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E3 2012 – Halo 4 Multiplayer Hands-on First Impressions

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E3 2012 – Halo 4 Multiplayer Hands-on First Impressions

It’s natural to be wary when a franchise changes development teams.  When Team Silent disbanded and Konami began outsourcing Silent Hill titles to other developers, it wasn’t something that went over well with the fans.  However, in the case of Halo 4, it is no stretch of the imagination to say that the franchise is in safe hands with 343 Industries.

While the campaign mode is clearly shaping up to be something special, the most impressive aspect of the game so far is the new multiplayer component. 343 has been hard at work trying to improve upon the already stellar multiplayer from Halo: Reach and their dedication clearly shows through.

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LucasArts Releases Information About Star Wars 1313

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LucasArts Releases Information About Star Wars 1313

Star Wars and Mature-rated cover-shooter aren’t exactly a typical association, but LucasAarts has thrown its hat into the third-person shooter ring with Star Wars 1313, a title starring a bounty hunter stalking the underworld of the vast city-world Coruscant.

Comparisons with Gears of War might be drawn, but really, the trailer makes 1313 look much more like the Uncharted series, with cinematic setpieces and a somewhat stylized artstyle that’s nonetheless far more lifelike than the cartoonish models used in Star Wars Kinect or the Clone Wars cartoon. The trailers show off a firefight in the depths of a shuttle, followed by the protagonists leaping across to another damaged craft while both plummet into one of those endless chasms so common in the Star Wars universe.

Conspicuously absent are any traces of Jedi or the Force; 1313 seems to be marketing itself as a look at the grittier side of the Star Wars ‘verse. Check out the two videos after the break.

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E3 2012: Bethesda Releases New Information on TES: Online, Other Upcoming Titles

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E3 2012: Bethesda Releases New Information on TES: Online, Other Upcoming Titles

Bethesda has been having a very good year.  It was no surprise that some more announcements would come on the heels of their presence at the E3 conference.  Although most trailers and upcoming titles have been revealed for quite some time, we’ve got you covered on what to expect from Bethesda in the next year.

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Nintendo’s E3 Presence Augmented by Major Online Content

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Nintendo’s E3 Presence Augmented by Major Online Content

Want to get a better look at Nintendo’s lineup at E3 This Year? Check out Nintendo All-Access @E3 2012.

Mentioned in their E3 2012 Press Conference, Nintendo is giving interested parties that aren’t onsite access to a tremendous amount of content on their new and existing products at their digital E3 Hub.

This is a move that has precedents, but the sheer amount of content makes it notable, and if you’re a Nintendo fan, pop over to their site and check out details on the WiiU HD, New Super Mario Bros U, and the heart-rendingly adorable Pikmin 3 right here!

New Phineas and Ferb Social Game

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New Phineas and Ferb Social Game

Fans of the Disney Channel’s animated series Phineas and Ferb can look forward to an upcoming Disney Mobile social title, Where’s My Perry?, scheduled for release on iOS and Android platforms later in June.

Where’s My Perry? continues gameplay design from prior Disney mobile game Where’s My Water?, along with several new gadgets and features. Additional news will be available after E3. For more information, check the formal press release below.

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E3 2012 – Konami Reveals New Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Trailer

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E3 2012 – Konami Reveals New Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Trailer

Last December, Kojima Productions shook the gaming world with the announcement of a collaboration with Platinum Games on the latest iteration of the Metal Gear franchise, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.  The initial trailer, revealed at the 2011 Video Game Awards, gave us a glimpse at what looked like a very significant departure from the standard Metal Gear title.

Now, in preparation for this year’s E3, Konami has unveiled a new trailer, providing another glimpse of what Kojima Productions and Platinum games have in store for 2013.

Taking place several years after the end of Metal Gear Solid 4Revengeance finds Raiden dragged back into battle in a world gone wrong following the fall of the Patriots.  Showcasing what Platinum Games does best, the action and combat looks quite solid, leaving no doubt that the development team is intent on making the game as good as they possibly can.

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E3 2012: Ubisoft Showcases Futuristic Action Game, “Watch Dogs”

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E3 2012: Ubisoft Showcases Futuristic Action Game, “Watch Dogs”

E3 is often about the biggest names in gaming discussing the biggest franchises in gaming.  Most fans are looking to hear more about games they have already heard were coming out, such as Assassin’s Creed 3, Dead Space 3 and Halo 4.  But I am always pleasantly surprised when a game gets showcased that I knew nothing about before E3.

The next two days could still surprise me (and they probably will), but right now the most interesting up-and-coming game looks to be Watch Dogs.

Initially, when I watched the announcement trailer, I was immediately turned off.   The woman’s voice was grating, and it came across as more of a political fear-mongering ad than announcing a new game. But hearing other gamers buzz about what they saw from the game prompted me to at least check the gameplay demo out.

Let this be a lesson to developers (and myself) — sometimes just showing us what the game is works better than making hundreds of cinematic teaser trailers.

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E3 2012: South Park Creators Announce First RPG Game, Stick of Truth

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E3 2012: South Park Creators Announce First RPG Game, Stick of Truth

In the midst of a fairly quiet (and Usher-esque) conference by Microsoft at E3 2012, fans were pleasantly surprised by the appearance of Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of the popular comedy series South Park.  The two were happy to announce — after some teasing in December of last year — that their first RPG, featuring the characters of South Park, is in development.

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