June 7, 2011

Gamer Rant – E3 Edition – Wii U

Nintendo revealed its new console at thier press event and are calling it the Wii U. Here comes the pain. So there was no mention of an actual console they only focused on the controller. Wait I thought we were getting a new console? First off the controller looks like its the size of the U Draw or a fat touch tablet. That’s way to big in my opinion. Yea its got a fancy touch screen, but why do I need a screen? Will it have heating issues? Will it eat through batteries? It’s gonna be in HD, but thats the most that was said about the console. The problem is like the Wii the Wii U offers nothing more than a new gimmick. You can switch from your TV to your 6.2 inch screen and then it becomes a handheld…..but I already have a DS. They said release 2012 and gave no price. The 3DS is already $250….now your trying to sell me a new console with another handheld for a controller? How much will that be? You can aim the new controller at the screen for different uses in games (example was baseball, you can use it to aim your pitch) but I get tired after holding up controllers to point at the screen after a while. They are adding newer titles like Arkham City, but I am not going to buy a new console for one or two games when I can just get it for Xbox or PS3. Sure there will be more info to come with the Wii U, but E3 is the place to sell me on your product and I gotta say I am not sold.

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 – Sony

Well Day one of E3 is in the books and it ended with Sony. Now Sony had a ton of pressure to be great this year due to the PSN hack. Well lets just say I think they hit a homerun. They had to step it up and they did just that. After the apologies and thanks for support here’s what they gave us:

Uncharted 3 – Beta June 28 – Full game Nov 1 – We got a look at Uncharted 3 which looked amazing. The gameplay had Drake sneaking around a cruise ship during a terrible storm. As you navigate the ship you and object around you continuously sway with the choppy seas out side. Eventually the ship gets a hole and starts flooding and then all of the sudden the ship rolls onto its side adding a whole new level layout. It was a very impressive sneak peak.

Resistance 3 – Sept 6 – This installment takes place 4 years after the previous game and its all out war again. All new weapons and great graphics add to the lure. Also Resistance 3 will be capadable with the PS Move. On Sept 6 there will be a special bundle that will include the game, the PS eye camera, Navigation controller, PS move controller, and the sharp shooter controller all for $150.

God of War, Ico, and Shadow of Collossus – All these games games are getting remasterd collections in 3D.

Playstation will box a 24 inch 3D display, 3D glasses, 6ft HDMI cord, and Resistance 3 for $499.

NBA2K12 – This title will include a new NBA on the Move feature that uses the PS Move.

Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest – Fall 2011 – This will be a PS Move game set in a fantasy world. There will be no inventory or weapon select. The gestures you make with the Move controller will select the weapon automatically. The game will feature different branching paths all filled with puzzles to get through them.

Infamous 2 – Gave us another trailer and later this year there will be an update to customize gameplay and the addition PS Move capability.

Little Big Planet 2 – Will get an update this year for the PS Move functionality

Star Hawk – this is the sequal to War Hawk and they gave us a trailer which looked fairly good.

Sly Cooper Theives in Time – 2012 – All we really got to see was a little trailer, hopefully more to come

Dust 514 – closed beta late 2011 – full game spring 2012 – Dust will be a Playstation exclusive. It’s a first person shooter that will be connected with the PC MMO Eve Online. It will also have a PS Move function as well as PS Vita functionality.

Bioshock Infinite – Bioshocks new trailer looked fantastic and it will have uses for PS Move. The PS3 version of the game will come with Bioshock 1 on it.  Also as a side note there will be a game based in the Bioshock universe for the PS Vita.

Saints Row – All we got was a release date of Nov 15

Star Trek – 2012 – This will be a co-op based game with PS Move functionality based on the J.J Abrams movie. It will also be in 3D. There will a prequel to the game as a digital download. There will be a special phaser Move controller that you will be able to buy as well.

SSX – Playstation 3 will have and exclusive Mt. Fugi course.

Need for Speed The Run – PS3 version will have seven extra cars to choose from.

Battlefield 3 – PS3 version will include Battlefield 1943.

NGP/ PS Vita – Holiday 2011 – It has been officially named the Playstation Vita. Includes dual cameras, dual control sticks, dual touch pads, axis controls, and a five inch touch screen. There will be two versions. One with Wi-Fi and one with 3G capability. Playstation will partner with AT&T for the 3G version. Wi-Fi version will cost $249.99 and the 3G will cost $299.99. There are 80 games in development and it will have cross play functionality.

Uncharted Golden Abyss – PS Vita game. Will use touch screen for more simple controls. It had good visuals.

