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E3 2012 – Walking the Show Floor

If our coverage of E3 over the past week wasn’t enough for you, we’ve got a quick video walkthrough shot during out trip with highlights from the various booths and more!

E3 2012 – Impressions from the Floor

Assassin’s Creed III
-We saw a gameplay demo behind closed doors at Ubisoft
-While town/city environments are still present, Connor’s ability to swing through trees will have you wanting to spend a lot of time in the woods. Amazingly fluent animations

Batman Arkham City Armored Edtion
-Our first Wii U game we tried out
-The gamepad is very comfortable to hold, and the raised analog sticks are excellent, HOWEVER, with the right hand stick raised I was constantly fumbling the controller trying to reach the X, Y, B, and A buttons
-Graphics and textures were a little lacking compared to the current gen consoles
-Utilization of the Wii U gamepad was very neat. I could equip my gear, systematically explode charges, and see enemy locations on the screen

Borderlands 2
-Played a behind closed doors co-op demo at the 2K booth
-New characters were playable
-Got to take home a code for a free gun of our choosing for completing the demo!

Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate
-Set in the “universe” of Lords of Shadow, place in time is unclear
-2.5D, perspective tilts every so often
-Environment in the demo was VERY barren. I tried whipping the lamps for hearts but they didn’t produce any
-Big emphasis on platforming. Double jumping and grappling were abundant in the demo
-The demo was fairly difficult with many players giving up on the boss at the end

Dead or Alive 5
-Four buttons is all you need!
-The best looking DoA game I’ve ever played, but I think this one belongs in the arcade

DmC
-Visually striking, environments are being torn apart, enemies took terrifying and demonic
-Simple combat system at first, but quickly becomes convoluted. Holding L2 in the midst of battle to access your Angelic move set, and R2 to access the demonic. Holding L2 and hitting square during platforming to dash is like twister for your fingers
-I’ve definitely warmed up to this game

Far Cry 3
-Co-op play brings the fun of Dead Island minus the zombies to the Far Cry franchise

Hitman Absolution
-Classic Hitman gameplay with several new features such as the ability to mark and track your target across the level map
-Sandbox, open-world level design remains intact and will please fans new and old
-With graphics and animations like this, Agent 47 never looked so good

Jet Set Radio (Vita)
-Camera during demo suffered from some issues but controls were simple and handled well
-Graphics are very sharp and look great on the Vita’s large display

Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance
-Another title for the fans. Own a 3DS and love KH? This is a definite buy for you

LittleBigPlanet Vita
-Great to see a game native to the Vita and not a port or re-release
-Utilizes the Vita’s touch and gyro abilities (IE You pull down springs with your finger to allow your sackboy to reach new heights)
-Stunning graphics, incredible lighting and atmosphere effects for a handheld title
-DLC from past titles will transfer over, levels however, will not

Lollipop Chainsaw
-Had a small showing at the WB booth, the game is released in NA on June 12th, 2012
-Quirky and immature, everything Suda 51 fans should be expecting at this point

Lost Planet 3
-Returns to a narrative driven story like the first LP
-Demo had us piloting a ice mining mech in first person as well as traveling around on foot

Madden NFL 13
-New physics engine makes runs and hits feel more realistic than ever
-Player models and movements look better than any previous entry in the series giving you the truest football experience yet

Metal Gear Solid HD (Vita)
-Controls for both games have been slightly reworked for the Vita system but still handles very well
-Graphics are bumped down and can’t quite match the PS2 versions but impressive to see on a handheld nonetheless

New Super Mario Bros. U
-Allows 4 players to play while a 5th player uses the Wii U gamepad to either help or hinder their progress by placing platforms and disrupting enemies
-You’re able to play as your Mii in Mario styled overalls (possibly more characters than just the Mario Bros. and Toads to be revealed)

NHL 13
-Physics have been completely overhauled so player movement and speed is much more realistic
-Hockey AI now forces computer opponents to analyze the entire surface of the ice instead of just the screen you’re playing on which leads to much more planning to set up plays
-Faces, jerseys and other textures have been updated to add even more realism to the game

