I was lucky enough to try several demos of Nintendo's recently announced Wii-U controller for their Wii console, and while it wasn't necessarily "new" news (the rumours that they'd have a new something-or-other at E3 have been flying for months now) it was still a very impressive device to see. Read More.
Every year, it goes the same way for the GamingExcellence squad. The first day we're overwhelmed with the new content on display at the halls of the Los Angeles Convention Centre, by the second day we're exhausted, and by the end of the third day we leave the centre blown away by the creativity and technological prowess on display at the ever popular Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3. Read More.
The show started with a bang: a symphonic orchestra walked in front of the crowd, sat down, and started playing an immediately recognizable tune, just as a montage of footage from The Legend of Zelda series started showing on the big screen. From the original Legend of Zelda on the NES to the yet-to-be-released Skyward Sword, the final note from the orchestra played just as people started to cheer. Read More.
Ubisoft needs to go back to a conference where they offload the talky bits to a comedian, like they did in 2009. Today's conference was just absolutely brutal. Too many bad jokes and rambling screamed for some editing by someone familiar with American culture. I mean, that crap may fly in Montreal but this is a classic case of not adjusting to your audience. Read More.
EA unveiled its 2011 lineup earlier this afternoon, and two themes permeated the presentation. The first, is that EA is strongly pushing its new Origin distribution platform, repeatedly stating that all the trailers shown are available now for viewing on origin. Read More.
Sony started off the night with a long apology for the PSN debacle, and then promptly moved on to business.
The show really started off when Uncharted 3 came up on the 70-foot screen, in glorious 3D HD. And it looked fantastic. Uncharted 3 takes the grandiose flair of theatricality one step further, this time by showing us a boat, rocking in a violent sea. Read More.
[8:15] Sony decides to arrive "fashionably late" to its own conference.
[8:18] Short clips of various games shown.. can't pick apart anything particularly new. Some of it is in 3D. Read More.
[5:30] Ubisoft celebrating 25th year. I'll pretend the lame joke didn't happen.
[5:33] Rayman Origins. This reminds me of a game I played on the SNES once upon a time... Read More.
[3:XX] (implicit unveiling of the previously announced Origin distribution site/platform)
[3:32] Mass Effect 3 trailer and demo. Read More.
As Microsoft's annual press conference concludes, gamers everywhere are probably left wondering whether the Xbox will ever feature a game without Kinect support ever again. This is a far cry from last year, when the Kinect was largely a side note to the conference, a fact further emphasized by lacklustre Kinect games on the E3 show floor. Read More.
[12:27] Already a step up from last year! #nowhiterobes
[12:29] It's starting! Read More.
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."
Always leave it to Robert Frost to make an article sound classy. Read More.
Nobody ever said pioneering a new type of controller would be an easy thing. Go ask the guys at Nintendo about how unresponsive the Wii could be if not used precisely enough for a particular game. Or we could ask Sony about those barely function Sixaxis controls that are almost never used in any games except when shoehorned in poorly. Read More.
We recently had a chance to sit down with David Anfossi, the producer of Deus Ex: Human Revolution at Eidos Montreal for a one-on-one interview about the game. As a follow-up to our in-depth preview of Deus Ex: Human Revolution yesterday, we ask David about the inspiration for the third game in the series, and a myriad of other questions that'll leave Deus Ex fans foaming at the mouth. Read More.
While at the Sony PlayStation Preview event at the Sony Centre in downtown Toronto, hockey fans in attendance were given a treat, or at least the ones that aren't Ottawa Senators fans like yours truly. Read More.