Ruin – Ruin is an action based rpg for the PS Vita. It will use a class system in a fantasy setting. It will use the cross play function for the PS3 version. You can save on the Vita and then load from the same spot on the PS3.

Mod Nation Racers – This will be a brand new Mod Nation Racer exclusively for the PS Vita. You will have a new track customization using its touch screen. Using the touch screen you can create banks for turns, jumps, mountains and lakes. There will 2 million created items already for use on day one.

Little Big Planet – There will be a PS Vita version with tons and tons of online/ community features.

Street Fighter X Tekken – We got to see a small trailer and found out Cole from Infamous will be a playble character. There will also be a PS Vita version with Cole as well.

We did not see Kevin Butler which bummed me a little, but Sony did a great job in my opinion. Sony needed a good showing and I felt they did just that. We got dates and prices which is always good. I have a feeling they took a leap away from the PSN hack and now people will be getting back on board with Sony.

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 – Ubisoft

Next on the list was Ubisoft’s event. Before I start can I just say 1. just give us the info, you’re not funny and 2. hire people who speak english or make them learn it better. I can’t understand half of what you just said about Track Mania…not that I cared but I digress…Here is what Ubisoft had to offer:

Rayman Origins – This live demo showed some co-op and brought me back to the SNES and Sega days. It had a old school feeling with it’s well animated 2D side scrolling action. The game will support a 4 player co-op.

Driver San Fancisco – Nothing special unfortunatley. Driver will have a multiplayer feature though.

Farcry 3 – This actually looked decent. Got a little sneak peak of gameplay and seemed to have a mixture of stealth and regualr cap busting. The dialog was a bit rough because they censors had a field day with the “beep” button.

Brothers in Arms: Furious Four – 2012  – This is another squad based shooter set in WW2. A mixture of funny characters and over the top style action and humor may make this game one of the better BiA titles.

Adventures of  TinTin – Adventure style game….they didn’t have much to say honestly. Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg just talked about how good it was. Other than that I don’t really know much.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier – Showed off some great looking gameplay. Showed the 4 player co-op on a mission to secure a VIP. It had good graphics and really smooth movement and shooting. It looked like a blast to me.

Ghost Recon Online – This will be a free to play PC game. It will also support the achievements you earn in Future Soldier

Track Mania 2 – This is part of Mania Planet which is a hub for other online games for PC. Basically it’s Mod Nation Racers with realism.

Raving Rabbids – Kinect – Nov 8 – The party game comes to Kinect…..wooo……

Just Dance 3 – Oct 2011 – This is wear I took a restroom break…..

Rocksmith – Oct 2011 – Yet another Rock Band/ Guitar Hero -ish game. Rocksmith is supposed to be more realistic than the other guitar games out there as well as being able to teach you how to play real guitar….we’ll see

Assassins Creed Revelations – Nov 2011 – First they showed a cinematic trailer which was great then they gave us a look at gameplay. The cut scenes looked nice but the graphics don’t look much different then the last one. We did get a chance to see a smoke bomb in action with the combination of eagle vision to take out three enemies. Then we saw Ezio running through a crazy course of burning/ exploding ships in the harbor. Looked pretty good.

I didn’t think Ubisoft had that strong of a lineup outside of Assassins Creed and Ghost Recon, but we will just have to see how it pans out.

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 – EA’s Game Changers

EA just finished their press event and heres what they showed us:

Mass Effect 3 – March 6, 2012 – The live demo showed some great graphics and really showed off a much larger scale for the action and fighting. It was also said that if you played the previous Mass Effect games that your decisions in them would all come together in this installment.

Need for Speed: The Run – This new NFS title will be a race across the USA. They have added the auto log feature to this one and it will also feature action out of the car as well. The live demo showed this feature to be a simple button timing excercise but it will be an interesting feature. With stolen police cars, fighting, and helicopter chases this NFS seems like it will up the action element.

Star Wars the Old Republic – Giant disappointment. No release date and the trailer that was shown was the previous two trailers mixed together along with only a few new scenes. Like is said, disappointed.

SSX – Jan 2012 – SSX will have three modes: Race, Trick, and Survive. You will be able to hit the slopes on any major mountain range in the world.

Fifa 12 – It will have better defense systems, ball control, and a new impact engine for tackling. Fifa will also get Football Club. It’s a social hub for stats, leaderboards, and challenges at no extra cost.

Madden 12 – Aug 30 – As with every year, new AI, new collision system, and new player performance system. It’s Madden people. You play one, you’ve played them all.

Sims Social – Sims on Facebook…..yea…..

