Month: July 2012

E3: Sony Conference

There were a few games at the Sony press conference that looked very interesting.

The first is Beyond: Two Souls. I really liked the previous game Heavy Rain from Quantic Dream. It was a fun game that was basically an interactive movie. This new game from them looks to have more action in it which seemed to be the main complaint with Heavy Rain. It is also staring Ellen Page as the main character in the game, Jodie. This story also seems to have more supernatural elements in it which I always tend to gravitate to more. It should be another fun game from the company.

Playstation All Stars: Battle Royale is at it’s core a Smash Bros. clone. There are some differences between them. There is no percentage for damage. It seems to just have strong enough attacks will destroy a player. There is also a special meter that builds up to multiple levels that can be used to perform special moves. I think this could be a really fun fighting game very similar to Smash Bros. with Sony characters rather than Nintendo ones.

Assassin’s Creed 3 was shown. This was the first time that ship battles were shown. They look to be very fun and exciting. Who doesn’t want to have ocean battles? It will be something that will hopefully work very well to break up the game a little to have more variety in the gameplay.

A very interesting application of the camera and the Move controller was shown in the form of the Wonderbook. This Harry Potter book/game was created with J. K. Rowling. It is called the “Book of Spells” It takes you through learning different spells and having short adventures with each spell. There also are ideas to use the book to develop more games for children. This is definitely something I would get for my children (if I had some currently).

Here is a link to a video showing the book.

The final game shown in the conference was The Last of Us. It’s a new survival horror game from the creators of the Uncharted series. They have shown glimpses of the infected enemies but none were seen during E3 which I really missed. I want to see them clearly in game. The girl, Ellie, that tags along with the player character, Joel, looks like she can take care of herself pretty well. She is far from helpless and doesn’t seem like it will be a chore to escort her. But it doesn’t even seem to be much of an escort situation since she is pretty helpful. It’s more of an intelligent companion. I really hope I find a way to try this game because it looks like it could be great fun.

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E3: Ubisoft Conference

Havent been able to update for a while. Could never find the time. Im going to try this week to catch up on E3 information and then I have a few more things to write about. Should all be done by this time next week.

The first thing shown was Rayman Legends. This game is coming to the Wii U with an interesting control scheme. A single player can play normally just like in Rayman Origins, but a second player can use the Wii U GamePad to be a new character.. Using the touch screen, this player can move obstacles and platforms in the game to aid the other player(s). It looks to be a pretty innovative way to use the new console’s controller along with a foreshadowing of gameplay types to be created on the Wii U.

The above picture  is an example. The GamePad is used to turn the half circle with the spikes.

The Marvel Avengers game had such a cool trailer when it debuted. Now its become a fighting game. Im a little disappointed in that. If only it could have been the first person Avengers game that was cancelled. Could have been much greater with much more potential, in my opinion.

Just Dance 4 was shown. The Wii U version allows the GamePad user to choose the next move other players will have to perform. It continues to use the same art style and probably will be just as fun as the other Just Dance games are to play with others.

Far Cry 3 looks to have a fascinating story with some interesting game elements. There seems to be sections taking place in the player character’s mind or hallucinations he is having. As long as it doesn’t occur too often, it could be an interesting change compared to normal first person shooters.

Zombi U was shown off for the Wii U. It looks to be the ultimate survival horror game. It takes place in London after some sort of outbreak with lots of controller integration.The game does not pause while using the pad for inventory management and other activites which leads to a more urgent way of playing. While things occur on the gamepad, the television screen shows your character rummaging during which time, zombies can shamble upon you. This means you have to be much more vigilant as the player. And in this game, one bite means permanent death. Dying as a character will kill you permanently and you will have to begin again as a new character. You can then find your previous character and kill them to retrieve your backpack full of gear and supplies.

It looks like Zombi U could be one of the most interesting survival horror games in a long time.

A new Rabbids minigame collection is coming called Rabbids Land. I always had fun with the previous ones, so I imaging this one will continue the fun hilarity of the Rabbids.

Assassins Creed 3 was shown off. It seems that it will build upon the formula from the other games in the series. It is also coming to the Wii U and I will definitely be purchasing it to fight the good fight against the Templars. I havent played much of the series before this, But it seems that this will be a great one to get into more fully. I cannot wait to play as Conner using ahis bow and his tomahawk to assassinate those who oppose him. 

Ubisoft also has a sequel to a fitness game: Your Shape 2013. Shootmania seems to be an interesting online FPS game that could lead to loads of fun.

The final thing that really interested me was Watch Dogs. It seemed to be a very new and interesting concept to be able to control technology in this fashion through hacking. It seems that you can control almost anything in the city. Im hoping this comes to the Wii U.Contolling the hacking aspect through the GamePad could be amazing with the time put into it. Whether or not it does, this game seems to be a new IP that could work wonders for Ubisoft if it turns into a great game experience.

Tomorrow I will post (hopefully) the rest of my E3 posts, plus another post so I can actually have something more current than E3 news. Have a nice night.