E3 2010: Day Three Photos

21 07 2010

As I stated earlier I wanted to express my E3 experience as best I can but instead of simply listing my experience in text format I figured a sideshow of pictures I took throughout the day would best showcase this event. This is a continuation of some earlier posts Day Zero, Day One and Day Two— I apologize for the delay but still wanted to share.

These pictures do a wonderful job cataloging my day by showing you what I did and saw while also allowing you to see the rare sights of E3 first hand. I hope I was able to capture the experience and express my enjoyment through these pictures  as Day Three was the last day of E3. Enjoy!

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E3 2010: Day Two Photos

20 07 2010

As I stated earlier I wanted to express my E3 experience as best I can but instead of simply listing my experience in text format I figured a sideshow of pictures I took throughout the day would best showcase this event. This is a continuation of some earlier posts Day Zero and Day One — I apologize for the delay but still wanted to share.

These pictures do a wonderful job cataloging my day by showing you what I did and saw while also allowing you to see the rare sights of E3 first hand. Enjoy!

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E3 Hands On: NBA Jam (Wii)

14 07 2010

As with my previous two hands on impressions this game was also not announced at E3 this year however unlike the previous two games NBA Jam is not in 3D nor is it a PlayStation 3 exclusive.

NBA Jam is a remake of the classic 2 on 2 style over the top arcade game that will be releasing later this year for the Nintendo Wii. As someone who enjoys both basketball and over the top arcade games I have been anticipating this title for some time now but was also skeptical if EA could pull off the same feel and enjoyment of the arcade title.

My first opportunity to play was with another media individual against the computer. Before the game started an EA booth representative explained the basic controls before setting us loose. NBA Jam uses the nun chuck and the Wii remote – to jump for either shooting or blocking shots you flick the Wii remote up, to finish the shot, dunk or block a shot you jerk the Wii remote back down. The nun chuck is used for movement along with sprint, to pass you simply press the A button. After only a few possessions I easily grasped the basic controls allowing me to perform absurd passes that lead to acrobatic dunks.

The gameplay is fast paced with no actual defensive or offensive plays to call or execute. The entire offensive repertoire is pass, crossover, shoot and dunk. While defensively you can steal, shove and block shots but be careful not to goal tend. Although that may seem limited to some I found it had just enough depth but was also basic enough that it allowed you to focus on having fun.

So, it passed the fun test, but did it feel true to the original? Yes, I was actually surprised while playing just how authentic to the arcade title it actually felt. So much so that they actually brought back the famous announcer. The visual style also stays true to the original with crazy dunks and fast paced action however this time the heads of players are actual photographs. While we weren’t able to play with anything but the current NBA rosters I was told that historic duos from the arcade will make an appearance in this new title.

To sum up my experience I found my self through out the expo continually going back to play NBA Jam on multiple occasions as it was so easy to pick up and play while being extremely fun. After playing this title for myself my excitement for this title has been renewed and intensified. I can not wait to play more of NBA Jam and I will most certainly pick up this title for my dust covered Wii – which says it all.

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E3 2010: Day One Photos

28 06 2010

As I stated earlier I wanted to express my E3 experience as best I can but instead of simply listing my experience in text format I figured a sideshow of pictures I took throughout the day would best showcase this event.

These pictures do a wonderful job cataloging my day by showing you what I did and saw while also allowing you to see the rare sights of E3 first hand. Enjoy!

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E3 2010: Day Zero Photos

27 06 2010

As I stated earlier I wanted to express my E3 experience as best I can but instead of simply listing my experience in text format I figured a sideshow of pictures I took throughout the day would best showcase this event.

These pictures do a wonderful job cataloging my day by showing you what I did and saw while also allowing you to see the rare sights of E3 first hand. Enjoy!

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E3 Hands On: Killzone 3 in 3D

19 06 2010

Killzone 3 is yet another game that while not announced at E3 did have a significant presence at E3 where we were able to learn a lot. I first got a glimpse of the game during the Sony Press Conference via an on stage live demo in 3D. During that demo we were all informed that Killzone will not only be playable on the show floor but also be playable in 3D. At that moment I knew I had to try this title out and I am glad I did.

