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11:00 AM on 06.26.2014

Platinum is making a Legend of Korra game, and it's pretty awesome

Yup, you read that headline correctly. Platinum Games, the maker of such fine titles as Mad World, Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising, The Wonderful 101, and more, is creating a game based on The Legend of Korra series. It's being ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




Dying Light is less about zombies and more about movement photo
Dying Light is less about zombies and more about movement
by Brett Makedonski

What can be done freshen up the zombie genre at this point? Videogames, television shows, movies, comics -- virtually every pop culture medium's been infested by the craze, long ago hitting a saturation (and then oversaturation) point. So, how does a developer like Techland, who's most well-known recently for its zombie games, take the concept and still manage to make it its own?

Techland's creating a game about zombies, that isn't really about zombies. Counter-intuitive as it may seem, that's what it's doing with Dying Light. And who knows -- maybe that's the take on the undead genre that'll liven it up a bit.

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I couldn't believe the size of Dragon Age: Inquisition's world photo
I couldn't believe the size of Dragon Age: Inquisition's world
by Brett Makedonski

Fantasy games have some of my favorite settings in all of videogames. Forests, mountains, chasms, rivers -- they all have a serenity and majesty about them that wonderfully adds to the sense of scale. It shouldn't surprise me that Dragon Age: Inquisition is poised to be incredibly huge and make nice use of the locations. At the beginning of a 30-minute presentation, I couldn't help but be amazed anyway.

The first thing I noticed in the hands-off demo was simply how big everything was. The open area that we started in seemed to stretch on forever -- mountains book-ending the sides, with a ton of detail in between, thanks to the use of the Frostbite 3 engine. Inquisition's executive producer made sure to make a point that everything we could see could be traveled to.

I wasn't out of my mind for thinking that it looked big. That area alone was larger than the entire play space of Dragon Age: Origins. Inquisition will be the biggest Dragon Age game to date. But, all that area isn't going to waste. Every location in Inquisition is part of a larger story.

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Do you love setpieces? You'll probably like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare photo
Do you love setpieces? You'll probably like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
by Brett Makedonski

The last decade has brought us ten new Call of Duty games. With that steady drip of titles, the series' developers have figured out how to craft increasingly elaborate action scenarios. Despite being at it for a while, the franchise shows no signs of slowing down. That's great news for players that like their games with plenty of adrenaline-fueled moments.

At E3, Activision was showing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in hands-off presentations. While that format isn't very conducive to getting a good feel for games, the demo did a fine job of driving home the point that Advanced Warfare is going to be laced with over-the-top setpieces.

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Get Even does near-photorealistic mystery investigation photo
Get Even does near-photorealistic mystery investigation
by Darren Nakamura

In a presentation through Microsoft's ID@Xbox program, The Farm 51's Lead Designer Kamil Bilczyński first showed the trailer for the upcoming first-person shooter/mystery investigation hybrid game Get Even.

It is clear why he opened with it; the footage is stunning. One of the others in the room asked if it was live action that was filmed, and it turns out that it was entirely rendered by computer. Get Even had our attention at that point, and fortunately, there is more to it than just being a shooter with realistic looking environments.

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7:00 PM on 06.13.2014

I made someone's nuts explode in Mortal Kombat X

I've always felt like the videogame industry doesn't feel right without a Mortal Kombat. So many games are always striving to be these serious affairs, and it takes something like Mortal Kombat to remind people that oh right,...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

5:30 PM on 06.13.2014

Dead Island 2 wants to be cool and kickass

The debut of Dead Island led us to believe that it would tell a very dramatic and serious story about the horrors of the zombie apocalypse. That’s not quite the game we ended up with, so it’s refreshing to know th...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Is-elated: Alien Isolation surpassed my expectations, approached my wildest hopes photo
Is-elated: Alien Isolation surpassed my expectations, approached my wildest hopes
by Steven Hansen

I've been treating Alien: Isolation coldly. If I don't let myself get invested or excited, I can't be hurt. I think Alien is a perfect piece of film making. That doesn't need, should never have been, a franchise.

I played one of Alien: Isolation's challenge maps. I don't know if the entire game will end up being this good, but as a slice that demonstrates the mechanics and tone, it completely won me over and I'm dying to play the full thing.