Persona 4 Arena
-Played on an arcade stick with a 4 button layout consisting of two direct attacks and two “persona” attacks
-Looks and feels similar to a Guilty Gear or BlazBlue
-Incredibly fun and fast paced

Pikmin 3
-Pikmin in glorious HD!
-Demo had us collecting as many points as possible before a timer ran out and defeating an armoured worm boss
-The Wii U gamepad displays a map of your surroundings, we played with a Wiimote and Nunchuk while the Wii U pad was on a display in front of us

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
-All the fast, fun, Smash Bros-esque action you could hope for
-Fat Princess appears to be top tier, she ruled the demo

PSOne Classics on Vita
-Screen sizes were cropped, but we were informed that titles would be fullscreen when the service launches
-Games run at a comfortable FPS and look just the way you remember them

Retro City Rampage
-8 bit Grand Theft Auto style top-down sandbox game with a wonderful soundtrack and nods to many different pieces of classic gaming including Mega Man, Duck Hunt and more
-Controls are tight and feel very similar to the original GTA titles
-Handling of vehicles take some time to get used to

Shin Megami Tensei Imagine
-A free to play MMO based in the universe of the first two SMT games
-Plays similar to Final Fantasy XI with a SMT feel

Sleeping Dogs
-Free roaming from the True Crime games seems to be intact, demo we played was a linear chase and beat em up scene
-Interacting with the environment during fight scenes was fun (example: cramming an enemy into a trash bin, or destroying his face with an AC unit)

Sly Cooper Vita
-It could be that I was burnt out on games by the time I played this, but I had no direction or idea of what I supposed to do or where to go
-Very dark environments, was hard to see on the Vita screen on the show floor

Splinter Cell Blacklist
-Saw a trailer and gameplay demo behind closed doors at the Ubisoft booth
-Identical to the E3 press conference demo
-“Killing in motion” looks really neat
-Sam Fisher is no longer voiced by Michael Ironside, might be a deal breaker

XCOM Enemy Territory
-Saw a live demo played by a developer behind closed doors at the 2K booth

Signing off on E3 2012,
Lee Skwarek & Mike Haynes

“Hey dudes, thanks for rescuing me! Let’s go for a burger…Ha! Ha! Ha!” -The President

Pre-E3 News Link Roundup (Day 4)

This is it! We’ve been counting down the days and the gaming event of the year is finally at hand. One last day of news before our gang hits the show floor so let’s get to it.

343 Reveals New ‘Halo 4’ Footage During Microsoft Conference

Source: Joystiq

Nintendo Announces Finalized Controllers For Wii U and More

With most of the larger announcements from many publishers made their way out throughout last week, Nintendo took to the internet this past Sunday to talk a little bit about this finalized versions of controllers for their upcoming Wii U system as well as the upcoming social networking features of the console.

Nintendo Direct – Part 1

Nintendo Direct – Part 2

Nintendo Direct – Part 3

Source: Gametrailers

Stream All The Major E3 Press Conferences Online

If you’re unable to make it down to LA to see the show in person, all the major players in the console race, as well as EA, will be streaming their pre-E3 conferences beginning later today. If you’re looking to check them out, Game Informer has a nice list of where to do so but keep in mind that the times listed are in PACIFIC time.

Source: Game Informer

Seen something we didn’t? Leave us a comment and share it with us! Also, be sure to join our ongoing E3 event on Facebook for news from the show and the chance to win some exclusive merchandise from the convention later next week!

Leading up to E3, we’ll be grabbing early news, videos and links from some of the top gaming websites and compiling them each day into a nice handy list for you to peruse at your leisure.

PNP Games E3 2012 Preview Podcast

Rounding out this week of huge reveals and news, PNP Games’ Lee and Mike take one last run through what to expect from the show as well as many of the big announcements that have already been made leading up to next week’s event in our full E3 2012 Preview Podcast!

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Missed any of the announcements from the past week? We’ve got you covered:
Pre-E3 News Link Roundup (Day 1)
Pre-E3 News Link Roundup (Day 2)
Pre-E3 News Link Roundup (Day 3)

Have any questions or comments of your own about E3? Let us know by leaving them below!

