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Recent Articles: E3 2014
Before letting journalists loose on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel at this year’s E3 Expo, 2K Games forced them to watch “Handsome Jack’s Tips for Surviving on the Moon” to prepare for the experience. In the video, Handsome Jack describes what’s different about shooting and looting on the Moon… in his own deranged way, that is. If you’re too lazy to watch, here are Handsome Jack’s six tips:
#1 Stay in the air
#2 Don’t forget the power of the SLAM!
#3 Use your Skills
#4 New Loot!
#5 Lasers… Heh heh, they’re pretty cool
#6 Cryo Weapons are awesome
Don’t you want to watch it now? Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on October 14.
Two of the most buzzed-about games going into the 2014 E3 Expo was Turtle Rock’s Evolve and Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky. Not surprisingly, both games cleaned up in this year’s Best of E3 2014 Game Critics Awards.
Evolve tallied four wins including “Best of Show,” “Best Console Game,” “Best Action Game,” and “Best Online Multiplayer.” No Man’s Sky traded on its unique reputation while on its way to winning “Best Original Game” and “Best Independent Game” as well as a “Special Commendation For Innovation.”
No other game was honored in multiple categories though Super Smash Bros. For 3DS was selected as “Best Handheld/Mobile Game” and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U took home “Best Fighting Game.”
A complete list of this year’s winners can be found after the break. (more…)
The Best of E3 2014 nominees are in, and Evolve is currently leading the pack with six nominations (Best of Show, Best Original Game, Best Console Game, Best PC Game, Best Action Game, and Best Online Multiplayer). The rest of the Best in Show games all have multiple nominations as well – Alien: Isolation, Batman: Arkham Knight, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, No Man’s Sky, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege. After all the attention it’s gotten, I’m surprised Sunset Overdrive isn’t on that list, but it’s on a few others.
Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.
Minecraft, the blocky Swedish sandbox hit available on pretty much every platform except those bearing the Nintendo brand, is a title the House of N could certainly use to further the booming sales that followed from the launch of Mario Kart 8. Even its creator, Markus “Notch” Persson, thinks that the Wii U is an ideal platform for the game, tweeting in December that “a Wii U version makes sense.”
When Stephen Totilo caught up with Shigeru Miyamoto and Shinya Takahashi at this year’s E3 Expo, the Kotaku writer wanted to ask them about it. Miyamoto revealed he had not played Minecraft, but was aware of the game and likened it to Nintendo’s newly announced Mario Maker. It was Takahashi, General Manager of Nintendo’s Software Planning & Development department, that offered a more positive quote for those hoping the game may still wind its way onto the Wii U:
We’ve always thought internally that using the GamePad would probably make for a Minecraft that’s very easy to play. And, of course, if we were to do something with Minecraft on the 3DS, similarly we would probably do it where it would be easier to play and could probably reach a lot of kids.
However, grounding expectations, Takahasi said that the game is not as popular in Nintendo’s native Japan as it is in the US or Europe. Yet, when pushed on the subject, it was Miyamoto who had the last word: “Maybe we’re meeting with them! Who knows?”
Was Nintendo’s most famous developer joking, or could Nintendo be meeting with Mojang to help bring their seminal title to Wii U and 3DS? Hopefully we will find out soon.
One of the major problems with the Electronic Entertainment Expo is the fact that it’s too big. So big, in fact, that it hurts, even though the show seems to get more and more exciting every year. However, at the same time, publishers are showing fewer games. I’ve also heard anecdotal evidence that the show floor is so quiet that you can get cell signal. And after the rush of pre-E3 announcements this year, it could be said that the expo itself is all bark and no bite.
Correct or not, there is still a lot of bark during the second week of June every year, so much, in fact, that dozens and dozens of games get lost in all the noise. Here are seven of them. (more…)
Continue Countdown #6 – The E3 2014 Super Show
With the 2014 E3 Expo a (not so) distant memory, the Warp Zoned staff got together to record a double-length “E3 2014 Super Show” of the Continue Countdown. This rapid fire show covered hundreds of titles including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sunset Overdrive, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Mortal Kombat X, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Bloodborne, No Man’s Sky, Super Smash Bros. 4, The Legend of Zelda Wii U, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, and a whole lot more. And if you missed any of our E3 2014 coverage, you can catch up with all of it right here.
Hundreds of Games… 50 Minutes… And Go!
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…
It looks like another E3 Expo has come to an end. We’ll all get together again next year in Los Angeles (June 16-18, to be exact) for another round of gabbing about gaming’s future. But for now, it’s time to talk about all the huge games that were on display at the 2014 E3 Expo. Though, to be fair, a lot of the games presented this year may show up at next year’s show too as a lot of this year’s biggest announcements have 2015 release dates.
Anyway, here it is, our annual list of everything E3. A link to every article for every game we covered is available after the break. (more…)