Star Wars 1313 Proves That You Don’t Need to Be a Jedi to Be a Badass
At this year’s E3, LucasArts gave us a first look at their gorgeous new game, Star Wars 1313. It was only a short gameplay trailer, but it quickly became one of the most exciting reveals at E3. Star Wars 1313 is a third-person shooter that follows the life of a bounty hunter; instead of the usual Jedi. As this game is technically only in its alpha stage, almost nothing is being said about the story aside from the fact that it takes place in the galactic capital Courescent and takes place between episodes 3 and 4. Coruscant is a world, entirely made up of one huge city. It is a city so large it had to build over itself. The city-planet contains thousands of levels, each with a number; and the lower you go, the more dangerous it gets. This game takes place in the seedy crime filled underworld of level 1313. Since Star Wars 1313 is about bounty hunters, chasing the worst villains and scumbags in the galaxy, LucasArts aims to make it the darkest, grittiest Star Wars game ever. This will be the first mature-rated title in the franchise.
Casey: Watch Dogs
I’ve always found E3 to be an eye opening experience; presenting myself, as well as the masses, with the future of technology. We go about our daily lives knowing the world as it is, E3 2012 gives a brief glimpse at the world of technology as it will be. Watch Dogs is the future.
Unexpected, by anyone, at E3; Ubisoft announced Watch Dogs, with a lengthy gameplay trailer. Watch Dogs displayed a great physics engine, amazing lighting effects and textures, and an intriguing, yet unknown, storyline; complete with a multiplayer teaser at the end. I chose Watch Dogs for my Best of Show because it is a brand new IP, which looks to blend all of the elements I enjoy in a game, combined with an open-world cityscape to explore and hack. I can’t wait for this one release. I feel like I haven’t said that in a while.
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E3 2012 has come and gone, but For the Love of Gaming Podcast is here year round.
This week features Chris and Garrett’s Minecraft adventures.
Garrett picked up Alpha Protocol for super cheap.
Cory can’t break his addiction to Diablo 3 and his Wizard.
The 4LOG crew talks about Nintendo’s E3 2012 performance, and Microsoft’s Smart Glass.
Each member gives their pick for Game of the Show, and biggest disappointment.
E3 2012 was in all honesty lacking this year, why was this year’s expo so lackluster and who showed the most promise?
E3 2012: Year of the weak show
Many gamers can agree that this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo was very weak, perhaps the weakest showing in recent memory.
I think the main reason for the lackluster show was because of the internet and the numerous videogame websites trying to do their jobs and get as much info to their readers as possible.
Let’s face it, just about anything and everything that could have a cool surprise or announcement was leaked months before the big event, causing people to wonder if there would be anything left for publishers to show off.
Information is becoming harder and harder to keep out of the reaches of the people and that very reason is why developers can’t keep a lot of their games a secret.
Last year’s E3 had a similar problem, all the leaks, rumors and forced early announcements caused some developers to awkwardly joke about their “worst kept secret.”
Worst developer/publisher of show
EA Games is walking away with my ‘worst of’ this year, they honestly had the worst press conference out of Ubisoft, Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft.
They showed off nearly nothing that the gaming community couldn’t guess, more need for speed, yeah we kind of knew you would try that franchise again.
They really tried to sell the “new and improved” madden with talk of a new collision engine, like they always say when they talk about a new Madden game.
Sadly, depending on the gamer, they didn’t show NBA Live (formerly NBA Elite until EA cancelled the title).
Hell, even Peter Moore made a very small appearance during the show, he’s the guy EA was banking on to help boost their sports title and even he didn’t make a big deal about the new improvements.
Hopefully come next year EA will have something cool to announce and show off, because they do make other games besides sports and racing, no really they do honest.
Microsoft came in a very close second for the record, as an Xbox owner I felt that Microsoft failed me by showing nearly nothing but more stupid apps that I personally won’t use.
Best developer/publisher of show
Ubisoft came out in full force and showed everyone why they are a force to be reckoned with; they showed title after title as if to send a message to us that they can make original IP games while continuing existing franchises.
Ubisoft more than made up for that awful Mr. Caffeinated guy with a um…sexier and more confident female host.
Actress and stand-up comedian Aisha Tyler (which many may know from the animated FX show ‘Archer’ as Lana Kane) was the kind of host I’m sure Ubisoft meant to have last year, she was fun, energetic, sounded excited and most importantly was funny at the right moments.
Then Ubisoft almost ruined their good start by introducing a co-host, Tobuscus, this guy wasn’t as bad as Mr. Caffeinated but damn was he highly unnecessary and unfunny, he was close to being an Mr.C and I hated nearly every moment he opened his mouth.
Speaking of highly unnecessary moments and people, who thought it was a good idea to open the show with Flo Rida? That was the most annoying and laughably bad moment in the whole show.
I was beginning to think Ubi was going to drop the ball this year but, once Flo Rida was done and I got over Tobuscus I found the show to be awesome, mainly thanks to the great games that were shown especially Watch Dogs.
Sony came in a close second because they actually showed off games, you know Microsoft those things that got me to buy a Xbox 360 in the first place.
While I like what Quantic Dreams was doing with Beyond- Two Souls, the point that David Cage showed a cut scene and no gameplay puts a bad feeling in my gut.
The scene was kind of crappy too, nothing interesting happened and the dialog was pretty bad.
