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Gaming News Round-up - part 1 - E3 Trailer EditionBy Ryan Noik 8 June 2012 | Categories: news
E3 trailer round up
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is traditionally the year’s largest gaming event, showcasing a massive array of games, and hopefully, bringing some new announcements and trailers for titles that we have not seen before.
Covering every single title announced title is a Herculean feat that would make even the most hardcore wince. Thankfully, there are some titles that stand out, and this year, compiling that list is very easy.
To our minds, particularly noteworthy games included the gritty The Last Of Us, the Tomb Raider origins title, Halo 4, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Assassin’s Creed 3, Star Wars 1313, the intense Beyond: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension, Gears of War: Judgment, Watch Dogs, Dead Space 3 and the wonderfully quirky Rayman Legends on Nintendo’s new Wii U.
However, the best way to illustrate why we are excited about these games in particular is to show, rather than tell. Therefore, for your viewing pleasure, you can find trailers for each of the games mentioned below.
A title that came out of the blue, Watch Dogs is already inciting rumblings that it may be worthy of the Game of Show award. The title is also being hailed as the most relevant in our technological world, as the open world action adventure title tasks players with dismantling a corrupt system using any means at their disposal, including hacking into CCTV cameras.
Additionally, an iPad accompaniment app will also run alongside the game.
The Last of Us
Naughty Dog’s latest post apocalyptic title is brutal in all the right ways. The game charts the progress of Noelle and Ellie, who have to survive in a seemingly unforgiving world. For those who loved the Uncharted franchise, the control scheme at least looks somewhat familiar, which is a very good thing.
The latest Tomb Raider shows Lara Croft like we have never seen her before. The trailer for this title, an origins story about how Lara came to be the infamous tomb raider, left us with the distinct impression that this is the female version of Nathan Drake; while the gameplay reminded us in all the right ways of the superlative action offered by Uncharted. if the gameplay continues in the same vein as in the trailer, we are in for a real treat when the game releases in March next year.
The Halo franchise is a giant in its own right; and, thus enthusiastic applause met this particular reveal. As the trailer shows, the sense of gravitas and importance is perhaps only outweighed by some very tasty looking action.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Sam Fisher is back. Blacklist appears to be marrying the best of what the Splinter Cell franchise had to offer in the past, with the requisite stealth aided by some seriously nifty gadgets, as well as some of the more direct, aggressive action that we enjoyed so much in Splinter Cell: Conviction.
Assassin’s Creed 3
Departing from its previous setting, Assassin’s Creed 3 takes players to the battlegrounds of the American Revolution in 1775. This time, it is as a Native American assassin, Connor, which means that players can expect to defend their freedom with the likes of tomahawks, bow and arrows, as well as guns.
Star Wars 1313
Perhaps one of the bigger surprises to emerge at E3, this Star Wars title departs from putting players in the role of Jedi, to instead explore the Star Wars universe from the bounty hunter’s perspective. Before mourning the fact that your primary weapons won’t be a lightsaber and The Force though, take a look at the trailer below to see why a ‘galaxy far, far away’ can’t come ‘soon, soon enough.’
Beyond: Two Souls
Quantic Dreams. Heavy Rain. Ellen Page as primary actress. Enough said? In case not, Beyond is possibly the most intriguing announcement at the big show, already showing that developers Quantic Dreams have focused heavily on characterisation and story.
God of War: Ascension
While it looks very familiar with regards to the visceral, brutal action we have come to expect from the franchise, Ascension is a prequel story, which is aimed at giving players a deeper look into Kratos’ tormented past. Of course, anger management is still not on the menu. Kratos will slash, rip and bludgeon his way through a myriad of creatures; this time though, the game will have a multiplayer component when it is released in March 2013.
Gears of War: Judgment
Yet another prequel story, Gears of War: Judgment takes place before the events of the first game, in which the Kilo squad (including a younger Baird and Cole) have been branded ‘not only traitors, but worse, heroes,’ for refusing to follow orders. Hopefully, as the game is set a full decade before the first, we will also get to see Marcus Fenix before he was abandoned in a cell.
Dead Space 3
The launch of Dead Space 3 was anything but a surprise - we have known for some time that Dead Space was always meant as a trilogy. However, what is new is that the third iteration brings co-op play into the mix, along with sprawling open areas. Happily the necromorphs have not gotten any less scary or any smaller either. The game will come on market in February next year.
The one Wii U exclusive on this list, Rayman Legends is looking like it will be a platforming treat. The game takes full advantage of the Wii U GamePad, and looks particularly whimsical and outrageously fun. Like all new consoles, the Wii U is going to need some exclusives that compel its purchase: Rayman Legends just may be one of them.
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