At the station I was able to play one of 3 different 20 minute demo sections,  I choose to play in the new snowy environment which consisted of ground combat as well as air combat.  Killzone 3 will feel similar to those that played Killzone 2, the controls and layout of the controls are the same although during the demo they did feel more twitchy than before. One of the main additions to the series is the introduction of jet packs for not only the enemies but yourself which I was told would carry over into multiplayer. Other additions include more advanced weaponry, wider variety of environments along with a unique and brutal melee system all of which were prominent in the demo.

Killzone 3 runs on the same engine that Killzone 2 ran on however it is fully enhanced and optimized allowing Killzone 3 to support full stereoscopic 3D gameplay. This 3D was easily one of the greatest and most dramatic aspects that I recognized during my 20 minute demo. Like I said previously I was skeptical about 3D gaming but just a few minutes into the demo Killzone 3 had me sitting in amazement on how well it looked graphically and how smooth it appeared to run. If nothing else this title will be one of the 3D games that showcases the ability and technology that will inevitably be our future. As with the other 3D games both the 2D and 3D versions of Killzone 3 will be on one Blu-Ray disks for the same price as regular new releases, an option while starting the game will allow you to pick either the 2D or 3D version depending on your TV options.

As for the story Killzone 3 is a direct continuation of Killzone 2 picking up immediately after Sev and Rico defeated Emperor Visari. Rico and Sev think the battle is over but now learn they have to fight a different kind of battle, one to escape the war ridden planet of Helghan. Since the death of Visari the entire Helghast army is in an upheaval determined to continue the vision he put forth whatever the cost may be. The ISA must fight to save their lives with limited supplies and no reinforcements while the opposition has upped the ante with more advanced and destructive weapons of their own.

During my time at E3 I played both the 2D and 3D versions multiple times and they were enjoyable every time. Killzone 3 was the nicest looking game on the show floor while also being fun to play, I can’t wait to dig a little deeper into the single player or see some details on the multiplayer. If your eager to see some more information check out the video above or the recently released screenshots below.

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What are your thoughts, eager for a new Killzone installment, still playing Killzone 2 or maybe Killzone 3 wasn’t on your radar until now. Whatever the case may be leave me some feedback in the comments section below.

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E3 Hands On: MotorStorm Apocalypse 3D

16 06 2010

 

While MotorStorm: Apocalypse wasn’t announced at E3 we did get the opportunity to hear more about the upcoming game from Evolutions Studios. As I took a tour around the Sony booth I had the opportunity to not only play MotorStorm: Apocalypse but play this title in 3D. Like the previous titles this installment will also focus on a specific location which is a major metropolitan city that has been ravaged by an earthquake and is still feelings those effects as you play.

The game appears to be a mixture of old school brutal off-road racing with the destructive enviroment and track altering explosions of the recently released Split/Second although you the driver do not trigger these events in any way. The demo was not very long, only one race,  but gave an accurate representation of what the team is trying to accomplish.

Lastly like the other 3D games that are set to released both versions, the regular and 3D version, will be included on the disc and if you have a 3D capable television you will be able to load directly into that mode. Since I did play it in 3D I can say the graphics were pretty impressive but certain not breathe taking. Still this is a title that I can’t wait to get my hands on but I will have to wait at least until 2011.

 If your eager for more information check out the newly released E3 trailer and screenshots below.

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What are your thoughts, eager for a new MotorStorm, excited about the new trailer? Let me know in the comment section below.

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E3 2010: Sony Press Conference Highlights

15 06 2010

As you most likely have already seen a dozen or more other places the Sony Press Conference was full of information some of which we expected and some of which we didn’t. After experiencing the conference first hand I will give my thoughts and opinions on what I thought the highlights were along with a bunch of pictures for good measure.