I also died a lot in the challenge map. I played for about a half hour without getting to the end. I'd died as early as 30 seconds in. I'd survived as long as eight minutes. I was stressed out with a racing heart. I took the headphones off to wrest myself from Isolation's constricting, horrible world and struck up conversation with one of the developers to try and calm my nerves. 

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First hands-on with Lords of the Fallen photo
First hands-on with Lords of the Fallen
by Darren Nakamura

Where some E3 meetings have PR people hovering or hands-off slide shows to watch, the meeting with CI Games for Lords of the Fallen was on the other end of the spectrum. There was no briefing or helpful tips, just a station set up with some headphones and a chunk of time to play.

In a way, the meeting reflects the game itself. There was no hand-holding through the short but brutal dungeon. The player is left to figure out how best to approach each room, and the game pulls no punches in terms of difficulty. After around my fourth or fifth death, restarting at the beginning, I thought I would never see the end of the demo, but patience, perseverance, and a little luck got me through it.

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8:50 PM on 06.11.2014

The new Lara Croft adventure is all sorts of fun with four players

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was pretty fun for what it was: a new take on the beloved character where you're running and gunning with a friend through all sorts of dangers.  Now, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is bringing that same formula over to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with the major addition being four-player co-op. Quadruple the fun! 

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Okay, now I'm super excited for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain photo
Okay, now I'm super excited for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
by Steven Hansen

The Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain E3 trailer was good, but I'm used to good trailers for Metal Gear. It didn't light a fire in my belly. Ground Zeroes didn't exactly do so either. The behind-closed-doors Phantom Pain gameplay demonstration? Yes, yes, yes.

Red robot-armed Snake (Big Boss) ventures into an Afghan desert on horseback with Ocelot. The camera took a low angle long enough behind the two riders to appreciate some nice horse butt strut. This is the start of operation aw crap Miller forgot his sunglasses when he was kidnapped, go bring them back to him and rescue him while you're there I guess.

The introductory cutscene transitions seamlessly to gameplay. Snake's horse poops a bunch and the demo begins.

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Playing house in Rainbow Six: Siege photo
Playing house in Rainbow Six: Siege
by Dale North

We got our hands on the newly announced Rainbow Six: Siege last night at E3, letting us play the exact same 5v5 SWAT team house siege that we saw in the Ubisoft E3 briefing demo. If you've seen it, you know how it plays out. But after playing both sides -- SWAT team and hostage takers -- I appreciate what they're doing even more. 

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Swery65's D4 is all about finding D, dodging weirdos photo
Swery65's D4 is all about finding D, dodging weirdos
by Steven Hansen

Swery65 brought us Deadly Premonition, so you know D4 is going to be weird. In fact, Swery told me that he drafted six or seven different stories to work on next and in his partnership with Microsoft, went with the "most bizarre."

While the new, Kinect-free Xbox One means the team has had to add controller support -- which Swery says is also very good thanks to a lot of work -- Swery says the Kinect is still the way to go, so that's the way I went. 

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Halo players will be right at home with Destiny's PvP photo
Halo players will be right at home with Destiny's PvP
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Along with our open world walkthrough, Max Scoville and I went ahead and checked out the competitive multiplayer in Destiny. We gave both maps a spin, and we also checked out each playable class for the videos.

The biggest thing you need to know is that all the weapons you can carry in the main game can be brought into multiplayer. Even bigger, you can switch your guns at any time from your inventory while in the middle of the match. No grabbing guns from the ground, no limited loadouts, just whatever you have with you. Up to at least 18 guns! 

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3:00 PM on 06.10.2014

I rode an elephant in Far Cry 4 and went on a complete rampage

You all saw the gameplay footage of Far Cry 4, right? Well I got to play through the demo myself, specifically focused on taking over the outpost (now referred to as fortresses). We saw how to take it over from the sky at the press conference, but I decided to take things differently by riding a big elephant into battle.  It was glorious. 

Hamza CTZ Aziz



I want to love The Division, but I just don't trust it yet photo
I want to love The Division, but I just don't trust it yet
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

This marks the second E3 we've seen Tom Clancy's The Division, an ambitious online open-world RPG that sees a players dealing with a disaster after society has fallen. This is also the second year in a row that we could not get our hands-on with the game.

Instead, Ubisoft played through a build for us. First they showed us what you all got to see during Ubisoft's press conference (video above). Then we got to see the same area, but during a nighttime setting. 

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