Recent Articles: E3 2011

BioShock Infinite and Uncharted 3 lead Game Critics Awards Best of E3 2011 nominees

Game Critics Awards have announced the nominees for E3 2011 and while none of them are surprising, it does give a glimpse of what the biggest games are going to be in the coming year.

BioShock Infinite and Uncharted 3 lead the pack with four nominations a piece, while fan favorites like Battlefield 3 and Batman: Arkham City sit among the next tier with three nominations each. As far as publishers go, Electronic Arts and Sony Computer Entertainment lead the industry with a commendable fourteen nominations each, while the Xbox 360 holds the most nominations on a platform, with a whopping 55 total. Ironically, the PlayStation Vita debuted with seven, while the well-established Wii only garnered two, down twelve from last year’s awards.

For the full list of nominees as well as more interesting fact breakdowns, head over to the official site here.

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The A-Z of E3 2011

This year’s E3 Expo was probably best characterized by the nearly complete lack of surprises that emerged from the show floor. Nearly every game on display had been announced ahead of time and the ones that weren’t (like Super Smash Bros. 4 for the Wii U) are just words in a press release. And speaking of the Wii U, Nintendo’s next system lost some of its luster after the console’s entire feature set leaked online before E3… but the tablet controller certainly has potential.

And here’s a bunch of other games that have potential too. (more…)

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Peter Molyneux is unhappy with Fable: The Journey E3 demo

The next game in the Fable series, Fable: The Journey, made its worldwide debut during Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference to an audience that wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. The game appeared to be an on-rails shooter where players controlled a wizard in the kingdom of Albion. Making arm gestures towards the Kinect sensor created magical spells that blasted a group of trolls on the screen.

But according to Fable-creator Peter Molyneux, that’s not an accurate representation of the game. He told OXM UK that showing that version of the demo was a “horrendous mistake” and that the final version of the game will not be on rails. If the game isn’t on rails, the famed developer didn’t reveal how players will control the movement of their character in the game.

It’s possible that Fable: The Journey is one of the “hybrid” games that makes use of a Kinect sensor and a standard controller that Microsoft has hinted at before. But I guess we’ll find out for sure next year as Fable: The Journey is currently scheduled for release in 2012.

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Weekly Warp-Up: What We Saw at E3 2011

No, that’s not a typo. Welcome to the Weekly Warp-Up, your weekly wrap-up of the biggest and the best articles posted at Warp Zoned this week…

The Warp Zoned staff was unable to attend this year’s E3 Expo, but we pored over every press release, every trailer and every screenshot bundle to bring you the best that E3 2011 had to offer.

After the break you’ll find a company-by-company breakdown of our E3 coverage. And don’t forget to circle June 5, 2012 on your calendar, because next year’s E3 is sure to provide lots of surprises. (more…)

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Sega exec reveals “Spring/Summer 2012″ release for Wii U

E3 is over and we still don’t know when the Wii U will be released. All Nintendo will say for now is that the new console will be in stores sometime in 2012. But a Sega executive may have spilled the beans without even realizing it.

Alan Pritchard, Sega’s Executive Vice President of Marketing, sat down with GameSpot during the closing hours of the show to talk about Aliens: Colonial Marines, the Vita, the PSN, movie games and the Wii U. It was during that last subject of conversation that the two sides had this exchange:

GameSpot: Will Sonic Generations be released for the Wii U?

Pritchard: The timing just doesn’t work. Generations releases this November, and the Wii U is coming out next spring/summer. […] But to bring out Generations on a platform six or eight months after we release PS3, 360, and 3DS probably won’t be the best strategy.

Pritchard talks about the Wii U’s release window as falling pretty solidly within the April to June timeframe (Nintendo itself has confirmed the console won’t be released before April). And if anyone at Sega would know, it’s the guy in charge of marketing the games the publisher plans to release for the system. It’s too early to say for sure, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Pritchard was telling the truth.

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Lara escapes her own tomb in Tomb Raider gameplay video

Early in Microsoft’s E3 2011 Press Conference, they turned the stage over to Crystal Dynamics, who used their time to show fans the first extended look of their upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. During the gameplay demo, the much younger Lara Croft has been captured by an angry tribe who have hung her upside down in a cave. Using a nearby torch, she cuts through the ropes and crashes onto the stone floor. The player must then perform a quick time event to eject a sharpened stone from her stomach. Yikes!

And it only gets more intense and “visceral” (according to Crystal Dynamics) from there.

Tomb Raider will be released for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in Fall 2012.

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CoD Modern Warfare 3 “Hunter Killer” mission is awesome

In case you missed Microsoft’s E3 2011 Press Conference, they opened the show with a play-through of the “Hunter Killer” mission from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It is an absolutely thrilling nine minutes of gameplay that can stand next to any Hollywood blockbuster. The underwater scenes feel perfectly claustrophobic and the sub assault would make Jack Bauer blush. Also, be sure and snicker at the point early in the demo where the controller dies for a few seconds. Wouldn’t be E3 without surprises.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be released for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 9.

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Overstrike trailer strikes the right note

The 2011 E3 Expo may officially be over, but there’s still plenty of news releases and trailers to report on. After years as a Sony second-party, Insomnaic Games has made the leap to multiplatform development with Overstrike. But while the franchise may be brand new, Insomniac believes it’ll be very familar to their fans:

Combining Insomniac’s knack for imaginative weaponry with immersive and witty storytelling, Overstrike is a four-player cooperative action game featuring a team of elite agents called Overstrike 9. Comprised of an ex-mercenary, a lifelong thief, a gifted young scientist and a decorated detective, the members of Overstrike 9 are considered outcasts within their own organization, but are the best team suited to stop a global terrorist group from attempting to wipe out humankind. Overstrike 9 uses lethal teamwork and an arsenal of fringe-tech gadgets to infiltrate and destroy enemy strongholds.

“Overstrike presents a unique blend of features that have long been a part of the Insomniac DNA: high powered gadgets, action-heavy gameplay, memorable characters in a deep and mysterious universe and of course a touch of humor,” said Ted Price, founder and CEO of Insomniac Games. “And since this is our first multiplatform game, we’re especially excited to introduce ourselves to a new audience – one which may not have experienced our previous games.”

Overstrike is in development for the PS3 and Xbox 360 with an unknown release date.

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