Pre-E3 News Link Roundup (Day 3)

With Konami’s announcements last night on Spike, we’ve got another handful of juicy news heading into the weekend including a huge new game from EA that we mentioned earlier this week which is now confirmed to appear at the show next week.

New (and very bloody) Footage of ‘Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance’

Fans of watching people and/or robots get sliced to pieces with razor sharp swords will certainly want to check out the latest trailer for Platinum Games’ upcoming Metal Gear Rising game featuring Raiden of MGS 2 and 4 fame. Be advised that the trailer does delve in the more action-packed and therefor much more violent aspect of the character so watch at your discretion.

Source: Gametrailers

EA Confirms ‘Dead Space 3’ Will Appear at E3

After being rumored for some time now, EA has broken the silence and confirmed that Dead Space 3 will indeed make an appearance at E3 next week. Along with that news, the company has also announced that the game will have a strong co-op element to it and will also introduce a new character that will join Isaac in his battle against the necromorphs.

EA, please include local co-op. Pretty please?

Source: IGN

Konami Announces ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2’

While the original rumor was simply that Konami would be taking the Lords of Shadow series of Castlevania games from the PS3 and 360 over to the 3DS, last night’s announcement gives fans the chance to experience a true sequel to MercurySteam’s 2010 game as well.

Not many details at this point but the second game looks to pick up where both the LOS downloadable packs left off with a now vampiric Gabriel battling anything and everything that gets in his way including… Symphony of the Night‘s Alucard?

Source: Gametrailers

‘Star Wars 1313’ Announced by LucasArts

LucasArts is currently hard at work on the next Star Wars game, titled 1313, which is named after the criminal underground underneath the surface of Coruscant. This time around, rather than use an overpowered all-powerful Jedi, players will be controlling a bounty hunter character who will use a variety of skills and gadgets to do battle with the forces of evil in a much more human manner.

More news will presumably be rolling out during E3 next week.

Source: GameFocus

‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Given Official Release Date (and a new trailer)

After being delayed until early next year, SquareEnix has now confirmed that the upcoming reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise will be arriving in stores on March 5th, 2013. If that doesn’t satisfy fans, maybe a new trailer featuring a look at some of the in-game action and graphics will?

Source: Joystiq

Seen something we didn’t? Leave us a comment and share it with us! Also, be sure to join our ongoing E3 event on Facebook for news from the show and the chance to win some exclusive merchandise from the convention later next week!

Leading up to E3, we’ll be grabbing early news, videos and links from some of the top gaming websites and compiling them each day into a nice handy list for you to peruse at your leisure.

Pre-E3 News Link Roundup (Day 2)

One day closer to E3 means another day of pre-E3 releases and news so let’s get to it!

Game Informer Confirms New ‘Gears of War’ Title

If July’s Game Informer magazine cover (or the words on their site confirming it) is to be believed, we’ll be seeing a brand new Gears of War game announced at E3 this year with more details emerging when the latest issue of GI arrives in stores in the next few weeks. While obviously details are somewhat scarce, it’s clear that, judging by the apparent prisoner on the cover, someone messed up bad.

Source: Game Informer

Bethesda Gives Us a First Look At Skyrim’s ‘Dawnguard’ DLC

After keeping details fairly close to the chest, Bethesda has taken to their Twitter account to reveal a first look at the upcoming Skyrim downloadable content Dawnguard. Some of the notable additions to the game include crossbows, mounted combat and what looks to be several new areas to explore. The DLC will run 1600 points ($20) and will be available exclusively on Xbox 360 later this summer with PS3 and PC releases shortly after.

Source: Joystiq

Warner Bros. & NetherRealm Announce DC Comics Fighting Game ‘Injustice’

Fresh out of bringing new life back into the Mortal Kombat series, developer NetherRealm and publisher Warner Bros. have announced a brand new fighting game featuring the characters of DC Comics which will presumably use the engine from the most recent MK game but feature beatdowns of superhuman proportion. For bonus points, check out Gamespot’s interview with NetherRealm’s Ed Boon as he discusses the new game (link).