  • Killzone 3 Live Demo in 3D – The trailer looked absolutely stunning in 3D, the actual gameplay mechanics didn’t appear to be much different but the inclusion of different environments was nice to see. A tentative release date was revealed to be February 2011 and will be compatible with PlayStation Move at launch.
  • 3-D Sly Cooper Collection – A huge section of the press conference was dedicated to 3D gaming and how Sony expects to be the industry leader in that aspect. One of the titles they choose to showcase for that section was the re-mastered Sly Cooper Collection from Sucker Punch Productions who are also hard at work on inFamous 2.
  • Gran Turismo 5 – Along with a trailer that I must say looked amazing a release date for the US was announced to be November 2, 2010. Right, we have seen this game being shown before with release date after release date coming and passing lets just hope this release date sticks, it does however seem a bit more concrete.
  • PlayStation Move – I have criticized PlayStation Move in the past and while I won’t retract those statements until I have actually had physical time with the device I am more open to the idea. Sony unveiled a brand new title developed exclusively for the PlayStation Move called ‘Sorcery’ which had me at least seeing the possibilities of such an accurate device such as the PlayStation Move. Hopefully I get a chance to play one of the titles so that I can see for myself. Sony also confirmed that PlayStation Move will be available September 16, 2010 and will retail for $49.99.
  • Kevin Butler – He easily stole the show with his witty humor and trademark punch lines which had the whole audience laughing. During this rant he took a few direct stabs at Microsoft much to the enjoyment of the audience.
  • PSN Plus – These rumors have been floating around for weeks now and for the most part they are all true. The service will premiere later this month for $49.99 a year and you will own all of the title you receive for the duration of your subscription. Other features will include exclusive offers to betas, PS1 titles along with a subscription to Qore.
  • EA & PS3 Exclusivity – While none of the titles EA showcased will be PS3 exclusive both Metal of Honor and Dead Space 2 will feature exclusive content on the PS3, Dead Space 2 for instance will be bundled with Dead Space Extraction with Move support for the same $59.99 retail price. By its self i don’t find this to be a highlight but in an old post I discussed the future of exclusive games and how I thought they would eventually come to an end, besides first party titles of course, and with this announced along with many others we are beginning to see developers offering exclusive content instead of exclusive games.
  • Portal 2 – Valve has adamantly expressed their beliefs of consoles and more specifically of the PS3 however those thoughts most have changed as Portal 2 will be available on the PS3 and according to Gabe Newell will be the best console experience available.
  • Twisted Metal – Despite David Jaffe declaring he wasn’t working on a Twisted Metal game nor would he be at E3 his game development company Eat Sleep Play showcased their upcoming game Twisted Metal. It will feature 16 player multiplayer, 2 and/or 4 player co-op and for the first time ever introduce flight into the series. No release date was even talked about however the live gameplay did give me a ‘Sweet Tooth’ to play Twisted Metal.

Well that’s the Sony Press Conference through my eyes, I hope to post more detailed opinions of the whole process along with some of the titles I was able to get my hands on. In the meantime check out the photo gallery below of all the pictures I snapped throughout the conference. If you have any questions or feedback I welcome your comments below.

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E3 2010

12 06 2010

Most gamers know what E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is and that year after year it produces the most news worthy announcements of any single event in the gaming world. If in fact you are new to the scene or just unfamiliar with this event then lets just say it’s HUGE. The expo happens every June in Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center at least for the past few years and hosts many prominent developers whose sole purpose is to showcase their latest work and unveil their upcoming titles. I have always wanted to attend such an event not just for the opportunity that this type of event would give an individual but just to be around such an operation. That time has come as this year June 15th -17th 2010 I will be in Los Angeles attending E3 along with the Sony Press Conference.

What to Expect

Due to the other media giants size and availability with developers along with the accessibility of live streams I will not be posting much news, as I doubt this is where you come for that anyways. I will however be posting previews of games that I am able to play along with my opinions of the important news out of E3 and the Sony Press Conference. Also as I stated earlier this is an experience and I hope to relate that experience to you through my ramblings and pictures that I will be taking. So if during that time you are looking for another angle of this enormous function then I would be honored if you checked back during that time. To make it easier to find just E3 related news I will be posting all the information under a separate category labeled E3 2010. Alternatively you can also follow me on twitter as I will update there with thoughts through out the day.

Lastly if you would like me to cover anything specific or check out any particular game then let me know by leaving a comment below. Also if any of you will be attending then I would be honored to get the opportunity to meet up, drop a line below and we can work out the details.

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