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E3 2011: Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing for iOS Impressions

Jun. 12, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing for iOS Impressions Sonic launched his own kart racing game to battle the multitude of kart racers on the market, once again chasing his rival Mario for a video game crown. Unfortunately, his appearance on Apple's iOS leaves a bit to be desired. Namely, anything memorable. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is your standard kart racing game. It also uses your standard driving controls on iOS -- you tilt the device left or right to steer left or right. There are on...

E3 2011: Otomedius Excellent Impressions

Jun. 12, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Otomedius Excellent Impressions Konami deployed Otomedius Excellent to Japan in November 2008. The arcade shooter was playable at the Microsoft booth at E3, and I got some time with it. Otomedius Excellent is inspired by Gradius. It's been available in Japan for quite some time, and Konami has decided to release the game this July 19. The first thing I noticed -- of course! -- about Otomedius Excellent were the anime women in the game. You must choose a pilot for your ship...

E3 2011: Bioshock Infinite Preview & Impressions

Jun. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Bioshock Infinite Preview & Impressions 2K Games was kind enough to give me a look-see at Bioshock Infinite, the third game in the Bioshock series . The first Bioshock was one of the biggest games of the current console generation, with its intense environment, morbid characters and massive, mind-bending twist near the end of the game. Bioshock 2 was a good game in its own right, but it didn't hold a candle to the way the first captivated our imaginations. It just didn't improve on...

E3 2011: Star Wars Kinect First Impressions

Jun. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Star Wars Kinect First Impressions Star Wars Kinect is one of the new Kinect titles covered at E3 this year, getting a spot in Microsoft's press conference as well as at its booth. If you watched Microsoft's press conference, you will have seen the E3 demo of Star Wars Kinect in its entirety. Fortunately, Microsoft also allowed boothgoers a chance to play that demo for themselves. Star Wars Kinect is an on-rails first-person game where you take control of Jedi in the Star Wars...

E3 2011: Majesco 3DS Roundup First Impressions

Jun. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Majesco 3DS Roundup First Impressions Majesco has a number of 3DS titles in development, and we've got a look at three of them for you: Face Racers: Photo Finish; Pet Zombies; and Nano Assault. Face Racers: Photo Finish Face Racers: Photo Finish is a kart racing game, plain and simple. The feature that sets this game apart from other kart racers is that it uses photos of the players' faces for use in-game. There have been a few arcade titles in the past that have used this kind of...

E3 2011: BloodRayne: Betrayal First Impressions

Jun. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: BloodRayne: Betrayal First Impressions During my Majesco booth tour, I got to see two levels of BloodRayne: Betrayal getting played through. Before E3 2011, I wasn't even fully aware that a BloodRayne game was coming. After having seen a woman in BloodRayne's outfit (and obviously, this excellent demo), I can now say that BloodRayne: Betrayal is on my to-get list this fall. BloodRayne, everybody's favorite dhampir, must return to her old ways when the vampire-hunting Brimstone...

E3 2011: Take Shape First Impressions

Jun. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Take Shape First Impressions Take Shape is a Kinect-enabled game coming Oct. 15 from Majesco. In the game, the player will attempt to form his body into shapes represented on the screen in a variety of methods: filling a shape, mimicking a shape and even teaming up with a partner to create even more complex shapes. Click the image to view game screenshots Take Shape's menu's are controlled by moving your body to the menu option you want to select. Actually, your body is...

E3 2011: Batman: Arkham City First Impressions

Jun. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Batman: Arkham City First Impressions One of the most anticipated sequels of the year is only a few months away from being released. Batman: Arkham City is promising to be a much bigger game than its successful predecessor, Arkham Asylum. The game was on the E3 floor, and from what I saw and played, this sequel will live up to the hype. From what we can gather from the demo, it appears the warden of Arkham Asylum has been elected mayor of Gotham City and decides he is going to...

E3 2011: Gears of War 3 Impressions

Jun. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Gears of War 3 Impressions The biggest Xbox 360 exclusive of the year is Gears of War 3. While some lucky few have already gotten the chance to play it in beta, thousands of others will have to wait for its release in September. But those lucky enough to be at E3 also got a hands-on look at the new game. The demo shown on the floor is that of the wildly popular Horde mode, but this time, Epic has kicked it up a notch, adding a currency system. You begin the match with...

E3 2011: Warlords First Impressions

Jun. 9, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Warlords First Impressions Warlords is a remake of the Atari 2600 classic of the same name. Just like the original, the game is a clash between Pong and Breakout. Players took each of the four corners of the screen, guarding their castle and protecting their warlord. Anytime the ball hits the wall, a portion of it is destroyed. Players battle it out by bouncing the ball back and forth. The player left standing is the winner. Warlords on the Xbox Arcade uses the same name,...

E3 2011: Final Fantasy XIII-2 First Impressions

Jun. 9, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Final Fantasy XIII-2 First Impressions The Final Fantasy series has never been known for its storyline's continuity. The only consistency is in the signature mascots: chocobos and moogles  -- and, of course, jaw-dropping graphics. Released in 2003, Final Fantasy X-2 was the series’ first true sequel, and Square Enix has done so again, with Final Fantasy XIII-2. The demo showed a somewhat changed Pulse, later on giving us a look at Seraph, now a playable character,...

E3 2011: Kid Icarus: Uprising First Impressions

Jun. 9, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Kid Icarus: Uprising First Impressions When the Nintendo 3DS was first introduced at E3 2010, Kid Icarus: Uprising was unveiled as its main flagship title. One year later, the game is near its release and ready to be played at E3 2011. I got a chance to take Pit’s first adventure in almost 20 years for a ride, and I was left wanting to play much more. The demo begins with your choice of three levels. I chose the first level, which is the one most people have seen from previous...

