Friday, June 22, 2012

a girl on games // e3 game round-up

Though it's been a while since E3, I wasn't around much to blog about it. There were a lot of cool new games featured but also a lot of not-so-cool projects in the works. Also, when will E3 figure out that hardcore gamers are the only ones who watch E3. No one wants to watch Usher sing or kids playing the Kinect. Enough with my ranting, here are some of the games I'm looking forward to.

Watch Dogs is an open world game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and scheduled for release in 2013 for PC, Xbox, and PS3. I love how the game incorporates technology that allows you to manipulate your surroundings. It's like Grand Theft Auto on crack, if crack gave you crazy nerd powers and a kickass cellphone, that is.

The Last of Us is a survival-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog for the PS3. That's right, it's an exclusive. Hopefully I can get my hands on a PS3 to play because this game looks awesome. Not only do the graphics look amazing, but check out how the NPCs (nonplayable characters) react to the things you do in-game. 

Tomb Raider, developed by Crystal Dynamics for PC, Xbox, and PS3, has been receiving a lot of attention lately. Scheduled for release in March 2013, the game has stirred up interest in the "reboot" of the character Lara Croft, showing how she got her start, and also has raised some eyebrows regarding the portrayal of women in video games since it has been said the game will include an attempted rape scene. Here is some E3 footage showing some gameplay.

Assassin's Creed III is developed by Ubisoft for PC, Xbox, PS3 and Wii U. It's schedule to be released in October of this year. I've never been a huge fan of playing Assassin's Creed (I know, blasphemy) but I'd love to watch someone play this game. The games setting of The American Revolution alone has my attention. Watch the amazing naval battle (YEAH!) gameplay here and see the PS Vita's Assassin's Creed III: Liberation introduction at E3 here.

South Park: The Stick of Truth is being developed by Obsidian for PC, Xbox, and PS3. The last South Park game was an arcade game for the Xbox but this will be a full on Role Playing Game. You get to create yourself, or anyone else you want, as "the new kid" in South Park to help the boys save their town. Of course, South Park Digital Studios is collaborating with Obsidian so I'm sure this game will be as fun as it is funny. The game is scheduled to be released in March 2013.

 Last but not least, Beyond: Two Souls, is a PS3 exclusive developed by Quantic Dream, the same team who developed the highly acclaimed Heavy Rain. Does that girl look familiar? No, it's not the same girl from The Last of Us, it's Ellen Page. This trailer leaves me with two questions. Why do these awesome games have to be PS3 exclusives and if I pout about it, will it help? and who the heck is Ivan?

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