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06.13.12

I’ve been a big fan of Virtua Tennis for years, getting my start back on the Sega Dreamcast with several spirited multiplayer sessions and eventually moving on to other platforms to see what they have to offer.  Most recently, the series hit its stride on the PlayStation Vita with a modified version of Virtua Tennis 4, and though not all the modes were to my liking, the core gameplay and various other options delivered service with a smile.  So, tell me, why couldn’t Sega do the same thing with its iPad port of the game? 

06.12.12

Last year’s DiRT 3, I think, was the pinnacle for Codemasters’ long-running rally racing series, as it simply got everything just right.  The feel of the cars, the variety of the tracks, the sheer thrill of flying off a jump and landing for a first place finish…everything just clicked.  So with that, the team was probably wondering…”So what next?”  We get that answer today with the release of DiRT Showdown, a not-so-routine sequel where you’re taking part in a racing festival, competing in fun – and quite destructive – racing events.

06.12.12

More often than not, I always hear about these developers who try to load a multiplayer game with an abundant amount of features, whether it’s additional weaponry, new maps or some other technical doodad that’s trying to draw attention.  But, honestly, the best kind of multiplayer games are the simplest ones, built upon an ideal concept that players can immediately grasp onto.  For some inexplicable reason, When Vikings Attack, a new PlayStation Network effort from Clever Beans, found its way into our hearts.

06.11.12

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.

06.11.12

When Virtua Fighter 5 initially released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 a few years back, it entertained long-time fans of Sega AM2’s brawling series, though some missing features – namely online play on the PS3 – left them being somewhat uneven.  But the company finally resolved those differences this past week with the release of Final Showdown, a long-awaited follow-up that fixes some (but not all) of the mistakes, thus making it a smoother fighting experience.  And cheaper, too.

06.11.12

Ubisoft had a huge set-up on the E3 show floor this week, with a number of major sequels available for play, as well as two new Wii U titles coming out in time for the system’s launch later this year.  But one of its hidden gems, tucked away in a behind-closed-doors section in its offices, was The Avengers: Battle For Earth.  Based on the popular Marvel franchise of the same name, this game demonstrated some proper use of Kinect motions when it came to controlling some of your favorite superheroes and villains.  So, of course, we were eager to give it a test drive.

06.10.12

Jesper Kyd has been working his music composing magic in a number of projects over the years.  Fans will immediately recognize his work from the Assassin's Creed series, as well as entries in the Hitman series and the original Borderlands.  But now he's stepping his game up with Death, producing an epic new soundtrack for Darksiders II, which releases this August.  We had a chance to chat with him about the upcoming game, as well as what else he's working on.

06.10.12

This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo was supposed to be the place where Nintendo would proclaim domination with its Wii U device, and show the world what its next gen system could do.  And while there were more than enough games to go around, Nintendo themselves only had so many surprises up its sleeve, with the main one being…Nintendoland?  That said, the company came up short in its presentation, and we count the five most crucial ways they did so.

06.09.12

When Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure released last year, Activision and the development team at Toys For Bob were taking a pretty big gamble, producing toys that interacted with the video game at hand, presenting a unique new experience for gamers everywhere.  But, boy, did it pay off.  Making over $30 million in revenue between game and toy sales, it proved to be a reputable new franchise for the company.  So, of course, it’s understood that they’re taking advantage by releasing a much-improved sequel in time for the holiday season.  You ready to take on some Giants?

06.09.12

One of our most anticipated games for the summer is actually coming right near the end of it, High Moon Studios’ Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.  We’re not sure if it’s the genuine old-school appeal of the 80’s franchise (and we mean in the form of animated series, not Michael Bay’s movies) or the fact that 2010’s War For Cybertron was immensely enjoyable.  Either way, we’re in for a treat with the sequel, as Activision recently invited us to go hands-on with it at a pre-E3 session.

06.09.12

While Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man are great games in their own right (and proof that Beenox has a heck of a track record), there’s this inescapable thought that the games feel “closed in”, without giving Spidey too much room to roam around.  It’s a change of pace from what we were able to do with him in Treyarch’s movie-licensed Spider-Man games.  Again, they’re not bad at all, but some of you have been clamoring for a return to the “go anywhere, do anything” style.  Well, later this month you’ll be getting just that with The Amazing Spider-Man.  And Activision recently invited us down to go hands-on with him.

06.09.12

Assassin's Creed 3 Creative Director Alex Hutchinson shares more details on Assassin's Creed 3 at E3 2012 in this exclusive video interview. Set in the American Revolution, Assassin's Creed 3 introduces us to a new assassin Connor as he navigates the American frontier alongside the likes of General George Washington as they fight off the British in the American Revolution.

06.08.12

For the past couple of years, 2K Sports has been dominating the paint with its NBA 2K franchise, as 2K12 managed to sell well over five million copies, thanks to the help of a talented development team and, of course, a virtual Michael Jordan.  But the pressure is on this year, as EA Sports is bringing back NBA Live in a big way.  2K, however, isn’t breaking a sweat.  Live didn’t even make it to E3 this year, and the team had its own plans with NBA 2K13, which it showed to us behind closed doors.

06.06.12

The Metal Gear Solid franchise has always been known for creating a captivating atmosphere that originated in Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes. At that time Hideo Kojima development work was the hallmark of game design and video game storytelling. But much has changed since then and with Snake’s storyline wrapped up in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, it's time for the series to move in a new direction. They’re for, a new development team and a new main focus is the story behind Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.