Once again it’s that time of year; when every gamer prepares themselves for a week of non-stop information about what to expect from the industry in the next year. This E3 is one that promises to be one to remember for a number of reasons, from the long list of high quality titles, to the potential for new console announcements. The run up to E3 has left us with a many questions about many of the potential releases that will come in the next twelve months and beyond. Read on to find out about the ones you need to be aware of.
Nintendo’s next console:
In the last couple of months Nintendo released some very brief details about it’s new console; codenamed: Project Cafe. Information since then has confirmed that Nintendo will be focusing on reclaiming some of the hardcore gaming crowd, that it inevitably lost concentrating so heavily on the casual market with the Wii. The console itself is reported to be more powerful than an Xbox360 and Playstation 3. More interesting however is the reports of a controller, which sounds an awful lot like an Xbox360 controller, with a camera and a touch screen monitor capable of displaying high quality images. It has been referred to as an iPad with buttons; which is an interesting comparison. There are also unconfirmed rumours that the controller will feature a six-axis motion controller and a sensor bar. Finally the rumour mill has also chucked out details stating the controller’s touch screen (and possibly the entire surface of the controller) will use Haptic Technology to allow players to feel in-game textures. Haptic Technology is a feedback technology that takes advantage of a user’s sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations and/or motions to the user.
All of the details about the console sound fascinating and even more so because it is confirmed it will be playable at E3; so expect more details about the console and it’s games at Nintendo’s press conference on Tuesday.
The Return Of Nathan Drake:
Moving away from the console rumours and onto the actual games, there is one that must be on everyone’s radar: Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception. Yes the return of that smart mouthed, treasure grabbing, trail blazing son of a gun Nathan Drake promises to be one of the biggest releases of this year. Naughty Dog have spoiled us with the first two games and the third looks to be just as good, if not better. Recently we’ve had many details released about the multiplayer including the new Hunters mode, which pits two teams against each other. One team are the heroes which are human controlled. The opposition are the Villains and have two human controlled players and are supported by some AI enemies. The heroes must collect as much treasure as they can within the time limit, while the Villains must stop them. Details about the single player have been a little less forthcoming but we can confirm that the main antagonist will be a female by the name of Katherine Marlowe. She is a British female that has a history with Nathan and his colleague Sully. Some of the game is also confirmed to take place in Britain; where Drake and Sully will have a bar brawl in a British tavern.
This is a game which everyone will be wanting to get some hands on time with; considering the high quality of the first two titles. Details about Drake’s latest adventure will be released on Tuesday.
Battlefield 3 and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
There are going to be a ridiculously large amount of games showcased at E3 but none will receive as much coverage as these two. I should imagine the queues for these will be the longest. At the end of the day no other games are really going against each other in such a fashion. Who’s going to be the winner? Well it’s too close to call at the moment. Battlefield 3 certainly looks highly impressive after a notable absence from the gaming world. It’s packing what appears to be some very tidy graphics and some excellent dialogue and gritty combat. Everyone who’s even marginally interested in first person shooters has seen the videos that have been released through March and April. The press and public alike are going to be very keen to discover how the game plays in a hands on capacity and get some details on the 64 man multiplayer that the series has boasted in the past.
Modern Warfare 3 may appear to have the upper hand already. With the success of the series so far it’s going to take something very special from Battlefield 3 to steal it’s limelight. The recently released trailer only reinforced the sort of action packed scenarios we can expect in this next outing. It’s also confirmed to take place the whole world over; as the Americans recover from the bitch slapping they received at the end of Modern Warfare 2. Apart from the trailer, details have very scant at best. One feature that has been announced is Call Of Duty: Elite which will launch alongside the third entry to the Modern Warfare series. It will contain a multitude of social networking options and a lifetime statistics tracker. It promises to be a must have for any serious Call Of Duty player.
Both games will be reported on from E3 on Tuesday and should shed some light on the argument raging across the internet as to which game is going to be the better of the two.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The latest addition to The Elder Scrolls series is one that carries a large weight of expectation after the success of Oblivion and the reboot of the Fallout series. Skyrim will take place some two hundred years after the events of Oblivion. It will come to no surprise to any former players, that you are the last hope for the world of Skyrim and Tamriel. Bethesda Game Studios will have a challenge on their hands to create a world as large and engaging as Oblivion. However considering the scope and design of the Wastelands of Fallout 3 this shouldn’t be a problem. The combat is getting a redesign aswell, focusing on allowing the player to approach combat how they want.
Options for creating weapons at a Forge, dual wielding various types and sizes of offensive weapons, as well as the option to dual wield one of the eighty-five spell types means that you never have to approach combat the same way twice. Add to this the fact that side quests will be dramatically altered, based on the type of player that the user is creating, means that multiple playthroughs won’t just be to try out new ways of playing but will actually change what quests you will actually come across. If none of that does it for you, the horses are back, and you get to fight dragons. If fighting dragons doesn’t excite you, then you probably shouldn’t be playing video games.
The Elder Scrolls Skyrim promises to be a return to one of the most memorable series in the gaming industry. The game will be showed to the public this Wednesday at E3.
I could continue to write and write until my fingers bled about the hundreds of reasons why this year’s E3 is going to be one to remember. The four games and console information I’ve given here is just a teaser of what you should be looking out for. Rumours of new consoles for Microsoft and Sony may well be released, aswell as looking at games such as Rage, Bioshock: Infinite, Batman: Arkham City, Dead Island, Mass Effect 3, Tomb Raider, and Warhammer 40K: Space Marine are just some of the other titles that will be the talk of the week at E3.
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