E3 2011: Wii U Hands-on First Impressions

Jun. 9, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Wii U Hands-on First Impressions Nintendo set the gaming world on fire this week when it unveiled its newest console, the Wii U. The system features HD graphics and a unique tablet-like controller that players will be able to use in countless ways. A playable version of the Wii U is on the show floor at E3, and I braved the more than three-hour wait to get my hands on it. The first thing I got to check out was the new controller. As I said above, it does have a tablet-like look...

E3 2011: Sonic Generations First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec, Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Sonic Generations First Impressions Robert and Kyle got their hands on a version of Sonic Generations at Sega's booth. Robert took on the 3DS version, and Kyle took control of a PlayStation 3. Read to the end for some game play video. 3DS Version Honestly, I thought the execution of Sonic on the 3DS was weak overall. I know the game is still in development, but there's definitely work to be done. For the most part, the core game is there and level design seems to be pretty good....

E3 2011: Binary Domain First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Binary Domain First Impressions The premise of Binary Domain is an interesting one: Humans have developed robots to serve them, and some crackpot sets forth an army of said machines. Your job: Take them down. OK, so maybe this kind of story has been done in a similar fashion many times (and they'll be back for more stories in the future). However, I'm sure many of those stories don't have the capability for the machines to become impregnated and to produce children. Yeah....

E3 2011: Resident Evil Revelations First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Resident Evil Revelations First Impressions One of Capcom’s biggest titles this year -- and one of the Nintendo 3DS’s biggest exclusives -- is the latest entry into the Resident Evil series: Resident Evil Revelations. I got to check out this survival horror title, and I have to say, I left very impressed. The demo starts out in a mansion very similar to the original Resident Evil. You play as Jill Valentine, trying to escape and reunite with your team. The game plays from the...

E3 2011: Centipede: Infestation First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Centipede: Infestation First Impressions If there was ever sound effects from a classic arcade game that would get stuck in my head, it's the ones from Centipede. Atari has resurrected the arcade classic with Centiped: Infestation. Instead of an archer, players take on the role of an action hero with a space blaster. The demo level involved a grassy field consisting of a significantly smaller space than before. This worried me at first until I saw just exactly how the game was played....

E3 2011: Gamma World First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Gamma World First Impressions Atari plans to bring the D&D Gamma World series to video game form. Gamma World takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting, not unlike other games such as Borderlands or Fallout. The game is cel-shaded, is meant to have a off-humor tone, and doesn't take itself seriously. Players can customize their character from a variety of different origins, such as "Radioactive Man" and "Yeti," which can alter the player's different properties (i.e.,...

E3 2011: Twisted Metal First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Twisted Metal First Impressions When it was announced at last year’s E3, Twisted Metal had me very intrigued. Being a fan of the original two games in the series, I was hoping for something similar, along with more modern features, such as online multiplayer. So, when I stepped up to play it one year later, expectations were high. Thankfully, the short time I had with it met most of those expectations. Attendees lined up at Sony’s booth to play the game were taken...

E3 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword First Impressions The biggest weapon in Nintendo’s Wii arsenal this holiday season is definitely The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, due for release this holiday season. The game is, of course, at E3, prominently displayed near the front of the Nintendo area. I got the chance to put in some game play time with the highly anticipated title. The demo starts with three choices: skydiving, dungeon, or boss battle. The demo allows time only for one, so I...

E3 2011: Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 First Impressions Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 sounds like it's part of The Fast and the Furious franchise, and after seeing some behind-the-scenes play time, it may be just as over the top and silly. Furious 4 moves away from the realistic and gritty tone of the previous Brothers in Arms titles and instead returns as a stylized squad-based FPS set in a fictionalized World War II. The series protagonist, Matt Baker, is still the lead, but this time, he's...

E3 2011: Metal Gear Solid First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Metal Gear Solid First Impressions The Metal Gear series is my favorite gaming series of all time. I have played every one numerous times to the point of exhaustion and could easily beat some of them from memorization alone. Out of all of the titles, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was easily my favorite. Engaging plot and characters, cool natural environments and epic boss battles made this an amazing title to play and one of the most memorable from the last generation of games....

E3 2011: Ninja Gaiden 3 First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Ninja Gaiden 3 First Impressions Ninja Gaiden 3 was like previous Ninja Gaiden titles going at warp speed. The game -- more specifically, the combat -- felt like it was faster, more fluid and more violent than previous titles. In the demo, Ryu is tasked with taking down a terrorist attack on London. As the level started, it was clearly noticeable that the game still looks gorgeous, sporting realistic environments and highly detailed characters. One new game play move was Ryu...

E3 2011: Renegade Ops First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Renegade Ops First Impressions Renegade Ops is a top-down shooter from Avalanche Studios, the developers behind the Just Cause series. In it you control up to four different vehicles, each with different abilities as you traverse different environments and take down enemy vehicles, soldiers and buildings. Similar to the Just Cause games, Renegade Ops will allow the player to cause a huge amount of destruction -- nearly every structure is destroyable. Players can use their...

E3 2011: Luigi's Mansion 2 & Ocarina of Time 3D First Impressions

Jun. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Luigi's Mansion 2 & Ocarina of Time 3D First Impressions Luigi's Mansion 2 Dr. E. Gadd is once again working with Luigi in Luigi’s Mansion 2. Once again, Luigi is left exploring mansions and sucking up ghosts for points. Unfortunately, the demo didn’t last very long. All I ended up really doing was sucking up coins, cash, and a few blankets. I never got to see a ghost; the demo unit crashed twice before one ever appeared. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Ocarina of Time seems to be...

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