‘ARMA III’: E3 2013’s Best Shooter (With Gameplay Video)

Posted by: on June 17, 2013 at 11:57 pm
‘ARMA III’: E3 2013’s Best Shooter (With Gameplay Video)

Get your war on!

So you think you can rock out on first-person shooters, huh? You think you have what it takes to line up and take that shot while you keep the enemy from killing you first? Want to slap people in the head when they ask if you “COD on your Xbox”? Great. Then there’s a First Person Shooter you need to have a look at; it’s called ARMA III. Read the rest of this article…

‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ Can Be Played Solo if You Have No Friends

Posted by: on June 17, 2013 at 10:47 pm
‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ Can Be Played Solo if You Have No Friends

That’s your map HUD!

You might have friends, but just want to play so solo stuff. Maybe your friends don’t have the game, I get it; that’s one thing that made me nervous about Tom Clancy’s The Division that was announced at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference. Not much is known about the game beyond what we all gathered in the demo, but Ubisoft has posted more details to their blog, including a clarification about its solo mode. Read the rest of this article…

E3 2013: ‘Drive Club’ Versus ‘Forza Motorsport 5’ – Fight!

Posted by: on June 17, 2013 at 8:48 pm
E3 2013: ‘Drive Club’ Versus ‘Forza Motorsport 5’ – Fight!

The battle of the cars you just want to lick the pixels off of. Drive Club (left) and Forza Motorsport 5 (right)

With two new platforms come two realistic racers to elevate the artform and show what countless polygons and infinite textures can produce, but much like the platforms that sustain them, Forza Motorsport 5 and Drive Club do quite a bit to distinguish themselves beyond their obvious passion for cars. With my hands on both this past week for an entire lap, I decided to break down the comparison between the two from the small sample Sony and Microsoft decided to give me. With that, let’s investigate!

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Everything You Want to Know About the Xbox 360 Stingray

Posted by: on June 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm
Everything You Want to Know About the Xbox 360 Stingray

Stingray?

At Microsoft’s E3 press conference they announced a redesigned Xbox 360 to look more like the Xbox One design. I thought it was a very strange move but some of the guys here thought it was a cost savings thing for Microsoft. It turns out it wasn’t “we redesigned Xbox 360 to give it a fresh new design and a similar look and feel to Xbox One. Although we’re very excited about Xbox One, we remain dedicated to Xbox 360 now and for years to come.” Read the rest of this article…

E3 2013: 5 Reasons Why Killing Zombies In ‘Dead Trigger 2’ Is Awesome

Posted by: on June 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm
E3 2013: 5 Reasons Why Killing Zombies In ‘Dead Trigger 2’ Is Awesome

Killing Zombies. Good, old fashioned FUN!

While we were at E3 this year I got a chance to check out a lot of titles from smaller developers. Of those smaller developers, many of them were from the EU, or more specifically, the Eastern part of the EU. Countries like Poland and Russia have been taking the gaming world by storm, cranking out title after title and crossing all of the genres, in many cases putting out games which are every bit as good as some of the “Triple A” titles we get from the big developers and publishers here in the States.

One of those developers is Mad Finger, who not only have a cool name but also make a cool game called Dead Trigger 2 which pits you against hordes of zombies. I have 5 good reasons why kicking zombie ass in Dead Trigger 2 is an awesome thing to do.

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E3 2013: ‘Ryse: Son of Rome’ Hands-On – Pretty, but Dumb

Posted by: on June 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm
E3 2013: ‘Ryse: Son of Rome’ Hands-On – Pretty, but Dumb

Yaaaaaargh!

One of Microsoft’s tent pole action games for the November release of their new Xbox One console is Ryse: Son of Rome. Yesterday I went mono-y-mono with the Ryse demo in Microsoft’s E3 booth, and I found that while the game features some incredible graphics and cinematic visuals, the combat is quite brainless, unfortunately.

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E3 2013: “Infamous: Second Son” First Impressions – I’m Buying a PS4 For This

Posted by: on June 14, 2013 at 12:30 am
E3 2013: “Infamous: Second Son” First Impressions – I’m Buying a PS4 For This

Nice chain, bro.

Unfortunately I never got into the Infamous series of games since I went the Xbox 360 route. I watched friends playing it and thought it looked fun but I stuck with Prototype on my Xbox 360. After watching the gameplay demo today I can say that this sealed the deal for me getting a PS4. Read the rest of this article…

E3 2013: Microsoft, Why Are You Making It So Difficult To Be An Xbox Fanboy?

Posted by: on June 14, 2013 at 12:12 am
E3 2013: Microsoft, Why Are You Making It So Difficult To Be An Xbox Fanboy?

This is all Don Mattrick’s fault.

Microsoft, I’ve been an Xbox fan since you were still calling it the X-Box. Back when your best games still had “Madness” at the end. Back when Bill Gates was still CEO. I’m a fanboy, but I’m losing my faith and you’re not giving me much to run on. You’ve turned from the scrappy underdog to the ivory tower idealist who makes the worst possible assumptions of your potential customers. It’s a fate I never thought I’d see, especially as Sony grew more arrogant with their consoles in the past decade, but it has come true. Your sins are all in your message and it’s full of holes; an unworthy vessel against Sony, who is now gunning to destroy you. Here’s how you can make me believe.

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E3 2013 Reveals Gaming Journalism Is Bullshit And Other Secrets You Didn’t Know

Posted by: on June 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm
E3 2013 Reveals Gaming Journalism Is Bullshit And Other Secrets You Didn’t Know

E3 is inclusive business.

So you run a gaming web site. You have a decent following, land some big exclusives (even if no one believes you) and good traffic and while you’re not an internet celebrity, you are willing to travel halfway across the country (or further) on your own time and dollar to cover the latest and greatest games for your readers. But even after building a network of contacts, you’ll simply be shut out by the biggest companies, even lied to. Coverage of the expo’s biggest events are ruled by an exclusive few, an inner circle – the IGNs, the GameTrailers and the Giant Bombs – and everyone else is shut out entirely. Unless you’re in the business of covering indie titles by small developers, gaming journalism boils down to being in an established circle of friends – the touted 300-400 full-time gaming journalists that this industry can support – having a lot of financial backing to kick your way in or being a major news outlet like ABC or Fox News. If you’re not any of those, you’re iced out of coverage at the highest tiers. Let me explain how getting your gaming site into E3 works.

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E3 2013 – Oculus Rift – The 1080P Update And Why It Doesn’t Matter

Posted by: on June 13, 2013 at 9:51 pm
E3 2013 – Oculus Rift – The 1080P Update And Why It Doesn’t Matter

The display is a LOT cleaner with the new LCD screen in it but it’s not perfect

I wrote yesterday about my experiences with the Oculus Rift and how it can be a bit disconcerting to use, especially if you’re standing up. I also wrote about the problem with the pixels and how I think it will effect the device at market.

This afternoon I met the CEO of Oculus and asked him about the 1080P version of the device. He told me to go to the secret room and have a look so, in true ME fashion, I did.

So what did I learn?

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