Disney Interactive


ORLANDO -- Disney Interactive revealed the Aladdin-based second castle wing of is much anticipated handheld platformer Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for the Nintendo 3DS handheld and released new screenshots. Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion's story bridges the storyline between Epic Mickey and the upcoming Epic Mickey 2 for consoles and fully utilizes the Nintendo 3DS' two screens as well as its 3D capabilities. We talked exclusively to Creative Director Warren Spector and Game Director Peter Ong about the new game and got a hands on preview. Also, check out the new screenshots


Nintendo’s 3DS system got off to a bad start when it released last year, with a mostly lackluster launch line-up and lack of features for the system.  But now, finally, it seems to have gained its footing with some stellar game releases, including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land, amongst others.  And while its showing at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn’t the greatest, there are still some great games to look forward to.


The idea behind E3 was to showcase the latest and brightest games of 2012, but there are always a few games that disappoint us. Some games on our list made serious changes to their formula, and not for the better. Other games took center stage at E3 when they shouldn’t have. There were many games at E3, but here is our top five list of disappointments.


The free-to-play market had a huge showing at E3 and was showcased at Sony’s Online Entertainment booth. Recently SOE converted all of its most popular MMOs into the model, giving new life to D.C Universe while reintroducing fans to the PlanetSide series.


To be honest, Nintendo did manage to do fairly well with the Wii.  Not only did it finally nail down using a typical CD format for its games (shying away from the cartridge and mini-discs it used previously), but it also effectively introduced motion gaming to the scene, with such favorites as Wii Sports and Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2.  And while it is on its last legs with the upcoming Wii U slated for release this fall, that doesn’t mean the party is completely over for it.  In fact, there are five games that will still make it worth playing this summer – that is, if the Wii is the only option you have.


Throughout the history of video games, the oldest stereotype surrounding the industry has always been do violent video games affect player behavior and personality. It is a known fact that people who play games are exposed to more violence than the average consumer. From nuking entire civilization to obliterating players online, it’s has become more and more common now that games are more focus on squarely providing violent action. For this reason alone, parents have long held an underlining negative attitude towards the industry and those who stand by it, but is this criticism injustice or have developers gone to far? Should government step in?


When Epic Mickey came out for the Nintendo Wii a couple of years ago, it introduced an interesting alternative style for the legendary Walt Disney character, one with a vivid new world for him to explore and compelling new gameplay elements that let him change the world.  And though not everyone was crazy about the game being exclusive to Nintendo’s console, he certainly shook things up, opening the door for a hit franchise.  Now, in 2012, it’ll reach its fullest potential, with Epic Mickey 2 set to hit various systems, including Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.  But that’s not all – it’s coming to the 3DS as well, and is set to be better than you could ever expect.


When the Warren Spector-produced Epic Mickey arrived for Wii last year, it introduced an innovative new platformer featuring the iconic Disney character -- and also created a slight uproar when other console owners were left out in the cold.  Regardless, it was a well-produced adventure, leaving the door open for a possible sequel.  Well, according to a possible leaked newsletter report, we could be getting one around next fall -- and this time, all console owners will be considered.


The Disney Universe is a vast one, filled with memories from great movies of the past, as well as current projects that are just as appealing, including Pixar-produced films and last year’s Tron Legacy.  Now that universe is being explored for a new game released through Disney Interactive, titled, fittingly enough, Disney Universe.  And while it’s got all sorts of stuff that kids and a few nostalgists may enjoy, the shallow gameplay keeps it from being as magical as, say, a visit to Disneyland.


Disney easily had the most beautiful and unique booth design at the show hands down.  It was constructed to appear as a public park, a coffee shop, and a modern home that was about the size of my apartment (the kitchen was bigger for sure!).


Cars 2 Video Game Exclusive Developer Interview with Avalanche GM


Pixar Production Designer Harley Jessup talks about the making of the upcoming Cars 2 Movie and Video Game in this exclusive video interview including working with Director John Lasseter and Avalanche Software on the Video Game.


We are coming to you live from SpikeTV's Video Game Awards 2009 in Los Angeles with host Jo Garcia, Playboy's 2008 Cybergirl of the Year. She's hot and our coverage will be hot so stay tuned here as we beam to you live video reports from the VGAs as we interview the top developers and, of course, celebrities on the Red Carpet, Backstage and in the Green Room. It all starts at 8pm Eastern Time.