Most disappointing Show
Nintendo started off great, Mr. Miyamoto started the show off with some light humor and his carefree charm, while the augmented Pikmen was lame it was a short harmless, if not pointless, part of the show.
I’m giving Nintendo the ‘most disappointing’ because of the way they handled to Wii U during the whole week.
They gave the Wii U its own moment on Sunday, a day before Microsoft’s conference; I thought this was a smart move to get people hyped for a big announcement during their real conference later that week.
Instead of showing the actual system Nintendo took nearly an hour to talk about the Wii U GamePad, something they could have done during their normal conference show.
Even after that wasted opportunity Nintendo continued to make the same mistake again later that week, instead of making the Wii U look like a must have, they made it look like an updated Wii with an extra letter added on to make it seem like a new piece of tech.
No release date, no price announcement and ports of games that manage to look like the developers shoehorned the Wii U GamePad functions in.
I seriously can’t get over how lame and ho-hum Microsoft’s press conference was; yeah seeing Halo 4 gameplay was great and worth it but where was everything else? Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 looked as if the developers themselves have given up on the series, I love Call of Duty but man it’s starting to become crap.
Enough with the apps already, I want games with my system; I don’t give two craps about sports.
I don’t care if the 360 lives up to the ‘dude-bro D-bag’ reputation it’s been gaining for years but at least give some damn games to play, to hell with ESPN and Internet Explorer.
Best of the “Big 3”
Sony was the only one of the ‘big 3’ (Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft) who came out ready and confident in what they had to show.
Sony was giving gamers what they wanted; they showed off games for the PS3, they showed games for the Vita and they even made announcements for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
Sony focused on gamers, they even gave a quick jab towards their competitors by saying how gamers matter and even showed games for families while showing off games for teens and adults respectively.
Game of show
I know a bunch of people are going to say Beyond was their game of show but that thing had nothing on Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs.
Watch Dogs was a great surprise and had me more excited than Halo, Assassin’s Creed 3, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Beyond- Two Souls put together.
While I’m well aware the game was being played on a PC, the actual gameplay that was shown got me excited to want more of the game.
I want to see how this game will look and handle running on the Xbox 360 and PS3, this game will be closely watched by nearly everyone in the gaming community and for good reason.
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Assassin’s Creed 3
Another Ubisoft game that looks great, AC3 will finally move on from the Ezio story arc and focus on a new character named Conner, a half-British half-Native American fighting against the Templars during the American Revolution.
I’m not going to lie, I’m ecstatic that the protagonist will be Native American, even if he is only half.
The last Native protagonist I can remember was Domasi “Tommy” Tawodi from Prey.
Assassin’s Creed 3 promises to have a bigger world than any other AC games, plus you can fight wolves and bears, what’s not to love?
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Smart Spawn System will make Gears of War Judgement more Difficult.
E3 2012 saw the debut trailer for Gears of War Judgement, and as the show goes on more and more details of People Can Fly’s prequel to the Gears of War franchise. We already know about Overrun, but now Epic is detailing a new system that will spawn enemies in more stretegic positions. The system is know as S3 and Epic is hoping it will keep Gears of War Judgements’ replayability and challenge high.
People Can Fly’s Adrian Chmielarz said the following on S3:
“Previously in Gears, if you wanted a greater challenge, you went for the higher difficulty mode. It basically meant less health for you and more health for them. It worked perfectly fine, but we tried to attack this from a different angle, S3 constantly monitors your performance, from simple stuff like accuracy and your skills, but also like your location in the combat zone.” Chmielarz provided an example of a player in one corner, shooting Locust, then having the system adapt on the fly and spawn enemies at more challenging locations.
Nintendo Fails to Showoff Wii U Potential at E3 2012.
Nintendo was the first of the big three to unveil a new console, and gamers have been waiting for months to catch any glimpse of the Wii U. After a year of waiting Nintendo has finally debuted the Wii U to the world.
Pikmin 3 was the only Wii U title to utilize the Wii U Gamepad effectively.
Sadly, Nintendo blew it pretty hard at E3 2012. Pikmin 3 was the only title even worth mentioning at Nintendo’s press conference Tuesday morning, and it was the only title that was properly shown. Being able to locate and control your Pikmin, in real time, with the tablet effectively enhances the game play, and it was the only title shown by Nintendo that actually seemed to be improved upon, as a result of the Wii U Gamepad.
Nintendo created confusion with the Wii U, leaving gamers wanting much more.
Nintendo is launching the Wii U this holiday and it is apparent that Nintendo is not ready. Reggie Fils-Aime, President and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, got on stage and said that E3 2012 was all about the games that are coming to the Wii U. The problem is that good titles, such asPikmin 3, were overshadowed by games like Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition, and NintendoLand. Nintendo failed demonstrate titles like Zombi U or Project P100, both which are new and utilize the Wii U Gamepad in great ways
Tune into a speical E3 2012 reactions episode of For the Love of Gaming Podcast.
Listen to what the 4LOG crew thought about Nintendo’s E3 2012 press conference.
Is Pikmin 3 enough to sell the Wii U?
Can the Wii U compete with next gen games?
Does Nintendo having Mass Effect 3 and Darksiders 2 really make a difference?
Welcome to the E3 2012 Sony episode of For the Love of Gaming Podcast.
Listen to the reactions of the 4LOG crew as they discuss what Sony announced at their E3 2012 oress conference.
Reactions to trailers from Beyond, God of War Acenesion, Far Cry 3, and The Last of Us.
Find out what grade For the Love of Gaming gives Sony.