Source: Gamespot

‘Halo 4’ Multiplayer Details Leak Ahead of E3

A handful of screenshots have made their way online revealing some of the details for Halo 4’s multiplayer mode including the already mentioned ability to set a custom loadout for characters as well as special abilities for the player such as a Regeneration Field and Promethean Vision to name a few. More details will undoubtedly emerge next week during Microsoft’s E3 conference.

Source: G4

Seen something we didn’t? Leave us a comment and share it with us! Also, be sure to join our ongoing E3 event on Facebook for news from the show and the chance to win some exclusive merchandise from the convention later next week!

Leading up to E3, we’ll be grabbing early news, videos and links from some of the top gaming websites and compiling them each day into a nice handy list for you to peruse at your leisure.

Pre-E3 News Link Roundup (Day 1)

While the event itself has yet to actually begin, many developers and publishers have already announced (some intentionally and some not so intentionally) some of their games and releases planned for the next few months. In other cases, like that of Hitman Absolution, we’ve got a trailer featuring Agent 47 taking on an army of… nuns?! Don’t believe us? Check out the video for yourself below along with the rest of our pre-E3 news links.

Konami Announces ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate’ for the 3DS

Those hoping for a proper console sequel to 2010’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow might be a little disappointed to learn that the Konami has shifted the focus from the 360 and PS3 to those of the portable variety. Alternatively, those that played the Castlevania games on the DS rejoice as the game returns to a sidescrolling, 2.5D perspective and features the return of Trevor Belmont as the game’s main character.

Source: Joystiq

‘Hitman Absolution’ – Attack of the Saints (Video)

Eidos has revealed a trailer for the upcoming Hitman Absolution game featuring Agent 47 going head-on with a group of women disguised as nuns who turn his motel room into a warzone. Be advised that the trailer is particularly heavy on the violence.

Source: YouTube

Leaked Artwork Indicates Possible ‘Dead Space 3’ Reveal

While it’s not confirmed as of yet, a leaked piece of artwork has apparently revealed not only the logo of the upcoming Dead Space sequel but also a view from space of our hero Isaac and what appears to be a frozen tundra-like planet, which puts stock in previous leaks about where the story for the third game will go. IGN has a rumored reveal from EA pegged for early next week.

Source: IGN

Other Konami Pre-E3 Reveals Set For Thursday Night

Rather than risk the possibility of being steamrolled by any massive announcements from Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft, Konami will be taking the time to reveal all of their news and releases in advance of E3 on Thursday night’s episode of Gametrailers TV on Spike including new Metal Gear Rising info and a mystery announcement as well.

Source: Gametrailers

EA To Launch Battlefield 3 Premium Service In Early June

While it’s been rumored for some time now, EA looks to be finally bringing their premium service model to Battlefield 3 akin to what Activision has done with Call of Duty Elite which will, for $49.99 per year, give users early access to all the released map packs, special in-game items and access to what EA calls “powerful new features”. Rumored release for the service is June 4th, alongside the new DLC pack Close Quarters.

Source: Joystiq

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If you haven’t done so already, be sure to vote on our latest E3 poll on our Facebook page as well!

Leading up to E3, we’ll be grabbing early news, videos and links from some of the top gaming websites and compiling them each day into a nice handy list for you to peruse at your leisure.

E3 2012 Begins June 5th!

Like many gamers out there, we’re counting down the days until one of the year’s biggest events in gaming: E3! This year, PNP Games be hitting the show floor and going hands-on with a number of the biggest titles you can expect to see hitting our shelves over the next 12 months and we’ll be bringing you along for the ride with videos, pictures and audio clips from in and around the show!

For our full E3 2012 coverage, set your sights on this page as we’ll up updating it throughout the week leading up to and including the event itself, which runs from June 5th through to the 7th, or follow the event on Facebook for the chance to win some exclusive E3 merch!

Which game are you most excited to see at this year's E3?

  • Halo 4 (17%, 10 Votes)
  • Pikmin 3 (16%, 9 Votes)
  • Elder Scrolls Online (16%, 9 Votes)
  • Metal Gear Rising (14%, 8 Votes)
  • Resident Evil 6 (12%, 7 Votes)
  • Assassins Creed III (12%, 7 Votes)
  • Borderlands 2 (10%, 6 Votes)
  • Crysis 3 (3%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 58

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