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Over the years, we’ve gotten used to understanding what a Fable game is supposed to be like.  Under the guise of Peter Molyneux and his team at Lionhead Studios, we’ve played through three games, all of which featured memorable quests, with different decisions to make and the ability to control your fate however you chose.  By Fable III, however, the formula was getting a little dry, so Microsoft began looking for ideas on how to expand it.  And one of those ideas was the previously announced Fable: The Journey, an exclusive project for Xbox 360’s Kinect device.


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.


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.


Ubisoft is set to have a huge showing in the next few days at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and if the rumor mill is madly churning for any company, it's them.  Rumors about Beyond Good and Evil 2 footage, a Prince of Persia revival (sans Jake Gyllenhaal) and the Rayman Legends Wii U project have already been making the rounds.  But today, a sweet new one has emerged -- Assassins Creed 3 isn't the only "killer" game releasing this year.


Earlier this month, we reported on the story that 2K Sports was looking to launch its latest basketball sim, NBA 2K13, sometime in early October, and would have the game ready to hit the floor of E3 next week.  Today, 2K Sports confirmed the story, stating that its championship series would indeed be heading back to stores to once again dominate the paint.


At one point, folks were worried what would become of Insomniac Games’ Ratchet and Clank series, considering that the team was moving on to multi-platform development with its upcoming Electronic Arts project Overstrike, announced at last year’s E3.  Well, don’t fret.  Along with the forthcoming Ratchet and Clank HD Collection, which is being developed by Idol Games and overseen by Insomniac, the team is actually returning for an all new effort – one that long-time fans will appreciate.


Ahhh, the Electronic Entertainment Expo.  Every year, game companies show off their best wares at the event.  Some are clearly anticipated from previous announcements, while others are huge surprises that come out of left field.  Konami is no exception to this rule, as they’ve dominated E3 in the past with announcements such as Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.  But even we’re left to wonder just what the company will announce at this year’s expo, as they’re planning a huge announcement.  That won’t stop us from guessing, though…


Following on the heels of Sony's announcement that a PS4 won't be seen at this year's E3 Expo in June, Microsoft is now saying that we shouldn't expect to see the next generation Xbox at the E3 Expo either. There had been much speculation that Microsoft might show a next generation console at the E3 confab and that it might be a rumored disc-less console code-named Durango. Bloomberg News reporter Dina Bass tweeted otherwise and Microsoft then issued a full statement about its E3 plans to Kotaku.


For the past couple of years, 2K Sports has literally dominated the paint with its NBA 2K series, starting with teaming up with Michael Jordan for NBA 2K11 and eventually other legends in NBA 2K12.  But now, EA Sports, a company that’s been out of the simulation basketball game since it scuttled its NBA Elite 11 project, is about to hit the hard court once again with the recently announced NBA Live 13.  The real question is, does it stand a chance?


When it was first announced last year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo heralded its 3DS gaming system as the next big thing in handheld gaming.  Many users were excited, with images of Mario dancing around in 3D and games such as Mario Kart and others getting new life breathed into them.  The system's launch in March, however, told a different story.  The launch turned out to be one of the most lackluster for a system in recent memory (perhaps outdone by the Sega Saturn's rush to stores years before) and, months later, it still feels like it's running behind.  But some new warning signs indicate that the once-promising handheld is in all kinds of trouble.


LOS ANGELES -- Playboy's Hugh Hefner and his now ex-fiancee Crystal Harris might be calling off their wedding but their humble abode, better known as the Playboy Mansion, was the site for the best party of this year's E3, in our humble opinion. Bigpoint, developers of massive multiplayer online games such as Battlestar Galactica Online, Fast and Furious and Dark Orbit celebrated its 200th million user in a big way by throwing by far the sexiest and most exclusive party on the last day of E3 and GamerLive.TV was the only video crew allowed in to capture all its glory in 3D. Check out all the fun and the girls in this exclusive video.


Every year, E3 brings us world premieres and exclusive reveals of new games. This list isn't about those games. Instead, we honor the top 5 remakes of crappy NES games we still didn't get (and hope not to ever get) at this year's E3.


I'm just going to get it out there, the Bioshock Infinite video demo was one of the most exciting things I saw at E3 2011. Bioshock Infinite is set on an alternate history floating Island called Columbia, sort of a skyward World's Fair and a monument to "American Exceptionalism." In this alternate timeline, the floating city became militarily involved in the Boxer Rebellion, killing many innocent civilians. The United States disowned the floating city, and it took to the clouds and out of the public eye. For years it was spoken of as a legend or "Boogie Man" to scare children.


In a small dark theater in a corner of the E3 2011 show floor, Capcom showed off a new video preview of Resident Evil Revelations for the Nintendo 3DS. The new Resident Evil is a return to the series survival horror roots, with the addition of the improved engine the series adopted from Resident Evil 4 onward. The game acts as a "prequel" to the events of Resident Evil 5, focusing on series originator Jill Valentine's search for Chris Redfield on an abandoned cruise ship.


E3 2011 is over and done with, and my brain and hands are mush from the non stop demos and video presentations. Now that I've had a few days to decompress, here are the top 5 most enjoyable demos on the E3 show floor.


Whether you're into shooters, horror action, or family fare, Sega was the booth that offered up all of that and more in their E3 booth this week.  And regardless of which platform you spend most of your game-playing time on, you were covered there as well: Playstation, Nintendo, Xbox, even PC were almost equally represented.


You can't miss the Ubisoft booth.  It's and open and usually has the loudest music and the most people dancing of any booth on the South Hall floor.  If they're not recruiting guests or employees to hit the stage for a demo of Just Dance 3, they're introducing a new musician, taught to play real guitar with the new Rocksmith game.