Viva La Vita

If you didn’t know, E3 is going on at the minute over in LA where all the big game companies unveil the new big thing in the gaming industry, which this year includes two brand new consoles. Exiting, no?

Now, technically this blog is supposed to be about telly, but I don’t care. You play games on your TV so that’s a strong enough connection for me.

Sony

Sony have some pretty big news, namely the successor the PSP: The PlayStation Vita, which I assume we’ll all call the PSV. Not the Eindhoven kind, I again presume.

Judging from the trailer below, it’s basically a graphically-stronger PSP, with some new features shamelessly ripped off of Nintendo, including a touch screen and motion sensing. As for the games, lots of the big names are included, such as Bioshock, Call of Duty, Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet and Resistance. Still, expect this one to have it’s arse trounced by the 3DS.


Uncharted 3: Drake’s Fortune (PS3) – Having set the last two games in the jungle (leading to plagurism accusations from Tomb Raider fans), Uncharted will be moving to the desert for it’s next installment, which will inevitably lead to Indiana Jones comparisons. Whatevs, since we haven’t had a decent Indy game in a forever, so if this is the closest we’re going to get, then bring it on.

 

Resistance 3 (PS3) – The other big franchise to have kicked off on the PS3 is also getting it’s second sequel. Apparently, America has had the shit kicked it out of it by the aliens in the last one, so it looks like this’ll have more of a post-apocalypse vibe than the out-and-out wars of the previous games.

 

BioShock Infinite (PS3, X360, PC) – No, I don’t know why this was shown with Sony’s stuff either but shown it was, with the underwater setting abandoned for a steampunk city in the skies, which looks gorgeous. Very much looking forward to this one.

 

Other games on display from Sony include the new multiplayer Ratchet & Clank, a new Sly Cooper, 3D versions of ICO and Shadows of the Colossus (both of which are amazing), and a bizarre PSN game named Journey, in which you must make your way to a big mountain in the distance, all the while being either helped or hindered by complete strangers. Odd.

 

Microsoft

Halo 4 (X360) – As well as an HD remake of the original Halo game, there’s going to be a brand new addition to main series, which apparently is going to form the start of a brand new triolgy. I’m not a fan of the Halos myself, but I know full well that they’re pretty damn popular, and the trailer looks suitably epic.

 

Fable: The Journey (X360) – Now Fable I deffo love. The trailer looks amazing (even if the makers of Lost would have more than enough ammo to take a lawsuit out, what with that Smoke Monster) and the only gameplay specifics released is that it will involve the Kinect quite heavily. Not happy about that, since I don’t want to buy a Kinect. Boo-urns.

 

Gears of War 3 (x360) – OK, I’m just going to say it: I don’t get why Gears of War is so popular. The story is poo, the aliens and settings are beyond generic, and the characters are dicks. I appreciate the gameplay itself might be good, but aren’t their other games with great gameplay and great design? But popular it be, so a third one’s coming soon. Sigh.

 

Kinect Star Wars (X360) – OK, now I deffo have to get a Kinect.

 

As for the rest, there was basically just some stocking-filler crap for the Kinect, including another Kinect Sports and something called Kinect DisneyLand which apprently lets you go around the theme park. How rubbish is that?

EA

Mass Effect 3 (X360, PS3, PC) – I’ve never bothered with the Mass Effect games since I was too annoyed at them for including a lesbian option but ignoring the gays (I assume to cater to the wanking teenage boy demographic) but this game will change that apparently. Might have to give it a go then.

 

Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC) – I love Star Wars. I love the Knights of the Old Republic. I hate MMORPGs. As you can imagine, I therefore have mixed feelings about this. Don’t expect it anytime soon, BTW. 2012, at the VERY earliest.

 

Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (PC, X360, PS3) – I’ve played the first Assassin’s Creed and I hated it, but i have heard very, VERY good things about it’s follow ups, so I have very little reason to doubt this will please it’s numerous fans.

 

Driver: San Francisco (PC, PS3, X360, Wii, 3DS) – Remember when the Driver games were good? No, me neither, it’s been that long. This could revive the series’ fortunes, but let’s face it, the chances are slim.

 

Rayman Origins (PS3, X360, Wii, 3DS) – Rayman has been trying to re-establish himself in the game industry ever since the Rabbids completely showed him up a few years back. Ubisoft have therefore decided to take him back to his roots, and give us the most unnecessary backstory since the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

 

Tomorrow

Check back here tomorrow afternoon for more goss from E3 including the very exciting new Nintendo console, the Wii U. Not a great name though, I’ll admit.

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2007 Brit Award nominee for Best International Female
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