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E3 2010... here we come! photo
E3 2010... here we come!
by Nick Chester

If you've been following me on Twitter, you may know that I'm making my home in Los Angeles this week for a weeklong Pre-E3 Game Critics event, as one of the judges for the show. The grueling five day marathon of meetings with the industry's top publishers is a sneak peek at some of the hottest games that will appear at this year's E3, which takes place from June 15 through 17.

I've asked Dale North to come along for the ride, as tackling upwards of 50 games on my own would be an insurmountable task. We've seen [embargoed until June 15] and gotten hands on time with [embargoed until June 15]. We'll even be getting an early first look at [embargoed until June 15]'s hotly-anticipated [embargoed until June 15]!

Okay, so we can't tell you anything just yet. (I know, we're jerks.) But know this: We're gearing up to hit E3 heavy this year, and by all accounts, it's going to be a huge show. We'll even have some mind-blowing preview coverage coming your way in the week's leading up to the event.  Until then, here's a handful of E3 news and rumors and a few images from last year's event. 

What are you looking forward to? What can't we missed? What are you expecting out this year's E3?

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12:00 PM on 04.20.2010

Brink AI allegedly indistinguishable from human players

We've heard countless boasts about powerful AI in videogames over the years, and they have always turned out to be total bunk. Nevertheless, Splash Damage has decided to convince us that one of gaming's most repeated lies is ...

Jim Sterling

1:20 PM on 04.05.2010

Greenberg: Natal will sell 'millions and millions'

Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg isn't shy about his opinion when it comes to Project Natal. In fact, the company's attempt to grab a slice of the casual market is being hyped to the Moon, so much so that Greenberg believes it wil...

Jim Sterling

10:40 AM on 03.31.2010

Saints Row 3 is 'mindblowing'

THQ doesn't mince its words. The publisher will be rolling out promotion for Saints Row 3 this year, and the hype has already started, with "mindblowing" being the watch-word for this upcoming sandbox sequel. Not that THQ wan...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 03.12.2010

Valve: Portal 2 is our best game ever

Half-Life 2? Rubbish. Left 4 Dead? A stain on the history of videogames. Valve has declared that Portal 2 is its greatest triumph yet, even though it's not even finished. Speaking with 1UP, Gabe Newell stated that it's "prett...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 02.26.2010

Sony: Heavy Rain will sell well, is totally unique

SCEA president Jack Tretton believes Heavy Rain will sell very well indeed. He also believes that Heavy Rain is completely new and unique, so maybe his opinions shouldn't be taken completely to heart.  "I spent 25 years ...

Jim Sterling

7:00 PM on 02.15.2010

Peter Molyneux has 'learnt lesson' about over-promising

Pathological promiser Peter Molyneux has promised that he's learned his lesson about over-promising. The brain behind Fable III is famous for building up exaggerated hype over each of his games. He's also well known for promi...

Jim Sterling



Checking out Final Fantasy XIII 360 on a party bus photo
Checking out Final Fantasy XIII 360 on a party bus
by Ben Perlee

Lucky enough to live on best West Coast, I'm privy to all sorts of videogames and fun stuff, connections with a website notwithstanding. One such experience is actually the Final Fantasy XIII bus, which Dale mentioned earlier this week. With a quick stop in my home city of Berkeley, the FFXIII bus was just sitting there waiting for me and the nonchalant middle school kids loitering around to get hands-on time with the game. That crappy camera phone pic? The results of my sneaky labors.

To make up for the oddness, they had the English language, Xbox 360 and the PS3 versions of the game set up. After waiting in line, chatting with said middle school kids, who mostly just found the bus by walking by, I was able to check out the game for the very first time. So what's it like? Well, it is kinda weird seeing a Final Fantasy game telling me to hit the "A" button when I'm used to an "X," and some niggling part of me wanted to be more judgmental on the game and find every example of aliasing I could. Even there however, it is a lovely looking game.

Follow the jump for my actual gameplay impressions.

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8:00 PM on 01.15.2010

Sonic's the only playable Project Needlemouse character

Everybody act surprised! Earlier this week, Sega teased us with a list of potential playable characters in its upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog reboot, codenamed Project Needlemouse. As we, and likely the world, predicted, the who...

Jim Sterling

2:40 PM on 01.13.2010

Sony: MAG is a 'statement of intent' for FPS fans

With God of War III and Heavy Rain set for release over the coming months, it can be easy to forget that Zipper Interactive has a pretty big game of its own headed to the PlayStation 3. That game is MAG, the highly ambitious ...

Jim Sterling

9:00 PM on 01.09.2010

CES 2010: Heavy Rain 'blows Uncharted 2 away'

Not that Sony representatives are fans of hype or anything, but an excited PR man seemed so thrilled with Heavy Rain that he made one of the boldest statements we've ever heard, claiming that Heavy Rain is graphically superio...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 01.08.2010

Sony: God of War III 'set apart' from other modern games

Sony is loading the hype cannons and preparing for a full assault with God of War III, and who can really blame them? As Kratos gears up for an all-new adventure, Sony product manager Claire Backhouse has sprayed her PR juice...

Jim Sterling





7:00 PM on 11.15.2009

OnLive could be on cell phones as well

OnLive has been promising a lot since it made such a splash at E3. We've had some time with the guys behind it and are still unsure that it can deliver on all its amazing promises. Every game, any time, everywhere no matter w...

Matthew Razak

3:30 AM on 10.30.2009

Ex-Dtoid editor has the touch, makes me want Epic Mickey

David Houghton is one of my favorite videomgame journalists; he's got an great analytical eye, and he knows how to express his excitement without coming off as insincere. It figures that he would be the one to make me interes...

Jonathan Holmes

1:20 PM on 09.23.2009

Infinity Ward vaguely teases Modern Warfare 2 surprises

As with any good game that, y'know, has an interesting storyline, there's always something we don't find out about until we play the full game for ourselves. Whether that is a plot twist, an epic set piece, or a new form of g...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 08.16.2009

Lionhead Studios site updates recap

Ever since Thursday the Lionhead Studios website has been updating with a very interesting countdown. Each day the site has updated with a new historical figure on its entrance page and a quote from that figure. Those going t...

Matthew Razak