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Top 10 things I want to see at E3 2015

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Top 10 things I want to see at E3 2015

E3 2015 is less than a week away and we’re already being bombarded with a slew of game announcements, some small and some incredibly huge. Last week we got our first look at the highly anticipated Fallout 4, and just recently the release date for Three One Zero’s horrific “first-person experience” in space, Adr1ft, leaked via a trailer that was supposed to be debuted at E3. Interestingly enough, it seems a lot of big announcements have been trickling out prior to E3, which only leaves me to believe that even bigger and better announcements await us next week. That being the case, I’ve decided now would be the best time to voice my crazy expectations for this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Hit the jump to check out my full list of what I want to see this year! Read On

‘Resident Evil 4: Ultimate Edition’ Announced

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‘Resident Evil 4: Ultimate Edition’ Announced

Rejoice, those of you who traveled all the way from Raccoon City at the outbreak of the T Virus, to the rural village in Spain ravaged by Las Plagas! News has come at last from those on high at Capcom Studios: an ‘Ultimate Edition’ of Resident Evil 4 is coming soon to PC.

‘Resident Evil 4’ follows agent Leon S. Kennedy into the horrors of the small European town in order to save the president’s daughter, recently kidnapped. As he explores the town, the true story begins to unfold, revealing- among other things- a sinister cult, a new virus and a Napoleonic megalomaniac. The game was originally released in 2005, to critical acclaim across the board- heavily influencing the third-person shooter genre, it was also an incredible cross-platform success, being released for the PC, Nintendo Wii, Sony’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360. A common contender in the Game of the Year awards at its release, it remains a fan favorite to this day.

Resident Evil fans can celebrate, then, with Capcom’s news. The ‘Ultimate Edition’ will be both a collection of content for hardcore fans of the fourth installment in the series, and a technological improvement over its original release. The PC release of the edition will see fans receive not only all previously released bonus content and a digital soundtrack with over 60 tracks, but also a digital art book with the game for early purchasers.

On the technological front, the Steam release will include support for Steam cloud save support, achievements, trading cards and global leaderboards- so you can check out exactly how much better you are with that Broken Butterfly than your friends! As well as these new features, the game will also run in HD at a beautiful 60 frames a second, for the first time.

So with the game releasing on Steam on February 28th, and early purchase already available, the only question remaining is- whaddaya buyin?

Uneven pacing staggers Resident Evil 6

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Uneven pacing staggers Resident Evil 6

Like its rogue’s gallery of shambling horrors, Resident Evil 6’s single-player campaign alternates between roaring charge and lurching stagger.

You can’t fault the game for a lack of ambition or content. RE6’s single-player is something around thirty hours long, featuring four interweaving campaigns that try to offer something for everyone. Want more classic Resident Evil atmosphere? Leon’s campaign is yours. Want globe-trotting B-movie? Jake will suit you fine. Hankering for house-to-house shootouts against twisted abominations? Try Chris.

The problem is, any one of them really doesn’t make that much sense on its own – even by RE’s…generous standards of plotting and pacing. So much of RE6 refuses to explain itself, narratively or mechanically, and in such a huge title it’s much harder to keep up to snuff the whole time. There is a genuinely solid game there, but it’ll force you to work for it.

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E3 2012 – Resident Evil 6

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E3 2012 – Resident Evil 6

The Resident Evil franchise is no stranger to over-the-top action sequences and labyrinthine plots, and Resident Evil 6 looks to be no exception.  It boasts all-out Bio-terrorism attacks on Tokyo and the United States, what looks to be a zombie President, and shambling flesh-crazed walkers on Air Force One of all places.

The roster of the title reads like an all-star reunion, featuring Leon Kennedy, Chris Redfield, Ada Wong, and . . . Albert Wesker’s son? Which of course necessitates the question: who married that guy?

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Trailer for Resident Evil 6 Released

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Trailer for Resident Evil 6 Released

An official trailer for Resident Evil 6 has been released, and man, it’s a doozy.

The trailer features a heady bquet of what looks like even more action than in previous Resident Evil titles (with sprinting and sliding among other things), the return of honest-to-goodness zombies, no fewer than what looks like three playable protagonists, and a globe-trotting narrative taking place in multiple areas.

We could go on, but really, just watch it.

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In Defense of Quicktime Events

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In Defense of Quicktime Events

Apologies for my recent silences, ladies and gentlemen. But have no fear, because it’s Pontification Hat time again! This time, rather than attacking a tired-out trope, the topic is instead the defense of a device that’s become an industry standard, even in the face of severe criticism.

I speak, of course, of the dreaded quick-time event, that now all-but-ubiquitous gameplay device where a cutscene can only be completed with the right button combination.

Now, I know what you may be thinking: “James!” you protest, “aren’t quick-time events a cheap gimmick thrown in by unimaginative developers to cash in on a fad? What can they offer that the core gameplay shouldn’t already be providing, except for the chance to trip the player up with gruesome consequences for missing the specific button prompt?”

It’s manifestly obvious quick-time events are sometimes inserted when there’s no earthly reason for them to be present. It’s also obvious that there are many examples of bad QTEs, where the player’s survival depends on hitting the right randomized button at a given moment. But criticism of execution isn’t the same as criticism of concept.

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[Press Release] Resident Evil CODE: Veronica X and Resident Evil 4 to receive HD Re-release

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[Press Release] Resident Evil CODE: Veronica X and Resident Evil 4 to receive HD Re-release

Resident Evil 4 and CODE: Veronica X were arguably two of the best games in the survival horror franchise, so it’s no surprise that Capcom is looking to release high-def versions of the game for the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade in honor of Resident Evil‘s 15th Anniversary.

Slated for release this fall, the digital re-release of Resident Evil 4 and CODE: Veronica X will mark the first time that any of the franchise’s earlier entries have been released on a Microsoft game console.

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