Reckoning – 2012 – This is a 3rd person fantasy/ action rpg style game. It has your typical magic and regualr fighting system. Can’t say it really was anything great.

Over Strike – Set in the near future, Over Strike has you play as one of four mercenaries in a group with futuristic style weapons and tech. If this turns out to be a four player Co-op, this could be a fun one.

Battlefield 3 – Beta in Sept – Full game Oct 25 – BF showed off the new Frostbite 2 engine with a few scenes which looked great. There was a multiplayer trailer but it was very quick and didn’t really show much. Like the Auto Log for Need for Speed, Battlefield will introduce the Battle Log which is their social hub for stats and leaderboards etc. They showed a live demo from the PC version which looked nice but it was all in a tank. Never showed anything on foot. It was an open field tank battle that eventually turned into a small base assault with the tanks.

All in all EA showed some interesting things. More to come from E3!

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 – Xbox Future Revealed

ZOMG!! E3!!! Yep Microsoft started the madness and here is a list of all that what shown or mentioned. The list also shows release dates and Kinectablilty. Kinect able means that they use some Kinect features.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Nov. 8

Tomb Raider

Sims 3 Pets – Kinect

Family Game Night 4 – Kinect

Mass Effect 3 – Kinect able

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier – Kinect able

Gears of War 3

Ryse – Kinect

Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary – Nov 15

Forza Motorsport 4 – Oct 11

Fable The Journey – Kinect

Minecraft – Kinect – Winter 2011

Disneyland Adventures – Kinect – This Holiday

Star Wars – Kinect

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster – Kinect – Fall 2011

Kinect Fun Labs – Today (Checking on that)

Kinect Sports Season 2 – This Holiday

Dance Central 2

Halo 4 – Holiday 2012

CABXYZ will bring more detailed info on each of the titles later on.

June 3, 2011

Electronic Entertainment Expo!!!

The biggest gaming event of the year is just a few days away! All the big players coming together to show us want we can expect to see in the coming year. Can’t go? Can’t watch it live? How will I get my E3 fix?? No worries The Gamers Blog has you covered. CABXYZ and yours truely will be bringing you daily updates for ALL your E3 coverage. We will have all the info hot off the press conference floor as we get it. I will also be posting a special Gamer Rant : E3 edition. Daily updates, special posts, and maybe if your good a few suprises, what else could you ask for? You say another giveaway? Sure why not! Check us out during our E3 coverage for details on another giveaway. What are you hoping to see this year at E3? C’mon Star Wars Old Republic! Fingers crossed.

May 4, 2011

New Price Point for Wii

We have all noticed the Wii slipping in sales over the years and the whole motion control gimick has been surpassed by Xbox’s Kinect as well as Playstations Move. To combat this Nintendo announce a price drop. This will be the consoles second price drop since its release in 2006. The first drop was from 249.99 to 199.99. Now the Wii will retail for 149.99. To add incentive to the offer the Wii will come with Mario Kart and the racing wheel accessory. Also Nintendo will release some 20 dollar games such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports.

Now this is all good and fine but rumor around the industry is that Nintendo will unveil a new console at E3 only a month a way. Will consumers really want to go out and buy a cheaper Wii or wait and see what Nintendo has to offer next? I am not sure many will care to buy a system that will be out done in a month.

January 11, 2011

I’ve got a Golden Ticket, oh wait it’s a fake…

So with a new year brings a new E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). As all gamers are aware its the place to see all the newest and upcoming games and projects from all the companies in the business. Wouldn’t it be awesome to actually be there though? That answer is yes. However E3 is not open to the public. Only people who work in the industry or press can get access. So the people decided to fight back in a way. Some of the samller websites who were fortunate enough to get one of these golden tickets decided to sell them off. Some of these passes sold for as much as $700 and that’s hoping you didn’t get a fake copy. E3 heard about the black market E3 pass trade and decided to do something about it. To do this instead of getting the actual pass in the mail, you will recieve a barcode. This barcode will be redeemed at the doors of E3 where they will be giving out the pass itself. It won’t completely get rid of the problem but they hope it will help.

Now thats all good and fine but I gotta ask, why not open the doors for at least a day to the public? There is nothing to lose from this. Here E3 let me help you help us. Step 1: Open for 1 day to the public Step 2: throw a price tag on those public tickets ($50-$100), that’s easy money to make and people would probably pay more than that. I don’t understand the issue here, people get to come in and play the new demos and see all the new stuff while E3 makes money off us and gets all kinds of  publicity. After all, the people are what drives those sales anyway, why not get real feedback?

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