Gears of War: Judgment or Judgement as I’m British! Both Cover’s are set for next months issue of their magazine with an image of a younger looking Cole Train and Baird the game looks to be taking a step back with these two guys. A prequel is a damn fine way to continue the Gears franchise although we’ve read the books and know of the pendulum wars, we have yet to immerse ourselves with that story within gameplay. So here’s to more news at E3 2012 and hope to get an insight on the next Gears of War and see what it has to offer. Plus! I’ve read somewhere that ‘People Can Fly’ are involved with this one! The guys behind Epic’s Bulletstorm!? We’ll see what they can bring to the party ay?
This is both news and a personal blog post from 8bit ME! Yes there is a Beta testing going on for the brand new Dawnguard DLC for Skyrim! Couldn’t resist getting myself involved. However being picked for this can only come down to a bit of luck but you never know? Get your name and email address down, add a few details about your Skyrim playthrough on the application form and hey you could be selected to play and test the DLC before anyone else. Just go to this web address http://dawnguardbeta.elderscrolls.com/form.php sign up and good luck! Here’s what you have to look forward to.