Recent Articles: E3 2013

Here’s the 12-minute gameplay video of Destiny from E3 2013

In case you missed it in all the chaos that was this year’s E3, Bungie has released the extended gameplay demo of Destiny, their upcoming sci-fi shooter, that was shown at Sony’s Press Conference.

The game is set in the distant future after the collapse of a Golden Age of exploration, with players taking on the role of a Guardian of the last city on Earth. Destiny is planned for a 2014 release on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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TitanFall, Destiny, Watch Dogs lead all nominees in Best of E3 2013 awards

e3expologoThe 30 publications that form the Game Critics Awards judging panel have announced this year’s nominees for the Best of E3 2013. This year, Respawn’s TitanFall lead the way with six nominations. Bungie’s Destiny and Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs were close behind with five nominations apiece.

All three games were selected to be part of the “Best in Show” alongside new hardware from Sony (the PlayStation 4) and Oculus VR (the Oculus Rift HD). That has to sting for Microsoft and the continued debacle that is their Xbox One announcement. Though the Xbox One did get a nod in the “Best Hardware” category. I have a feeling it’s not going to win.

A complete list of all the nominees can be found after the break. The winners will be announced on July 2. (more…)

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Call of Duty: Ghosts might miss the Wii U after all, but that seems unlikely

callofdutyghosts-rumor-boxInfinity Ward’s Mark Rubin talked about the Wii U version of Call of Duty: Ghosts with such conviction during E3 2013 that everybody assumed it was in development. Apparently, that’s not entirely accurate.

Last week, he told GameSpot: “[The Wii U version] is probably in the next-gen bin. We’re not actually talking about Wii U yet because we want to keep it mysterious.”

Now, speaking to GamesIndustry International, Rubin has revealed that he doesn’t know if a Wii U version of the game is even in development: “Ha! You know that’s funny, because I don’t even know the answer to that. I swear to God, I don’t. I was trying to say in the interview [that] I really don’t know and I’m not supposed to talk about it. I’m not supposed to talk about the fact that I don’t know.”

When you think about it, it’s astounding that these very different statements came from the same person. Regardless of what Rubin told GamesIndustry International, a Wii U version of the game can only be “mysterious” if it’s actually in development. Otherwise, why get people’s hopes up? So officially, Activision and Infinity Ward have nothing to announce concerning Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Wii U. Unofficially (and logically), a Wii U version of the game is clearly in development. Glad we could clear that up.

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Retro Studios will release Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in November

Donkey Kong returns again! The great ape will come to the Wii U for the first time this Fall in the Retro Studios-developed Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze:

The first Wii U installment in the franchise comes from Retro Studios. The side-scrolling platformer has beautiful HD graphics that show fine details, such as Donkey Kong’s fur. Dixie Kong joins the adventure, which features the Kongs swimming underwater and moving from the foreground to the background. This time, the camera changes perspective on certain levels to enhance the sense of motion and to deliver new experiences.

Many gamers hoped that Retro would be hard at work on an original title (or maybe another Metroid game), but they would prefer to bring us the next DKC game this November. Reward their hard work by watching the beautiful E3 2013 trailer above.

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Zelda: Link to the Past 2 is now A Link Between Worlds, will be released in November

Nintendo’s 3DS sequel to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past will officially be known as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Bask in the 1992-ness of the E3 2013 trailer above while you try to figure out where A Link Between Worlds belongs in the great Zelda timeline.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will be released in November.

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The Walking Dead: 400 Days is five tales of survival that set up Season Two

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Only someone with a heart of stone would say that Telltale’s The Walking Dead didn’t move them. That movement may have been something as simple as running from the horde of zombies at the game’s center or it might be something deeper. A second season of episodes, appropriately titled The Walking Dead: Season Two, is in the works for this Fall. But first, the developer wants to give players one last taste of Season One.

Known as The Walking Dead: 400 Days, the new episode will tell five tales of survival. Bonnie, Russell, Shel, Vince, and Wyatt will all come face-to-face with the undead and (hopefully) live to tell about it:

Centered on a truck stop on a Georgia highway, The Walking Dead: 400 Days is a DLC episode for Season One of Telltale’s award-winning game series. 400 Days tells five linked stories; each taking place at different points in time and from the point of view of a different survivor, from day one of the undead apocalypse to day 400.

The five stories can be played in any order and will change based on the choices that you make. Echoes of the choices you made in Season 1 will carry over into 400 Days and the choices you make in 400 Days will resonate into Season 2.

The Walking Dead: 400 Days will be available this Summer for the PC, PS3, Vita, Xbox 360, and mobile platforms. You can view the first trailer after the break. (more…)

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Ubisoft announces Trials Fusion and Trials Frontier

RedLynx’s Trials series has been a massive success on current generation consoles, but the developer will be taking their motorcycle stunt show to the next-gen with Trials Fusion. Trials Fusion is in development for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. An Xbox 360 edition is also in the works.

Mobile gamers will also be able to get in on the fun with Trials Frontier, which will be available for “smartphones and tablets.”

Both games will be released sometime in 2014. You can check the first trailer (and a few seconds of gameplay for each title) in the E3 2013 trailer above.

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The Elder Scrolls Online coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One in Spring 2014

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First, the bad news… the release of The Elder Scrolls Online has been pushed back to Spring 2014. Now, the good news… The Elder Scrolls Online is now in development for the PS4 and Xbox One, in addition to the previously announced PC and Mac version. I realize that this is still “bad news” to many PC gamers, and for that, I’m sorry.

But the team at ZeniMax Online Studios sounds pretty excited about it:

“We are thrilled to bring this game to consoles, in addition to the PC and Mac,” said Matt Firor, Game Director of The Elder Scrolls Online. “It’s something our fans have been requesting since we first announced the title, and something our team is excited to offer. Everyone will be able to play The Elder Scrolls Online the way they want to play.”

If you’re interested in viewing The Elder Scrolls Online’s E3 2013 gameplay trailer, you can find it after the break. (more…)

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