Yep, it’s the time of the year when the gaming world zooms in on Los Angeles as E3 gets underway. The big conferences start on Monday 4th June, but as ever some eager developers want to get their offerings out there as soon as possible, and therefore today we have had a steady flood of news from the expo floor. As with last year, I aim to do my best as an amateur games journalist to try and sum up the biggest news over the next few days. So, to kick things off, here’s the big news that has been revealed today: Continue reading E3 2012 – Day One News Update
Welcome to Part One of a new initiative on my blog – the introduction of guest writers! This initiative will be part of a small series looking back at some of the most pivotal games on all time, focusing on the efforts on Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft and PC gaming – if it proves to be popular, I may well extend the project to take in other great names such as Sega and Atari. The basic idea for this project came about because I wanted to take a look back of ten years of Microsoft in the games industry, and then thought that it would be a worthwhile effort to include the other major players in the industry. What you will be getting is a series of top ten lists looking at the games which have defined the companies and their consoles – not necessarily the best selling games, but those which the writers feel have had the biggest influence over time.
And so to the writers themselves – I will be looking back at 10 years of Microsoft, and I have enlisted some of my good friends to write the lists for Sony and Nintendo – they will be revealed in due course. You know, to make it more exciting when you read them.
And so without further ado, here is Part One:
Top 10…Most Important Games On Microsoft Consoles
When the 15th November 2011 marched by a month or so ago, it marked ten years since Microsoft decided to chance their hand at the games industry. Taking the fight to Sony’s PlayStation 2, Nintendo’s Gamecube and Sega’s Dreamcast with its powerful Xbox console (the first to have an in built hard drive), they enjoyed a great deal of success and with the introduction of Xbox Live in 2002, they created an early monopoly on online console gaming that remains strong to this day. The Xbox, despite being crushed by the PS2’s enormous sales figures, nevertheless came out of the sixth generation as ‘the best of the rest’ with 24 million sales, and Microsoft blinked first in the seventh generation of consoles by introducing the Xbox 360 in 2005. With the 360, Microsoft have continued to battle Sony and Nintendo on a level playing field, and the console remains strong to this day, shifting 57 million units – needless to say, Microsoft’s decision to take the plunge in the console wars has been a very lucrative effort. Continue reading Top 10…Most Important Games On Microsoft Consoles
GEARS OF WAR (2006) – EPIC GAMES
When the Xbox 360 was launched in 2005, there was only one game that most fans wanted to play – Halo 3. Unfortunately, with the news at E3 in 2006 that Master Chief wouldn’t be arriving on the console for another year, it meant that in the interim period Microsoft needed a big hitter to draw in consumers and keep them hooked. Enter Epic Games (creators of the almighty Unreal game engine) and their newest IP, Gears Of War. The thing is, Gears didn’t just prove to be an effective stopgap for Halo, rather upon its release it became perhaps the best game you could buy for the Xbox 360. Continue reading Gentlemen, Fire Up Your Lancers – Gears Of War Review
And so finally the dust has settled, and E3 is over for another year. The headline games and consoles have been revealed, speculation and rage/delight has been expressed across the world, and many a new E3 meme have been created. What this article will do is just round up a few interesting stories that occurred from the show floor, and give some exposure to games that were missed off from the main conferences. Continue reading E3 2011: Roundup Of News From The Show Floor
Monday 6th June 2011 marked the start of the biggest gaming event of the year, where the games industry descended on Los Angeles for E3 2011. Four conferences went ahead yesterday, from Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony. Below, is my coverage of the event, and my opinions on the stuff that came up. Strap yourself in, there’s a lot to cover here. Continue reading E3 2011: Summary Of Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft And Sony’s Conferences
Now that the summer is here, the gaming world is really starting to pick up the pace; in the last day or two we have heard a big announcement from Sega about their next project, a beta opened for what will be one of the more popular titles of the year, the release of the first ‘AAA’ game of the year, and more rumours about Nintendo’s new console…
So then, lets start off by looking at Sega. In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Sonic The Hedgehog, they have announced a new title, to be called Sonic Generations: and the major selling point is that CLASSIC SONIC IS BACK!!! Yep, pot belly, button nose and everything. The main plot of the story is that an unnamed villain has opened up rifts in time or something stupid, meaning that Classic Sonic and New Sonic have to team up to defeat him. What is interesting is the gameplay that has been revealed; the game will feature old school 2D offerings for Classic Sonic with a basic moveset (directions, jumping and spin dashing), while offering 3D inventions of the same stages for new Sonic to combo and dash through. All the stages will be taken straight from Sonics 20 year history, with the only one revealed at the moment being the iconic Green Hill Zone. The trailer for the game looks brilliant; Classic Sonics 2D run through the graphically improved zone looks much more…well, classic, than it did in the poorly received Sonic 4 Episode 1, and New Sonics breakneck speed run through a 3D environment will no doubt please modern fans of the series. No word has been given yet on whether other characters from the series, such as Tails, Knuckles and Shadow, will receive a similar treatment. Continue reading Classic Sonic Returns, Gears 3 Beta Is Opened, And Portal 2 Gets Its Release