Content about E3 2012

07.02.12

Dead Space has horrified audiences since it first started in 2008. You played as Isaac Clark, a ship systems engineer on titan station when all hell breaks lose. Setting the tone for the series is the soundtrack done by Jason Graves. Graves score in the series is chilling and often leaves players on the edge of their seat. In Dead Space 2, he used a wide range of instruments to horrify the player. Screeching violins, vibrant ambient noises and roaring electric guitars always kept the game fresh as you continued to fight against necromorphs. but do fans notice? Do people look at soundtracks as a whole or as background noise?

06.30.12

A couple of months ago in Denver, Colorado, an event called the Pinball Showdown was held, and pinball makers and fans of all types got together to celebrate the machines of old, as well as new ones coming from manufacturers.  Along with Stern’s AC/DC pinball machine (and the recently announced X-Men), Jersey Jack Pinball brought details on its debut effort, one based on the cinematic classic The Wizard of Oz.  We managed to talk with the founder of the company, “Jersey Jack” himself, Jack Guarnieri, about what to expect from the table.

06.29.12

Timothy Michael Wynn has scored music in the video game industry since 2005. He has worked on known game franchises like Command & Conquer, Warhawk and Red Faction. You might have heard his work on CW’s Supernatural. His best work was in Warhawk as gave its vibrant atmosphere that suit it’s military theme. It’s Wynn’s behind the scenes work that helped make the game stand out from the rest, but do fans notice? Do people look at soundtracks as a whole or as background noise?

06.27.12

Last fall, Epic’s Gears Of War franchise came to a close. It has helped form the third person shooter genre as various publishers have adapted the Unreal Engine. The series launched in 2006 with Kevin Riepl designing the score for the game. The signature Gears Of War echo came from him and has been echoed through out the series. The thunderous bass, drums and orchestral clashing together are what fans come to expect. Riepi also showed his full repertoire by creating the somber and depressing times in Gears Of War, but do fans notice? Do people look at soundtracks as a whole or as background noise?

06.27.12

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.

06.26.12

Konami had a pretty killer show this year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.  Though Castlevania: Lords of Shadow II was present in video form only, it did have plenty of other playable games to offer, including the Lords of Shadow spin-off Mirror of Fate for 3DS, Zone of the Enders HD Collection, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance and Frogger Pinball.  But in the middle of all this was its next soccer champion, Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, or PES 2013 for short.

06.25.12

On Monday we talked with Sam Hulick, Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco about composing the Mass Effect soundtrack. This time we had the privilege of talking about another Bioware’s dark fantasy RPG series, Dragon Age. The series has many similarities from Mass Effect like interweaving dialogue choices throughout the current installments. However Unlike the Mass Effect series, score is done by one man. Inon Zur has been the franchises leading composer since day one, helping atmosphere behind the series. It’s an underrated soundtrack, but do people notice? Do people look at soundtracks as a whole or as background noise?

06.25.12

Is Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City on it's way to PS3? The ESRB recently rated both games with a stereotypical M rating for the PS3. This shouldn’t come of as a surprise as rumors of GTA V release this fall or in 2013 early continue to ramp up.

06.25.12

In just a matter of months, the new NBA season will kick in, and teams will challenge the recently championship crowned Miami Heat for superiority.  And in the video game world, the basketball war will heat up once more, with EA Sports’ returning NBA Live 13 going head-to-head against 2K Sports’ winning franchise, NBA 2K13.  We already did a news piece talking about the game in action, but now we’ve gone one step further, chatting with its producer, Erick Boenisch, about what to expect this time around.  Complete with game footage!

06.24.12

Astro Gaming has thrust themselves into the forefront for gaming headphone technology, right alongside the other “big cats” like Turtle Beach and even Sony with their headsets.  Their latest model, the A40’s, proved to be quite popular with the gaming public, but that isn’t stopping the company from progressing forward with an even more advanced model.  Say hello to the A50’s, which are coming sooner than you think.

06.21.12

It’s been nearly 12 years since we’ve seen Tekken Tag Tournament, Namco’s off-shoot in its fighting franchise, where you could tag team between two characters when facing off against enemies, switching them out with tactics and engaging in some rather creative melees as a result.  We’re supposing that the company preferred the “one vs. one” option for so long, as they demonstrated in Tekken 4, Tekken 5 and Tekken 6.  But finally, we’re getting a return of team fighting madness with Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which is set to hit Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this September, with a Wii U release to follow later in the year.

06.20.12

It’s been two years since Firaxis Games released the fifth installment into the legendary Sid Meier Civilization series. The game has been made available on Mac, while integrating the game into Steam’s workshop. During that time, the games bugs and glitches hurt the online multiplayer have been removed. Many have moved on from the game, but this week a new expansion is available called Civilization: Gods & Kings. With this new expansion is it worth revisiting CIV V?

06.18.12

The Electronic Entertainment Expo showcased a lot of great games a couple of weeks ago.  Some we knew about for months now, and are highly anticipating for a fall/winter/2013 release.  Others, however, managed to sneak up on us, coming out of nowhere and surprising us with a great deal of inventiveness.  Among them was a new creation from Zen Studios, the team behind the Zen Pinball and Pinball FX 2 games.  And no, it’s not a pinball game.  Get this – it’s a musical kung fu action game.  Take that, The Last Dragon!

06.18.12

Early this year, Bioware’s Mass Effect saga came to five year run. Rest aside the ending; the series is one of the most complete trilogies in video game history. There are two aspects that Mass Effect nails perfectly. The series was first to interweave choices all the way through the third and final installment captivating fans from start to finish. However, you can’t tell a great story if you forget to create the atmosphere for your game to breath in. The music in the game really doses shape Commander Shepard with it having one of the best scores in gaming, but do people notice? Do people look at soundtracks as a whole or as background noise?

06.18.12

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.

06.13.12

Basketball has always been about the fluid and explosive action on both sides of the court. NBA simulators have captured this, but I have always missed the little details that truly have us jumping onto the basketball court. Does NBA Live 13 solve this problem? Sadly no. 

06.13.12

Gears of War Judgment is still a far ways off from release, and while Microsoft didn’t exactly reveal some breaking news about the game this past week at E3 (it was probably more concerned about hyping the forthcoming Halo 4), it did have a private booth on the show floor that let players try out a new multiplayer mode being offered in the People Can Fly-produced prequel.  Say hello to Overrun mode.

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

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.

06.11.12

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

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.

06.10.12

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.